If you struggle to grasp why the Middle East rejects Israel with such venom, I’d encourage you to watch and share this video for perspective. It’s a helpful history lesson that begins – not with the biblical record – but in 1947.
After viewing it, it would be wise to digest the powerful article by Elliott Abrams entitled The Man Who Broke the Middle East. Consider this excerpt:
The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained.
The article above was written last month – before Israel was forced to launch a ground offensive against HAMAS due to its incessant firing of missiles into Israel, with many attempting to target nuclear power plants (and thus create a devastating Chernobyl effect on a wide swath of the Jewish state).
We’re living in extremely tenuous times, with the Middle East on edge and a President that seems determined to fund-raise rather than secure our borders or support our allies.