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Question 1: What is Zionism?

SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE: While the UN once said that Zionism is racism, because it provides a homeland for JUST the Jewish people, nothing could be further from the truth (It is not like Israeli Jews can immigrate to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran or Egypt). Secular Zionism flourished under Theodore Herzl (pictured) because he concluded, 40 years before the Holocaust, that the Jews would never be safe until they had there own land. Christian or Biblical Zionism is the belief that God preserved the Jewish people for 1,900 years, scattered them across the globe and then, according to His word, brought them home. “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land." Ezekiel 36:24 "Zionism is nothing more, but also nothing less, than the Jewish People's sense of origin and destination in the Land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish Nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself." - Abba Eban "Every empire that's enslaved him is gone, Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon. He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand, In bed with nobody, under no one's command." - Bob Dylan "For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest, until her righteousness comes out like brilliance, and her salvation burns like a torch." - Isaiah 62:1 "Zionism is, in sum, the constant and unrelenting effort to realize the national and universal vision of the prophets of Israel." - Yigal Allon

Who was the President of Palestine when Israel was rebirthed in 1948

There has never been a nation called Palestine. It is a myth that the Arabs and the Media continue to propagate. When Israel became a nation, it was the British who ruled the region (not state) of Palestine. The word Palestine has no Arab connection whatsoever. Before the British, it was the Turks for 400 years. Jerusalem was never important to Islam until the Jews began to reclaim it. Under Islamic rule, it was a wasteland.

The first nation to recognize Israel in 1948 was

Harry S. Truman immediately recognized the state of Israel against immense pressure from his own state department. "I had carefully read the Balfour Declaration. I had familiarized myself with the history of the question of a Jewish homeland and the position of the British and the Arabs. I was skeptical, as I read over the whole record up to date, about some of the views and attitudes assumed by the 'striped-pants boys' in the State Department." When the Jewish Agency, at the request that morning from Truman, formally asked for recognition they didn't even know the name of the new state. On the way to the White House, the established of the State of Israel was declared by our first Prime Minister at 4PM Israel time in Tel Aviv. They caught the currier just before he arrived at the White House, and with a pen, scratched out "Jewish State" and wrote in "Israel"! Truman signed it.

Who was Israel's first Prime Minister?

David Ben Gurion immigrated to Israel as a young man from Poland. He was raised as a staunch Zionist (the belief that the Jewish people will never be safe without returning to their own land as the Scriptures predicted). He worked in a collective farm clearing rocks in his early years and ended up becoming Israel's first Prime Minister after years of leading the effort for statehood. His passion was seeing the "desert blossom like a rose" and urged Israelis to move to the Negev Desert. Beersheva in the heart of the Negev is Israel's fourth largest city and host's Ben Gurion University of the Desert.

Israel returned the entire Sinai Desert to Egypt in exchange for what?

Camp David Accords and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process. The Camp David Accords, signed by President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in September 1978, established a framework for a historic peace treaty concluded between Israel and Egypt in March 1979. (https://history.state.gov/milestones/1977-1980/camp-david)

What new country was birthed on 80% of Historic Palestine in 1921?

In 1921, Transjordan was given autonomy to govern 80% of the land that the League of Nations had already promised to Israel at the 1920 San Remo conference. This country became known as Jordan. "The San Remo Resolution adopted on 25 April 1920 incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations were the basic documents upon which the British Mandate for Palestine was constructed. Under the Balfour Declaration, the British government had undertaken to favour the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." Many people refer to Jordan as the Palestinian Arab homeland. There were no ethnic differences between Arabs who lived on the East bank of the Jordan and those who lived on the west. Neither of them had independent countries. Jordan was invented and Palestine has never been a country. Even their flags are nearly identical.

In 1917 Great Britain released the "Balfour Declaration" that promised...

The Balfour Declaration was released by Great Britain at the end of WWII, to announce their support for the Jewish national homeland in the Biblical land of Judea, then called Palestine (which was a region, not a country). The allied forces took it from the Ottoman empire after 400 years of rule. It reads: His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. The document became international law when the San Remo conference, under the authority of the League of Nations (United Nations) adopted in 1920. There has been no legal repudiation of it. PS There is a street named for the United Kingdom's former Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour in Tel Aviv.

What, in your opinion, is the best reason to join Ron and Elana in Israel this Spring for Israel's 70th Anniversary since her rebirth?

Of course there is no wrong answer here, and we would love for you to come be with us this April! It is going to be amazing! ISRAEL TOUR ITINERARY: www.livingstonesisrael.com (You will need to copy/paste the link into your browser.)

When did Palestine become a country?

There has never been a country called Palestine. Most so-called Palestinians came from southern Syria. As the Syrian President of Syria said to Yassar Arafat in the 70's, "You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian People, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people."

What was the name of the Zionist, JEWISH-OWNED newspaper in Jerusalem before 1948?

Before the PLO was birthed and certainly before Israel became a nation, the word Palestinian was a generic word that had no connection with Arab life, ethnicity or culture. A Palestinian was anyone, Jew, Arab, Christian, Beduin or anyone else who lived in the "region" of Palestine. If you were Jewish you called yourself a Palestinian Jew. So, the Jewish newspaper being called the "Palestine Post" was perfectly normal. Shortly after Israel became a nation, they changed the name to the "Jerusalem Post".

Who changed the name of Israel to Palestine?

It was the Roman Emperor Hadrian who conquered Judea and the Galilee and changed the name to Philistia (Palestine) after the extinct ancient Philistines. His goal was to utterly destroy the Jewish people, as they continue to rebel against Rome. By exiling the people and changing the name of their homeland, he knew they would not survive more than two or three generations. And yet, God watched over his people for 1,900 years and brought them back to their homeland, just as he promised. (Jer. 31:10) The picture of the Bible map comically is titled "Palestine in the Time of Messiah." To be sure, there was no Palestine in the time of Christ!

Last night the FIRM conference began in Jerusalem. Even though it was not an outreach event, but a gathering of believers, there was about a dozen Orthodox Jewish protestors, While they were not violent, they were very vocal. To be clear, the majority of Orthodox Jews in Israel do not act this way. I have had many wonderful connections with Orthodox Israelis over the years. But they were young and indoctrinated and probably sent by someone.

They became extremely aggressive and the police were called. However, because the area just outside the meeting hall is public, there was not much they could do. I was shocked at how they yelled at the police. It breaks my heart that someone has trained them act with such disrespect.

Finally, as they were becoming louder and louder, one of the leaders of the conference brought out a speaker and plugged in his iPhone. Suddenly praise music in Hebrew began to drown them out. The believers began to dance and worship, as the presence of God was obvious…and the young protestors left one by one.

Personally, I am not interested in a contest to see who wins a debate or a shouting match. My heart longs to see their zeal for the Law turn into a zeal for God and His Messiah. As I left they spotted me outside—just a few of them—and shouted at me, “Missionary! Missionary!” I responded in Hebrew, “I love and you bless you,” and continued on my way.

Take some time now and pray for these young men to have dreams and visions about Yeshua, their Messiah! Thanks!

The country of Lebanon has officially banned Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, from their country. It is not because she is the daughter of Zeus, but because she is a daughter of Zion! I am speaking of the Israeli star of the movie “Wonder Woman”, Gal Gadot.

As one writer put it, “many accuse her of being a Zionist.” Eww! Yuck! A Zionist! They should have just written Nazi. By the way, a Zionist is someone (like me) who believes that Israel is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people, as promised in Scripture.

While Gadot was not quite the fierce warrior that Wonder Woman is, she did train combat soldiers during her compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). She is a huge supporter of the IDF, as can be seen in this Facebook post:

What Lebanon doesn’t understand is that in Israel, supporting the IDF is not merely supporting your armed forces—it is supporting your brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, sons and daughters. We are a civilian army, in which the gym rats and the computer nerds all serve together. Everyone serves. And it should be noted that when Gadot posted that on Facebook, Israel was on the receiving end of thousands of Hamas rockets aimed at killing and maiming as many Israeli children as possible.

Instead of expelling Hezbollah from their country, the terrorist group that has caused the deaths of countless daughters of Lebanon, they focus on the one country in the Middle East where Arabs have the most rights and freedoms. Israeli Arabs can vote for politicians and curse them in the same breath without any fear of repercussions. Head out to the beach in southern Tel Aviv any Saturday afternoon and you will see more hijabs than you can bargain for, as Muslim families freely and safely enjoy a barbecue by the Mediterranean.

In 2,000, when Israel left the South Lebanon buffer zone, we took in 10,000 Lebanese Christians who lived in the area because we knew Hezbollah would have killed them. Now, they enjoy a safe life in Israel.

The Arab nations have long fallen prey to exaggerations of Israel’s supposed atrocities—from believing that we kidnap Palestinian children on Passover to use their blood for Matzah (not kidding!) to believing rumors during Israel’s War of Independence that Jews were raping Arab women.

(Arab leaders like Hussein Khalidi, the secretary of the Arab Higher Committee put out the rumors. Reporter Hazen Nusseibeh confessed, “I asked Dr. Khalidi how we should cover the story,” recalled Nusseibeh, now living in Amman. He said, “We must make the most of this.” So we wrote a press release stating that at Deir Yassin children were murdered, pregnant women were raped. All sorts of atrocities.” This was confirmed by Abu Mahmud, a villager, “We said, ‘there was no rape,’ [but] Khalidi said, ‘We have to say this, so the Arab armies will come to liberate Palestine from the Jews.’”)

Now there appears to be a new rumor in Lebanon: Wonder Woman is real and she is fighting for the IDF! And she stole their falafel recipe!

 

 

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President Donald Trump YELLED at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem last week, saying,

“You tricked me in DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [of violence against Israel],”

according to Israel’s Channel 2.

You might remember a few weeks back, the diplomatic Abbas came humbly to the White House, where he spoke of his peaceful people. He told President Trump:

“Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.  And we are endeavoring to bring about security, freedom and peace for our children to live like the other children in the world, along with the Israeli children in peace, freedom and security.”

But apparently, Trump was provided with evidence to the contrary. It’s that whole thing about words verses action. For instance, just this week the Palestinians named a women’s center after Dalal Mughrabi who, along with others from the PLO hijacked a bus full of Israelis and killed 38 civilians. The Norwegians, who provided funds for the Women’s Center demanded their money back and their logo be removed from the center. Good for them. Even the U.N., notoriously anti-Israel, pulled support for the project.

Furthermore, just reported today, we now know the extent of payments to terrorists and their families from the Palestinian government. No doubt, this is what caused President Trump to dress down the Palestinian leader.

“The Palestinian Authority has paid out some NIS 4 billion — or $1.12 billion — over the past four years to terrorists and their families, a former director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and ex-head of the army’s intelligence and research division told a top Knesset panel on Monday.”

No Respecter of Protocol

It is a HUGE breakage of protocol to rebuke a fellow head-of-state (though Abbas is technically not a head-of-state), especially in front of his team, but Trump is no respecter of protocol. Abbas, who had been treated gently by Obama, was shocked at the President’s tone and reportedly, there was stunned silence for several minutes.

Israeli Knesset Member Michael Oren is right when he says, if we created a Palestinian State tomorrow, it would fail the next day (or shortly thereafter). When you teach your children hate and incite them to violence, you are not preparing to govern a country. Instead of focusing on education, institutions, medical facilities, infrastructure or the economy, they are focusing on glorifying suicide bombers. The issue is not merely “Do Palestinians deserve a state?” but can they govern a state? And that’s in the secular area of the West Bank.

What about Hamas

Gaza has been overrun by Hamas, who makes the Palestinian Authority, corrupt as they are, look like angels in comparison. After they won the hearts of the people through building hospitals and schools, they staged a coup and have been running Gaza like Iran for a decade. Their citizens live in terror. (Haven’t seen that reported on CNN!)

There is very little focus on building a functioning state, but instead they rely on donations from state-sponsors of terror to pay their bills. They literally can’t even afford the electricity that Israel provides them, but rely on the P.A. to pay the bill! In this way, they can focus on the more important matters of building terror tunnels with stolen concrete meant to rebuild homes, stealing U.N. aid from their people and using women and children as human shields.

Diplomatic Quicksand

President Trump has no idea of the diplomatic quicksand that surrounds this issue—an unsolvable puzzle and that has sucked the life out of more than a few diplomats. You are dealing with a people that has been brooding for 70 years or more in a culture of religious and racial inspired hate. And if the President pressures Israel to give up land, then he will be at odds with the God who put him in power.

There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. (Joel 3:2)

My prayer is that President Trump will see clearly and understand that as Jeremiah said, a leopard cannot change his spots. I understand the temptation. He is a dealmaker. But you are not dealing with two equals. One, a thriving democracy—creating breakthroughs in medicine, technology and defense. Another, an archaic region that condones wife-beating, death without trial and teaches hate and murder on television shows for children.

It is difficult to be in the business of killing innocent women and children for decades, celebrating murder like a holiday and setting up suicide bombers as role models, and then to suddenly love life, govern in righteousness and show goodwill to your neighbors.

The Big Letdown

In Israel, we have gone from elation over the President’s bold promise recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the Embassy from Tel Aviv, to deep concern over a $350 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia and him suddenly becoming convinced that he can bring peace to Israel and her neighbors. Don’t get me wrong. Every Israeli wants peace. But we have learned time and time again, it takes two to tango.

The best hope for the Palestinians is a new leadership. But with Hamas on one side and the Palestinian Authority on the other, there is little hope that a genuinely peaceful movement could even survive to gain power.

Prime Minister is Sober

Prime Minister Netanyahu made it clear this week that he is concerned. Yes, Trump has displayed more love and friendship towards Israel than Obama ever did, but Bibi made it clear that the US has not given Israel carte blanch as seen by the reversal on moving the embassy. The excitement in Israel over a Trump administration has quickly met reality.

“It is true that relations are warm and that there is a great understanding of our position, but a blank check? That is far from reality.”

“You heard President Trump. He came here, did extremely important things and touched us deeply, but he also said that he believes that Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) wants peace, and that I want peace. He also said that he believes that it is possible and necessary to arrive at an agreement.

“There is one fundamental thing that I always say: The reason there is no agreement is because they (the Palestinians) educate their children, generation after generation, that there will not be a State of Israel in any borders whatsoever.”

Bibi clearly thinks that President Trump is mistaken to believe that Abbas wants real peace. Bill Clinton learned this the hard way with Arafat, when, after investing countless days in a peace deal, Arafat simply said no, took his marbles and went home to start the second intifada. Hopefully Trump will see sooner rather than later, and by the tone of his rebuke to Abbas, it is looking like sooner, that peace with Israel has never been what they’ve sought—rather the elimination of Israel.


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For those who were watching closely when President Trump spoke in Israel, you may have noticed that he dated the Arab/Israeli conflict.

“We know, for instance, that both Israelis and Palestinians seek lives of hope for their children. And we know that peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis, which has dragged on for nearly half a century or more.”

What happened a half century, or 50 years, ago? Israel won the Six Day War, taking control of the Old City of Jerusalem. By saying this, President Trump’s speechwriters were clearly saying that the source of the conflict is Israel’s occupation of the Old City of Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza and not Arab intolerance of the Jewish nation.

This is straight out of the fictitious, Arab version of the conflict. The Saudis have been saying for years, “Go back to the 1967 borders and we will make peace.” But this was not the Saudi position before 1967, when she sought Israel’s destruction. Abbas told Trump during his visit to the once-Jewish city of Bethlehem:

“Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements … The problem is not between us and Judaism. It’s between us and occupation.”

Let’s Check History

If that were true, then the Palestinian Liberation Organization would have been created in 1967, or after. Before 1967, Israel did not occupy the West Bank or Gaza. However, the PLO, the organization that Mahmoud Abbas leads, was created in 1964—three years before Israel won Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, Gaza and the entire Sinai Desert.

Arab League Summit in 1964 where the PLO was Created to “Liberate” Palestine.

It was the Arab league, a group of 22 Arab states (13 at the time), who created the PLO when Israel’s width was a mere nine miles in some places. That includes Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and others.

Okay…follow me here…53 years ago, before Jerusalem was restored to Israel, the entire Arab world birthed a movement dedicated to the Liberation of Palestine. Are you tracking with me? This means that the Palestine they wanted to liberate was not East Jerusalem or the West Bank—as they were not in Israel’s hands at that time. They wanted to kill every Jew in Israel and fill the Mediterranean with their blood.

Gamal Nasser shared, via Cairo radio on May 16th, 1967, the Arab’s aim for the Jews:

“The existence of Israel has continued too long. We welcome the Israeli aggression. We welcome the battle we have long awaited. The peak hour has come. The battle has come in which we shall destroy Israel.”

If you still have doubts, how about this one:

“The Zionist barrack in Palestine is about to collapse and be destroyed. Every one of the hundred million Arabs has been living for the past nineteen years on one hope – to live to see the day Israel is liquidated… There is no life, no peace nor hope for the gangs of Zionism to remain in the occupied land.

“As of today, there no longer exists an international emergency force to protect Israel…The sole method we shall apply against Israel is a total war which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence.” – Cairo Radio’s Voice of the Arabs broadcast

Notice the use of the words, “occupied land.” If the conflict only began after Israel won the Six Day War, and the occupation refers only to the West Bank and Gaza, what are they talking about before Israel had the West Bank and Gaza? Clearly the goal, as stated, is to destroy Israel completely, including Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Need more proof?

“Brethren and sons, this is the day of the battle to avenge our martyred brethren who fell in 1948. It is the day to wash away the stigma. We shall, God willing, meet in Tel Aviv and Haifa.” – Radio broadcast by Iraqi President Abdel Rahman Aref.

Now, what does God say? Through the prophet Amos He declares:

“I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted
from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God. (Amos 9:15)

When Abbas tells President Trump that his only issue is the occupation, he is not referring to Israel’s victory in the Six Day War—but rather to Israel’s victory in the 1948 War of Independence, 69 years ago. Again, Abbas is the president of the PLO, created to destroy Israel before Israel ever took control of the so-called occupied territory.

Politicians!

So the concern I have for President Trump, the politician, is that he has many advisors, such as Secretary of State Tillerson and National Security Advisor McMaster, advising him to seek a comprehensive peace deal between the Arabs and Israelis, which will no doubt go against the word of God. God says He “planted Israel in their own land.” I can only assume they are advising him to use the embassy as a chip and will seek to get something from Israel in exchange for moving the embassy. Already they have called on Israel to transfer more land to the Palestinians in exchange for exactly nothing. This is dangerous.

We need to be praying for President Trump—Praying that he has a divine visitation of God regarding Israel and that he is not influenced by well-meaning politicians who think there is a political solution to this spiritual battle. President Truman had to stand alone against the most powerful Secretary of State in U.S. history, George Marshall, when he was the first head of state to recognize the new state of Israel. May President Trump find similar courage.

Silver Lining

While Trump did say that the conflict was 50 years old, he added two words that were not in his prepared notes. He said, “…this crisis, which has dragged on for nearly half a century or more.”

It was a small gesture, as any student of history knows that the Arab aggression against the Jews returning to Zion goes back nearly 100 years. It was 70 years ago that five Arab nations sought to annihilate Israel in the first few days of her existence. But it did show that President Trump was not unaware of what he was reading.

As believers we need to pray for the President, whom I believe is called to recognize Jerusalem, despite internal and external pressures, and, also, we need to let our voices be heard. Remember, this is a democracy and, if you are American, you have a role to play.

Nothing New

Other than his historic visit to the Western Wall and the love he is showing for Israel, there hasn’t been a huge difference policy-wise from Presidents before him.

  • He still thinks that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the key to Middle East peace, whereas it is clearly Arab aggression going back 100 years and now, radical Islam. If the Arabs had accepted a peace deal with Israel in 1948, we would not have the conflict we have today.
  • He wants Israel to give up land for a so-called peace.
  • He is pushing for a two-state solution which will most definitely lead to another Islamic terror state like the Iran he so despises, but on Israel’s border.
  • Like Bush and Clinton, he has made promises regarding the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving of the embassy, and not yet fulfilled them.

The key is prayer. There are spiritual forces at work here.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph. 6:12)


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