March 21/09. The International Herald Tribune ran a story entitled "Is
Global Rebranding What Israel Needs?" The piece opened by recognizing Israel
as the world's pariah state:
Israel’s sports teams
have met hostility and violent protests in Sweden, Spain and Turkey.
Mauritania has closed the Israeli Embassy. Relations with Turkey, an
important Muslim ally, have suffered severely. A group of top international
judges and human rights investigators recently called for an investigation
into Israel's actions in Gaza. Israel Apartheid Week" drew participants in
54 cities around the world this month, twice the number of last year,
according to its organizers. And even in the American Jewish community,
albeit in its liberal wing, there is a chill.
Having established that
everybody hates Israel (even liberal Jews), the columnist, Ethan Bronner,
went on to build his case that Israel deserves it:
The reason that Israel
is a “pariah nation” has absolutely nothing to do with Israeli policies.
Israel was a pariah nation before it even had time to formulate national
policies. As already noted, long before there was an Israel, the world tried
to exterminate the Jews.
The true reason (for
hatred of Jews) is this: Israel stands, as God intended, a sign to the
nations. Israel was created as a visible proof of the true God's existence.
As the Bible declares,
Israel was created to receive, write down and preserve God's Word. It was
created to be the race through whom the Savior of the World would be born.
Even their failures and disciplines were predicted in order that it would be
a proof of the truth of God's Word. Their ultimate restoration to the land
promised their forefathers was predicted in detail. These prophecies have
been fulfilled before the eyes of our era.
All of this is lost on
the liberal media, just as it apparently has been on the liberal Obama
The World Tribune
reported this week that Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi cut
short his visit to Washington after getting an "extraordinarily cool"
reception from the new U.S. administration.
reportedly attempted to arrange meetings with President Obama, Vice
President Biden and intelligence czars Bob Gates, Dennis Blair or Michael
Mullen. None of them would see him. He had valuable intelligence information
about Iran to share with them.
The Tribune quoted an
unnamed diplomat who told them, "The administration is sending a very clear
message to Israel, and this is we want to talk about Palestine and not
And Israel Today
is reporting that the Obama administration is not just cool to Israel. It
alleges that President Obama "is about to break America's long ties of
friendship with Israel, and maybe even take steps toward the dissolution of
the Jewish state."
If true, America is in
even more serious trouble than even the most pessimistic assessment can
reflect. If America betrays Israel, then America is rejecting the Word of
The Bible warns, "It is
a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews
10:31) Fearful? That is an understatement of Biblical