... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

27
February
2011

Angles: holy and fallen Part 1 of 4

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) whom You have sent.
John 17:3
(New King James Version) 

This passage amongst others speaks of God Almighty, the God of Israel. But biblical scripture speaks of many gods. In which god do we believe? Do we actually really know the one we believe in?

26
February
2011

Israel: one nation, one throne

I got so exited while reading an article of Mr Barry Strong on Israel and I agree with what he says in his article. I believe that God Almighty will fulfill all his prophecies spoken through his prophets concerning Israel. Also those about the Temple on mount Moriah in Jerusalem.  

Daniel 2:24-45 is very clear about the kingdom that God is establishing on earth. I want to say something concerning Ezekiel 37:15-28. Judah and Israel, which had Ephraim as leading tribe, will be united to one kingdom with one ruler. What more does biblical scripture has to say about this matter?

22
February
2011

Daniel 2: The meek shall inherit the earth. Heaven can wait!? Part 2 of 2

The book of Daniel chapter 2 tells us about a different kingdom that will be established on earth.

In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom,
that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. ...
but it will itself endure for ever.

Daniel 2:44 (NIV)

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
Matthew 5:6

Yeshua Messiah said these words to the crowds while standing on a hill in Galilee. One may ask. Will the meek inherit the whole earth or just the land of Israel, Jerusalem? What is the point of this inheritance if we can all go to heaven? Or, heaven can wait!? And what is the inheritance of those who aren't so meek?

11
December
2019

United Nation Resolution 242, 1967

In November 1967, after the Six-Day War, the United Nations Security Council passed the unanimously approved UN Resolution 242. In this resolution, regarding the situation in the Middle East, stated that every country had the right to have secure boarders.

... respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force; …

The State of Israel as a sovereign nation wants to have secure boundaries, so its inhabitants may have a peaceful life. In order to guaranty this, Israel wants to have sovereignty over the disputed territories under its control. That is, both the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley where it has stationed military troops. Why these two regions? Because Israel needs defensible boarders, and the strategical use of these geographical high areas gives them an advantage on those who attack the nation.

Control Disputed Areas

 

But, how exactly did Israel gain control over these territories in the first place? This happened during the Six Day War of 1967, when Israel was attacked on three fronts by the Egyptians with the Trans Jordanians, the Iraqis and the Syrians. Israel won this defensive war, and regained control over the Sinai peninsula, Gaza, the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank of the River Jordan, which includes areas of ancient Judea and Samaria.

All these territories were previously, during Israel’s defensive War of Independence in 1948, occupied by nations that invaded these territories. The surrounding nations and the Arab local militias within this territory aggressively occupied areas of the remaining region of Palestine, which was still part of the area meant to establish a Jewish Home Land. Back then, Egypt annexed Gaza, Jordan the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and Syria the Golan Heights. They invaded despite the fact that more than twenty years earlier the Arab nation of Trans Jordan was established on about two thirds of the region for which the British had the Mandate for Palestine. If that was the case, why did they invade? For no other reason then for the sake of their own, either political or economical, ambitions. To gain control over land, over Jerusalem and certain areas along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the geographical area of the Levant.

The High Contracting Party

 

Legally there was a difference between these nations and the nation of Israel when they took control of these territories. The Jewish State of Israel was at that time, and still is, the High Contracting Party. The High Contracting Party refers to representatives of a state who, from the point of view of international law, has signed or has ratified a treaty.

Why was the State of Israel considered as such? Contrary to the Arab leaders and governments, the Jewish community, represented by the Jewish Agency for Palestine, did accept UN Resolution 181 in 1947. The UN’s partition plan which recommended two states, a Jewish and an Arab state, to be formed within the remaining territory of the British Mandate for Palestine. The British Mandate would end in May 1948. At the end of this mandate the Jewish community established the Jewish State on the 14th of May 1948, as the State of Israel, which was immediately recognized by the United States. Subsequently the State of Israel was recognized by other countries, and Israel became member of the United Nations on the 14th of May 1949.

Did the State of Israel, as this High Contracting Party, gain control of these areas unlawfully in 1967? The nations of Egypt with Jordan and Syria that were occupying these areas, were not recognized by most of the international community as being the ones with sovereignty over these areas. As far as the international community was concerned, these nations were never the legal High Contracting Party to these areas. The Arab nations and the Arabs living in the territory, who unanimously rejected the earlier UN’s proposal for partition, acted as the aggressors by declaring war on the Jewish community living there. As for the State of Israel in 1967, the Israelis fought a defensive war, and the territory they captured was already part of the original British Mandate territory, over which the British nor any other entity during the British Mandate had sovereignty. So, these territories were before the establishment of the State of Israel, and during the period of the British Mandate over Palestine, not under the sovereignty of any other High Contracting Party. Meaning, that the aggressors of 1948, that is Egypt with Jordan and Syria, seized these territories unlawfully, while Israel gained control over these same territories in self defense and as such in a lawful way.

United Nations International Forces

 

Nevertheless, today, political leaders and diplomats around the world, suggest that Israel should withdraw its military troops from its current boarders, which in great part are based on the armistice line of 1967. In fact, this means, that the Israelis have to withdraw out of all the areas which they acquired during the defensive Six-Day War of 1967. These individuals argue, that the United Nations, the UN, itself can insure deployment of international forces, troops, to Israel's boarders to keep the State of Israel safe. UN forces which would be provided by the military of the UN member nations. This approach is not new. International troops have been deployed at Israel's boarders in the past.

After the Suez Crises of 1956 the UNEF, UN Emergency Force, was deployed in the Sinai Peninsula. Their mission? To insure a halt of hostilities and to form a buffer between Israel and Egypt. But also, to insure freedom of navigation in the strait of Iran, which was and still is of importance for the world’s oil supply. In 1978 UNIFIL, UN Interim Force In Lebanon, was deployed to secure the boarder between Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon. And in 2006 UNIFIL was reinforced with European troops and weaponry to counter the Iranian terrorist organization of Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon. In 2005, after Israel unilaterally disengaged the Gaza Strip, a European monitor, the European Union Boarder Assistance Mission (EUBAM), was positioned at the Philadelphi Route, or Philadelphia Corridor. A 14 kilometers long buffer zone along the boarder, agreed in the 1979 Israel–Egypt Peace Treaty, between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. The EUBAM also managed the Rafah boarder crossing, which is the only boarder crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Gaza’s other five boarder crossings are on its boarder with Israel, and these are under Israeli control. Having boarder crossings with two countries means, contrary to what some may believe, that Gaza is not under Israeli siege. The purpose of this EUBAM mission was to prevent the influx of weapons and terrorists into Gaza. At Israel’s northern boarder, the UNDOF, UN Disengagement Observer Forces, was positioned to maintain the cease fire between Syria and Israel after Israel's defensive Yom Kippur War in 1973. What was the outcome of the deployment of these UN blue helmet forces?

In 1967 the UNEF retreated after Egypt's demands. What followed was a war on Israel, the Six-Day War of 1967, initiated by the Egyptians, the Jordanians and the Syrians. Years later, despite UNIFIL's presence, two wars were fought at the boarder where these troops were stationed. The First Lebanon War in 1982 and the Second Lebanon War in 2006. In 1983 the UN forces did nothing to stop the attack of Hezbollah on the MNF, the Multinational Force in Beirut Lebanon, which left 241 US service men and 58 French paratroopers death. All the forces of the MNF withdrew within six months. Nor did UNIFIL prevent the attack and kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah in 2000. In 2006 UNIFIL was reinforced in order to stop Hezbollah's activities. But, Hezbollah is still active in the south of Lebanon, and is armed with even more rockets and missiles. To this day UNIFIL hasn't accomplished its mission.

The EUBAM at the Philadelphi Route had to withdraw in order to guaranty their own safety, after Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2006. Israel had just pulled out of Gaza in 2005. After the Europeans left, leaving the management of the boarder to the Egyptians, more Iranian and Libyan weapons were brought into Gaza by terrorists. The Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Alcaida affiliates in Gaza increased their rocket attacks on Israel. Both Egypt and Israel built barriers along side their boarder with the Gaza Strip and destroyed thousands of underground tunnels made under the boarder to prevent terrorist activities and attacks on their nation. In 2013, UNDOF withdrew due to the Syrian civil war.

So, history is clear, the troops provided through the UN have not been effective. These troops showed to be unreliable as they were quick to withdraw, and they all failed their mission.

Israel’s Security

 

It is clear that no UN military force can guaranty Israel's security. So, Israel can't withdraw to the boarder it had before the 1967, the armistice green line. In order to secure the safety of its inhabitants, Israel's best option is, to do as it has always done. That is, to defend itself by itself. In order to do that for future generations, Israel's sovereignty over both the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley is needed. Both territories have been under Israeli control since the Six-Day War. In March 2019, president Trump of the United States recognized Israel's sovereignty on the Golan Heights. There are calls to do the same regarding the Israeli side of the Jordan Valley, on which slopes Israel already has his army deployed.

 

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