Articles by Reuven Glasser
Reuven Glasser is a guest contributor to First Fruits of Zion. He served as a cantor and leader in Messianic Jewish congregations in the United States before making aliyah to Israel in 2010. He currently resides in the Jerusalem area with his family where he works in the medical field. He has a passion for Messiah, Israel, and the Jewish people.
If you look at the map of the Middle East published by the PA, you will not find Israel. That is because the objective of both the PA and Hamas is not two states for two people, but the annihilation of the Jewish state and its replacement with an Arab state “from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.”
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” ― Golda Meir
Little children are taught, and encouraged to recite songs like “Oh sons of Zion, Oh the most evil of creatures, Oh barbaric apes,” and avow their desire to die as suicide warriors. School textbooks indoctrinate children with anti-Semitic stereotypes and statements: “Jews are cowards whom Allah has prepared for the fires of Hell.”
Now, for the first time in history, a country in the heart of the Arab World has been returned to its original occupants, a people who, according to Muslim thinking, were accursed and driven into exile, to be superseded by the “true religion.”
Our fondest hopes and visions are bound up with Jerusalem, and at its heart, the Kodesh haKodeshim (holy of holies), where the Divine Presence hovered over the Ark of the Covenant. It is from here that the one true God will rule over the earth, and this is about which the struggle over Jerusalem continues.
In 1922, there was room enough for Jew and Arab to share the land and work together to build an Eden in the Middle East. There were voices for moderation and cooperation between Arabs and Jews. There was also a strong voice calling for the implementation of the Nazi “Final Solution.”
Thirty-eight percent of all critical reports issued by the UN Human Rights Council have been directed against Israel alone. We shouldn’t wonder when we see the world lining up against this tiny Jewish state. Please bless, defend, and support Israel, the only Jewish country in the world.
What nation has lived in every corner of the globe? What nation as a nation has been in the hands of other nations to do with as so ever they wished? Upon what other nation has G-d pronounced “I will bless those who bless you, and he who curses you will I curse”?
The only ethnic group granted political rights to a state in Palestine were the Jews. There was no Arab nation of Palestine. The Arabs of the three other mandates were granted similar rights in their respective national homelands. The “Mandate for Palestine” was never rescinded. It still stands as a binding legal document concerning the Jewish homeland.
Today, as G-d, true to His word, sovereignly regathers the exiles to His Holy Land, we are beginning to see the flowering of that nation, established in a day, in the heart of a region seized with turmoil and violence. Israel has filled the earth with beautiful fruit of every venue.
We are all familiar with the plight of the Arab refugees, most of whom are still living in squalor in crowded camps in Judea/Samaria, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Despite the fact that they shared a common language, culture, and religion, to this day they are mistreated, and held as second class citizens among their Arab brothers.
In their effort to promote the narrative that Israel is the home of the ancient indigenous Palestinian people who have been illegally displaced by Western Jews, the Arabs have attempted to rewrite history. There never was a Jewish presence in Israel, never was a Jewish Temple, the Palestinian roots go back to the ancient Philistines or Jebusites, and Jesus was a Palestinian.