Barbarians at the
In the glow of fulfilled Bible prophecy, the British
General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate
in 1917, having defeated the Ottoman Turks. This momentous event paved the way
for the establishment of the state of Israel
three decades later. No longer were the Moslems in control of the area then
known as Palestine.
One of the hallmarks of prophecy, though, is the promise of
a “storm before the calm.” If the entrance of Allenby marked the entrance of a
certain period of calm in that region, it follows that another cycle of storms
would occur before a Final Calm ushered in by the Prince of Peace.
That period of storms is upon us now.
Just this week, a 19 year-old Palestinian man, with ties to
Hamas, left his home in east Jerusalem and rammed his car into a group of
Israeli soldiers, who were waiting at the very gate — Jaffa — used by Allenby a
This location is in the middle of tourist hotels, and a
busy thoroughfare. Last year, in celebration of the 40th year of the
reunification of Jerusalem
(by Israeli forces during the Six Day War), a giant, blue “40” neon sign was
affixed to Jaffa Gate. It was a beautiful sight.
However, we are reminded that before true peace can be
achieved in that golden capitol, tough times are upon us. The terrorist act that
mowed down more than a dozen soldiers is indicative of the wider hate war
conducted against the Jews.
In Genesis, we are told that Ishmael would be a “wild
donkey of a man,” and no one would be able to contend with him. This is further
proof that the Bible is spot-on, since the Arab culture is dominated by men who
cannot or will not control their emotions. The killer at Jaffa Gate allegedly
was upset that a young woman had rejected his marriage proposal. I have my
doubts. He then decided to release his rage by killing Jews?
Whatever his motivation, he was connected to that bastion
of brutality, Hamas. It is difficult for us to imagine that terrorists could
lurk near our homes and families. Yet this is what Israel
deals with daily.
This comes on the heels of the resignation of Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert. Elevated to the top job, for the moment, is Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni. If she cannot form a government within 45 days, the
country will go to early elections and would most likely pit Livni against
former political ally Benjamin Netanyahu.
The most important question is not whether Livni or
Netanyahu will emerge, but how best to deal with hostile and brutal neighbors. I
repeat what I’ve said before: no self-respecting country anywhere in the world —
in the history of the world — would tolerate the situation that the Arabs have
forced on Israel.
Supposedly, Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas will
leave office in January. If media reports can be believed, American and Israeli
negotiators believe Abbas — in “his heart” — wants to achieve a real peace deal
Personally, I can’t see that Abbas is anything other than
an unrepentant terrorist, a founding member with Yasser Arafat of Fatah, an arm
of the PLO. It is almost incomprehensible that a man as experienced as Dennis
Ross thinks Abbas has genuine intentions toward peace.
Ross, interviewed this week in the
Jerusalem Post, has been a long-time
peace negotiator for a succession of U.S.
presidents. He is smart and appears to be a decent man.
How then can we account for his refusal to recognize the
Palestinians for what they are? Every shred of evidence we have tells us that
the Palestinians are generally the young man who plowed through a crowd of
soldiers and not a well-intentioned diplomat.
is being “asked” to recognize the shabby treatment of the Arab refugees, from
wars launched by and lost by…Arabs!
This kind of political madness assures us that real peace is but a dream.
Reality is sometimes very tough to deal with, but not facing reality is much
At Jaffa Gate, you can enter (after having a delicious
Middle Eastern meal) the fabled Old City of Jerusalem, with its rough, high
walls. You can walk past Christ Church, the oldest Protestant church
in the Middle East.
You can linger at the trinket tables and shops of Arab merchants, who profess
their love for America.
You can flag-down one of the numerous cabbies anxious to take you to
Or, depending on the whims of a deranged Arab bred and
raised on hate, you can find yourself flattened under the rampaging car of
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.