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§860 Collapse of the Ottoman Empire; Independent countries in the Middle East (1920-1948): III-97.

III-97 (§860):

The new law shall occupy the new territory,
Towards Syria, Judea, & Palestine:
The grand barbarous empire shall collapse,
Before Phebe shall have finished its age.

(Nouvelle loy terre neufve occuper
Vers la Syrie, Judee, & Palestine:
Le grand empire barbar corruer,
Avant que Phebés son siecle determine.)

NOTES: The new law shall occupy the new territory, Towards Syria, Judea, & Palestine: The grand barbarous empire shall collapse: « Out of the World War I came Syria, Palestine, Mesopotamia, etc., all carved out of the Turkish Empire.» (Lamont, 1944, p.133).

The new law: The administration of a territory through the conference and decision of the League of Nations.

The new territory: The ex-Ottoman districts, apart from the Republic of Turkey (1923): Syria as mandate of France (1920) and Judea and Palestine as mandate of Great Britain (1920).

The grand barbarous empire
: = The Ottoman Empire, “barbarous” signifying “not Christian”, i.e., “Moslem”. Cf. Ovason, 1997, p.127.

Corruer
: « Corruer, latinisme par plaisanterie. Tomber (Latinism by joke. To fall).» (Huguet); « cor-ruō, ruere, ruī. Intrans.: to fall in a heap or in ruins, collapse, sink to the ground.» (Smith-Lockwood).

The grand barbarous empire shall collapse
: « Ottoman Empire, Early history. … after the two Balkan Wars it had lost most of its European possessions by 1914. Collapse. Despite its unique track record of losing wars, the Ottoman Empire participated in World War I on the side of the Central Powers, whereupon it also lost its Arab empire. The severe terms of the Treaty of Sèvres, which determined the partition of the Turkish heartland of Anatolia, the creation of a separate state of Armenia, and the loss of further territory to Greece, aroused intense Turkish nationalism. This was translated into a liberation movement under Kemal (Atatürk), whose conquests were consolidated in the Treaty of Lausanne. He then destroyed the twin pillars of the Ottoman Empire by abolishing the Sultan, and the unity between the state and the Muslim religion. On 29 October 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed in its stead.» (Palmowski, p.519-520).

Syria: « Early history (up to 1970). A part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517, during World War I it was occupied by British troops, with active Arab help. Immediately after the Arab leader, Faisal (Faisal I), was rewarded for his support by being made King of Syria, he had to give up his throne, as the Treaty of Sèvres transformed it into a French League of Nations Mandate. French rule was relatively unpopular, leading to a number of uprisings. In World War II, its French colonial administration followed the Vichy government, so that in July 1941 British and Free French forces occupied the country. De Gaulle declared Syria’s independence for 28 September 1944, though effective autonomy was not achieved until the complete withdrawal of British and French forces on 17 April 1946.» (Palmowski, p.660-661).

Lebanon: « Before independence (1918-43). A part of the Ottoman Empire since 1516, it came under French control in 1918, and was declared a French League of Nations Mandate on 1 September 1920. This Mandate entailed a large increase in the country’s territory to its present size, which brought the number of Muslims to near parity with that of the Maronite Christians who dominated the country’s political and economic establishment. Its constitution of 1926, which shaped its political system for the rest of the century, was based on that of the French Third Republic. Political representation was awarded by religious group, to each according to its size. In the Chamber of Deputies, Maronite Christians were to be represented relative to Muslims at a ratio of six to five. The main offices of state were also reserved for different religions and sects, so that the President was to be a Maronite Christian, the Prime Minister a Sunni Muslim, the Speaker a Shi’ite Muslim. National compromise (1943-1960s). Released into independence in 1943, the new state still had an extremely underdeveloped sense of nationhood. By this time the Maronites, who had benefited considerably from French administration, looked to Western culture, while Muslims felt more Syrian than Lebanese. Upon independence, it was agreed that the current political system should be maintained, while each group should refrain from extremism, i.e. the Maronites accepted that Lebanon was an Arab country, while Muslims turned their attention away from other Arab states.» (Palmowski, p.397).

Israel: « Origins (up to 1947). The idea was propagated most successfully by Herzel, who argued that peaceful and harmonious coexistence between Jews and Gentiles had proved to be impossible, and that Jews could only be free from persecution and discrimination in their own state. In response, a number of Jews began to emigrate to Palestine to press for Jewish claims there, while the World Zionist Organization (WZO) was set up in 1897 in order to convince world opinion and political leaders the necessity of a Jewish state in Palestine. In 1917 the WZO persuaded the British government to set up a Jewish Legion which helped rid Palestine of Ottoman Turkish rule. Led by Weizmann, the WZO achieved a major diplomatic success with the Balfour Declaration, which for the first time accepted the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine. When this failed to materialize after World War I, the WZO encouraged further Jewish emigration into Palestine, and won from the local British authorities important concessions relative to self-rule through the Jewish Agency. Initially, the Jewish settlers coexisted peacefully and harmoniously with the indigenous, partly nomadic Arab population. However, as both Arabs and Jews saw their hopes for early independence dashed, an increasing sense of Arab nationalism emerged, particularly as the Jewish influx continued. Sporadic attacks against Jewish settlements occurred from 1920, in response to which the Jews created their own defence organizations. Meanwhile, the Jews created their own administrative and political structures. Tensions between Arabs, Jews, and the British authorities mounted in the period 1940-8, when almost 100,000 new settlers arrived (illegally) in Palestine. Independence (1947). Ultimately, Britain was unable to resolve its contradictory promise of independence for Jews and Arabs, and in 1947 returned its Mandate to the UN, which recommended a partition of the country between Jews and Arabs. On the basis of this plan, Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence on 14 May 1948. The following day, the country was attacked by an Arab coalition consisting of the armies of Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. In its War of Independence, the young state managed to defend itself, and even to extend its borders.» (Palmowski, p.333).

Phebés
: = « Phebe = Phoebe [= Φοίβη]. [Greek myth.] Artemis (Diana) as Goddess of the Moon.» (Obunsha). The apparent form of Phebés seems to be masculine as « Phoebus. [Greek myth.] Surname of Apollo as God of the Sun.» (Obunsha), but the masculine term “Le Phybe [= ó Φοῖβος]” of Nostradamus in the quatrain X-55 (§72) contains the apparently feminine form of ‘Phybe’, which means that Noatradamus plays with the exchange of word gender in his Prophecies; « Roberts and Cheetham read Phebe as meaning the Sun, no doubt confusing the Phoebe with that of Phoebus ApolloPhebe is merely another name for Phoebe, the Moon.» (Ovason, 1997, p.127-128).

Before Phebe shall have finished its age
: = Before “Twenty years of the reign of the Moon past” (I-48, §941) = Before the year 2000 A.D. In this context, the year 1920 as beginning of mandate is too early, and the mandate is not independence, then the year 1946 of independence of Syria and Lebanon, that of 1948 of Israel may be more pertinent, and the new law may be more fitting in with the United Nations as to Israel. In order to determine the meaning of this phrase, Ovason relies first on the arcane theory of the Planetary Rulers, which delimits his sphere of search before 1879, the time of the end of the Moon’s rule and he concludes that “this quatrain III.97 is revealed as having nothing to do with the modern period, and nothing to do with Israel” (Ovason, id., p.127-128), but the essential hint for the answer to the phrase is already in another quatrain [I-48, §941] of Nostradamus himself, which is to be consulted in the first place.

In this perspective, also, the term “Jud.” (§874, II-60) and “Judee” (§860, III-97) can designate both “Israel, a newly founded country through the United Nations” and this terminology is integral because the ancient kingdom of Judea and the modern Israel occupy almost the same territory.


Discussion:
V. Ionescu (1976, p.670-671), too, correlates this quatrain solely with the foundation of Israel, but it excludes the existence of Syria and Palestine, and his interpretation of “the grand barbarous empire” as “the German Third Reich of Hitler” cannot explain its relation to the Middle East. The point of view that can converge into one unified event the four clauses: 1° the new law, 2° the new territory, 3° the grand barbarous empire and 4° Syria, Judea and Palestine would be the two step administrations of the international organizations of ours, and above all, without the premise of the British mandate the foundation of Israel would have been nearly impossible.
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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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