The Last Empire to Rule Jerusalem – Part 3

Part 2 of this series revealed WWI was the establishment of a stage—a stage on which a new world empire destined to control Jerusalem, as foretold by Daniel the Prophet, would be set. Nationalistic Imperialism was not dead, not before WWI and certainly not after it. If anything the war served to revive imperialism, even in Britain.

We start to see that the new world empire will need to placate Arabs, (Romish) Europeans & Zionists alike, finally putting to rest the 1,450 year old back-and-forth between Red and Green.

The Dreams of Zionists vs. the Hopes of Arab Nationalists

On the eve of World War I, the anticipated break-up of the enfeebled Ottoman Empire raised hopes among both Zionists and Arab nationalists. The Zionists hoped to attain support from one of the Great Powers for increased Jewish immigration and eventual sovereignty in Palestine, whereas the Arab nationalists wanted an independent Arab state covering all the Ottoman Arab domains.

In the new [1917] British strategic thinking, the Zionists appeared as a potential ally capable of safeguarding British imperial interests in the region. Furthermore, as British war prospects dimmed throughout 1917, the War Cabinet calculated that supporting a Jewish entity in Palestine would mobilize America’s influential Jewish community to support United States intervention in the war and sway the large number of Jewish Bolsheviks who participated in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to keep Russia in the war. Fears were also voiced in the Foreign Office that if Britain did not come out in favor of a Jewish entity in Palestine the Germans would preempt them. Finally, both Lloyd George and Balfour were devout churchgoers who attached great religious significance to the proposed reinstatement of the Jews in their ancient homeland.

On December 9, 1917, five weeks after the Balfour Declaration, British troops led by General Sir Edmund Allenby took Jerusalem from the Turks; Turkish forces in Syria were subsequently defeated; an armistice was concluded with Turkey on October 31, 1918; and all of Palestine came under British military rule. (Jewish Virtual Library, brackets, underline & bold mine)

The Inability of the League of Nations and British Mandate to Keep Peace in Jerusalem During WWII

The British Mandate for Palestine, or simply the Mandate for Palestine, was a legal commission for the administration of the territory that had formerly constituted the Ottoman Empire… and the Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem.

The document was based on the principles contained in Article 22 of the draft Covenant of the League of Nations and the San Remo Resolution of 25 April 1920, by the principal Allied and associated powers after the First World War.[1] The mandate formalised British rule in the southern part of Ottoman Syria from 1923–1948.

The formal objective of the League of Nations Mandate system was to administer parts of the defunct Ottoman Empire, which had been in control of the Middle East since the 16th century, “until such time as they are able to stand alone.”[5]The mandate document formalised the creation of two British protectorates: Palestine, to include a national home for the Jewish people, under direct British rule, and Transjordan, an Emirate governed semi-autonomously from Britain, under the rule of the Hashemite family.[1] (Wikipedia, British Mandate)

British rule marked a period of growing unrest. Arab resentment at British rule and the influx of Jewish immigrants (by 1948 one in six Jews in Palestine lived in Jerusalem) boiled over in anti-Jewish riots in Jerusalem in 1920, 1929, and the 1930s that caused significant damage and several deaths. The Jewish community organized self-defense forces in response to the Jerusalem pogrom of April 1920 and later disturbances; while other Jewish groups carried out bombings and attacks against the British, especially in response to suspected complicity with the Arabs and restrictions on immigration during World War II imposed by the White Paper of 1939. The level of violence continued to escalate throughout the 1930s and 1940s. (Wikipedia, History of Jerusalem)

The Inception of the UN and a 2-State Solution

The United Nations came into being October 24, 1945, and it first convened on January 10, 1946 in the Westminster Central Hall in London. Also in 1946, a Jewish group bombed the King David Hotel, precipitating action by the UN to take control of British ruled Jerusalem.

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved a plan which would partition the British Mandate of Palestine into two states: one Jewish and one Arab. Each state would be composed of three major sections, linked by extraterritorial crossroads, plus an Arab enclave at Jaffa. Expanded Jerusalem would fall under international control as a Corpus Separatum. (Wikipedia, History of Jerusalem)

Jerusalem Today: Israeli but Not; Palestinian Arab but Not

As indicated in part 1 of this series, Jerusalem is not under complete Israeli control, just as the Holy City is not under a complete Palestinian Arab control; but, both sides desire complete control above all else. Each side bends to the UN in matters of diplomacy, even though Palestine (unlike Israel) is not a sovereign state. That being said, the PA is recognized as a “non-member” state by the UN.

The world is at an impasse. Never before in ancient to modern history has the city of Jerusalem been in such limbo. These are the birth pangs of the new world empire to come, as foretold by Daniel the Prophet (Daniel 2, 7-8).

In the next part of this series, the reader will see that the solution for the present conundrum surrounding Jerusalem—the EU & Union for the Mediterranean—has been incubating since the 1995 Barcelona Process. And, it is moving to placate Arabs, (Romish) Europeans & Zionists alike, finally putting to rest the 1,450 year old back-and-forth between Red and Green.

–Series Finishes in Part 4

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