Jews massacred in Ekaterinoslav  Former Israeli Chief Rabbi and current chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, suggested last week that the 1941 massacre of 33,771 Jews in Kiev, Ukraine, was a test case for Jewish genocide by the Nazis.  Lau put forward the theory during a Jerusalem memorial ceremony marking 70 years since the massacre, during which nearly all the Jews of Kiev were marched into the Babi Yar ravine and butchered.  Lau surmised that the Nazis had carried out that atrocious act to measure the level of international protest over the mass killing of Jews.  There was, as we now know, very little protest.  Just months later, the Nazis met at the Wannsee Conference, and confident that the world cared little about the Jews, kicked off the Holocaust, "The final solution to the Jewish problem."  Had the world cried out loudly over the Babi Yar massacre, Lau believes far fewer Jews would have died during World War II.  Speaking at the ceremony, Israeli president Shimon Peres, much of whose own family perished in the Holocaust, said he hoped that the world had matured beyond such hatred for the Jews.  But the six decade history of the modern State of Israel suggests that it has not.  In particular, in each of the major wars Israel has been forced to fight with his neighbors, the international community has remained largely silent, despite the fact that the Arabs' stated goal was to "push the Jews into the sea."  The world only spoke up when it became clear that Israel was winning.  In other words, in 1948, 1967, and 1973, it appeared that the international community was actually hoping the Arabs would be successful, and only stepped in to impose ceasefires when the Jews gained the upper hand.  It would seem the very same indifference that kept the world from responding to the Babi Yar massacre is alive and well in the world today.  

Commentary:  I can't speak for anyone else, unfortunately, but I am fully aware of this: Israel is God's chosen, always has been, and always will be.  If anyone doesn't like it - that's really too bad for them, because they are cursed (those who don't like it) and Israel will never be destroyed (not completely) ever again, according to scriptures.  I know what God's Word says.  It has all been written down long ago in the scriptures, and it has played out perfectly like Mozart on Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  The fact of the matter is, God said to Abraham, "I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you, and in you all of the families of the earth will be blessed" Genesis 12:3.  If you are against Israel, I wouldn't want to be in your shoes for your socks, as my favorite pastor used to say!  If you love God Almighty, you love the Jews.