“We fight, therefore we are”, Menachem Begin once said. In 1944, Begin was the leader of the Zionist militant group Irgun, which proclaimed a revolt against the British Mandate of Jerusalem, a movement that ultimately led to 14 May 1948, the establishment of the modern-day state of Israel.
Jerusalem was liberated from Islam in 1917 by British General Edmund Allenby, a Christian who led the Egyptian Expeditionary Force during WWI for the British Empire. But it would be another fifty years, precisely one Jubilee, before the war of Psalms 83, the Six Day War, which gave Israel sovereignty over the Temple Mount.
… Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.Psalms 83:1-4
As you may know, Psalms 83 lists all the belligerents of the Six Day War: Jordan (Edom, Moab, Ammon, Amalek, Lot), Egypt (Ishmaelites, Hagarenes), the Palestinians (Philistines), Lebanon (Gebal, Tyre), Syria and Iraq (Assur). The prophecy is so precise that it even describes the PLO in Lebanon: “the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre” (ref. Psalms 83:7).
It follows from this that at some point between years 1917 and 1967, Israel had to formally become an independent nation, with an army of its own. This had to happen so that by 1967, Psalms 83 could be fulfilled.
Now, it might be argued that 1948 is the year that Israel was meant to become a nation.
If the state of Israel was meant to form in 1948, then what Begin’s Irgun started in 1944, a Jewish uprising against the British Empire, was meant to happen.
The Haganah, a Jewish militia, literally “The Defence”, was formed in 1920 by the British, and trained by them, to maintain order around Jerusalem, at the time a part of the British Empire. During WWII, elements of the Haganah fought as a commando force for the British and against Nazi Germany. In 1948, the Haganah became the Israel Defence Force.
In 1931, a radical offshoot of the Haganah known as the Irgun came to be. The Jews who formed the Irgun were impatient and determined. The Irgun’s emblem featured a map that includes both British Palestine and Jordan, which the British gave to a Hashemite Arab king.
The Old Testament is clear that the promised land, or Zion, is to include everything from the river Egypt to the river Euphrates (ref. Genesis 15:18). But the New Testament explains that the kingdom of God will be realised only after the day of Christ.
In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed [Israel’s Messiah] have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river EuphratesGenesis 15:18
Yet have I set my king [Israel’s Messiah] upon my holy hill of Zion.Psalms 2:6
Above all, the Irgun were staunch Zionists. They were violently anti-Arab and they came to regard the British as occupiers who had done one deal too many with the Arabs.
So the Irgun embarked on a campaign of assassinations and terrorist bombings, targeting all manifestations of British rule. If one of theirs was arrested or killed, they would take it out on British police and soldiers. An eye for an eye; blood for blood: that sort of thing.
David Ben Gurion, who would become Israel’s first PM, condemned the killings and at one point helped the British hunt down these “dissident” Jewish militia.
But the fact of the matter is that the political wind in Westminster had been changing. Secret societies and all that. In 1945, Winston Churchill, a champion of Zionism and the cause of Jews, was even defeated in an election.
The government of Clement Attlee, ironically having adopted William Blake’s Jerusalem as its campaign song, which includes a line that goes “And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic mills?”, began a policy of reducing Jewish immigration into Palestine, even though many of them who had wanted to immigrate there were survivors of Hitler’s Holocaust.
Ben Gurion, Begin and others were repulsed by this, and so now they agreed to form a united front to both smuggle in Jewish immigrants and to struggle against British rule.
For its part, MI6 started blowing up ships in Europe that were to transport Jewish refugees to Jerusalem, “Operation Embarrass”.
This struggle between militant Jews and the British would ultimately convince an exhausted Attlee to want to get out of Palestine. In April 1947, he asked the United Nations to create a special committee to decide on the future of Palestine, UNSCOP. A few months later, UNSCOP proposed partitioning Palestine into two states: one Jewish and one Arab. Ben Gurion accepted the proposal. But the Arabs rejected it and called for jihad.
There would be several Arab-Israeli wars, including the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, before the borders of the modern-day state of Israel would be established. This goes to show that land is indeed claimed by the sword.
My point is that the Irgun, a militant organisation that was led by Menachem Begin, was instrumental to 1948.
The Irgun eventually rejoined the Haganah, which became the IDF.
Menachem Begin would go on to become Israel’s sixth prime minister, and he was also the founder of Likud, the centre-right political party that is currently led by Benjamin Netanyahu.
The reason I bring up the Irgun is because Itamar Ben Gvir of the far-right Otzma Yehudit, which means “Jewish Power”, is now, together with Bezalel Yoel Smotrich of the Religious Zionist Party, in a political coalition with Netanyahu’s Likud (ref. 1). The firebrand Ben Gvir was born in Jerusalem to a Kurdish Jewish mother, who had been active in the Irgun as a teenager. In his youth, Ben Gvir also associated himself with the Kahanist movement, a party that was eventually outlawed by the state of Israel for being too far right. When Ben Gvir reached 18 and he was to serve in the IDF, he was exempted because of his extreme right background.
I find it interesting that Likud, which was founded by Begin, is returning to its right-wing roots, namely the likes of the Irgun, once also led by Begin. It is remarkable that this is happening now of all times, because soon Israel will have to fight to survive (ref. Nahum 2:1). This brings to mind Menachem Begin’s slogan, adapting Decartes, “We fight, therefore we are”.
When Israel started, it was very left-wing. David Ben Gurion and also Golda Meir were into Kibbutz’s, which were literally communes, as in communism. Golda Meir might have been a left-wing but she initiated a Mossad eye-for-an-eye operation codenamed “Wrath of God”. Nowadays, in Israel, to be left-wing or even centre is to side with the Arabs and therefore with Islam.
In September 2022, in an address to the UN, PM Yair Lapid called for a two state solution, despite the fact that the majority of Israel oppose such an idea (ref. 2). More than being undemocratic, the idea of voluntarily giving up more of Zion, in the grand scheme of things, is treachery.
The correct government of Israel in these last days is one that believes in Zionism, and in the God and promises of the Torah and the Tanakh – an Israel that will do whatever it takes to hold on no matter how bad things get when the beast commences his onslaught.
In the war to come against Islam, the state of Israel will lose ground and the fight will turn into a “siege” (ref. Zechariah 12:2).
He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.Nahum 2:1
But then, at the appointed time, the siege will be lifted by the LORD of hosts. So, it is a matter of faith to hold on.
… I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.Zephaniah 3:20
To be saved, Christians are to have faith in the resurrection, but Jews must escape and evade the enemy, and “endure unto the end”, in short, survive.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.Mark 13:13
Apart from that UN address, Lapid, at the behest of the USA, also “surrendered to Hezbollah’s threats” and did a deal with Lebanon over a maritime dispute, something that even Netanyahu would not have done (ref. 3).
And then there is the issue of Russia concerning Ukraine, and separately China concerning Xinjiang. Prophetically, Israel is not to burn its bridges with Russia and China, the kings of the east. On a number of occasions, Lapid nearly did just that (ref. 4). Remember, in Ukraine on Zelensky’s side are neo-Nazis and Himmler SS wannabes, and the Uighurs that rioted and shed civilian blood in Urumqi in 2009 were Islamists.
All of this happens to be three strikes for Lapid.
So today, Netanyahu is back. This latest election, the fifth in four years, has given Netanyahu’s new right-wing coalition enough to form a government. With some 86% of the votes counted, Netanyahu’s bloc has secured 65 seats out of 120 in the Knesset (ref. 5).
Now, I am not saying that the elect or chosen of Israel must be a certain way politically. Nobody knows precisely who they are, except God. It is like this so that the enemy can never really know. What I am saying is that a right-wing government is fitting for Israel in these last days.
Besides having the will to take on the enemy, the right are also the ones who are waiting for Israel’s Messiah. To add to that, the left nowadays tend to be pro-LGBTQ, an agenda that the USA is pushing across the world, despite the teaching of the Bible (ref. Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:24-27).
When Netanyahu was ousted after the last election, I thought Netanyahu did have to go because he is on record as saying he would never change the status quo of no Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
The status quo must be changed at some point because in due time, after the two witnesses of Revelation appear, there is to be a temple of God on the Temple Mount. It will be a tabernacle rather than a building but a temple of God nonetheless. Furthermore, there is to be an oblation to God, a daily Jewish sacrifice, perhaps involving a red heifer.
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts… Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.Malachi 3:1-4
Prophetically, all this must happen no matter what the world says, especially Islamists who claim the Temple Mount is theirs.
Right now, and ever since 1967, Israel physically controls the Temple Mount. The only thing that prevents the temple of God and the oblation to God from happening is political will.
A while ago, the Israeli politician Ayelet Shaked said she would change the status quo of the Temple Mount. But as Justice Minister, Shaked was once photographed near a cannabis plant with the Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, and she has often talked up medical marijuana. At any rate, Shaked did not pass the electoral threshold in this latest election, and so she is no longer in politics (ref. 6).
Fortunately, there might well be someone new in the office of Public Security soon, someone who has expressed the need to expand Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount. He happens to be the extreme right Zionist Itamar Ben Gvir (ref. 7).
1. Jacob Magid (2 November 2022), “We’ll reassert ownership of this state, Ben Gvir vows as exit polls show big gains”, timesofisrael.com
2. TOI (25 September 2022), “Lapid told UN majority of Israelis back 2-state solution, but poll signals otherwise”, timesofisrael.com
3. TOI (2 October 2022), “Netanyahu said to claim US role in Lebanon deal is election interference”, timesofisrael.com
4. TOI (23 June 2021), “In rare move, apparently under US pressure, Israel votes to condemn China abuses”, timesofisrael.com
5. Raffi Berg (3 November 2022), “Israel elections: Netanyahu set for comeback with far right’s help – partial results”, bbc.com
6. Shira Silkoff (1 November 2022), “Ayelet Shaked receives just 80,000 votes, throws support behind Netanyahu”, jpost.com
7. Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (1 November 2022), “Can these elections change the status of the Temple Mount?”, israel365news.com