I’ve always loved the way the liturgical readings during the Advent season bring us, over and over, right up against Jesus’ Jewishness. (Which is one reason I have never understood how a Christian could be anti-Semitic!) The readings from Isaiah and Micah and Zechariah help us see the coming of Jesus as the culmination of centuries of promises to, and preparation of, the children of Israel. The prophets foretell the Messiah’s coming and hint at what it will mean for the world.
And of course, the long genealogies that begin Matthew’s and Luke’s gospel accounts are there to show us Jesus’ identity as a son of Adam and the Son of David. Here is Matthew’s genealogy, Matthew 1:1-6, given the reverence and wonder it deserves: ♫ Anonymous 4 sings \”Evangelium: Liber Generationis\” (in Latin)
In this season when Christians focus more than usual on the fact that our Savior and our God is a Jew, conceived and born into the world in the land of Israel, it seems apropos to post this position paper on Israel by Allen West, originally issued in September 2009.
Pamela Geller ran it on her indispensable blog, Atlas Shrugs, so I will run it here with her introduction:
Much thanks to Lt Colonel Allen West, who sent this to me erev Yom Kippur. Like Sarah Palin, West is a ganser mensch. A leader in the mold of Churchill and Patton. If America is to be saved, it will be with the leadership of great Americans like Palin and West.
Here is his position paper on Israel. After the foolishness witnessed this past week at UN, West felt it necessary to make his position unequivocally clear. Somebody with cahones.
I love this guy!
Lt Colonel Allen West
About 62 years ago the world came together and established something that was very long overdue, the State of Israel. When one considers the travails of the Jewish people since the 7th century it should bring shame upon the face of the world. These persecutions began with their being forced out of the Saudi peninsula and the Levant by Muhammad and his successors.
The horrors of the Inquisition in Spain among other wrongs brought upon the Jews in early Europe followed. When we failed to learn from that lesson, the world would witness the supreme horror in Europe of the Holocaust. Finally, we learned the lesson. We made a commitment and established a Jewish homeland, fully recognized.
Now we face the resurrection of the original enemy of the Jewish people, a resurgent Islamic fundamentalism evidencing itself in totalitarian, imperialist design. This time it has morphed itself using 21st century technologies still retaining a 7th century mentality, utilizing terrorism internationally to promote its perverse aims.
One of those objectives is the destruction of the State the world agreed to support in creating, Israel.
In keeping with previous traditions established by Muhammad, the modern Islamic warriors promote taquiyya, lying to promote Islam. They also, just as Muhammad, use the Treaty of Hudabiyya as a model to delay and deceive their enemies until they are ready to strike. Under Yasser Arafat some 200 agreements were never honored.
Why would we trust any word coming from the mouth of the psychopathic delusional leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? The mad mullahs, insane imams, and combative clerics are again calling for the supremacy of Islam, no different from earlier centuries.
Israel faces groups such as Hamas which in its charter commits to the destruction of Israel. They face Iran who has committed to destroying the Jewish state and driving its people into the sea. When asked to depart from southern Lebanon, Israel complied, yet they now face Hezbollah in the north. In Egypt the Muslim brotherhood is complicit in enabling Hamas to receive materiel support and funding through the series of tunnels.
And there are those who demand more land be ceded by Israel and settlements halted? The end result will be a country with the width comparable to the distance of New York’s JFK to LaGuardia airports. Each time Israel has given back terrain it has become a launching point for terrorist attacks.
We are dealing with an enemy that has no regard, nor respect, for negotiations, compromises, and certainly not appeasement. Matter of fact, it is deemed weakness and only encourages them more so.
I do not support any creation of a Palestinian state, to do so would be to create a terrorist state. There is already a state for the Arabic people residing in the region called Palestine, Jordan. If the Arabs can build an indoor ski slope in Dubai, they can resolve the issue of their Arab brothers and sisters. Instead, they use them as pawns in an international game of extortion and use the subsidies provided not for humanitarian gain but for more weapons, for jihad.
I do not support any division of Jerusalem. If I recall from history and the Old Testament, David, Son of Israel built Jerusalem and his son Solomon made it great. The Muslim claims to Jerusalem are based upon a very contentious story concocted by Muhammad, and of course the latter conquering of the city even by Salahaddin. One flag will fly over Jerusalem, the Israeli flag, never any other, certainly not a UN flag.
Lastly, we must move away from the antiquated world government organization called the United Nations. We recently saw what type “leaders” are allowed a stage before this body politic. It is time we create a new organization which is based upon Nations with like political structures, Republics and Democracies. I advocate Israel being part of this structure, perhaps an expanded NATO, but something with teeth, and principled member Nations. We face a dangerous committed enemy, we are all targets, not just Israel.
And if we fail to believe that last sentence, ask those who lost loved ones on 9/11 in America, on 3/11 in Madrid, and in the London bombings. We just dodged a terrible blow here in America, again, while promoting “Islam on Capitol Hill”. Funny, the attendees blamed their fear of reprisals for not having more persons participate. This on the same day, 25 September 2009, that a Jordanian illegal immigrant was caught sitting in a “supposed” car bomb and dialing up the cell number to detonate in Dallas.
Genesis Chapter 16, verses 11-12 states, “And the Angel of the Lord said to her (Hagar): Behold you are with child, And you shall bear a son, You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against everyman, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
Ishmael of course became the beginning of the Arab people….and God’s word is immutable truth.
In closing, there are battle lines clearly drawn, I know where I stand, and that is to support the State of Israel. The lessons of history have been learned by me and I offer one simple retort, “Not on my Watch”.
Steadfast and Loyal
LTC(R) A B West