Vol: 102 Issue: 23 Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Many Americans, including those now occupying the White House, believe that America’s problems with the Islamic world stem from US support for Israel.
The thought is particularly attractive for those who refuse to believe the conflict is a religious conflict between the Islamic world and Christendom — the so-called ‘civilizational war’.
In this view, the Arab-Israeli conflict is over territory and the war against the US is aimed at severing US support for Israel.
Although US support for Israel plays a role in al-Qaeda’s recruitment efforts, Arab anti-Americanism predates US support for the Jewish State.
During both world wars, the Arab world aligned itself with the enemy. In WWI, the Ottoman Empire sided with Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm.
In WWII, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al Husseni, was one of Hitler’s closest confidents and advisors in his quest for a “final solution” to the “Jewish question.”
The majority of the Arab world, including Egypt, Iran, Syria was either allied with, or in sympathy with the Nazis. To this day, Hitler is idolized in much of the Arab world.
In 1948, the US very nearly withheld recognition from Israel. Secretary of State and WWII General George C Marshall told President Truman, “They stole that country. If you recognize it, Mr President, then next election, I shall not vote for you.”
Truman, a crusty Midwesterner, had no particular love for Jews. But he hated the Soviets. Truman had to recognize Israel before the Soviets didn, if for no other reason than to keep the Israelis from joining the Soviet bloc.
Truman’s diary, recently discovered among the papers at his presidential library, recorded a conversation he’d had with Henry Morganthau regarding the Exodus, a ship loaded with 4500 Jewish refugees refused entry into Palestine by the British.
“He’d no business whatever to call me,” Truman wrote. “The Jews have no sense of proportion nor do they have any judgement (sic) on world affairs. Henry brought a thousand Jews to New York on a supposedly temporary basis and they stayed.”
“The Jews, I find, are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment. Yet when they have power, physical, financial or political neither Hitler nor Stalin has anything on them for cruelty or mistreatment to the under dog. Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I’ve found very, very few who remember their past condition when prosperity comes.”
Truman recognized Israel in 1948 because the Russians were going to, not because Truman had any particular love for either Israel or the Jews. But that was the extent of US support for an independent Jewish State.
Israel fought its war of Independence primarily with captured German WWII equipment purchased from France, not American weapons. The Israeli air force’s first fighter aircraft were German ME-109 fighters, not American P-38s or Mustangs.
What US aid did go to Israel was in the form of limited loans specifically to purchase agricultural products from the US.
Later, during the 1956 Sinai War, the Eisenhower administration sided with Egypt against Isrel, France and Great Britain. Under US pressure, the British, French and Israelis were forced to withdraw. There were widespread charges that the Eisenhower administration was pro-Arab and anti-Israeli.
In 1964, US military aid was going to Egypt following Soviet-backed military coups in Syria and Iraq. The US feared the Soviets would construct military bases in those countries, so it started pumping aid into Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.
Nontheless, the Arab world turned to the Soviet Union as its principal ally.
President Johnson authorized limited US aid to Israel following the 1967 Six Days War, but only because the Soviets were pumping massive amounts of aid into the Arab side. Massive US aid to Israel only began after the 1973 Yom Kippur — also backed by the Soviets.
The antipathy of the Islamic world towards the Christian West predates the establishment of the modern State of Israel by 1400 years.
If America withdrew its support for Israel today and the Arabs annihilated the Jewish State tomorrow, it would not result in a new era of peace between the West and the Islamic world.
It would simply require coming up with a new excuse to continue the war. The war isn’t against Israel and the Christian West so much as it is a war against their God.
The diplomatic row that arose over Israel’s intention to construct new apartment buildings in East Jerusalem is a red herring.
The neighborhood in question is historically Jewish — the PA has already agreed to leave it in Israeli hands and exclude it from its claimed ‘capital’.
The Obama administration has evidently bought into the myth that the jihad against the West is over US support for Israel. So one of the ‘fundamental changes’ it is seeking is regime change.
Not in Iran, which is led by Shiite madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not in Syria, led by Bashar al Assad. Not in Lebanon where Hezbollah controls the country.
Not in Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas. Not in Saudi Arabia birthplace of the Wahabbi Islam that inspired al-Qaeda’s jihad.
The Obama administration is seeking regime change — in Israel!
According to the Bible, in the last days, Israel stands completely alone against a world united against it over the question of Jerusalem. (Zechariah 12:2-3)
That always seemed somewhat problematic for me — Israel and the US have been close allies for most of my lifetime. It has always been impossible for me to envision the US joining a global anti-Israeli coalition, but that is what the Bible forecasts.
Of course, the majority of the Scriptures concerning Israel in the last days are in reference to Israel during the Tribulation and after the Church Age has ended with the Rapture.
It is still difficult for me to see how the US could abandon its only ally in the region, but like most ‘problems’ with unfolding Bible prophecy, they have a way of working themselves out on their own as the time approaches.
I wondered how the Soviet Union and America could one day be eclipsed by Europe as the Bible predicts. It was less difficult to imagine following the USSR’s collapse in 1991.
It grows less difficult to imagine America’s ultimate collapse with every pronouncement emanating from the Obama White House.
The Obama administration is not much different than its predecessor in its fundamental misunderstanding of the roots of jihad against the West.
Israel isn’t the cause — it is the excuse. The jihad against the West wouldn’t end with the destruction of Israel — Israel is the ‘little Satan’ — America and the Christian West are the ‘Great Satan’.
The policies of the Obama administration are pushing Israel right into the waiting arms of Europe — which is precisely where the Bible puts Israel during the last days.
It is a leader of the Revived Roman Empire that confirms the covenant between Israel and ‘the many’ that results in Israel’s abbreviated period of false peace and security envisioned in Ezekiel 38:11.
Events continue to spiral, seemingly out of control, into exactly the scenario foretold by the Bible for the last days.
I say ‘seemingly’ because the fact that current events mirror Bible prophecy is PROOF that current events are actually part of a wider Divine Plan.
The fact that God foretold the events we are witnessing means that everything is EXACTLY as it should be and that God is in complete control of events.
To the rest of the world, it looks like chaos and confusion reign supreme. But that is the nature of the supernatural:
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1st Corinthians 1:18)
To the world, it looks terrifying. But for us who are saved, there is nothing to fear.The power is still with God. Trust Him.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1st John 4:18)
“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6)