One reason for the latest renewed increase in anti-Semitism is the theory that if Israel would just give up more land, everything would calm down.
But demands for Israel to give up more territory will never end. Middle Eastern dictators have demanded pieces since 1948, always promising to leave Israel alone afterward. Israel’s own leaders and many U.S. Presidents have fallen for this false promise. Yet, there is always more to follow. Even after Israel gave up most of the West Bank and all of Gaza to the Palestinian authority, guerilla organizations like Fattah and Hamas still want the destruction of all of Israel.
There are those who feel that, because so many Jewish people live outside of Israel in various countries with Israel itself being nationality-mixed, that the actual state has no significance any more. But historical facts are Israel’s best defense.
Tangible Evidence Supports Israel’s Early Existence
Archaeology continually proves that Israel has had a presence where it stands for over 3,000 years. Cultural evidence for how the Israelites made things and how they worshipped consistently pre-date that of other regional peoples. Evidence of Abraham’s and his descendants’ nomadic lifestyle exists in the West Bank (formerly referred to as Judea and Samaria), a most fought-over region. The Philistines moved in on the land in the 12th century B.C., but the Philistines are extinct.
Refugees from Israel began calling themselves “Palestinians” in 1967, two decades after modern Israel became a state (although before Israel in 1948, this area was known for many years as Palestine).
There is historical documentation that the Hebrew King David was the founder of Jerusalem.
Rome didn’t take this land from the Jews until 70 A.D. and again in 135 A.D. The writings of Josephus, a Jewish historian and general in the army against
Rome, provides proven evidence of the early days of Israel.
Israel doesn’t attack others
We could easily be taken in by the ranting of a sensation-hungry media that caters to the likes and dislikes of Islamic terrorists. But since becoming a state in 1948, Israel has always been attacked first in the wars they have fought. They have never been the attacker except for the possible latest fighting in Lebanon.
Israel has always been an ally to the United States. Its leaders have exhibited extreme patience by taking our suggestions not to retaliate against her enemies.
Yet Israel has one of the finest, mightiest military in the world – organized by the government, not reckless, hateful guerillas – and this has led them to victory time after time. I might add that everyone in Israel over 18 MUST take part in the Israeli Armed Forces; both men and women.
Yet Another Way to Look At It
For those who are still not convinced why America should support Israel and the Jewish people:
*Israel’s government and people don’t shout for revenge or hog TV cameras to perform grotesque acts of terrorism.
*Israel doesn’t brainwash its children in military training camps to hijack planes or to blow people up.
*Jewish leaders have never called for death to all non-Jews as Arab terrorist extremists have called for death to all “infidels”.
*Although Jewish holy sites around Jerusalem have been vandalized and even restricted from Jews themselves, the Jewish government (except in dire situations) has always allowed Muslims and Christians to have access to various holy sites.
So why are so many people against Israel and the Jewish world population? Why does the current Human Rights Committee of the U.N. turn a blind eye to all the degradation of human rights going on in places like Darfur and North Korea, and yet call Israel an “abuser of human rights”? Israel abuses no one!
Genesis 12:3 says of Abraham’s descendants (the nation Israel): “God will bless those who bless them and curse whoever curses them” (Genesis 12:3). It is echoed in the New Testament.That should be enough to scare anyone who believes in any God.
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