Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Libya's Relationship With Israel

Nadene Goldfoot                                                

Libya, whose name in Hebrew is ironically "Love-Luv", did not have love for Israel in its beginning or now. The Greek name is based on the ethnonym Libu (Ancient GreekΛίβυες LíbuesLatinLibyes). Later, the name appeared in the Hebrew language, written in the Bible  as Lehabim and Lubim, indicating the ethnic population and the geographic territory as well. In Hebrew, the B and V are the same letter.  To the Egyptians,  "it was the lands of the spirits."    It is mentioned in the Bible in connection with the Egyptian levies who fought against Judah, the southern part of Israel that separated from Israel when King Solomon died in 920 BCE.  Ramesses had fought the Libyans 2 times.  Pharaoh Shishak made an attack on Judah.  The Latin name Libya (from Greek ΛιβύηLibyē) referred to the region west of the Nile generally corresponding to the modern Maghreb. Its people were ancestors of the modern Berbers.   In the Hellenistic period, the Berbers were known as Libyans, a Greek term for the inhabitants of the Maghreb. Their lands were called "Libya" and extended from modern Morocco to the western borders of ancient Egypt. Modern Egypt contains the Siwa Oasis, which was part of ancient Libya. Siwi, a Berber language, is still spoken in the area.

By plane, the distance from Benghazi, Libya on the coast  to Jerusalem is 886.387 miles.  By land it is 1,258.505 miles.

We find it mentioned again in the Talmud because of its agricultural product.

Jews lived in the area of Libya from pre-Roman times from about 300 BCE.  The name, Libya, included Cyrenaica and Tripolitania.   Tripolitania was Ottoman Tripolitania, the coastal region of what is today Libya having been ruled by the Ottoman Empire from 1551 to 1911, as the Eyalet of Tripolitania.  "The Phoenicians were the first to establish trading posts in Libya. By the 5th century BC, the greatest of the Phoenician colonies, Carthage, had extended its hegemony across much of North Africa, where a distinctive civilization, known as Punic, came into being. 

In 630 BC, the Ancient Greeks colonized Eastern Libya and founded the city of Cyrene.  Within 200 years, four more important Greek cities were established in the area that became known as Cyrenaica.    In 525 BC the Persian army of Cambyses II overran Cyrenaica, which for the next two centuries remained under Persian or Egyptian rule. Alexander the Great, beloved by Jews,  was greeted by the Greeks when he entered Cyrenaica in 331 BC, and Eastern Libya again fell under the control of the Greeks, this time as part of the Ptolemaic Kingdom."  Cyrenaica was overcome by the Muslims in 647 CE as Mohammad died in 632 and Islam spread throughout the world. 
 "After a successful invasion of Tripoli by Habsburg Spain in 1510,  and its handover to the Knights of St. John, the Ottoman admiral Sinan Pasha took control of Libya in 1551.  The Siege of Tripoli in 1551 allowed the Ottomans to capture the city from the Knights of St. John, so it went from Christian to Muslim hands.  After the Italo-Turkish War (1911–1912), Italy simultaneously turned the three regions into colonies. From 1912 to 1927, the territory of Libya was known as Italian North Africa. From 1927 to 1934, the territory was split into two colonies, Italian Cyrenaica andItalian Tripolitania, run by Italian governors. Some 150,000 Italians settled in Libya, constituting roughly 20% of the total population." 
Muammar Gadddafi, born June 7, 1942, was the youngest child
 born into a peasant family and grew up in the desert region of Sirte.
died October 20, 2011
shot in head and stomach at age 69. 

In skipping to 1951, when Libya became independent and had a king, "Muammar Gaddafi gained power in a 1969 coup and was "leader of the revolution" until his overthrow in 2011.  He was a madman.  However, "A gathering of more than 200 African kings and traditional rulers, meeting on 27 August 2008 in the Libyan town of Benghazi, conferred on Colonel Gaddafi the title "King of Kings of Africa". France was the first to recognize these rebels.  "Gaddafi was known for backing a number of leaders viewed as anathema to Westernization and political liberalism, including Ugandan President Idi Amin, Central African Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Ethiopian strongman Haile Mariam Mengistu,  Liberian President Charles Taylor,  and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević."

"When Col. Qaddafi came to power in 1969, all Jewish property was confiscated and all debts to Jews cancelled. In 1999, the synagogue in Tripoli was was renovated, however, it was not reopened.
The last Jew living in Libya, Esmeralda Meghnagi, died in February 2002. This marked the end of one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, which traced its origins to the 3rd century B.C.E."

And all the time he was cruel to the Jews, he knew he had a Jewish mother! " Nouri Mismari, an official in Libya who served Ghaddafi at his side,  portrayed his former boss as a sadistic, ruthless and power-hungry leader.   Gaddafi  would have anyone killed if they revealed this secret.  Mismari said that all who knew the truth about the leader’s mother were liquidated." Salih Bu Farwa, a loyal officer in the army,  had received information from the Libyan ambassador to Italy, Ammar Dhu, documenting Gaddafi’s mother’s Jewishness.  Dhu himself was subsequently assassinated in Italy, along with the embassy’s press secretary."  Salih's death was masked as a hunting accident.  "Nuri al-Samara told the daily Al-Hayat that Gaddafi’s mother was Jewish,  and the Israeli daily Maariv reported on its NRG news website.  At 18 she married a Muslim man and converted, according to reports."
" In 1942, the Italian Fascist authorities set up forced labor camps south of Tripoli for the Jews, including Giado (about 3,000 Jews) and Gharyan, Jeren, and Tigrinna. In Giado some 500 Jews died of weakness, hunger, and disease. In 1942, Jews who were not in the concentration camps were heavily restricted in 
their economic activity and all men between 18 and 45 years were drafted for forced labor. In August 1942, Jews from Tripolitania were interned in a concentration camp at Sidi Azaz. "A savage pogrom in Tripoli on November 5, 1945, killed more than 140 Jews and wounded hundreds more. Almost every synagogue was looted. In June 1948, rioters murdered another 12 Jews and destroyed 280 Jewish homes.."    In the three years after November 1945, more than 140 Jews were murdered, and hundreds more wounded, in a series of pogroms.  By 1948, about 38,000 Jews remained in the country. Upon Libya's independence in 1951, most of the Jewish community emigrated and went to Israel."   What Gaddafi had said about Israel was, "Israel is a colonialist-imperialist phenomenon. There is no such thing as an Israeli people. Before 1948, world geography knew of no state such as Israel. Israel is the result of an invasion, of aggression.”

 Today Tripoli is the capital and has the largest population of 1,250,000.  The 2nd largest populated city is Benghazi with 700,000, the city in 2012 that the USA lost its ambassador and aides,  "US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith; CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty; and approx. 100 Libyan attackers.  4 Americans and 7 Libyans  were injured.     The population today is 6,202 million Arabs. "About 97% of the population in Libya are Muslims, most of whom belong to the Sunni branch.   Small numbers of Ibadi MuslimsSufis and Ahmadis also live in the country."   Israel has 6 million Jews and 1.7 million Arabs.
End of 1967 War and accidentally gaining back Jerusalem, dancing the Hora in joy! 
The 6 Day War occurred in 1967 when all the neighboring countries attacked Israel.  Of course, Libyans had to demonstrate against the 6,000 Jews living in with them who had remained.  These Jews left shortly thereafter, as soon as possible with this reminder of hatred, so different from "Love.".

"Gaddafi also became a strong supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which ultimately harmed Libya's relations with Egypt when in 1979 Egypt pursued a peace agreement with Israel. As Libya's relations with Egypt worsened, Gaddafi sought closer relations with the Soviet Union. Libya became the first country outside the Soviet bloc to receive the supersonic MiG-25 combat fighters, but Soviet-Libyan relations remained relatively distant. Gaddafi also sought to increase Libyan influence, especially in states with an Islamic population, by calling for the creation of a Saharan Islamic state and supporting anti-government forces in sub-Saharan Africa."  This was a very close plan similar to ISIS in creating a caliphate. " By the mid-1980s, he was widely regarded in the West as the principal financier of international terrorism. Reportedly, Gaddafi was a major financier of the “Black September Movement” which perpetrated the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics." 
Lt. Col Yonatan Netanyahu
born: March 13, 1946, died:  July 4, 1976 at age 30 in Entebbe. 
          We can't forget Israel's Operation Entebbe when a jet plane left Tel Aviv's airport for Paris with a stop in Athens.  What happened was it was diverted to Benghazi, Libya by the highjackers, no doubt with Gaddafi's knowledge and blessing.  " The highjackers were two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – External Operations (PFLP-EO), and by two Germans, Wilfried Böse and Brigitte Kuhlmann, from the German Revolutionary Cells. The hijackers diverted the flight to Benghazi, Libya. There it was held on the ground for seven hours for refuelling.  During that time the hijackers released British-born Israeli citizen Patricia Martell who pretended to have a miscarriage.  The plane left Benghazi, and at 3:15 pm on the 28th, more than 24 hours after the flight's original departure, it arrived at Entebbe Airportin Uganda.  and then went on to the Entebbe, Uganda airport where the dictator, Idi Amin reigned, a man as nutty as Gaddafi.  " After moving all hostages from the aircraft to a disused airport building, the hijackers separated all Israelis and several non-Israeli Jews from the larger group and forced them into a separate room.   Over the following two days, 148 non-Israeli hostages were released and flown out to Paris.   94, mainly Israeli, passengers along with the 12-member Air France crew, remained as hostages and were threatened with death."  Mossad heard about it.  "The hijackers threatened to kill the hostages if their prisoner release demands were not met. This threat led to the planning of the rescue operation. These plans included preparation for armed resistance from Ugandan military troops.  The operation took place at night. Israeli transport planes carried 100 commandos over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to Uganda for the rescue operation. The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted 90 minutes. 102 hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the unit commander, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed, brother of today's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  

Now, the USA is striking sites from the air in Libya who are harboring and protecting ISIS.  The coastal city hit was Sirte.  Tripoli and Benghazi also lie on the coast as well.  "The U.S. airstrikes came at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord, or GNA, to support forces trying to quash ISIS in its primary stronghold in Libya, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. The GNA is Libya's U.N.-backed unity government."

Evidently NATO took out Gaddafi as found in Hillary's email.  "One of the over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve, contain damning evidence of Western nations using NATO as a tool to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. 


Update: 3:03pm
Update: 6:37pm, newest from Hillary's e-mail
Resource:  The New Standard Jewish Encyclopedia  Egypt having problems with Libya and Israel
Ezekiel 30: 5:  Cush, Put, Lud and all the people of mixed blood, and Cub and the inhabitants of Egypt's allied lands will fall with them by the sword.  Or "Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.  Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia.—Ethiopia and Egypt were closely connected, and during much of their history were often under one government. Ethiopian soldiers served in great numbers in the Egyptian armies. Libya and Lydia are an unfortunate substitution for the original terms, Phut and Lud, which are preserved in Ezekiel 27:10, where see Note. They are there mentioned as furnishing mercenaries to the Tyrian army; and it is known historically that they supplied them to a still greater extent to the Egyptian army."


  1. gaddafi, the absolute madman done away with by absolutely corrupt scoundrels who are madmen (and women) themselves.

    so many very dirty hands involved here with utter disaster the result all the way around, and let's certainly not forget to include hillary clinton and susan rice are to be forever connected to benghazi (before and after).

    God is keeping score. what is coming to these who have gone far beyond the pale will be epic..........

  2. Well said, Andre. Libya has had a terrible reputation of being against Israel, and along with that, has done terrible things the way around, and also to those who side with these evil leaders. I'm noticing that those who lie and get away with it socially just keep on doing it more and more, expecting the same results.