A few days ago, The Atlantic reported that an unidentified government official used a derogatory term in reference to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, confirming that US-Israeli relations are indeed in crisis. Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry called the Prime Minister to offer an apology, and he labeled the comment “disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging.” As much as I sincerely appreciate the fact that the US administration chose to apologize, I must admit that I’m skeptical that there will be any positive movement in the relationship as a whole.
Why? Because the US track record when it comes to Israel is simply not favorable. For example:
- The Obama administration is doing nothing to curtail Hamas’s efforts to restore the terror tunnel network into Israel that the IDF destroyed this past summer.
- America is adamant about negotiating a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran, a regime that has blatantly said they desire to wipe Israel off the map.
- Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered and maimed in ISIS’s reign of terror, yet America hardly reacts.
- Qatari funding of Hamas, ISIS and other terror groups is ignored.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allows jihadists to operate freely (including massacre of the Kurds) in Turkey and on the borders, in order to fight in Syria, with no reaction from the US.
- Though the Palestinian Authority has formed a unity government with Hamas (a designated terrorist organization), the US continues to pressure Israel to negotiate with the PA.
- The US fails to reprimand the PA for acts of terror, while condemning Israel for attacks in Gaza.
It is certainly my prayer that the US apology to Israel is a sign of mending relations. I would like to think that America will not turn its back on Israel. However, recent history reveals a different story, and the Obama administration would certainly need to make a 180 degree turn in its attitude toward Israel in order for that to occur. Let’s pray diligently that the Lord will work a miracle in that relationship.
On another note, the IDF confirmed a rocket launch from Gaza into Israel on Friday. No one was injured and the cease fire that went into effect on August 26 seems to be holding despite the incident. Pray that this was an isolated incident and not Hamas ramping up rocket attacks once again.
Birth pangs may seem to have lightened for the time being, but we can be sure that it is only a matter of time before contractions will increase again. In the midst of it all, it is our responsibility to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122). Let’s be faithful to do that!