BELOW IS A 2009 MAILING that I sent out to my “news and views” email list (since discontinued) of some 1500 worldwide subscribers. I just rediscovered it on an old external hard drive and reckon it has as much relevance today as it did then. So I publish it here unchanged.
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Having read my earlier article which overturned the false claim that modern Israel is a land promised by God for Jewish people today, a subscriber asked me recently if Israel therefore has any right to exist as a nation-state. It is high time for a little update on my thoughts about this matter, so this is what I want to address here. (I would respectfully ask that you look at all the weblinks too as they contain much explanatory and supporting information).
Previously, I have taken a kind of semi-neutral stance on this specific subject of a nation’s right to exist, and I haven’t really gone into it in very much detail. One of the reasons for this was because in my original lengthy article about Israel, I was providing specifically a theological examination of the whole aspect of Israel and did not want to allow any political statements about the current nation of Israel’s right to exist to interfere with the coherence of the biblico-theological arguments. I didn’t feel that it would be helpful to have people falsely claiming that “Morrison wants Israel wiped off the map” if I wanted my theological magnum opus on Israel to be taken seriously by those who may not currently agree with my views on the subject! Here are some relevant quotations from that original article on Israel:
“We are not saying that the present state of Israel has no right to exist at all as a nation. That would be to misunderstand this paper entirely. Most countries in the world have been arbitrarily drawn on a map or have been established through violent events and each has as much right to existence as the other, whether or not one agrees with the methodology of its existence!
What we are saying is that even though the earthly nation Israel can claim some right to exist, it never had the right to jettison unwanted peoples from the land, which is the root of so many of the problems of today in the Middle-East.
How the country established itself amid so much bloodshed is one of the banes of modern history. The massacre of the inhabitants of the village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem on April 9, 1948 by a mixture of Jewish forces and militant Zionist groups spread terror among Palestinians as a result of which hundreds of thousands fled to Lebanon, Egypt and the area now known as the West Bank, where they became refugees.
It is the treatment of the Palestinians as pariahs by the Zionists and the understandably hate-filled legacy of those refugee camps which has continued to fuel the conflict there to this day.
Thus, although the earthly nation, Israel, could be said to have as much right to exist as any other country arbitrarily drawn on a map, it has no right to be championed as “God’s land”, as if it was the same as the Israel of the Old Testament of the Bible. The Israel of today is not at all the same as the Israel of the bible and has no right to make such a claim. Put simply: Israel is an impostor state”.
My rationale for stating in my original paper that “Israel has as much right to exist as any other country” was simply that many other countries have been arbitrarily drawn on a map and set up in entirely artificial and even historically-enforced circumstances. Therefore, on that basis, Israel — from a geo-political standpoint — has as much right to exist as those countries and that if one tried to dismantle Israel, one would have to dismantle many other countries also, which would be somewhat chaotic and inhuman!
However, I made it quite clear throughout my article that — from a purely theological standpoint — Israel today has no right to exist whatsoever. As I said, “put simply, Israel is an impostor state”. The idea that people who call themselves Jews today are some kind of atavistic master-race chosen by the Creator of the universe to have an automatic eternal right to a portion of land in the Middle-East is not only fatally flawed biblically (and ignores the fulfilment of divine prophecy thousands of years ago, as I showed in my previous article) but it is also a recipe for social disaster!
It was not a miracle which brought Israel today into existence (as is often naively claimed by Christian Zionists). In fact, the current state of Israel was pushed and bullied into place by a mixture of skilful lobbying and outright terrorism. It would be no exaggeration to say that the Israel we know today was literally gunned and bombed into existence by violent actions on the part of terrorist gangs every bit as evil and ruthless as were the IRA in Ireland, the Bader-Meinhof group in Germany or as al-Quaeda is made out to be today. If al-Quaeda actually claimed to have started an Islamic State or Caliphate based on their terrorist agenda, it would be accorded pariah status as a terrorist regime! But not Israel, which was given great assistance and support from Western nations to establish their regime. The Jewish terrorists which forced the Jewish state of Israel into being were the Irgun Gang [http://www.etzel.org.il/english/index.html ] and the Stern Gang (aka Lehi) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehi_(group) ]. Many of those who founded the state of Israel were terrorists from those groups in the same mould as many of those who have been languishing as accused terrorists in Guantanamo Bay and other US rendition detention centres. For example, the former Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin (Irgun Gang) and Yitzhak Shamir (Stern Gang) were both terrorist extremists who fomented murder before Israel was founded as a state. Shamir, a leader of the Stern Gang, ordered the assassination of Lord Moyne who was gunned down in Cairo in 1944. In a 1998 interview with the Daily Telegraph, Shamir said that he “would have been happy to kill Lord Moyne himself” (Daily Telegraph, April 18th, 1998, p.20). On July 22nd, 1946, the Irgun Gang blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing ninety-one and injuring forty-six people (see image above).
These men literally bombed their way into office, relying on global guilt about the Holocaust to engender feelings of sympathy for their cause. Yitzhak Shamir actually gave himself the pseudonym, “Michael”, inspired by the terrorist Irish Republican Army leader, Michael Collins. Many of the Israeli politicians of today are the children of those gang members (e.g. former IDF lieutenant, former Mossad operative and former Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Tzipi Livni, whose father and mother were both members of the Irgun Gang, and former US president Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, whose father was also a member of the Irgun Gang).
Whether or not you approve of this being said, the truthful reality is that the Israeli state is an unrepentant terrorist state founded on murder, massacre and atrocity and perpetuates itself to this day by murder, massacre and atrocity. You can condemn me for saying this. You can threaten me as much as you like. You can even send Mossad after me! But all the so called “anti-hate legislation” and political correctness in the world cannot change that fact. I am not sharing all this to foment unrest but simply to state the facts.
In 1999, Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy, asked former Israeli Prime Minister and later Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak, what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian. Ironically, he replied “I would have joined a terrorist organization”. Levy later wrote in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz:
“I wanted him to put himself for a minute in the shoes of those who have lived all their life under the crushing boot of the occupation, who have no reason to get up in the morning apart from their despair, and who long to be a free people in their own country” [ http://www.hagalil.com/archiv/99/05/barak-0.htm ].
In fact, because he knew the truth about the grinding, despair-ridden lives of the Palestinians under his country’s jackboots, that was the only answer that Ehud Barak could give. When political scientist and former Israeli Knesset member Yossi Sarid asked his students the same question, they all replied in the same manner [https://www.haaretz.com/1.5057759]. How else could they reply. When you have nothing to live for, you have everything to die for. The real solution to “the Palestinian problem” for the Israelis would be to ensure that they have something really good to live for. Then the retaliatory violence has a chance of stopping. Even the Israelis know that in their heart of hearts; yet one receives the distinct impression that they do not really want peace with the Palestinians but only their annihilation.
The so-called “Balfour Declaration” of 1917 — a public statement issued by the British government announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine — the author of which, Leopold Amery, has recently been revealed to have been “a secret Jew” [see https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/secret-jew-drafted-balfour-declaration ], made the following statement:
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country”.
Of course, the lawyers love to take that apart and show how the words “it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine” represent only a sub-clause and are thus of less value than the main body of the text. The Zionists would claim that Israel has only ever defended itself and has never done anything contrary to the “civil and religious rights” of Palestinians and that to say such a thing is merely anti-Semitic propaganda originating from the likes of Hamas or al-Quaeda. This is the ultimate in denial. Like when Tzipi Livni made her infamous statement in 2009 that “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza” [See https://www.haaretz.com/1.5058055 ] at the precise moment when vast numbers of Palestinian families were sitting on piles of rubble (with no food, amenities or superstructure) which had either been bombed into that rubble by Israel or razed to the ground by Israeli bulldozers as they left Gaza in a “scorched earth” policy. [For details of these war-crimes, see Jonathan Miller’s Channel 4 report from Gaza immediately after international journalists were once more allowed to go in there, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hjyq2FzRBo ].
The Big Myth is that it was Hamas who broke the ceasefire with the firing of some rockets, therefore Israel had to take defensive action (as usual using a sledgehammer to crack a nut) solely to protect itself. That is what you will be told again and again by Israelis and Zionists — even Christian Zionists — until you believe it. But it is simply untrue. If you want to know who really broke the ceasefire and what the recent genocide in Gaza has been all about, in its proper historical context, read Henry Siegman’s article, entitled “Israel’s Lies” in the 29th January 2009 edition of the London Review of Books. [ https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v31/n02/henry-siegman/israel-s-lies ]. This is one of the best overviews of the current Israel-Palestine situation that you can read. Bear in mind that the author, Henry Siegman, is not an ‘anti-Semite’ but is an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and the director of the US Middle East Project in New York, a visiting research professor at SOAS, University of London, and a former national director of the American Jewish Congress and of the Synagogue Council of America.
How people who call themselves Christians (so-called ‘Christian Zionists’) can support Israel is quite beyond my understanding. In general, it is a mendacious, racist, oppressive, elitist state with little humanity. It exists not as a shimmering example of restraint and democracy in the Middle-East (as many try to project it through spin) but merely to bolster its own existence with the continual repression of those it has usurped and colonised. Because it knows it has no real right to exist and was artificially created by Zionist terrorists amidst Arab carnage after taking advantage of guilt about the treatment of Jews in 1930s/1940s Germany, it continually has to justify itself with phoney PR.
It has to be said (no doubt, to the professed outrage of many) that as a master of PR and “spin”, Israel has often behaved as badly towards the Palestinians as the Nazi state in Germany did to the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. In fact, the Warsaw Ghetto has got nothing on the Gaza Strip. The Israelis hide behind their expressed desire to “stop the rockets of Hamas” in order to carry out warcrimes which are nothing less than genocide and ethnic cleansing (which then inevitably lead to more rockets from Hamas). The government of Israel is one of the most disingenuous governments in the world. To view the lengths to which they have gone to try and absolve themselves of any whiff of genocide in Gaza is utterly shameful. It has been gratifying to see the way that some journalists have occasionally developed enough chutzpah to tear the lies of the Israeli spokespeople (especially such a conniving spin-artist as Mark Regev) to shreds [as demonstrated in the following two newscasts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3uYXWtd684 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIQZ1-RFq6A ].
Frankly, I believe that Christian support for the Israel of today is sick, perverted and even satanic. The ruthless, hubristic, genocidal manner in which “poor little beleaguered Israel” behaves towards the Gazans is a small-scale model for how the forces of the Antichrist will ultimately operate (after having initially posed as hyper-“spiritual” and ubercool. And you can bet your bottom shekel that the Antichrist and modern Israel will be hand-in-glove with one another.
Does saying such things as I have said in this piece make me anti-Semitic? Not at all! It is inaccurate, to say the least, to restrict the name “Semite” to a person of the Jewish religion, for it has a far wider definition. In Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a Semite is defined as “A member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs”. So the use of the term “anti-Semitic” to mean that a person is anti-Jewish or racist is strictly a misnomer. In fact, there is no such thing as “the Jewish race” — a term which many mistakenly use today. As the Encyclopedia Britannica rightly states:
“The designation ‘race’ has been applied to language groups (the Aryan race), national groups (the Scottish race), religious groups (the Jewish race), and the entire species of humans (the human race), but these usages are biologically and scientifically meaningless”.
Surely, therefore, any accusations about this article or me being “anti-Semitic” are equally meaningless (and I write all this as someone who had a Jewish upbringing, including a Bar Mitzvah!). In fact, when I look at the Palestinians, I see people who I can far more realistically describe as “Semites” than when I look at the usurpers and interlopers who live in Israel! I am also aware that there are many within Israel who would agree with what I have written here, and, more revealingly, a huge number of orthodox Jewish rabbis and people who live as the “Diaspora” and are deeply critical of the state of Israel. The latter would absolutely say that Israel has no right to exist on any level [see the following two revealing videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5iEaTqNWQU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4_1dfp3tAM ].
So we return to our original question: Does Israel have any right to exist? Theologically or biblically speaking — no, it doesn’t, as I showed in an earlier article. Geo-politically — one has to admit that it does, but only on the basis of conniving terrorism and subsequent historical dominance. To dismantle Israel, or to wipe it off the map in the manner in which Israel wipes Palestinian villages off the map, would not only be an inhuman act it would also be impossible to carry through. Two wrongs don’t make a right. One has to remember also that there are many people in Israel who would agree with much of what I have written here.
The only solution, as we have said above, is for Israel to drop its elitist, racist view of itself as “the chosen people”, to quit being an oppressive force of occupation, to cultivate humility instead of hubris, to admit that it is an intruder in the Middle-East and to find humane ways to make amends, financial and ethical, for all the wrongdoing it has done — morally, socially and pugilistically.
However, it may well be too late for any of that now. There comes a point when a destructive, elitist, racist ideology, such as Zionism, has become so entrenched that there can be no turning back. I fear that we may have gone beyond that point already. In which case, we can only expect deterioration rather than amelioration. How come I only see an even bigger bloodbath when I look at Israel’s relationship with Palestine, the surrounding nations and even the rest of the world?
© Alan Morrison, 2020