Biblical Astronomy


October 2000


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            The following is the New Moon Report for the Hebrew month Ethanim (Tishri) compiled by Nehemia Gordon.

            “On September 28, 2000 the New Moon was seen by 3 observers looking from the lookout point on top of Mt. Hezekiah (Har Hizkiyahu) which is a 20 minute drive north-west of  Eilat, near Mt. Uziyahu.  The moon was seen by Magdi Shamuel, Yudah Cohen, and Yosi Gaber.  There were clouds on the horizon and the moon kept moving in and out of the clouds.  Magdi was the first observer to see the moon at 18:45 and it only remained visible for a short time.  Immediately after sighting the moon with the naked eye, Magdi confirmed the observation through binoculars.  Yudah Cohen saw the New Moon a few minutes later with the naked eye and he was able to track it for a few minutes.  A few minutes later Magdi saw the moon again with the naked eye.  At 19:02 Yosi Gaber sighted the moon and it remained visible for a short time.  Sunset was observed at 18:26.  Seven other observers present were unsuccessful at sighting the moon.

            Observers reported from various other locations throughout Israel that the moon was not visible due to heavy cloud coverage."


            The New Moon was not witnessed from, or even near Jerusalem in the above report as it was done during the Temple period.  The area that the observations were made from is about 80 miles southwest of Jerusalem in the wilderness area of the Negev.  I therefore contend that the new month did not start until the evening of September 29 (whether it was Ethanim 1, or Elul 1, as my good friend and colleague Michael Rood asserts).  Since September 28 was the 29th day of the previous Hebrew month, and the New Moon was not observed from Jerusalem because of cloud cover, the 30th day of the month would automatically be added, which started at sundown on September 28th. The first day of the new month started on the next evening.

            Of course, it would have been a bit perilous to be out moon gazing near the Temple Mount on September 28 and 29 in the midst of the “Palestinian Rage.”




            The following article is from the October online edition of Astronomy.

            Catch a falling star – “Early in the month the Draconid meteors, linked to Comet Giacobini-Zinner, are active.  The shower only erupts around the years of the comet’s closest passages.  Giacobini-Zinner reached perihelion in November 1998, and during the previous month a mini-storm produced the equivalent of 700 meteors an hour over a period of a few minutes.  This kind of activity is highly unlikely, but it is worth watching the skies around October 8 for any unusual activity.  The radiant in Draco is high above the horizon during the early evening.  If that cluster of meteoroids is still hanging around, Earth reaches the same point in its orbit as the 1998 event at approximately 9:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday night, October 7.


[The constellation Draco (the dragon) will still be well seen throughout the evenings and early mornings on October 7, and 8, as portraying the casting down of the dragon – see the September 2000 issue of Biblical Astronomy.  This scenario along with the meteors – falling stars – brings to mind Revelation 12:3,4].


            “One of the most famous displays of the year is the Orionid meteor shower – one of the two annual showers linked to Haley’s Comet.  At the peak of activity on October 21, the radiant lies in the raised club of Orion and rises before midnight.  Rates are better after midnight, but the bright glow from a rising last quarter moon will blot out all but the brightest meteors.  Meteors from this shower are very fast, at about 35 miles per second, and roughly half of them leave persistent trains.  Rates can reach up to 15 to 20 per hour – but expect less than this due to moonlight.”


            The following is from E.W. Bullinger’s The Witness of the Stars (1893) concerning the constellation Orion.

ORION (The Coming Prince)

Light breaking forth in the Redeemer


                This picture is to show that the coming one is no mere animal, but a man: a mighty, triumphant, glorious prince.  [see the picture of Orion on the front cover of A Voice Crying in the Heavens].

            He is so pictured in the ancient Denderah Zodiac, where we see a man coming forth pointing to the three bright stars (Rigel, Bellatrix, and Betelguez) as his.  His name is given as Ha-ga-t, which means this is he who triumphs.  The hieroglyphic characters below read Oar.  Orion was anciently spelt Oarion, from the Hebrew root, which means light.  So that Orion means coming forth as light.  The ancient Akkadian was Ur-ana, the light of heaven.

            Orion is the most brilliant of all the constellations, and when he comes to the meridian he is accompanied by several adjacent constellations of great splendour.  There is then above the horizon the most glorious view of the celestial bodies that the starry firmament affords; and this magnificent view is visible to all the habitable world, because the equinoctial line (or solstitial colure) passes nearly through the middle of Orion.

            ARATUS thus sings of him:

             “Eastward, beyond the region of the Bull,

                    Stands great Orion.  And who, when the night is clear,

                    Beholds him gleaming bright, shall cast his eyes in vain

                    To find a Sign more glorious in all heaven.”


                The constellation is mentioned by name, as being perfectly well known both by name and appearance, in the time of Job; and as being an object of familiar knowledge at that early period of the world’s history.  See Job 9:9; 38:31, and Amos 5:8 (The Hebrew Chesil, which means a strong one, a hero, or giant).

            It contains 78 stars, two being of the 1st magnitude, four of the 2nd, four of the 3rd, sixteen of the 4th, etc…

            Thus beautifully is set forth the brilliancy and glory of that Light which shall break forth when the moment comes for it to be said, Arise, shine, for thy light is come.”

            The picture presents us with “the Light of the world.”  His left foot is significantly placed upon the head of the enemy.  He is girded with a glorious girdle, studded with three brilliant stars; and upon this girdle is hung a sharp sword.  Its handle proves that this mighty Prince is come forth in a new in a new character.  He is again proved to be “the Lamb that was slain,” for the hilt of this sword is in the form of the head and body of a lamb.  In his right hand he lifts on high his mighty club; while in his left he holds forth the token of his victory – the head and skin of the “roaring lion.”  We ask in wonder, “Who is this?” (Jer. 30:21 and Matt. 21:10) and the names of the stars give us the answer.

            The brightest, a (in the right shoulder), is named Betelgeuz, which means the coming (Mal. 3:2) of the branch.

The next, b (in the left foot), is named Rigel, or Rigol, which means the foot that crusheth.  The foot is lifted up, and placed immediately over the head of the enemy, as though in the very act of crushing it.  Thus, the name of the star bespeaks the act.

The next star, c (in the left shoulder), is called Bellatrix, which means quickly coming, or swiftly destroying.

The name of the fourth star, d (one of the three in the belt), carries us back to the old, old story, that this glorious One was once humbled; that His heel was once bruised.  Its name is Al Nitak, the wounded one.  [The star z (in the belt) is called Mintaka, dividing, as a sacrifice].  Similarly the star k (in the right leg) is called Saiph, bruised, which is the very word used in Gen. 3:15, thus connecting Orion with the primeval prophecy.  Like Ophiuchus, he has on leg bruised; with the other , he is crushing the enemy under foot.

This is betokened by other stars, not identified, named Al Rai, who bruises, who breaks (as in Cephus); and Thabit (Hebrew), treading on.

Other (Arabic) names relate to His Person: Al Giauza, the branch; Al Gebor, the mighty; Al Mirzam, the ruler; Al Nagjed, the prince; Niphla (Chaldee), the mighty; Nux (Hebrew), the strong.

Some names relate to His coming, as Betelgeuse and Bellatrix, as above; Heka (Chaldee), coming; and Meissa (Hebrew), coming forth.

Such is the cumulative testimony of Orion’s stars, which, day after day, and night after night, show forth this knowledge.  That testimony was afterwards written in the Book.  The Prince of Glory, who was once wounded for the sins of His redeemed, is about to rise up and shine forth for their deliverance.  Their redemption draweth nigh; for –


             “The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man,

                He shall stir up jealously like a man of war;

                He shall cry, yea, roar;

                He shall prevail against His enemies,

                I have [He says] long time holden my peace;

                I have been still, and refrained myself:

                Now, will I cry like a travailing woman;

                I will destroy and devour at once.”

                                                                            (Isa. 42:13, 14)


Then it will be said to His people (and the setting of the prophecy in its beautiful introverted structure shows us the beauty and glory of the truth it reveals):  






a } Arise,

       b } Shine; for thy light is come,

             c } And the glory of the LORD  is risen upon thee

                    d } For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,

                    d } And gross darkness the people;

            c } But the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory

                  shall be seen upon thee

      b } And the Gentiles shall come to thy light ,

a } And kings to the brightness of thy rising.                (Isa. 40:1-3)


Note that –

In a and a we have the rising of Israel;

In b and b, the light that is come upon her

In c and c, the glory of the Lord; and

In d and d, the darkness of the world.



This is “the glory of God” which the heavens constantly declare (Ps. 19:1).  They tell of that blessed time when the whole earth shall be filled with His glory (Num. 14:21; Isa. 11:9); when “the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isa. 40:5) as all see now the beauty of Orion’s glory.

But side by side with the glory which the coming Light of the world shall bring for His people, there is “that wicked,” whom the LORD “shall destroy with the brightness of His coming…”





                I have had more that a few inquiries over the last month on how often the celestial sign of the woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet occurs.  On the average, this sign occurs at about 4 times (once every year) over a 5 year period.  However, this sign is mostly seen at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Heshvan, the month following Ethanim (Tishri). 

                Two thousand years ago, this sign was almost always seen at the beginning of the month Ethanim.  Because of the precessional movement of the Earth, it is now seen most of the time a month later.  The only time that this sign occurs in the month of Ethanim in our current epoch, is when Ethanim 1 falls in late September (from about September 27) to early October (about October 7).  Ethanim 1 falls on these dates about every 3 to 5 years.  But the moon also has to be in a proper position relative to the ecliptic for this sign to be seen, especially from Jerusalem.  This occurs on the average of once every 8 to 10 years.  Though there are times when this occurs twice in over a 3-year period.

                Checking all such occurrences over the past century, I found that this sign has occurred at the beginning of Ethanim on pertinent dates in Israel’s history.  This sign occurred in 1940, 1948, 1967, and 1973.  In all cases, Israel (Jacob) was either being heavily persecuted (World War II), or fighting for it’s existence.  The devil set out to completely destroy or devour Israel, but God delivered Jacob out of the snare in every instance.

                When this sign occurred on September 30, 2000 the nation of Israel was again under much affliction.  There is a high probability that the current situation will escalate into a full-blown war with the Arab world or even the whole world.  This indeed may be the prelude to, or beginning of, the “Great Tribulation.”





                October 1 – Likud leader Ariel Sharon said yesterday that:  “I regret the casualties on both sides.  At the same time, it is inconceivable that every time that the Palestinians’ demands are not met they launch violent activity.  It is not my visit that ignited the fire, rather the PA incitement that has been going on for some time now, and especially the almost inconceivable incitement by Israeli Arab MK’s, who for some reason joined our visit – I don’t know who invited them.  Suppose I want to visit Haifa or ‘Akko, do I have to ask for permission of some sort of Palestinian entity for this?  Jerusalem in its entirety is under full Israeli sovereignty, including the Temple Mount.

                Not only the Palestinians are sensitive about the Temple Mount.  This is the most sensitive and sacred site for the Jewish nation.  I heard the prime minister say that every Jew in Israel can visit every place in the country.  Let’s assume for a moment that Ahmad al-Tibi, or any other MK, would have wanted to visit the Temple Mount, or any other place.  Does he have to ask the permission of any authority for the visit?  He can visit anywhere he wants to.  He is an Israeli citizen just as I am, and in Israel it is acceptable that every citizen can visit anywhere he wants to.  If he wants to visit Yad Vashem [Holocaust Memorial] does he have to ask anybody’s permission?  No, he doesn’t.”

                I am entitled to visit everywhere.  I have visited the Temple Mount in the past together with two guards.  The Palestinian security forces were involved in what happened in the Temple Mount events, because they were present there and participated in the events.  Most of the incitement came from the direction of the Arab MK’s.  This is simply an amazing thing and a cause for grave concern, and steps must be taken.”





                The following is an article by David Bedein from Israel Resource News Agency.


                “During my first year in Israel, 30 years ago, Golda Meir was the Prime Minister.  I remember the affection that I had for her. After all, her American accent was thicker than mine.  Yet there was another reason for that affection.  Golda had a way of saying things about Israel’s predicament on the international scene that no one else seemed capable of conveying.  I cannot forge the only time that I ever met Golda in person.  She held a meeting with students at the WZO conference in 1972.  She told us that she was filled with hope that our generation would be one that would live in peace and reconciliation with our Arab neighbors.  Golda then coined a phrase that would reverberate in Zionist circles for years to come.  Responding to a question about whether she had any regrets and second thoughts as a Zionist, Golda shed what seemed to be a genuine tear, hesitated for a moment, and then said, in a soft, choking voice, that…

            “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children.  We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.”

                How appropriate Golda’s comment would have been this week, when pictures of a dying 12 year old Arab boy flashed on TV screens around the world.

                When the boy’s mother was asked on Palestinian TV what he was doing there, she matter-of-factly mentioned that he had gone there with his friends to “fight the Jews.”

                After all, that is what he was trained to do in the new school system of the Palestine National Authority Ministry of Education.

                When you read the fifth grade Arabic language primer that is being taught in PA schools, a ten year old Palestinian Arab pupil is treated to a special sixteen page section of the primer that details the command for every Palestinian Arab child to engage in a Jihad to wipe the Jews out of Palestine, out of all of Palestine.  In case the child did not get the message from the words in the book, the final page of the primer shows the final Arab military assault on Palestine.  And the primer explains that a child who dies in the fight to liberate Palestine will become a “Shahada,” a martyr, and enter into the world to come.

                Meanwhile, the New York Times reported on a front page feature on August 3, 2000, Arafat had delegated more than 25,000 children to spend the summer in special military training camps where children from ages 8 to 16 were trained in the art of guerilla warfare, with the aim of engaging thousands of Palestinian Arab youth in a Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.  These children were taught how to make firebombs, lay ambushes while practicing the killing of Israeli civilians and soldiers alike.

                At their summer camp, these children were also taught the role that Palestinian Arab children had played in the glories of recent Palestinian history – the role that the RPG kids had played in fighting Israeli troops in Lebanon in the early 1980’s, when the PLO had made it a point to distribute small, lethal weapons for Palestinian Arab youngsters to fire at Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers at short range.

                The technique was simple.  A few seemingly innocent Arab children would stand in the way of Israeli troops, seeming to pose no threat.  And then they would fire deadly RPG missiles at point blank range.

                Palestinian children also learned about the role that they played during the Intifada in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when the PLO relegated Palestinian children with the role of “strategic stone-throwers.”

                As Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab described in his seminal piece in the Journal of Palestinian Studies in February, 1988, Palestinian children in each age category were given a different role to play in stone-throwing.  Kuttab matter-of-factly described the public relations effect that the PLO would gain from children casualties that would result from the riots.

            So there you have it.  If more Arab children die in riots, 250 news agencies from around the world will film the death of Arab children.  And PLO crocodile tears at the UN will be matched by crocodile tears of the human rights organizations the world over, and Jews the world over will express regret and condemnation of the Jews.

            Golda’s admonition would have been more appropriate for the real anger that should be expressed when the PLO dispatches children to die in the line of fire:

            “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children.  We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.”

                A note of interest:  the UN has passed six unanimous resolutions that forbid the use of children as combatants in war.





                The following is an Israel Wire news release on October 10.


                TASHKENT – Torah scrolls in a Tashkent synagogue were burned on Monday, Yom Kippur, as a result of an arson attack, Israel Radio reported.  There were no reports of injuries.


                NEW YORK CITY – The Adath Israel Synagogue in Riverdale, NYC, was attacked by firebombs on Yom Kippur.  The incendiary devices were hurled through the glass doors of the house of worship during services.  There were no reports of injuries.  Police are taking the attack very seriously in light of the increase of attacks aimed at Jews and synagogues since the Arab violence erupted in Israel almost two weeks ago.  Investigators indicated the bottles were not filled with gasoline and NYC police are now working to determine the exact nature of the substance used in the attack.  Police believe the bottles may have contained drinking alcohol.

                Congregation Tomchei Torah in Flatbush, on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, was targeted by vandals on Yom Kippur who drew a swastika on the building.


                HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – Temple Ohev Sholom’s school and daily sanctuary were destroyed in an arson attack which left the three-story structure in ruins.  The attack occurred at 4:00 am on Yom Kippur.  The main synagogue survived the attack which took place on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.


                FRANCE – Numerous synagogues were targeted in Yom Kippur firebombing attacks. There are no reports of injuries.



            Since the recent outbreak of violence in Israel, I have received hundreds of e-mails, mostly updates on various incidents occurring in Israel.  Much of this was not aired or printed in the American media.  I guess it would have made the Palestinian’s look bad.  I do not have the space in this newsletter to include all of these events – it would take a book.  Most of the American media seems focused or slanted toward the Palestinian side.  I lost count over the past week or so of how many times I heard the phrase “mostly Palestinian” after the various networks gave the casualty reports.  It wasn’t necessarily the wording, but how they said it, that was disturbing to me.  There was slight mention of Jewish casualties, but they did not spend much time reporting them.  Most of the focus was on the Palestinian casualties, and how the Israeli’s were using excessive force.  The following article is about how the New York Times went a bit overboard in slanting a story to further the Palestinian cause in the eyes of the world.


This past Saturday. The New York Times and many other papers published a picture - supplied by the Associated Press of an angry Israili policeman and a badly-beaten and bloodied man, with the caption, An Israeli Policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount. Dr. Aaron Grossman of Chicago, Ill. sent the following letter to the Times. “Regarding your picture on page A5 (Sep. 30) of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian on the Temple Mount – that Palestinian is actually my son, Tuvia Grossman, a Jewish student from Chicago. He, and two of his friends, were pulled from their taxicab while traveling in Jerusalem, by a mob of Palestinian Arabs and were severely beaten and stabbed. That picture could not have been taken on the Temple Mount because there are no gas stations on the Temple Mount and certainly none with Hebrew lettering, like the one clearly seen behind the Israeli soldier attempting to protect my son from the mob.”

                Tuvia Grossman was on his way to the Western Wall on Friday afternoon, and has been hospitalized ever since with head injuries and a stab wound.  He told Arutz-7 today,

                “I was in a taxi on the way to the Kotel [Western Wall] and we got stoned… [They took me out of the car and beat me and] I gave a scream, and for a second they let go of me, and I said Shma Yisrael, because I thought it was over… After they let go of me, I ran – even though I had a knife in my leg.  G-d gave me the strength to run and I was able to make it up the hill where there were soldiers by the gas station and they took care of me.  But I was being beaten for around 5 to 6 minutes with a rock on the top of my head, and I was stabbed in the back of my leg and kicked and punched all over my body.”

                [When I saw the mis-captioned AP picture] I was extremely, extremely upset.  People see a picture of a youth and they think that it’s a Palestinian being beaten by Israelis, it changes their world view and makes them think that it’s the Israeilis beating up the Arabs.  I was extremely upset.  It was totally the opposite.  That policeman was yelling at the Arabs to back off, and was protecting me from them – so to change it around and to say that he was beating me, that’s just a total distortion, and the world must be notified about how this is not true – the Jews are the ones suffering at the hands of the Arabs.”

                The Times published a correction today, in which it identified Tuvia Grossman as “an American student in Israel” – not as a Jew who was beaten by Arabs.  The “correction” also noted that “Mr. Grossman was wounded in “Jerusalem’s Old City” – although in fact it occurred in a Arab-populated neighborhood of Jerusalem, not in the Old City.  An Associated Press spokesman told Arutz-7 that it was looking into the matter.




Rabbi Hillel Lieberman


                The following is from a Washington Post press release on October 8, 2000.

                JERUSALEM – “Israeli soldiers found the body of Rabbi Hillel Lieberman, a Jewish settler missing since Saturday, in a cave near a west bank highway today.

                Jewish leaders in New York said the 37-year old rabbi was the father of six and had immigrated to Israel 14 years ago.  A statement issued by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said Lieberman left home on foot Saturday and was headed for Joseph’s Tomb, ransacked earlier by Palestinians.

                The statement said Lieberman had hoped to save some of the Torah scrolls housed in the tomb.

                Hillel Lieberman’s father is Zevulan Lieberman, a prominent rabbi in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Malcum Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the conference, who knows members of the family, said they had recently discovered they were “second or third” cousins to Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. 

                A spokesman for the Lieberman campaign said: “He may be a distant relative, but [the candidate] doesn’t personally know him.”

                The following related story is from an Associated Press release on October 9, 2000.

            “An American-born Jewish settler found dead in the West Bank apparently had been on his way to a Jewish shrine being ransacked by Palestinians when he was seized and killed by Palestinian militants, Israeli police said Monday.

            The body of Hillel Lieberman was discovered Sunday in a cave near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik, about six miles from Joseph’s Tomb, an Israeli army outpost and Jewish seminary in the Palestinian-controlled town Nablus.  Israel had withdrawn Saturday from the enclave, a site of daily gun battles for the past week….

                Hillel Lieberman, a father of six, immigrated to Israel 14 years ago, the organization said.  Lieberman lived in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Elon Morech, near Nablus, and Israeli police said that for the past seven or eight years, he had been a Torah teacher at the Joseph’s Tomb seminary where about 30 students studied during the day.

                The leader of the Joseph’s Tomb seminary, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, has ruled that handing over territory to the Palestinians violates Jewish law.

                Before dawn Saturday, Israeli troops withdrew from the heavily fortified enclave in hopes of reducing friction with the Palestinians.  Palestinian police had assured Israel that they would guard the shrine.  However, within hours of the Israeli withdrawal, dozens of Palestinians stormed the compound, set fire to the domed tomb and tore up Jewish prayer books.

                Police spokesman Rafi Yafe, citing residents of Elon Moreh, said that Lieberman, after learning of the evacuation of Joseph’s Tomb, headed to Nablus enclave.  “Somewhere along the way, he was taken by Palestinians,” Yafe said.

                Lieberman was beaten and shot five times, Yafe said.  An autopsy was being performed.

                The Web site of the Israeli Daily Haaretz said Lieberman had left Elon Moreh for Nablus at about 8 a.m. Saturday, after learning that the compound was being trashed by Palestinians.

                The Conference of Presidents organizations said Lieberman was trying to save Torah scrolls at Joseph’s Tomb.

                “The scene of the attack on the tomb was reminiscent of Kristallnacht in 1938 and the destruction of all the Jewish synagogues and institutions in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1947,” the organization said in a statement.

                The Israeli army said Monday that all sacred articles, including the Torah scroll, had been removed from Joseph’s Tomb as part of the Israeli withdrawal, although it acknowledged that some Jewish study books were left behind.”




                Don Feder, Townhall, October 9, 2000 – “Israel should prepare for Armageddon.  It’s time to end the insanity – not with the violence that swept Israel last week (and which will continue as long as Yasser Arafat wills it) but a peace process that is leading inevitably, inexorably to the annihilation of the Jewish state.

                The only hope for Israel’s survival lies in a complete separation of Jews and Arabs – including the Arabs who reside in pre-1967 Israel.  The rioting and murders are a natural manifestation of Palestinian nationalism.  The Palestinians are dedicated to realizing the dreams of their forbears – driving the Jews into the sea.  Each concession serves as a springboard for the next round of demands.  Whatever territory they receive will serve as a staging area for the next war.

                Remarkably, even some on the Israeli left are beginning to get it.  Writing in the New York Times last Wednesday, Avraham Burg, the Labor Party speaker of the Knesset, confessed:  “We who advocated peace are facing an enormous crisis of confidence.  The events of the last couple of days make us ask ourselves:  Do we really understand what is going on?”

            Of course, the hopelessly delusional still believe last week’s slaughter was provoked by Likud leader Ariel Sharon visiting the Temple Mount, a site holy to Jews and Moslems.

                This ignores the fact that Arafat has been planning the present offensive for months.

                This year alone, 25,000 Palestinian kids were sent to paramilitary summer camps, where they learned stuff like how to kill Jews.  A 14-year-old recruit explained, “We are undergoing military training in order to defend our motherland Palestine, chase out the settlers and return Jerusalem to us.”  And those are the short-term goals.

                Indoctrination precedes weapons practice.  Palestinian textbooks equate Zionism with Nazism.  A sixth-grade primer muses, “Perhaps Allah brought the Jews to this land so they would all be destroyed here.”  On Palestinian television, Islamic preachers regularly exhort the faithful to “kill the Jews” and expunge the “Zionist entity.”

                The latest uprising commenced with coldly calculated murders, like the Israeli officer on patrol with a Palestinian policeman, who was shot and killed by his “partner.”  Tanzim, the militia of Arafat’s Fatah faction, was deployed with automatic weapons.

                Israel’s Arab citizens have joined the jihad.  In a nation of 6.3 million, 1.1 million Israeli Arabs constitute a fifth column as deadly as the Palestinians in the territories (1.6 million).  Last week, motorists and Israeli cops were fired on by Israeli-Arab gunmen in towns south of Haifa.  Arab members of the Knesset led howling mobs.  “Break the hands of the police,” shouted MK Ahmed Tibi.

                When former Interior Minister Natan Sharansky tried to speak at an Arab village in Galilee on Israeli independence day last May, he was met by hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators waving Palestinian flags and chanting, “With our spirit and blood shall Palestine be redeemed.”  Arab parliamentarians demand the “dejudaization of Israel.”

                The situation is desperate, but as yet not hopeless.  Thanks to the Clinton administration’s pressure and the naivete of the Israeli left, Zion has already lost the high ground of the West Bank.  In places, its strategic depth has been cut to 15 miles.  Just weeks ago, Prime Minister Ehud Barak was considering offering Arafat sovereignty over parts of East Jerusalem – giving Arab terrorists an ideal base for infiltrating the rest of Israel’s capital.

 The peace process must be abandoned, for it ends in the peace of the grave.  I would tell Arafat the following: What you now control is all you’re getting – not because you have any right to it, but because trying to dislodge you would cost too many lives.  But you’re not getting another grain of sand or an inch of Jerusalem.

The only business we have left with you is to arrange an exchange of populations.  We will take the 200,000 Jewish settlers living on the West Bank, and you will take the Arabs living in what’s left of Israel.  Once the transfer is complete, we will build the highest, strongest wall ever conceived between us.  We have no more illusions.  We know that when you think you’re strong enough, you’ll come after us.  With God’s help, we’ll be ready for you.”


I disagree with most of the last two paragraphs.  God gave the land to Israel and instructed them not to give it away.  All of that area of land, including Gaza and the West Bank is part of the inheritance that God gave to the people of Israel.  And it will be theirs (the faithful remnant).


Ezekiel 25:15-17 (NIV) – This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah, therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Kerethites and destroy those remaining along the coast.  I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath.  Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.



The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.