Special Report: Israel Death Watch
Vol: 80 Issue: 12 Monday, May 12, 2008
Special Report: Israel Death Watch
It is already a matter of established fact that from the perspective of the world, the State of Israel is a political aberration that should not have occurred. That is the prevailing consensus as Israel celebrates sixty years of independence — and the world mourns the Catastrophe of its creation.
The only reason that the Jewish State received recognition of its independence was because of collective guilt, according to the ‘new’ history of the region.
In 1948, the world was still absorbing the horrors of the Holocaust. Only three years before, Jews were being exterminated across Europe for the crime of being Jews.
Now they had returned to their ancestral homeland, seeking collective security under the slogan, “Never Again!” What else could the world leaders of the day say, given the circumstances?
But, given the benefit of historical hindsight, Richard Cohen of the Washington Post summed up the general global consensus:
“Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims [and some Christians] has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.”
Noted Mark Steyn in a column in the Washington Times:
“Since Israel marked its half-century, the “right to exist” is now routinely denied not just in Gaza and Ramallah and the region’s presidential palaces but on every European and Canadian college campus.”
Matthew Parris wrote in the Times of London:
“The past 40 years have been a catastrophe, gradual and incremental, for world Jewry. Seldom in history have the name and reputation of a human grouping lost so vast a store of support and sympathy so fast. My opinion held not passionately but with little personal doubt is that there is no point in arguing about whether the state of Israel should have been established where and when it was.”
One needn’t read too deeply between the lines to figure out which side Parris would take if he were to take a side.
McClean’s Magazine mourned the Catastrophe with a column that purported to explain “Why Israel Can’t Survive.” Author Michael Petrou wasn’t asking rhetorically, he was explaining flatly why Israel is doomed.
His column was subtitled: “Sixty years on, the country is facing a choice of two futures: It can be Jewish or democratic, but not both.”
One could sum up Petrou’s position using an anecdote from his column:
“Shortly after Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, published The Jewish State in 1896, two Viennese rabbis decided to travel to the Middle East to explore for themselves Herzl’s idea of a home for the Jewish people in Palestine.
Their visit resulted in a cable home in which the two rabbis wrote: “The bride is beautiful, but she is married to another man.”
Atlantic Monthly was a bit less definite in it’s treatment of Israel’s future. Its cover story at least framed the answer in the form of a question; “Is Israel Finished?” so that you had to read the whole column to find out the answer is an emphatic “Yes!”
The Atlantic Monthly column was written by an American Jew who had served in the IDF. (According to columnist Jeffrey Goldberg, it was Atlantic Monthly that chose the title.)
The general opinion seems to be that nobody is really fooled by all the talk about a ‘two-state’ solution — it seems to be part of an understood – but not talked about – process of undoing the historical mistake of 1948.
The 9/11 attacks have caused a global ‘re-think’ about the logic of standing with six million Jews against more than a billion Muslims.
The sympathy felt for the Holocaust survivors of 1948 has given way to sympathy for the Palestinian ‘refugees’ of 1967, as images of Hitler’s concentration camps have been supplanted by those of ‘stateless’ Palestinians languishing in Palestinian refugee camps.
A generation ago, it was understood that they were ‘stateless’ because Jordan and Egypt refused to absorb their citizens after losing the West Bank and Gaza to Israel in 1967. Today, all anybody hears is ‘stateless’.
Very few mainstream media types spend any time dwelling on the actual history of the region, as Mark Steyn did in his column:
Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East (Iraq may yet prove a second) and its Arab citizens enjoy more rights than they would living under any of the kleptocrat kings and psychotic dictators who otherwise infest the region.
On a tiny strip of land narrower at its narrowest point than many American townships, Israel has built a modern economy with a per capita gross domestic product just shy of $30,000 and within striking distance of the European Union average.
Steyn anticipates the mainstream argument that Israel’s success was paid for with US tax dollars, adding,
If you object that its economic blessings exist because it’s uniquely blessed by Uncle Sam, well, for the last 30 years the second largest recipient of U.S. aid has been Egypt: Its GDP per capita is $5,000, and America has nothing to show for its investment other than one-time pilot Mohamed Atta coming at you through the office window.
According to Scripture, the restoration of Israel to her ancient ancestral homeland was the start of the countdown to the end of this age and the return of Christ as the Jewish Messiah.
Using the parable of the fig tree as an illustration, Jesus said,
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
What are “all these things?” The Rapture. The Tribulation. The Triumphant Second Coming. The Judgment of the Nations. ALL these things in a single generation.
So, how long is a generation? The Bible offers five definitions, ranging from the age of procreation to the outside extreme of 120 years, (Genesis 6:3) but the most generally accepted definition is that offered in Psalms 90:10:
“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; (70 years) and if by reason of strength they be fourscore (80) years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”
Comparing the global consensus opinion on Israel’s future outlook to the prophecies of the Bible one finds that the mainstream media and the Hebrew prophets of antiquity are working from the same timetable.
Israel is now sixty years old — few in the mainstream expect it to survive to see eighty. Israel’s Death Watch has begun in earnest.
The timetable is accurate — but they’ve got the subject wrong. Israel will survive as long as the sun shines in the morning and the moon shines at night.
We have God’s Word on it:
“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is His Name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.”
It isn’t Israel that won’t still be here in twenty years. It’s the Church.
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)