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The need for the closest friendship between Britain and Israel
We must recognize that Israel’s values are Britain’s values, Israel’s fight is Britain’s fight and Israel’s peril is Britain’s peril.
A JEWISH solider stands guard outside a building days after the British Mandate ended in 1948. (photo credit:REUTERS)
Ninety-eight years ago tomorrow (December 11) General Sir Edmund Allenby entered the Holy City after defeating the Ottoman forces in the Battle of Jerusalem. This was one of Britain’s great victories in the First World War and a much-needed uplift for our national spirit, reeling from the 300,000 casualties sustained in the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium that ended the previous month.
This anniversary reminds us of the shared history and values of Britain and the State of Israel; and, with the perils we face in the world today, of the need for the closest friendship between our two countries.
According to Lieutenant General Sir George Macdonogh, director of British military intelligence during the Great War, Allenby’s conquest of Palestine in 1917 and 1918 was made possible by the Jewish intelligence network, Nili. Led by the distinguished botanist Aaron Aaronsohn and his sister Sarah, Nili took tremendous risks to pass vital information on the Turks to Allenby’s forces. Some, including Sarah, sacrificed their lives to help the British.
Within Allenby’s army was the Jewish Legion: the 38th, 39th and 40th Battalions of The Royal Fusiliers, which had been raised in the British Army to fight the Ottomans. Formed and led by British Christian officer Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson and Russian Zionist leader and soldier Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Legion was made up of Jews from Britain, the US, Palestine, Russia, Canada, Argentina and the Ottoman Empire. They fought valiantly in battles to the north of Jerusalem and in the Jordan Valley.
The Jewish Legion was the first formed Jewish fighting force since the Maccabees, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called John Patterson the godfather of the IDF.
Another British officer who helped shape the future IDF was Major General Orde Wingate. As a young captain in Palestine in the 1930s, he taught Jewish communities to successfully fight off the marauding Arab gangs that were trying to brutalize and murder them and drive them from their land. He instilled in the Jewish defenders the need for violent aggression against the enemy, tempered by scrupulous respect for non-combatants, two attributes that distinguish the IDF to this day.
Had he survived the Second World War, David Ben-Gurion planned to make Wingate, a British Christian officer, the IDF’s first chief of staff.
Britain can be proud of these early examples of friendship and mutual cooperation. What followed, however, was a national disgrace.
After the war, Britain’s treatment of Jews trying desperately to get to Palestine having escaped the Nazi killing factories was nothing short of barbaric; motivated by anti-Semitism as well as continued appeasement of the Arabs. It included incarcerating the wretched survivors of Nazi extermination camps and even sending some back to Germany as a punishment for non-cooperation.
When the UN voted on the 1947 partition plan, granting a homeland to the Jews in Palestine, Britain abstained, signaling her continued animosity to the Jews and support for the Arab nations that intended to crush the fledgling Jewish state.
Despite Britain’s monstrous treatment of the Jews and their state in such recent memory, Israel has consistently maintained the spirit of Nili and the Jewish Legion and remained a true and steadfast friend of Britain, especially in the fields of defense and intelligence.
Britain is also guilty. Despite some of the tightest military and intelligence relationships between any two countries, Britain’s political stance toward Israel, while frequently positive, is too often spineless, unprincipled and unjust. Like other European nations, and in line with our past policies, Britain continues to prioritize appeasement of Arabs and its own predominantly anti-Israel Muslim communities above support for the Jewish state. This is compounded by the influence of a dominant media often intensely biased against Israel.
For example, only this week the knife-wielding violence that has been plaguing Israel’s streets revisited London when an Islamist terrorist slashed at three passengers in an east London tube station, screaming: “This is for Syria.” The British media has shown none of the moral equivalence and understanding for this attacker that has been exhibited toward Palestinian knifemen hacking at Jews in Israel, yet ultimately the motivations are identical.
It is time for Britain to repudiate this weak and morally bankrupt behavior. We must not repeat our treachery against the Jews in the 1930s and ‘40s. We must recognize that Israel’s values are Britain’s values, Israel’s fight is Britain’s fight and Israel’s peril is Britain’s peril. Above all we must remember the example of Nili and Allenby a century ago, and understand that success in this fight depends on unity and common cause with the Jewish state, not the division between us that our enemies strive for.
Britain will maintain this close relationship with Israel forming a close alliance with Israel, Egypt and the Arab Gulf States. This is a matter of Bible Prophecy that Britain will support Israel in the latter days making up the King of the South.
According to Bible Prophecy the Biblical King of the South will see an alignment between Egypt with Israel along with the Arab Gulf States who are largely the descendents of Ishmael the son of Abraham by his wife’s maid Hagar (Genesis 16:3). The King of the South will oppose aggression from Russia and the EU. They will be supported by America and Britain. This News Item shows that Britain is continuing to align itself with Bible Prophecy.
Yet again we see the latter day alignment of Nations as Prophesied by the Bible falling into place before our very eyes. See this article to learn more about this and the latter day prophecies of the Bible.