Needless to say, this will be a controversial post in which many of our readers will disagree. That's why discourse needs to start somewhere.
My problem with people who are supporting Israel no matter what the death toll of Palestinians is that they ignore the 75 years of Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. This war didn’t just start on October 7th. Israel has had people on almost starvation diet since 2009. And its troops are allowed to kill anyone they want. There has been so much harm done to Palestinians for decades and let’s not forget how many times Israel has ignored the UN. If you disagree with this then as I said you are very ignorant of what has been happening between the two.
John Helmer from the website 'dances with bears' has shown proof that Roosevelt promised the Jews in his administration that no Palestinians would be allowed to live in Palestine. This has been the plan from the beginning. Look it up yourselves.
The 'money' that goes to Israel is not pallets of greenbacks, like Obama sent to Iran, it is credits that must be spent in the USA, primarily in the American arms industries. All major weapons systems bought by Israel are upgraded using Israeli technology. These 'upgrades' are then shared with their US suppliers improving US defense systems. Another very important benefit to the US arms industry is the highly successful employment of US arms by the IDF makes these US products the most sought after in the arms markets. The fact is that Israel is the best unpaid promotional tool that US arms industry has. And that is priceless.
Their “decolonization” plan won’t be ending with removing the Jews from “the river to the sea”. FYI
First, there is no "Palestine". Second, there are no "Palestinians". The so-called Palestinians are a third world people with no achievement nor a cultured society. They rejected land offered by the British/UN. When Israel returned Gaza, they destroyed everything Israel had built there.
If you have any doubt as to who is in the right, wait until the Islamic (& Hamas & Hezbollah) terrorist sleeper cells start lopping off American heads, cutting American babies out of their mothers' wombs and commit the same atrocities as they did in Israel. Will you still say Israel has no right to self-defense for survival?
Mr. Rucker: I enjoy your articles. They are usually insightful and thought provoking. However, on this one you are dead wrong. The Gaza Strip was Israel property post 1967 war. In 2005, the Israelis gave the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians. Israel moved settlers in that region, of which there were many, and took them out of there homes. No Jews allowed in the Gaza Strip from then on. The Palestinians could have created a paradise - Mediterranean frontage, large hotels, schools, buildings and homes for everyone. However, they chose to elect Hamas to govern. The Palestinian home turned into a cesspool. No jobs, object poverty for the majority except for Hamas who stole the $$ from other countries for the rebuild. The Palestinians have their land. Look at what they chose to do with it. A home for terrorists whose only desire is to kill Jews. They even will sacrifice their own.
I'm with you, JD. As Golda Meir said, "If Israel's enemies put down their weapons tomorrow, there'd be peace in the Middle East. If Israel put down their weapons tomorrow, there'd be no Israel." When Hamas attacks Israel, it's simply collateral damage from war regardless of who Hamas targets, i.e. civilians. When Israel strikes back, it's a war crime. The truth is we don't live there and can't judge. This war has been around since the Jordanian Arabs and Israelis started fighting over 2,000 years ago. It no longer matters who started it and for those screaming, "But they ignored U.N. rulings!" I challenge you to look into the politics of the UN and determine if their decisions regarding Israel have been fair by replacing your nation's name with Israel. The UN is where common sense and caring for the working person goes to die. We should withdraw our funding and our membership. Our country could use the money to pay down the $34T national debt. As I was saying, it doesn't matter who started it. It matters what tactics each side uses. Israel drops hundreds of thousands of dollars in leaflets warning Gazans to flee before bombing and recently paused fighting for 4 hours to allow civilians to escape. Gazans murdered, raped, tortured and beheaded *civilians* on October 7th and there certainly was no pause to allow children and the elderly to escape. If you're still complaining about the so-called "ethnic cleansing" of Jordanian Arabs (There never was a Palestine until they took on the name in the 40's. The Romans named the region Palestine several thousand years ago, but the locals called it Jerusalem even then.), you need to read up on the tactics used by Hamas and explain to me why it's only "ethnic cleansing" when Israel fights back. Also, feel free to look up the definition of "apartheid" prior to using it in relation to Israel as a country and a government. Israel is *not* an apartheid state in any definition of the word. Those supporting "Palestinians" against Israel are making Hamas propagandists wildly successful at their trade and it makes me wonder when Americans began allowing terrorists to think for them.
People really need to read this book. This author, an investigative journalist, set out to prove the plight against the Palestinians by Israel and came away from her investigation with a whole different perspective.
Very well put. I'm going to controversially mention that it wasn't only Hamas that attacked on October 7th. According to Dor Shacar, a young Palestinian, Hamas had the black headbands, the green headbands were Islamic Jihad, and no headbands were Gaza civilians. Shacar also says he fled Palestine because even in grade school they are taught that all Jews need to be exterminated. He felt differently and was punished. Children in Palestine have no value; they're are born into terrorism with the sole purpose of killing Jews.
It has been truly shocking to hear and read things from other sources and even here on Substack as you are describing. The best I can equate my shock to is when the devil started speaking through Regan in the Exorcist. Obviously this vileness was just bubbling below the surface.
Hatred is hatred no matter what label they put on it???
I stand with Israel because my Heavenly Father & my Savior asked me to.
Like your confirmation of scripture, JD.
It may be the only truth remaining now. Thanks for all that you do.
“Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted. Woe to you who live by the sea, you Kerethite people; the word of the Lord is against you, Canaan, land of the Philistines. He says, ‘I will destroy you, and none will be left.’ The land by the sea will become pastures having wells for shepherds and sheepfolds for flocks. That land will belong to the remnant of the people of Judah; there they will find pasture. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. The Lord their God will care for them; he will restore their fortunes.”
It’s because God says and no one else.
Great Article, J.D.
You forgot the Media...It only reports that which creates division and upheaval; ATTENTION FOR THOSE PAYED TO PERPETRATE THEIRINDOCTRINATION/BRAINWASHED PROPAGANDA/LIES resulting in division and chaos/crises.
"Arguments against the government and state of Israel are often sound. Those who do not believe the land of Israel was returned to the Jews by God for His name's sake — as described in Ezekiel 36 — can explore history and come to the conclusion that the Jews are occupying the land of "Palestine." Only through sound exegesis can we know this is incorrect. Jews were not called back to the land as a reward but as an inheritance, undeserved but promised nonetheless."
JD, I used to believe the same...but you really need to do more homework. The people in Israel are NOT Hebrews, nor are they the Israelites from the Bible. They have almost ZERO connection, in fact, the Palestinians have more genetic connection than the current people who call themselves Jewish.
Contrary to what you might be thinking after all the above, I have nothing but love for good Israeli and Jewish people, True Torah and Messianic Jews. On the other hand, the Zionist government of Israel and the radical ideology or "spiritual law" they subscribe to (the Babylonian Talmud aka Pharisaism or Pharisaic Law), is a completely different story.
"The Pharisees, Scribes, Elders and Priests of Israel were great enemies of Jesus Christ. It was they who led the people to crucify Christ and persecute and kill His apostles. The teachings and doctrines of these men would later be collected in the Talmud."
That's right. Contrary to what we've always been told, we are not even talking about supporting "God's chosen people" here! Check this video where Bibi Netanyahu jokingly admits this himself. It has become clear (and this can be researched and verified), that we are dealing with an incredible case of hijacked identity here.
It's vitally important to understand that:
Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Samaritan, and European Jews are not Hebrews! The people in Israel today are not even remotely related to the Israelites of the Bible. See, Are Jews the Israelites of the Bible?
For that matter, let's take this a big step further. Most Christians today were taught to believe that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah, when he was really a Judahite. He was foremost the Son of God, but in the flesh, He was a Hebrew from the tribe of Judah: hence a Judahite or Judean, not a Jew. In fact, the word “Jew” did not come into existence until the year 1775. Its modern connotation points to someone who follows and adheres to a faith similar to that of the Pharisees of Judah, but is not of the tribe and stock of Judah. In other words, Jews are people from nations other than the 12 Hebrew tribes who practice a religion known as Judaism/Pharisaism, the doctrine of the Pharisees. My how have we been fooled.
“…behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David…” Revelation 5:5
Furthermore, one can fairly easily research and conclude that those today known as Jews are not of the lineage of Jacob, (rather largely descended from Turkic, Edomite and Khazarian lineage) and therefore actually have no right to the land of Palestine!
It's time to wake up to the truth of what we're truly dealing with here, no matter how uncomfortable or controversial. The truth is the truth.
We've recently posted Part 1 & 2 of my recent two-part series entitled "Israel, Edom, & Ishmael: Three Keys to Understanding the Bible & Current Events."
For anyone wanting to know what's really going on with Israel and today's Middle East conflict, I highly recommend these two sermons. Very few people today, even among those claiming to be Christians, understand what's occurring in this latest Middle East conflict.
Here's a clue and a teaser for these two messages. The following is the very first sentence of the first chapter of the 1980 Jewish Almanac, a chapter entitled "Identity Crisis":
"Strictly speaking, it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a 'Jew' or to call a contemporary Jew an 'Israelite' or a 'Hebrew.'” (Richard Siegel and Carl Rheins, eds., “Identity Crisis,” The Jewish Almanac, (New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1980) p. 3.)
Today's Jews are not the only ones with an identity crisis.
To understand what's really going in the Middle East, it's absolutely essential that the peoples known as Israelites, Edomites, and Ishmaelites be correctly identified.
"Israel, Edom, & Ismael, Part 1" can be found at https://www.missiontoisrael.ORG/tapelist.php#IsraelEdomIshmael1
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Another great article.
The only people in the conflict that matter are the ones caught in the middle, the innocents. The other two factions are pawns of the globalists. We are in no position to worry about what is happening over there when our own country is collapsing. I wish Americans had as much anger about what is going on here as they do about what is going on there. It's like your house is burning down but you run to the neighbors to help them fix their fence, it makes no sense.