Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Garner Ted Armstrong in Jerusalem (April 1975)

The following are notes made after listening to a broadcast of The World Tomorrow by Garner Ted Armstrong in April 1975. It is entitled "GTA in Jerusalem." The broadcast may be downloaded at the following link courtesy of Intercontinental COG Australia.


The first half is Garner Ted Armstrong talking in Jerusalem. The second half is made back in Pasadena.

He discusses the impending end of the Vietnam War.

Garner Ted Armstrong condemns proposals and speculations in the American press that an agreement can be made between the State of Israel and Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He mentions his disgust and bafflement that Yasser Arafat should have gained applause in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

He mentions that after talking to various Israeli leaders he is convinced that the Israeli leaders will not negotiate with Yasser Arafat and that they would not give the Palestinians anything more than what they are already being given. Mentions that Israeli leaders call Jerusalem the heart of Israel so they will not give it up to make peace with the Palestinians.

He cites his son who had been living in Jerusalem for several months beforehand who mentions that whenever an act of violence against Israeli Jews occur many Palestinian citizens of Israel are dismayed for two reasons. Some are opposed to using violence on principle. Also it is noted that whenever such a thing occur a severe police crackdown occurs. Roadblocks are set up. Cars are searched. Car hubcaps are searched.

He belittles Yasser Arafat's standing among the Palestinians by noting that there are many differing factions among the Palestinians. He says that Yasser Arafat should watch his back because of the many other Palestinian factions then operating.

Insists that the State of Israel will not give any more than what has already been given. He states that the leaders of Israel are determined to hold on to the land gained in 1967.

He condemns the fact that the United Nations that proposed to partition Palestine in 1947 should now call for the State of Israel to withdraw from certain areas as part of a peace agreement.

He never explains why some proposed that the State of Israel should relinquish East Jerusalem, namely that no national government recognizes the State of Israel as having any right to rule East Jerusalem (except the State of Israel). Today 130 sovereign governments recognize the State of Israel but they only recognize Israel's right to rule the land of their 1949-1967 borders. None of the 130 nation states recognize Israel as having any right to rule East Jerusalem. This includes the United States. Consequently the other national governments view East Jerusalem as occupied by the State of Israel. This also applies to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and (until it was returned to Egypt) the Sinai Peninsula.

But calling East Jerusalem the heart of Israel is in other words a rejection of these facts and signify a determination to hold onto East Jerusalem regardless of the lack of legal recognition given to Israeli rule over East Jerusalem by any sovereign government (except Israel). 

Notably the mass expulsion of Palestinians during the Israeli War of Independence in which about 750,000 Palestinians were expelled by the State of Israel into surrounding nations of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and elsewhere thus rendering them stateless refugees is never mentioned or explained. Naturally with a vast event like this estimates vary.
Statistics for refugee figures have been as high as 935,573 according to UNRWA registrations, to as low as 530,000 according to some Israeli sources. The British Foreign Office estimated the total number of refugees to be 810,000 in February 1949 and then issued a revised estimate of 600,000. The UNCCP Technical Office gave a figure of 760,000. The US government estimated a total refugee population of 875,000 as of 1953. [It states elsewhere that the consensus figure is now about 750,000.] (Beyond Occupation, 2011, p. 292.)
The rise of Yasser Arafat was a direct result of Israel's triumph in the Six Day War. Once the Palestinians saw that the Arab nations were unable to defeat the State of Israel or to implement their return many Palestinians chose to take up arms themselves and joined militant factions such as Fatah.

Garner Ted Armstrong insists that the Arabs have all the cards in their hands. He mentions that President Sadat complained that the Americans had all the cards. Garner Ted Armstrong denies this and insists it is the other way around. Scare mongers that the oil weapon may soon be used against the United States.

He states that the State of Israel will never negotiate with Yasser Arafat or give the Palestinians anymore than what they are already being given. He speculates that this Israeli stance this will lead Europe to intervene and bring the prophetic scenario he has taught to occur.

Scare mongers that some among the German elites who were sympathizers of the Nazi regime are waiting to launch a drastic shift to the right in West Germany. He says West Germany is a growing military power making their own jet aircraft which, he says, can easily be converted for military use. German democracy has never been tested, he says, insinuating that West Germany could easily throw away its democratic practices. To this day Germany has remained a democracy.

Mentions a protest of two million in Seoul calling for American military presence should remain. But a Senator wants to remove it. Garner Ted Armstrong asserted that America is becoming isolationist. It is insinuated that this will lead to the rise of Europe led by West Germany.

West Germany with nuclear weapons? He boasts that he has been saying the same thing for twenty years. He scare mongers that Britain and France will soon hand over their nuclear weapons to a collective European body and thus, he asserts in an alarmist way, to West Germany.

The address is given out as Ambassador College obscuring the fact that it is a religious organization behind the radio broadcast.

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