|Ezekiel’s Years: In the Seventh Year:
25 July 1969
“The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel. . . .”
|25 July 1969:
Seventh year, fifth month, tenth day 7y 5m 10d
Based on 16 July 1969 = 5m 1d with moon at 3%.
Summary: Yehuveh appealed to Israel’s leaders and to upcoming young generations to return to His ways rather than pursue the course they were on. In particular, He appealed to them to live by His statutes and keep His Sabbaths. As before, these appeals went unheaded, assuring the “emptying of the land,” which is about to come in our time.
|Scriptural Reference: Ezekiel 20:1.
“And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of Yehuveh, and sat before me.”
History and Related Events: In spite of Israeli offers to negotiate terms of peace with the neighboring Arab states in 1969, Egypt spoke and acted only war.
“On 7 March 1969, the Central Committee of the Labour Party [of the Israeli National government] voted to nominate her [Golda Meir] as Prime Minister.”
“Golda Meir’s first announcement as Prime Minister was to say that ‘we are prepared to discuss peace with our neighbours, all day and on all mattters.’ Within three days, President Nasser [of Egypt] replied that ‘there is no voice transcending the sounds of war’ and ‘no call holier than the call to war.’ In March 1969—following Nasser’s dictum ‘what was lost in war must be restored by war’—Egyptian artillery opened fire on the Israeli forces stationed on the east bank of the Suez Canal. Israel returned the fire with alacrity. What became known as the War of Attrition had begun. . . .
“During a five-hour attack on July 17, Israeli aircraft bombed military targets between Kantara and Port Said. I the air battle that developed five Egyptian planes were shot down, and two Israeli planes. Two weeks later, another twelve Egyptian planes were shot down. A further five Egyptian planes shot down at the end of July were being flown by Soviet pilots.
“The Israeli-Egyptian border remained on the Suez Canal; but on either side of it men served in battle stations, died or were woounded. The main objective of Israeli counter-bombardment was the Canal city of Ismalia—no Israeli cities lay within range of Egyptian artillery. Recalling the armed conflict in those days and months, Ezer Weizman wrote, ‘We had showed no mercy for Ismalia. We’d bombarded the city incessantly, devastating it from the air as well as with land-based artillery. the Aerial photographs of Ismailia that reached my desk then showed its western portions resembling the cities of Germany at the end of World War II. Ismailia had been pulverized and destroyed; not a single house was left standing in its eastern quarters. During one of our bombardments of the city, an Israeli shell had killed the Egyptian commander in chief—a severe blow to the Egyptian army’s morale, which was already at a low point.’
“In June 1969 Golda Meir offered to go personally to Egypt to seek a compromise agreement with Nasser. This offer, which Nasser rejected, led to derisory comments in the Arab world. One Jordanian newspaper wrote, ‘Mrs. Meir is prepared to go to Cairo to hold discussions with President Nasser but, to her sorrow, has not been invited. She believes that one fine day a world without guns will emerge in the Middle East. Golda Meir is behaving like a grandmother telling bedtime stories to her grandchildren.’” Gilbert, Martin. Israel: A History. William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1998. Pp. 409, 410.
Originally Written: 16 November 2007
Latest Update: 16 November 2007
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