Sunday, December 17, 2017

Portrait of Arabs' Entrance into Palestine: Ramla

Nadene Goldfoot                                                 
Ramla

Muhammad, b: 570, died in Medina, Arabia on June 8th 632 CE. He was the Arab prophet of Islam.  Arabs are a Semitic people, like Jews.  Our bible shows that we Jews are distant cousins of Arabs through Ishmael, first son of Abraham and Sarah's Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar.  Sarah was Abraham's niece and also his wife.  Later, Sarah became the mother of Isaac, Abraham's 2nd son.    Ishmael's nature was nomadic.                                                 
Israel at the top left hand corner in yellow, barely visible.
Saudi Arabia  is a peninsula of SW Asia.  There was a period when Arabs were converting to Judaism.  Jews lived in Yemen from the 1st century CE.  There was a large Jewish community in Medina. Most of Hejazi Jews were either expelled or annihilated from Arabia.  Those allowed to survive had to pay special taxes for the privilege.

From the earliest historical times, they lived in the Arabian peninsula and certain adjacent regions, but shortly after the advent of Islam, burst forth from their homeland to conquer the greater part of the then civilized world.  

They spoke Arabic, a cognate to Hebrew and forms a branch of the Semitic languages.Shalom is a Hebrew word for peace.  Salaam is the Arabic word.    Arabs and their homeland are mentioned repeatedly in biblical and talmudic literature.  

A few Arabs could have even been living in Israel at the time of the 2nd Temple when Jews returned from Persia after a 70 year imprisonment by the Babylonians.    
                                                               
Ofra Haza b: 1957 d: 2000, Jew from Yemen,
immigrated to Israel and became a famous singer

Jews were found in Arabia by the 1st century CE.  Then they were expelled from North Arabia shortly after the rise of Islam but continued to live in the South in considerable numbers until recent times.  

By 716 Muhammad's  followers had entered  Palestine (a name  for Israel and Judea) created in 125 by Romans after a 3 year battle with the Jewish  General Bar Kokhba)   and founded the town of Ramlah, Ramla,  (Ramleh).  It soon became the capital for Arabs of Palestine.  The inhabitants of nearby Lydda, which had been the previous capital, moved into this new town of Ramlah.  It's road has an intersection where it leads from the port of Jaffa to Jerusalem.  
                                                                   
During the Middle Ages,  of "476–800  when there was no Roman (or Holy Roman) emperor in the West or, more generally, the period between about 500 and 1000, which was marked by frequent warfare,"  its population was composed of Arabs, Samaritans and Persians.  Samaritans were descended from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, part of the 10 Lost Tribes.  We know of the remaining tribe of Judah , which was the largest of the 12 tribes, the ancestors of the Jews.  It had included  some of the Benjamin tribe.  
                                                                                       
Ramla is in Israel, not Judea or Samaria which is the shaded region.  It's in central Israel in the narrow neck between the sea and Judea/Samaria.  
They were people with their capital at Samaria, which was the capital of the Northern kingdom of Israel that was founded in 880 BCE by King Omri.  The city on 25 acres.  It had fallen in 721 BCE to Sargon II of Assyria who had resettled it with Cutheans who intermarried with the remnants of the former population. "Cutheans were a people brought by the Assyrian emperor Shalmanessar from their native Cutha to Israel to populate the area of Israel left desolate by his exile of the Ten Tribes. Since then lived in Samaria, they are also called Samaritans. "Kutha lies on the right bank of the eastern branch of the Upper Euphrates, north of Nippur and around 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Babylon."

 While in Israel, they were attacked by mountain lions, and they decided to convert to Judaism. They basically followed the written Torah the way they understood it, and in these areas they were even more meticulous than the Jews. However, they differed in matters of interpretation, which caused them to observe some laws incorrectly. Eventually, it was discovered that they still served idols, and they were declared to be non-Jewish, but prior to that they were a subject of long-standing disagreements."

 It had become an administrative center in the Persian Period and then a Macedonian colony in 331 BCEl.  King Herod 73 BCE-4 BCE  had renamed it Sebaste which is Greek for Augusta in honor of Augustus Caesar.  
                                                             

In the 10th century, a Jewish and a Karaite community were founded here.  By the 11th century, the town suffered from Bedouin attacks and was almost destroyed by earthquakes in 1016 and 1033.  People built it up again, and it was then taken by the Seljuk Turks and then later by the Crusaders under whose rule the Jewish, Karaite and Samaritan communities almost disappeared.  
                                                                    
Turks of Ottoman Empire-400 year Rule over Palestine
Ending 1917 end of WWI
PIcture illustrating " the Young Turk Revolution

The next conquerors to come along were the Mamelukes, and later Ramlah came under Turkish rule and was part of the Ottoman Empire that lasted 400 years until the end of World War I in 1917.  Ramleh had remained an important station on the way to Jerusalem.

The 19th century, known to us as the 1800s, Ramleh was inhabited by a Christian community.  "In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, ‘’Ramleh’’ had a population of 7,312 inhabitants; 5,837 Muslims, 1,440 Christians and 35 Jews. The Christian were 1,226 Orthodox, 2 Syrian Orthodox (Jacobites), 150 Roman Catholics, 8 Melchites, 4 Maronite, 15 Armenian, 2 Abyssinian Church and 36 Anglicans.
It had creased in the 1931 census to 10,347; 8,157 Muslims, 5 Jews, 2,194 Christians and 2 Druze, in a total of 2339 houses.
                                                                           Year         Population
                                                                         1945....  .15,300
                                                       1972.......34,000 
                                                                          2001,,,,,,,,62,000    
                                                              2004.. .....63,462
                                                              2009..... ..65,600
                                                              2014..... ..72,293
                                                                                                     
Then it was occupied by Israeli forces in 1948, a time when Arab leaders told the Arab population to leave their homes as Arab soldiers would attack the Jews and take over all the land, and then they could choose whatever homes they wanted to live in.  Some didn't fall for such bragging and remained.  They are part of Israel's population today and are full citizens.  .
                                                                    
About 1,000 of the Arabs living there remained in the town and were soon augmented by large numbers of Jewish immigrants.  By 1990, 44,500 people lived in the town which included 7,500 Arabs. " In 2001, 80% of the population were Jewish and 20% Arab (16% Arab Muslims and 4% Arab Christians).  "  As of 2000, the total population of Arab refugees and their descendents with origins in Ramla was estimated by Benny Morris and other historians at 635,000." The ratio of Jews to Arabs living in Israel today is 80% Jews and 20% Arabs.  
                                                                   

The Open House in Ramla is a preschool and daycare center for Arab and Jewish children. In the afternoons, Open House runs extracurricular coexistence programs for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children
                                                                  
A Karaite marriage tradition

 Ramla has become the center of Karaite Judaism.  They are a group that rejects the Jews' Oral Law.  It originated in the 8th century in and around Persia.  Here, the Jewish community was quite a new group of people and they didn't accept the discipline of the Babylonian gaonate (Jewish Babylonian leadership).  They do not discuss ethics.  They do not celebrate Chanukah because this holiday comes after the bible was created.  They do not use tephillin or mezuzot.  However, time has marched on and they have come to have their own Oral Law.  In some instances it overlaps rabbinical tradition.  


Resource: The New standard Jewish Encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramla
http://talmud-daily.livejournal.com/301803.html
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Bigger than Watergate? Reason Why USA Is So Divided


Nadene Goldfoot                                               
Something is about to be reported, bigger than Watergate
I just watched a debate on Fox News between a white Democrat lady and a black Republican man  who was a former soldier.  They debated the term, "Patriotism."  They had completely different understandings of the term.  The lady thought that all the leftist practices going on such as kneeling during the anthem was a declaration of patriotism; and she mentioned all the practices democracies have that people under kings and queens never had, freedom of speech, etc.  The man thought that such things as kneeling during the anthem was very undemocratic and was a knife in his heart after bleeding for this country in order that there was a country that could practice democratic rights in the first place.  He wasn't against protesting per se, just protesting with the flag's involvement, the symbol of his unique country he was fighting for.
                                                                           

The whole thing boiled down to the resistance of the Left to accept that Trump was elected as our President.  He's a man who has always thought outside the box.   They did not see that it was our democratic values that put him in the office, that of our election practice.  What they are doing is picking and choosing what is democratic and what is not.

.  Hillary was out of touch with the common man
.  She said that people that voted for Trump were the deplorables!  
                                                 

Trump, a billionaire, was able to get down and mix with such people.  He felt most comfortable being with builders being he was in the business of building hotels.  He's the original wheeler and dealer.
                                                                               
Worms, Germany where Jews settled in 10th century CE
Back before and up to the year 1620, people were ruled by kings and queens with no Democratic values for their population.  England, France, Germany and such European countries were fully populated with bulging cities whose buildings had been up for some time.

Only the first born male in England would inherit the land of his father.  The others arriving afterwards had to scrounge around to find a way to keep them in the style they had grown custom to.  They found they could leave and get to this new found land of North America and start their own dynasty.

They had to use bravery and imagination to become successful, and some even  sailed back and showed off their success to their English family and friends.  They had developed a new way of thinking; developing  their dendrites in their heads in new directions.

The new population attracted others from countries who were also tired of being lackeys to their kings and queens and enjoyed prosperity like the English.  There was room for all comers.
                                                                                                             
Suddenly, by the 1836, they went from a covered wagon transportation from Independence, Missouri to the West, and  to the development of trains in 1830 which reached Council Idaho by 1900. "Construction of the railroad up the Weiser River brought a boom to the town beginning in 1898. For a couple of years Council was a “wide open” town, with about six saloons. The arrival of the tracks in March of 1901 shortened the trip to Weiser from a bone-jarring two- day trip each way in a wagon to a matter of two or three hours in the comfort of a passenger car. "  By late 1800s, the automobile was invented and by 1920, Henry Ford started his business.      This meant that blacksmiths had to retrain into learning about motors and steam, gasoline engines and such.                                                           
                                                                                 
Within the same century, we were landing on the moon on July 20, 1969!  This takes a lot of change for people to keep up with our technology and a change in skills; a change in people themselves.
                                                                       
TV came to Oregon and my parents' home in 1953, but arrived a little sooner on the East Coast. Suddenly this was another invention requiring new skills from workers involved and a new source of entertainment for the masses.
                                                                                 
I moved to Israel in 1980 and had not known about computers.  I left Israel in Thanksgiving, 1985 and returned to a states that had started to use them, so I went back to college to take a class in these contraptions.  I used a crank up kind then, and learned a program that I would never find applicable to use in the classroom as the development moved faster.  I had been using a copy machine that I had used in the USA where you type your lesson on a long sheet of paper that had carbon on it and put it on a roller and turned the crank.  Suddenly a new one developed where you just place a your lesson on the machine and press a button and it shot out the amount of pages you wanted.  Remember these times?
                                                                               
 Phones were useless in Israel during these years, for some people were just then getting them installed in their apartments.  I had to use public phones in the lobby of the building I was living in when I first arrived.    People were talking to family members in Russia and they really shouted.  To me it was too complicated to use them, being a spoiled American used to a phone in my home my whole life.  I just waited for my own apartment and get my own phone.
                                                                                 
Cell phones changed the USA and were being used by 1980, but I hadn't heard about them being I was in Israel then.  I never have become a user, probably being about 1% of the population not as my life has changed and I do not need one.  I did get one long ago through Walmart where you buy time, in segments of 3 months, I think it was.  Now people go wild with extremely expensive ones.  The iphone can cost $970, and most all come with cameras, and touch screens like the newer computers.  Everyone walks around with their cell phone talking to someone, and ignoring all the people they pass by.  It's amazing.  Sit down in a lobby and wait for a friend and other chairs are also occupied with iphone users.  No one notices you.  I wonder what family dinners are like today.  Do they all come armed with their iphones?  People are not talking to each other like they used to.  They talk into a phone, instead.
                                                         
Japan's 17 year old computer programmer who's started up her own company!
Schooling is very important in Japan.  Children are used to going to a tutoring
program after school to keep up their grades.  Many of our children in American schools
just work on defying their teachers, and then it's all the teacher's fault, not the parents that they're not getting A's.  The TV program from 1975-1979  about Mr Kotter was quite realistic besides being funny.
 

Now, my question is why is what has happened to our people?  At a time when we are facing extreme danger, we are at each other's throats.  I conclude that with the rise in technical skills needed, the average man of normal IQ is being left out.  To get a job, one has to be a mathematician, or someone highly skilled technically.  Our population is not changing.  They can not all develop skills the brain is not developing.  To be a nurse takes a lot of reading of technical biology.  Teachers need to know how get down to a level of learners in order to get them to progress, a special technique.  Jobs have changed, and only highly technical skilled people are finding work.  We're bringing in people from other countries who have such skills and want to leave their countries for the "Golden Medina."  We've had lots of unemployed in the last 8 years, now becoming rectified by the distasteful Trump.  He's reached the average man without all these valued technical skills by working to bring back business that had moved out of this USA in order to earn profits, as  they couldn't under the Democrats.
                                                                 
Democrats had come to the conclusion that all sorts of comforts should be coming to them automatically; cheaper higher level schooling, cheaper health like England has, just all sorts of things.  They even had a Socialist running for President, Bernie Sanders,  that came close to winning the position of running against Trump.  He was the champion of everything coming to people on the silver platter to make life better.  Evidently they want to use the tax monies for these enterprises, whereas Trump is going to use it re-furbish our armed forces, etc.  I notice my social security only went up one dollar per month for 2018.  It's been stagnant since our raise in 2015, while prices keep rising.  Rent has risen to such heights  that a home bought in 1935 for $3,00 now sells for $400,00 or better! 
                                                                                                         
We've gone from a society made up of people that had to rely on their own instincts to make a life for themselves who developed skills they never knew they had and of course then felt pride in themselves and their peers for making something new and wonderful.  This developed their nationalism.

Some have come to a point where people may have felt like those back in 1620 who felt neglected and unimportant to the society because they were unable to make a living for their family and were faced with two choices;   a world where their skills could be useful again and get work once more or  all the things money had been buying but want it all without working.  We see former workers put Trump in office-people that want to work again.  They were the unwanted, unwashed deplorables that Hillary had ignored.
                                                                           
Jerusalem and the Western Wall where Jews pray
What I have been concerned with is: who is the one to be Israel's friend.  In this decision I picked Trump.  He hasn't let me down in that he has decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of this tiny country of which I also have dual citizenship.   The USA backed Israel with Truman back in 1948.  Now, 2016, we have another good friend with Trump.  The simple fact of recognition, something other countries haven't done, is most important.  The plan now is to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem where the Israeli government is.  This will be taking some time.  I hope it'll happen while Trump is in office.  Otherwise it may never happen.  This would be another symbol of acceptance, more important than in settling into another building for convenience sake.
                                                                           
 We see Palestinians raging now over this decision as they intended to own and take East Jerusalem for theirs.  They're raging in Jerusalem, in Israel in other places most likely, and in Europe as well.  We've gone through so many of their rages, that it's just an example of how they think and react all the time.  They also haven't kept up with the world's changes.

I used to be a Democrat. My father taught me that Democrats were for the little business man.   Many of my family members are still Democrats.  This is like asking if the glass is half full or half empty, and facing rage if those around you don't agree with you. Democrats have not been for the little man lately.  These people have been hurting.   The news coming out now is exposing the extreme lengths that the Democrats have taken; the insurance policies they have planned for to unseat Trump.  They are really using their imaginative skills that almost went to sleep.  Maybe they'll reawaken the Republicans in rethinking their position they've been taking in pouting about a Democrat who turned into a Republican so quickly in order to win a seat that one of them should have had.  They're dealing with a workaholic who doesn't drink nor accepts a salary for his work.  He donates his time and money, instead.  He's a one of a kind, like Festus from the Smokey Mountains on Gunsmoke; roughly cut but but with good intentions.  He cleans up well, pretty much. 
                                                                               
Donald and Melania Trump at Inauguration 2017 
And then there's Trump who is not the perfect man. He uses his cell phone constantly in tweeting!    Outlandish man!  Full of ideas no one else dared to exercise.  Hated with a vengeance like Jews have been hated.  Jealousy seems to be a part of it.  Jealousy that he's president and they both think he's unworthy of this honor.  It's laughable to me to think that he learned how the system of election worked and traveled to the states most important to the electoral college to see his plans, and Hillary didn't think this way.  She lost and he won even though more people voted for her.  She didn't think like he did.  This is why people who voted for him in the first place are pleased.  This showed he was a better planner with more foresight, something greatly needed today.  He outwitted her and his former party!  And with such a regal, gorgeous wife! A former international #1 model!   He is rubbing it into all of them with her at his side.  An immigrant with an accent, no less.  All is coming out now about what has been going on behind the scenes that we, the public, have known nothing about.  Most Democrats, maybe all the voters, have had no idea of the exotic plots that their democratic leaders have been percolating.  I'm afraid they have just fallen into the trap of relying on their TV new programs to develop their thoughts about their country. TV news has become a form of brain washing-warned about from England in Brave New World.
                                                                                   
Hitler meeting with the Grand Mufti in Germany 1941 to
plan what they will do with the Jews of the world 
 It's sort of like where Germans were before WWII  relying on the rulings of their government in getting rid of the "Jewish problem."  That should have been a warning to the whole world but it wasn't.

The USA was born in 1776;  almost 242 years ago.  They've had a radical change during this span.
Israel was re-born in 1948; almost 70 years ago.  They've had to go through a huge change within a very short span of time and fight for their very life throughout most of it!  To think that from 1981-1985 I kept precious stubs of chalk in my pockets to teach with, something I never had to do in the States.  Teaching aids have gone technical along with everything else.

Resource:  http://www.history.com/topics/automobiles
http://www.newsweek.com/hillary-was-right-all-along-trump-supporters-are-deplorable-652603
http://time.com/4084301/hitler-grand-mufi-1941/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_railway_history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WHY BARCELONA? Why Mishal Cohen sang about this city with such fevor? What's special about it to Israelis?

Nadene Goldfoot                                   
13 year old Mishel Cohen of Dimona, Israel won a singing contest singing Oh Barcelona in 2012.
The Barcelona soccer team played in Israel the following year. In January 2018 he will be 19 and in the army.   Mishel comes from Dimona, Israel, which had 25,000 population in 1990.  His family are probably from Morocco.  Dimona is 19 miles SE of Beersheba, a center for Negev industries, home of Israel's one atomic reactor.  

BARCELONA
possibly a song of a Sephardi thinking of previous days in this city
I come to you, the one who plays in the courtyards; I come to you and play, sing of you, excited city Lalala....

Oh Barcelona Barcelona, Since I exist, I did not play for you on strings, lalala
Oh Barcelona, Barcelona, on stringed instruments with a guitar and mandolina, the splendor of your soil captured my heart, Oh Barcelona!

To you I bought the best of my song, accept this present and remember the echo of my voice as a souvenir of love, lalalal, memememiah.

Oh Barcelona, Barcelona ever since I exist I did not play for you on strings, lalala.
Oh Barcelona, Barcelona on stringed instruments, with a guitar and mandolin, I passed roads, continents and seas, Oh oh Barcelona!   
Barcelona, Spain, where Sephardim come from.  After 70 CE, Jews lost Jerusalem to the Romans who burned down their temple and city, then took thousands left alive as slaves and marched them through Rome. 

Jews escaped to Spain, and settled in Barcelona in Aragon.  Jews got there in the 9th century.

A famous public  DISPUTATION (from the word dispute-to have a dispute or disagreement with someone) between the Jewish Nahmanides (Moses ben Nahman) 1194-1270 Rabbi of Gerona (Aragon)  and the Spanish Christian, Pablo Christiani in 1263, all viewed in front of James I of Aragon.  Ever since the 300's, the new Roman Christians were attacking Jews and their religion.
                                                                         
James I of Aragon
     At the end of this debate, James I badgered the  Jews in the synagogues to convert to Christianity.
                                                                           

It didn't take long for the Christians to attack the Jews in 1348 at the time of the Black Death that was spreading throughout the land.  "The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe from 1346 to 1353."  Massacres of Jews took place in 1391 and the Jewish community of Barcelona  was wiped out!
                                                                           
     
Spain was the home of the Spanish Inquisition (1478-, going on in 1492 by Ferdinand and Isabella when Columbus sailed the ocean blue.  This inquisition affected the whole world to be against Jews living in their land.  Jews had to leave Spain or convert to Christianity.  They stayed facing a death sentence if discovered as being Jewish.  Everything they did pertaining to their religion, the food they ate (no pork) the holidays such as Chanukah had to be celebrated in secret.   It wasn't easy to pick up and move anymore than it was for holocaust victims, as they faced the peril of leaving in boats upon an unnerving sea and sinking.  150,000 were expelled and found refuge mainly in N Africa and the Turkish Empire.  Those that braved it found their way to Portugal who took them in for a few years before joining the anti-Semities of Spain.  After Portugal in 1497 they had to find other hideaways in the world.  Some even got to Syria and wound up later living on JEW STREET, again facing people who segregated them and kept them prisoners in a ghetto. Those pretending to be Christians were called Marranos, now a nasty term not used. 
                                                                               
As in many lands where we found we were not welcome, Jews have slowly returned to Barcelona where the count in 1990 was 3,500.   It wasn't until 1931 that this expulsion was officially revoked.  A synagogue was built in Madrid in 1968!   The Jews living in Spain are mainly in Barcelona and Madrid and had been living in North Africa and Latin America.
                                                                     
Teammates in Jerusalem, Arab and Jewish children
Will these Palestinians grow up to be stone-throwers?  Hope not.  
Israel's President Peres in August 2013 had a center for peace and brought  Palestinian and Israeli children together there through soccer, a game so popular throughout the world.  "Barcelona, which is partially sponsored by UNICEF, has also shown its interest in promoting peace in the region. In 2011 the Spanish club hosted six children from Israel and the Palestinian Authority for one of its home games.  One of the most prestigious soccer teams in the world was the Barcelona FC.  They played against a team of Israeli and Palestinian players.  Sandro Rosell was the President of Barcelona and he spoke in Ramat Gan, Israel.  

 Michel Cohen, the nightingale from Dimona, singing "At Haki Li Ve'Ahzor" on the television reality show "The Music School." That song, translated by Avraham Shlonsky, was sung during World War II by Shlomo, whose surname was Deutscher at the time. He was the soloist of the British army's Jewish Brigade entertainment troupe, and once, when it performed at a displaced persons camp in Europe, Shlomo found his mother, whom he had lost track of during the war. 
                                                           

Now Mishel/Michel Cohen is probably in the IDF serving his country.  Jerusalem's Temple Mount sees unrest.  Here are soldiers in July of this year evacuating a wounded man from the Temple Mount. 
                                                           
Hamas infiltrators killed 2 of our IDF
Here IDF are carrying a wounded soldier to go to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba in July 2014.  


Resource:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x7fINilABc Mishel Cohen, Eyal Golan singing  Oh Barcelona
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6y6qOK7zJU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zs-95WXyxE
  https://www.timesofisrael.com/barcelona-to-play-in-israel-for-peace/
http://www.jpost.com/Sports/Barcelona-and-its-superstar-Messi-arrive-in-Israel-for-historic-visit-321940
http://jewishfactsfromportland.blogspot.com/2012/01/13-year-old-mishel-cohen-of-israel.html
http://www.gruntig.net/2012/01/israeli-child-star-mishel-cohen-im.html


Sandro Rosell speaks in Ramat Gan, Thursday (photo credit: screen capture/OneTV)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017


Biblical Days Melding Today With King Cyrus of Persia and President Trump: Let's Compare


Nadene Goldfoot           
                 RECOGNIZING ISRAEL'S CAPITAL: JERUSALEM
From King David 1010 BCE to Herod Agrippa II 70 CE  1,080 years. 
                                                                 
Cyrus II of Babylonia died in 529 BCE
There is a Jewish tradition saying that Queen Esther gave birth to a son from King Ahasuerus and that his name was Cyrus.  I think he's left handed like me! 

The Dragon was probably Babylonia's animal symbol.
                                   
President Trump of USA:  Bald eagle is USA symbol
Starting with King Shalmaneser V of Assyria 721 BCE
Important Middle Eastern events occurred when the Assyrians ruled the land.  This was an ancient state in Western Asia of Semitic people of a very aggressive people.  They experienced rapid expansion from the 13th and 10th centuries BCE.  At a low point in their history, King David and his son, King Solomon were experiencing success in establishing Israel 1010 BCE to 920 BCE.  They had to fight against the Aramean states in Mesopotamia and Syria.  This break in the Assyrian battles probably gave them the rest they needed.  
                                                                     
Solomon's Temple built  between 961-920 BCE
Assyria, now fresh again and rearmed, overran Syria and the Phoenician cities in 876 BCE.  By 853, Shalmaneser II attacked Damascus's king Ben-Hadad II and King Ahab of Israel.  

First the horrible attack upon Israel in 722 BCE and the next year of 721 BCE from the Assyrians led by Sargon in which many of the strongest and brightest of their citizens  of 10 of the 12 tribes of Jacob were killed and those fighters surviving were taken as prisoners away to unknown lands of the Assyrians and their holdings.  King Solomon had died back in 920 BCE and the kingdom of Judah could not come to Israel's aid fast enough to save them.  Israel's King Hoshea, who had ruled for the past 9 years was killed in 721 BCE as the last king of Israel.  Sargon took away 27,290 Israelites of 10 of the 12 tribes to Assyria and Media and replaced them with Syrians and Babylonian prisoners.  

He had received the throne in the first place with Assyrian help with conditions.  His kingdom was confined to the surroundings of Mt. Ephraim.  Finally he had rebelled at this and the Assyrian king Shalmanser put him in prison.  Then the Assyrians overcame and captured Samaria, which was the surrrounding land around Jerusalem.  

It was Sennacherib who took over Jerusalem in 700 BCE when Judah was ravaged though its king Hezekiah was able to hold out by paying the Assyrians tribute as well as ceding some of his territory to them.  The Assyrians were hit with a plague throughout the army and returned home.  

Assyria thus declined rapidly and the Babylon Empire rose up in its place.  Babylon was land of the tower of Babel, land of Shinar and of the Kasdim (Chaldees).  It's known as the cradle of humanity.  Abraham came from Ur, located here.  Pagan tyranny ruled here.  Nebuchadnezzar II (604-56 BCE) inherited the Assyrian Empire and had exiled many Jews to Babylon.  
                                                    
The Ishtar Gate and Dragon were icons of Babylonia
Cyrus II was the King of  Babylon and this included Persia (today's Iran).  His job became one of many conquests of the Middle East.  It was either that or have invading armies attack his country.  In the course of his conquests, he overran the Babylonian Empire of which had already taken over Israel and Judah.  His policy in dealing with people he had overcome was very enlightened.  

In 538 BCE, he granted permission to the exiles of 70 years of Judah who were captives in Babylon to return to their homeland and rebuild the Temple. " Israel's return to Jerusalem from Babylon involved about fifty thousand Jews -- much, much fewer than the more recent return, which is such a wonder of our own day. After inhabiting the land for 70 years, there were those who thought of Babylonia as home and dared not leave.   "The biblical record accords great importance to this return. (facts from Ezra 1:1-4; and II Chron.  36:22-3).  These Jewish exiles regarded Cyrus as a Divine agent.  

Cyrus was thought to be the son of Queen Esther, and that's why he had leanings  in favor towards the plight of the Jews.  It was unique how the Jews had found favor in his eyes.  

The 2nd Temple was dedicated in 515 BCE, thanks to Cyrus II.  
Though Zedekiah was the last king of Judah from 597 to 586 BCE when Judah was a free state, Herod I, known as the Great, served from 73 BCE to 4 BCE as King of Judea by the Roman Senate because of his family and his fierceness in executing people.  He was the son of an Idumean Antipater and his mother was a Nabatean named Cypros.  This was in the period of a Roman takeover that replaced the Babylonian days.  He got to his station in politics by murdering all possible rivals to his power including his own brother in law, the last Hasmonean high priest and put to death his own wife Mariamne, their 2 sons Alexander and Arisatobulus and his first son, Antipater.  In the course of events he managed to make himself very rich.  To appease the Jews, he rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem and built 2 cities; Sebaye and Caesarea.  Everyone outside his country thought he was great-a generous patron and protector of the Jews.  How little they understood.  He let 3 sons live; Archelaus, Herod Antipas and Philip.  The Romans burned down the Temple and Jerusalem in 70 CE.

Now, Cyrus II was a mentch, a real good guy, a real man, not someone crooked thinking only of feathering his own nest and ignoring the feelings of others.   Because Trump has taken steps that have been so criticized as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, he is being compared to Cyrus II.  Cyrus lived 2 centuries before Isaiah's time who prophesied about this hero.  (Isaiah 44:28) "Who says of Cyrus, "He is My shepherd, He will fulfill all My desires, to say of Jerusalem, "It shall be built, and of the Temple, It shall be established." 

This is a very brave and daring move for Trump to take after the last 3 presidents made promises to their constituents that they would do it but then broke that trust on those promises.  There was always some political reason not to, such as angering the local Arabs called Palestinians, a name given to them by the denigrating Romans.  These presidents appeased the Palestinians which gave them more reason to think they could take the city as their own.  
                                                                                 
After waiting since 70 CE till 1967 when the Israelis won back East Jerusalem from Jordan, they were not about to just hand it over to the people who had attacked them, when all the Arab states had attacked and they had won miraculously.  
Lion of Judah
                                                                               
Everyone in Israel serves in the IDF; Israel Defense Force.
They are proud of their country and have good reason.  
The Lion of Judah is the symbol of the Hebrew tribe of Judah (the Jewish tribe). According to the Torah, the tribe consists of the descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob.

The association between Judah and the lion, most likely the 
Asiatic lion, can first be found in the blessing given by Jacob to his son Judah in the Book of Genesis

USA Promises
1993 and Clinton was in office and there was home-that went up in smoke.  2001 when Bush was in office and more promises and smoke.  2009 and Obama promised and again, more smoke for appeasement.  2017 has finally brought recognition from a wildly different kind of American president in very odd times. 
                                                                              
Trump with wife Melania at Inauguration Ball
 This president, up against his own accusations of sexual impropriety that is sweeping across the USA, dislodging many many men from their positions; who is up against his own Republican party who are trying to unseat him, a man who is proving to be quite successful in his business of running the country in his first year of service where he is showing his unselfishness by not even accepting a salary for his work!  He's a billionaire who challenged himself to run the country better than it had been and he's doing it, even though the opposing party have been doing everything in their power and then some to bring him down.   Their latest weapons are unproven accusations of Trump's collusion with Russia in getting elected in the first place.  All that's being uncovered today is the collusion that was going on with the Democrats and the Russians!  
                                                                        
The bald eagle's role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. ... (Since ancient times, the eagle has been considered a sign of strength; Roman legions used the animal as their standard, or symbol.)
This president has many personal faults; his language, his outspokenness, his youthful exploits,  his name calling- petty and childish; but he's also a workaholic who is proud of his country, nationalistic at a time when pride in one's country must be terribly low, as so many of our young people are finding this as something terribly embarrassing.  The point it, he's getting the job done.  He's going out of his way to keep his promises, and that's what's important.  Hey, with his lead, our army and air force are putting down ISIS!                                                      
A president at age 70, he has led an interesting life giving him skills for the job.

Our flag has become meaningless to the well-known few.  They're going in the direction of socialism and world dominance from one source-not G-d, but from one unknown person, place or thing, or perhaps just from nowhere. Bernie Sanders, Socialist, almost won the presidency. And one wonders why Hillary couldn't understand how she lost the Presidency.    
It used to be that only Vets of WWII were given special breaks and privileges, rewards for giving their service to the country.  Today's youth want it without doing anything; a free ride in college.   It's hard to fathom how they are thinking today.  Perhaps I should ask Soros or the football League what they want in their future.  We know that Trump doesn't think that way.  He's nationalistic.  The Europeans are trying it and it is floundering badly as the EU (European Union).  Ask England why they pulled out.  They are now  being led by European Commission president – Jean-Claude Juncker. Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries), with the approval of the European Parliament. Actually they use 3 people, and another is the President of the European Parliament (since 17 January 2017, Antonio Tajani) of Italy.  Europeans were naysayers to Trump's action of recognition.  
I'm surprised that Norway doesn't belong.   England has pulled out.
They use money called the Euro.  

  It's ironic.  Jews had been without a country for almost 2,000 years and certainly know what's it's like to depend on someone for one's livelihood and their own personal  life as their record has been a horror; the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, with prejudice reigning all the time in between.  Ask the Pashtuns how they feel after living in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Do they have representation?  How about the Kurds who used to live in Kurdistan but are spread all over the Middle East who would love to have their own nation.I bet the native Americans would love to have their land back minus all alcoholic beverages.     Jews have finally received their own land once again after such a long wait and the popular Western world thinking now is that Nationalism is outdated.  
                                                                                
Those who do have a nation are unwilling to preserve it.  This is freaky!  Thank goodness we have some people who have not bought into such a proposition and are serving in our nation's armed forces!  

King Cyrus II encouraged the Jews of Babylonia to return after a 70 year exile, and rebuild their temple which had been destroyed by his predecessor.  

President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, something that had been put off doing by 3 previous presidents after such promises.  This also encourages the Jews of Israel that the truth is returning to the land after a long absence.  As one sees after perusing through this article how many systems Trump was up against.  A changing climate has called for a one of a kind president.  

Wallanu, a writer,  pointed out that as the 45th president of the United States, Trump would embody the 45th chapter of Isaiah, in which Persian King Cyrus rebuilds the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Others working on bible codes are coming up with interesting word connections.  

In Isaiah 45: "G-d said to Cyrus : , "I will go before you and straighten the twisting paths;...whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him.....Needless to say, there are 250 rabbis in Israel who are very happy with Trump's proclamation.  Those in the USA aligned with J Street are probably not as they rarely see the good things going on in Israel.  To live there is to really understand the land and the people. 

"In the year 1971, Iran celebrated the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the monarchy by Cyrus."  Did they forget what he did for his Jewish captives?   
"Demonstrations against the Shah commenced in October 1977, developing into a campaign of civil resistance that included both secular and religious elements and which intensified in January 1978.  Today they are led by the Ayatollahs to hate Israel, and the USA is being led by Donald Trump and the American people, both unique among mankind.    
 Tanakh (Old Testament) Isaiah 45:1 Hashem to Cyrus
The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Cyrus-the-Great
http://www.ldolphin.org/daniel/ezra01.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hasmonean_and_Herodian_rulers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_of_Judah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/ishtar-gate-and-deities-babylon-001868
http://www.jewishhistory.org/the-beginning-2nd-commonwealth/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurozone
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/11/who-supports-trump-on-jerusalem-europes-anti-islam-politicians/?utm_term=.ab1ac1c46941
http://jewishbubba.blogspot.com/2015/07/jews-and-their-dendrites.html more on Babylonia, history affecting dendrites

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