|Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile|
Rosh Hashanah 5764 / September 15, 2004
in Israel, Iraq
Writings of 8th Century BCE prophets hint at solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
At the 2004 Republican National Convention, President Bush held up a rebuilt, democratic Iraq as the light by which the Palestinians would see the road to peace with Americas good friend, Israel.
The 8th Century BCE prophet Zechariah did not see that light. He wrote that peace would come in the aftermath of fear, sorrow and shame.[i] The Palestinians, in the last days when the eyes of man as of all the tribes of Israel shall be toward the Lord, like their ancient namesakes the Philistines, instead would see Syria and Lebanon destroyed. This sight would break their ultra-Nationalistic pride, remove the blood from their mouths and the abominations from between their teeth.
The Bush Doctrine called the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East links the rebuilding and democratizing of Iraq and a Palestinian State in the West Bank.[ii] So do the prophets, who wrote that both were intrusions on sacred meaning set apart land. Such intrusions also merit True-to-God biblical curses.
Twenty-first Century America has a flippant attitude about curses, but not Native Americans. Priests, medicine men and witchdoctors have long warned about the consequences of treading on the sacred as though it was common. They call this the blackest of Black Roads[iii].
Black Road foreign policy
Iraq the land of ancient Babylon -- is cursed by the God of Israel Who has forbidden that it be rebuilt.[iv] Judea-Samaria,[v] the biblical name of the former West Bank of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, [vi] is sacred by the decree of the God of Israel. It will one day be the home of vast hordes of long-assimilated, never-Jewish Israelites known as the House of Joseph, who hail from every race, culture, ethnicity and nation.[vii] It is reserved in the same manner that some states will set aside land for educational purposes, as a stage to teach the world about reconciliation and peace by reuniting the squabbling descendants of Joseph with Judah.[viii]
Zechariahs vision instead records Palestinians living in peace in the Gaza Strip and regions contiguous. This clan among Judah includes by mention, Ashdod, Ashqelon and Ekron as well as Gaza. But Zechariah makes no mention of Palestinians living in Judea-Samaria or any non-contiguous region.
The Edomite prophet Obadiah does. But he tries to warn the House of Esau,[ix] his ancestry. In the last days, Obadiah wrote that the House of Esau must leave the regions within Judea-Samaria that are the inheritance of Joseph. At the time Jacob would reclaim his possessions, Obadiah warned, The House of Jacob will be a fire, the House of Joseph a flame and the House of Esau stubble; not one shall remain from the House of Esau.[x] Obadiah wrote only one chapter but his words as a descendant of Esau are the most potent and perhaps the most relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian peace. Plus, they should have some credibility in the ears of the descendants of Edom, as Esau also was known.
As someone treading on sacred Apache burial ground merits the curse leveled against him and his horse by the witchdoctor, Bush is riding his horse the Religious "Wrong" headlong into a curse. A foreign policy that defies the Word of the God of Israel in this manner reeks of arrogance. That it offers false hope to the Palestinian people living in Judea-Samaria who could wind up annihilated, is another great evil. But the Religious Wrong who are the support base of President Bush should tremble at the realization that promoting a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria that would be inhabited by Esau merits the blackest of the Black Roads. Why? The Bush Doctrine dares to take the biblical birthright away from Jacob[xi] and hand it to Esau.
Fields of Ephraim and fields of Samaria
The fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria are the northern two-thirds of Judea-Samaria, included in the proposed Palestinian state. But these fields are the future possession of the descendants of the children of Rachel,[xii] notably the sons of Joseph. The birthright promised to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was conferred in Jacobs dying words to Ephraim, the son of Joseph.[xiii]
State Department and foreign policy advisers of President George W. Bush and the President himself all have refused to acknowledge this ancient biblical deed to these fields, currently the homes, orchards and businesses of about 1.2 million Palestinians. Despite repeated warnings,[xiv] they have insisted in making this region part of a Palestinian state. Consequently, America is a nation cursed and walking on a Black Road.
Metote, the fog of the mind by which the Native American understands the Black Road, has already given rise to two new bureaucracies, Homeland Security and yet another layer of leadership in the intelligence community. America is less free, we are told, because it costs personal liberties to make America secure. But the Apache know that a house in fear or prey to its enemies is a sign it is already cursed. To which the Primary Source Who decrees curses concurs.[xv]
Meanwhile, the metote conducts an orchestra of War led by the Republican Party and the Religious Right, who dont truly know the prophesies of the book they thump. Their foggy praise at the Republican National Convention included the anthems of battle and military conquest not exactly the Gospel of reconciliation and peace, promoted by Jesus, awaiting its supreme test in Judea-Samaria between Joes and Jews.
Blood on hands of presidents and Religious Right
Christian soldiers marching onward as to war should consider the outcome of a foreign policy arrogant and out of control or if not, consider it as the Native American considers it: Without spiritual balance. First the god of the land the God of Israel -- must be satisfied before the land and/or its resources are used or developed. Second, avoid actions that bring about curses, such as treading on sacred ground. Without spiritual balance, the most advanced technologies result in instruments of cursing and lead to arrogance and the Black Road.
On the hands of presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush and the Religious Wrong supporters of the latter could be the blood of as many as 2.5 million Palestinians and returning refugees and untold numbers of Israelis if Obadiah is correct and the House of Esau becomes stubble. America must somehow renounce its false vision of a Palestinian State in Judea-Samaria and relocate it where Zechariah, a contemporary of Obadiah gave hints it should be: A contiguous region including all of the Gaza Strip, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Ekron.
Transfer Palestinians not Jews
Obadiahs advice to his own people, which should be noted and communicated by Americas foreign policy planners to the Palestinian leadership, is for the Palestinians he identified as the House of Esau to leave Judea-Samaria to save as many as possible from sure death.
The Bush Doctrine as it stands advocates just the opposite: The transfer of the Jewish settlers. This is because Americas foreign policy views sacred land, Judea-Samaria, for a common purpose: A low-rent housing development to attract Palestinians refugees.
Change of heart by Palestinians
The peace envisioned by Zechariah also demands a change in attitude by the Palestinian people.
Ghandi stated: "Guard your thoughts because they will affect your words. Guard your words because they will affect your actions. Guard your actions because they will determine your character. Guard your character because it will determine your destiny."
Clearly for a Palestinian state to exist in peace, it must be one whose thoughts and words the abundance of the heart -- are not the annihilation of Israel, as the PLO Covenant continues to read to this day.
Primary source material
Until 1948, when Israel became a nation, the words of these ancients might be dismissed as crazy and irrelevant, but today, Israel is back to stay. Their words, specific to Israel and the nations of the Middle East in the Last Days, should be primary source material in formulating American foreign policy if this nation is truly one under God.
The 1.2 million Palestinians who currently reside in Judea-Samaria among about 160,000 Jewish settlers are a victim of the historical axiom, Geography was destiny. The Christians upholding President George W. Bush should understand something of the spiritual geography, which is a victim of the same historical axiom.
The myth of peace in Judea-Samaria
Part of the myth that Israel and the Palestinians can resolve their differences and live in peace in Judea-Samaria is based on an assumption by the religious Jewish leadership that the Palestinians are the descendants of the more peaceable Ishmael and not the hostile Esau.[xvi] When those Palestinians today occupying Judea-Samaria are understood as descendants of Esau as Obadiah indicates, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be traced to its true spiritual roots. Those roots offer some ideas on how to understand the dilemma and finally -- begin to reconcile it with the Red Road envisioned by Zechariah.
Esau and Jacob have agitated[xvii] since the two were in the womb of their mother Rebecca and are destined to do so eternally
until, the Torah sages wrote, the descendants of Joseph make their return.[xviii]
Anyone looking for answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (redefined as Jacob-Esau) should understand the word Rebecca received from the Lord at the birth of the twins: Two nations are in your womb; two lumim from your insides shall be separated; the might shall pass from one lum to the other, and the elder shall serve the younger.[xix]
Lumim is a Hebrew term expressing two different peoples living apart under separate banners because each has eternal conflicting and incompatible beliefs and ideologies. A terrible Black Road was feared by the Jewish sages who taught that Jacob and Esau would never know equilibrium. When one would rise, the other would fall at his expense.
Proposing a state in which one such regime would live in the midst of another surrounded by the other has not worked. The high wall corridor separating them and uniting Judea-Samaria with the Gaza region is merely a stop-gap Black Road measure that has only raised hope for what cannot be. Given this reality, what were our policy makers thinking when they proposed a non-contiguous state for the Palestinians?
Hostility of Esau then and now
The prophet Malachi also relates Gods judgment of Esaus descendants for all time because of their hostility against Jacobs descendants at the time of the Exodus from Egypt and again when the Edomites celebrated at the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.[xx] An Edomite named Deog is also responsible for the deaths of the Lords priests. Add to that list the modern House of Esau in Judea-Samaria celebrating as 39 Scud missiles fell on Israeli cities during the Persian Gulf conflict and Palestinian jubilation in the streets of Ramalah, as the Twin Towers fell.
To enact and follow a foreign policy that effectively gives this birthright back to Esaus descendants and their unrepentant hostility, brings on the greatest curse that could be leveled against Jacobs descendants. Because of the Divine protecsia enjoyed by Israel re: its "biblical inheritance in perpetuity," the curse for doing so, falls on America.
The Black Road in Iraq
The Bush Doctrine also points America toward a Black Road in Iraq. The democratic experiment flies in the face of Arab nationalism intermeshed with the tenets of Islam. It also defies the biblical forecasts of Isaiah and Jeremiah, who should need no introduction to the Bush support base. Those writings are probably the most valuable of the primary sources to be consulted when formulating foreign policy related to Israel and the Middle East. They, more than any other writings spell out the fate of the nations of the Middle East in the Last Days.
But the men who triumph over the land of Babylon with haughtiness[xxi] -- there is no more apt description of this illegal, immoral and criminal war -- should know that the same God who allowed them to triumph because of his vengeance for the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple[xxii] will also cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease and lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.[xxiii] Further, Isaiah links the destruction of the land of Babylon in the last days to a universal judgment and cataclysmic event that will cause every human being who survives to return to his own land.[xxiv] Jeremiah takes up that refrain linking the failed experiment in Iraq with not a Palestinian state but the return to Zion by all of the families of Israel, Jewish and otherwise.[xxv]
The Doctrine of the Arrogant
But the Doctrine of the Arrogant replaces the direction, caution and warning of these prophesies with an experiment connected with a curse and doomed for almost three millennia. No wonder this curse is milking the American economy and soaking the condemned ground of ancient Babylon with American blood. Hurricanes make loops in the Atlantic like dive-bombers coming in for repeated strafings. Mount St. Helens is an active threat again. And in Native American vision quests, the hawk grows more and more restless.
Origin of the curse
The curse causeless does not come upon a nation, was one of the proverbs of the Hebrews.[xxvi] But blessings come to those who bless Israel the promised seed of Abraham and those who curse Israel will themselves be cursed.[xxvii]
The foreign policy of the U.S. in the Middle East since the mid 70s, has primarily been aimed at securing Arab alliances for oil. Because of Arab resistance to a Zionist presence in Palestine, securing these alliances has increasingly strained U.S.-Israel relations. An Apache does not trust anyone who leaves his tent to go and live with an enemy. Systematically, the U.S. has similarly been steered away from the tent of blessing.
How the Red Road turned Black
The Red Road noticeably turned black in 1978-79 when the Shah of Iran was deposed and the Ayatollah Khomeini held hostage 52 U.S. State Department workers, alleged to include CIA agents and other spies. Classified intelligence keeps the average American from knowing the CIAs complicity, but in 1980, Saddam Hussein rose to power in the Baathist Party and immediately waged war with Iran, Americas new No. 1 enemy. The war lasted eight years until Irans American-supplied weaponry[xxviii] was depleted.
Days before the 1988 cease-fire between Iraq and Iran, Sunni Iraqis came to the same conclusion as the Shiite Iranians. Both united in hating America and the CIA for fomenting the war and supplying both sides with weapons and ammunition.[xxix] At the same time, gun controls were restricting firearms throughout the U.S. America was not walking its talk a sign it was headed on a Black Road. Further our CIA, under the direction of George H.W. Bush, was sewing hatred in the Middle East. The defining moment that united both Sunni and Shiite against America and led to the cease fire was captured on a video clip by Arabsat, which was provided to Middle East Television.
Made in the USA
Iran was virtually out of arms and ammo thanks to the U.S. embargo imposed after Iran deposed the Shah and held hostage the suspected spies. Young Shiite boys, armed only with Korans and shouts of Allah Akbar (God is Great), charged the battle-hardened Iraqi men who were still well supplied. After the carnage, an Iraqi officer smoking a cigar slowly and silently walked across a hillside, which was a sea of young blood. He stooped to pick up a rifle one of the few the Iranians had brought into that battle. The camera zoomed in on the barrel. Made in the USA. The officer unshouldered his own weapon and showed it also to be a product of the U.S of A. In a fit of rage, he threw his gun and his cigar to the bloody ground and walked away.
And now the CIA would have us believe that Iraq is on the verge of civil war between Shiites and Sunnis? Perhaps a civil war fomented by the CIA or one of resistance to the government installed by America. The U.S. can pretend to stand on moral high ground, but in the Middle East and especially in Iraq and Iran, American foreign policy has earned the title Great Satan, many times over.
The Bush Legacy
Specifically it is President George Herbert Walker Bush and his son, President George W. Bush who have been burned in effigy as the Great Satan. A few months after the cease-fire between Iraq and Iran, George Herbert Walker Bush became president. Bush had been director of the CIA for 12 months ending in January 1977, and was at least up to speed on the CIA involvement in Iran that led to the revolt by the Ayatollah Khomeini. The Ayatollah had deposed the Shah of Iran and held hostage 52 U.S. State Department workers suspected of being CIA agents and other spies.
About two years after Bush became president, Saddams army invaded Kuwait after the conclusion of the Jewish fast, Tsha bAv in 1990.[xxx] To secure Arab alliances in the Persian Gulf War with Iraq, the U.S. promised concessions that involved Israel. One of those was U.S. backing for a Palestinian State in Judea-Samaria.
The attempt to extort Israel
Allied Forces and Iraq ceased fire during the fast of Esther[xxxi] at Purim in 1991. Within days, President George Herbert Walker Bush directed then Secretary of State James Baker to present then Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir with an ultimatum. Israel must abandon its policy of establishing new settlements in Judea-Samaria or the U.S. would withdraw millions in loan guarantees needed to sustain the Israeli economy.
But the Bush White House did not count on the economic decline in the U.S., although it should have been expected in light of the U.S. action toward Israel and the Israeli economy. As our stock market experienced Black Tuesday and interest on personal bank accounts fell to less than 2 percent, Bush saw his popularity decrease from about 85 percent after the Persian Gulf War until he could not be re-elected.
President Bill Clinton continued the U.S. foreign policy pressing Israel to stop building new settlements. When Shamir refused, the U.S. State Department helped elect a prime minister from the Labor party, who would agree to a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria.
Arafat and World Trade Center attacks
When Clinton sent Secretary of State Warren Christopher to Damascus to meet secretly with President Hafez Assad in the winter of 1992, the intent was to identify more moderate Palestinians than Arafat and the PLO with whom Israel could sign a deal. News of the meeting was leaked to Arafat, who immediately flew to Khartoum and met with the radical Islamic cleric who planned the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.[xxxii] The message to Clinton and the U.S. was clear: Dont leave Arafat and the PLO out of the loop. Clinton acquiesced and announced U.S. support for a Palestinian State, which included Judea-Samaria with Arafat and the PLO at the helm. The treaty was signed on September 13, 1993, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Arafat shook on it.
After Rabins assassination in 1995, Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister. He was not as willing to negotiate with Arafat and placed the term reciprocity on the bargaining table. As the Palestinian leadership would show evidence of peace on the ground, Israel would cede territories, even to the dismay of Netanyahus supporters, the hallowed ground of Judea-Samaria. The peace stalled because of various political upheavals in Israel and Arafats uncompromising demands. The newly elected administration of President George W. Bush began to again question whether Arafat was a legitimate partner in the peace process.
The result was September 11, 2001, which had been some time in the planning, but which had the same modus vivendi as the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993: To convince the U.S. leadership to back a Palestinian State in the West Bank and recognize Arafat and the PLO. It worked. The day after 9-11, President George W. Bush announced the U.S. would proceed with its backing for a Palestinian State.
One of the major unanswered questions about 9-11 is the connection between Arafat and Osama bin Laden, who received his training from the CIA during the years the U.S. was supporting the Mujahadin against the Soviet in Afghanistan. Two days after the collapse of the Twin Towers, the media reported on an FBI investigation linking bin Laden to blood money paid to assassinate Rabbi Meir Kahane. The American-born rabbi, assassinated in New York City in 1990, was the first to propose the transfer of the Palestinians out of Judea-Samaria. Kahane was a thorn in Arafats side as well as the leadership in Israel who outlawed him and his politics and launched a smear campaign against him in the Israeli media.[xxxiii]
CIA complicity in the training of Palestinian police who have been linked to numerous crimes against Jewish settlers in the West Bank, including the assassination of Kahanes son and daughter-in-law has compounded the curse. The younger Kahane was carrying on his fathers work of opposing a Palestinian state that would mean the disbanding of Jewish settlements.
Drums of war
The Road Map is the latest effort by the U.S. to deliver on this commitment of a Palestinian State in Judea-Samaria as well as the Gaza. Meanwhile, through his support for various issues important to the Religious Right, the President has broadened his base of support for the war in Iraq as well as a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria. Christians waved the banner of Courage, and sang the anthems of the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard at the Republican convention. But their Amens to the Presidents foreign policy in Israel as well as Iraq the Bush Doctrine defy the God of Israel and His plans to use Judea-Samaria for other purposes.
Zechariahs Vision vs. that of George W. Bush
Zechariah prefaced his forecast of the future of a people he called Plishtim, with the phrase masah dvar Adonai, (the burden of the word of the Lord). In other words, it never should have become Americas burden, but rather, left to the Lord.[xxxiv] Plishtim popularly describes the ancient Philistines but is also the Hebrew and Arabic pronunciation of the same Arabic word by which Yasser Arafat today addresses the Palestinian people. And in both seminary and yeshiva, those who have studied Zechariahs warnings agree they are eschatological or for the End Times.
The seer foretold an autonomous region for the Palestinians who would live on the same land as the ancient Philistines in peace as a clan among Judah,
after an adjustment in attitude.
The Palestinian pride, which Zechariah said must first be broken, could be many things in months and years to come, but today, it appears in the context of current events to be the ultra-Nationalistic fervor for a Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria. That pride has been initiated, encouraged, nurtured and sustained by errant, even arrogant U.S. foreign policy.
Tribal conflicts and boundaries
Zechariah also hinted about the time this Israeli-Palestinian peace would be realized. His prediction agrees with Isaiah and Jeremiah before him, who directed all of the tribes of Israel toward their homeland at the time of the judgment of the land of Babylon. The return to Zion would occur, Zechariah predicted, when the eyes of man as of all the tribes of Israel are toward the Lord.[xxxv] That phrase is the strongest argument that his prophecy applied to the last days when two such tribes -- Joseph and Judah -- would both look to the Lord and take steps to be reunited.[xxxvi]
Famous last words about disposition of Judea-Samaria
The last words of Jacob, who was the father of Judah and Joseph included this astounding promise to the descendants of Joseph: Vyidgu laROV bkerev ha-aretz, literally, and they will be like fish a MAJORITY in the midst of the land.[xxxvii] This promise is problematic for the Palestinians whose state proposed by the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East squats on the fields of Samaria and the fields of Ephraim promised to the descendants of Josephs two sons, Ephraim and Manashe.[xxxviii]
It seems that the God of Israels vision of Zion is more than a purely Jewish state in the land of Israel. It also must include a home for these Joes specifically within their ancient possessions called the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria.[xxxix] This is why Judea-Samaria cannot become a Palestinian state. Judea-Samaria is holy or set aside to reconcile this 3,500+-year old rivalry, enmity and vexation between Joes and Jews. The modern Jewish state of Israel is only the first phase of this return and reconciliation. But the Gaza and regions contiguous are set aside for autonomous rule as part of the State of Israel. In other words, Israel would not cede these territories to an independent Palestinian state, a violation of the Torah and the Halachah, the laws of Orthodox Judaism pertaining to the land of Israel.
Second Exodus nearing
Although the immigration of Bnei Menashe, the clan that hails from the elder son of Joseph, has been halted by the current governments Minister of the Interior (because his Shinui Party was displeased that all the converts from India were Orthodox and the same party has declared its consent for Jews who are themselves anti-Semitic) it is evident that the House of Joseph is knocking on the door for its return.[xl]
Pitchfork in the haystack
The curse now settling on the American economy, burdening America, costing American lives and leading America down the Black Road toward Recession or worse, is because American foreign policy since the administration of President George H.W. Bush has caused Israel to be cursed. Because policy-makers have failed to understand the pitchfork in the haystack of Middle East relations -- the interaction between Esau and Jacob America has taken up the offense of the Palestinians and raised false hopes.
Certainly it would be easier to transfer 160,000 Jewish settlers than to resettle a million Palestinian villagers. But Obadiahs identity of the Palestinians who are living in Judea-Samaria as the House of Esau complicates the matter. The Torah sages wrote that all other things being equal (meaning no outside pressures for a Palestinian State in Judea-Samaria) that the House of Jacob not the House of Esau -- would have Gods favor on the land as Israel returns to the Torah by which they should live on the land so as not to defile it. However, until Israel returned to the Torah the land was legitimately the possession of Israels enemies and part of the Allah (the Hebrew term for the imprecation of Deuteronomy 29:11-14), which refers to the curse that will come upon those who defy the God of Israel and his covenant. America should be prepared for the wrath of Allah to whom innocent Iraqi civilians are daily petitioning his curse.
Escalating violence and the myth of peace
U.S. intervention also has resulted in a further escalation of the violence and makes the U.S. responsible for every Palestinian and Jewish fatality. The peace treaty brokered and coerced by the U.S. by promising something that simply cannot be delivered according to the decree of the God of Israel has escalated the conflict and armed the population with mortars, rocket grenades and heavy caliber guns. Before the deal, the Palestinian protesters used rocks and the Israelis responded with rubber bullets.
Just the opposite course
The proper direction of U.S. foreign policy in Israel as hinted by these prophets, is a population shift just the opposite of the course taken since the earlier Bush administration initiated the pressure on Israel to give the Palestinians Judea-Samaria. Transfer not the Jewish settlers, but rather the Palestinians out of this region.
Palestinians living in Judea-Samaria must be relocated to the Gaza and regions contiguous and given land for their homes, orchards, schools and infrastructure. Jewish settlers living in the Gaza should be transferred to Judea-Samaria or regions within Israel that already are annexed. When the violence and terror ceases, the Palestinians should have some form of statehood, although the terminology clan among Judah used by Zechariah points more to autonomy than an independent state.
Cut strings to Arab oil in the Middle East
The time is also overripe for the State Department to cut its losses in the Middle East and disentangle itself from the strings attached to Arab oil including and especially the abomination of a Palestinian state where it ought not to be.
Israel has two pieces of technology by which it could break the power of the oil industry and the oil sheikhdoms but the recalcitrant arrogance of its own ruling elite prevent either from being taken seriously. Also, recent hints of independence from OPEC by Venezuela together with removing the economic disincentives to domestic production offer the U.S. an out and deliverance from this addiction. Then maybe the next administration can see clearly how to undo the damage years of Arab-influenced foreign policy blundering has caused.
Amend Law of Return
Finally, the Law of Return should be amended by the Israeli Knesset to allow non-Jewish Zionists known as the "House of Joseph" to begin making their return to the "fields of Ephraim" in Judea-Samaria as well as their other possessions.
The drama unfolding in the Middle East is obviously capturing the attention of the world. These territories belonging to Joseph and Judah have yet to be annexed and have been reserved and put on display before the nations for some grand plan. The long-standing sibling rivalry includes Civil War and three attempts by the House of Joseph to annihilate the House of Judah before each suffered separate exiles. The fact that they were never reconciled signifies unfinished business to the God of Israel, whose vision of a biblical Zion in the Scripture mandates their reconciliation. To allow room for this to happen, the proposed Palestinian state in Judea-Samaria needs to be rethought without the fog of the mind.
[i] Zechariah 9:1-6
[ii] The UN partition resolution calls these areas Judea and Samaria. The term West Bank (of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) pertain only to 19 years of the 4,000 year history of the region. Judea, which applies to the southern third of the region, means the land of the Jews. Samaria, the northern two thirds, was so-called by an Ephramite king.
[iii] The Black Road is the way of turmoil, conflict, confusion, isolation and unhappiness. It is the path of cursing instead of blessing, which is found on the Red Road.
[iv] Jeremiah 50-51. The curse is recorded in 51:35 and is tied to Hamas (violence) done to Israel and for Babylons role in the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and the burning of the Jerusalem Temple.
[v] Judea-Samaria entombs the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Israel. It is reserved as sacred land to reconcile a 3,500+-year-old enmity between the descendants of two tribes, the House of Judah or the Jewish people, and Samaria, which anciently described the non-Jewish House of Joseph, which is still in exile.
[vi] The late King Hussein withdrew from the region in 1987-88 to prevent a Palestinian state from being carved out of the East Bank, which Arafat had earlier attempted. That Black September ended in a bloodbath from which Arafat and his PLO leadership narrowly escaped.
[vii] These Joes a growing sect between Christianity and Judaism -- must be returned, reunited and reconciled with the Jewish people, who they the Joes are destined to outnumber. Stirrings are only now being heard in the Israeli Knesset and the revived Israeli Sanhedrin for Joes also to be allowed to return.
[viii] Before their separate exiles 136 years apart, the houses of Judah and Israel waged a civil war and the rulers of one attempted to assassinate the rulers of the other. Israel forged an alliance with Syria against Judah, which was thwarted when an Egyptian invasion diverted the invading armies. Their differences were never reconciled, although the 8th Century BCE prophets all declared this reconciliation in the last days.
[ix] Esau was the elder and twin brother of Jacob. Most historians contend that the House of Esau is a general description of the Arab nations either descended from Ishmael and intermarried with Esau or who were direct descendants of Esau.
[x] Obadiah 17ff
[xi] Although Esau was the eldest, exclaiming he was about to die of hunger, he sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentils. Genesis 25:31-32.
[xii] Jeremiah 31:15-18
[xiii] Genesis 48:3-5, 16-22; 49:22-26; Deuteronomy 33:13-17; Joshua 16:1-8
[xiv] This writer has personally warned the White House in a letter to President Bush dated Sept. 23, 2003, enclosed with a King James Version Bible with relevant passages highlighted. He has also attempted to meet with foreign policy planners at the James Baker Institute for Middle East Foreign Policy Research at Rice University on three occasions since September 11, 2001.
[xv] Deuteronomy 28:16-68, especially verses 65-67.
[xvi] Largely because of Christian anti-Semitism, these rabbis believe that Esau-Edom evolved into Rome and eventually the Roman Church and the major source of the Christian population. The clamoring by the Religious Wrong for war in the Middle East without thought of repercussions to Israel indicates some of Esau may indeed have assimilated into the Church. Also, the ruling family of Syria has a long history of animosity against Israel dating to ben-Hadad, who was an Edomite son of King Solomon.
[xvii] From the Hebrew vyitrotztzu, which implies a competitive footrace. Genesis 25:22
[xviii] The rabbis have very deep-rooted traditions concerning this ultimate and final conflict between Jacobs descendants and Esaus descendants, which are quoted in dozens of references to the Talmud and other Jewish writings. Most notable are: Talmud Bava Batra 123b: "Jacob saw that Esaus seed could only be delivered up by Josephs seed." Tanchuma Vayeshev, 1: When Jacob saw Esau and his chiefs, he became afraid. He asked, "Who could defend me against these? G-d answered, "Your spark will consume them, and that is Joseph . It therefore says, "Jacob dwelled These are the generations of Jacob: Joseph (Genesis 37:1-2)." Bereshit Rabbah, 99:2: "Joseph counters Edom In whose hands shall Edom fall? Those of the anointed of war, who comes from Joseph." Bereshit Rabbah 73:7: "With Josephs birth, Esaus adversary was born There is a tradition that Esau shall fall only to Rachels descendants." Also, the writings of Rabbenu Saadya Gaon in Emunot VeDeot, Pirkei DeRabbi Eliezer 19, Sanhedrin 97a, Sotah 49b, Ramban to Exodus 17:9, and the writings of R. Hillel of Shklov quoting the Gaon R. Eliyahu of Vilna, Pesikta Rabbati 8, 36-37, Targum Yonatan of Genesis 30:25, Midrash Shocher Tov 60, Talmud Succah 52a reflect the theme of "Joseph is alive through his descendants."
[xix] Genesis 25:23.
[xx] Malachi 1
[xxi] Isaiah 13:3
[xxii] Jeremiah 50:15, 28 and 51:11 announce the purpose for the ultimate destruction in the land of Babylon as the vengeance of the God of Israel for the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.
[xxiii] Isaiah 13:11
[xxiv] Isaiah 13:13-14
[xxv] Jeremiah 50:4-6, 19-21,28; 51:10,19, 35, 50
[xxvi] Proverbs 26:2
[xxvii] Genesis 12:3
[xxviii] During the years Iran was ruled by the Shah.
[xxix] Classified documents veil, shroud and attempt to conceal the complicity of the U.S. involvement in arms sales to Iran. But this much is known about George H. W. Bush: First, in an interview on Good Morning America, then Vice President Bush justified the clandestine weapons shipments to Iran: "On the surface, selling arms to a country that sponsors terrorism, of course, clearly, you'd have to argue it's wrong, but it's the exception sometimes that proves the rule." Interviewed by CBS news anchor Dan Rather, Bush said, "It's not fair to judge my whole career by a rehash on Iran. Also, during a speech at Texas Southern University, allegations were made by Jesse Jackson that: "Bush knew in detail about Irangate and Iraqgate. As President, George H. W. Bush pardoned six Iran-Contra principals.
[xxx] On that same date, the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by Babylon in 586 BCE. Jeremiah 51:11 states a future conflict in the land of Babylon will be Gods vengeance for the destruction of that temple.
[xxxi] This fast commemorates the rededication of the rebuilt Jerusalem Temple.
[xxxii] As reported by Yehoshua Meir, Arab affairs correspondent for Hadashot, an Israeli newspaper, and independently verified by an investigative team headed by Steve Rodan, the former day editor at The Jerusalem Post. The Post report was published on the one-year anniversary of the 1993 bombing. The reports led to a congressional entourage coming to Israel to investigate but the findings of that report have been sealed, many suspect to protect Arafat, who the U.S. then envisioned as a peace partner.
[xxxiii] This writer was an editor on the staff of the Post at the time and witnessed first-hand the character assassination by unscrupulous reporters and editors.
[xxxiv] The mystic sages of the Torah wrote that as Israel would return to God and His Ways, that He would vanquish their enemies in the land; but they added that until Israel did so, the land was legitimately the possession of Israels enemies.
[xxxv] Zechariah 9:1
[xxxvi] Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, is the namesake for the Southern Kingdom called the House of Judah, which includes all of the Jewish people assimilated from the four tribes of Judah, Simeon, Levi and part of Benjamin. The southern third of Judea-Samaria is totally the inheritance therefore of the Jewish family within Israel.
Joseph, the elder son of Jacob and Rachel (who was the younger and more desirable sister of Leah), was apportioned the northern two-thirds of Judea-Samaria. The environs of the Jerusalem Temple and all of East Jerusalem were the inheritance of Benjamin, Josephs younger brother and Rachels only other son. The relative flatlands called the fields of Samaria and the fields of Ephraim together with the mountains of Israel make up the remainder of Judea-Samaria. The majority of the Northern Kingdom was never Jewish.
After the death of King Solomon, the already deeply divided nation split into these two kingdoms when Solomons son and successor, Rehoboam, refused to relax the burden of taxation against the House of Joseph. The breakaway House of Joseph and most of the Northern Kingdom, also called the Ten Tribes, was exiled in 722 BCE. This exile came after three failed attempts by the non-Jewish Northern Kingdom to annihilate the House of Judah, who upon returning from its own exile became the Jewish people.
The House of Judahs exile was 136 years after the exile of the Northern Kingdom when Babylon invaded and burned the Jerusalem Temple. For burning the Temple, the prophet Jeremiah related the God of Israels decree that the land of Babylon or modern Iraq and Kuwait should remain desolate. A curse was pronounced on any attempts to rebuild the region.
Judah returned from its Babylonian captivity after 70 years. The House of Joseph, however, remains in exile assimilated among the nations of the world. They are hardly identifiable except by the tag, non-Jewish Zionist. This 3,500-year-old family feud between Joes and Jews was never reconciled before these separate exiles occurred and has not been reconciled since. Resolving their irreconcilable differences was THE primary intent of the Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth (Isaiah 49:5-6 and the prophesies about him before his birth and at his infancy in Luke 1-2). By replacing the foundational teachings of the Torah and Prophets and Writings with a New and alien foundation, the whole purpose of the return of Jews and Joes to Judea-Samaria has been obscured. But all of the Hebrew prophets foresaw reconciliation, return and reunion between these two primary factions within Israel.
[xxxvii] Genesis 48:16
[xxxviii] It is problematic for the Jews as well. If the prophecy holds true, at some point the Jews will be outnumbered by returning Joes.
[xxxix] Jeremiah 31:15-18
[xl] Only jealousy by rabbinical leaders and greed by Israeli officials some of whom are already in the pocket of the U.S. State Departments secret West Bank Infrastructure Development Corporation slush fund holds back this God-ordained reconciliation. But the rabbis are not so quick to yield the Jewish character of the state to a non-Jewish majority population -- the hordes descended from Ephraim who was the younger son of Joseph. As former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak stated when he was the Interior Minister for the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, let them (Ephraim) wait until the messiah comes. Jesus of Nazareth said just the opposite, let them occupy until the messiah comes.
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