Christianity: Divided over the State of Israel.
"Thou sawest till that a stone (knowledge of God, kingdom of David) was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and broke them to pieces. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom;.." (Daniel 2:34,41,44).


Obama: I Don't Think Israel Has Made a Decision on Iran: Obama: I do not think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran. It is rightfully worried about its security. In an interview with NBC quoted by The Associated Press, Obama said, “I don’t think that Israel has made a decision on what they need to do.”


Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Friday said that
the U.S. would suffer defeat and lose standing in the region if it decides to use military force to stop the country’s nuclear program.
Khamenei also threatened Israel, saying the Islamic Republic will help any nation or group that confronts the Jewish State, which he said was a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut” (INN, 2/6/2012 ).

Iran Warns: Do Not Strike Against Us: “Any spot used by the enemy for hostile operations against Iran, will be subjected to retaliatory aggression by our armed forces,” Hossein Salami said, during military maneuvers. Iran will attack any country whose territory is used by “enemies” of the Islamic state to launch a military strike against its soil, the deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards told the semi-official Fars news agency (United with Israel, Jpost, 02.05.2012).

Iranian Parliament's Website: Attack Israel this Year: Majlis says area between Lod and Jerusalem, Tel Nof Air Base should be targeted. Iranian blog: 9 minutes are enough to finish Israel (INN, 2/5/2012).


Khameini: Genocide a Moral Obligation: Ayatollah Ali Khameini laid out a lengthy Islamic justification for the destruction of Israel and genocide, saying Jihad demands it. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday released a new doctrine explaining why it would be 'legally and morally justified' to commit genocide and wipe Israel off the map.


"Israel is a cancerous tumor in the Middle East," Khameini wrote for the ultraconservative Farsi-language Alef news site. "Israel is a satanic media outlet with bombers. Every Muslim is required to arm themselves against Israel."


"I have already noted the usurper state of Israel poses a grave threat to Islam and Muslim countries. Islam and Muslim states must not lose this opportunity to remove the corruption from out midst. All of our problems are because of Israel - Israel of America."
"The first step should be the absolute destruction of Israel. To this end, Iran could make use of long-range missiles. The distance between us is only 2,600 KM. It can be done in minutes" (INN, 2/6/2012 ).

Since there is no decision concerning Iran and we have reached the level of no return when it comes to assimilation ... Maybe there is a certain decision concerning Edom ("the divided kingdom"- Daniel 2:31-35,40-44, Ch. 7). Because when Rome is destroyed Israel will be redeemed.

 

The majority of those calling themselves Christians side against Israel. No where is this more obvious than in Europe—where the accusation of Jews as “Christ Killers” (1. Thess. 2:14-15, Matt. 20:18-19, Mark 10:33-34) and as rebellious and disobedient (Titus 1:10-16, Matt. Ch. 23) to God has caused centuries of persecution culminating in the murder of 2/3 of European Jewry in the Holocaust.

This same spirit is very much alive today as expressed by European policy and attitudes toward Israel: US President Barack Obama said among others at Cairo University, Egypt, June 4, 2009: "The Talmud tells us: "The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace... The Holy Bible tells us: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). Now, how will he work for peace, when he will cut the heart (Judea and Samaria) out of Israel and divide Jerusalem from were the Torah shall come forth from the Temple?

Moreover, "My firstborn son is Israel." See Exodus 4:22-23, Hosea 11:1-4, Isaiah 43:6, Jeremiah 31:8, Psalm 82:6. Now, there are certain conditions that have to be met if one wants be called a "son or a daughter of God (Proverbs 3:1-2,17).

Deeply Rooted anti-Semitism in the US and Europe: One side of Christianity views Israel as the nation that rejected Jesus -therefore forfeiting their special status as God’s Chosen People (Romans 9:23-26, Luke 12:8-9)---and the Church, “The Body of Christ” having replaced Israel as God’s elected chosen ones.

"In Hebrews 8:9, while "quoting" Jeremiah, the Christian author changed a most crucial word in the last clause of the passage: "...My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them" (Jeremiah 31:32).

The book of Hebrews does not merely misquote Jeremiah, but changes entirely the verse to fit its anti-Judaic agenda, changing the text to read: "...because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord" (Hebrews 8:9).

The Hebrew word (ba'altee) means a "husband," not "disregard" or "rejected. This is a stunning alteration of the words of Jeremiah; to be a "husband" conveys the precise opposite message of the word "disregard."

How can the author of Hebrews change the word of God in order to persuade readers of the authenticity and superiority of Christianity, and the obsolescence of Judaism? When New Testament authors crudely tamper with the Jewish Scriptures, do they not advertize that they possessed little integrity?" Rabbi Tovia Singer: 
Did God Divorce Israel? What does Jeremiah Mean by the Promise of a"New Covenant"?

According to this line of thought, Jewish suffering and persecution throughout the ages was further proof of God’s rejection of the seed of Abraham.

According to Christianity -- the Jewish people are not the seed of Abraham:
Galatians 3:16 "The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ."

In the words of Rabbi Tovia Singer: "The Apostle Paul insists that the promise given to Abraham, where God would make a covenant with his seed, rather than His seeds, clearly demonstrates that this was referring to only one singular individual. This can only be Jesus, concludes the Apostle to the gentiles.


Is this assertion based on sound theology? Did Paul draw a logical conclusion for his gentile audience? Hardly.

Paul’s contention is, in fact, spurious, for the Torah only uses the word “seed" in the singular, when referring to many descendants".  Check it out: Genesis  12:7, 13:15, 17:19, 13:16, 15:5, 16:10, 22:17, 24:7,60, 26:4, 46:6, 2 Kings 11:1, etc.


Galatians 3:29 says further: "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."

The ingathering of millions of Jews to the modern State of Israel is seen as a mere coincidence and an instinctive reaction to Jews fleeing worldwide anti-Semitism. This view sees Israel as having no Biblical or historical rights to the Land of Israel and the State of Israel created out of world wide guilt over the mass murder of Jews during WW2….resulting in the take over of Arab Land and displacement of the local population.


Cast in this light, it is easier to understand the view of Israel as the aggressor and the Israel Defense Force as the military that through brute force imposes the will of a nation that took and maintains control through force.


According to this side of Christianity, Israel is still very much the disobedient  and rebellious group and Christians who stand against Israel think themselves as being obedient to God’s command to speak out against injustice and to support the victims of oppression.

Mark Twain visited Israel in 1867, and published his impressions in Innocents Abroad. He described a desolate country – devoid of both vegetation and human population: “… A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

Now, let us take a look at the other and Biblically correct side: A smaller group of Christians, including millions of politically active Evangelical Christians in the USA and to a lesser degree in other countries, believe that the Jewish People have and will always be the chosen elect of God.

Their belief rests on the belief that God’s Covenants are ETERNAL and if God can break His covenant with Israel...then God can choose to break His covenant with anyone and at any time. The foundation on which our belief and trust in God rests is that His promises are eternal and non negotiable. Further more, God is using Israel as a tool through which He is showing His Power and Glory to all of mankind.


Accordingly, the mass immigration of Jews to modern day Israel is the fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies in the Bible and the greatest living testimony that God has given the Land of Israel unconditionally to the offspring of Abraham’s children... Jacob/Israel.
Within this context, pro Israel Christians view the nations, media and fellow Christians that vilify Israel as rejecting the word of God.

For these Christians, OUR DEAR AND BELOVED FRIENDS, standing with Israel, especially during difficult times, is standing with God’s purposes against a God hating world and their love for and faith in God means that they can do nothing less than put their full support behind Israel and the Jewish People (Eliezer Braun, Director, Shuva Israel).


Tu B'Shvat: "New Year of the Trees" February 2012: When you come to the Land and you plant any food tree,..” With the Jewish people return to the Land; they are commanded to plant fruit trees.

Amos 9:14-15 "And I will turn the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God."
See also Jeremiah 31:4, Isaiah 5:7.

 

Isaiah 51:3-5 "For the Lord shall console Zion (at the time of the redemption from the wicked nations, 52:9-10), He shall console all its ruins, and He shall make its desert like a paradise and its waste land like the garden of the Lord; joy and happiness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and a voice of song."

 

The Palestine Mandate Article 6 : The Administration of Palestine,.. shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage,.. close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.

 

Ezekiel 36:33-36 " Thus saith the Lord GOD: In the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities (assimilation), I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be builded. And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, whereas it was a desolation in the sight of all that passed by.

 

And they shall say: This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.

 

Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD have builded the ruined places, and planted that which was desolate; I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it (see also Ezekiel 34:23-31, Zechariah 14:16).

Israel embassies preparing for Iran strike?
Diplomats stationed in Israel request gas masks, prepare contingency plans in case of missile attacks; envoys fear that thousands of dual-citizenship Israelis will seek evacuation (Ynet News, 02.08.12).

Preparing for Iran strike? The safest place to stay is in Israel (How did Isaiah (54:15-17) knew about the missile interceptors, etc., thousands of years ago?).

Iranian Website: "Kill All Jews and Annihilate Israel!" : The conservative Iranian website Alef, with close ties to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has published a doctrine detailing why it would be acceptable to kill all Jews and annihilate Israel. The article, written by Khamenei's strategy specialist Alireza Forghani, warned that it would only take nine minutes to wipe out Israel. It said Iran would be justified in launching a pre-emptive strike against Israel because of the threats against its own nuclear facilities.

It added Israel would need U.S. approval and help to carry out such an attack, and that because of a current passive climate in America, the time for Iran to strike was now. Since Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa contain more than 60% of the Jewish population, it noted that Iranian Shahab 3 ballistic missiles could easily kill everyone (Daily Mail-UK).

The Nature of the Islamic Republic : This call for genocide is acceptable discourse in the Islamic Republic. It is a reminder of the evil nature of the regime, and helps explain why Israelis say it is unacceptable for that regime to possess nuclear weapons (Council on Foreign Relations). Text: Iranian Official Calls on Regime to Attack Israel at MEMRI.

Nasrallah: We'll Decide How to React to Israeli Strike in Iran: Hizbullah leader addresses speculations that he'll attack Israel if it attacks Iran: They did not ask for anything nor did they dictate anything. On that day, we’re the ones who will have to sit and think and decide what to do” (INN, 2/8/2012 ).

In the words of Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, "Things will turn out the very opposite of what Israel 's enemies imagine. "Surely the nations that are about you shall bear their own shame" (Ezekiel 36:7) - as when the Arab armies that vowed the destruction of Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973 were roundly defeated.

On the contrary, "You O mountains of Israel shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people of Israel, for they will soon be coming" (Ezekiel 36:8). "When the land of Israel will give forth its fruits generously, that is when the end will be close - for throughout the Bible you have no more clearly revealed end than in this verse" (Sanhedrin 98a). The last century has witnessed the miraculous revival of agriculture in Israel after two thousand years of desolation!

According to Genesis, the Garden of Eden was an earthly paradise. God promises that in time to come the waste places of Zion will be transformed into a garden of HaShem.

Tu B'Shvat Photo Essay:  Arutz Sheva brings you pictures of renewal in the Land of Israel for this year's Tu B'Shvat festivities! Tu B'Shvat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is called the New Year of the Trees in the Talmud and falls this year on Wednesday, February 8th. Halakhic issues with regard to Israel's trees are centered on this day, the Jewish holiday expressing the deep love of the Jewish people for the Land of Israel and its fruits (INN, 2/8/2012 ).

PLANT TREES IN ISRAEL: Planting trees in Israel has become a custom of Jews and supporters of Israel. Planting trees in the hills of Shomron is an extra honor. Here you can be part of reviving the greenery of the land after hundreds of years the land lay desolate. It is not to late to be part of this. Residents of Shomron communities will countinue to plant new forest and fruit trees over the next few days (Yeshuv.org).

VIDEO: 2,000 Visit Samaria for Tu B'Shvat: Tree Planting in Itamar: "Terror will not Uproot us!" Over 1,000 Likud members among visitors who planted 1,500 trees near a synagogue that commemorates the Fogel family (INN, 2/8/2012).