[WAR] The clear (+biblical) foundation of Israel - be aware.

Zenaan Harkness zen at freedbms.net
Sun May 20 17:02:58 PDT 2018

That which we have no awareness of, can certainly impact upon us, our
lives and our loved ones and so it can be useful to learn a little.
Perhaps this is one of the most important foundations for the fellow
Souls of our age to comprehend.

Courtesy the ever poignant “The Saker”.

Be aware,

  Israel's Aggressive Behavior is Embodied and Prophesied in
  the Hebrew Bible

Source: The Saker
  How Biblical is Zionism?

by Laurent Guyénot for the Saker Blog

"Even the nuclear policy of Israel has a biblical name: the Samson

The biblical mind of Israel’s founding fathers

The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) is for the committed Jew as much a record
of his ancient origins, the prism through which all Jewish history is
interpreted (is not the “Holocaust” a biblical term?), and the
unalterable pattern of Israel’s promising future. That is why the
Bible, once the “portable fatherland” of the Diaspora Jews as
Heinrich Heine put it, remains at the core of the national narrative
of the Jewish State, whose founding fathers did not give it any other

It is true that the earliest prophets of political Zionism — Moses
Hess (Rome and Jerusalem, 1862), Leon Pinsker (Auto-Emancipation,
1882) and Theodor Herzl (The Jewish State, 1896) — did not draw their
	  inspiration from the Bible, but rather from the great
	  nationalist spirit that swept through Europe at the end of the
	  19th century.  Pinsker and Herzl actually cared little whether
	  the Jews colonized Palestine or any other region of the globe;
	  the first thought about some land in North America, while the
	  second contemplated Argentina and later Uganda. More important
	  still than nationalism, what drove these intellectual pioneers
	  was the persistence of Judeophobia or anti-Semitism: Pinsker,
	  who was from Odessa, converted during the pogroms that followed
	  the assassination of Alexander II; Herzl, at the height of the
	  Dreyfus affair.

Nevertheless, by naming his movement “Zionism,” Herzl himself was
plugging it into biblical mythology: Zion is a name used for
Jerusalem by biblical prophets. And after Herzl, the founders of the
Yishuv (Jewish communities settled in Palestine before 1947) and
later of the Jewish State were steeped in the Bible. From their point
of view, Zionism was the logical and necessary end of biblical

	“The Bible is our mandate,” Chaim Weizmann declared at the Peace
	Conference in Versailles in 1920, and David Ben-Gurion has made
	clear that he only accepted the 1947 UN Partition Plan as a
	temporary step toward the goal of biblical borders. In
	Ben-Gurion, Prophet of fire(1983), the biography of the man
	described as “the personification of the Zionist dream,” Dan
	Kurzman entitles each chapter with a Bible quote. The preface
	begins like this:

	“The life of David Ben-Gurion is more than the story of an
	extraordinary man. It is the story of a Biblical prophecy, an
	eternal dream. […] Ben-Gurion was, in a modern sense, Moses,
	Joshua, Isaiah, a messiah who felt he was destined to create an
	exemplary Jewish state, a ‘light unto the nations’ that would
	help to redeem all mankind.”

For Ben-Gurion, Kurzman writes, the rebirth of Israel in 1948
“paralleled the Exodus from Egypt, the conquest of the land by
Joshua, the Maccabean revolt.” Yet Ben-Gurion had never been to the
synagogue, and ate pork for breakfast.

According to the rabbi leading the Bible study group that he
attended, Ben-Gurion

	“unconsciously believed he was blessed with a spark from Joshua’s
	soul.” “There can be no worthwhile political or military
	education about Israel without profound knowledge of the Bible,”
	he used to say.[1]

He wrote in his diary in 1948, ten days after declaring independence,

	“We will break Transjordan [Jordan], bomb Amman and destroy its
	army, and then Syria falls, and if Egypt will still continue to
	fight — we will bombard Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo,” then he
	adds: “This will be in revenge for what they did to our
	forefathers during biblical times.”[2] Three days after the
	Israeli invasion of the Sinai in 1956, he declared before the
	Knesset that what was at stake was “the restoration of the
	kingdom of David and Solomon.”[3]

Ben-Gurion’s attachment to the Bible was shared by almost every
Zionist leader of his generation and the next. Moshe Dayan, the
military hero of the 1967 Six Day War, wrote a book entitled Living
with the Bible (1978) in which he justified the annexation of new
territory by the Bible. More recently, Israeli Education minister
Naftali Bennett, a proponent of full-scale annexation of the West
Bank, did the same.[4]

Zionism is biblical by ideology, but also in practice. As Avigail
Abarbanel wrote, the Zionist conquerors of Palestine

	“have been following quite closely the biblical dictate to Joshua
	to just walk in and take everything. […] For a supposedly
	non-religious movement it’s extraordinary how closely Zionism […]
	has followed the Bible.”[5]

The paradox is only apparent, because for Zionists, the Bible is not
a religious text, but a textbook of history. And so it should be
obvious to anybody paying attention that Israel’s behavior on the
international scene cannot be understood without a deep inquiry into
the Bible’s underlying ideology.

Prophecies and geopolitics

Only by taking account of the biblical roots of Zionism can one
understand why Zionism has never been a nationalist movement like
others. It could not be, as Gilad Atzmon remarked, from the moment it
defined itself as a Jewish movement, aimed at creating a “Jewish
state”.[6] Jewish exceptionalism is a biblical concept that has no
equivalent in any other ethnic or religious culture.

Neither can Zionism be correctly assessed as a form of colonialism,
despite Jabotinsky’s effort to do so. For colonialism seeks not to
expel the natives, but to exploit them. If Zionism is colonialism, it
can only be in the sense of the colonization of the world by Israel,
according to the program laid out by Isaiah:

	“The riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of the
	nations come to you” (60:5);

	“You will suck the milk of nations, you will suck the wealth of
	kings” (60:16);

	“You will feed on the wealth of nations, you will supplant them
	in their glory” (61:5-6);

	“For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you will perish,
	and the nations will be utterly destroyed” (60:12)

Christians find hope in Isaiah that, some day, all peoples “will
hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into sickles.
Nations will not lift sword against nation, no longer will they learn
how to make war” (Isaiah 2:4).

But more important to Zionists are the previous verses, which
describe these messianic times as a Pax Judaica, when “all the
nations” will pay tribute “to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of
the god of Jacob,” when “the Law will issue from Zion and the word of
Yahweh from Jerusalem,” so that Yahweh will “judge between the
nations and arbitrate between many peoples.”

No wonder Isaiah is the biblical prophet most often quoted by
Zionists. In a statement published in the magazine Look on January
16, 1962, Ben-Gurion predicted for the next 25 years:

	“All armies will be abolished, and there will be no more wars. In
	Jerusalem, the United Nations (a truly United Nations) will build
	a Shrine of the Prophets to serve the federated union of all
	continents; this will be the seat of the Supreme Court of
	Mankind, to settle all controversies among the federated
	continents, as prophesied by Isaiah.”[7]

The launching of the Iraq War was a decisive step toward that goal of
a new world order headquartered in Jerusalem. It was the context for
a “Jerusalem Summit” held in October 2003 in the highly symbolic King
David Hotel, to seal an alliance between Jewish and Christian

	The “Jerusalem Declaration” signed by its participants declared
	Jerusalem “the key to the harmony of civilizations,” replacing
	the United Nations that had become “a tribalized confederation
	hijacked by Third World dictatorships”:

	“Jerusalem’s spiritual and historical importance endows it with a
	special authority to become a center of world’s unity. [. . .] We
	believe that one of the objectives of Israel’s divinely-inspired
	rebirth is to make it the center of the new unity of the nations,
	which will lead to an era of peace and prosperity, foretold by
	the Prophets.”

Three acting Israeli ministers spoke at the summit, including
Benjamin Netanyahu. Richard Perle, the guest of honor, received on
this occasion the Henry Scoop Jackson Award.[8]

When Israeli leaders claim that their vision of the global future is
based on the (Hebrew) Bible, we should take them seriously and study
the Bible. It might help, for example, to know that according to
Deuteronomy Yahweh plans to deliver to Israel “seven nations greater
and mightier than [it],” adding: “you must utterly destroy them; you
shall make no covenant with them, and show no mercy to them.

You shall not make marriages with them…” (7:1-2). As for the kings of
these seven nations, “you shall make their name perish from under
heaven” (7:24). The destruction of the “Seven Nations,” also
mentioned in Joshua 24:11, is considered a mitzvah in rabbinic
Judaism, included by the great Maimonides in his Book of
Commandments,[9] and it has remained a popular motif in Jewish
culture, known to every Israeli school child.

It is also part of the Neocon agenda for World War IV (as Norman
Podhoretz names the current global conflict in World War IV: The Long
Struggle Against Islamofascism, 2007). General Wesley Clark, former
commandant of NATO in Europe, wrote in his book Winning Modern Wars
(2003), and repeated in numerous occasions, that one month after
September 11, 2001, as he was paying a visit to Paul Wolfowitz, a
Pentagon general showed him a memo “that describes how we’re gonna
take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then
Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan and finishing off with

In his September 20, 2001 speech, President Bush also targeted seven
“rogue states”, but included Cuba and North Korea instead of Lebanon
and Somalia. The likely explanation to that discrepancy is that Bush
or his entourage refused to include Lebanon and Somalia, but that the
number seven was retained for its symbolic value, as an encrypted

Without question, the neocons who were writing Bush’s war agenda were
Zionists of the most fanatical and Machiavellian kind. But the neocon
viper’s nest is not the only place to look for crypto-Zionists
infiltrated in the highest spheres of US foreign and military
affairs. Consider, for example, that Wesley Clark is the son of
Benjamin Jacob Kanne and the proud descendant of a lineage of rabbis.

It is hard to believe that he never heard about the Bible’s “seven
nations”? Is Clark himself, together with the Amy Goodmans who
interviewed him, trying to write history in biblical terms, while
blaming these wars on the Pentagon’s warmongers? What’s going on,

A lesson from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah

To understand how the crypto-Zionists have hijacked the Empire’s
military power into proxy wars, a lesson can be learned from Book of
Ezra and its sequel, the Book of Nehemiah. At the time of Ezra, the
imperial power was Persia. After the Persians had conquered Babylon
in 539 BCE, some of the exiles and their descendants (42,360 people
with their 7,337 servants and 200 male and female singers, according
to Ezra 2:64-67) returned to Jerusalem under the protection of King
Cyrus, with the project of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Thus
begins the Book of Ezra:

	“Yahweh roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a
	proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his
	kingdom: ‘Cyrus king of Persia says this, Yahweh, the God of
	heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has
	appointed me to build him a temple in Jerusalem, in Judah.’”
	(Ezra 1:1-2).

	For acting on behalf of Yahweh, Cyrus is bestowed the title of
	God’s “Anointed” (Mashiah) in Isaiah 45:1.

	“Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus whom, he says, I
	have grasped by his right hand, to make the nations bow before
	him and to disarm kings: […] It is for the sake of my servant
	Jacob and of Israel my chosen one, that I have called you by your
	name, have given you a title though you do not know me. […]
	Though you do not know me, I have armed you.” (Isaiah 45:1-5)

A succeeding Persian emperor, Darius, confirmed Cyrus’ edict,
authorizing the rebuilding of the Temple, and ordering gigantic burnt
offerings financed by “the royal revenue.” Anyone resisting the new
theocratic power backed by Persia, “a beam is to be torn from his
house, he is to be impaled on it and his house is to be reduced to a
rubbish-heap for his offense” (Ezra 6:11).

Then another Persian king, Artaxerxes, is supposed to have granted
Ezra authority to lead “all members of the people of Israel in my
kingdom, including their priests and Levites, who freely choose to go
to Jerusalem,” and to rule over “the whole people of Trans-Euphrates
[district encompassing all territories West to the Euphrates]”
(7:11-26). In 458 BCE, the priest Ezra went from Babylon to
Jerusalem, accompanied by some 1,500 followers.

Carrying with him the newly redacted Torah, Ezra called himself the
“Secretary of the Law of the God of heaven” (7:21). He was soon
joined by Nehemiah, a Persian court official of Judean origin.

The edicts of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes are fake. No historian
believe them authentic. But the fact that Persian kings granted to a
clan of wealthy Levites legal authority for establishing a theocratic
semi-autonomous state in Palestine seems historical. What did these
proto-Zionists give the Persian kings in return? The Bible does not
say, but historians believe that the Judeans exiles in Babylon had
won the favor of the Persians by conspiring to help them conquer the

What is of interest in this biblical narrative is the blueprint for
the Zionist strategy of influencing the Empire’s foreign policy for
its own advantage. In the late 19th century, the empire was British.
Its foreign policy in the Middle East was largely shaped by Prime
Minister Benjamin Disraeli. Born in a family of Marranos converted
back to Judaism in Venice, Disraeli can be considered a forerunner of
Zionism, since, well before Theodor Herzl, he tried to include the
“restoration of Israel” in the Berlin Congress’ agenda, and hoped to
convince the Ottoman Sultan to concede to Palestine as an autonomous
Jewish province.

He failed, but succeeded in putting the Suez Canal under British
control, through funding from his friend Lionel Rothschild (an
operation which also consolidated the Rothschilds’ control over the
Bank of England). That was the first step in binding British interest
and fate to the Middle-East[12]. In short, Disraeli was a modern-day
Ezra or Nehemiah, capable of steering the Empire’s policy according
to the Jewish agenda of the conquest of Palestine, a dream he had
cherished ever since his first trip to Palestine in 1830, at the age
of 26, and which he had expressed through the hero of his first
novel, The Wondrous Tale of Alroy:

	“My wish is a national existence which we have not. My wish is
	the Land of Promise and Jerusalem and the Temple, all we
	forfeited, all we have yearned after, all for which we have
	fought, our beauteous country, our holy creed, our simple
	manners, and our ancient customs.”

A quarter of a century after Disraeli, Theodor Herzl also failed to
convince the Sultan. It therefore became necessary that the Ottoman
Empire disappear and the cards be redistributed. Zionists then played
the British against the Ottomans and, by means now well-documented,
obtained from the former the Balfour Declaration (in fact a mere
letter addressed by Secretary of State Arthur Balfour to Lord Lionel
Walter Rothschild).

But when the British started to limit Jewish immigration in Palestine
in the 1930s, the Zionists turned to the rising new Imperial power:
the United States. Today, the stranglehold of Zionists on US imperial
policy is such that a few Jewish neocons can pull the US into a
series of wars against Israel’s enemies with a single false flag

The capacity of Israel to hijack the Empire’s foreign and military
policy requires that a substantial Jewish elite remain in the US.
Even Israel’s survival is entirely dependent on the influence of the
Zionist power complex in the United States (euphemistically called
the “pro-Israel lobby”). That is also a lesson learnt from Ezra and
Nehemiah’s time: Nehemiah himself retained his principal residence in
Babylone and, for centuries after, the kingdom of Israel was
virtually ruled by the Babylonian exiles.

After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, Babylon remained
the center of universal Judaism. The comparison was made by Jacob
Neusner in A History of the Jews in Babylonia(1965), and by Max
Dimont in Jews, God and History (1962). The American Jews who prefer
to remain in the United States rather than emigrating to Israel are,
Dimont argued, as essential to the community as the Babylonian Jews
who declined the invitation to return to Palestine in the Persian

	“Today, as once before, we have both an independent State of
	Israel and the Diaspora. But, as in the past, the State of Israel
	today is a citadel of Judaism, a haven of refuge, the center of
	Jewish nationalism where dwell only two million of the world’s
	twelve million Jews. The Diaspora, although it has shifted its
	center through the ages with the rise and fall of civilizations,
	still remains the universal soul of Judaism.”[13]


In the words of the Zionists themselves, including Herzl himself,
Zionism was supposed to be the “final solution” to the Jewish
question[14]. In 1947, the whole world hoped that it would be, except
for Arab leaders who warned against it. But Israel’s existence has
only resulted in changing the “Jewish question” into the “Zionist
question”: the question about the true ambitions of Israel. Part of
the answer is to be found in the Hebrew Bible. The Zionist question
is the Biblical question. Zionists themselves tell us so. Their
mouths are full of the Bible.

On March 3, 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dramatized in
front of the American Congress his deep phobia of Iran by referring
to the biblical Book of Esther (the only Bible story that makes no
mention of God, incidently). It is worth quoting the heart of his
rhetorical appeal to a US strike against Iran:

	“We’re an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history,
	many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow
	night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of
	Esther.  We’ll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman,
	who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago.

	But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and
	gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against
	their enemies. The plot was foiled. Our people were saved. Today
	the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian
	potentate to destroy us.”[15]

Netanyahu managed to schedule his address to the Congress on the eve
of Purim, which celebrates the happy end of the Book of Esther — the
slaughter of 75,000 Persians, women and children included. This
typical speech by the head of the State of Israel is clear indication
that the behavior of that nation on the international scene cannot be
understood without a deep inquiry into the Bible’s underlying
ideology. Such is the main objective of my new book, From Yahweh to
Zion: Jealous God, Chosen People, Promised Land … Clash of
Civilizations, translated by Kevin Barrett.

May those who still want to believe that Zionism has nothing to do
with the Bible think twice. Even the nuclear policy of Israel has a
biblical name: the Samson Option.[16] And let them read the Prophets:

	“And this is the plague with which Yahweh will strike all the
	nations who have fought against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot
	while they are still standing on their feet; their eyes will rot
	in their sockets; their tongues will rot in their mouths.”
	(Zechariah 14:12)


 1.  Dan Kurzman, Ben-Gurion, Prophet of Fire, Touchstone, 1983,
     p.  17-18, 22, 26-28.

 2.  Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Oneworld
     Publications, 2007, p. 144.

 3.  Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of
     Three Thousand Years, Pluto Press, 1994, p. 10.

 4.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Png17wB_omA

 5.  Avigail Abarbanel, “Why I left the Cult,” October 8, 2016, on

 6.  Gilad Atzmon, Being in Time: A Post-Political Manifesto,
     Skyscraper, 2017, pp. 66-67.

 7.  David Ben-Gurion and Amram Duchovny, David Ben-Gurion, In His
     Own Words, Fleet Press Corp., 1969, p. 116

 8.  Official website: www.jerusalemsummit.org/eng/declaration.php

 9.  http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/961561/jewish/Positive-Commandment-187.htm

 10. Wesley Clark, Winning Modern Wars, Public Affairs, 2003, p. 130.

 11. For example, Heinrich Graetz, History of the Jews, Jewish
     Publication Society of America, 1891 (archive.org), vol. 1,
     p. 343.

 12. On Disraeli’s proto-Zionist policy, read my article :

 13. Quoted in Michael Collins Piper, The New Babylon: Those Who
     Reign Supreme, American Free Press, 2009, p. 27

 14. The first Zionist association inspired by Herzl’s program, the
     National-jüdische Vereinigung Köln, declared as its goal in
     1897: “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question lies therefore
     in the establishment of the Jewish State” (quoted in Isaiah
     Friedman, Germany, Turkey, and Zionism 1897–1918, Transaction
     Publishers, 1998, p. 17). Herzl wrote: “I believe I have found
     the solution of the Jewish Question. Not a solution, but the
     solution, the only one,” repeating further that Zionism was “the
     only possible, final, and successful solution of the Jewish
     Question” (The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl, edited by
     Raphael Patai, Herzl Press & Thomas Yoseloff, 1960, vol. 1,
     p. 118).

 15. “The Complete Transcript of Netanyahu’s Address to Congress,” on

 16. Seymour Hersh, The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and
     American Foreign Policy, Random House, 1991.

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