Maybe, it’s because I have my first (and probably also last…) trip in almost six years coming up shortly, so I’ve been back in British headspace, a little.
But the last month has also seen a non-stop wave of really big news stories that are painting a grim picture of what’s been building up in Britain for years, but only now really coming to a head.
A big part of why I left the UK 12 years ago is because the writing on the wall there spelled out enormous problems with the growing population of ethnic minorities, and I was petrified of getting trapped in a place where terrorist attacks and anti-semitic incidents would increasingly become ‘the norm’.
A month before I moved to Israel, the first terrorist attack on the tube system and a London bus that killed 52 people occurred. But then, bizarrely, it all went pretty quiet for the next five years, until the so-called ‘race riots’ in the Summer of 2011.
That’s when the growing British ‘counter-culture’, a hodge-podge of ethnic minorities, anarchists, lefties, neo-nazis and ‘white trash’ - (i.e. anyone who’s got some severe mental health issues and a big chip on their shoulder…) found an excuse to go on a rampage through British streets, attacking people, smashing stuff up, burning things down, and looting left, right and centre.
There are various theories for what eventually got the ‘race riots’ to calm down, and for the veil of pretend normalcy to get tied back into place, but it basically boiled down to the weather. God arranged a few days of awful, non-stop rain - and that washed-out the race riots. Without that rain, things would have ended very differently.
Many people in the UK were completely shocked by this disturbing peek into the country’s ‘counter-culture’, which showed just how morally-degenerate hundreds and thousands of the UK’s citizens were. There was disbelief that school teachers, and social workers, and other nice people like that could go and trash other people’s shops and cars, beat people up and steal stuff without a second thought.
Sadly, the mood of national introspection about what had gone so badly wrong in the UK didn’t last long, and it was back to ‘business as usual’ for another 5-6 years.
Until a few months’ back, when Adrian ‘Khaleed’ sparked off the latest round of UK terrorism by deliberately mowing down a bunch of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, right next to the Houses of Parliament. That happened at a time when the country was still all a-flutter thanks to the unexpected BREXIT vote, and the last thing anyone wanted was a big fuss about Muslim terrorism.
So Adrian’s terror attack was played down, and chalked-up to mental illness, not Muslim terror. In the meantime, British PM Theresa May called a surprise snap-election, then, British-born Libyan ex-pat Salman Abedi blew himself up outside the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 26 people - and I started to get the feeling that Britain’s pigeons were finally coming home to roost.
While the UK’s Conservative Party has generally always been much more pro-Israel than anyone else sitting in the British parliament, the British Left and the British media (who’s really setting the tone for debate and discourse in the country) is overwhelming ‘anti’, and has been for decades.
It was so interesting to watch how the same people who had so vocally criticised Israel for shooting terrorists dead on the spot instead of arresting them and taking them for trial acclaimed the British police who pumped 50+ bullets into each of the London Bridge terrorists (and accidentally shot a bystander too…) as ‘brave heroes’.
God hates hypocrisy.
I had the feeling that sooner instead of later, the huge politically-correct, duplicitous, mentally-ill mess that’s become the UK would implode under the weight of all these internal contradictions.
How can they spend years enthusiastically cheerleading Muslim terrorists as ‘freedom fighters’ on the streets of Jerusalem, while decrying ‘radical Islamist murderers’ who are doing exactly the same thing on the streets of London?
So then, the big Grenfell Tower fire happened on a social housing estate in central London, and from the moment I saw the first reports, I knew that somehow, this fire is the tipping point for the country.
It’s the moment of truth.
From the first moments, the Grenfell fire wasn’t reported in any honest way in the UK media. They played down or failed to mention that journalists covering the incident had been beaten up by residents at the scene; they played down and white-washed angry confrontations between local (ethnic minority…) activists that saw Kensington Town Hall being marched on, Sadiq Khan, London’s Muslim mayor, having to take refuge in a local church surrounded by a battalion of police to avoid being violently ‘heckled’, and which led to PM Theresa May studiously avoiding contact with local residents on her visit to Grenfell, in case someone decided to try to ‘heckle’ her too (or stab her in the chest…)
Other odd things struck me about the reporting of Grenfell, too. Why so coy about the numbers of people inside the tower? The numbers of suspected dead? Why the long, drawn-out delays before any real details of the death toll was released?
Initially, I thought it was solely because the Tower was overwhelmingly populated by Muslims and ethnic minorities, and that the police and authorities wanted to keep a lid on the potential violence that could explode on UK streets if the ‘counter-culture’ was given another excuse to demonstrate against ‘injustice’.
Now, a careful reading of the news has thrown up another reason: there was also an unknown number of illegal refugees living in the Grenfell Tower too, including people from Syria and Iraq who the UK government knows could potentially have links to ISIS and Muslim terror.
What an embarrassment, to have a huge tower block of tax-payer funded social housing in central London where an unknown number of illegal Muslim immigrants from war-torn countries with known links to ISIS are camping out, whilst the Government and security forces are trying to pretend they’ve got a grip on the worsening security situation in the country.
It was in everybody’s best interests to bury that particular piece of news, which is why the media, the police and even the local activists themselves have been so coy about who exactly was in the Grenfell Tower when it burnt down, and how many people might have died there.
The UK has reached its tipping point. The lies being told about what’s really going on in the country, and the sleight-of-hand being played around the number of illegal immigrants who are still flooding into Britain, can’t be kept under the rug for much longer.
Today, (June 21st, 2017) an organisation calling itself the 'Movement for Justice by Any Means’ that has ‘taking down the British Government’ as it’s stated goal on Facebook is organising a protest on the streets of London. The authorities are already asking for calm, and are clearly very worried that the protests are going to turn violent.
If they do, we’re back to the race riots of 2011, except this time there isn’t a rain-cloud in sight to come and dampen things down.
Last week, I called one of my relatives in the UK and gently broached the subject of moving to Israel. I was surprised at how clued-in and receptive he was to the idea, albeit the technicalities of making aliya are not at all easy. Even a short three months’ ago, the idea of moving to Israel would have been a complete non-starter for my relative.
Things have changed so much, so quickly, that he told me if he could find a job here, he’d leave as fast as he could.
And he’s by no means the only one.
Moshiach is on the horizon. The pangs of geula, Jewish redemption, are being felt further and further afield. In every country with a big Jewish population, the chaos and uncertainty is only gathering pace: the US, the UK, France - no-where feels as ‘safe’ or as ‘comfortable’ as it did even just a few short months ago.
God is using the Muslim terrorism and tension with all the the ethnic minorities to send the Jews a very clear message: It’s time to come home.
Because the next intifada, with its own ‘days of rage’, stabbings, suicide bombings and Molotov-cocktail throwing angry youth on the streets, almost certainly isn’t going to be in Israel.