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Jerusalem the stumbling block

October 10th, 2007  ·  23 Comments

The international community will bring the Israelis and Arabs together in Annapolis, Maryland next month to again try to solve the Middle East conflict according to its own wisdom and humanist agenda. It will fail, as it has every other time, and it looks like Jerusalem will once again be the stumbling block that prevents any real progress down the false path to peace.

Israel’s deputy prime minister is openly admitting that the division of Jerusalem will be on the table at the upcoming summit. Even Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, once the mayor of what he insisted would always be the “eternal, undivided capital” of the Jewish people, seems to be backing that position.

But rather than jump on the offer and then work to get more later, the Palestinians are hardening their positions before negotiations have even began, making demands that would necessitate uprooting well over 100,000 Jews from densely populated neighborhoods – a concession the Palestinians know full well Olmert is simply in no position to make.

Why would they do this? Why would the Palestinians make demands they know it is impossible for Olmert to meet, instead of taking everything he is offering now and then demanding more later?

The Palestinians and the backers of their cause claim that offers that do not meet 100% of their demands cannot be accepted because doing so would prevent them from ever reaching their full goals. I would like to note that in 1993, Yasser Arafat and his PLO ostensibly renounced the use of terrorist violence against Israel and recognized the right of the Jewish state to exist. That, however, clearly did not stop Arafat and his Palestinians from employing terrorist violence against Israel and seeking Jewish state’s ultimate demographic demise through a “Palestinian right of return.”

So why now would accepting most of eastern Jerusalem prevent the Palestinians from continuing their “struggle” to ultimately wrest control of all Jerusalem from the Jews? Arafat also seemed to be stricken by this lack of logic when in 2000 he turned down Ehud Barak’s offer of about 95 percent of Judea and Samaria, including the eastern half of Jerusalem. This was the same Arafat who knew in 1993 that he could sign deals with Israel and then not live up to his side of the bargain, while retaining the support of the world for future concessions.

Something or someone muddled Arafat’s thinking in 2000, just as Abbas’ is being muddled now. To me, it is clear that the Lord is hardening the hearts of Israel’s enemies to prevent the world and Israel’s own delusional leaders from going too far down this path of destruction.

That should come as no surprise to those who read and believe the Bible. Zechariah 12 states that in these days Jerusalem will be made a stumbling block, an immovable stone to all the nations that try to move it, a hindrance to their plans.

Expect the Annapolis summit to fail (even if the leaders make some kind of “feel good” statement at its closing), and expect Jerusalem to be the reason.

Other good takes on the planned division of Jerusalem:

Jameel over at the Muqata notes that in the Bible, the mother who was willing to divide the baby she claimed as hers was revealed by Solomon to not be the true mother.

The Elder of Zion points to an Arab report that the Palestinians are willing to put Jerusalem under Jordanian sovereignty – kind of a “if we can’t have it, then neither can the Jews” move. However, if the Palestinians are so ready to let the Jordanians come in, is Jerusalem really as important to them as they claim?

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23 comments so far ↓

  • 1 Rob // Oct 10, 2007 at 7:20 pm


    Does the PM have the authority to make such major concessions without Knesset approval? I can’t believe that there is no such devise to prevent him from doing this.

  • 2 Ryan // Oct 10, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Rob – Yes and no. There is really nothing “official” in place stopping Olmert from signing an agreement that surrenders half of Jerusalem. If he did do it, I am sure the Knesset would vote to overthrow his government, but in the eyes of the world, that would no longer matter.

    Olmert insists that he has a mandate to do whatever he wants to make “peace” by virtue of his election victory, and despite the fact that ever poll ever taken shows that a very large majority of Israelis opposes dividing Jerusalem, even as part of a final peace deal.

  • 3 David in Oregon // Oct 11, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Ryan: Let’s face it. Even if the deal was made and Israel gave the Palis everything they are requesting, it would only be a matter of days before hamas, hezbalah, or fatah, or one or more others of these hard to spell, hard to stomach, evil organizations of satan would once again strap explosives to themselves and enter an Israeli restaurant and blow themselves up, taking many innocent Israeli’s with them, or they would fire rockets into Israel or whatever their evil hearts could imagine to do to kill Jews or Christians.
    Until the end we will see and hear the same things. Peace! Peace!, but there will be no peace.

  • 4 Marsha Carol Watson // Oct 11, 2007 at 4:13 am

    Ryan, this article should be printed in every major newspaper and magazine in the United States……This article is a real “wake up call.”

    You are an annointed vessel of the Lord, called to sound the alarm to any and all who will stop, and hear.

    You may not have begun with “Thus said the Lord,” but I know this is God’s revelation to you to give to all who will hear. You have been given the message…..now may God supernaturally send people to your website to read this great truth.

  • 5 john // Oct 12, 2007 at 2:54 am

    In theory your right, but you ignore the almost absolute control of the Anti-Jewish forces, both in the world at large and the Anti-Jewish “Israelis” in specific. There is no meaningful Right-wing opposition. New elections may put the same types, al be it different faces, back into power. OK, let say Likud took the reigns of power, so what. Bibi would want to make a strong cabinet by forming a unity government with the next largest party, Labor. Then you will see a government where the tail wags the dog. The different is that the people will have no say at all for 4 years. During this time the left-wing technocrats will have a field day.

    That is why there is a very high likelihood that Israel will sign over the Old City to some entity. This will eventually reinstate the British “Peel” doctrine. Essentially this will restrict Jewish Rights to limited prayer. People should look up that piece of nasty British history in Palestine.

  • 6 john // Oct 12, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Someone wrote that it would be rejected in the Kennest. Perhaps, but it wouldn’t matter. At best, the world will treat it as a permanent offer and a starting point for further negotiations. More likely it will be turned into a UN demand. Either way the Kennest will be ignored.

  • 7 David in Oregon // Oct 12, 2007 at 5:24 am

    John: There are a few other possibilities that you haven’t considered. There could be a military coup. I think that is highly likely if they try to give away the Temple Mount, East Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.
    The second possibility is divine intervention. The prayers of the saints have a lot more power than people know.
    A third possibility is a major war involving Iran, Syria, Palestinian terrorists, Hezballiah, and Hamas. And possibly involving many more nations. In which case there would probably be devine intervention just as we have seen in past Israeli wars.
    We can’t be too quick to count YHVH out of the equation. The political talking heads have no power at all. All they care about is feathering their nests.
    Let’s give praise to He who holds the future!

  • 8 Nathan // Oct 12, 2007 at 6:29 am

    If Israel would not be willing to deal with Abbas (who is a bastard terrorist) then wouldn’t the only other option be the status quo which is only going to lead to a larger regional conflict? It’s bad but what is worse, Yassar Arafart could still be around.

  • 9 Marsha Carol Watson // Oct 12, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    I am crying out to YHVH for Divine Intervention…..prayer with fasting is the key to Victory……The fasting will break the yoke when nothing else will!

  • 10 Jeannette // Oct 13, 2007 at 12:13 am

    As you said, Ryan, “it is clear that the Lord is hardening the hearts of Israel’s enemies…The Lord hardened the heart of Pharoah, so that he would not let the people go. He did this to show His might and power to the then known entire world. The fame of God’s deliverance spread far and wide, and is still known today. Our mighty God is going to act in His time and in His way. God does not make mistakes.
    Thy will be done, Lord.

  • 11 julian -In Australia // Oct 13, 2007 at 4:36 am

    The enemy is bold, fearless, arrogant, very demanding –remember these are wolves, dogs, and wild asses that Israel is dealing with. On the other hand we have the sheep, who are scared, indecisive, and are willing to concede Land that actually belongs to The Christ (The White Stone, or rather the Capstone) (… ‘this is the city of the Great King’) to satan, the enemy, the Black stone, Kabbah.
    —Who is going to prevail, the Hungry wolves or the frightened sheep?
    Remember the most hated man around the land of Israel about 3,000 years ago, was king David, because he was the one who NEVER NEGOTIATED with the enemy but rather got rid of them (out of the land); the dogs, the wolves, and the wild asses..

  • 12 bruce // Oct 15, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    the only thing to be done is to send the palisw packing over to jihad land where they belong.

  • 13 bruce // Oct 15, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    the only thing to be done is to send the palis packing over to jihad land where they belong.

  • 14 Peggy McIlveene // Oct 17, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    This is all playing out Father Yahveh’s plans. Once all the Jews have been removed from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and there is a contiguous line of nothing but Palestinians in the area, Obadiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled, and the Palestinians will cease to be. Israel WILL be victorious, because He has promised it will be so, and what He promises WILL be done! Hang in there!

  • 15 KarenMarie // Oct 18, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Zech. 14:12-16

    And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. 13) And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor. 14) And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15) And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. 16) And it shall come to pass that everyone that is left of all the nations which come against Jerusalem shall even go up form year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Host, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17) And it shall be, that whosoever will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of host, even upon them shall be no rain.

  • 16 julian -In Australia // Oct 20, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Destruction, destruction, –shout, shout! –My brother Judah, keep the Torah, this is the only thing that will prevent your enemy from crushing you. –Remember the song of Moses, the one who had the double portion spirit, about the blessing and the cursing, and what he foresaw. Don’t say in your heart: “all will be well because the most high God is with us” -unless you bring yourself under his Torah, you will have his protection, but other than that Doom, Destruction, and Desolation. –Do you have to be Beaten and replaced by your sons and daughters in order to learn?

    —–For the love of Zion —–

  • 17 Lee // Oct 20, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Greetings Everyone,
    Although i have mixed opinions on Pat Boone,he has written a great little article over at CBN.COM>>>http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/252922.aspx
    If we can only get fellow Christians who don’t share our same Love and Views on Israel and the Jewish People, to see the Truth about Israel and the Jewish Peoples contributions to the WORLD through-out History.
    Not to mention what the Scriptures tells us !

  • 18 Al // Nov 1, 2007 at 4:38 am

    If the church would only remember that we follow the King of Israel,
    the Messiah Yeshua, and proclaim Him as such, God would use this to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy.

    The problem is we do not present Him as the Jewish Messiah, which is who He is, first and foremost. We who are Gentile Christians are grafted into a Jewish household of faith. Because of this, the restoration of Jerusalem, and the land of Israel to Jewish sovereignty should be our highest priority if we truly desire God’s kingdom to be manifest in this world.

  • 19 Charles // Dec 4, 2007 at 2:16 am

    Yes a stumbling stone . With the Palestinians repeatedly stating that they will not accept Israel as a Jewish state how can Bush still push his ( Saudi ) plan. Even the Saudis said they would never accept a Jewish state . Even with an I.Q. of 83 to 90 Bush should be able to see this as a failure . Still I can’t see Israel needing to be saved by Jesus unless we are not able or willing to help Israel . I also remember where the Lord will send fire on those that dwell “carelessly” in the isles . Does this mean those that does not care what happens ( to Israel). Will we reach that point or at least our leaders will not care to help Israel in-lieu of oil ?

  • 20 David in Oregon // Dec 17, 2007 at 1:25 am

    I agree with much of what you say, however, there are other things that we must do.
    We must also realize that “Torah” is for us as well as for the Jews. Contrary to popular opinion, the Torah was not done away with. Paul did not teach that Torah was done away with. When the Jews see the followers of Yeshua HaMoshiach also following Torah which makes them “complete Jews” then they will become jealous. They will see us keeping Shabbat, honoring the Father’s Holy festivals, worshiping the Moshiach of all the Earth. (Not just the Jewish Moshiach)
    Then we will be the Congregation of Yeshua like we were prior to the days of Constantine when the “church” in Rome was founded and introduced idolitry, heresy, the sword and worldiness to the followers of Jesus.
    I am prepared for the many comments which will probably come my way as a result of this contraversial position. I would suggest that we all throw away our commentaries and prayerfully search His Word.

  • 21 Al // Dec 17, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    David in OR,

    You absolutely correct!
    There is little that is Jewish or Torah centered in the way the church acknowledges who Yeshua is. We should be celebrating all of the feasts in the Scriptures as a testimony to Israel to provoke them to jealousy. Instead we follow pagan traditions that were handed down to us (i.e. Christmas and Easter). When the Jewish people see us doing exactly what pagans do, why should they believe us when we claim to follow their Messiah??

    They probably think we are crazy. And I can’t say I blame them.
    For example, God never said He was changing the Sabbath from the 7th day to the 1st. This is a pagan invention because for millenia the sun god was worshipped on the 1st day of the week. Yeshua only taught the Torah which clearly states the Sabbath is the 7th day, which is reflection on how God created the universe. Six days of creation. The 7th day was to be set aside as distinct from the rest of the week.

    The fact that we don’t even use His real name, Yeshua, should be a red flag to all true believers. This needs to be restored so that everyone, both Jew and Gentile, know we follow the JEWISH Messiah.

  • 22 David in Oregon // Dec 18, 2007 at 3:14 am

    Amen Al! It is wonderful to talk to a brother who understands the whole Scripture. It seems the vail is lifting slowly from not only the eyes of our brother Y’udah, but also from many of Ephraim. Let’s keep praying and telling others the wonderful news.

  • 23 akhter // Jun 7, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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    The Nazi Roots of Modern Radical Islam

    By Tom Knowlton

    The recent “Letter to the American People” allegedly authored by Osama bin Laden is a virtual ideological manifesto for Islamic extremists. It serves to outline the perceived grievances of radical Muslims against Israel and the West.

    The letter claims, “It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses,” dating the conflict between Jews and Arabs back to the Biblical conflict between Abraham’s two children: his eldest son, Ishmael (from who Arabs are believed descended), and his younger son, Isaac (from who Jews are believed descended). Some Muslims believe that Isaac usurped Ishmael’s birthright.

    Likewise, prominent imams such as Abu Qatada, Omar Muhammad Bakri, and Abu Hamza regularly echo this claim that Arabs and Jews have been bitter enemies from the dawn of time.

    However, if one examines the history of the Middle East, there is very little evidence of constant warring and animosity between Jews and Arabs.

    In fact, when the city of Jerusalem fell to Christian Crusaders in 1099, the defenders of the holy city had been a combined force of Jews and Muslims. After the Crusaders captured the city, they massacred Muslim and Jewish citizens alike and left the survivors to flee Jerusalem. Not until the Muslim hero Saladin defeated the Crusaders in 1187, did the Jewish population even begin to return to Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem’s Jewish community continued to prosper under the Muslim Nahmanides in 1267. But the community’s true renaissance occurred during the 15th and 16th centuries, when a large influx of Jews were welcomed into Jerusalem by the Ottoman Empire after being expelled from Spain.

    For four centuries under Ottoman rule, Arab and Jewish neighborhoods peacefully coexisted. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the region came under British mandate. The early days under the British also saw relatively peaceful coexistence continuing and manifesting itself in the form of Arab and Jewish neighborhoods springing up in the “garden neighborhoods” of Talpiot, Rehavia and Beit Hakerem.

    However, after over 700 years of peaceful coexistence, the true start of the Arab-Israeli conflict can be dated to 1920 and the rise of one man, Haj Amin Muhammad Al Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem. As grand mufti, al Husseini presided as the Imam of the Al Aqsa Masjid in Jerusalem, the highest Muslim authority in the British mandate.

    History shows Al Husseini to be a brutal man with aspirations to rule a pan-Arabic empire in the Middle East. He rose to prominence by actively eliminating those Jews and Arabs he considered a threat to his control of Jerusalem’s Arab population, and he heavily utilized anti-Jewish propaganda to polarize the two communities.

    In 1920 and again in 1929, Al Husseini incited anti-Jewish riots by claiming the Jews were plotting to destroy the Al Asqa Masjid. The riots resulted in the massacre of hundreds of Jewish civilians and a virtual end to the Jewish presence in Hebron.

    The 1936 Arab revolt against the British is believed to have been at least partially funded by Nazi Adolf Eichmann, and Al Husseini again ordered armed Arab militias to massacre Jewish citizens.

    When British authorities finally quelled the rebellion in 1939, Al Husseini fled to neighboring Iraq and helped to orchestrate a 1941 anti-British jihad. As in Jerusalem, the British successfully put down the rebellion and Al Husseini fled to Nazi Germany.

    Al Husseini found the Nazis to be a strong ideological match with his anti-Jewish brand of Islam, and schemed with Hitler and the Nazi hierarchy to create a pro-Nazi pan-Arabic form of government in the Middle East.

    Dr. Serge Trifkovic documents the similarities between Al Husseini’s brand of radical Islam and Nazism in his book The Sword of the Prophet. He noted parallels in both ideologies: anti-Semitism, quest for world dominance, demand for the total subordination of the free will of the individual, belief in the abolishment of the nation-state in favor of a “higher” community (in Islam the umma or community of all believers; in Nazism, the herrenvolk or master race), and belief in undemocratic governance by a “divine” leader (an Islamic caliph, or Nazi führer).

    The Nazis provided Al Husseini with luxurious accommodations in Berlin and a monthly stipend in excess of $10,000. In return, he regularly appeared on German radio touting the Jews as the “most fierce enemies of Muslims,” and implored an adoption of the Nazi “final solution” by Arabs. After the Nazi defeat at El Alamein in 1942, Al Husseini broadcast radio messages on Radio Berlin calling for continued Arabic resistance to Allied forces. In time, he came to be known as the “Fuhrer’s Mufti” and the “Arab Fuhrer.”

    In March 1944, Al Husseini broadcast a call for a jihad to “kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion.”

    On numerous occasions, Al Husseini intervened in the fate of European Jews, most notably blocking Adolph Eichmann’s deal with the Red Cross to exchange Jewish children for German POWs.

    Moreover, Al Husseini personally recruited Bosnia Muslims for the German Waffen SS, including the Skanderberg Division from Albania and Hanjer Division from Bosnia. The Hanjer (Saber) Division of the Waffen SS was responsible for the murder of over 90 percent of the Yugoslavian Jewish population.

    SS leader Heinrich Himmler was so pleased with Al Husseini’s Muslim Nazis that he established the Dresden-based Mullah Military School for their continued recruitment and training. In 1944, Hanjer commandos parachuted into Tel Aviv and poisoned drinking wells in Jewish communities in an effort to stir up ethnic tensions.

    After the fall of Nazi Germany, Al Husseini fled to Cairo, Egypt in 1946 rather than face war crime charges for his actions in Yugoslavia. But he continued his operations.

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Al Husseini worked closely with a pro-fascist group in Egypt called Young Egypt. In 1952 Gamal Abdul Nasser, a prominent member of Young Egypt, was among military officers who seized control of the Egyptian government from King Fu’ad. Al Husseini is reported to have been responsible for bringing Otto Skorzeny, the Nazi commando once labeled by the OSS as “the most dangerous man in Europe,” into the employ of the Nasser government.

    Similarly, Al Husseini had a strong influence over the founding members of both the Iraqi and Syrian Ba’ath party. Strong evidence exists that al Husseini was instrumental in the arranging of Nazi war criminal Alois Brunner’s employment as an advisor to the Syrian general staff.

    However, al Husseini’s central role in the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964 is perhaps his most indelible mark on the Middle East today.

    The radical Imam was the spiritual mentor of the first chairman of the PLO, Ahmed Shukairi, and saw that much of his ideology was instilled in the organization. More importantly, Al Husseini used his extensive connections to recruit financial supporters for the PLO throughout the Arab world.

    Almost 30 years after al Husseini’s death in 1974, the Palestinian people still revere him as a hero and embrace his radical theology. The “Arab Fuhrer’s” close Nazi association and virulent anti-Semitism is perhaps the reason that Hitler’s Meinf Kampf is ranked as the sixth all-time bestseller among Palestinian Arabs.

    Several of his descendants remain active in Palestinian affairs today.

    Al Husseini’s grandson, Faisal Husseini, was part of the PLO since 1964 and served as minister without portfolio in the Palestinian National Authority, with responsibility for Jerusalem until his death in May 2001.

    The radical imam’s nephew, Rahman Abdul Rauf el-Qudwa el Husseini, has been a major player in Palestinian terrorism for almost 40 years. He was the guiding force behind the merging of the Fatah faction into the PLO. In 1990, Rahman Abdul Rauf el-Qudwa el Husseini was responsible for the Palestinian community’s support of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.

    Most Mideast observers today recognize the younger Al Husseini by the secular name he adopted as his own in 1952, Yasser Arafat.

    By the late 1980′s many of the PLO’s radical Muslim financiers had become disillusioned with the increasingly secular nature of the Palestinian movement. Yasser Arafat’s support of Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s strongly angered and prompted many of these extremists in the Persian Gulf states to reduce or all together withdraw their financial backing of the PLO.

    An astute emerging Sunni terrorist, Osama bin Laden, capitalized upon Arafat’s political misstep and transformed his al Qaeda organization into the prime recipient of financial support from Sunni Muslim radicals. That funding has enabled bin Laden to wage terrorist attacks on western and Israeli interests for over a decade. His most recent “Letter to the American People” echoed al Husseini’s propaganda claim that “the Israelis are planning to destroy the Al Aqsa Masjid.”

    The is little doubt that throughout history the Arabs and Jews have encountered the kind of friction that comes from any two distinct religious or ethnic groups sharing the same geography. However, that history has largely been one of relatively peaceful coexistence.

    The divergence from that pattern occurs in 1920 with the rise of a virulent anti-Semitic mufti of Jerusalem whose ideology embodied more similarities to that of Nazi Germany than to the historical Islam of Saladin or the Ottoman Turks.

    The wave of extremist Islam that has plagued the world in the latter days of the 20th century and into the opening days of the 21st, has little to do with ancient history or Islam. The cause lays largely at the feet of Haj Amin Muhammad Al Husseini, who utilized murder and anti-Semitism to consolidate his power over his fellow Arabs and further his personal quest to be caliph of the pan-Arab world.