Three Days That Shook The World: June 26 & July 9 & 16

There’s an old adage: “putting oneself into another’s shoes”. It means trying to see things from another person’s perspective. That’s very hard to do, but when we succeed at it, we gain at least two valuable things: Not only does one gain a better understanding of what the other person is going through, it also helps us to predict how the other person will react to a situation. This can be very helpful in getting along with other people. That same principle may be applied to predict outcomes of situations for entire populations of people, whether we are sympathetic towards them or not. Understanding how our enemies are likely to react may mean the difference between war and peace, life and death. I hope you’ll put yourself in the other person’s shoes as you read this article. It’s about how the state of Israel is likely to react to recent events. If acted upon wisely, we may prevent a lot of unnecessary suffering in the Holy Land, and its negative effects on the rest of the world.  .
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JUNE 26
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Let’s start with the happenings of June 26;
1) First, Palestine (the Palestinian Authority/Fatah/PLO) filed documents with the ICC concerning possible war crimes committed by the Israeli military (IDF) in the latest Gaza war, and any civilian leaders who gave orders to the IDF. On the surface, one would think this is entirely reasonable and moral.
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However, one might want to stand in the shoes of Israel for a second. From that point-of-view, Hamas and other Palestinian groups habitually locate missile batteries in heavily populated civilian areas. Consequently, any retaliation for attacks from such batteries almost inevitably results in civilian deaths. Yet, from a strict legalistic perspective, whenever civilians are killed in the course of returning fire, a war crime may be adjudged as having been committed. This will inevitably lead to any member of the IDF involved in returning fire at Palestinians being subpoenaed to the Hague to face an international tribunal for committing a war crime–from the top of the chain of command all the way down to the soldiers who actually fire back–and members of Israel’s government, too.
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In essence, this makes it illegal under international law for Israel to return fire when Palestinians fire rockets at Israel from missile launchers based in populated areas. And, if Israel doesn’t turn over their soldiers when they fire back, the entire nation will be subject to international sanctions, from economic embargoes to possible military intervention. No national government on Earth can remain in office if it insists its people accept unending attacks without the right to retaliate. Nor can Israel’s government. That alone is likely to push Israel to act pre-emptively against Palestinians.
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And then there’s #2;
As if the PA going to the ICC weren’t enough, on the very same day the Vatican signed a treaty with Palestine. This will boost international recognition and support for Palestine (and Palestine’s side of the disagreement) for every nation in which there are Catholics. A majority of members of the UN General Assembly already support Palestine–this will amplify and hasten Israel’s isolation, without Israel having any reasonable survivable alternative.
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Why no reasonable alternative? Well, if one looked at the map of the original partition of the British Mandate back in 1947, the parts given to Israel could only reasonably be sustained (back in that era) if
1) Palestinians were in favor of the partition and were happy to cede that land to Israel
or 2) If Israel fought and won the inevitable war if Palestinians rejected the partition.
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Option 2 happened. From that day, neither side has budged an inch, while the animosity from continued strife has built up over almost a century. If Israel were to go back to the ’48 borders, it would be with the understanding that they were committing collective suicide. Nor could Israel reasonably rely upon the international community to ensure their security, as that same international community will have now allied itself with Palestine to put them in this impossible position.
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JULY 9
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Perhaps things weren’t volatile enough for some people…
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The article states, “A re-established and self declared Israeli Sanhedrin, the religious High Court composed of 71 sages, has declared that it is putting Pope Francis on trial unless he retracts his statement that the Jews have no right to the land of Israel or to Jerusalem.”
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While I don’t believe Pope Francis ever literally stated, “Jews have no right to the land of Israel or to Jerusalem”, what I think the writer meant is that by recognizing a separate nation of Palestine based on the pre-67 war boundaries, the entire Old City of Jerusalem must return to full Palestinian control. That would mean Israeli Jews may once again be denied access to their most sacred sites. The part about “no right to the land of Israel” probably reflects the belief of some Jews that Palestinians have no Biblical right to inhabit the West Bank, or as some call it, “Samaria”. People who view things that way would look on any form of recognition of Palestinian rights to live in the West Bank as a negation of their presumed Biblical right to occupy the same land. Hence, a religious court trial of the Pope.
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Whether this Sanhedrin has widespread popular support or not matters little. What matters is that in this day and age of the internet and viral rumor-mongering, Catholics all over the world are going to be outraged that these Jews–and it will be hard to distinguish this group from all other Jews in peoples’ minds–has the utter audacity to put God’s representative on trial. And they will remember that in the Bible’s New testament, a Sanhedrin ruled that Jesus must die. All the old wounds between the peoples will be re-opened, at least to some extent. In a world and time in which Israel is increasingly isolated, this will speed up the process. 
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The more isolated Israel finds itself, the less value in restraining policy to retain international support. And who will Israelis blame for this? Palestinians.
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Was there enough fuel for the fire to light the fuse to set off the powder keg?
On July 16, the ICC lit another match to make sure the fuse was lit…
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JULY 16
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The ICC wants their prosecutors to try members of the IDF for the deaths that occurred on May 31, 2010, while boarding one of the ships (the “Mavi Marmara”) that together comprised the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Again, on the surface, this appears like a reasonable course of action. However, what it means from an Israeli point-of-view is that Palestinians are attempting to use international pressure to permit free access to Gaza’s port for ships of any nation, carrying any cargo. In light of Hamas’ continued animosity towards Israel, coupled with the accumulated anger and misery the blockade has created, it’s a virtual certainty that free sea access to Gaza will lead directly and immediately to importing much more deadly and damaging missiles. These, in turn, will be used to kill Israeli civilians and troops.
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Without a true peace between the enemies, no Israeli government can go along with this. Again, the blame for this–from an Israeli perspective–will fall on Palestinians.
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There’s a passage found in the King James Version of Isaiah that goes like this.
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Isaiah 14:29;
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken:
for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice,
and his fruit will be a fiery flying serpent.”
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Isaiah 14:31;
Howl, O gate; cry, O city, whole Palestina art dissolved:
for there shal come from the north a smoke,
and none shall be alone in his appointed times.”
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Btw, here’s a definition of a cockatrice, by Merriam-Webster:
“a legendary serpent that is hatched by a reptile from a cock’s egg and that has a deadly glance.”
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A picture of a cockatrice can be seen at
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And a picture of a General Atomics Predator Drone at
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Take a look at both pictures. Now, try reading Isaiah 14:29, but substitute “Predator Drone” for “cockatrice”, and “Hellfire missile” for “his fruit will be a fiery flying serpent”.
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In the previous post, “What’s Going On In The Holy Land, Part 1”, the point was made that humanity has a choice. By our choices, we help determine whether prophecies are fulfilled with more or less love, and with more or less violence.
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Take the prophecy of Matthew 24, especially verse 15-25: once one understands that “those who are in Judea” refers to the majority Palestinian population in the southern half of the West Bank–what was in ancient times called “Judea”–one can readily see a vision of an IDF invasion of the West Bank and Gaza. This would be the result of one set of choices that pushed Israel into such a desperate position that it chose to do what a cornered animal is likely to do; lash out with no concern for the consequences.
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Unless something radically changes in the inter-peoples dynamics of the Holy Land, that’s the course we’ll remain upon. By accelerating the collision, Matthew 24 will be fulfilled exactly as written, but in the most violent form. (see the previous article; “What’s Going On In The Holy Land, Part 1”) There won’t be a last-second turning away before the Holy Land erupts, and whatever salvation comes humanity’s way will come from a Source beyond the control of any one religion or its associated clergy. That Source is God.
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If we choose wisely, all the violence depicted in the prophecies mentioned here may be fulfilled with the tragedy of the last Gaza war. If we turn aside from the present course, it will only be because the Holy Spirit is working within us, placing our feet firmly upon the path to a just peace–a happy alternative presented to us by a loving God who nevertheless will permit us to learn the hard way, if we insist.
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What do you think?