In part 2, I will address the more recent history of the Jewish people and the rise of Zionism, beginning in Israel circa 70 AD.
Since the very center of Judaism, the temple, was destroyed, many precepts had to be re-written. Thus was born Rabbinic Judaism, a religion of good works and not blood sacrifice and atonement. The ancient sages then wrote the mishna and the gemarra, which is 18,000 pages of oral commentary (called the Talmud) on the first five books of the scriptures - the Torah. The remainder of the Tanakh (which we call the Old Testament, the writings and the prophets) are not widely studied in Judaism, even today.
|A group of Jewish people celebrate the Torah in Jerusalem|
- You have no right to live among us as Jews
- You have no right to live among us
- You have no right to live
The crusades saw the deaths of many Jews in both Europe and the
The Spanish Inquisition, begun in 1492 (sound like a familiar year?), went after the Jewish people of
|European expulsions and resettlement of Jewish people|
|Fiddler statue in Netanya, Israel|
|Unfortunately, this fictitious book is still widely read (and believed) today.|
The first Zionist congress took place in
World War I began. A chemical called acetone was needed to make bombs, and was mainly available from
As spoils of war, the
Britian was grateful to Chaim Weizmann for his contribution to the war effort. Foreign secretary Arthur Balfour asked what Britian could do for him. Weizmann declared that his people were in desperate need of a homeland. Thus, the Balfour Declaration was issued in November of 1917, which said,
Jewish immigration to the
What followed was the murder of 6 million European Jews.
In the aftermath of World War 2, the horrors of the holocaust were brought to the forefront. The United Nations was formed, and in 1947 it drew up a plan called “Partition,” which split the remaining 23 percent of
Isaiah 66:8 says, Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as
The very day after Israeli Statehood was proclaimed, the infant country was invaded by six surrounding Arab countries:
Sadly, the Jewish quarter of the old city of
Many Arabs (about 700,000) on the
The strange thing about the Arab refugee situation is that about an equal number of Jews were then kicked out of surrounding Arab countries, where they had had a presence for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The difference is that tiny
Fast forward to 1967. The countries surrounding
Here is something to consider. Between the years of 1948 and 1967, no move was made to create a sovereign nation called "Palestine" by the Arabic people living there. Perhaps it is because those areas were under the control of Arab nations. The push for a separate state only began after Jewish control was established. Keep that thought in mind as we continue our journey through modern history.
The next war took place in 1973.
I don't deny that conditions for the residents of the Palestinian areas are bad. They are. What I do deny is that Israel is responsible for those conditions. Israel has a right and a duty to protect her citizens. The conditions are a direct result of the Palestinian leaders, such as al Husseini and Yasser Arafat, who for decades encouraged acts of terror against the people of Israel. The anti-Jewish rhetoric that is taught to small children in Palestinian schools is appalling. God holds leaders to a higher standard, with good reason. It's human nature - people tend to follow their leaders.
The modern-day “peace process” began under President George Bush Senior at a conference in
FYI, when reading an article on Israel, certain key words will tell you if the article has an anti-Israeli bias, such as “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” “Occupied Territories,” or “illegal settlements.”
So why is this all happening? Why is there such worldwide attention on a place that is about one-fifth the size of
Zechariah 12:10 says, in the context of the last days, that they will look upon Him who they have pierced and mourn. Yeshua says in Matthew 23, “You will not see me again UNTIL you say blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Ezekiel shows an allegory of the dry bones coming out of the graves BEFORE coming back to life. Romans 11 confirms that God is not done with His chosen people, and that someday all
The Jewish people are a living testimony of a faithful God. No other people group has survived as a distinct people group once kicked out of their country - for even a generation. Over 300 years ago, King Louis XIV of
|Jewish people worshipping at the Western Wall in Jerusalem|