|Former MK calls for end to "Jewish state"|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 06 July 2007 08:16|
Avraham Burg, former Member of the Israeli Knesset and activist in the left-wing "Peace Now" organization, has stated in an interview with Haaretz that he believes Israel should cease to be a Jewish state. He says the state's official Jewish status is the reason why Israel finds itself in the position it is now in, surrounded by enemies who are bent on its destruction. Burg advocates revoking the Law of Return - which promises citizenship to every Jew desiring to return to the land of their forefathers, and urges Israelis to apply for foreign passports to replace their Jewish ones.
Quote: "Avraham Burg, former Knesset speaker and former head of the Jewish Agency says "to define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end. A Jewish state is explosive. It's dynamite." In an interview in Haaretz Weekend Magazine, he said that he is in favor of abrogating the Law of Return and calls on everyone who can to obtain a foreign passport. Burg, who was interviewed on the occasion of the publication of his book "Defeating Hitler" said "the strategic mistake of Zionism was to annul the alternatives. Israeliness has only body; it doesn't have soul."
He's not the only Jew advocating the destruction of the state of Israel, or at least its official Jewish status. Orthodox Jews from the Neturei Karta sect, who attended the Iranian President's conference on the holocaust, also did the same. Zionism is the belief that God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people for an eternal possession, and that this promise has not been revoked. But this teaching, which finds Scriptural authority in the Old and New Testaments, is despised by the enemies of God. Forgeries such as the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" have served to demonise the Jews, and despite being the only true democracy in the Middle East, the world's press continues to compare Zionism to Nazism and Israel to the apartheid regime in South Africa. Even the Vatican stated recently, "We reject the teachings of Christian Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance racial exclusivity and perpetual war".
Burg was right about one thing. "Israeliness" has no soul. This is the exact situation that the prophets of the Old Testament predicted would happen in the last days. Ezekiel chapter 37 describes in vivid detail the birth of the modern state of Israel. In Ezekiel's vision, he sees a valley of dry bones. He is commanded by the Lord to prophesy to the dead bones, and tell them that they would live again. After his first prophecy, Ezekiel notices that the bones had flesh again but they were still not living. God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy again, and command God's Spirit to breathe upon the bodies that they would live again. The two-fold prophecy is significant, for it speaks of a time when Israel would be a "body", but have no "soul". This interpretation is also confirmed by Hosea 6:2, which states that Israel will be "revived" during the second Millennium, and will "live" in Christ's site on the third Millennium. Again, a third Scripture in Joel 2:28-29 states that God will pour out His Spirit on the nation of Israel during the last days.
As we can see, the birth of the modern state of Israel was accurately foretold in ancient Scripture. It's name (Ezekiel 37:12), it's geographic and topographic location (Ezekiel 36, 37:22), the spiritual condition of its people (Ezekiel 37:8) and the political situation in the land (Joel 3:2, Zechariah 14) were all accurately described by the Old Testament prophets. Israel can never lose its Jewish status, for if it does so, then I believe God will have broken His promise to His people. Neither will a two-state solution ever be realized (Ezekiel 37:22). Perhaps the situation with Hamas taking over the Gaza Strip has put the last nail into the coffin of that idea. One day the nation will recognize the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, and when that happens the nation of Israel will find its "soul".