If the Trump presidency is to survive the constant maelstrom of malignant media malpractice, the president should continue to push forward in his present direction toward Israel. On March 21st Mr. Trump said it’s time for the U.S. to fully recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The international community has never acknowledged this since its capture in 1967. Any and all land that was acquired by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War was not the result of Israel playing the part of the aggressor; it was her enemies that initiated the attack. For fifty-two years the United Nations have whined about this land acquisition that would have never happened if the Arabs would have behaved themselves. To the winner goes the spoils!
Jesus summarized the situation well: “Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace“ (Luke 14:31,32). Of course, the Arabs had the Jews outnumbered at least five to one, so they felt themselves to be in an excellent position, but Allah was overruled by the God of the Bible.
Move-On.Org., a far out leftist group, is attempting to persuade the Democratic presidential hopefuls to boycott the AIPAC, which is a pro-Israeli convention. Many of the leaders of the pack have already capitulated to the wishes of the radicals which indicates the direction the Dems are taking. They would be well advised to consider history, but alas, the only thing that men learn from history is that men don’t’ learn from history!
Ferdinand V and Isabella I strove to erase every last vestige of Muslim domination in Spain. The Berber conquerors had crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in Spain in 711 and had remained in control for some 500 years. Not until 1212, in the Battle of Navas de Tolosa, typified by the exploits depicted in the movie “ElCid”, had Spain reached a turning point in history. The Berbers had been defeated, and the slow process for the repossession of the land and its unification by warfare, marriage and inheritance neared its end.
By the year 1474 Aragon and Castile had been united by Ferdinand and Isabella. Spain was on the verge of reaching its peak in greatness. With the exception of Granada and Navarre, Spain was once more in the hands of Spaniards. Still the country was divided into so-called Christian Spain and Moorish Spain. In the Moorish cities, Muslims, Jews, and Christians enjoyed material prosperity. Moorish Spain had a reputation of excellent craftsmanship, thriving industries and flourishing agriculture and commerce. So great became the temptation to possess this prize plum that, to the Castilian grandees, the reconquest of Granada became imperative.
The royal couple professed one all-consuming ambition – to see Spain brought under Roman Catholicism. Then as now, many maneuvers were ostensibly intended to achieve unstated purposes. Spain had once been a place of refuge for the Jews, many of whom could trace their membership in the Catholic Church to the sixth century. They had become so thoroughly assimilated into the fabric of Spanish life that they considered themselves nothing but Spaniards. Through ingenuity and energetic drive they had accumulated substantial wealth. Their financial genius provided one of the primary engines for the prosperity of the unconquered territory. If the wealth of the Jews could be confiscated, two objectives may be realized. The coffers of the crown would swell, and the political resolve of the neighbors would diminish; hence, the launching of the Spanish Inquisition.
The word “inquisition” is derived from the Latin “inquisition” and means inquiry –an inquiry to determine whether an accused person was truly a heretic. Pope Sixtus IV appointed Thomas de Torquemada, a Dominican priest as inquisitor general. Torquemada assumed the high office in 1483 and was initially charged to stamp out heretical tendencies among Christians and converts to Catholicism. His appointment did not, however, give him the power to rid Spain of its Jewry, but it didn’t take long for his net to be cast wide enough to include the Jews. His insistence that all Jews should be banished became a reality in 1492, the same year and the same month in which Columbus was authorized to set out on his voyage to discover new worlds. Among them was a future haven for all who desired freedom form the tyranny of Church and State – America.
Ferdinand and Isabella’s decision to expel the Jews dealt a terrible blow to Spanish prosperity. The Jewish middle class had been the backbone of Spain. No modern nation survives the loss of its middle class and its stabilizing influence on the economy. Those who would have gladly dispossessed the Jews and stepped into their place lacked the necessary qualifications. The Spanish Empire began to fall apart and was lost completely during the reign of Philip II. Confiscated wealth only lasts so long. England had welcomed the Jews and prospered accordingly while Spain looked on in envy.
In 1588 a Spanish Armada consisting of 130 ships loaded with 2500 canons, 8000 seamen, and 20,000 soldiers was sent in invade Britain. Sir Francis Drake engaged this giant flotilla with a meager force in an eight hour battle that concluded with a wind shift blowing the armada into the North Sea. A huge storm ensued, destroying fifty Spanish ships. To curse the Jew is to curse yourself. Don’t be a goat! (Matthew 25:31-46)