The United States struck a surprising nuclear deal with Iran last week. The agreement commits Iran to halt its nuclear activites for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief. U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the deal as putting substantial limitations on the Iranian nuclear program which the U.S. and its allies have feared could lead to nuclear weapons capabilities. He stated, "For the first time in a decade we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program."
They did it again. While we watched President Obama dodge the Syrian red line with Putin taking the lead, while we held our collective breaths as Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and France’s President Hollande stalled negotiations over the Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Islamists were at it again. This time they cunningly swooped in and placed their wildest dreams into the massive immigration reform bill recently passed by the United States Senate.
Almost every day we read in the newspapers that yet another deadly event has occurred between Hamas and Fatah in the Palestinian territories. In order for peace to prevail, it is obvious that these two opposing groups of people must put their differences aside and somehow form a unified government.
It would seem logical that Israel’s Arab neighbors would rise to the occasion and put real pressure on Hamas and Fatah to put aside their differences and make peace. But they do not. The question is, “Why?”
Israel appears to be between the proverbial rock and hard place. Unfortunately, Israel does not live in a friendly neighborhood. A half million hostile Arab neighbors surround Israel. Syria poses a dire threat. More importantly, recent frightening images from Syria have shown men, women and children writhing with seizures and pain caused by Assad attacking his own with chemical weapons. If Assad would kill his own people, what’s to keep him from attacking Israel to obtain the Golan Heights as a key strategic position?
A study of true American history will enlightened the reader to a direct correlation to Israel based on what America’s Founding Fathers faced when fleeing the tyranny of King George III as they sought a new life in what would become these “United States of America.”
Thanks, in part, to the Arab Spring, Israelis take very seriously the need to live in a constant state of preparedness. What if you had a special place, a convenient and secure place set aside in your home? What if in this secure place you had rows of gas masks – some small enough to fit every one of your children? What if you had to carry these with you at all times because your neighbors did not believe that you had the right to even exist?
Many stories of justice and of God overcoming evil fill the Bible, God’s Holy Word. One of the most dramatic and best known is the amazing defeat of the giant Goliath by David in I Samuel 17. David was a shepherd boy who miraculously vanquished the mocking giant Goliath on a battlefield in Israel. “The battle is the Lord’s,” shouted David as he hurled the fatal stone from his simple slingshot into Goliath’s forehead. The giant crumpled dead onto the battlefield floor. With this heroic feat and his simple trust in the Lord, David saved the Army and the nation of Israel from destruction.
With all the attention supposedly now focused on negotiations and “peace talks” between the Israelis and the Palestinians, why is most of the attention going to the ending of the building of new residences on land in towns and villages rightfully belonging to Israel?
Conflict between Jews and Muslims is certainly nothing new. In the Middle East it has been going on for centuries producing war after war and conflict after conflict. Death is always the result. The dead on both sides, both Jews and Muslims, are buried in the ground - the very same ground deeded to the Jews by God Himself in an eternal covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The bodies of the dead, Muslims and Jews alike, ‘rest in peace’ side by side buried in the same ground as their ancestors. Can Muslims only exist peacefully side by side with Jews in death?
Why do so many people in the world hate the Jews? Why is there so much anti-Semitism in the world? Why do so many nations seem to despise Israel? What is the cause of all this negative prejudice? What is the root of all this deep-seated hatred?
I think the answer is plain and clear. The answer is God.