Is Israel Violating The Laws of God?
A real corner was turned on Friday, July 19, 2013 when Secretary of State John Kerry announced that there would be a resumption of talks between the Palestinians and Israelis. Conflicting reports are still coming in, some people are saying no, they haven’t ironed everything out yet; these talks may still be in jeopardy. But we just don’t know, we’re going to have to wait and see how it all turns out when the parties get together to finalize everything. Nevertheless, we know that there is huge worldwide pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to work out a deal and to solve this vexing problem once and for all. So let’s back off for just a moment, we hear the continual drum beat that there needs to be two lands for two nations, for two people. There needs to be a division, but where will the lines be drawn? Israel must make compromises, the Palestinians must make compromises, so where is God in all of this? How did all of this begin?
God’s Original Intent
All of this began with God. In Genesis 15:18, God said to Abraham, I enter into covenant with you this day, that this land from the great river of Egypt in the South, to the Euphrates in the North, and from the Great Sea shall be your borders and this land will belong to you and your descendants after you forever. Okay, so God started this problem that Obama, Kerry, Abbas, and Netanyahu are wrestling with today. They are wresting with a problem that God started. Now God didn’t really start the problem, He just made a decree. It’s become a problem because people have resisted what God decreed, and they are still resisting to this day. God’s attitude toward the Promised Land that we also call, the Holy Land can be found in Exodus 23:31-33:
And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
Another passage that pertains to this is Judges 2:1:
And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you, and ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of the land; (there it is again, no peace agreements) ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.
Who Should Dwell There?
God brought the Children of Israel back to the Promised Land on May 14, 1948 and the nation was born. Then Nasser decided to pick a war against Israel in 1967, and when the dust cleared, Israel had inhabited most of the Promised Land all the way to the Jordan River and all the way to the Red Sea. God said, when I bring you into this, you are not to make peace agreements with them. However, the pressure from the International Community and the cowardness of the leaders of Israel has told another story. There were those in Israel at that time that fully understood what God told them to do.There’s a plaque to Shlomo Goren on the walkway up to the entrance to the Temple Mount. He was the Chaplain of the Israeli defense forces that captured the Temple Mount in 1967. On that day, when they stood on the Temple Mount for the first time since 70 AD, Goren handed a bundle of dynamite to General Gere, who was the Commanding General. He then proceeded to say, blow up these heathen shrines. Now General Gere said to him, “Rabi, be quiet.” Rabi Shlomo Goren insisted, this is a historic moment; you will go down in history. Blow up these shrines now! Then General Gere said, Rabbi, if you don’t be quiet, I will take you to jail. Shlomo Goren bowed his head and walked away slowly. He believed that the promise of God had just been fulfilled, that he had brought them back into their land. The Lord said you should throw down their altars. You’re not supposed to leave the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, you are to throw down their altars.
God loves all people the same. God loves Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans. But He does not compromise for us. His Word is true and His decrees are certain. So when God says this land belongs to the Seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that’s what He means. He will make provisions for others who humble themselves before Him, and do His will. America, Barack Obama, and John Kerry are pressuring Israel unmercifully, plus all of the nations of Europe. Again, God said to not make any league with the inhabitants, but they haven’t obeyed Him. You have not utterly driven them out. Consequently, I’m not going to drive them out. You’ve now disobeyed me so I’m not going to help you. Now they’re going to be in your sides since you did not drive out the inhabitants. If Israel had obeyed God in ‘67, they would be living in peace and security today. They would have their borders, they wouldn’t be wrestling with the division of their land, they wouldn’t be under all this pressure to go back into this little, 9 mile wide, strip. But because they have not obeyed God, they’ve lived through two intifadas, they’ve lost thousands of people, and have lived under the continual threat of suicide bombing. Why? Because the inhabitants of the land are being thorns in their sides.
Hope To Regain Their Nation
Now with all that in mind, here’s an article titled No Palestinian Nation (link) by Gil Ronen. It covers a speech given by Moshe Feiglin, a member of the Israeli Knesset. Feiglin does not believe that the land should be given away, period. Listen to what he says:
The very recognition that there is a Palestinian Nation that has rights in our country’s heartland is a tragedy in and of itself. When you recognize that a different nation has rights in your land, you lose your own legitimacy. When you surrender your sovereignty on the Temple Mount to the Muslim Wakf, and then you do not build at all in Jerusalem, which is what is happening now, you lose your legitimacy in Sderot, Tel Aviv, and Holon. In Universities in London and Paris, they are already explaining that there is no legitimacy for a Jewish State anywhere in the world. Now that is the result of these rounds of talks.
He goes on to say under the heading, “Rivers of Blood”, Feiglin is well known for his in-your-face brand of politics. On Wednesday, in response to his speech by a left-wing MK, he declared, “I am one of those delusional types you spoke about, I am one of those dreamers, those delusional types, those dangerous extremists.” Feiglin pointed to the Menorah symbol on the Knesset podium and asked: “Do you see this Menorah here? This is the Menorah of the Temple here. See? I do not forget it. It is the reason for my being here. I want it to be rekindled, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I am a dangerous delusional dreamer type. “I know of another delusional dreamer,” he said, and pointed to the portrait of Theodor Herzl, which hangs in the plenum. Do you know what he wrote in his book, Altneuland? That he wants a Temple. What will you say about that? Attempts to establish a two-state solution have exploded in the face of their initiators, Feiglin said, resulting in rivers of blood. “The Arab nation has received 22 states,” he went on. “They are not enough for it. Now they are falling apart and you want to establish another state for it?