Criticism against Israel is an old thing. In our politically correct world, the question is: how does one answer the criticism that Israel is a ‘disgrace’ with its treatment of Arabs, et cetera? Are the Arab nations justified to call for the destruction of Israel? We would like to propose a possible answer out of many:
# It is dangerous to denounce Israel
To curse or rail or call for boycotts against Israel invites trouble. That is because God said to Abraham, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.’ 1 Abraham was the ancestor, the founding father of the Jewish nation. God called him specifically. So to side against Israel is to side against God. The question is, is it better to face the curse of God, or the curse of the haters of Israel? For us, it is too dangerous to trifle with His nation and court trouble with God.
# How honest are the Arabs when they accuse Israel of wrongdoing?
- On May 14, 1948 the State of Israel was officially declared into existence. President Harry Truman of the United States almost immediately recognised the new Jewish State, as did Russia on May 18.
- On May 15, 1948, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon invaded Israel. They attacked from the north, south and east. 2
- The Arabs out numbered them in soldiers, armaments and in all other aspects. British Field Marshal Montgomery visited Palestine just prior to the war. He predicted it would take the Arabs but eight days to drive the Jews into the sea.
- After intense fighting from May 15 to June 11, a truce was called by the United Nations. That gave Israel time to purchase weapons. When war broke out on 9 July, the Israelis turned the tables and on February 24, 1949 the War of Independence ended.
The obvious question is, what sins did the nation of Israel commit in one day after the declaration of their independence that angered those Arab nations enough that they attacked them?
# The history of Israel is unique
Quote by Professor William Albright, ‘No other phenomenon in history is quite so extraordinary as the unique event represented by the Restoration of Israel. In no other time in world history, so far as it is known, has a people been destroyed, and then come back after a lapse of time and reestablished itself. It is utterly out of the question to seek a parallel for the recurrence of Israel’s restoration after 2,500 years of former history.’ 3
To curse the Jews is dangerous, since it invites the curse of an eternal, omnipotent mighty God.
- Genesis 12:3
- HL Willmington, Willmington’s Guide to the Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, 1984, p 977-979
- WF Albright, Israel: Its Role in Civilisation, p 31, cited by Willmington, p 978-979