June 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, when Israel captured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. The headlines this month reflect the continuing battle, not just for Jerusalem, but all of Israel.
Pressure is mounting against Israel from political and religious organizations. The World Council of Churches has called for the end of the Israeli 'occupation'. The WCC general secretary to visit Palestine/Israel to witness "First-hand exposure to the hardships imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli occupation of their territories is part of the itinerary, which will include Palestinian towns and refugee camps in the West Bank."
Pope Benedict calls Christians to "accept, dialogue and respect everyone" with the certainty of faith for the sake of global peace and unity.
Meanwhile, the US resumes aid to Palestinians under Abbas and the U.S., EU restore Palestinian ties. Caroline B. Glick of the Jewish World Review shares the how the U.S. is forcing Israel to endanger itself. Glick states "The administration is not just asking Israel to facilitate the arming of its enemies. It is also placing restrictions on Israel's ability to arm itself." Regarding the U.S. position on a nuclear Iran "...the administration apparently now subscribes to the belief that they will be better off out of Iraq with a nuclear-armed Iran than in Iraq without a nuclear-armed Iran."
Iran has repeatedly stated it's intention for the removal of the nation of Israel.
Now, it seems without U.S. intervention in Iran's nuclear ambitions, Israel stands alone in it's fight to exist.
From The Malta Sunday Times, an ominous editorial reads...
"...This is serious enough in the context of a Hamas government backed by Iran. In the further context of a Hizbollah "movement", backed by Syria and Iran, in Lebanon to Israel's north, the spectre of a fourth "state" becomes daunting. Some see Armageddon approaching... We are on a razor's edge."
Chris Mitchell of CBN News captures the prophetic aspects of what is unfolding in his article, Battle Continues for Holy City.
"Forty years is generally accepted as a biblical generation. We have had 40 years and Jerusalem is still in the hands of the Jewish people," Lambert said. "Now there's going to be an enormous battle and conflict and strife over this and the prophet Zechariah says it. He says all nations will come against Jerusalem. We shall see what that means."
"Jews have controlled Jerusalem for the past 40 years - a Biblical generation. But the battle over the future of the holy city is far from over. In fact, it may have just begun."
2Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
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