By Jim Fletcher
I like Jews. I like them a lot. More than that, I believe
that God put a love for the Jewish people in my heart.
I just wanted to be upfront about my stance on the People
the world obsesses over.
Sir Martin Gilbert said last year, “People don’t like
Jews.” The British historian was not giving an opinion; he was stating a fact. I
think he is correct. He was giving us a reason for some of the bizarre policies
from the international community. You know, ways in which power-brokers the
world over turn truth on its head: placing terror states like Syria on the U.N. Security
Council; silence over Palestinian barbarism, while condemning Israel’s
insistence on survival. Things like that.
I think Jew-hatred is a supernatural sickness. It infects
otherwise healthy individuals. It is my opinion that a majority of people, if
polled, would indicate either an indifference or hostility toward the Jews. It
has always been this way, which is one of the most remarkable validations of the
Bible, by the way.
For some reason, late in his life, Benzion Netanyahu has
become a friend of mine. Whenever I’m in Israel,
I like visiting with him. Now 97, the patriarch of a great Israeli family is
sharp, engaging, and very wise. I’m sure he wonders why an evangelical from the
American Midwest calls him.
And yet Benzion is a prime example of everything that is
good about the Jews. He is fiercely nationalistic. He is discerning when it
comes to human nature. He is principled. He has his detractors, because, as
Charles Spurgeon once said, darkness hates the light.
Benzion guided his three sons to achieve great things in
life. One, Yoni, became a legendary combat hero. Another, Iddo, is one of the
most gifted writers I’ve ever known; he also finds time to be a physician! Of
course, the third son, Bibi, was prime minister and the most eloquent spokesman
for the Jewish state in the world today.
All three sons served in Israel’s
elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. They are Zionists.
At a time when international opinion of Israel
is hardening into something “not good,” there are people like the Netanyahu
family that stand their ground. They see the world for what it is. People like
that keep the rest of us alive.
Beyond that, there is the ethereal quality.
Benzion told me once about being a boy playing on the sand
dunes of Tel Aviv. This was around 1920, when the city was still young. On Israel’s
coast, today Tel Aviv is a bustling metropolis. “Then, there were only a few
small buildings and the sun burned all day,” Benzion said. A stone’s throw from
the beach (in the vicinity of Independence Hall), this section for me is a
metaphor for Israel’s
modern ascension. It is the sun shining on Israel’s
rebirth, a miracle without peer in world history.
state is new, the brightest of lighthouses showing us the way. For in it, one
can plainly see the guiding hand of the Lord of History. No puny man can thwart
Him. Hezbollah from outside seeks to kill Israel.
Hamas does the same from within. There are reports now that the Palestinian
Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas will “reconcile” with the killers from Hamas. No
surprise there; they are vultures-of-a-feather.
The recent terror event in Jerusalem,
in which a Palestinian worker drove his bulldozer through a street of panicked
people, is indicative of the madness of the Arabs. The scene unfolded near the
city’s central bus station, where a friend of mine maintains an office. God told
us in Genesis that Ishmael would be a wild donkey of a man, and that no man
could reason with him. Terror plots are snuffed-out on a daily basis by the
Israelis, and unfortunately, some succeed. Daily. People are obsessed with
killing Jews. “People don’t like Jews.” None of this makes sense, unless the
Bible is true.
The international community cannot summon-up the moral
courage to scream about the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. American diplomats
fume about Jewish reluctance to give away everything for a paper peace. Israeli
society is divided to some degree, not able to make up its mind whether peace
initiatives are good or bad.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God said that He is always
watching, and that Jerusalem’s
walls are ever before Him. God does not forget even one captured soldier. He
also gave ample warning to the nations, long ago, not to do anything that would
endanger the Jews. Finally, even in that fractured society, Israel
today speaks with one voice, literally. A century ago, the scholar Eliazar
Ben-Yehuda began to resurrect the ancient Hebrew language. Right at this moment,
Israelis gathered from dozens and dozens of countries…speak
Hebrew. Again, this is unparalleled in human history, this restoration of an
It isn’t that the world doesn’t recognize these things.
It’s that the world rejects them.
Fundamentally, humans understand that there is a God who made everything. In
fact, He predicted our rebellion. He provided and provides constant proof that
He exists. But the international community continues its mad march to oblivion
Once, the Jews were few in their ancient land. The land
itself was bleak. But on cue, the Jews came back. They ran and laughed and
shouted on the sandy shore of the Mediterranean.
The world hates them. The world tries to ignore them.
Scholars call them a coincidence, an accident of history. Their enemies plot
But — thanks be to God —
they are here.