The Miracle That Is Israel

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At 63, the Jewish State is a relative newcomer to the family of nations, yet in just over two generations it has been able to catch up and exceed the accomplishments of the majority of the older Western democracies in practically every category of human endeavor, not to mention the newer states in Asia and Africa and the Middle East.  The eminent British historian Paul Johnson wrote of the Jewish State: “In the last half-century, over 100 completely new independent states have come into existence. Israel is the only one whose creation can fairly be called a miracle.”

Israel is a miracle because the Jewish state was established against all odds.  The Jewish people, having just suffered one of the worst catastrophes in its 4000-year history — the Nazi-engineered Holocaust — found the courage to withstand the genocidal onslaught of the well-equipped and numerically superior Arab armies. The aggressor nations included Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, as well as contingents from Saudi Arabia, North Africa, and naturally the Palestinian-Arabs.

It was the determination of the Israeli-Jews to fight to the death rather than go like “sheep to the slaughter” that enabled the Yishuv – the term used for the Jewish community in Mandatory Palestine – to triumph over regular armies such as Egypt’s, which used aircraft, tanks, and heavy artillery against the Israelis who lacked such arms. Western allies, including the U.S., embargoed weapon sales to the region, but Egypt and Jordan were already well equipped by the British.

Ironically, had the Palestinian-Arabs accepted the 1947 UN Partition Plan, the Jewish State might have withered away in time, or remained a tiny enclave dependent on the good will of the Arabs.  Paul Johnson put it like this, “It was the Arab leadership, by its obduracy and its ready resort to force, that was responsible for the somewhat enlarged Israel that emerged after the 1949 armistice, and the same mind-set would create the more greatly enlarged Israel that emerged after the Six-Day War of 1967. In another of the paradoxes of history, the frontiers of the state, as they exist today, were as much the doing of the Arabs as of the Jews. If it had been left to the UN, tiny Zion probably could not have survived.”

Arab enemies of Israel and its western detractors, motivated by envy and residual anti-Semitism, harp on Israeli “occupation” and Palestinian rights of “self-determination.”  The Arab-Palestinians, unlike the Kurds or the Tibetans, have had numerous opportunities to assert their self determination. They rejected the 1947 UN Partition because they objected to the idea of sharing mandatory Palestine with the Jews and in so doing lost their opportunity for statehood.  Their intent was to destroy the nascent Jewish State rather than live side-by-side with it.  Unfortunately, not much has changed since 1947, especially when it comes to the mindset of Arab leaders.

The Palestinians, as has been said, never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. In 1937 they rejected the British Peel Commission Partition plan, which would have given them sovereignty and a large percentage of the land.  Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, lamented in 1957 that had the Peel Commission recommendations been carried out, “the history of our people would have been different and six million Jews in Europe would not have been killed – most of them would be in Israel”

In the absence of peace, Israel has the legal right to administer the territories of Judea Samaria sanctified by the 1967 UN Resolution 242, which called for “territories for peace.” The UN Resolution called moreover for “territories” and not “all” the territories to be exchanged for peace.  By withdrawing from the Sinai and Gaza, Israel fulfilled its part of the Resolution, and it remains for the Arabs (Syria and the Palestinians) to negotiate peace with Israel without pre-conditions while forswearing terrorism, and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state

As part of the 1993 Oslo Accords signed at the White House lawn ceremony, Israel agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state.  The Palestinians were, however, obligated to end incitement and violence against Israel, and eliminate the terrorist infrastructure. These obligations have never been met. Yasser Arafat rejected the proposed “end of conflict” at the Camp David Summit in July 2000 submitted by President Clinton and Prime Minister Barak.  Arafat did not want to end the “occupation” or create a functioning Palestinian state, and like his predecessors in 1947, he preferred to believe in the “weakness of the Jews” thinking he would able to destroy Israel with the Intifada he initiated in September 2000.

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  • aspacia

    Regardless of the fact, antiJewish bigotry, and attacks against Israel will continue.

    • iksnorb

      Not only continue, but increase in both severity & frequency.
      Personally, I believe that a major conflict between Israel & Syria/ Iran is just around the corner. However, I believe that close attention shoud be focused towards Turkey & its increasingly warming ties to Iran.

      • aspacia

        Yes, and add Egypt, Hizbolla and Hamas to the list. Also, you might want to peruse Debka File for more insight.

        • iksnorb

          ta will do

  • Monty Lasovsky

    What more can one say?

  • Sooke

    I like how they call Israel an Apartheid State, while Christians and Muslims make up a substantial part of the population. Meanwhile, the Arab world is almost entirely Jew free, and many of their Christian citizens deal with threats and intimidation on a daily basis.

  • Alfonz Shmedlap

    F., 06/10/11 dommon era

    The very existence of a Jewish State challenges both Christian and Moslem theology.
    After all, those 2 religions sought to supplant us as a consequence of their supposed improvements on our Torah. G-d hasn't allowed them to get away with it; hopefully,
    both JC and Mohammed will be going out of business permanently and very soon.

    • stern23

      Thanks Alfonz. Your comment led to my realization below.

    • Democracy First

      I'm jewish myself, and embarassed by your sneering attitude towards our Christian friends and allies.

      Yes, the Christian world has been historically nothing short of hellishly wicked towards the Jews. But today Christians, especially conservative American Christians, are the absolute best friends jews and Israel could ever have. It is by their grace that the greatest superpower in all history critically supports Israel in every way. For it's not merely military, but American moral and ideological support that succors Israel through its ongoing existential crisis.

      You owe our best of friends an apology.

      • iksnorb

        As a point of interest, don't confuse Catholisism's false doctrines ie; replacement theology & the vatican's historically poor attitude towards Israel ie; the crusades, with those of the majority of evangelical christians. Contrary to popular belief, they are not one & the same.
        I myself am a christian & I do not recognise the Pope as being God's supposed rep on earth nor the teachings of the Vatican in general such as, a 2 state solution or the internationalisation of Jerusalem.
        True christians are your friends, dont be so blind as to not see this.

        • GKC

          Say hey there Winston.

          • iksnorb

            Churchill maybe ?

      • aspacia

        With appreciation :-)

    • aspacia

      LOL, you are alienating many who support you. Consider the fact that Jews are a very small percentage of the world's people, you might consider changing your tone.

      A Deist, Feminist, Goy, Zionist

  • dawning

    "Miracle" is a really big word. It is preta human. Something a lot of people don't get into. But being a Christian, a follower of "JC", I do very much believe in MIRACLES. And quite frankly it would require a certain amount of brain deadness to NOT see the miracle that is Israel, I mean since day one, right on back to Jacob. I like seeing Israel "prosper" and I pray often for "the peace of Jerusalem". Time will tell the effect of the prayersof the followers of JC….Anyone lumping "JC" and Momad in the same catagory really should continue their education..

    • nocal

      Its not only a miracle,but a God ordained Miracle. God foretold that the Jew would be dipersed among the Nations for their rebellion against Him. He also said that one day they would be summoned out of the Nations and be brought back into the Land. Ezekiel 37 comes to mind. God said it would happen in a day, and it did– May 14,1948. There is so much God foretold about the rebirth of Israel and the Jewish people in the Bible with 1oo% accuracy, I find it amazing that people continue to reject the truth of scripture. If God has told us history in advance regarding Israel and the Jew with 100% ACCURACY, what about all the fore- telling of what will happen to humanity and the earth before the return of Christ?

  • Paul Postelmans

    Any true christian who understands scripture, knows that the Jews are Gods chosen people and His promises to them are going to be carried out. He will never forsake them! Israel belongs to God Almighty and so do the Jewish people and so does their land!
    One day the Saviour of Sinners who died on a Roman cross and 3 days later Arose from the grave and Acended back into Heaven will come again to the Jewish people in Israel to Reign as their King forver, for He is their Mesiah & the day will come that they will KNOW that! That is why satan is so hell bent on destroying them. He thinks the Mesiah will have no one to be King over and he will have one the war. Those poor pitfull decieved muslems do not realise that they serve the god of this world,(and are doing the devals bidding trying to destroy Isrsel) they do not even know the TRUE God of Scripture who WILL one day Rescue the Jewish Nation. Refusing to believe it will Not stop it from happening. God help the rest of the nations as they go against His Chosen People the Jews. God Bless ISRAEL

    • stern23

      What is it with you Christians that makes it so hard for you to accept that we do not believe that your messiah is our Moshiach? if you really did understand scripture – and I'm not talking about your New Testament because it does not apply to us – you would know that your messiah has not and does not fulfill the conditions described in the Torah. He has not brought about the world that the Torah says will come with Moshiach – and there's no such thing as a "second coming'" for us. There's a one and only. That said, I really don't care what you believe and I'm not trying to undermine your belief. What I do care about is how you continually rip into everything I believe. Leave us the heck alone, for heaven's sake. We don't try to convert you, so please, return the courtesy.

      • stern23

        You know what, forget it. I understand now. We're not supposed to be here. The fact that we are, the fact that Jews still exist and have outlasted every attempt to get rid of us, kind of demonstrates that there is a huge problem with your entire concept of Jesus as messiah. That's why you've had such difficult with us for the last few thousand years. And now, when it's no longer politically correct to get rid of us through hatred (although that seems to be making a comeback), you're trying to do it with your idea of "love". Sorry mate. We've survived far worse. We'll survive this too.

        • iksnorb

          Assuming that Jesus is not my, your & our Messiah.
          Given that your temple was destroyed in 70AD & you cannot perform sacrifices, as required under Gods law, how do you deal with remission of sin?
          "the fact that Jews still exist and have outlasted every attempt to get rid of us, kind of demonstrates that there is a huge problem with your entire concept of Jesus as messiah"…not at all;
          "and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them.." Jeremiah 29:18.
          just something for you to consider

          • Democracy First

            Christians persecuted jews throughout the world, using their scriptures for rationalization as G'd's will. Something for you to consider.

          • iksnorb

            You will find, if you do your research, that much of the persecution of Jew's by so called christians was through or on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. (ie; the crusades, see above post)
            What about my 1st question re; remission of sin?

          • Democracy First

            It was the Protestant descendants of Luther who killed 6 million Jews. Doesn't matter whether you say they weren't real Christians. point is, they were of Christian civilIzation.

          • iksnorb

            With respect, it does matter, the Nazis were in no way christian.
            To suggest that the 6 million Jew's killed in the holocaust were killed by people from a "christian civilization" which in your eyes means christians is to be blunt, absurd & a very loose link at best.
            To use your logic, you would still hold Germans born after WW2 accountable for crimes committed by a previous generation simply because they are German.
            For the record, Martin Luther was a vile Jew hating prick,….he would have made a good pope!

          • Democracy First

            Germany was in every way Christian civilization. The Nazis merely followed Christian anti-Semitism to its natural conclusion.
            Fortunately Christian civilization, including post war Germany, has changed for the better, led by Anglo democracies.

            But Christian civilization will forever be guilty for what it did to the Jews. And your perspective, tragically, reflects that ongoing guilt, blaming the Jewish victims of Christian persecution for that persecution.

          • iksnorb

            Just to clarify my position,
            It never ceases to amaze me how seemingly educated, rational people can be so blinded to the reality of Israel’s ongoing battle for recognition.
            The propagation of lies by anti Israel groups need to be seen for what they really are, lies. There exists an irrational, deeply rooted hatred of Israel that will NEVER be resolved by a western, secular or humanist approach.
            Fundamentalist Islam, its lunatic followers & the numerous leftist NGO fanboi cheer squads are waging an ongoing war to de-legitimise & ultimately destroy the state of Israel & pose a far greater danger to the civilised world than the war that the allies were fighting in the '40s. Because the west now views any criticism of Islam as bigotry, it has failed to rationally respond to this growing threat.

          • iksnorb

            Further,
            There are still many in the world’s community who are more concerned about the rights of terrorists than preventing them from committing acts of terror with most western leaders & academics constantly failing to understand the fundamentals of Israel’s situation. Israel, a friend of all western nations is a true democracy, but one confronted by abnormal circumstances & is the only democracy whose very existence has been questioned since its inception. 63 years after its creation, Israel is still fighting for its very survival.
            This gradually worsening problem is further compounded by the obvious anti Israel bias within the UN. No further proof is required other than to study the constant stream of anti Israel resolutions & the incredulous actions & words emanating from such UN bodies as UNHCR & UNRWA.
            I can understand why many Jewish people view Christians with a degree of scepticism as many evil acts have been perpetrated against the Jew’s in the name of Christianity but as Jesus himself said, “Blessed is he who blesses Israel & cursed is he that curses Israel”.

          • GKC

            Agree with much of your writing. Jesus isn't on record as having said:

            “Blessed is he who blesses Israel & cursed is he that curses Israel”.

            Genesis 12: 2.3.

          • iksnorb

            Thanks for pointing the error, God in any event, got a bit carried away :-)

          • SassyFrasse

            "Agree with much of your writing. Jesus isn't on record as having said: “Blessed is he who blesses Israel & cursed is he that curses Israel”. Genesis 12: 2.3. "

            Replying to GKC:

            God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

            Muslims often state that the Trinity doctrine lacks both common sense and logic. Do you agree with this?

          • GKC

            "I can understand why many Jewish people view Christians with a degree of scepticism as many evil acts have been perpetrated against the Jew’s in the name of Christianity but as Jesus himself said, “Blessed is he who blesses Israel & cursed is he that curses Israel”."
            Agree with much of your writing. Jesus isn't on record as having said: “Blessed is he who blesses Israel & cursed is he that curses Israel”. Genesis 12: 2.3. "

            Replying to GKC:

            God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

            Muslims often state that the Trinity doctrine lacks both common sense and logic. Do you agree with this?

            The 2nd Person of the Triune Godhead hadn't yet incarnated at the time this promise was made (Genesis 12:2-3). Therefore, this quote from the OT cannot be properly attributed to Jesus. Have I answered your question(s)? Let me know.

          • stern23

            How do we deal with remission of sin? It's simple. It's called "teshuvah", which, loosely translated, means repentance. It also means "return" – a return to G-d and to following His ways. In other words, if we sin, WE have to repent. Nobody else's suffering or death can cleanse us of our sins. We have to do it ourselves. We have to truly, sincerely repent in order to gain forgiveness, and even then, it may not be enough. The balance has to be restored, the mess cleaned up, and that can sometimes be painful. It must be nice, though, to be able to say "I am saved" just because I believe in something. As I a Jew, I can only be saved by proving through my intentions and my actions that I merit being saved. Just another reason why it's hard to be a Jew.

            Your quote from Jeremiah does nothing to confirm Jesus as messiah. It's simply a restating of the curses in Exodus and Deuteronomy. Nothing new there at all. And while you are right that without the Temple, we cannot perform the sacrifices, the synagogue has replaced the temple as our place of worship (temporary, until the rebuilding of the Temple), and the three daily prayers have replaced the sacrifices.

            More questions? I'd be happy to answer.

      • Garry Cluley

        I love you as a brother my Jewish friend. Please check Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.
        I support the physical nation of Israel in every way.

        A Christian Friend

        • stern23

          Gary, do you have some time? If so, please check out http://tinyurl.com/3demp36

          This will explain why Isaiah 53 does not refer to Jesus and cannot refer to Jesus.

          As for Psalm 22, it's quite long and I don't know which part of it you're referring to. Perhaps if you're more specific, I can respond.

          Gary, I have tried to stay away from this, preferring not to point out where Christianity has mistranslated, misappropriated and misused the original Hebrew texts in order to "prove" that Jesus is messiah. I have no desire to denigrate Christianity, even though you continually tell me and my co-religionists how 'wrong" we are to refute your "truths".

          However, you leave me no choice. Basically, in the simplest possible terms, Jesus has not fulfilled the conditions of the Moshiach, which makes him a false messiah as far as we are concerned.

          You seem to think that we're stupid or simply ignorant, and sadly, many Jews are, and many of them do fall for your nonsense. But there are others who are wise to your ways and who will not fall for your protestations of "love". So do me a favour, keep them to yourself (the protestations, not the innocent Jews you dupe. I will do all I can to save them from your clutches).

          • GKC

            Stern:
            However, you leave me no choice. Basically, in the simplest possible terms, Jesus has not fulfilled the conditions of the Moshiach, which makes him a false messiah as far as we are concerned.

            As time allows cd. you give us the conditions you are referring to?

          • stern

            GKC, it's on the walls at the UN, the prophecy of Isiah (11.6):
            Leopards will lie down
            with young goats,
            and wolves will rest
            with lambs.
            Calves and lions
            will eat together
            and be cared for
            by little children.

            It's been 2,000 years since Jesus was here, and we haven't seen anything remotely like this scenario. And no, there is nothing in the Torah about a second coming. In fact, if a supposed messiah does not deliver on these and other prophecies, we know that this is a sure sign that he is a false messiah.

          • GKC

            Thanks for the reply Stern.

  • Thor Mikalsen

    Long live Israel! Israel is the cornerstone of western sivilitiasjon.

  • dawning

    Alfonz said "The very existence of a Jewish State challenges both Christian and Moslem theology". ….You evidently know very little about "Christian theology". Most Christians see the "existence of the Jewish state" as fulfillment of prophecy. And many of us fully expect to see the hand of God in "miraculously" preservering her once again….Soon! ..You really should study a bit more so that you will know the truth.

  • kblink45

    Judaism is the true religion of peace. As an atheist, I have a difficult time siding with any nation or people who couch their survival in 'chosen' terms. But Israel and Jewry are an exception. There are six million reasons that Israel deserves to survive. Far from being ashamed (as some of my Jewish friends are) that Jews went peacefully to the gas chambers, Jews should celebrate a faith that is so strong and internally consistent that it would imbibe them with boundless hope in the face of unspeakable despair. They were naive, not cowardly. Israel stands now as the embodiment of mature Judaism. Now fight! Now refuse to be shepherded! Israel, you and your people humble me.

    • Guest

      Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • muchiboy

      "..refuse to be shepherded!"

      Instead,they (i.e.the Diaspora) "shepherd" another vulnerable people,the Palestinians.Instead,they victimize another innocent people.Better to be a hammer then a nail,I guess.Preferable maybe,understandable perhaps,but nothing to celebrate.muchiboy

  • aspacia

    Many Jews were atheist and returned to their faith. I am not Jewish, nor could I be with the hundreds of obligations, and kosher obligations practicing Jews must follow. What, no lobster, crab or shrimp! What, no beef stroganoff. What, no chicken cordon bleu.

    • Democracy First

      Join Reform; it's more flexible – but unfortunately its rabbis tend to be pretty far left wing.

      • aspacia

        Hey, I have never been Jewish:-) Baptized Catholic, raised Episcopalian, and am now a Deist. I dislike the confines of religions.

  • Thomas A. Manning

    Every time Israel gives up land, they go against our God's instructions to them. It has never worked, & NEVER WILL work. They, like us Christians, need to pray & seek God more. He will then, and only then, place His blessings upon us all. Sappy

  • muchiboy

    "Jewish State is a relative newcomer to the family of nations, yet in just over two generations it has been able to catch up and exceed the accomplishments of the majority of the older Western democracies in practically every category of human endeavor,.."

    Israeli's and the Diaspora ought to be proud of their accomplishments in the re-creation and nurturing of their relatively new national homeland.Clearly many of Israel's values are western values,reflecting the western origins of the European Diaspora and Jewish liberal values.Yet,to overlook the impact of Zionism on the Palestinian people and the continued denial of Palestinian rights,including the right of return,denial of their homeland and birth right,is a shameful stain on Israel and the Jewish people, who generally support Israel and pro Israeli policies (at the expense and to the detriment of the Palestinians). The one salvation for such a righteous people is firstly acknowledgement,followed by restitution.One would hope that such measures would be acknowledged by the Palestinians and a culture of magnanimity would replace the present culture of mistrust,hate and reprisal.
    Happy 63rd birthday,Israel,and may you enjoy many more,and grow wise as you grow in years and prosperity.muchiboy

  • Chima Uwah OGBUH

    No matter what the Arabs think or do, they will never be able to destroy God s own people Israel! Unless the Arabs accept the existence of the state of Israel and allow peace to be, they themselves will always be at the loosing end and will never see peace, justice and development in that land! May God continue to love, bless and be with Israel. May Israel continue to defeat all its enemies within and without. May Iran and all those other nations and peoples that seek the destruction of God s own people Israel be hammered and over run and killed till the last of them drops dead, amen! I LOVE ISRAEL BUT GOD LOVES ISRAEL BEST!