I had copied an article about the 17th of Tammuz and it's importants in Israel last week here:
It is very intersting to me that not only was the Temple destroyed both times on the 9th of AV but in each case worship was disrupted three weeks earlier.
(Tammuz 17, or in this year's case, July 9th)
A full three weeks of our year-the three weeks "between the strictures" of Tammuz 17 and Av 9-are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the resultant galut-physical exile and spiritual displacement-in which we still find ourselves.
On Tammuz 17 of the year 3829 from creation (69 CE), the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the armies of Rome; three weeks later, on the 9th of Av, the Holy Temple was set aflame. Av 9 is also the date of the First Temple's destruction by the Babylonians in 3339 (423 BCE), after the Temple service was disrupted on Tammuz 17 (the breaching of Jerusalem's walls at the time of the first destruction was on Tammuz 9). These dates had already been the scene of tragic events in the very first generation of our nationhood: Tammuz 17 was the day Moses smashed the Tablets of the Covenant upon beholding Israel's worship of the Golden Calf; Av 9 was the day that G-d decreed that the generation of the Exodus shall die out in the desert, after they refused to proceed to the Holy Land in wake of the Spies' demoralizing report. In these events lay the seeds of a breakdown in the relationship between G-d and Israel-a breakdown which reached its nadir in the destruction of the Temple.
Now if Tammuz 17 is a date of terrible precedent for Israel, note it starts on our 9 July. Then what does that have to do with the 10th? Hebrew scholars correct me, but doesn't the Jewish calendar day go from dusk to dusk? So 17 Tammuz will not end until dusk on our 10th of July, and BHO asked to meet with the Pope in the evening, just as Tammuz 17 ends. We have already seen that BHO surrounds himself with symbolism and signs. What may they be planning for Israel? What does the Solana announcement have to to with it, if anything?
Today I found an article about Javier Solana announcing that the U.N. should force the Palestinian state into being.
It's not on the actual date (July 9 until the evening of July 10), in fact it's one day late, but I don't know if they mean it happened in Brussels on their Saturday, which would make the announcement being said on the 17th of Tammuz...in any case, in keeping with Israel's theme of mourning...here is the announcement:
EU's Solana calls for UN to recognise Palestinian state
BRUSSELS, July 12 (Reuters) -- The European Union's foreign policy chief called for the U.N. Security Council to recognise a Palestinian state by a certain deadline even if Israelis and Palestinians have not reached agreement among themselves.
The EU's Javier Solana made his comments on Saturday at a lecture in London while Palestinian and Israeli peace talks remain stalled.
The Palestinians have said they will not revive peace talks unless there is a halt to Israel's settlement activities in the West Bank.
"After a fixed deadline, a U.N. Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution," Solana said, adding this should include border parameters, refugees, control over the city of Jerusalem and security arrangements.
"It would accept the Palestinian state as a full member of the U.N., and set a calendar for implementation. It would mandate the resolution of other remaining territorial disputes and legitimise the end of claims," Solana went on.
Advocating a return to Israel's borders before the 1967 war with Egypt, Syria and Jordan in which it took the West Bank, Solana said mediators should set a timetable for a peace agreement.
"If the parties are not able to stick to it (the timetable), then a solution backed by the international community should be put on the table," he said
So now my attention turns to the 9th of Av. If Solana has just fulfilled this, we should see something even greater in August. Oh and on a side note:
Av 9, 2005 AD - Starting at midnight on August 14, 2005, the entry and presence of Israeli citizens in the areas to be evacuated was prohibited under paragraph 22A of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005. Disengagement from the Gaza Strip was completed on August 22, and from northern Samaria on August 23, 2005. Related news articles here.
We were judged harsh and quickly then....Remember Hurricane Katrina? What started off as a tropical storm, turned quickly into a devastating hurricane on August 23.