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Return to Israel in Historical Perspective - Hubert_Luns

Return to Israel in Historical Perspective - Hubert_Luns

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The prevalent view is that the State of Israel came into existence is a direct consquence of the holocaust and that the Jews chased away the Palestinians in order to get land. There is some truth in it but it started much earlier, already in 1873. Indeed, the antisemitism drove many Jewish people to the land of Israel. The Bible talks about fishers and hunters who would ‘fish’ and ‘hunt’ the Jews back home. The fishermen are the Zionists, who want to fish the Jews to Israel, the hunters are the antisemites and anti-Zionists, who make life like hell for the Jewish people and cause them to get away. In this article a detailed step by step analysis is given of the process, also as regards the Palestinian question, which appears to be different than generally thought.
The prevalent view is that the State of Israel came into existence is a direct consquence of the holocaust and that the Jews chased away the Palestinians in order to get land. There is some truth in it but it started much earlier, already in 1873. Indeed, the antisemitism drove many Jewish people to the land of Israel. The Bible talks about fishers and hunters who would ‘fish’ and ‘hunt’ the Jews back home. The fishermen are the Zionists, who want to fish the Jews to Israel, the hunters are the antisemites and anti-Zionists, who make life like hell for the Jewish people and cause them to get away. In this article a detailed step by step analysis is given of the process, also as regards the Palestinian question, which appears to be different than generally thought.

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If I should forget you, O Jerusalem !
1 The failure to rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem 2 Allenby had the waters of the Nile flow to Jerusalem 3 The vital necessity of a National Home 4 – A people without a territory is like a man without a shadow 5 Persecution gave critical momentum to the return home 6 A new State is born 7 The year 1840 marks the dawn of the Messianic Age 8 Peace is the one thing that lacks… 9 The Gaza Strip expulsion Postscript Antisemitism, not yet of the past
 Notes:
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The appointed time by God 2)
 
The spinning of the dreidel and the connection to Daniel’s prophecy 3)
 
Antisemitism now, and then 4)
 
The writing of Herzl’s ‘Judenstaat’ 5)
 
The Balfour Declaration: a concerted action 6)
 
The Church instead of Israel? 7)
 
The number 33 in the period after Easter (Lag ba-Omer) 8)
 
Recent history of the Gaza Strip 9)
 
Rabbis warn the U.S.A. for disasters
 
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The Return of the Jewish People to Israel  — A Historical Perspective —
 If I should forget you, O Jerusalem !
 
This is, in our time, the story of the return from galuth (exile) of the Jewish people to the land of their ancestors, which in 1948 was to become the State of Israel. On 14
th
 May of that year, in the Tel Aviv Museum, a deeply moved Ben-Gurion proclaimed the Independence of Israel. “Eretz Yisrael (he said) was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here, their spiritu-al, religious, and political identity was shaped. Here, they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of a national and a universal significance, and gave the world the eternal book of books.” The miracle of Israel’s existence is the manifestation of the divine interven-tion. In it history and revelation are one - in a very special way, unmatched in other nations. The People of Israel exists as a constant reminder of God’s intervention in world history. This article is the story of God’s visible intervention in the wanderings of humanity, of which Israel is a token. In this connection I would like to draw your attention to the parable of the fig tree, representing God’s chosen people, which is explained “The parable of the fig tree”  . The blossoming of the fig tree, in Scripture, represents the restoration of the people of  Israel in the land of their ancestors. As clearly stated in Luke 21, in the time of one gene-ration, or seventy years, all the peoples of the earth will be witnessing their deliverance when the Sign of the Son of Man appears in heaven, sign also of the Reign of Peace.  Now that we are witnessing the shaping up of the literal fulfilment of Israel’s return to their inheritance provided by God, we will be allowed to witness a return to her spiritual in-heritance too. Holy Scripture has been covered for thousands of years as with a stale, impe-netrable cake, which caused a number of essential truths to escape the attention of the Chris-tians and their Jewish brethren. Yes, also of the Christians. It is the Prompter that will have to guide them in this
.
 
1 - The failure to rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem
Let us start with the remarkable account of the 4
th
 century failure to rebuild the Temple under the reign of Roman Emperor Julianus Apostata (361-63), which is brought to our at-tention in “The Church History” of Rufinus of Aquileia (ca. 345-410), here given in a translation by Philip Amidon S.J. (in 10:38-40). This sensational failure of an attempted reconstruction, places what happened in our times in greater perspective: (1)
 
«« Now such was Julian’s refined cunning in deception that he even deluded the un-happy Jews, enticing them with the sort of vain hopes that he himself entertained [a hope that was not born out of love for the people of the Book, but out of hatred from the bottom of his heart against Christianity]. First of all, summoning them to him he asked them why they did not sacrifice when on that subject their law included com-mandments. Thinking an opportunity had come their way, they answered:
“We cannot do so except in the Temple in Jerusalem. For thus the law ordains.”
 And having recei-ved from him permission to restore the Temple, they grew so arrogant that it was as though some prophet had come back to them. Jews came together from every corner and region and began to make their way to the Temple site, long since consumed by fire, a count having been assigned by the emperor to push forward the work, which was pursued with all earnestness and financed both publicly and privately. [Gregory of  Nazianzus (ca. 327-90) reports (in Or. 5:4) that Jewish women sold their valuables to
 
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contribute to the project.] Meanwhile they insulted our people as though the time of the kingdom had returned [also making a mockery of the two basilicas raised more than half a century earlier by Constantine the Great]. They threatened them harshly and treated them cruelly; in a word, they behaved with monstrous arrogance and pride. Cyril was the bishop of Jerusalem, following Maximus the confessor. The founda-tions, then, having been cleared, and quicklime and stone procured, nothing more was needed before new foundations could be laid the next day once the old ones had been dislodged. The bishop, however, having carefully weighed what was contained in Da-niel’s prophecy about the times on the one hand, and what the Lord had foretold in the Gospels on the other, insisted that the Jews would never be able to put a stone upon a stone there. Thus the suspense grew! And behold, on the night which alone remained  before the work was to begin, there was a violent earthquake, and not only were the stones for the foundations tossed far and wide, but almost all the buildings round about were levelled to the ground. The public porticoes too, in which the multitude of Jews was staying who were working on the project, tumbled to the ground, burying all the Jews inside. Now there was a chamber sunk down in the interior of the Temple which had its entrance between two porticoes that had been levelled to the ground; in it were kept some iron implements and other things necessary for the work. Out of it there suddenly burst a globe of fire which sped through the square, weaving this way and that and burning and killing the Jews who were there. This happened again and again with great frequency throughout the whole day, checking the rashness of the obstinate people with the avenging flames, while meantime all who were there were in such great fear and trembling that they were forced, however very unwillingly, to abandon their plans and admit that Jesus Christ is the one true God. And so that these things would not be held to have happened by chance, on the following night the sign of the Cross appeared on everyone’s clothing so clearly that even those who in their unbelief wanted to wash it off could find no way to get rid of it. Thus the Jews and the  pagans in their fright abandoned both the site and the useless project. »»
The picture above is of the First Australian Flying Corps flying over Palestine, taken by famous war photographer Frank Hurley (1885-1962). In 1917 Hurley became the first offical photographer to the Australian Imperial Forces. When he arrived at the Western Front his rank was honorary captain, but the troops, seeing how he took risks to get his pictures, dubbed him
“the mad photographer” 
. See movie
“As flying birds”
. 

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