An Iraqi politician has been threatened with prosecution for visiting Israel, a Reuters report from September 14th, 2008 revealed. Iraqi parliamentarians declared Mithal al-Alusi had commited a crime by "visiting a country that Iraq considers an enemy."
While it was unclear what specific law al-Alusi broke, members of parliament, as reported by Reuters, said his visit was a breach of a law that had been in force from the days of dictator Saddam Hussein's reign of terror.
In 1991, during the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein ordered his military to fire Scud missiles into Israel, hitting Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv, and its main seaport, Haifa, according to the BBC on-line timeline of that war's events. Eight missiles struck Israel on the first night, and then Iraq continued to fire missiles into Israel throughout the course of the first Gulf War.
According to the Jeremiah 50-51 prophecy in the bible, the calamitous judgments upon Babylon come because she has "engaged in conflict with the LORD" (Jer. 50:24), "for she has become arrogant against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel" (Jer. 50:29) -- "'But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes,' declares the LORD" (Jer. 51:24), "for the LORD is a God of recompense, he will fully repay" (Jer. 51:56).
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