To any reasonable person the Palestine -Israeli problem has always posed a straight-forward question, the question of Who has the historical right to be in that exact geographical location and Who is just a crude usurper with a great PR machine (Hollywood, the Mess Media) and the military might (USA Supported) to back it up. Being like most people, raised on Jewish book publishing and pure Jewish Hollywood swill, I believed the propaganda that all good Goyim are taught.
…WE all knew that the Jews of Israel were ALL GOOD and all other Peoples living in the region were ALL BAD! Some Nazi (Goebbels I think) said many years ago something that went like this… if you tell the lie long enough and enough times, people will believe anything. WE all believed… until now. Sorry Israel -the gig is up!
Ever wonder why such a small country needs 300 “secret” Nuclear Weapons? NOW you know.
By Thomas Are
British historian, F. W. Maitland wrote:
We study the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today, and that today may not paralyze tomorrow.
Which is a fancy way of saying, what really happened does matter. In a similar vein, John Dominic Crossan said something like, if we get yesterday right, we have a chance of getting today better. So, let’s look at yesterday.
Back in 1956, David Ben-Gurion, possibly struggling with his conscience, confessed:
If I were an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural, we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We came from Israel, it’s true, but that was two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? 
“God promised it to us”?
Not so fast. More and more scholars, Jewish and humanist, are questioning the exodus story and that “promise”. Rabbi David Wolpe raised just that provocative question before his congregation of 2,200 at Sinai Temple in Westwood, California back in 2001, saying:
After a century of excavations trying to prove the ancient accounts true, archeologists say there is no conclusive evidence that the Israelites were ever in Egypt, were ever enslaved, ever wandered in the Sinai wilderness for 40 years or ever conquered the land of Canaan under Joshua’s leadership.
Teresa Watanbe continues:
The modern archeological consensus over the Exodus is just beginning to reach the public. In 1999, an Israeli archeologist, Ze’ev Herzog of Tel Aviv University set off a furor in Israel by writing in a popular magazine that stories of the patriarchs were myths and that neither the Exodus nor Joshua’s conquest ever occurred.
Think about that. Outside of the Jewish Bible, there is not one shred of evidence that Israel was ever in Egypt to be rescued by God in the first place. Even in the Bible, the Pharaoh is not named, nor is the context identified. There is no record in Egyptian history of two million people suddenly making an exodus nor of a labor shortage when a third of its workforce disappeared almost overnight. Disregarding the sociopathic image it makes of God sending plague after plague upon innocent Egyptian families who had no power to do what Moses demanded and discounting the fact that rivers just don’t suddenly part to allow people to walk across, there has never been one piece of pottery, (the archeologist best friend) found in the Sinai to indicate that a couple of million Jews roamed around there for forty years. Nor is there any record in Canaan that suddenly an invading army came and conquered them with or without God’s blessings. In other words, it was made up hundreds of years after it was supposed to have happened to justify Israel’s presence and occupation of Canaanite land.
To be fair, I am not just doubting Jewish traditions.
I don’t believe stars ever roamed across the sky no matter how many times we sing Star of Wonder, Star of Night in our Christmas carols. Nor do I believe that virgins have babies or that dead people suddenly rise up out of their graves in mass as described in Matthew 27:52-53. In more than forty years of preaching, I have never preached on that text, nor have I been asked to.
And not to leave the Muslims out, I don’t believe that a huge rock called out to a Muslim warrior saying “There is a Jew hiding behind me, kill him,” as is recorded in the Hadith. Or that Mohammed heard about Jinns (angels) from a tree, that Adam was ninety feet tall or that roosters crow and donkeys bray because they see Satan.
What I DO believe is that there is a call for peace and justice in all three Abrahamic religions. If we took seriously the compassion mandate that we all share, if we accepted the responsibility to feed the hungry, bring water to the thirsty and justice for the oppressed, there would be little energy left to fight over our imagined traditions.
August 19, 2016