‘’HaShem Ish Milchama...’’ God is the Lord of War (Exodus 15:3). This was sung by the Jewish people on the seventh day of Passover, after the God of Israel drowned the Egyptian army in the sea.

What do 1948, 1967, 1973 – in fact every situation of total war where the modern State of Israel was fully committed to victory – have in common? The God of Israel gave victory to the Jewish people.

‘’HaShem Ish Milchama…’’ God is the Lord of War (Exodus 15:3). This was sung by the Jewish people on the seventh day of Passover, after the God of Israel drowned the Egyptian army in the sea.

Why do I remind you of this? Because I read something that infuriated me.

In a statement published recently, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Palestinian Authority Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, said that if Jews ‘’…hold Pesach (Passover) religious ceremonies on the Temple Mount…and continue attacks against the Muslim and Palestinian holy sites…it will turn the entire region into a ticking time bomb and cause a religious war, who’s results cannot be fathomed.”

Basically, he’s threatening war if Jews try to fulfill their religious commitments.

Every red-blooded, living, committed Jew desires the return of the Beit HaMikdash – the Holy Temple, the House of God – on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But even before that, Korban Pesach, the Passover Offering, can be brought. There are no halachic – Jewish legal – problems to prevent it from being carried out properly. Every year, we substitute the Afikoman – as a reminder of Korban Pesach – at the end of every Passover Seder.

But we could be doing the real thing, what God commanded Jews to do in the Torah!

I find it a joke when Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians, etc. regularly threaten a religious war, as if that isn’t what’s been going on already, since the beginning of Zionism, Kibbutz Galiyot – the prophesied return of the Jewish people to the Land of their forefathers, the Land of Israel – and with all of Israel’s wars.

Whether people of little belief understand it or not, every stabbing, every shooting, every act of terror and war by Arabs and Muslims against Jews is part of a long, religious war process taking place.

Well, let me tell you, there are Jews who understand this too! You don’t scare us with your threats!

“…A religious war, whose results cannot be fathomed,” Hussein quipped. We know what the results will be, just like every other war against the State of Israel, victory for the Jewish people again. “The beginning of redemption comes through wars.” (Megillah 17b).

‘’HaShem Ish Milchama…’’ The God of Israel is a Warrior, the Lord is his name (Exodus 15:3).

This is the same Sheikh Hussein, who declared back in August 2016 that the entire city of Jerusalem belongs to Islam and the Arabs and must be defended against the Jews. Hussein asserted then that “each floor of the holy city, every remnant of the city, and every centimeter, attest to the fact that it is an Arab and Islamic city, whose roots lie deep in history and culture.”

So we’re familiar with his rewriting of history, lies and incitement to violence already. Other PA leaders from Abbas on down have mouthed these lies also. But everyone in the world knows Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people, whether they like to admit it or not.

What prompted this latest outburst of the mufti? The mere attempt to re-enact Korban Pesach – not even the real thing – by the Temple Institute and other Temple Mount organizations, near but not on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

As thieves and occupiers of someone else’s inheritance, the socalled Palestinians rightfully fear the process of history unfolding in our days. Their Islamic lies,their claim of God’s rejection of the Jewish people, are regularly being proven false.

The Korban Pesach, I might add, represents complete faith in the God of Israel and his redemptive process and total rejection of any fear of the gentile. In Egypt, sheep were worshiped, yet the Children of Israel were commanded by God to sacrifice sheep for the first Passover seder in order to show the complete impotence of the Egyptian god. The next day, the Jews left Egypt in broad daylight, heads held high. The Egyptians could do nothing to stop them.

The same is true today of the current redemptive process taking place. The Arabs, the Muslims, the UN, no one can stop it. Rewriting history, lies, terror, war or threats of war will not stop the forward march of the Jewish people toward their destiny.

The God of Israel wants all his creatures to live in peace and to create a world of good, but evil must be vanquished first.

‘’HaShem Ish Milchama...’’ God is the Master of War (Exodus 15:3).

Happy Passover!

Article by Ariel Natan Pasko

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers.