The bottom line of Israeli relationships toward Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon is American financing of it's land grabs from its neighbors. This American ingredient makes for an explosive which will certainly lead to World War III if not recognized and stopped. Benziman's excellent article on Syria is a case in point, demonstrating that it is American subsidy of the IDF of $3 Billions annually which has created the hothouse fostering the growth of phantasmagoric delusions of a Greater Israel at the expense of Israel's neighbors. With American Religious Right Christian Zionists keeping a tight leash on their dogs in the US Congress and the White house, and the US media, Israeli fanatics rest in the assurance of continual basking in their American hothouse of dangerous delusions. The "Christian Zionist" dogma which preaches American carte blanche for "Our Greater Bellicose Israel, Right or Wrong" has been biblically disproven by numerous biblical scholars across a wide denominational spectrum: Modern Israel is NOT the heir of Old Testament Divine covenant promises made to Israel for her "restoration". Read Professor Hans K. LaRondelle's acclaimed exegesis, "The Israel of God in Prophecy" at www.amazon.com . Darbyism/Dispensationalism was created in 1830's London congregation of Edward Irving, who on the strength of 13 year old member Margaret Macdonald's reveries espoused Jesuit Emanuel Lacunza's 300 year old counter reformation doctrine of "futurism" designed to deflect Lutheran papal critics that the latter was the Antichrist of the Apocalypse. J. N. Darby promptly amplified Irving's discovery into today's Dispensationalism, which is neither biblical nor Protestant (nor Catholic, nor Jewish) http://www.opednews.com/seese050504_present_Christian_delusion_dispensationalism.htm http://www.theologicalstudies.org/dispen.html http://www.fwponline.cc/v9n1reasoner.html http://www.theocracywatch.org/ http://www.yuricareport.com/ Beyond theology, which I can prove, and proven by professional theologians from diverse denominational streams, the bottom line is RELIGIOUS BELIEF DOES NOT JUSTIFY IMPOSING YOUR RELIGIOUS IDEAS ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS, AS IN DISPOSSESSING THE PALESTINIANS OF THEIR LAND. Modern Israel is NOT the reconstitution of the Biblical Israel. That the Tanach covenant promises were conditional is beyond question, and the conditions were spelled out by Moses in his parting speeches to Israel, in which he commanded their obedience to a coming Prophet, like unto himself: Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?
Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra (Reuters)
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