ISRAEL - The Red Flag Over Palestine

Arno Froese

Communism in Palestine began in 1919 when some Jewish immigrants left the Zionist movement to set up the Jewish Socialist Workers Party. In 1922 the party adopted the Yiddish name Palestinishe Komunistishe Partei (Palestine Communist Party, PCP). The PCP was a member of the Third International (Comintern) headed by the Soviet Communist Party.

Throughout its existence, the party rejected Zionism, which it regarded as an illegitimate colonialist movement. The communists did not believe that Jews from all over the world constituted a separate nation, nor that they had a historical claim over Palestine after 2,000 years. They rejected the 1917 Balfour Declaration, calling it an act of pure imperialism, and demanded the expulsion of the British from Palestine and the creation of an Arab-majority democratic state, in which Jews, including those who had arrived after 1918, would be citizens with equal rights.

The party’s isolation from the Jewish community significantly diminished after the USSR entered the war in 1941, and its revised position on Jewish settlement also considerably broadened its appeal. This shift began at the end of the second world war, as knowledge of the Nazis’ campaign of extermination spread. The continued existence of camps in Germany for survivors and refugees whom no Western state was willing to accept created an intolerable situation and led the PCP to change its stance., December 2023

Arno's Commentary

The statement, “no western state was willing to accept [Jews],” reveals a strong contributing factor toward the Jews’ desire for their own sovereign state. 

It was in 1947 when Andrei Gromyko, foreign minister of the Soviet Union, passionately urged UN delegations from around the world to accept the resolution regarding the partition of Palestine into an Arab and Jewish State. Not surprisingly, three days after Israel declared its independence on 14 May 1948, the Soviet Union became the first nation to officially recognize the State of Israel. 

From the American perspective, President Harry Truman, on the same day of Israel’s Declaration—14 May 1948—directed the State Department to “recognize the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the new Jewish state.” However, official recognition came later, on 31 January 1949. These things clearly show the tendency and the motives of the various governments and their relationship to the State of Israel.

From a Biblical standpoint, we must point to Psalm 2:1-2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed…” In the end, the world at large under the rulership of the god of this world, will and must “take counsel … against the Lord, and against his anointed.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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