The 1,800 Year Israeli Drought
By Joseph Farah
November 21, 2007
If reports of what is to transpire at the Annapolis Mideast summit are
correct, not only is Israel prepared to give up the Temple Mount, divide
Jerusalem and hand over Judea and Samaria to terrorists, the Jewish state is
also ready to concede the so-called "right of return" to untold numbers of
Arabs – many of whom have no actual connection with the land.
I could tell you such a notion is a strategic error. I could tell you it is
a result of twisted history. I could tell you it threatens the national
security of the Jewish state.
But I've said all that before.
Instead, I prefer to tell you what happened the last time the Jews left
large sections of their biblical homeland, turning it over to non-Jewish
It happened in the first century, beginning in A.D. 70, with the destruction
of Jerusalem by the Romans, and continuing for decades afterward as the
global empire wiped out most of the Jewish presence in Israel.
It's not a threat. It's not a promise. It's not a prophecy. It's just a
It's something I learned from a rabbi in Brooklyn by the name of Menachem
Kohen, author of a new book called "Prophecies for the Era of Muslim
Have you ever wondered why the Holy Land was a wasteland during the
1,800-year dispersion of the Jews that lasted until they returned in
significant numbers beginning in the early 20th century?
Have you ever wondered why Mark Twain was so disappointed at what he found
in his travels through the area in the 19th century?
Have you ever wondered why, during that period of nearly two millennia, no
other people successfully and permanently settled this land that is so much
in dispute today?
Rabbi Kohen points out the land suffered an unprecedented, severe and
inexplicable (by anything other than supernatural explanations) drought that
lasted from the first century until the 20th – a period of 1,800 years
coinciding with the forced dispersion of the Jews.
Kohen sees this as a miraculous fulfillment of prophecy found in the book of
Deuteronomy – especially chapter 28:23-24.
"And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is
under thee shall be iron.
"The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall
it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed."
The climate in Israel dramatically changed during this 1,800-period – way
before Al Gore discovered "global warming."
Before the Jews entered Canaan, it was described in the Bible as a land
flowing with milk and honey. If you read what Israel's climate and natural
landscape was like from the time Joshua crossed the Jordan right up until
the time of Jesus, it sounds like a heavily forested land. There were
amazing crops raised by the people who inhabited the land when the Jews
Sometimes I've wondered what happened to Israel to turn it into the dusty,
arid land it was when the Jews came back in the 20th century. Until I read
that prophecy in Deuteronomy, brought to my attention by Rabbi Kohen, I had
For 1,800 years, it hardly ever rained in Israel. This was the barren land
discovered by Mark Twain. So-called "Palestine" was a wasteland – nobody
lived there. There was no indigenous Arab population to speak of. It only
came after the Jews came back.
Beginning in A.D. 70 and lasting until the early 1900s – about 660,000 days
– no rain.
I decided to check this out as best I could and examined the rainfall data
for 150 years in Israel beginning in the early 1800s and leading up to the
1960s. What I found was astonishing – increasing rainfall almost every
single year – with the heaviest rainfall coming in and around 1948 and 1967.
Is this just a coincidence?
I'll be quite honest with you: I don't think so.
Nor do I think Israel can continue today to make bad stewardship decisions
regarding the land bequeathed the Jews by God without consequences – serious
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