The State of Israel is a small outpost of Western Civilization in the Middle East. Of its total 8 million population, just over 6 million are Jewish and almost 1.7 million are Arabs. The Arab minority participates in the political, social and economic life of the nation. The civil rights of gays and women are also strongly protected. Israel’s economy is highly developed and technologically advanced. As of 2013, Israel ranks 19th among 187 nations on the UN’s Human Development Index, which places it in the category of “Very Highly Developed.”
In spite of this, there is no nation on earth that is more hated than is Israel. Based on U.N. resolutions, there is no nation that even approaches Israel’s piranha status. For many in the West this animus flows primarily from the creation of Palestinian refugees as a consequence of the 1948 war associated with Israel’s creation. For many Arabs and Persians, this hatred is of an existential nature. Since its creation, Israel has fought at least 15 significant conflicts with its Arab neighbors, including 3 major wars of intended annihilation (War of Independence, Six Day War and Yom Kippur War).
Currently Israel is surrounded by genocidal-minded enemies, including Hezbollah, Hamas, the PLO and Iran. These terrorist organizations and nations make no attempt to hide their genocidal intentions. Their intentions are also made clear by their actions:
- Hundreds of suicide bomb attacks launched from the PLO controlled West Bank
- Eleven thousand rocket attacks launched from the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip
- Rocket attacks and kidnappings by Hezbollah
- Development of nuclear weapons and delivery systems by Iran
- Direct support of Hezbollah’s military capability and operations by Iran
In all of these actions the perpetrators have one goal: to kill, maim and terrorize Jews; babies, women, elderly, men, soldiers, whoever. They name city streets after successful suicide bombers, teach gross anti-Semitism in their children’s text books and celebrate in the streets when Jews are successfully murdered. The following figure attempts to summarize Israel’s current precarious national security situation.
The tragic fact is that it is only Israel’s military and economic supremacy that prevents its neighbors from succeeding in their genocidal plans. Were Israel to lose the next war, its six-million Jewish citizens would be under direct threat of extermination. Were Iran to deliver a couple of nuclear bombs within is borders, the vast majority of Israeli citizens would be killed within seconds.
When Israel, after long periods of attack by its terrorist neighbors, finally uses its military might to defend itself, its attempts to minimize loss of civilian life are the greatest in world history. If it can avoid use of military force, it does so, for example, by building a defensive wall to keep suicide bombers out.
You might think that, seeing the massive, sustained and active existential threat under which this nation tragically lives, Christian organizations would be motivated to provide support. At the very least, they would not seek to increase the likelihood that Israel will succumb to the genocidal intentions of its enemies. After all, the Bible says:
Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? (Proverbs 24:11,12, ESV)
You thus might think that a Christian denomination would not do anything to undermine a nation under this threat. For, to reduce the morale, economic vitality or defenses of such a nation is unavoidably to advance the goals of those who actively wish to exterminate it.