Voices from Israel #4: A Place in History


THIS PLACE IS PART OF
YOUR HERITAGE. THIS PLACE IS PART OF
YOUR DREAM. PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE ARE IN
CHARGE OF THE LAND OF THE BIBLE. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT
THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY TIMES
IN HISTORY WHEN CHRISTIANS HAVE LOOKED THE
OTHER WAY WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE
WERE BEING ATTACKED. WE WILL ULTIMATELY SEE
THE WORLD CHANGE. GOD’S PURPOSES FOR ISRAEL
JUST MARCH ON, DON’T THEY? SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN. WE’RE BACK TO OUR
“VOICES FROM ISRAEL SERIES”
ON THIS PROGRAM. WE’VE INTERRUPTED THIS SERIES. THE NEWS IS COMING SO
THICK AND FAST AND WE ARE ALMOST ALONE
ON OUR SIDE OF IT,
AS CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS, AS SUPPORTERS OF THE HOLY LAND
AND AS BELIEVERS IN BIBLE
PROPHECY AND SO ON. WE’RE VERY BUSY WITH THE
DEVELOPMENTS THAT COME UP, SO FROM TIME TO TIME,
WE NEED TO INTERRUPT THE SERIES. BUT, “VOICES FROM ISRAEL”
WAS A SERIES FOLLOWING A
TYPICAL TOUR OF OURS AND SITES WE VISIT AND WE HAVE WITH US TONY DERRICK
WHO IS OUR TRAVEL MANAGER. GOOD TO BE BACK WITH YOU, TONY. IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK, ZOLA. ON TODAY’S PROGRAM WE’RE GOING
TO LOOK AT A TOUR AND WHERE
ARE WE GOING TO GO? WE ARE GOING TO ENTER THE
OLD CITY ON THIS TOUR, THROUGH THE ZION GATE. WE WILL TRAVEL THE STREETS OF
THE CITY INTO THE CARDO. THE ROMAN STREET THAT WAS THERE. EXACTLY, ONE OF THE FAVORITE
PLACES OF OUR TOURS BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE A LOT
OF SHOPS ARE, WHERE PEOPLE CAN TAKE A FEW
MOMENTS OF SUPER SHOPPING,
TO DO A LITTLE SHOPPING. WE WILL VISIT DAVID’S TOMB, THAT REGAL PLACE THAT’S SET
ASIDE AS DAVID’S TOMB AND THEN MORE FASCINATING,
I THINK, IS THE UPPER ROOM WHERE WE ASSEMBLE TOGETHER
AS YOU KNOW AND THE SOUND REVERBERATES
THROUGH THE ROOM AS WE SING, USUALLY,
“AMAZING GRACE”. OH YES, THAT’S A THRILL. OUR PEOPLE REACT VERY WELL IN
THE UPPER ROOM. OKAY, LET’S GO THEN. WE BEGIN OUR DAY OF TOURING AT
ZION GATE IN JERUSALEM. OUR ISRAELI TOUR GUIDE, ZVI RAVI
EXPLAINS THE HISTORY OF MT. ZION AND SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT
HAPPENED AROUND THIS GATE. WE WALK INTO THE OLD CITY TO
DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF
NARROW PASSAGEWAYS SNAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH
THE ANCIENT TOWNS. OUR FIRST STOP IS THE CARDO
WHERE WE SEE ROMAN COLUMNS,
CRUSADER WALLS AND BYZANTINE MOSAICS,
LIKE THIS ONE DEPICTING THE CITY
AS IT WAS IN THE 5TH CENTURY. A LIFE SIZE RECREATION OF THE
TEMPLE MENORAH IS HERE, BUT, THERE’S MUCH MORE HISTORY
LYING JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE. THIS WALL IS FROM KING HEZEKIAH,
721 BC. JERUSALEM HAS BEEN BUILT
OVER AND OVER AGAIN UPON ITSELF
FOR MILLENNIA. HERE ARCHAEOLOGISTS HAVE DUG
DOWN BELOW STREET LEVEL
TO FIND HISTORY WAITING. WE CONTINUE THROUGH THE
JEWISH QUARTER WHERE WE SEE SMALL CHILDREN
FREE TO WALK AROUND IN PEACE
AND SAFETY. AS WE STEP INTO A DOORWAY
NEARBY, ZVI INTRODUCES US TO THE
SITE OF DAVID’S TOMB. NOW A SYNAGOGUE, THIS PLACE
IS A REMINDER OF THE ANCIENT
JEWISH ATTACHMENT TO THIS CITY WHERE DAVID
RULED AS KING. AS WE WALK ON, ZVI CALLS OUR
ATTENTION TO VARIOUS
POINTS OF INTEREST. THIS COMPLEX YOU SEE HERE WAS
RESTORED BY THE CRUSADERS
IN THE 12TH CENTURY. AS WE HEAR THE SOUNDS OF
CHURCH BELLS RINGING, WE GO UP THE STAIRS LEADING TO
THE UPPER ROOM WHERE INSIDE,
ZOLA TEACHES US FROM SCRIPTURES. THIS IS THE UPPER ROOM. THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE
FORMER CHRISTIANS THOUGHT THE
LOCATION WAS AUTHENTIC BECAUSE THESE ARCHES WERE PUT
HERE BY THE CRUSADERS. YOU CAN SEE THOSE ARE
EUROPEAN ARCHES. MUSLIMS PUT A PRAYER NICHE
IN HERE FACING MECCA. THEY ARE SOMETIME WORSHIPERS
OF JESUS WHO THEY REGARD
AS A PROPHET. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT
PART OF IT IS, IT’S WHERE CHRISTIANS REMEMBERED
THAT THIS WONDERFUL BIBLE LESSON
TOOK PLACE. IN OTHER WORDS, FROM THE FIRST
GENERATION TO THE SECOND
TO THE THIRD UNTIL THCRUSADERS CAME AND
LATER CHRISTIANS AND SO ON. IT GIVES THE PLACE A CERTAIN
AUTHENTICITY. WE CAN’T BE EXACT, BUT IT’S
PROBABLY THE RIGHT PLACE. IT’S THE RIGHT KIND OF HOUSE,
IT’S GOT THE VERY GENEROUS
UPPER ROOM. IT’S GOT 1ST CENTURY STONES IN
THE FOUNDATION OF THE HOUSE,
WHICH IS IMPORTANT. A CATHOLIC PRIEST TOLD ME ONCE,
WHO WAS AN ARCHAEOLOGIST, WHEN WE WERE HERE, THAT THOSE
STONES, SOME OF THEM, SMALLER ONES HAD BEEN DRAGGED
ALL THE WAY HERE AND PLACED AGAINST THE
FOUNDATION FROM THE TEMPLE MOUNT
AFTER THE TEMPLE WAS DESTROYED. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT,
JEWISH WORSHIPERS WHO BELIEVED
IN JESUS, THOUGHT THAT PART OF THE TEMPLE
OUGHT TO COME HERE TO THIS
BUILDING AND WENT DOWN THERE AND GOT
STONES AND PACKED THEM AGAINST
THE FOUNDATION OF THE PLACE AND THOSE STONES WERE FOUND A
MILE FROM WHERE THEY STARTED. THAT’S A HEAVY JOB, OF COURSE. AND THE DISCIPLES MUST HAVE
WALKED FROM THIS ROOM, DOWN THE HILL TO THE SOUTHERN
GATE OF THE TEMPLE AT THE TIME
OF PENTECOST. THEY GATHERED IN THIS ROOM. IT SAYS, A MIGHTY WIND
FILLED THE HOUSE WHERE THEY
WERE SITTING. THIS PROBABLY IS THE HOUSE. AND IN THIS ROOM,
JESUS TAUGHT SOME THINGS
SO GERMANE TO THE FAITH. LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED,
YOU BELIEVE IN GOD,
BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. REMEMBER THEY ARE ALREADY JEWS
BELIEVING IN GOD. THIS PASSAGE INDICATES THAT
YOU NEED MORE THAN THE LAW
TO BE SAVED. YOU NEED ALSO TO BELIEVE
IN THE MESSIAH. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE
GARDEN TOMB YESTERDAY. THESE MANY MANSIONS, BRIDAL
CHAMBERS, WE’RE MANY BRIDES IN
THE CHURCH. BUT, THERE’S A MANSION FOR EACH
OF US IN HEAVEN AND HE’S GONE TO
PREPARE THOSE PLACES. AND HE GOES OUT OF HIS WAY
TO SAY. IF IT WERE NOT SO,
I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU HE WOULDN’T ASK US TO WAIT A
LIFETIME AND CARRY THIS CROSS IF HE WEREN’T REALLY
COMING BACK FOR US. AND I OFTEN THINK THERE ARE
CHURCHES THAT TEACH HE’S NOT
COMING BACK FOR THEM, AND I THINK THEY’RE RIGHT. THIS IS SO GERMANE TO
CHRISTIANITY. WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND AN
EARTHLY RELIGION? AS PASTOR VAN DER HOEVEN OF THE
FORMER CHRISTIAN EMBASSY CAME TO
OUR GROUP ONE TIME AND SAID, IF I GO TO THE TOMB OF MOHAMMED,
IT’S SEALED. HE’S IN THERE. IF I GO TO THE TOMB OF BUDDHA,
IT’S SEALED. HE’S IN HIS TOMB. IF I CRY TO THOSE PERSONALITIES,
HELP ME. THEY WOULD ANSWER, HELP YOU.
I COULDN’T HELP MYSELF. BUT WE WENT TO THE TOMB
OF JESUS YESTERDAY. WAS THERE A BODY?
YOU EXAMINED THE GRAVE. IT’S EMPTY. HE’S GONE, GONE TO PREPARE
A PLACE FOR US. IT’S BEAUTIFUL THAT WE HAVE
AN EMPTY TOMB. WE DON’T WORSHIP AN EMPTY TOMB,
BUT IT’S A WONDERFUL PIECE
OF EVIDENCE. WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD BUILD
SUCH A TOMB OUT OF STONE
AND PAY FOR THAT AND NEVER USE IT, EXCEPT A MAN
OF THE KINDNESS AND FAITH OF
JOSEPH OF ARAMETHEA. JESUS WENT ON, WE REALIZED YESTERDAY THAT THIS
IS A PROPOSAL OF MARRIAGE, THIS WHOLE IDEA OF HIS GOING TO
HEAVEN LIKE THE BRIDEGROOM GOES TO HIS FATHER’S HOUSE AND
PREPARES A PLACE FOR THE BRIDE, HE’S GOING TO COME BACK
AND TAKE US THERE. IT’S A ROMANTIC THING. IT’S IN THE BOOK OF LUKE,
JESUS SAYS WITH DESIRE, HAVE I DESIRED TO
EAT THIS PASSOVER WITH YOU. SO IT’S A LOVE STORY. AND I CALL IT THE CHRISTIAN
LOVE STORY WHEN I TEACH IT. I ALSO CALL IT “CONGRATULATIONS,
YOU’RE ENGAGED”. WOW, IT’S THE ANSWER TO ALL
THOSE WHO SAY HE NEVER CLAIMED
TO BE THE MESSIAH. EITHER HE CLAIMED TO BE
THE MESSIAH OR HE’S
COMPLETELY CRAZY. WHICH OF US CAN SAY,
I AM THE WAY, NOBODY COMES TO
GOD BUT THROUGH ME? ONLY ONE PERSON CAN SAY THAT.
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL STATEMENT. I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH
AND THE LIFE (SPEAKING HEBREW)
THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE. AND THAT ANSWERED THOMAS. HE DIDN’T SPEAK UP AGAIN. BUT, THEN PHILIP SPOKE UP
AND HE SAID HE SAID SHOW US HERE IN THIS
ROOM WHAT ABRAHAM NEVER SAW, WHAT KING SOLOMAN NEVER SAW,
WHAT JOB NEVER SAW,
WHAT NOAH NEVER SAW. SHOW US ALMIGHTY GOD
AND WE’LL BELIEVE YOU. WHAT A STATEMENT. JESUS WOULD HAVE BEEN WITHIN
HIS RIGHTS TO SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW PHILIP, I’M GOING
TO SHOW YOU GOD REAL SOON HERE. I’M GOING SEND YOU ON
AHEAD OF US. BUT, HE WAS MUCH KINDER
THAN THAT. HE HAD SEEN ENOUGH TO KNOW. THE DISCIPLES CONDITION OF
OBJECTIONS AND QUESTIONS,
THEY WERE LIKE US. THEY WEREN’T PERFECT
IN THEIR FAITH. PETER IS GOING ON HERE SHORTLY
AND DENY HE EVEN KNEW THE MAN,
THREE TIME OVER. THOMAS DOUBTS EVERYTHING
HE SEES. PHILLIP ASKS ANNOYING QUESTIONS. JUDAS TURNED HIM IN ALTOGETHER. THAT’S FOUR OUT OF TWELVE. THAT’S A THIRD OF THE ONE’S
HE CHOSE THAT WENT SOUR
MORE OR LESS. BUT, THEN PETER RECOVERED BY THE
TIME OF PENTECOST, DIDN’T HE. IT’S ONLY 7 WEEKS LATER AND HE
PREACHED A SERMON FROM THE
PROPHET JOEL AND OBSCURE PSALMS. I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO GO THE
LORD’S 40 DAY BIBLE SCHOOL. HE SAYS HE WAS WITH THEM FORTY
DAYS AND HE TAUGHT THEM THE
THINGS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WHAT’S THE SUBJECT OF THAT
6 WEEK BIBLE COURSE? THE OLD TESTAMENT. THAT’S WHERE THE KINGDOM OF GOD
ARE WRITTEN. IN EZEKIEL, IN ISAIAH,
IN JEREMIAH THE LION WILL LIE DOWN WITH
THE LAMB, MEN SHALL NOT LEARN WAR ANYMORE
IN MY HOLY MOUNTAIN. UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN,
A SON IS GIVEN. THOSE ARE THE THINGS
HE TAUGHT THEM. BOY, WHEN THEY GOT DONE WITH
THAT 6 WEEKS, THEY WERE CHANGED MEN AND THEY
WENT ON AND CHANGED THE WORLD. BUT IT ALL STARTED RIGHT HERE
WHEN JESUS DREW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT WE KNOW IS WORLDLY
RELIGION AND CHRISTIANITY, THE BEAUTIFUL POINT THAT THE
MESSIAH IS GOING TO RETURN. NONE OF THESE OTHER GODS IS
SCHEDULED FOR A TRIP BACK. NONE ARE GOING TO TAKE US
OUT OF HERE. FALSE MESSIAHS MAKE CLAIMS OF
ALL KINDS EVEN TODAY, BUT,
I HAVEN’T HEARD ONE SAY, ♪ HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH,
♪ HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH. FOR A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL AND
THE MIDDLE EAST, ASK FOR ZOLA’S FREE MONTHLY
NEWSLETTER, THE LEVITT LETTER. ZOLA’S NEW KINGDOM CATALOG
DESCRIBES HIS BOOKS, TEACHING
TAPES AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSE. FOR ZOLA’S FREE NEWSLETTER
AND CATALOG, PLEASE CALL YOU KNOW, YEARS AGO, TONY,
WE HAD A TOUR IN THE UPPER ROOM AND OTHER GROUPS STARTED
TO COME IN. THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM NIGERIA,
THERE WERE ORIENTALS, I MEAN THE WORLD SORT OF WALKED
IN SO I WRAPPED UP OUR LESSON THINKING THE OTHER TEACHERS
WOULD WANT TO SPEAK AND WE JUST USUALLY CLOSE OUR
SERVICE WITH “AMAZING GRACE”
AND AS WE SANG IT, ALL THOSE PEOPLE FROM ALL
THOSE NATIONS SANG IT,
EACH IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. AND IT WAS LIKE PENTECOST. IT WAS VERY, VERY TOUCHING. I THINK WHEN PEOPLE GO INTO
THE UPPER ROOM AND REALIZE THEY’RE IN THE VERY
PRESENCE OF THE LORD,
SOMETHING COMES OVER THEM. IT’S VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL PLACE
TO BE AND VERY AUTHENTIC,
I THINK. OUR PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS TOUCHED
AT THE TIMES OF TEACHING
IN THE UPPER ROOM, THE TIME THEY CAN SPEND
IN PRAYING AND
THE SINGING TOGETHER. WE’RE REALLY IN AN
INTERNATIONAL PLACE. THE LORD HEARS ALL PRAYERS
IN ALL LANGUAGES. AND THAT’S WHEN OUR LORD SAID,
I’LL GO TO PREPARE A
PLACE FOR YOU AND I’LL COME BACK AND TAKE YOU
THERE SO YOU CAN BE WHERE I AM. MOHAMMED IS NOT SCHEDULED FOR A
TRIP BACK AND NEITHER IS BUDDHA
BUT, OUR LORD IS. WELL, WE WENT THEN AND TALKED
WITH PRIME MINISTER BARAK ABOUT
THE PEACE PROCESS. AN OFFER WAS PUT ON THE TABLE BY
AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT THAT IN EXCHANGE FOR END OF
CONFLICT AND CERTAIN ISRAELI
SECURITY DEMANDS, WOULD GIVE THE PALESTINIANS AN
INDEPENDENT PALESTINIAN STATE, NO PROVISIONARY, INDEPENDENT
PALESTINIAN STATE CONTIGUOUS
OVER 90+% OF THE WEST BANK AND 100% OF THE GAZA STRIP WITH
A RIGHT OF RETURN FOR REFUGEES
INTO THE PALESTINIAN STATE, OF COURSE, NOT IN TO ISRAEL AND
EVEN CERTAIN FOOTHOLD
IN EASTERN JERUSALEM IN THE ARAB POPULATED
NEIGHBORHOODS AS PART OF
THEIR PALESTINIAN CAPITOL. THE OFFER WAS MUCH CLOSER
TO THE PALESTINIAN DEMANDS
THAN TO OURS, BUT I SAID WITH ALL MY
RESERVATIONS, OUT OF NATIONAL
RESPONSIBILITY, I AM READY TO TAKE IT AS
A BASIS FOR NEGOTIATION
IF THE OTHER SIDE WILL. I FOUND OUT THAT ARAFAT DID NOT,
WAS NOT READY, WALKED OUT OF THE ROOM AND TRIED
SINCE THEN TO TURN TO TERRORISM IN ORDER TO DICTATE HIS DEMANDS
AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE
WILL NEVER YIELD TO AND I BELIEVE THAT IT GAINED US,
BOTH THE MORAL HIGH GROUND IN
THE EYES OF HONEST PEOPLE AND THE ULTIMATELY HONEST
GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD AS WELL AS THE UNITY THAT WE
ENJOY NOW, FACING THIS DAILY
STRUGGLE AGAINST TERROR. THIS IS NOT CONFLICT ABOUT LANDS
WHEN WE WILL COME IN THE FUTURE TO DAYS IN WHICH THE CONFLICT
WILL BE ABOUT BORDERS OR LANDS,
THEN WE CAN SOLVE IT. IT’S ABOUT EXISTENCE OF THE
STATE OF ISRAEL AND I
WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAIN. LET’S ADOPT FOR THIS TALK,
THE IDEA OF THE INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNITY AND ALSO PRESIDENT BUSH’S VISION
ABOUT HOW TO END THE CONFLICT
IN A 2 STATE SOLUTION. NOW, USUALLY YOU CAN FIND
PALESTINIANS TALKING ABOUT THE
NEED OF 2 STATE SOLUTION AND ABOUT THE NEED AND
OBLIGATION OF THE
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ESTABLISH A NEW
PALESTINIAN STATE AS
HOMELAND OF PALESTINIANS. BUT THEN, ALSO IN TABA AND
CAMP DAVID 2 YEARS AGO, ARAFAT, THAT COULD HAVE
CELEBRATED NOW, THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF A
PALESTINIAN STATE, SAID NO. AND WHY, BECAUSE IT WAS NOT
LAND, BECAUSE HE DEMANDED THEN, THE RIGHT OF RETURN OF REFUGEES
TO THE LAND OF ISRAEL. NOW IF THE CONCEPT IS THAT THE
PALESTINIAN NARRATIVE IS THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
STATE OF ISRAEL IS THE DAY OF
DISASTER, OK, AND THERE’S A NEED TO ESTABLISH
A NEW HOMELAND FOR PALESTINIANS, HOW COME HE STILL DEMANDS THAT
THE 2 STATES ISRAEL AND PALESTINE WILL HAVE
TO NEGOTIATE ABOUT PEOPLE OR
INDIVIDUALS OF HIS OWN PEOPLE. WE WILL NEVER BE APOLOGETIC
ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE WON AND
SURVIVED THE RULES THAT WERE IMPOSED UPON US BY THE
PALESTINIANS AND THE ARAB WORLD. WE RESPECT THEM.
WE UNDERSTAND THEIR NEEDS. WE ARE READY TO STRETCH OUR ONE
HAND TO MAKE PEACE, BUT WE WILL NEVER LOSE OUR
SIGHT FROM THE SWEATS
FROM OUR OTHER HAND FROM HAVING A FINGER ON THE
TRIGGER TO DEFEND OURSELVES. WE ARE LIVING IN, NOT IN THE
MIDWEST, BUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THAT’S TOUGH NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE
PEOPLE WHO CANNOT LOOK REALITY
IN THE EYE AND READY TO FIGHT FOR
THEMSELVES, WOULD NOT SURVIVE. MY MOTHER CALLED ME ONE DAY
AND SHE WAS VERY UPSET. IT WAS AFTER ONE THE SUICIDE
BOMBER ATTACKS IN OUR CITY AND SHE SAID, IT TOOK ME BACK TO
1929 WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL,
A CHILD IN HAIFA AND SHE REMEMBERED THEN
THAT SHE HAD TO HIDE BECAUSE ARABS RAN AFTER JEWISH
PEOPLE WITH KNIVES CALLING (SPEAKING ARABIC)
AND KILL ALL THE JEWS. SO, WHEN YOU ARE JUDGING OR
THINKING ABOUT THIS CONFLICT, IT’S NOT ABOUT BORDERS,
IT’S ABOUT A CONFLICT
THAT GOES SO MANY YEARS. IF WE WANT TO STICK TO ANY PIECE
OF LAND THAT WAS PROMISED TO US
BY THE ALMIGHTY, WE’LL END UP WITH HAVING WITHIN
OUR BORDERS, MAYBE ONE THIRD
OR 30% OR 40% OF PALESTINIANS. NOW, IF THERE IS ONLY ONE
POLITICAL UNIT BETWEEN THE
JORDAN RIVER, SEVERAL DOZEN MILES TO THE EAST
AND THE MEDITERRANEAN ABOUT ONE
TO TWO MILES TO THE WEST HERE. THERE LIVE 10 MILLION PEOPLE. IF THERE IS ONLY ONE POLITICAL
UNIT CALLED ISRAEL OF THIS AREA AND 6.5 ARE ISRAELI AND
6.5 ARE PALESTINIAN IT WILL BECOME INEVITABLY EITHER
NON-JEWISH OR NON-DEMOCRATIC. IF THEY CAN VOTE AS A
COLLECTIVE, IT’S A BI-NATIONAL
STATE PAR EXCELLENCE. IF THEY CANNOT VOTE, IT’S AN
APARTHEID SYSTEM PAR EXCELLENCE. NEITHER IS DISONI’S DREAM. SO, THIS IS PAINFUL FOR ME AND I
WAS CRITICIZED BY MY SUPPORTERS
ON THE LEFT FOR SHOWING TOO MUCH SYMPATHY,
EMOTION TO THE SETTLERS. THEY ARE REALLY PIONEERS, BUT WE
SHOULD REALIZE THAT THERE IS A
CONTRADICTION HERE BETWEEN THE NEEDS OF JEWISH
IDENTITY, WHICH MEANS TO SET A BORDER
WITHIN WHICH WE’LL HAVE
A JEWISH MAJORITY SOLELY TO ONE FULL GENERATION IN
OUR AFFILIATION EMOTIONAL AND
OTHERWISE TO ALL THESE PLACES. WE HAVE TO LET THE HEAVILY
POPULATED AREAS BECOME A
PALESTINIAN STATE WITHOUT LOSING OUR SITE OF OUR
RELATIONSHIP TO IT AND CONCENTRATE ON A SLIGHTLY
SMALLER, BUT MUCH MORE HOMO-
GENEOUS JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE THAT WILL BE STRONG AND STABLE
HERE FOREVER. PRIME MINISTER BARAK SUPPORTS
THIS LAND FOR PEACE IDEA. FRANKLY, I DISAGREE
AND SO DO MANY OTHERS. I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY
PRECEDENT FOR PEOPLE TO GIVE UP
THEIR LAND JUST SO SOMEBODY WON’T
ATTACK THEM. WE TALK ABOUT THIS CONCEPT THAT
ISRAEL IS SOMEHOW GOLIATH AND THE POOR PALESTINIANS AMOUNT
TO THE TEENAGE YOUNGSTER DAVID IN SOME KIND OF VERY
UNEVEN BATTLE. WHEN EVERYBODY’S LOOKING AT THIS
CONFLICT, IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE THE BIGGER,
WE HAVE THE POWER,
WE HAVE THE WEAPONS AND THE PALESTINIANS ARE THE
UNDERDOG IN THE STORY. BUT, FOR US, IT IS TOTALLY
DIFFERENT BECAUSE AFTER ALL
WE’VE PASSED, EVEN AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND BEFORE
IN THE HOLOCAUST AND BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT OUR
MORAL STANDARDS PREVENTS US AND
WILL PREVENT US IN THE FUTURE, TO USE THE POWER JUST TO
DEMOLISH, YOU KNOW, ALL THE
PALESTINIANS CITIES, WE FEEL VERY VULNERABLE
IN THIS CONFLICT AND THAT’S WHY THERE’S A NEED
FOR US IN EVERY AGREEMENT TO BE SURE THAT WE ARE TAKING
CARE FOR THE SECURITY OF THE
NEXT GENERATION. I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE FACING
A WORLD WAR AGAINST TERROR
AND IT WILL TAKE YEARS, MAYBE HALF A GENERATION,
NOT SEVERAL MONTHS
OR A YEAR OR TWO AND THERE IS NO WAY,
NOTHING TO MAKE A SHORTCUT. IT’S GOING TO BE A MARATHON
NOT A SPRINT AND NOTHING SHORT OF COMPLETE
AND UNCONDITIONAL VICTORY OVER
RADICAL MUSLIM TERROR WILL DO. WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND IT WELL. THE OBJECTIVES OF THESE
TERRORISTS ARE, NUMBER ONE, TO ROOT THE U.S.
PRESENCE AND INFLUENCE ON THE SAUDI ARABIAN PENINSULA
OUT OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA. NUMBER TWO, IS TO TOPPLE DOWN
THE RELATIVELY PRAGMATIC
MODERATE ARABIC REGIME AND THE OBSESSIONS THEN MOVE ON
TO THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL. I WATCHED ON TV, THERE WAS
AN INTERVIEW OF A
PALESTINIAN MOTHER AFTER HER SON, 15 YEARS OLD,
WAS A SUICIDE BOMBER AND SHE’S TALKING ABOUT SENDING
THE OTHER SON, SO, UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S NOT A
WAR SOLDIER AGAINST SOLDIERS, THIS IS THE KIND OF WAR THAT WE
ARE PARTICIPATING IN. I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE DEALT
WITH LIKE THE PIRATES, THE WAY THAT OUR FOREFATHERS
DEALT WITH PIRATES
ON THE HIGH SEAS. NAMELY, EVERY VESSEL
BECAME A TARGET. NO PORT WAS ALLOWED TO HARBOR
THEM OR GIVE THEM FRESH FOOD
OR FRESH WATER AND WHOEVER VIOLATED, BECAME
AUTOMATICALLY ISOLATED FROM THE
REST OF THE WORLD. IT TOOK OUR FOREFATHERS SOME 20
YEARS TO ACHIEVE A SEA CHANGE AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE FACING
THE SAME ROOT BASICALLY
THE STRATEGY AND THE POLICIES THAT ARE TAKEN
BY THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION
UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH SET A VERY HIGH STANDARD OF
MORAL AND STRATEGIC CLARITY AND I BELIEVE THAT THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING THAT
SHOULD HAPPEN IS THAT ALL THE DEBATES THAT
WE HAVE, WE SEE IT IN AMERICA
SO TYPICALLY AND ALL THE WORLD ARENA
WILL NOT DILUTE THIS CLARITY. THERE REALLY ARE NO SURPRISES
IN THE ISRAEL SITUATION TODAY. PROPHECY PREDICTS IT ALL. HEAR THE PALESTINIANS DENY
ISRAEL’S EXISTENCE, THEY USE TERROR,
THEY TELL LIES,
THEY ARE CHEATS. I’M SORRY TO PUT IT IS SUCH
PLAIN WORDS, BUT THAT’S
ALL I CAN SAY. THEY ACCUSE ISRAELIS OF
BARBAROUS THINGS. THEIR TV NOW SHOWS ISRAELI
SOLDIERS, SUPPOSEDLY CUTTING OFF
PEOPLES HEADS AND SO FORTH, LIES AND MORE LIES,
PROPAGANDA AND SO ON. I DON’T FAVOR THIS
LAND FOR PEACE THING. OF COURSE, THEY WANT THE LAND. BUT, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO
GIVE PEACE. THEY SIMPLY WANT THE WHOLE LAND. WHERE WE’RE GOING IS INVASIONS
LIKE GOG AND MAGOG
AND FINALLY ARMAGEDDON IN THE UNBELIEVERS UNDENIABLE
QUEST TO GET THE JEWS
OUT OF ISRAEL. THAT’S THE WHOLE REST
OF SECULAR HISTORY. WELL, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT,
WE ARE GOING TO SHA’ALU SHALOM YERUSHALYIM,
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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