This is the fourth posting in a series on the origins of the currently escalating crisis in the Middle East. It is impossible for anyone to make any sense of this without a biblical worldview. If you have not been following this series, it would be helpful to read through all of the previous postings.
What we are seeing is the outworking of Bible prophecy. Take a look at Isaiah 41:11. This entire chapter says much about current events. This one verse explains that all of the powerful nations of the world will not stand against the will of God to re-establish the Jewish people on the land eternally promised to the physical “seed” of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
“He who has ears to hear”… you really should listen up!
Following World War II, another big fight was brewing in the Middle East and the world knew it. War weary, the countries of the United Nations took up the problems of “Palestine”. The Arabs, having friends in England and France with seats on the Security Council, held a politically strategic advantage. Great strategists themselves, the Jews put lots of pressure on the United States, at that time home to the world’s largest population of Jews.
One of the angles the Jews worked to press their cause was American guilt. After World War II, guilt was an appropriate emotion. Prior to entering the war, America had knowledge of what was happening to the Jews in Nazi Germany. Not wanting to get involved in Europe’s issues, the United States went to war only after being attacked directly at Pearl Harbor. The ambivalence of America resulted in six millions Jews losing their lives in Hitler’s showers and ovens. This accounted for more than 30% of all of the Jews in the world before the war broke out. Jewish pressure from Israel and at home resulted in America committing to engaging on the side of Jewish people in an uphill battle at the United Nations to recognize and partition part of Palestine as a state for the Jewish people. At the last minute, more worried about its world standing than the Jewish situation, the United States almost withdrew its support for partition.
In a previous posting, it was explained how the name of this area came to be known as Palestine in the first place. The land designated for the Jewish state had little continuity and was strategically indefensible. Ben Gurion, Meier, and Weizmann all recognized that what was being offered in the partition plan was not a great deal, but it was the best they were going to get. An agreement was drafted. A vote by the General Assembly was set for November 29, 1947.
Into The Sea
The Arabs of the newly created nations of the Middle East were furious. Although they would retain control of over 95% of the Middle East’s landmass, that was not enough. They wanted it all, vowing that if the resolution to create the State of Israel passed, they would amass their armies to “drive the Jews into the sea.” It is important to note that the area in question had been largely uninhabited just fifty years earlier. The countries that were vowing to go to war did not even exist in the late 1800s. Yet, those adolescent nations headed by tribal sheiks who were now presidents and kings began to make war plans. They convened a number of councils in Cairo. Characteristically, they were unable to agree on a unified command structure. Everyone wanted to be in charge. Instead of working out a common strategy, their meetings broke down along tribal lines with each leader deciding to go it alone along their own borders with the proposed Jewish state. The strongest and best trained of the Arab armies was that of King Abdullah of Jordan. Jordan also had the most to lose.
Thankfully for the Jews, partition passed for the creation of the Jewish state passed by a razor’s edge. Throwing off the manufactured name of “Palestine”, the name of the new nation was the name of the one God had given it. The English made plans to leave Israel. This period of time is well documented in a book I recommend for your reading titled “O, Jerusalem” written by Larry Collins. Prior to its departure, England attempted to limit Jewish immigration to Israel, closing the borders to ships bringing refugees to the Land. This also cut off the supply of guns and ammunition that would be needed to defend the new State of Israel. With their backs to the wall and attacking armies on all sides, the Jews were able to set up underground munitions factories and smuggle small numbers of guns to fire them into the country. When war finally broke out, Israel’s air force consisted of 5 private passenger planes used for the purpose of surveillance.
Here is a question that should be answered honestly. In the case of Native Americans, we recognize the injustice of their having lands taken from them and told to live on reservations that could not possibly provide for their people. Why is it that many refuse to recognize the same injustice in the case of Israel? The answer is simple. It is because today they are the most powerful nation in the Middle East. Better organized and better equipped than their Arab neighbors, Israel has been able to hold its enemies at bay through all of the subsequent wars following the war for independence. But that was not the case in 1948. They were not more powerful in those days. They were just more committed. They recognized that if they were to survive as a people, they had to hold on to their little postage stamp in a sea of Arabs. What was allotted to them was to large, connected, or productive. But it was all they were going to get. If they failed in holding onto this land, the people of the partioned state knew that their hostile neighbors would finish the job the Satan has always had in mind, the total annihilation of the Jewish people. Some things never change.
It is amazing that there are people who view the Jews as the oppressors of the “Palestinian” people. Here in America, much of the fault lies with our educational system. It feeds a heavily distilled fantasy with just a grain of truth to our young people, perpetuating a myth of Jewish injustice. As a general rule, most people don’t read history and don’t think for themselves. Thus they are easy prey for politicians and educators with an agenda that revises or ignores what the real facts are. All that most people know about the violence in the Middle East is what they see on the news or read online. They only know what somebody else wants them to know. In order to speak intelligently about anything one must take personal responsibility for understanding the issues. Of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion. But without doing the work, frequently that opinion is uninformed. At the entrance to the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial of the Holocaust, there is a sign that reads, “Forgetfulness leads to exile. Remembrance is the secret of redemption.”
We are fast approaching the end of this series. Until next time don’t take my word for what the facts are about this issue read the Bible, read unbiased history books, and think for yourself.