State of Israel & The Ancient Hebrew Republic "America and Israel have a common love of human freedom and a democratic way of life"-Johnson - American Minute with Bill Federer

The State of Israel & The Ancient Hebrew Republic "America and Israel have a common love of human freedom and a democratic way of life"-Johnson

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On midnight, May 14, 1948, the modern State of Israel came into being and was immediately recognized by the United States and the Soviet Union.
It had previously been part of the British protectorate following World War I, but Britain relinquished control due to irreconcilable differences with the Arabs.
It became a homeland for the thousands of Jews who were persecuted and displaced during World War II.
The day after the State of Israel was created, it was attacked by:
  • Egypt,
  • Syria,
  • Iraq,
  • Lebanon.
  • the Arab Legion, and
  • the Transjordanian Army.
Against all odds, Israel survived.
The Armistice between Israel and her enemies was negotiated by Ralph Bunche, the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1947, Ralph Bunche set up a meeting between two members of U.N. Special Committee on Palestine and Menachem Begin, the leader of the Irgun Jewish underground who would later be Israel's Prime Minister.
The British negotiator Richard Crossman of Britain asked Bunche if his exposure to the Jews had made him anti-Semitic "yet."
Ralph Bunche answered:
"That would be impossible ... I know the flavor of racial prejudice and racial persecution. A wise Negro can never be an anti-Semite."
As he was leaving Begin's hideout, Ralph Bunche told him:
"I can understand you. I am also a member of a persecuted minority."
Democrat President Harry S Truman sent a telegram to the President of Israel, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of the Provisional Council of State, Tel Aviv, October 2, 1948:
"On this your first New Year's Eve as President of the Provisional Council of the State of Israel I send you warm personal greetings and congratulations. May the New Year bring peace to Israel and to its citizens the opportunity to dedicate themselves in tranquility to furthering the prosperity of their country."
On November 29, 1948, President Truman wrote to Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel:
"I want to tell you how happy and impressed I have been at the remarkable progress made by the new State of Israel."
Truman added:
"I remember well our conversations about the Negeb ... and I deplore any attempt to take it away from Israel. I had thought that my position would have been clear to all the world, particularly in the light of the specific wording of the Democratic Party platform."
The 1948 Democrat Party Platform stated:
"President Truman, by granting immediate recognition to Israel, led the world in extending friendship and welcome to a people who have long sought and justly deserve freedom and independence.
We pledge full recognition to the State of Israel.
We affirm our pride that the United States under the leadership of President Truman played a leading role in the adoption of the resolution of November 29, 1947, by the United Nations General Assembly for the creation of a Jewish State.
... We approve the claims of the State of Israel to the boundaries set forth in the United Nations resolution of November 29th and consider that modifications thereof should be made only if fully acceptable to the State of Israel.
We look forward to the admission of the State of Israel to the United Nations and its full participation in the international community of nations.
... We pledge appropriate aid to the State of Israel in developing its economy and resources.
We favor the revision of the arms embargo to accord to the State of Israel the right of self-defense."
Truman continued his letter to Israel's President Dr. Chaim Weizmann, November 29, 1948:
"I have interpreted my re-election as a mandate from the American people to carry out the Democratic platform -- including, of course, the plank on Israel."
Democrat President John F. Kennedy remarked opening the Ouachita National Forest Road at Big Cedar, Oklahoma, October 29, 1961:
"We take our lesson ... from the Bible and the story of Nehemiah, which tells us that when the children of Israel returned from captivity they determined to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, in spite of the threats of the enemy.

... The wall was built and the peace was preserved. But it was written, 'Of them that built on the wall ... with one of his hands he did the work, and with the other he held the sword.'"
Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson stated in 1968:
"America and Israel have a common love of human freedom and a democratic way of life ... Through the centuries, through dispersion and through very grievous trials, your forefathers clung to their Jewish identity and their ties with the land of Israel.
The prophet Isaiah foretold, 'And He shall set up an ensign for the nations and He shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from all the four corners of the earth' ...
History knows no more moving example of persistence against the cruelest odds."
Ancient Israel came out of Egypt, around 1,400 BC and entered the Promised Land.
For the next 400 years, the Children of Israel were the first well-recorded instance in history of a nation ruled without a king.
This was a model for America's founders.
After the U.S. Constitution was written, it needed to be ratified by nine states in order to go into effect.
Eight states had ratified it and New Hampshire was in line to be the ninth, but disagreements caused its Ratifying Convention to be adjourned in February of 1788.
After the annual day of fasting, set by New Hampshire's Governor, state delegates reconvened in June of 1788.
They listened to an address on June 5, 1788, by Harvard President Rev. Samuel Langdon, titled "The Republic of the Israelites an Example to the American States."
Afterwards, New Hampshire delegates voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution, and being the ninth state to do so, put it into effect.
In his address, Rev. Samuel Langdon stated:
"Instead of the twelve tribes of ISRAEL, we may substitute the thirteen states of the American union, and see this application plainly ...
That as God in the course of his kind providence hath given you an excellent Constitution of government, founded on the most rational, equitable, and liberal principles, by which all that liberty is secured ... and you are empowered to make righteous laws for promoting public order and good morals; and as he has moreover given you by his Son Jesus Christ ... a complete revelation of his will ... it will be your wisdom ... to ... adhere faithfully to the doctrines and commands of the gospel, and practice every public and private virtue ..."
Langdon continued:
"The ISRAELITES may be considered as a pattern to the world in all ages ...
Government ... on republican principles required laws; without which it must have degenerated immediately into ... absolute monarchy ...
How unexampled was this quick progress of the ISRAELITES, from abject slavery, ignorance, and almost total want of order, to a national establishment perfected in all its parts far beyond all other kingdoms and states!
From a mere mob, to a well regulated nation, under a government and laws far superior to what any other nation could boast! ..."
Langdon concluded:
"It was a long time after the law of Moses was given before the rest of the world knew any thing of government by law ...
It was six hundred years after Moses before ... Grecian republics received a very imperfect ... code of laws from Lycurgus.
It was about five hundred years from the first founding of the celebrated Roman empire ... before the first laws of that empire."
It was the first four hundred years in the Promised Land, before they demanded their first king, Saul.
* ISRAEL was the first well-recorded instance of a nation with millions of people and no king. People of each village, town and city met in a "synagogue," which means "house of meeting," where, in addition to learning the law they chose the elders who would sit in public judgement at the city gate.
* In ISRAEL, at this time, had no royal family to pay obeisance to. Everyone was equal under the Law, as it taught "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great." (Deuteronomy 1:17). This was the beginning of the concept of equality.
In ISRAEL, the Law stated that every person was made in the image of the Creator, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27).
Each person possessed God-given rights which no one could take away, and it was the government's purpose to guarantee these rights.
* ISRAEL treated non-Israelites as equals.
"The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I the LORD am your God" (Leviticus 19:34)
* ISRAEL was tolerant. Though convinced they were worshiping the only true God, they never waged ideological war to force other nations to accept Him, nor did they force the non-Israelite strangers living within their borders to convert.
John Locke wrote in A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689):
"Foreigners and such as were strangers to the commonwealth of Israel were not compelled by force to observe the rites of the Mosaical law ... We find not one man forced into the Jewish religion and the worship of the true God ...
If any one ... desired to be made a denizen [citizen] of their commonwealth ... to embrace their religion ... this he did willingly, on his own accord, not by constraint."
* ISRAEL had a system of honesty which provided a basis for commerce.
Leviticus 19:36 "Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have."
Proverbs 11:1 "A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight."
* In ISRAEL, land was permanently titled to each family -- "the Promised Land." This contrasted with most of the world, where kings granted land to loyal vassals, or as in Egypt, where the pharaohs owned the land.
 Each family owned title to their land. This prevented a dictator from gathering up the land and putting the people back into slavery.
Noah Webster wrote in the preface of his Dictionary (republished 1841):
"Let the people have property and they will have power - a power that will forever be exerted to prevent a restriction of the press, and abolition of trial by jury, or the abridgement of any other privilege."
Borders between properties were to be respected, "Do not move an ancient landmark" (Proverbs 23:10); and borders between nations were to be respected "The Lord said to (Moses) ... I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own." (Deuteronomy 2)
If a person owned land, they could accumulate possessions. The Bible called this being "blessed." And they could voluntarily give away some of their possessions to help the poor. The Bible called this "charity." 
Marx wrote in his Manifesto, 1848: "The theory of the communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property." If you do not own anything, how can you be charitable?
• ISRAEL had a bureaucracy-free welfare system. When someone harvested their field, they left the corners and gleanings for the poor, like in the story of Ruth.
This way, the poor were taken care of, while maintaining their dignity by doing something, without a political leader collecting everything and doling it back out as favors to those who would keep him in power.
* ISRAEL had laws that both citizens and those in leadership had to follow. This differed from kings who were "above the law" and ruled subjects at their whims. In Israel, all were accountable to God to treat each other fairly. Leviticus 19:18 "Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD."
The moral law of God is revealed in Ten Commandments. At the 1956 New York opening of his famous movie, Cecil B. DeMille stated: "Man has made 32 million laws since THE COMMANDMENTS were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai more than three thousand years ago, but he has never improved on God’s law."
In addition the the moral law, Moses gave ceremonial, dietary and civil laws, for a total of 613 laws. The people were given the opportunity to give their consent to the laws. David P. Goldman, author of How Civilizations Die (Regnery Press, 2011) wrote in the Asia Times (2/12/15): "Never do we meet a God who offers his laws -- the Torah -- to a people, as YHWH did at Mount Sinai, and ask that people’s free assent to accept these laws."
* ISRAEL had no police. Everyone was taught the Law and everyone helped enforced the Law. It was as if everyone was "deputized." The verse right before Leviticus 19:18 "love your neighbor as yourself" is verse 17 "Confront your neighbor directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin."
* ISRAEL had no prisons. The Law required swift justice at the "gates of the city" and a "city of refuge" where fugitives could flee to await a trial in a capital murder case.

 * ISRAEL had no standing army, as every man was in the militia, armed with a sword upon their thigh, and ready as a moment's notice to defend his family and community. "Every man has his sword on his thigh" Song of Solomon 3:8; "Every one with one of his hands wrought in the work and with the other hand held a weapon." Nehemiah 4:17.
* ISRAEL was the first nation where everyone was taught to read.
At the time the Children of Israel left, Egypt had 3,000 hieroglyphs, and reading them was the scribes' secret knowledge.
Only one percent of Egypt could read.
The National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece, in its section on Egyptian Artifacts, has a display on "Scribes," stating:
"Only a small percentage of ancient Egypt's population was literate, namely the pharaoh, members of the royal family, officials, priests and scribes."
Scribes wrote on stone or clay sherds, wooden boards, linen, papyrus, and parchment. Scribes kept writing complicated to enhance their job security. It was their secret knowledge. They were needed to decipher the cryptic hieroglyphs.
The elite deep-state ruling class used complicated writing to maintain control over uneducated masses.
Anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss (1908-2009), wrote:
"Ancient writing's main function was to facilitate the enslavement of other human beings."
George Orwell wrote in Nineteen Eighty-Four:
"In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance."

Other nations had languages with hundreds and even thousands of characters:
  • the Hittite language had 375 cuneiform characters;
  • the Indus Valley Harappan language had 417 symbols;
  • the Luwian language of Anatolian had over 500 logographic hieroglyphs;
  • the Akkadian language in Mesopotamia had over 1,500 Sumerian cuneiform characters;
  • the Chinese language had nearly 10,000 pictogram and ideogram characters, invented by scribes of China's Yellow Emperor.
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, he not only had the Ten Commandments, but he had them in a 22 character Hebrew alphabet. ("aleph" is the first letter, "beth" is the second).
With so few characters, even children learned to read.
Levites not only taught the Law, they also taught the people how to read it for themselves.
In fact, they were required to, as the law was addressed to each person, who was personally accountable to God obey it.
• In ISRAEL, people chose their leaders. Honest elections allowed for government by the consent of the governed.
"Moses spoke unto the children of Israel ... How can I myself alone bear your … burden … TAKE YOU wise men, and understanding, and KNOWN AMONG YOUR TRIBES, and I will make them rulers over you" (Deuteronomy 1:3–13).
"Judges and officers SHALT THOU MAKE THEE IN ALL THY GATES which the Lord thy God giveth thee throughout thy tribes" (Deuteronomy 16:18–19).
"Moreover thou shalt provide OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLE able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens" (Exodus 18:21).
Rather than a pyramid style, top-down form of government where the king's will is law, the Hebrew Republic was a bottom-up form of government, like a living tree drawing nutrients from the roots, where every cell contributes to its growth.
During the 400 year period of the Hebrew Republic, anyone could be raised up into leadership as there was no hereditary monarchy:
  • Jephthah was the son of a prostitute;
  • Gideon was from an obscure family; and
  • Deborah was a just woman who knew the Law.
Israel was truly unique.
E.C. Wines wrote in Commentaries on the Laws of the Ancient Hebrews, with an Introductory Essay on Civil Society & Government (NY: Geo. P. Putnam & Co., 1853):
"Menes in Egypt; Minos in Crete; Cadmus in Thebes; Lycurgus in Sparta; Zaleucus in Locris; and Numa in Rome.
But ... Moses differed fundamentally from ... these heathen legislators ...
Moses' ... national unity ... was not that species of unity, which the world has since so often seen, in which vast multitudes of human beings are delivered up to the arbitrary will of one man.
It was a unity, effected by the abolition of caste; a unity, founded on the principle of equal rights; a unity, in which the whole people formed the state."
In a unique way, Ancient Israel helped in the founding of America, as America's founders looked back to the Hebrew Republic as an example of self-government; and America helped in the founding of the modern State of Israel, as Harry S Truman and other U.S. leaders defended it against all odds and against hostile enemies.

In April 3, 2002, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay mentioned Israel in an address at Westminster College:
"No one can ignore the horrible aggression in the Middle East ... The State of Israel has been targeted by groups committed to her complete elimination.
... And on the basis of our shared principles and democratic values, America has an undeniable obligation to stand squarely with our democratic ally against those attempting to end the State of Israel ...
The State of Israel has fought five major wars to defend its right to exist since 1948 ..."
DeLay continued:
"Israel and America are kindred nations.
The founders of both countries were profoundly influenced by faith.
Both countries drafted governments that practice religious tolerance ...
Both countries are filled with immigrants summoned by dreams. For people fleeing the storms of persecution, both countries have been safe harbors ..."

Congressman DeLay concluded:
"No one should expect the people of Israel to negotiate with groups pursuing the fundamental goal of destroying them ...
America has a clear duty to stand beside a democratic ally that is besieged by terrorists ...
The terrorists attempting to destroy the State of Israel should know that America will never allow that to happen."

In regards to Israel, former Democrat President Jimmy Carter stated in his book, Keeping the Faith-Memoirs of a President (published 1982, p. 274):
"The Judeo-Christian ethic and study of the Bible were bonds between Jews and Christians which had always been part of my life.
... I also believed very deeply that the Jews who had survived the Holocaust deserved their own nation, and that they had a right to live in peace among their neighbors.
I considered this homeland for the Jews to be compatible with the teachings of the Bible, hence ordained by God. These moral and religious beliefs made my commitment to the security of Israel unshakable."
On March 23, 1982, to the National Conference of Christians and Jews, New York, Republican President Ronald Reagan stated:
"A strong, credible America is also an indispensable incentive for a peaceful resolution of differences between Israel and her neighbors.
America has never flinched from its commitment to the State of Israel -- a commitment which remains unshakable."

On December 10, 2001, Republican President George Bush remarked at the White House Lighting of the Menorah:
"As God promised Abraham, the people of Israel still live ... America and Israel have been through much together ...
We're reminded of the ancient story of Israel's courage and of the power of faith to make the darkness bright.
We can see the heroic spirit of the Maccabees lives on in Israel today."
Republican President Donald Trump stated on March 21, 2016:
"I came here to speak to you about where I stand on the future of American relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the Middle East, the state of Israel ...
Iran has ... ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles ... designed to intimidate ... Israel ... We’re not letting it happen to Israel, believe me.
Do you want to hear something really shocking? As many of the great people in this room know, painted on those missiles in both Hebrew and Farsi were the words “Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth.” You can forget that ...
When I become president, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one."
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The Palestine Post front page headline "State of Israel Born" (Sunday, May 16, 1948, Vol. xxiii, No. 6714, Hassolel Street, Jerusalem, Tel. 4288)

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