The Sabotage of Israel

November 26, 2013

Actions speak louder than words. Following the Arab Spring and his support for carving off land from Israel to form a Palestinian state, President Obama offered Israel this assurance, “Even while we may sometimes disagree, as friends sometimes will, the bonds between the United States and Israel are unbreakable, and the commitment of the United States to the security of Israel is ironclad.”

Now, with the Iranian agreement he helped push through, we see how ironclad that commitment to Israel really was. It was just a lot of hot air.

The deal brokered by Obama allows Iran to keep its centrifuges and continue enriching uranium. How is this different from the status quo? Iran also gets billions of dollars in sanctions relief and unspecified humanitarian aid from the West. Win-win for Iran. What concessions did they make? Iran promises that they won’t enrich over a certain threshold and promises that it will dismantle a modest amount of previously-enriched uranium. Aren’t these the same assertions they have always made? Lose–lose for the West.

This deal did little if anything to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions. And quite frankly, when they have the bomb, where will they use their bomb? Israel would be their first target, followed by the U.S. a close second. They, along with a host of other Muslim states, have long vowed the total destruction of Israel.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani is often considered a moderate. Yet, Iranian news agencies reported just prior to his inauguration that cleric Rohani had described the Zionist regime as “a wound that has sat on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed.” What better tool to remove Israel than a nuclear explosive.

No wonder Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters, “What was concluded in Geneva last night is not a historic agreement, it’s a historic mistake,”

Netanyahu continued, “For years the international community has demanded that Iran cease all uranium enrichment. Now, for the first time, the international community has formally consented that Iran continue its enrichment of uranium.” The deal, Netanyahu argued, leaves Iran “taking only cosmetic steps which it could reverse easily within a few weeks, and in return, sanctions that took years to put in place are going to be eased.” Needless to say, he is right.

How did our President respond? White House spokesmen reported that the President made a phone call to Netanyahu, and in it, “The President underscored that the United States will remain firm in our commitment to Israel, which has good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s intentions.” Once again actions speak louder than words. It’s more hot air.

I believe this deal is a tragic mistake for the United States. I believe we gain much more than we can ever give in our commitment to Israel. Let me explain why:

Israel is God’s creation. Not only was it created originally when God called Abraham out of the land of Ur and promised to make him a great nation, but Israel was recreated by God. After 2,000 years of dispersion, God kept His promise calling his chosen people back to their promised land. Ezekiel 34:12-13 says, “As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out my sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered . . . And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from among the countries, and I will bring them to their own land. I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places.”

That happened as the modern state of Israel was created in 1948. Since then, the United States has been one of her only friends.

People often ask: Why should we continue to support Israel? There is, of course, our mutual friendship and shared Judeo-Christian heritage. We could add that they are the only solid, pro-western democracy in the Middle East. Those are good reasons for our support, but there is a better reason. We need to be on Israel’s side because God is.

God gave the land to them as a perpetual heritage. God made the original covenant with Abraham and repeated it often. The prophet Isaiah wrote to Israel in Isaiah 54:5,10, “For your Maker is your husband. . . . For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.” Paul, in Romans 11:29, writes, “For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” God keeps His promises, and He will preserve Israel.

But what about Israel’s friends? God told Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you.” Since they became a nation, we have been Israel’s primary defender and protector. Could this be the reason that we have experienced unparalleled blessing and prosperity?

Even as we ourselves, as a nation, have turned our backs on God and have literally gone into a moral free fall because of it, we are still incredibly blessed by God. Why should God continue to bless us? Could it be because of our blessing of Israel with friendship and protection? With all the bad news in the world facing us, what more can we expect if we turn our back on our friend? Yet that is exactly what we did to Israel with this new agreement with Iran.

Rev. Daniel Packer has been a pastor for twenty years (Currently he serves as pastor of the Orrington Center Church in Orrington, Maine). He is an active proponent of Biblical morality. His e-mail address is pastordan@roadrunner.com.


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