Thursday, November 15, 2012

Israel Has the Right and Justification

The tiny nation of Israel has existed as a reality for nearly 4000 years. Even when most of the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world for the last 2000 years there has always remained a small number of Israeli Jews holding on to the Land's deed for posterity's sake. A little over sixty years ago, the claim, always held in the hands of Jews, was formally recognized by the nations of the world and Israel was, not reborn, but resurrected back to life as the official homeland and nation of the Jewish people. After two millennium we had a place we could go back to and one that lay waiting for us to come home when called.

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish people have answered that call since 1948 when David Ben Gurion blew the shofar and opened the gate. In 1967 the gate to the Western Wall was thrown wide and for the first time since 70 CE Jews could pray near our most beloved site of all, the last remaining vestige of Solomon's Temple.

Those few hundered thousand have, by 2012, swelled to nearly six million Jewish inhabitants of the Land and they are growing each day. What was a barren desert has been turned into a garden once again. The Land, under the harsh and burdensome control of Rome, the Ottomans, the British, Muslim and Christian Arabs had laid waste for centuries. It grew nothing and was barely useful for Bedouin herds that drifted aimlessly across it. Since 1948 the Land has blossomed under the tender care of its rightful leasers, the Jews.

You see, this Land belongs directly to no one but God. God has granted the lease and entrusted its care to the offspring of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac - people that have come to be known as the Jews. You may not agree with that assessment, and quite frankly, I could care less if you do or don't. The facts of history are on the side of the Jews. This Land has never prospered under the protection and care of anyone except the Jews. History is replete with that fact. Today, after two thousand years of it being nothing but a dust bowl it has emerged once again as a beautiful Rose.

Like any rose it has its share of thorns. Those thorns have been pricking the sides of Israelis since the resurrection of the Land. The nation has withstood those spiney stings since its right to exist was proclaimed in the United Nations in 1948. Sometime the wounds from them have been severe, such as the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Many individual heroes have succumed to the wounds inflicted by those thorns but they have not been forgotten or lost in vain. The onslaught of the thorns continues to this day and the nations of the world still call on the Jews of Israel to be patient and withhold its wrath against those who relentlessly attack her.

The Jewish people of Israel and those of us living throughout the rest of the world have been very patient. However, I cannot guarantee how much longer that patients will hold. With one of the biggest thorns in the patch getting ready to create its own nuclear weapon the time for patients is quickly running out. With the continued onslaught from Hamas from the South and now Syrian threats from the North, the days of civility from Israel is drawing to a close, and rightfully so.

I have been reading several "academic" debates in the U.S. and Western Europe about what is currently taking place in Israel with the most recent rocket attacks from Gaza coming into Southern Israel and Syrian bombs being exploded just short of the Golan. Each debate seemed more focused on imploring Israel to exercise more patients and little to no call for Hamas or Syrian forces and insurgents to cease their heinous attacks on Israel's civilian population.

I suppose these academic's views are certainly one way of looking at it. However, if you are sitting with your family for a quite dinner or around the table with your children going over their homework and suddenly your house, family and life disappears from an unprovoked Hamas rocket attack or your kibbutz is obliterated in seconds from a Syrian shell then perhaps you'd have a slightly different view of the situation.

I would like to pose this question. How long do you think the U.S. citizenry would patiently put up with this kind of activity if some country like a Cuba or Mexico were lobbing shells into Florida and Texas, Arizona or New Mexico? America would have already justifiably decimated or completely unannihilated them. Israel has been more than patient over the last sixty-plus years with those surrounding her, but that patience does have its limits and those limits are about to be reached very soon. When that day comes, and it will, who will you stand with? Israel or those wishing her destruction? God forbid your nation should choose to be an enemy of Israel.

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