So many things have changed over the past nine years. Millions have been born and millions have died; governments have risen and governments have fallen. Many other things have simply become more extreme and widespread. Hatred for Israel, especially in America and Europe, is one of those things.
After four years of peace and increasing cooperation between Israel and the Arab world, President Biden’s foreign policy has ushered in a reversal of good news. His plan, not only in the Middle East but around the globe, seems to suggest the slogan, “We are weak and subject to political pressure.” Not surprisingly, the world is noticing.
I found this Musing from 2012 (with some slight language corrections), which reads like déjà vu:
I am driving my husband crazy. This is not, as you might think [another article from 2012] because he returned home to an organized study. He is gracious enough to concede that he loves the way his study looks and will be able to work more efficiently than before. No, it is because I am not keeping quiet while he listens to the radio.
Yesterday, we heard a respected news commentator announce that both Israel and Hamas were being intransigent in their demands. At that point, I began a tirade that went something like this: “I can’t believe he said that. Israel is intransigent that Hamas stop firing thousands of rockets aimed at kindergartens and hospitals and Hamas is intransigent that it be allowed to massacre all Jews. And he says it as if the two sides are equivalent.” It is possible that I carried on a wee bit longer, repeating the concept in a variety of ways.
Meanwhile, my poor husband was unable to hear the rest of the radio conversation.
Israel is not perfect. Her government sometimes behaves in imperfect ways. Her citizens, like the citizens of America and other countries, are also imperfect; they run the gamut from holy to reprehensible. All this is irrelevant. The following idea isn’t my own, but it is true. If Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant Islamists put down their weapons there would be peace in the Middle East. If Israel puts down its weapons there would be a massacre. That is the only reality that counts. Israeli schools do not inculcate hatred of Moslems, while Palestinian schools teach math through problems such as, “If there are seven Jews and I kill four, how many are left?” Unlike TV in Egypt and other Moslem countries, Israeli children’s TV does not advocate the murder of those who follow a different religion. [Note: I am not positive if this is still the case in Egypt] Unless a ceasefire changes core teachings such as these, the idea of peace is a hopeless chimera.
God holds Israel and the Jewish people to a higher standard than He holds any other lands or people. That is both a privilege and a terrifying truth. I believe that the blessings and curses that He pledges in Deuteronomy for following or abandoning His ways, explain Jewish history to the present day. The children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob need to combine prayer and repentance with pragmatic strategies.
Yet, even when Israel deserves chastisement, each nation and person (Jew and non-Jew) has the free choice whether to join those who protect or those who attempt to destroy the Jewish people. Each nation and person will be held accountable for the choices made, as nations and people have for thousands of years.
I am not really driving my husband crazy. [She never does! She only helps me–RDL] We are both desolate at seeing so much of humanity, in the Middle East and around the world, choose evil over good and death over life. We are despondent at the moral equivalence that is prevalent in the world today that equates murder with self-defense or destruction with productivity. Yet we are also hopeful, knowing that millions in Israel, America, and around the world are committed to fighting darkness and praying to merit light.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, those who love you shall prosper.
May there be peace within your walls and serenity within your citadels.
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