16. Verse 12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. Who is quiet? It is Britain that is quiet. They have fought World War One and World War Two and conquered the German foe, and they imagined they could have their way in everything. They did not account for God, and what he intended for Palestine. When it uses the expression “I have afflicted thee” it has the Holocaust in mind. It is Israel he is talking about. And it promised they will be spared events like that in the future. Britain is the one to be cut down. It puts the timing in the frame. We are dealing with Post War Britain.
But we have not finished with the period between. Now we will show The League of Nations set up by Woodrow Wilson and all parties at Paris gave Britain the right to govern Palestine. This position was confirmed by the United Nations organization after the second conflict, and Dr Clive Evatt the Australian Diplomat was involved in arranging this and the vote in the United Nations for an Israeli state.
Break the yolk
Verse 13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder. Let me tell of the events leading up to the Jewish State emerging in May 1948. In spring of 1941 in Egypt, crowds cheered in support of the Africa Korps as it smashed through the Western Desert aiming for the Suez Canal.
In June 1942 the German forces invaded the Soviet Union and at the same time drove the British army to within sixty miles of Alexandria. The Axis Powers were in control of Greece, Yugoslavia and Crete and were poised to dominate the whole Mediterranean Basin blocking supply routes to Southern Russia and obstructing communications with the Western and Eastern theaters of the conflict.
On July 30th 1942 Roosevelt agreed to open another front against the Axis Powers, and North Africa was to be the principal objective with landings in Morocco and Algeria. America entered the Middle East Arena trapping the Afrika Korps between themselves and the British 8th army. Surrender of the Afrika Korps was achieved in May 1943.
Harry S. Truman honored his pledge to seek independence for Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. He saw America as a nation with a destiny to export independence movements around the world. “God has created us and brought us to our present position and power…for some great purpose. It is given to us to defend the spiritual values…against the vast forces that seek to destroy them.”
In June 1945 just three weeks after V-E Day the French, backing down on its pledge to respect Syrian independence, refused to remove its garrisons from the country. When protests broke out in three cities they responded with Artillery and Warplanes.
The Syrians accused America of working against the smaller nations and supporting with weapons the occupiers. Truman warned de Gaulle of intervention, and de Gaulle backed down, and under pressure from the United Nations Security Council agreed to remove all troops. The world expected America to retire to the isolationist policy of World War One, but they began campaigning for the end of all colonial occupation.
Truman had an inbred distaste for imperialism and he did not intend to return Libya to Italy. Stalin demanded a mandate over Tripolitania, so Truman agreed to put Libya under United Nations control and checking. This was done in December 1951.
The US and Britain according to post war agreements began in 1945 to pull troops from Iran. The Soviets refused. Stalin was poised to sever American access to Iranian oil reserves and threaten the petroleum fields of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. A cold war was developing between East and West. Truman protested occupation of Iran, and set about to remove the Soviets from the Persian Gulf. In 1946 America pressed the United Nations censure of the Soviets and threatened to send the American Fleet to the area. In April Stalin backed down. Some of the first shots in the cold war had been fired. Truman sent the sixth Fleet to patrol the Mediterranean.
Stalin was anxious to secure a naval presence in the Mediterranean, and having been denied Libya, they amassed troops on the Turkish border. He demanded joint protection of the Dardanelles. The US State and War Departments agreed if Greece and turkey fall to the Soviets they will control the Middle East and all the oil reserves. It became obvious that two ways of life were emerging, the autocratic rule of the Soviets, or the freedom of independent countries. Truman had to convince the American people that Democracy was a struggle worth the fight.