Today is the tenth day of the Hebrew month, Tevet. It's a day we remember that in the year 588 BCE, the idol-worshiping Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar, began a siege of the Jewish Jerusalem. Two-and-a-half years later, the army of that idol-worshiper broke through the walls of the city. Three weeks after that, that army destroyed the First Jewish Temple--and exiled the majority to Israel's Jews to Babylonia.
Nebuchadnezzar's attack against Jerusalem was the not the first devastating attack against Israel. It wasn't the last.
Jewish Israel has been attacked dozens of times. According to some, Jerusalem itself has been attacked 52 times. It has been besieged 23 times. It has been destroyed 2 times. It has been captured and recaptured 44 times.
Non-Jewish nations have truly lusted to rip this holy city from Jewish hands. Those nations are as lustful today as they were 2,500+ years ago.
That original tenth of Tevet attack was a day of darkness for our Jewish Israel. Today, we remember how that darkness descended upon us. We fast until a short time after sunset.
Today, some 2,600 years after Nebuchadnezzar, our Israel is again under attack. Our Holy Jerusalem is under attack. Today at the United Nations, the nations of Edom (Christianity) and Ishmael (Arab Muslims) join with idol worshipers to denounce and erase all that is Jewish about Israel. They lust to take Jerusalem away from the Jews. They lust to give Israel to Ishmael.
As we watch this lust for Jerusalem build at the UN, we remember that the 3,000 year-old words of King David once again ring true: "Behold, Your enemies are in an uproar--and those who hate You have raised their head" (Psalms, 83:3).
In our Jewish Written Torah, HaShem, the G-d of Israel, laid out the borders for the land He gave to the Jewish people: from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea (Bamidbar 34: 1-13). In our Jewish Oral Torah--our Talmud--we are told that it is a G-dly commandment to settle this land (Gittin, 8b).
Today, Israel controls this land. Israel settles this land. Israel does today exactly what our G-d told us to do more than 3,300 years ago.
But in 2016, Christian nations (Edom) joined with Muslim nations (Ishmael) and idol-worshiping nations at the UN to legislate that the land given to the Jewish people by our G-d is henceforth forbidden to Jews.
The G-d of Israel may have told the Jews to settle this land. But the Christians, Muslims and idol-worshipers at the UN now legislate that such settlement is illegal.
It is now an international fact: the G-d of Israel promotes an illegal 'occupation'. Does this mean that the UN will soon declare that the G-d of Israel Himself is illegal--or, perhaps, illegitimate--for promoting 'illegal settlement'?
These non-Jewish nations who hate our G-d turn against our G-d. As King David said more than 3,000 years ago, "Against Your nation [Israel] they plot deviously; they take counsel against those sheltered by You" (ibid, 83:4).
That's exactly what happened at the December 2016 meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC). The US, deviously, conspired with others to pass UN Resolution 2334 to make all Jewish settlement in Judea-Samaria (part of G-d's chosen land for Israel) to be illegal. Then, the US, most deviously, denied it had played any role in that deviously-planned Resolution (Robert Spencer, "Obama administration lied, exposed as architect of anti-Israel UN action", jihadwatch, December 29, 2016).
As King David put it, those at the UN "said, Come, let us cut them [the Jewish people of Israel] off from Nationhood, so Israel's name will not be remembered any more" (Psalms, 83:5). In 2016, the UN legislated that the Jewish Cave of the Patriarchs was no longer Jewish; it is Muslim. The UN voted that the Jewish city of Jerusalem was no longer Jewish; it is Muslim. The UN voted that the Jewish Temple Mount was no longer Jewish; it is Muslim. The UN voted that all settlement in Judea-Samaria--as noted above--is illegal.
To paraphrase King David, the UN voted to un-Jewish Israel's holiest religious sites. It voted to deny both the Jewish presence and the Jewish history of Israel. These UN votes aimed to un-nation the Jewish nation of Israel.
In 2016, the UN did exactly as King David wrote more than 3,000 years ago: It "took counsel together unanimously [the UNSC vote for 2334 was unanimous] to strike a covenant against You" (Psalms, 83:6). After this heinous vote, the UNSC had the gall to applaud what it had just done to Israel.
King David spoke of anti-Israel plots. He said these plots weren't just against Israel. They're against HaShem, the G-d of Israel. That's true today as well.
Jew-haters of the world don't work for a new State for 'Palestinians'. They look to destroy every aspect of the Jewish Israel. They look to deny the Jewish G-d by denying His religion. They seek to erase His name from Israel.
Today is the tenth of Tevet. It is the day we remember those who would destroy the Jewish nation. But it is also the day we can remember the words of King David, who called upon our G-d to turn those who plot against us--the Edomites (Christians), Ishmaelites (Muslims) and idol worshipers--into "whirling chaff" and "stubble in the wind" (ibid, 83:14-16).
The nations of the UN make war against Israel. They make war against our Jewish G-d by attempting to erase the Jewish religion in Israel. They will not prosper. They will not win. They will, as King David said, be turned into stubble.
The enemies of the Jews have never won. They will never win.
The Jewish nation will not fall. It will not fail. But the UN will fail. It will fall apart. The weight of its Jew-hate will smother it.
The Palestinian Authority will fail. It will fall apart. Its corruption and its raw, genocidal Jew-hate will cause its collapse.
The EU, which leads the West's charge against Israel, will fall apart. It, too, will fail. Its economic and multicultural policies have brought millions of anti-West Muslim immigrants to the EU. These millions will destroy the EU.
King David tells us a Truth. The G-d of Israel is real. He protects this Jewish nation. He always has. He always will.