Pray for Israel’s leadership
If the polling data holds, Benjamin Netanyahu will return
to power next month in Israel, a decade
after being driven from the prime minister’s chair by a Leftist media and
political community that still hates him with a passion.
Netanyahu, of course, comes from one of the most celebrated
Zionist families in the world. His father Benzion is a world-class scholar who
taught at Cornell. Older brother Jonathan is an iconic figure for leading the
famous Entebbe hostage rescue; he also gave the
ultimate sacrifice. Younger brother Iddo is a writer and doctor — all three
brothers served in an elite commando unit. They grew up with Israel’s history
In 1972, terrorists hijacked a Sabena passenger jet.
Benjamin (“Bibi”) led his commando unit in storming the plane (first posing as
repairmen in white coveralls and “tool boxes”). He was shot during the
In 1973, while a student at MIT, he along with his friends
hurried to fly home to Israel and fight
back the Syrians and Egyptians who has launched another war. This Yom Kippur War
would sober young Israelis like Bibi, who saw that a vicious Arab enemy could
not be pacified with diplomacy and talk.
From 1996-99, Netanyahu led
through a very difficult time. Dealing with a rash of homicide bombings in Jerusalem, the prime minister also had to fend-off the
not-subtle contempt displayed from Bill Clinton in Washington. Clinton’s
political machine undermined
at every turn, determined to force Netanyahu to accept the weird, unworkable,
and evil Oslo Accords.
hosted the serial killer Yasser Arafat and his PLO henchmen at the White House.
The very thought of someone like Arafat sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom is too surreal to think about
for very long.
Netanyahu on the other hand was treated to intense
arm-twisting, back-stabbing in the media, and barely concealed contempt during
press conferences with the American president.
Clinton, like his vice
president Al Gore a nominal Southern Baptist, surely had heard the Old Testament
promises to the Jews repeated from pulpits in his youth. Sadly, he and Gore went
the way of Jimmy Carter in their attempts to pressure Israel into
suicidal concessions with the Arabs.
By all accounts, Netanyahu hung tough, most especially at
the Wye negotiations, in
1998. Publicly, he pledged to continue the negotiations started by the Oslo crowd, who proposed that Israel swap “land for peace.” It
didn’t work then, is not working now, and will not work in the future. As prime
minister, Netanyahu demanded that the Palestinians truly renounce terror, which
of course did not happen. He did not deal with delusion, but reality. For that
he was literally hated by Western media and political machines.
In all public pronouncements about the Middle East, by
international leaders, one is chagrined to hear them spout that a “viable
Palestinian state living in peace alongside
Israel” is the right way to go.
The Netanyahu family knows that is folly, especially when
they annually visit Jonathan’s grave in
Jerusalem. They have lived through harsh realities not
carried by morally soft American leaders they’ve been forced to deal with.
Just this week in
Switzerland, World Economic Forum Chairman
Klaus Schwab, in a discussion with Bill Clinton, said that he believes there
must be close global cooperation in fending off economic disaster.
of course wholeheartedly agreed with him. Clinton
publicly said that America
must have “others” buy our Treasury notes.
Amazing! Globalism is all the rage now, and is reality. In
years past, when critics mocked people like Hal Lindsey, who said all along that
this global reality was coming, few thought this would really happen. But now it
is here. Bible prophecy teachers have been vindicated, in a sense.
What does this mean for
Israel? Only everything.
When the Prophets set down their oracles all those years
ago, most of the biggest scenarios could not be imagined, since they would
require a global cabal that did not
exist. Now it does.
In particular, the prophecies of Zechariah are on the
horizon. Israel is being
squeezed, this will intensify, and Netanyahu apparently is returning to power to
deal with not only regional troubles, but a global, collective enemy that smiles
and shakes his hand, while reaching for a sword with the other.
May the Lord bless this man, and give him peace and
strength to be a Joshua in our world today.