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"For Zion's sake I shall not hold my peace, And for Jerusalem's sake I shall not rest."



WHEN THE PAST IS THE PRESENT
by Emanuel A. Winston,
Freeman Center Middle East Analyst & Commentator 

Approximately 10 years ago I started writing what has become a series of articles entitled "THE GATHERING", 7 in all. These were intended as heads up alerts, forecasting that the Nations of the world were gathering to attack the Jewish State in deference to the Arab and Muslim oil States and the Church-taught hatred from its earliest beginnings.

As today’s World writhes with Pain of its own making, they lash out at the minuscule Jewish State of Israel to relieve that pain. The fact that neither the Jews nor the Jewish State caused these Global problems made no difference to Christians, Muslims or - even Left Liberal Jews - looking to perversely take on a burden of guilt by blaming all other Jews for the ramping up of Global Hatred.

I thought you might be interested in my forecast of August 4, 2001 (only 1 month before 9/22/01 brought America her Muslim Pearl Harbor).
As the future continued to become more clear, I wrote 6 additional pieces, building on the mounting evidence, culminating so far with the appearance of President Barack Obama and his hostile Cabinet appointees and some 35 or more Czars and Czarinas who serve the President’s orders without being vetted by the FBI or approved of by Congress.

Perhaps you have noticed that the well-being of America and the World has spiraled down in direct proportions to the bonding of the world’s nations with the Islamists and their ceaseless war with the Jews and Israel.
Perhaps that’s merely coincidence!

Note the following re-send of "THE GATHERING" from August 19, 2001. Change the names to update it and it is all still true, sadly.
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WINSTON MID EAST ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
August 4, 2001
THE GATHERING
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by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator

The nations of the world are gathering for a final assault on the Jewish nations. Each readies itself in its own way. The Palestinians have increased their assaults through terrorism. They have also increased their propaganda efforts with what seems a bottomless wallet. Funds come from most of the Arab nations but, America via President George Bush continues to deliver hundreds of millions to the Palestinian Authority.

In Gaza, one can find Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezb’Allah terrorists training with Arafat’s PLO. Also present are Egyptian advisors in mufti (civilian clothes). Then is a continued flow of the best weapons available from Europe and the general lucrative arms’ market.

In the North, Hezb’Allah with Syrian advisors have loaded the area with missiles which can reach most of northern Israel. This was a gift of Ehud Barak to the people of Israel - courtesy of his ordering the IDF to flee precipitously from Lebanon where the IDF protected the Israeli citizens in Israel’s North.

Iraq has been mobilizing its troops tasking commando teams to penetrate Jordan. Although King Abdullah of Jordan has successfully closed its borders so far, nevertheless the Palestinians in Jordan are arranging a re-play of its capture of Kuwait in 1990.

You will recall how Arafat acted as Saddam Hussein’s co-conspirator by assisting his attack on Kuwait. As was done in Kuwait, Palestinians linked to Arafat in Jordan assist the incoming Iraqi teams with weapons, safe houses and provided intelligence such as where the biggest caches of valuables could be found and the sensitive Kuwaiti leadership could be targeted for arrest, torture, rape and murder.

At this time, there are two targets. One is the overthrow of King Abdullah Hussein of Jordan and its conversion into a Palestinian State. Jordan is more than 70% of the original Palestinian Mandate and perhaps as many as 60-70% of its citizens are Palestinians. This includes the 350,000 Palestinians Kuwait evicted as traitorous fifth column and the 350,000 Palestinians evicted from Saudi Arabia for the same reasons.

The second target is the Jewish State of Israel. Yassir Arafat will use the chaos in the coming expected attack against Israel to undercut Abdullah’s hold on his rule in Jordan.

The European Union will play its role in "The Gathering". Their function is multi-faceted. They will provide political cover in the United Nations and assist the thrust to vote condemnation for any defense which Israel may mount. Providing quasi-law to legalize the Arab assault and whatever the U.N. and E.U. will do to assist "The Gathering".

WHAT ROLE WILL AMERICA PLAY?

President George Bush, Jr. - using his father and former Secretary of State and Treasury James Baker, Brent Scowcroft, Colin Powell as his foreign policy advisors - has already begun to play out his designated role.
When the Prime Minister of Israel Ariel (Arik) Sharon came to visit his former friend and admirer, Bush, Jr., he requested a fulfillment of the $800 million dollar aid commitment made by Clinton to Barak for abandoning the Lebanon defense zone. Bush, on advise of Father-Baker-Scowcroft and all of Dad’s boys refused to honor the commitment made in the name of the United States of America.

The next step was to threaten withdrawal of any assistance if Sharon moved to put down Arafat’s war of attrition/armed insurrection. Spare parts are already being squeezed down to a trickle to further pressure and weaken the Jewish State. (Side note! France would not sell Israel non-lethal crowd control equipment. Why not?) Bush, Jr. may not hate the Jewish State with the visceral intensity of his father and Baker but, since he is following their instructions, he might as well.

There is little doubt that Israel’s established enemies will and are playing their familiar role. That includes Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Egypt is prepared to field a powerful modern army with every piece of equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Congress just voted $2 Billion military aid to Egypt, as the U.S. has been every since 1979. That should be approximately $44 Billion, plus extras like the turn-key tank factory former Sec. of Defense Caspar Weinberger gifted Egypt with to build the American M1A1 Abrams main battle tank. This long-standing bribe was for them to keep the peace but, Egypt has already stated plainly they will attack Israel if she tries to defend herself against Arafat’s war of attrition that has killed 637 Israelis, including 19 Americans, since the signing of Oslo on the White House lawn September 13, 1993. Thousands have been wounded, some maimed for life, with hundreds of children newly orphaned.

Syria is well-equipped with long-range missiles armed with chemical warheads. Despite the efforts of the Syria propaganda machine to claim they are a poorly equipped army, they are a formidable adversary with a great deal of new Russian equipment, including tanks, artillery, missiles, etc. And - don’t forget the 100+ Russian aircraft that left Iraq, went to Iran and were re-shipped to Syria - courtesy of the great arrangers, George Bush, Sr. and James Baker. That was the safe air corridor provided by Bush-Baker-Powell during the Gulf War, Desert Storm.

The Nations, under their different banners and each for their own reasons, are gathering in a modern day Crusade. In a way, this is the continuation of Hitler’s Final Solution to the Jewish Question and the Holocaust he spawned - which never stopped.

I just watched the Pope representing world Catholicism and Rome, kiss Arafat during his visit to request Papal assistance for his part of the coming Crusade. As recognized in Biblical lore, Rome is Edom while Arafat and the Islamic countries are the Amalekites. Both hated the Jews and tried to destroy them in every century.

The Media, sometimes called the Fourth Estate, must be mentioned and identified as a functional member in good standing among the nations. They carry the tales put out by Arafat or merely the canards about the Jews which they invent or embellish. Make no mistake, they have taken to the battlefield as warriors against the Jews. Photos of the world Media in Israel show them (now in their protective helmets and flak jackets) clustered around the rock and fire-bomb throwing Palestinian kids. They are the cheering section and some of the have gotten hurt from Palestinian fire or Israeli defensive fire. They have decided to risk their lives in an effort to see the Jewish State annihilated. (It will make good copy and maybe a Pulitzer Prize.) Surely, they should be allowed to share the warriors’ heaven of Muslims so honored for killing a Jew.

The nations have gathered, possibly to fulfill the forecast so clearly described in Biblical text for the end times. Allow me to quote this passage from Ezekiel 38:14-16, speaking of the war of Gog and Magog:
"Therefore, son of man, prophesy:..."Thus said the Lord HaShem/Elohim: Behold I am against you, Gog, the prince, leader of Meshech and Tubal. I will lead you astray and I will seduce you... and bring you out with your entire army, horses and riders...a vast assembly... Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer..Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north...many peoples will be with you....You will be repaid for [your sins] of ancient times;...gathered from many nations, upon the mountains of Israel... [to a people] who had been brought out from the nations, all of them dwelling in security. You will attack......

"Thus said the Lord HaShem/Elohim: Surely, on that day, when my people Israel dwells security, you will come to know, when you come from your place in the uttermost parts of the north; you and many peoples with you...a vast horde, a might army... It will be at the End of Days that I will bring you upon My land, in order that the nations may know me... My raging anger will flare up;

"I will strike your bow from your left hand and cast down your arrows from your right hand. You will fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your cohorts and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to the bird of prey, to every winged bird, and to the beast of the field as food.... I will dispatch a fire against Magog.... I will make My holy Name known among My people Israel... then the nations will know I am HaShem, the Holy One in Israel.
"Now you, Son of Man, thus said the Lord HaShem/Elohim: Say to every winged bird and to every beast of the field, ‘Assemble and come, gather together from all around for My feast that I slaughter for you, a great feast upon the mountains of Israel; eat flesh and drink blood! Eat the flesh of warriors and drink the blood of the earth’s princes - all of them like rams, lambs...and drink blood to intoxication from My feast that I have slaughtered for you; sate yourselves at My table with horse and rider, warrior and every man of war.

"....Now I will bring back the captivity of Jacob and show mercy to the entire house of Israel and be zealous for My holy Name..... They will dwell security upon their soil and none will make them afraid, when I return them from the peoples and gather them in from the land of their enemies and I become sanctified through them in the eyes of the many nations." Ezekiel 38 & 39. (1)

After this prophecy of catastrophe at a time when Jerusalem was in ruins and the Jewish people were in their first Babylonian exile , Ezekiel immediately proclaimed a very detailed plan for the construction of the future Temple.

The prophet Zechariah 12:2-9: spoke of the same war: "Behold I am making Jerusalem a cup of poison for all the peoples all around.... I will make Jerusalem for all the peoples a burdensome stone.... and all the nations of the world will gather against it. On that dat - the word of HaShem - I will strike every horse with confusion and its rider with madness. But I will open My eyes to the House of Judah....I will make the captains of Judah like a stove, fire (burning) wood, and like a fiery torch (burning) sheaf, and they will consume on the right and on the left all the peoples all around; and Jerusalem will again settle in its place, in Jerusalem. ...HaShem will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem. HaShem will save the tents of Judah....[and] the inhabitant of Jerusalem... It shall be on that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come upon Jerusalem." Zechariah 12:2-9 (2)

But, the Nations of the world need not worry. Each has his own god.
 
The Jews have stood in the way of two major religions who each wish to claim to be the sole heir to G-d’s Eternal Covenant with the Jewish people. To do that they must first make the Jews go away. But, before they meet in such conspiracy they really ought to read the last line of Zechariah’s prophecy above.

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1 & 2. Translation from the Stone Tanach (Torah, Prophets & Writings) editor: Rabbi Nosson Sherman ArtScroll by Mesorah Publications, ltd. New York 1996