Archive for April, 2010

Should America Stand With Israel? (Part 3)

April 30th, 2010

I want to close this series of posts by approaching this from a secular, as well as biblically prophetic point of view.  How has Israel managed to survive during these modern times of attempted destruction by its Arab neighbors. Could it be divine protection?  It is not logical that a nation the size of Israel, could survive an attack from almost anyone, much less multiple nations attacking her either single handedly….or collectively….since 1948.  Yet she has!

Before we look at the secular nature of how our present government is addressing Israel, lets look at what God said in scripture about His chosen people.

Here is what God told Abraham in Genesis 12: 2-3….in originally telling him to move to this particular piece of land from his present home in UR, to the land that would eventually become Israel.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great;
and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you and I will curse
those who curses you; and in YOU all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The last line of that scripture is what really gets my attention.  Families is interpreted as nations, countries, peoples, people, anyone or anything who blesses Israel.  That’s why I think America has been SO blessed to be the greatest nation in the world.  We have stood by her and been her strongest ally from day one.  Question is….how long will that continue to be the case?

In Zech. 12:2-3 God said, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah (Israel) and against Jerusalem.  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people:  all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”  In other words, Bible prophecy promises calamity for any nation….and all nations….that comes against Israel and  Jerusalem.  Skeptics may say that Jerusalem has been under attack many times in biblical history so this prophecy is past, not present or future.  However, I would argue the final thought of the scripture….though ALL people of the EARTH be gathered together against it.  That has never happened in history but, is prophesied to become reality in scripture.  That concludes to me that it is yet to come.

One more scripture to solidify that God gave Israel this land.  Genesis 35:10-12.  “And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob:  thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name:  and he called his name Israel.  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty:  be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of they loins;  And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”  I would suppose that Abraham and at least Isaac, were thinking that they would have been the first to be called Israel.  However God waited, for whatever His reasons, to change the name of the land that God gave to Abraham.  He gave to his grandson Jacob the name….Israel.

There have been several times throughout the course of history when God put the hammer down on Israel when they would turn from Him for whatever idol was next in line.  However time after time….the feud between God and Israel was resolved because after all….they are His chosen people and the apple of His eye….according to Him!  One doesn’t have to look at ancient history….one only has to look from 1948 forward!  Tell me of one time when the United States Of America….or anyone else….has had to intervene for this small group of people to protect them?  Not once!

Did Israel buy our weapons?  Yes.  Did they need the United States to use them on their behalf?  No.  Israel has protected themselves in war after war….at times against insurmountable odds.  Wait…Let’s think about that…protected themselves without the United States sending reinforcements of planes….ships…..tanks and troops….and against overwhelming odds!  Am I the only one that finds that to be a little super-natural?  Look at the 1948 attack alone.  All they had to fight with was a couple of slingshots and a few rocks.  Does that remind you of David and Goliath?  David was an Israelite wasn’t he??  I suppose that’s just a coincidence!

After Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized for the gaffe by some lower lever diplomat announcing construction of new apartments in East Jerusalem while Mr. Biden was there last month, he thought the matter was settled.  Not so fast my friend!  Three days later, Mrs. Clinton reamed Netanyahu for 43 minutes, via phone, about the gaff.  I wouldn’t do that if I were you Hillary.  The fact is, the Israeli government can build whatever they want….whenever they want….wherever they want, in their own capital.  If the Obama administration believes that it can dictate to Israel what it will or won’t do concerning its land, I think this administration is finding out, that will be difficult.  What could change that, as I described in my earlier post, is for the administration to be successful in getting Mr. Netanyahu out of power.  Netanyahu is still trying to find ways to continue the road to peace through his attempts to find solutions to satisfy all concerned.  However, there is still a line drawn in the sand that I don’t believe he will cross.  I continue to read stories day after day where the President is trying to make strides in being affectionate to the Arab world, while foundationally still doing little to insure that Israel is still our strongest Mid-east ally.  That troubles me!

If America takes its hands off Israel because they will not bow down to the wishes of this administration….or any administration…. then the day has arrived.  We as a nation have already experienced an extreme decline in our world wide influence.  However, it will be nothing compared to what we will face if we turn our backs on Israel.  At least….that’s the way I see it.

So to give a final answer to the question, Yes, America should continue to stand with Israel in my opinion.  But, as to the answer if it will at the end of the day, I default to the scripture.  If prophetic scripture is true….America will turn on Israel along with all the country’s of the world.  If one refers back to the scripture in Zechariah that I quoted above, it is clear that “all people of the earth be gathered against it.”  ALL people of the earth is pretty inclusive and yes, that does include the United States.  When does this happen?  I’m not sure.  Is it Revelation’s war of Armageddon….or before?  With the way things are pointing, it could be at any time.  If I’m placing a bet, I’m going with sooner rather than later.  What we do know for sure is that it will certainly happen at Armageddon…..according to scripture.

For any one that would choose to accept scripture as “storybook,” then I suppose one would see the politically correct approach that the administration is taking, as the one that makes sense.  Whatever it takes to get peace in the Middle East, lets do it.  I know I would….if I saw things that way.  This again is one of those personal choice issues.  Mine is to believe that when America breaks its long standing partnership with Israel, the end of the age is upon us.  Call that crackerjack philosophy if you want…..but right or wrong…. I’m hanging my hat on what God said.

Let me just say this.  This is solely just my opinion, but I believe the firecrackers are going to start popping in the Middle East at a rapid pace.  As much as Iran is talked about in the daily news in their hatred and repeated babbling about destroying Israel from the face of the earth, especially watch for movement with Syria and Lebanon against Israel.  Once these conflicts start, I find it hard to see where they will end.  Times….they are of interest!

Until next time….Keep Watch and America Bless God!

Should America Stand With Israel? (Part 2)

April 25th, 2010

In my last post, I discussed where our administration is at on the subject of….should America Stand With Israel?  Let’s take a moment to view a very condensed look at who Israel is as a nation.

Israel is one of the smallest nations on the face of the earth.  It’s about 8,000 square miles, two times the size of Rhode Island.  It is only 260 miles at its longest point, 60 miles at its widest.  It is between 3 to 9 miles at its narrowest points along the West Bank border.  Think about that for a moment.  A very high powered rifle could launch a projectile right across portions of the country!  This is particularly frightening when one considers that 65% of Israel’s population is within this 9-mile wide section….Tel Aviv area.

Arab propagandists call Israel “expansionist” and the “aggressor”….which means….“one who dares fight back against Arab aggression.”  So every time Israel has fought back in every war, the mere fact that she resisted total destruction is viewed as an “act of aggression.”  I personally didn’t know that definition about the Arab philosophy until I discovered it through study.  So, if someone slaps you in the face…do not slap back or it will be your fault….according to Arab rule.

Israel is a democratic nation surrounded by 22 Arab/Islamic governments, with 640 times her size and 60 times her population.  When you consider her size compared to the Arab world that surrounds her, how can anyone call Israel….expansionist?  Is it because she took land that was won in battles from those Arab nations that attacked her?  How can Israel, which occupies one-sixth of one percent of the land called Arab….according to the Arabs….be responsible for the dissatisfaction of many of the 22 Arab countries?  Yet with every issue that arises in the Middle East quest for a peace agreement, at some point, it’s all Israel’s fault!  Really?

Can any small nation of 7 million have dominance over what equates to over 1.7 billion Arab/Muslims??  What are the odds??  Let me throw one other thought into the mix.  If it is so important for the Palestinians to have a state, why don’t some of their Arab brothers give up a few square miles of their vast lands to give them their home?  Even better than that, why don’t they just set up shop in the West Bank and deem it their homeland?  After all, Israel did not annex it after they took control of it in the 1967 war.  Why does it have to be land the United Nations…not to mention God… gave to Israel?  As a matter of fact, today’s Israel inhabits only a fraction of the land that God actually gave them in scripture, at least for the time being.  Do you think this fight is not so much about specific acreage, as it is about the existence of a Jewish nation?

The fact is, Palestinian people do not actually exist….at least according to one of their own.  From a quote he made many years ago in 1977, Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, really put all this into perspective.  His direct quote was this.  “The Palestinian people does not exist.  The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity.  In reality today, there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese.  Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.”

To oppose what?  The Jewish nation.  So by their own admission, this has been a decades old struggle not to have fairness to a nation of people that “do not” exist, but do away with one “that does.”

From the time Britain had to relinquish control of the ground that the UN gave to Israel in 1948, the new Jewish nation was given notice that this would not be tolerated by the Arab world, no matter if it was a UN resolution or law.  On the day that Israel declared its independence, the Arab League Secretary, General Assam Pasha declared “jihad,” a holy war.  He said, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”  I’m not sure what he thought the Jewish people had just been through with the Holocaust!  Then the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al Husseini stated, “I declare a holy war, my Moslem brothers!  Murder the Jews!  Murder them all!”  Shortly thereafter, the armies of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, invaded the tiny new country with the declared intent of destroying it.  They failed!  Why did they fail?  Well, that’s where we will pick up in part three.

Until next time….Keep watch and America Bless God.

Should America Stand With Israel?

April 19th, 2010

World Events

First off, this will be a three part series. It would simply be to long for one posting. If you will read it through to the end, I believe you will find that we are in a very incredible time in history….present….and future. For those interested in this subject, I hope you will find it worth the read.

I was asked a few days ago if I thought America should stand by Israel no matter what world opinion might be, in the conflict with their Palestinian/Arab neighbors. I want to take a look at what is transpiring with each passing day in current world events, as well as some of Israel’s history. Then in closing, in the third post, I would like to offer some food for thought in what biblical prophecy has to say about the subject.

It’s really hard to find a place to start or end on this subject. Let’s set the stage on the current events of the Israel/Palestinian conflict and then, I will move to some of Israel’s history in the second post.

Before I can speak to much of anything else concerning the question posed, I have to look at our current administration’s position with this long time friend, Israel. Though I have retired from direct political writing, there is no way to address this question or subject, without addressing our government’s position. I will also say that this administration is not the first to make it difficult for this small nation. However, several reports claim that this is the worst our relationship has been with Israel since the Carter administration.

Just this past week, former New York city mayor Ed Koch, who if you remember vigorously campaigned for Mr. Obama, made it very clear how bad he believes this has become. Koch said that the U.S. leaders’ treatment of Israel was “outrageous” and “hostile” and that he was very close to getting off the Obama train. He went on to say, “I think it’s outrageous what he has done. It’s clear that Netanyahu was treated so terribly at the White House. It’s just rude what they did to him. I am extremely distressed with the attitude that the president has shown Israel. I consider it to be hostility.”

Koch continued, “I am really terrified at what is happening and I would urge Jews and Christians who support Israel to stand up and speak out. We should insist that Obama treat our ally as an ally, that he not throw Israel under the bus.” That’s pretty strong for such an ardent supporter of this administration. Granted, Koch is Jewish. But, I’m not and I can identify with some of his thoughts. The point is this: In an early response to the original question, putting aside all of the secular political posturing, if one takes biblical prophecy at face value, just like Mayor Koch, we should all be “terrified” at the administration’s direction. Let me reiterate once again, I don’t care what administration we’re talking about! Democrat…Republican…Independent…or whatever. Both political parties have had their moments of putting Middle East peace in a dangerous place by various demands on Israel.

I will openly admit that I was very taken back by Mr. Obama’s order of importance in the Middle East as president. His first call was not to our long time Mid East partner Israel, but to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas. He made it a priority to make his first visit to Saudi Arabia where, if we remember, he bowed to their king. A first for an American President. From there he moved on to Cairo to bring a speech insuring his commitment to bridge the gap with the Arab world. There were many apologies made on the behavior of the United States, concerning the Mid East and the Muslim people. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I would have thought that the first stop that Mr. Obama would have made in the Middle East, would have been to our long standing ally. From my perspective, when that didn’t happen, that put in place the order of merit for addressing this issue.

As we all know, Prime Minister Netanyahu was in Washington a couple of weeks ago for meetings with Mr. Obama, which Mr. Koch was referring to. It is my opinion, which I think if you simply gather all the information presented over the past month, that this administration wants Netanyahu….out of the way! If you simply watch the media clips, you will get the sense that this administration still has “some” pro-Israel positions. If you will go beyond the sound bites and read the full stories, you’ll find that maybe it’s…not so much.

I have made this statement a couple of times over the last few days and then Wednesday, I saw it reported on Fox News. I believe the administration is attempting to embarrass Netanyahu to the world wide audience, in order to get him removed. So, I’ll go one step farther than Fox did. If they can accomplish this mission and insert Tzipi Livni into that role, this two state solution the administration is so desperate to achieve, will be like taking candy from a baby. Though some past administrations have encouraged Israel to be the “giver” on all these issues….including Bush….it appears that the Obama administration is doubling down on that pressure. It is just my opinion but, I believe you are seeing a response to Mr. Obama’s position, by Netanyahu sending a down line diplomat to Obama’s “nuke” conference, that was held by the administration this past week. I do not believe he had any interest in being “lectured” again by anyone in the administration.

So as we go forward in the coming weeks and months, I believe this administration will have to take a firm position….one way or the other. Whatever that position turns out to be will have a world wide impact….either way. What I’ll continue to look at is….how will it impact America according to world opinion….and what does the Bible have to say about this subject that so often dominates world headlines. A subject that after all is not just about Middle East peace but, about God’s chosen people.

Until next time….Keep Watch And America Bless God!