Trump’s Balfour Moment

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Jewish Press: President Trump’s unforced error by redeploying troops in Syria undermines what otherwise might become an impressive legacy in foreign policy, but it’s not game over. The president could bounce back, and shock the world, by following the example set by the late British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, who on Nov. 2, 1917, altered the course of history in just 67 words. By announcing his government’s support for a Jewish homeland, Balfour set in motion a slow process leading to the birth of modern Israel.

President Trump could do the same for the Kurds.

Understandably, support for a Kurdish state would be met with widespread opposition. With the exception of Israel, every country opposes Kurdish independence. But President Trump’s policies impacting the Jewish State demonstrate a willingness to resist popular opinion and do what’s right in the Middle East. more …

Opinion: The Psalmist wrote “Behold, He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

I searched but cannot find any Scripture that compares the Kurds to Biblical Israel or the blessing on the British Empire (Genesis 12:3) due to the Balfour Declaration blessing Israel.

The Kurds, Biblical Medes were, however, used by God in Daniel 5:1-30, as Darius the Mede ended the rule of Belshazzar, king of Babylon who ordered the temple chalices to be used in a drunken orgy.

Beginning in verse 13 of Daniel 5, is the ‘handwriting on the wall’ a phrase used routinely today to describe something that will happen in the future..

If Donald Trump were to grant the Kurds a state as a reward for helping the fight against ISIS, he would go a long way towards mending the damage done when he hastily announced the US pullout from Syria.

But the establishment of a Jewish homeland as guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration was the fulfillment of a dream that religious Jews carried in their hearts for almost 1000 years. So powerful was/is that dream that it is the fulfillment of a lot of Bible prophecy.

Timeline:

1917: Britain signed the Balfour Declaration that committed Britain to establish a national home for the Jewish people.

1919: World War I ended, the Ottoman Empire collapsed, and the Middle East was to be divided up.

1922: League of Nations steps in:

  • 1. League of Nations awarded Britain mandates over Transjordan, Palestine, and Iraq.
  • 2. League of Nations awarded France mandates over Syria and Lebanon.
  • 3. Britain awarded the entire land of Palestine to Israel with no territorial restrictions.
  • 4. Israel was granted both sides of the Jordan River, totaling 43,075 square miles. A few months later, Britain, under pressure, altered the Balfour Declaration and took back 32,460 square miles, or 78 percent of the original land grant.
  • That land was then given to establish Transjordan as a home for Arab people, leaving Israel approximately 9,500 square miles.

God’s plan to fulfill His prophetic word to Israel was fulfilled.

President Trump has the chance to make history and do what no president has had the courage to do, give the ancient Kurds a homeland, but it does not compare to the blessings he has already brought to the Jewish state.