Friday we prayed for a lot of people around here on the blog. I’d like you to mount up and continue praying for them as the day goes on – most of them need it badly and I’m honored to have you at my side in these prayers.
There’s another prayer that needs to go up: Please pray for Israel.
Unlike some of my friends, colleagues, and associates, I’ll make no apologies for that prayer. I believe that Israel is worthy to stand on her own merits and be ranked at the top of the nations. I am not basing this belief on an ancient Biblical text that says Israel is the chosen and favored of God. Nor am I saying this because Israel has some other hold on me.
I say this because they are worthy of our support. They are a democracy. They have freedom of religion. They take in thousands of immigrants (legally) each year and those people become a vibrant part of the society. I say this because the Jewish people have been hunted to the ends of the earth and this is their refuge. I say this because if they lose the battle they will be exterminated. The rivers will run red with the blood of children if the Jihadists get their way. (spell check tried to change jihadist to sadist – clever spell check!)
If you want to know who the enemies of Israel are just mention the topic. I am constantly dumbfounded by the vile filth that pours from people’s mouths on the topic. I am not amazed at the non-nonsensical moral equivalence that people create between Hamas and Israel. These are the same moonbats that thought we were no different in the United States than the Soviet Union was in our course of affairs. Sadly, one of those moonbats is now Secretary of State.
Hamas sends children with mental problems out as suicide bombers. Israel… well, they don’t. Israel, just by the bye, isn’t blockading Gaza. They won’t let weapons in when they can catch them, but food, medicine, concrete, books, clothing, all the staples of life get in regularly. Hamas uses them to build tunnels and weapons depots to hide their rockets under schools and hospitals. And mosques. Hamas demands the removal of all Jews from the area. Israel, um, er, just wants peace. Hamas seeks a caliphate. Israel has religious freedom (mentioned twice here, it’s kind of important in my opinion.) Israel is not the moral equivalent.
Here’s my analogy: Israel is the guy down the block that keeps upgrading his house and planting trees. He only asks to be left alone. He’s got a serious collection of weapons in his basement but doesn’t use them. Hamas is the group of thugs next door who stand in the back yard with their children playing on the swings. Every now and then they throw a grenade over the fence into Israel’s yard. Thousands of times. Finally Israel has enough, warns them to leave the yard because they are going to demolish the swings. Hamas herds all the family out to the swingset and then goes back into the house to take pictures when the bloodshed begins. That’s what we’re dealing with here.
So, how many rockets is it okay to fire into Fort Meyers, Florida – or Billings, Montana – before you go down the road and kick some butt? Yeah, that’s what this comes down to in the end. All the Israelis want is to be left alone. Once Hamas lays down the weapons and turns to a peaceful way of life, they have nothing to fear from the Israelis. But that wont’ happen: the Hamas charter explicitly states that the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable.
I’m too old to go and do anything useful in Israel. But I can pray. And speak up for our only true friend in the Middle East. Israel isn’t perfect, just ask the Liberty survivors. But they sure beat all the other contestants in that region.
Pray for Israel. Pray for peace.