MANY PEOPLE believe that if the state of Israel were abolished, all the problems of the world would vanish, like magic. This irrational notion was created by Muslim terrorists. How did an unholy few succeed in making the whole world hate Israel?
Muslim terrorists attack American freedom as if it symbolized Israel herself. Many Muslims believe the September 11 attacks were Allah’s punishment on America for supporting Israel.
In view of the dire consequences, sacrificing Israel might seem a small price to pay for peace.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon understands this temptation. That is why he adjured Israel, "We can count only on ourselves."
When the Bush Administration attempted to restrain Israel’s response to Palestinian terrorism, Sharon responded defiantly, warning that Israel was not a pawn in America’s economic game with the Arabs.
Sharon compared the Arab world with Hitler’s Third Reich, and warned America not to sacrifice Israel to the Arabs as English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had sacrificed Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938. Chamberlain thought Germany would cease its aggressions if Czechoslovakia were surrendered. But of course, Chamberlain’s appeasement only emboldened Hitler to want more.
"Israel will not be Czechoslovakia," Sharon asserted. "Israel will fight terrorism."
When Palestinians assassinated former Israeli cabinet member Rehavam Zeevi October 17, Sharon’s office said Palestinians "crossed a red line." He ordered re-occupation of certain Palestinian territories, vowing to apprehend the killers.
On October 22, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Reeker condemned Sharon’s move, and demanded immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops. Then President Bush reasserted the Palestinian state idea, while Colin Powell assured everyone this was not meant to threaten Israel.
Despite Powell’s soothing words, it was clear that Washington considered Israel the problem, not the Palestinians.
Such an outrageous view is not new. Historically, the Jews have always been viewed as the problem in times of international duress. Jews have held center stage during major world changes, from the time of ancient Egypt to the present Islamic conflict. It seems irresistible to blame them for everything.
But how can such a tiny minority be so incredibly significant, and draw such hatred?
Perhaps an answer lies in their ancient scriptures.
The Jews entered Canaan (ancient Palestine) with a rather unique assurance from their God. Deuteronomy 2:25 states, "This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee."
That’s certainly an emotional reaction well-known to many anti-Semites. The very thought of Jews causes hysteria and fear.
But who would ever admit such fear?
People instead find fault with the Jews, and accuse them of immorality, or infidelity to God. This exonerates and justifies their hatred of them.
In fact, moral failure of the Jews, whenever it exists, is the world’s only hope of escaping their domination. After all, Moses promised the faithful Jews, "The Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail." "And all the people of the earth … shall be afraid of thee." Deut.28:13, 10.
The problem is, who wants second place to the Jews, or to anyone else?
My Comanche people always considered themselves superior. Most Gentile "tribes" likewise fight viciously in defense of their own preeminence. For Jews to have God-given superiority seems unfair. To be "chosen" seems like cheating.
The name of God Himself draws animosity toward those who carry it. Jews carry that Name in a way no Gentile ever can. Many Gentiles respond with fear, then envy, then hate.
Leftist Jews realized their dilemma in the ‘20s and ‘30s. They offered a social philosophy to elude their predicament. Marxists like Isaac Deutcher envisioned a social revolution abolishing all differentiation and borders, thus eliminating anti-Semitism once and for all.
Marxism waged war against Jewishness, Zionism and scripture, all in a profound attempt to deflect world hatred away from Jews. It advocated racial "equality," undermining any special value in any race, particularly the Jews.
Yet, we Gentile tribesmen rather fancy ourselves, even if that means pitting our identity against the Jews. So God put fear of the Jews in all of us, to ensure we will never win. The Jew will always be present.
We’re supposed to make room for the Jew, and learn from him.
Yet, many Americans would betray their own Judeo-Christian foundation, would betray their own identity by betraying Israel.
They should consider the fact that sacrificing Israel might incur the "wrath of God" in ways more unexpected than September 11.
"I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse," said God to Abraham, in Genesis 12:2.
Should America tempt history just for the superficial appeasement of Israel’s enemies and of our own?