History of the Jewish people: The Biblical period (segment 5).

 

Abraham was born Av-ram (exalted father in Hebrew) around 1780 BC to the Habiru tribe, people from the city of Ur in western Babylon not far from where Kuwait is today. His father Terah (hard worker in Hebrew) and his brother Nahor (snorer in Hebrew) were successful “Elilim” merchants who worshipped local gods. Both the father and the older brother failed to apprentice young Av-ram to sell “Elilim” in Terah’s shop, probably because Av-ram was a spiritual boy and rumours of the one-God ware sweeping Ur. The incredible law-of-one sea people, now called the Hyksos, just left on their way to Egypt after leaving their Hebrew mark on Mesopotamia. (they conquered Egypt in 1792 BC). The new Babylonian king Hammurabi, who lived in Sippar about 40 miles north-west of Ur wrote a code of enlightened laws that influenced Av-ram to start planning his exit north from Ur in search Elohim (500 years later, many of these Hammurabi laws were incorporated by Moses into the Torah).  Ur at the time of Hammurabi was a minor kingdom with ancient Hebrew roots planted by the sea-people who gave rise earlier to the prospering Habiru tribe. In 1755 BC Av-ram married Sarai (Sarai means my female minister in Hebrew), a beautiful young princess, one of the daughters of the ruler of Ur. His exit strategy began with a caravan wedding trip west to Egypt to learn about El. Upon his return to Ur, he packed his family and sheep and left Ur to go to Hevron (friendship city in Hebrew) in Canaan, about 200 miles to the west. As soon as he and his extended family crossed (crossed=avru=Hebrew) the Euphrates near the place where the second Garden of Eden existed 3972 earlier, he heard a voice saying in Hebrew, lech lecha miartsitcha umimoladetcha... (leave your country, birth place and your father’s home and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you). I think, at that point, Av-ram experienced being overwhelmed by his visions. Instead of turning left towards Hebron 200 miles away, he turned north and walked 200 miles to Haran (today’s Syria) and turn left and walked 200 miles down south to Hevron. After 40 years of traveling from Ur, accumulating kids and wealth on the way and becoming a 99-year-old patriarch of big clan, he finally arrived in Hebron and bought burial land there. Av-ram was discouraged, but then a big event happened. At 100 and Sarai at 90, they had the promised son Itzhak (to laugh in Hebrew).  He celebrated by performing the brit bain habetarim sacrificial ritual, a permanent covenant with God who changed Avram’s name to Avraham (father of nations) and Sarai’s name to Sarah (a female government minister in Hebrew). From that moment on all Jewish babies would be circumcised at 8 days after birth (brit mila).. By the time Izhak had Yaakov and Yaakov had 12 sons and a daughter and children, the clan grew to 70 people. In 1650 BC they traveled to Egypt because of famine in Canaan and became slaves to the first pharaoh, not a Hyksos. In about 1270 BC they were 600,000 people, revolting against Ramses II. Soon, Moses took them out of Egypt to go back home to Canaan (today Jews all over the world celebrate Pesach to commemorate the Exodus from slavery to freedom). When Joshua conquered Canaan in 1230 BC they were still only 600,00 after 40 years in the Sinai desert, but now fierce nomads! By the time the Kingdom of David peaked in 975 BC the Hebrew people were a solid nation of 2 million people, about 2% of the world population at that time!

China and Israel: Two humiliating histories.

China was conquered by the Japanese, Germans and British in the 19th and 20th century. Chinese schools today teach about their humiliated centuries for the purpose of making sure that the next generation of Chinese are prepared to fight for their freedom. The Chinese say never again and meaning it. Today no nation on earth can conquer and occupy even a sliver of China. China today has the second most powerful military in the world. By the end of this century China will be the number one nation in the world in many ways. Now, what about Israel?

Like China, Israel was conquered by others. Israel was occupied by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans and the British. It was destroyed and its people exiled by the Assyrians, Babylonian and Romans. The British tried to destroy Israel by training and sending Arab armies against the Jews between 1946 and 1949. The Brits failed to destroy Israel because the Jews fought back (Haganah, Irgun, IDF, etc.). Now, check above and compare China and Israel:  Israeli schools today do not teach about the Jewish humiliating centuries. The Israelis do not care to prepare their next generation through education to fight for their freedom. Both the Chinese and the Jews say never again, but only the Chinese mean it by training a huge military. Today Iran and the Arab world can conquer and occupy every inch of tiny Israel with a preemptive strike –  albeit with a cost. After 60 years of independence, Israel today has lots of violence in its schools and many draft dodgers in its military. Israel today claims that it has the most powerful military in the Middle East, yet the last two wars against minor players Hamas and Hizbullah show that these two small pockets of terror have prevailed against “mighty” Israel. By the end of these century there may be no Israel if we don’t wake up and change!

Some say, so what? We are experienced at losing Israel in history – to the Assyrians, Babylonians and Romans. What about the Romans? They came in a few ships and destroyed our country with only 60,000 Roman troop! The message is clear. There is an election coming in Israel and there is no, and I say no, no one single political party running for the Knesset that believes that Israel should double its nuclear stock pile or triple its military budget. In 1973 we were lucky that Nixon didn’t listen to Kissinger and gave us surplus US weapons from a stock pile in Europe, in the last-minute – while the Israelis got rid of inept Golda. In 1967 they listen to Dayan to retreat and now we have the PA. You know something, I feel that God is pissed off at his people for not protecting Zion. I feel that He wants us to learn from China how to handle our humiliating centuries. Netanyahu, are you listening?

A silly story: “To jaw jaw is always better than to war war.”

Sir Winston Churchill was hungry after a long flight from London’s Heathrow airport. He didn’t like the food on the plane. I am going to eat at the White House in a few hours, I can wait, he said to himself. Winston was happy. He was invited by president Dwight Eisenhower to celebrate their incredible military victory over fascism for the third time. Dwight was his friend, but the president wasn’t a Statesman. He was a General. As the food was being served in the beautiful White House dining room, to distract himself from an increasing hunger pangs in the face of endless speeches and protocol, he turned to his host and said, “The Soviet Union was our friend in arms against Hitler but Communism now is our adversary.”

“Yeah, Winston, the Russians are coming, and I am tired of another war”

“Yes, Dwight, they are here to stay, I am afraid, the Soviets have just detonated their first nuclear bomb. We can’t conquer their country like we did to the Germans.”

“A mutual destruction scenario, ah?”

“Yes.”

“What are we going to do?”

“Well, to jaw jaw is always better than to war war.”

Dwight gave Winston an astonishing look. Reagan and Gorbachev were still kids playing Monopoly, not having any political power yet. I don’t know if you readers have heard of Jaw Jaw, but thirty-seven years later history verified in 1991 that what Winston said in 1954 in a While House luncheon was true. The Soviet Union collapsed. To jaw jaw is always better than to war war.

“What is to jaw jaw, someone asked me.”

“Psychological warfare, dude, psychological warfare.”

“What about Obama…can he do it to Iran”?

“Give me a break. Ever Netanyahu can’t do it to Ahmadinejad.”

“Is hard to do?”

“No, it’s is easy to do with unstable Iran”

“So we will have a war war and not a jaw jaw”?

“The main thing, Jew Jew, is to be strong strong and ready ready.”