When United Nations Resolution 181 was implemented in 1948, the agreement among the nations that a small sliver of land along the Mediterranean Sea – roughly the size of New Jersey – should be given to the Jews of the world. The children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob began arriving in the homeland they had prayed for, wept for and longed for for nearly two thousand years.
God had been angry with the Jews for following the pagan gods of the nations around them and disbursed them among the nations of the world. This was known as the diaspora, and until 1948 the Jews had no country. They were spread, quite literally, across the civilized world, where they were singled out for persecution by isolation, pogroms and attempts at downright genocide.
God had promised to bring the Jews back to Israel, and as the Book of Isaiah says: "Can a country be born in a day or a nation brought forth in a moment?" That is indeed what happened on Friday, May 14, 1948, when United Nations Resolution 181 was approved and the State of Israel came into existence.
Resolution 181 designated there be two states, one Israeli, one Palestinian. However, the surrounding Arab countries refused to recognize the Jewish state and mounted an attack against the Israelis. Jordan later annexed what would have been Palestine.
Israel was surrounded by enemies but had no allies, only a few old tanks and a small band of dedicated men who were willing to go up against a far superior force of better-armed enemies. The Israelis made clear for all the world to see that with the only ally they had – the only one they really needed – Almighty God, that Israel was here to stay.
Israel has been fighting, overtly or covertly since the day it came into existence. It has survived attempted invasions, suicide bombers, political attacks from an ever-increasingly, anti-Semitic world, and still, the desert blooms and the wheels of commerce and technology continue to grind out innovation and progress.
Our world is separated, for the most part, from our enemies by thousands of miles of ocean and land mass. Israel is separated from their enemies by an imaginary line. Their enemies live around them and among them, and only the grace of God and 24-7-365 vigilance can prevent daily catastrophe.
Israel is the most criticized and misunderstood nation on earth when it comes to the world media, who almost always take the part of Israel's enemies and stop short of telling the whole story, the part that would rationalize and exonerate Israel's actions and make the world understand what it's like to live across the street from an enemy who is sworn to erase you from the face of the earth.
Such circumstances require immediate and decisive action, sometimes resulting in unavoidable collateral damage, which the world press has a proclivity of making appear intentional. They paint the Israelis as the aggressor when what they've really carried out was a defensive move. When rockets are fired from a school, Israel has no choice but to take out the target. Those who do not make it out – despite IDF warning shots – are then used as propaganda by Hamas.
If you look at a map of the Middle East, you'll see millions of acres of land that would be available to the "disenfranchised" Palestinians, land just like the areas where Israel has brought forth crops and orchards, built roads and made water available for the building of new modern settlements, complete with schools and commercial businesses.
Nobody keeps the Palestinian people from doing the same thing. Many of the Middle Eastern nations are very rich in oil and could certainly help finance a Palestinian attempt to build a nation for themselves, but it seems, they'd rather be in a constant state of conflict and spend their money on weapons of war and teaching their children "How to stab a Jew."
The truth of the matter is that they are much more useful in a continuous state of irritation, supplying an unending reserve of cannon fodder and suicide bombers, and truth be known, none of the Middle Eastern nations seem to be willing to take in the Palestinians.
Look at Lebanon. Beirut was once known as the Paris of the Middle East. Now it's little more than a free fire zone. Lebanon was once the headquarters of Yasser Arafat, the man who turned down a peace deal that would have given the Palestinians 95 percent of what they had asked for, choosing chaos instead of peace, and never willing to admit that Israel has a right to exist.
Many Palestinian children are raised to hate Jews, to consider them a sub-race that deserve total annihilation; that a good follower of Islam should be willing to forfeit his life in the furtherance of the cause; that becoming a martyr insures their entrance into a male dominated paradise full of doe-eyed virgins to do their bidding.
It seems things are starting to heat up in Israel again, with stabbings and other acts of violence continuing to increase.
Don't expect the Israelis to take it sitting down. They will retaliate in whatever fashion is required to protect its citizens, no matter what a prejudiced media and a lukewarm American president has to say about it.
Israel will be bloodied and bruised, but they will never give up. The children of Israel will never be uprooted.
I have that on the Highest Authority.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.
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Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.