History of Israel, Palestine, the Middle East: Arab Fiction: Women in Green: Honest Reporting: - "That was a very nice presentation of the Zionist position, sir, but isn't all this settlement building just about a land grab from the Palestinians?" And there is no persuasive answer whatsoever to those who wonder why, particularly at a time of economic and social crisis, Israel makes settlement building a national priority.
A Letter to the Editor published in the Jerusalem Post of February 23, upset me sufficiently to rouse me from my preoccupation with all the medical procedures involved in the recovery from injuries sustained at the beginning of this month.
The following is the complete letter to the Jerusalem Post from a pro-Israel advocate.
Plaint from a pro-Israel advocate.
Sir, - I read with a knot in my stomach your report that the Knesset Finance Committee had approved a "transfer of NIS96m to settlements" (February 17). As a committed pro-Israel activist I am frequently out there on the hustings, explaining to San Francisco Bay Area Jewish and mixed audiences that Israel continues to deserve our support and that we must remain focused on the real causes of regional conflict.
Questions directed to Israel's settlements policy are very difficult to answer. What can one say to someone who inquires,
"That was a very nice presentation of the Zionist position, sir, but isn't all this settlement building just about a land grab from the Palestinians?" And there is no persuasive answer whatsoever to those who wonder why, particularly at a time of economic and social crisis, Israel makes settlement building a national priority.
I will do my best to be a persuasive pro-Israel advocate, but moves like the recent Finance Committee vote make it very difficult.
Michael A. Jacobs : Sausalito, California
My (Ruth Matar) letter in answer thereto:
Sir, - "Plaint from a pro-Israel advocate" (Feb. 23, 2004) highlights an unfortunate attitude problem of some US Jews who try to be "persuasive pro-Israel advocates", without a comprehensive understanding of what true Zionism entails. It is impossible to be an effective pro-Israel advocate without understanding the history and causes of the regional conflict in the Middle East.
There never was such a thing as Palestinian people or a political entity called Palestine. Arafat's PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) was founded in 1964, three years before Israel's 1967 defensive war, when Israel had to withstand the attack by five well-armed States - Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, with their large armies and arsenals. At the end of the Six Day War, the Biblical Heartland of Judea and Samaria was liberated by Israel from Jordan. Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria between 1948 and 1967. King Hussein of Jordan, during this illegal occupation, renamed Judea and Samaria the "West Bank", i.e. the west bank of the River Jordan.
Jordan, of course, is a country, which according to Winston S. Churchill, Winston Churchill's grandson, was "created" by his grandfather, who was Britain's Colonial Secretary at the time of Jordan's creation in 1921.
Yes, there is an attempted land grab - not by the Jews - but by the Arabs who have come to the Holy Land from surrounding Arab countries during the last hundred years for work opportunities and a less repressive life style. Since 1967, the Arabs have established almost twice as many settlements than the Jews in the liberated territory of Judea and Samaria! This land grab has been heavily funded by Saudi Arabia. Sadly enough, the world does not find the frantic Arab building activities in the Holy Land an obstacle to peace.
The Hebrew word "Mitnachalim" has been mistranslated as "Settlers". The correct translation is "Inheritors". The Jewish People are the Inheritors of the Land which the Almighty promised to their Forefathers as an everlasting inheritance.
Ruth Matar : Women in Green
We live in extraordinary, fateful and dangerous times. What can each of us do to battle the dangerous onslaught of radical Islam on Judeo-Christian civilization and values?
To quote the American Civil War Battle Hymn: "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." Our best ammunition is to continually and vigorously spread the Truth to counteract the Big Lie of the powerful Arab propaganda machine!
There is no Palestinian people, just a conglomeration of Arab countries who want to eradicate Israel, as they failed to do in 1948 and 1967.
There never was a state called Palestine. King David reigned over the Kingdom of "Judea" whose inhabitants were called Jews. Remind your government representatives and the media of these simple facts. Also, keep reminding them of the famous quotation from the Bible: "Those who curse Israel will be cursed and those who bless Israel will be blessed."
Palestinian leaders preach nonstop hatred of Jews and continually incite murderous violence against them. Palestinian schools teach children of every age that suicide martyrdom must be their highest goal. These attitudes are deeply ingrained in their culture, and getting their own state wonít change them. In fact, any Palestinian state would almost certainly be taken over by Hamas, whose charter explicitly calls for the death of all Jews everywhere.
The government of Israel has evacuated Amona Ė Does the Left or the world like us any better? Do they respect us more? Isnít it better to apply the law in Judea and Samaria, to absorb exactly the same condemnations that we get in any case, but to do it to rescue the Land of Israel and Amona as part of it?
Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, who reportedly had been a candidate for deputy secretary of state, published a poignant article in The Wall Street Journal last month in which he dubbed the two-state solution a deadend vision. Bolton claims that such an imaginary state with zero economic viability will harm not only Israel, but also the Palestinians themselves.
An Israeli public opinion poll, released on the eve of President Trumpís Inauguration, shows an overwhelming majority of Israelis are ready for sovereignty Ė now. The vast majority of the Israeli population would like to see Israeli sovereignty being applied over Judea and Samaria. Only seven percent of the public is interested in establishing a Palestinian state in these areas.
Barack Obamaís decision to abstain from, and therefore allow, last weekís vote to censure Israel at the U.N. Security Council is a fitting capstone for whatís left of his foreign policy. Strategic half-measures, underhanded tactics and moralizing gestures have been the presidentís style from the beginning. Israelis arenít the only people to feel betrayed by the results.
Proponents of the bill argue that Israel needs to ensure the primacy of the Knesset. They further argue that there is no point in bowing to the will of an international community that is constitutionally incapable of ever standing with Israel.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]