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Is it the End of the World?

Palestinians decry the Israelis’ security barrier, erected in the face of withering terror attacks. I am greatly disturbed by the condemnation of the barrier by Western Christians, who increasingly affirm the Palestinian narrative.

Bottom line: the security barrier (called an Apartheid Wall by Palestinian supporters) has…SAVED LIVES. Terrorist are no longer able to murder Jews via homicide bombers, especially in the capitol city of Jerusalem.

During one visit at the height of the Second Intifada, I opened the paper one morning to be greeted by the faces of murdered Israelis, on the front page of the paper. I asked several people at my hotel, in east Jerusalem, what they thought about the attack in Hebron. They just shrugged their shoulders.

Will anyone among the Palestinians’ supporters simply condemn the use of violence against Jews, and not tack on “but the ‘Wall’…” at the end of their sentence?

The world loudly decries the deaths of Arabs in the Arab-Israeli conflict, but is usually pointedly silent about Jewish deaths.

What a horrible and unacceptable response.

The title of this post is tongue-in-cheek. Many readers no doubt would think it overly sarcastic. Yet the Arab obsession with seeing everything Jewish in the Middle East as a disaster makes the title not too far off the mark.

Several momentous calendar dates vie for the title of “The Catastrophe” for the Palestinians, but perhaps none is as raw as the Israeli capture of the Old City of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967. It completed Israel’s conquest in another existential war.

The IDF’s lightning victory that summer was a political earthquake still being felt around the world. When Israeli paratroopers entered the Old City, it marked the end of “gentile rule” in the fabled city.

The status of Jerusalem continues to vex diplomats the world over. And this is exactly what the Bible predicts for the last days.

The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as a capitol of a future state. The Israelis insist they will not give it up.

What do you think will happen?

After the UN’s Partition Plan was approved on November 29, 1947, everyone knew hostilities had only just begun. Both the British and the French realized that trying to manage a blood feud between two peoples was a losing proposition, so both made exit plans.

When the British Mandate in Palestine ended on May 15, 1948—the day after the Jews declared statehood—five Arab armies invaded.

In the lore and myth that have arisen since then, facts have become obscured by each side’s narrative.

What can’t be denied, however, is that the new Israel Defense Forces was lightly equipped to fight an epic, existential war. The Israelis made do with second-hand equipment (right down to the canteens) as they prepared to win against a vastly superior force.

Yet somehow they did win. Some feel the victorious Israelis were led by the God of the Bible. Probably just as many people feel the battlefield victories were largely an accident of history.

What do you think?

Israel's War of Independence was won with second-hand gear

November 29 marks the 64th anniversary of the “Partition Plan,” approved by the UN. The plan, which passed by a majority vote, called for the establishment of a Jewish state and a Palestinian Arab state, on what was left of the original Palestine Mandate (Transjordan had been created the year before, on most of historical Palestine).

The Jews took the deal, the Arabs did not. Ever since, Arabs have referred to the establishment of Israel, the Partition Vote, the Six Day War, and evidently, every day since 1947 as “The Nakba,” or, the Catastrophe.

There are two basic versions to the story: the Arabs (remember, anyone living in Palestine at the time was “Palestinian”) say the Jews took their land. The Jews say the Arabs have never accepted them.

For many, the issue is the West Bank (the area known in the Bible as Judea and Samaria). The so-called Green Line is the armistice line from 1949, when the Arab invasion of Israel failed. Palestinians want that land for a future state, and interestingly, I do not believe the Bible mitigates against a Palestinian state in the last days. What we know for sure is that the Jews are there to stay (see Amos 9:15).

This tiny plot of land, surrounded by an invisible “green line,” is the source of world consternation.

Just as the Bible said it would be.

The West Bank