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The United States, Saudi Arabia, Syria and a dozen or so other mostly “Islamic interested parties” met this week in Annapolis, Md., to discuss the age-old “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”
It is a question that has perplexed mankind ever since God declared to Abraham that He chose his second son Isaac instead of his first-born, Ishmael, to be heir to the covenants He made with Abraham.
The Jewish nation has been under siege for the crime of being Jewish since Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Solomon’s Temple and carried its treasures (and its people) away to Babylon. For most of the past 2,000 years, wherever the Jews set up a community in exile, pogroms, persecution and destruction have soon followed.
This is precisely what Moses predicted would happen to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob after the second destruction of the state of Israel:
“Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known – wood and stone. And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life” (Deuteronomy 28:64-66 NKJ).
Jesus Christ predicted that Moses’ prophecy would begin to be fulfilled in His era, saying, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). Thirty-seven years later, the Roman legions of Titus fulfilled it.
These prophecies took on a darker fulfillment in 1942. Hitler’s Nazi hierarchy set a modern precedent solving the “Jewish Question.” The infamous Wannsee Conference was the first official government meeting aimed at arriving at “a Final Solution to the Jewish Question.” For the Nazis, this was just “diplomatic speech” for the genocide of the Jewish race. There have been many different kinds of attempts to solve the “Jewish Question” in past history – the most-recent being Annapolis.
The Annapolis summit was ostensibly aimed at restarting a “peace process” that envisions two states, one for the Palestinians and one for the Jews, “living side by side in peace and prosperity,” etc., ad nauseam. That phrase seems to pepper every speech on the subject from Brussels to Washington to Jerusalem. Olmert even used the phrase in his opening remarks.
Evidently, the Muslims didn’t hear Olmert’s proposed “solution.” They had just discovered a new “Jewish Question.” Israel – a “Jewish state”? Why didn’t anybody mention this to them before?
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat spoke up indignantly, saying, “We will not agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. There is no country in the world where religious and national identities are intertwined.”
The representatives of the Saudi Islamic kingdom, birthplace of Islam, site of Islam’s holiest sites, where Shariah Law is supreme, non-Islamic worship is forbidden and conversion from Islam is punishable by death, nodded in agreement. “Hypocrisy, thy name is Saudi Arabia!”
And let us not forget the Vatican. It is recognized at the U.N. as a legal independent city/state with full diplomatic status, whose head of state is the pope and whose territory is the property of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope also offered no illuminating comment to this parade of hypocrisy.
For the Palestinians to object to Israel as a Jewish state proves the entire conference is another Muslim “hudna” operation. “Hudna” is an Islamic code word for negotiating to get every advantage until your forces are strong enough to destroy the one negotiated with.
If Israel were not already a “Jewish state,” there would be no conflict and no reason for the conference. Erekat’s sudden objection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state simply highlights the patently obvious. The Palestinians aren’t seeking an Arab state beside Israel, they are seeking one instead of Israel.
This whole affair is so childishly transparent that even the Bush administration ought to be able to grasp it. Remember – before the Palestinians were objecting about Israel being a Jewish state, their main complaint was that there were Jewish settlements on their territory.
Not Israeli settlements – Jewish settlements!
There are Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs. The Palestinians don’t object to Israeli Arabs moving to the territories, just Jews who are from the “Jewish state” that Erekat says doesn’t exist.
Erekat’s contention that there “is no country in the world where religious and national identities are intertwined” was not drowned out by catcalls and hoots from the assembled delegates – not even from those Islamic Arab states ethnically cleansed of Jews as a matter of national policy and Islamic law, all of which are the result of being states totally intertwined with the Muslim religion.
Instead, they nodded gravely, as if it had never occurred to them until that moment that Israel was formed for the express purpose of being a “Jewish” homeland. This all seemed to be rehearsed by the virtual “Islamic ambush” of the many attending Muslim states arrayed against Israel.
The Annapolis conference is little more than an effort to appease Islam on a scale not seen since Neville Chamberlain traded Czechoslovakia for a worthless promise from Adolf Hitler not to attack the other Europeans next.
Olmert, like Chamberlain, is eager to get home to Jerusalem to wave a blank sheet of paper before the cameras and dramatically proclaim, “Peace in our time.”
Olmert, like Chamberlain, bought little more than time more useful to his enemies than to himself. Chamberlain’s “Munich Solution” is history’s textbook case on the dangers of appeasement.
Olmert should learn from history that he is leading his nation into the same kind of catastrophe. Thank God that the “times of the Gentiles” are almost complete. Then, as God has sworn, He will liberate His people Israel and bring a remnant into true faith in His Messiah.
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