Archive for April, 2011

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Iceland and Israel

April 29, 2011

Whose responsibility is it to ensure that people are not killed by enemies? Or who is to blame if it happens? In most countries the answer is easy. It’s the government. The government has a responsibility to make sure there is an army that can defend the civil population if needed.

In Iceland there is no army. So whose responsibility is it there? The USA and NATO of course. The people of Iceland can rely on their strategically important geographical location, which make them a crucial ally of the US and NATO. Sure, it was more important during the Cold War, but it still is important.

The similarities to Israel are actually great. Sure, we are no Island with a population of fishermen, and sure, Iceland is not surrounded by enemy states that have vowed to destroy them, and they are not attacked daily by rockets. But if we focus on the strategically important geographical location – there is a similarity.

The importance of a democratic US-ally in this area can hardly be underestimated. Especially in light of the recent developments in Egypt and Syria, etc. The US can very easily and quickly loose dictator allies in the area, because dictators only represent themselves when making agreements. Egypt is already gone.

What am I saying? That Israel should dismantle its military and leave it up to the US? No. But I am saying that the US should reexamine their self-destructive policy of the area. The defense of Israel is in the interest of the US, and they don’t seem to take that into consideration when they demand concessions that would practically make Israel more vulnerable and draw the frontline closer to the civil population.

Think – what if – just what if – Israel would be like Iceland in this matter. Blame the US when rockets fall on Sderot and demand their intervention. What would happen? One of two things. Either the US wouldn’t care, Israel would be erased from the maps, death and destruction would prevail, and Iran would get closer to Europe with their missiles. The other option is that the US would actually take it seriously and adopt their Vietnam-war-tactics on Gaza, which would practically wipe Gaza off the map.

So no – we should keep our army. We need to defend ourselves, and we can’t rely on always being strategically important for the US, or on the US to always be a superpower. But why, oh, why, is the US promoting an agenda that is so self destructive for American interests?? I just don’t get it.

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Happy Passover!

April 19, 2011

Is enjoying this holiday with my family. It’s the biggest and most important holiday of the year. I’ve found here a very good explanation about Pesach and it’s special significance. This holiday is all about the Messiah. He is the center and the essence. Our Passover lamb, our unleavened bread. Why, oh, why, do the churches celebrate a pagan feast named after Ishtar instead of the holiday that the LORD commanded us to keep for eternity?

 

 

Some Christians may reply with “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Col 2:16-17).

To that I answer:
1) Paul is warning against legalism, not against the keeping.
2) The Messiah is the body of that shadow – without a shadow there’s no depth, and we should be sitting in Christ’s shadow.
3) Is it a better alternative to substitute God’s holiday to a pagan one??

 

Chag Sameach – Happy Holiday.

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Blessed are the poor in spirit

April 11, 2011

I learned something interesting last week. “Poor in spirit” was apparently a common term that was used by the Qumran sect (those who lived in the desert, wrote the Dead Sea scrolls, and are probably identical with the Esseans that Josephus Flavius mentions). They saw themselves as “poor in spirit” as opposed to the Saduccees and the Pharisees.

“The Kingdom of Heaven” was a common term used by the Pharisees, as in the well known term of “accepting the yoke of the kingdom of heaven” that is used a lot in Talmud.

 

This means that when Yeshua opened the sermon on the mount with the words “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3) people immediately noticed that there is something new and different here. Yeshua used well known terms of two opposed religious ideologies to prove a point and to make people stop and pay attention.

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I am free!

April 4, 2011

Today I did the test in Israeli Economy. I am free from studies until October! I haven’t had this much “time off” since I started in 2007! Feels wonderful! Of course I’m still working full time, but it’s a huge difference. Time to play with kids, play scrabble with my wife every evening, sit and plan the upcoming homeschooling… it will be great! I wish I could promise to blog more often, but with all the time I want to give my wife, I really can’t promise anything.

We celebrated today with a homemade chicken-pizza. And then we played 3 games of online scrabble, and watched 2 online episodes of a Swedish quiz game show.

Now I need to fill the dishwasher and go to sleep.

Goodnight.

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