I honestly didn’t think I would ever live to see the U.S. move its Embassy to Jerusalem.
I wasn’t encouraged when Congress overwhelmingly voted to do it decades ago.
I wasn’t encouraged when successive presidential candidates, winning and losing, pledged to do it.
In fact, I didn’t believe it would happen until Donald Trump was elected. Then it seemed to me that the politically impossible was becoming possible.
And that’s what happened this week.
I could only have enjoyed the moment more if I were there for the celebration.
That it came on the 70th anniversary of the end of the British mandate and the declaration of the revived nation of Israel was so fitting.
It was a historic moment lost on most of the international media, which gave near equal billing to violent protests by Hamas in Gaza.
These were not equal news events. These were not equal historic events. Not even close.
Yes, 52 deaths have occurred during these protests. And that’s just what Hamas desired. In fact, it wanted more. Hamas is responsible for all of the carnage. It’s an organization that systematically breeds hatred of the Jews. It’s one whose highest value is homicidal martyrdom. I don’t know what’s worse – the Satanic clergy who call for this stuff or the media that rush in to glorify these pathetic actions as those of “freedom fighters.”
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Trust me, in 100 years, no one will be canonizing the actions of Hamas in 2018. But there will be many history books written about what we all witnessed in Jerusalem this week.
Seventy years ago, the British pulled out of “Palestine.” Understand it was not a nation-state then, nor before. It was just a region of the world beloved to Jews, who were persecuted and scattered all over the world. The worst of the persecution took place in Europe, just a few years earlier, where half the world’s population of Jews was slaughtered in the Holocaust.
No nation welcomed the Jews after that devastation, so they sought their own nation like all the other people of the world – on their own historic land with a mixed population of Arabs and Jews. Keep in mind, there was already a Palestinian homeland next door, in Jordan. There were many other Arab states, most of them Muslim dominated.
Yet, when May 14, 1948, rolled around, every Arab nation and army rose up to annihilate the tiny, newly resurrected state of Israel, which had only a ragtag militia, without armor, without an air force and with very few trained soldiers.
Miraculously, the Israelis were victorious in that war – against all odds.
And the nation has been a living, thriving miracle in every sense ever since.
The “70 Years” trailer:
Again, facing another onslaught from the Arab powers in 1967, Israel triumphed and reunited its ancient capital of Jerusalem, half of which had been seized and occupied by Jordan in the 1948 war.
While Jordan occupied Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria for 19 years, there was little talk of “occupation.” When these traditionally and historically Jewish lands were liberated by Israel, suddenly the Israelis became the “occupiers.”
Propaganda has been the Arab world’s most effective weapon in its perpetual state of war – even more useful than the backup lights on its abandoned tanks.
For 70 years, Israel has been an economic and multicultural wonder of the world, reviving a once-dead language, re-creating a new Jewish culture and turning a wasteland into an oasis of prosperity, freedom, justice and a safe harbor for the most persecuted people on the planet for the last 3,500 years.
Why? How? It should be self-evident to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. God’s on their side.