Many governments, organizations and individuals denounce Israel because they attack when their lives and their nation are under threat. It would be interesting to know how many of those denouncers were present or know about the 1948 war against Israel when it was declared a nation? On May 15, 1948 Israel was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The Arab soldiers outnumbered the Jews 40 to one, in population 100 to one, in area 5000 to one. For the Arabs the war was about revenge. Remember the Genesis account when Ishmael (the father of Arab nations), was replaced by Isaac (the father of the Jewish nation) as the son of Abraham through whose descendants the Lord Jesus would be born (Genesis 21:11-13)? The Arabs are mostly Muslims, and they do not love Jesus, or the Bible. They hate the Jews, the people of God. The Jews prevailed against the attack, but since then, they have been continually under siege.
- The Sinai war began on October 29, 1956 and ended November 5, 1956. To protect themselves, the Israelis launched a lightning attack.
- Then on June 5, 1967 the Six Day War began, which ended on June 10, 1967. Again Israel had to attack to ensure her self preservation.
- The Yom Kippur War began on October 6, 1973, and ended on October 25 the same year. Israel was attacked simultaneously by Egypt and Syria. Some 5000 tanks were employed, more than Hitler used when he invaded Russia, and 838,000 Arabs were pitted against 275,000 Jews. Being caught unawares on the day of atonement, Golda Meir later confessed: 'For the first time in our twenty-five year old history, we thought we might have lost.'
The question for those who denounce a nation that has been under constant threat of annihilation by the Arabs:
- Have you been to Israel, and have you experienced any of the wars? Do you know what it is like to live under constant tension, never knowing when the next attack is coming, or when you may be killed by a suicide bomber?
- Did you experience the constant threats of the Arabs who will only be content when Israel has been eliminated (reminding the Jews of their terrible fate during the Second World War)?
- Are the Arabs so poor that the land of Israel means the loss of millions of barrels of oil, untold riches of gold and uranium, and a massive agriculture that will save the Arab nations from starvation? Not at all. The answer for their hostility is given in the Bible: the hatred of the descendants of Ishmael against the descendants of Isaac.
God never excluded the Arabs from the Gospel. It was logical that only one man could be in the line of Jesus' ancestors, not both of them. God chose Isaac and not Ishmael. Many people were excluded from Jesus' ancestry, but no one was ever excluded from becoming part of His kingdom. The Arabs decided for themselves, led by Mohammed, to reject God's plan for man through Jesus Christ. Islam decided that the Koran is right and the Bible is wrong, and they will not bless Israel as God recommended: 'I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you' (Genesis 12:3b).
What is our message? It is easy to sit in a comfortable office, earning a wonderful salary in a safe country and dispense advice to the Jews. Let those who are so free with their advice go to Israel and experience the country for themselves for a year or two and then make recommendations. What about individuals for whom that is impossible? Pray, because the Bible says: 'You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth' (Isaiah 62:6a, 7).
Information from: H L Willmington, Willmington's Guide to the Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois, 1981, p 976-981.