Today 9,000 Palestinians have been seized and imprisoned by Israel without trial. Yet when Arab militants captured one Jewish soldier in Gaza and two within Lebanon, Israel's volcanic fury exploded. Down rained death on more than 1,200 hapless civilians in Gaza and Lebanon. More than half of them were children.
Israel reasons that a Jewish life is so precious that hundreds of non-Jewish lives may be sacrificed to guarantee Jewish safety. This racism permeates not only Israel’s behavior toward the Palestinians but Zionism’s whole worldview.
Only Jewish suffering really matters.
Roots of Racism
What is the basis for such egotism?
Although the state of Israel describes itself as the only Mideast democracy, it doesn’t have stated borders or a constitution. Instead, Israel follows the authority of the medieval Talmud, a compendium of Jewish law going back to the ancient Pharisees.
The government of Israel is technically secular, but it endorses Orthodox Judaism, administered by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem. “There are very few Reform or Conservative congregations in the State of Israel. Orthodoxy is the official religious position in Israel, with the majority of rabbis belonging to the old school of Talmudic jurists.” (Encyclopedia Judaica, “Judaism,” p. 396)
.The military is presided over by Orthodox chaplains, empowered to dictate battlefield behavior consistent with the precepts of the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud is the highest religious and ethical guide for observant Jews, far surpassing the Bible.
Because of its religious and racial identity, Israel and its potential today cannot be comprehended without a thorough understanding of its ancient past.
Just what is the religious inheritance that Orthodox Israel so zealously guards?
War against the Gentiles
Before Israel’s 400-year sojourn as slaves in Egypt, God told Abraham that the wickedness of the Amorites who inhabited Palestine would become so great that He would use the Hebrews to judge them (Gen. 15:16). The Canaanites were notorious, even in the ancient world, for infanticide, homosexuality, bestiality, and every other perversion.
God knew Israel would never survive unless the land was forcibly cleansed of such evil. So God commanded Moses, Joshua, and the armies of Israel to destroy everyone who resisted. He Himself intervened with miracles and sent avenging angels on several occasions to level the armies that stood against Israel. At the same time, God extended a merciful hand to any Gentiles (such as Rahab and Ruth) who would convert from their paganism and accept His righteous law.
When Christ came to earth, His death and resurrection marked a new age of grace. Christ taught that it would no longer be through the death of Israel’s enemies that Jews would find safety, but through His own redemptive blood. Christ commanded us to love and bless our enemies, sternly warning that those who take up the sword will die by it. Many Jews transitioned through Christ from a military racist mentality to one of love, giving God all privileges of revenge.
But the great majority of Jews refused to accept Christ as their Messiah, with horrific results.
Refusal to Change
God once gave the Hebrews transcendent spiritual light. But when they rejected Him, they were plunged into commensurate darkness.
No longer obedient to a holy God, the justice of the Old Testament wars was perverted by the Pharisees into a racist and rage-filled ideology. Such would become the new glue to bind Jews together in resistance to Christianity and the Gentile world.
Jewish militants, longing to see a Jewish government ruling the Gentiles, had been frustrated by Greek and Roman conquests of Palestine. In Jesus’ time, the rocky hills of Judea were often dotted with the hanging, crucified bodies of Jewish zealots trying to raise an insurrection.
.The Jews finally rebelled against Rome in 70 AD, only to be mercilessly crushed. Rebellion began again in about 119 AD.
Rabbi Akiba, Cabalist and one of the most renowned Talmudic rabbis of all time, proclaimed, through the insights of numerology, that a certain Jewish insurrectionist, Bar Cochba, was Israel’s long-awaited messiah. Jews were electrified that their Messiah had come at last. Together, Jews of Palestine, North Africa and Asia Minor rose violently against Romans and Christians in the eastern Mediterranean.
The ancient Roman historian Dio describes what happened: “Meanwhile, the Jews in the region of Cyrene had put one Andreas at their head and were destroying both the Romans and the Greeks. They would cook their flesh, make belts for themselves of their entrails, anoint themselves with their blood, and wear their skins for clothing. Many they sawed in two, from the head downwards. Others they would give to wild beasts and force still others to fight as gladiators. In all, consequently, 220,000 perished. In Egypt, also, they performed many similar deeds, and in Cyprus, under the leadership of Artemia, there likewise, 240,000 perished. For this reason, no Jew may set foot in that land, but even if one of them is driven upon the island by force of the wind, he is put to death.” 1
The emperor Hadrian, unleashing what Jewish historians describe as the “Hadrianic persecution of the Jews,” again crushed Jewish resistance. This time, Hadrian didn’t just exile many Jews from Palestine, as Titus had done in 70 AD. He banished them altogether, forbidding a Jew to even set foot in their Promised Land. He named Jerusalem “Aelous Capitolina,” encouraging pagan worship of Roman deities in Palestine.
Jewish Militants Rise Again
For roughly 1800 years, Orthodox Jews, driven back to Babylon or dispersed among the nations, were unable to return to their land and wage war against the Gentiles inhabiting it. Yet observant Jews believed it was their duty to someday return, drive out their homeland’s inhabitants, and eventually subdue the whole earth under Hebrew monotheism.
Their most sacred book, the Talmud, and its mystical/revolutionary companion, the Zohar or Kabala, teach that Gentiles are inherently bad and Jews good. For Gentiles to be in control of Jews is an intolerable blasphemy, throwing the entire universe into confusion.2 For this reason, evil Jewish leaders remain hungry to overthrow Gentile or Christian power whenever an opportunity arises.
Of course, many Jews today are secularized and apathetic; they have no such ambitions and disapprove of Jews who do. Yet in modern Israel, especially in the government, military, and settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, where Talmudic values prevail, the moral obligation to cleanse the land of Gentiles remains powerfully binding. 3
This belief creates a fiery and violent zeal within observant Jews in the Middle East, a zeal to reestablish Jewish preeminence, whatever the cost.
In the 20th century, Jews for the first time since the defeat of Bar Cochba experienced intoxicating power over Gentiles. When 4000 Jewish commissars ruled Russia in 1917, ancient bloodlust and desire for revenge erupted, resulting in a final death toll in Russia of 66 million.
Similarly, in 1948, Jewish terrorists could contain this impatient, murderous rage no longer. At the very moment when the British were about to leave Palestine, Menachem Begin’s Irgun and Stern gang “warriors” fell upon the peaceful sleeping Arab village of Deir Yassin, killing 254.
The bloodbath was reminiscent of Dio’s description of the Jewish orgy of blood in the Mediterranean during the second century AD. Jacques de Reynier, of the Red Cross, recounts: “The first thing I saw were people running everywhere, rushing in and out of the houses, carrying Sten guns, rifles, pistols, and long ornate knives…They seemed half-mad. I saw a beautiful girl carrying a dagger still covered with blood. I heard screams. The German member of Irgun explained, “We’re still mopping up.””
Reynier saw the young Jewish woman stab an elderly man and woman cowering outside their hut. When he entered one of the houses, he noted that everything “had been ripped apart and turned upside down…There were bodies strewn about. They had done their “cleaning up” with guns and grenades and finished their work with knives.” 4
Alfred Lilienthal, in The Zionist Connection, continues, “According to the accounts of survivors, the female members of the two terrorist groups matched the savagery of their male counterparts…Bit by bit, Deir Yassin was submerged in a hell of screams, exploding grenades, the stench of blood, gun powder and smoke. Its assailants killed, they looted, and finally they raped.”
Survivor Saifyeh Attiyeh recounts how she was raped by an Israeli. “I screamed,” she said, “but around me the other women were being raped, too. Some of the men were so anxious to get our earrings, they ripped our ears to pull them off faster…” 5
Even after the fearsome blood lust had subsided, surviving women and children were stripped naked and paraded in three open trucks down King George V Avenue in Jerusalem. There, the Jewish crowds, sympathetic to Irgun and the Stern Gang, spat upon and even stoned them. 6
Decades later, Menachem Begin, prime minister of Israel and prime mover behind the Deir Yassin massacre, comfortably chatted with Dr. Jerry Falwell in his elegant residence in Jerusalem. He was unrepentant of anything he authorized at Deir Yassin, considering the massacre a vital step towards creation of the state of Israel. He assured Falwell that he possessed the deepest faith in the God of the Old Testament, seeking his guidance to lead God’s “chosen people” today.
Falwell, awed by Begin’s apparent piety, repeatedly fraternized and posed with Begin over the years, promoting him to American evangelicals as a “great man of God.” Begin reciprocated by giving Falwell a new Israeli-made business jet.
Israel Serves a Different God
Apparently, Falwell didn’t realize that the “God” of the sadistic rabbinical-military establishment of Israel is not the God of evangelicals. The God of Begin, Shamir, and Sharon is a god of war, power, and revenge against all non-Jews. Theirs is a racist god who never inhabited the Old Testament but was inserted in Judaic thinking by those Pharisees of Babylon who took over Jewish religious life in the several centuries before Christ. The god of the rabbis is one who regards Gentiles as animals and, even worse, demons to be destroyed.
This view is repeatedly asserted in the Zohar. Among ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel today, such as those who preemptively kill Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza as “terrorist threats,” the Zohar is of even greater authority than the Talmud. The Zohar incessantly repeats this message: “. . . ‘living soul’ refers to Israel, who have holy living souls from above, and ‘cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth’ to the other peoples who are not living souls. . .” 7
The Talmud footnote to Sanhedrin 98.b says: “…the Almighty Himself bewails Israel in the power of the Gentile.” This passage asserts, “It will be difficult to remove the Gentiles from power without inflicting much suffering.” The Talmud says God is biding His time in heaven, plotting how to punish the Gentiles for making the Jews suffer; His terrible vengeance will be visited upon them before Israel’s Messiah can finally be revealed.
After saturation bombing of Lebanon in 1982, Menachem Begin called the 17,500 innocent casualties of Israeli air strikes at Tyre and Sidon “two-legged animals.” His chief of staff, Raphael Eytan, referred to them as “cockroaches in a bottle.” 8
Criticized by the world for allowing Ariel Sharon to facilitate the slaughter of 800 Arab refugees in the Shatila and Sabra camps, Begin rejected any accountability to the world. “Goyim are killing goyim, and they come to hang the Jews!”
The Real Terrorists
Today, more than any time in history since Joshua prevailed over the Canaanites, Israel is in a position to revive a policy of conquest by war. After the Deir Yassin massacre, Irgun and the Stern Gang told a group of American correspondents that Deir Yassin “was the beginning of the conquest of Palestine and Trans-Jordan.” 9
For nearly a century, Zionists have covered their violent agenda with the claim that Israel wants peace. Actually, Israel is intent on conquest: first, of her Middle East neighbors, second, of all who oppose her.
Begin knew that what he began at Deir Yassin would be repeated against the Goyim worldwide. And he offered no apologies. Asked by the prominent journalist Russell Warren Howe if he considered himself the father of terrorism in the Mideast, Begin replied, “No, in the entire whole world.” 10
1 Cassio Dio Cocceianus, Dio’s Annals of Rome, Vol. 5, Book 68. (Perhaps the greatest authority on ancient Rome, Edward Gibbon, in his The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, gives full credence to Dio’s account.)
2 The Zohar teaches that all existence is divided into two extremes: God above, Gentiles and demons beneath. Israel is God’s Shekina glory in the middle, the practical, rational manifestation of God’s will in this world. The sooner Israel dominates the Gentiles, the sooner the divine order will be restored. For documentation, see my book Israel: Our Duty, Our Dilemma, Chapter 12, “The Conspiracy of Kabbalah.”
3 The Yesha Rabbinical Council, the religious authority for Orthodox Jews in Gaza and the West Bank, recently affirmed that despite U.N. resolutions and protests from the West, Israeli settlers are obligated, as a ‘mitzvah’, or religious duty, to drive Arabs out of Palestine through building illegal settlements. (ynetnews.com, July 6, 2006)
4 Jacques de Reynier, quoted in Alfred Lilenthals’ The Zionist Connection, pg. 155.
5 Ibid pg 154.
6 Ibid pg 155.
7 Volume I, Bereshith, 47a, Soncino translation.
8 A Mr. Hareven, retired senior Israeli military officer, quoted in the New York Times, August 5, 1985.
9 Lilenthal, pg 156.
10 The Washington Star, June 15, 1981, in a column by Georgie Ann Geyer.
Rev. Ted Pike is the director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian-conservative, watchdog organization.
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