This week, the goal is to provide reasons why Israel matters. We’re taking a look at specific things that confirm to us why it is important to stand with Israel. I hope you are encouraged to know and understand the truth about Israel, as you won’t hear it in the media!
Today and tomorrow, we’ll answer specific questions, so pull up a chair and join us at the virtual study table!
Is Israel Friendly toward Christians?
This is an important question, particularly given the centuries of antisemitism perpetrated in the name of Christianity. (ie – Holocaust, Spanish Inquisition, crusades, etc) However, I can report to you that significant bridges have been built between Jews and Christians in Israel, and the general atmosphere is pleasant between the two.
Israel is the only safe place for Christians in the Middle East. While over 1 million Christians have been murdered in the Middle East over the past 10 years, Israel preserves the rights of Christians and allows freedom of religion and worship. Christians in the Jewish state vote, hold office and serve in the military.
Is Israel a Racist State?
Often accused of such in the media, Israel is far from a racist state. All citizens, including Arabs, Palestinians, Druze, Bedouins and others, vote and have representation in the Israeli Knesset. They hold elected office and serve in other government positions such as Supreme Court justices and leadership of the Border Police. They receive school funding and state benefits, besides having better paying jobs and greater opportunities in Israel than in any other country in the region.
In Israel, you will find Arab doctors, attorneys, entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists, journalists and even a former Miss Israel!
Is the UN Fair to Israel?
Well, you decide! Of the 193 member states, none have come remotely close to the number of sanctions leveled upon Israel. For example, in 2014, Israel was sanctioned 20 times, while all others (including North Korea, Syria, Iran, etc) were sanctioned only 6 times (collectively)! The same is true year-after-year. Historically, the UN has been a tool in the hands of those who wish to delegitimize Israel, and has denied them the right to defend its citizens. Double standards abound, but praise God for the resolve of US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who stands firm in defense of Israel!
Is Israel the Obstacle to Peace in the Middle East?
If you take former President Jimmy Carter’s word for it, apparently so! But, let’s not jump too quickly to take that opinion! Despite many wars since Israel’s rebirth, not once has Israel instigated any of them. They have been consistently attacked. Furthermore, at least 5 times since 1917, the Palestinians have been offered land, including East Jerusalem as their capital. They have said “no” each time. As the famous quote says, “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity!” But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it best:
Indeed, Israel gets an unfair rap, yet they press on! Pray for Israel. As Christians, its our obligation…and our joy! Join us again tomorrow as we finish off this week’s study!