Jews Still Yearn to Return to Their Jerusalem
When the Jews-Israelites were expelled from their homeland, the kingdom of Judea-Israel, they left behind vacuum. That vacuum was filled with hostile foreign empires, that came and gone, that used the land of the Jews as their strategic post, while neglecting and destroying it. As Mark Twain described it in his book Innocents Abroad, comprised of series of travel letters (American Publishing Company, 1869- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Innocents_Abroad): "Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, Palestine must be the prince... The hills are barren... The valleys are unsightly deserts... The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee sleep in the midst of a vast stretch of hill and plain wherein the eye rests upon no pleasant tint... It is a hopeless, dreary, heart-broken land..."
For two thousand years in exile, the Jews could not gather force and strength to return home, to the land of Israel, they were too scattered, too trodden. Endless persecutions broke the spirit that once guided the brave nation of Israel who reigned in the land, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and beyond, for millennia.
This year while reading the Rosh Hashanah prayer book-Machzor I came across the following paragraph, which points to the clear yearning of the Jews to return to their Jerusalem: "Our God and the God of our fathers, blow a large shofar for our freedom, and carry a sign to gather us from exile, and get us together from among the gentiles, and our spread from back country, and bring us with joy to Zion, your town, and to Jerusalem your Temple, with eternal joy, and there, in front of you, we will do our obligated sacrifices, as we have been commanded in your Torah by Moses your servant, by your honor as was said."
Why do Jews still read and pray such words? Because not all Jews have returned home to fill the vacuum they have left behind, in Zion, 2000 years ago.
But those who have returned and have built and are building the modern state of Israel are now leaving new dangerous vacuums.
In May 24, 2000 Israel's "security zone" in south Lebanon became Lebanon's "liberated zone" as the last Israeli troops pulled out of southern Lebanon, swiftly ending Israel's 22-year presence in Southern Lebanon. Under cover of darkness and Israeli air force sorties, columns of Israeli army tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled south as Islamic Hezbollah terrorists, guerrillas filled the military vacuum and celebrated what they called the "glorious victory" of Israel's withdrawal.
On August 15, 2005 Israel began the unilateral disengagement of the Jewish hometowns of the Gush Katif bloc. Over a period of several days, Israeli security forces evicted 8,600 residents who lived in seventeen communities, demolished the residential buildings and synagogues and moved the buried. Israel's evacuation from the Gaza Strip was completed by September 12, 2005. The terror genocidal group Hamas filled the vacuum Israel left behind.
We have been witnessing the clearly demonstrated anti-American, along with anti-Israel, turmoil in the Moslem world as well as in countries where Moslems live as minority, to include in Israeli towns such as Jerusalem and Akko, a coastal Israeli town.
USA politics left a vacuum in Egypt, Iraq and Libya and this vacuum has been rapidly filled with Islamoterror groups, radical extremists who have no intentions to build, rather to kill and destroy. There is a general lesson to learn here, more so, a straight into the heart and mind lesson for Israel to learn.
If Israel is to evacuate any part of Judea and Samaria, she will leave a vacuum. If Israel will then allow the establishment of an Arab-Moslem-Palestinian state in that part of her heartland, undoubtedly, and one cannot expect otherwise, that vacuum, in a pack into rate, be filled with citizens of the same type terror groups that have filled Lebanon and Gaza, the Hamas and Hezbollah type.
Based on all the vacuums Israel has already left behind that has been filled with the worst type of Israel's enemy elements, those who speak about the "two-states solution," which means, an Arab-Moslem state in Judea and Samaria, do not think of what this vacuum is guaranteed to be filled with.
Unfortunately, we are witnessing a worldwide ruthless and bloodthirsty Islam's ascendancy wave, that will turn to be a tidal wave, its main objective is to have an Islamic caliphate, hopefully all over the world.
The closer people are to religion, the farther away they are from God. Islam and its follower Moslems are as far from civility, spiritualism and God as the planet Earth from Mars, or even farther. The Moslems "holier than thou" attitude of increased religious zeal goes hand-in-hand with a greater intolerance of others with different beliefs or values.
Israel, beware as you have been warned.
Nurit Greenger sees Israel and the United States equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom and since 2006, has been writing about events in these two countries. Contact her by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org Read more stories by Nurit Greenger.
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