February 18, 2010

Israel: The Unsettled Battleground

This was posted on the Jewish Internet Defense Force (a blog I follow).

I think it is natural for people to try to make light of terrible events in our history. Yes, there are some that make light of it because they have no compassionate or loving bone in their body, but I think the majority that do such things do so because it is better than the alternative - just dwelling on the negative. That being said, I also think there is a fine line between levity and callousness. If you go to this page on facebook, you'll see even Jews cashing in on this opportunity-which goes to show that being a Jew isn't all inclusive anymore. So, this got me thinking. What kind of Jew would I be if I were Jewish?

There are basically 3 different types of Jews: Liberal, National, and Zionistic. Liberal Jews, much like Liberal Americans, couldn't care less what happens to their country. That's why Liberal Jews are in favor of turning over their land to the Palestinians and why Liberal Americans are in favor of turning our country over to the EU or the UN. National Jews believe that the land of Israel belongs to them because it is a land that is historically theirs. Many of these may ascribe to the first Aliyah from 1882 to 1903. This was the act of Jews fleeing anti-Semitic cultures of Europe and Muslim (go figure) controlled countries and settling back in Israel.

Ever wonder why Jews and Muslims are always fighting each other? Well, this is where the Zionist's have an answer. I wrote this a few years ago and published it on my MySpace blog at the time. But, once I realized that MySpace was nothing more than an online Hot Topic Store and once I quickly realized I wasn't a 14 year old girl, I dropped MySpace. However, here is the post:

In 2007, the tension bubble burst in the Middle East. Israel, a sovereign nation, was taunted by Hezbollah (Lebanese terrorist group) when they captured two Israeli soldiers. Well, Israel had enough and decided to get nasty with them. However, Hezbollah's cheerleaders (US Democrats and the UN) have taken the opportunity to either blame Israel for Hezbollah's actions or to tell Israel, basically, they have no right to defend themselves. The Jews are being told by countries that felt Hitler's wrath, not to defend themselves. In light of all of this, whose side should we be on? Should we, collectively as a nation and as individuals, support Israel; or should we support Hezbollah and their Palestinian liberation? Perhaps a little history lesson will help clear the air on why this fighting is happening and who we should support.

Jews and Arabs have the same ancestry. Both groups go all the way back to Abraham of the book of Genesis in the Bible. In Genesis chapter 12, God is going to institute a Covenant with Abraham called the Abrahamic Covenant. In chapter 12, verses 1-3, God says, "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee..." God promised Abraham that out of him would be a great nation. Furthermore, in chapter 13, God told Abraham this, "....Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth..." In Genesis 15, God promises children to Abraham because up to that point, Abraham was childless. God says that Abraham's seed would now be as the stars of heaven. To keep this promise, God caused a great sleep to fall upon Abraham and while he was sleeping, God conditioned the covenant upon himself. To make a covenant in those days, two people would cut animals in half, lay them down to make a pathway. Then both would walk the path while interlocking arms. It was a blood contract and the split animals represented that if one of the parties failed to keep his end of the deal, he'd be split in half like the animals. But God, in an act of sheer grace towards Abraham, walks down the path himself -- there's nothing Abraham can do to hinder this covenant, because God made it.

So, we see a land, and a people promised to Abraham. Now, Abraham was already in possession of the land, but it was time for the children. Abraham had a wife named Sara. Sara had an Egyptian maidservant named Ha'-gar. Abraham had a child with Ha'-gar. The child's name was Ish'-ma-el and therefore because of his mother, was not full Jew. God tells Ha'-gar that Ish'-ma-el "will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." (Genesis 16:12) God gives a prophetical look at Ish'-ma-el. He (his descendents) will be a wild man. He (his descendents) will be at war, continually. He (his descendents) will live all over the earth. 5,000 years later, and we see that exact thing happening. When God makes a promise, you can expect it to happen. Now, when we get to Genesis 17, Abraham is repentant of his actions (being unfaithful to Sara, his wife) and prayed to God on behalf of Ish'-ma-el. God heard his prayers and promised to make Ish'-ma-el a great nation, but that the Covenant, that which was made between God and Abraham, would pass through Isaac. Isaac was the first real son of Abraham, born of Sara. Isaac was full Jew. Isaac was the propagator of the Jewish people, while Ish'-ma-el was the propagator of the Arabic people.

Therefore, since the Covenant (of a LAND and to be a GREAT NATION) was given through Isaac, a Jew, and not through Ish'-ma-el, an Arab, the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. You might ask, where did the term "Israel" come from? Well, Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Jacob, as his name means, was a trickster. He, with collaboration of his mother, tricked Isaac into giving him the family blessing (the passing of the Covenant) that was intended to go to Esau. Jacob, later in life, actually wrestled with the Lord and at that point, God changed his name to Israel. But before his name was changed, God promised this to Jacob (Israel) in Genesis 28:13-14, "And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed: And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north, and to the south: and I thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed."

The choice is clear. Israel belongs to the Jewish people. This whole conflict is just a long history of family feud. The descendents of one brother are fighting the descendents of another, but only one brother, Jacob/Israel, will be victorious. But, you don't have to take my word for it. Let God be true and every man a liar...

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