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Weekly Update: ‘I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations’

editor - 9 June 2022

The United Nations has created its own virtual reality, which is on a collision course with God’s reality. Week in week out, UN organs and agencies (dominated by countries run by dictators) pass resolutions and adopt plans reflecting the world as they would like to see it, but which are far from the reality on the ground. Ever since 1947, the UN has been obsessed with keeping control of Jerusalem, or at least preventing the Jewish people from having sovereignty over the city. There is no other city in the world that has attracted so many UN resolutions.

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is perhaps the best example. Last year (2021) it established an open-ended Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Israel and the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” – which includes what is euphamistically called “East Jerusalem”. Most of the countries that voted to create this COI were Islamic, all were anti-Western. Its goal was to condemn Israel of war crimes.

Three “experts” known for their anti-Israel bias were appointed as Commissioners. The Chairperson is Navi Pillay, an outspoken critic of Israel. This week, 7th June 2022, the COI published its first report. As expected, it is one-sided and biased, its conclusions based on factual and legal inaccuracies, reflecting the biased mandate.

The COI relies on the one-sided condemnations of Israel by UN bodies over the years to conclude that the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and the “West Bank” is the main cause of the tensions in the region and calls on urgent action to “end the occupation”.

Basically, according to the UN, Israel is responsible for the actions of those who choose to kill Jews. By illegally occupying Palestinian land, Israel is inciting Palestinians to violence. The Palestinians are innocent victims who have no choice but to use violence.

This inverted logic is not only immoral, it ignores history and twists the law.

Basically, the COI adopts the narrative that the Palestinians have a right to a State, and that Israel has no rights whatsoever to control the territories it captured during the 1967 Six Day War (the Old City of Jerusalem and its environs, and Judea and Samaria). Israel is a “mere” occupying power, and must end its occupation of Palestinian territory.

This is a totally false historical and legal narrative. The fact is that Jerusalem, as well as Judea and Samaria (which later became known as the “West Bank of the Kingdom of Jordan”) were always intended to be part of the Jewish homeland in Palestine that the international community decided to be established after WWI. After WWI, even though the Jews and other minorities were important part of the geographical landscape of the former Ottoman Empire, the Arabs received sovereignty over all of the Middle East, with the exception of the territory then known as “Palestine”, where the Jewish people were to be allowed to establish their homeland, owing to their unique historical conneciton with the land.

The UNHCR ignores the fact that the only reason the Jewish homeland does not include the whole of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria is because of the Arab aggression against Israel intended to destroy the Jewish nation.

The UNHCR also ignores the fact that the Arabs could have established their own State in 1937, 1947, and on many subsequent occasions, next to the Jewish State, but have repeatedly chosen not to because they refuse to accept the existence of a Jewish State.

Make no mistake. This is not a matter of legal technicality, or mere assertion of historical rights. Israel’s very existence is at stake. Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria form the heartland of “Palestine”. If Israel’s sworn enemies gain full control of these mountains, they can destroy Israel with ease.

There is something surreal about the UN’s obsession with Jerusalem. Why are so many nations (including most European nations) so determined to prevent Israel from having sovereignty over the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem? Why do the nations of the world condemn Jews just for living in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria – the land of their forefathers?

Perhaps this is because Jerusalem is a “cup of trembling” that sends all the surrounding nations reeling (see Zechariah 12 and 14). Perhaps the ground for the war against Jerusalem prophesied by Ezekiel, Joel, Zechariah and other prophects is being prepared.

The Lord said He would make Jerusalem an ”immovable rock”. Jesus himself seemed to confirm these prophesies when He said: “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).

Let us not be downcast at these developments. Rather, let us be diligent in watchfulness and prayer. The Lord is coming, and He will deliver Israel from her enemies.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today


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This COI and report do nothing to advance human rights
The US State Department immediately condemned the COI and its first report as “a one-sided, biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace.  The report of the Commission, released today, does nothing to alleviate our concerns.  While the United States believes the HRC plays a crucial role in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms globally, this COI and report do not advance this goal.”
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The UN Commission of Inquiry: An Exercise in Historical Revisionism
Prof. Anne Bayefsky writes: This UN exercise in historical revisionism seeks to invent a narrative of powerless Arab victims and criminal Jewish perpetrators, invert who violated the rights of whom, and challenge the moral imperative of the modern Jewish state. It is far more than an outrage. Unless stopped, it has and will continue to breathe oxygen into a highly flammable cauldron of modern anti-Semitism.
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The UNHRC Commission of Inquiry is a fundamentally flawed institution
According to the Hague Initiative for International Cooperation, the COI is unecessary, wasteful, biased, imbalanced and illegal and should never have been established.
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SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK: Zechariah 12

The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’

“On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.

“The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem’s inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.