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Saturday, September 28, 2013

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES


"The Emperor's New Clothes" is a universally popular story by Hans Christian Andersen. It is tale about two swindlers who promise to weave an emperor a new suit of clothes that is “invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.”  The swindlers pretend to dress the Emperor, and though no one can actually see the clothing, everyone including the Emperor pretends that they can.  No one, it seems, was willing to be “unfit for their positions, stupid or incompetent.” When the Emperor marched in procession before his subjects in his new clothes, only a child had the honesty to cry out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!"

The modern world now needs the clarity and honesty of such a child in dealing with the Nation of Israel.

The constant mantra from world leaders, the media and primary world institutions is that “The West Bank” must be given to the Palestinian Authority for the formation of a Palestinian State. It is said so often and with such matter of fact tone that it seems a foregone conclusion. Anyone who questions this smug determination is simply considered unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.

So, just what is the West Bank? The West Bank contains roughly all of biblical Samaria and Judea. It covers most of the land associated with the Bible for Jews and Christians alike. Samaria and Judea combined is the heartland of Judaism and early Christianity.

The term “Jew” originates in the Hebrew word Yehudi which means: “from the Tribe of Judah.” Judah of course is one of the sons of Jacob (Israel) and became the name of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Yehudi occurs 74 times in the Hebrew Bible. Examples would include 2 Kings 16:6 and 2 Chronicles 32:18 in which the plural, Yehudim, appears. In Jeremiah 34:9 the singular usage of the word Yehudi, (“Jew”) is used. There can be no legitimate dispute that there is a biblical and historic record of the connection between Jews and Judea.

Is it any wonder that the Palestinians, the Arab World, the United Nations and the Worldwide Media continually refer to Samaria and Judea as “The West Bank.” This is a blatant, poorly veiled attempt to ignore reality by separating the connections between Jews, Israel and Judea.

To describe territory as “occupied” by the very people from which the territory received its name is patently ridiculous, but such is the circumstance of the Jews today.

In the modern “pretend world” of international arbitrators and swindlers there is also a new “pretend language”. The Holy City of Jerusalem becomes “West Jerusalem” and “East Jerusalem” and Judea and Samaria become “The West Bank.” The world goes on pretending that separating Judea from Israel, the national Jewish Homeland makes sense,

Now more than ever it is time for those who see the truth to be as bold that little lad in Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale and declare “Judea is Israel, now and forever.”

Pray for the nearly 400,00 so-called Jewish settlers living in communities in Samaria and Judea. Pray that the falsehoods regarding these territories will be fully exposed.

And especially, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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