If you’re blaming Israel and/or the Jewish people for everything wrong in the world, you’re doing life wrong. Let’s get that much out of the way, off the top.
Also know that I am a friend of Israel, totally – even militantly – supportive of their right to exist.
Think about it: They’re a tiny spot on the map in the Middle East, surrounded by larger nations, all with murderous, anti-Semitic intent, yet, they thrive.
Is that why I support them? Because they’re the underdogs that still manage to dominate, in spite of the odds?
No, I support them because I am a Christian, and I believe every word, every promise made in the Holy Bible about the place of Israel in the world.
The inerrant Word of the Most High God is very clear about Israel and the Jewish people. He had a plan, and any who think they can push against what God has set in place will find themselves laying the groundwork for their own undoing.
Genesis 12:3 is one of my favorite verses, regarding Father God’s care for His chosen people.
The Amplified version of the verse reads:
“And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you,
And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.
And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.”
With that in mind, let’s talk about the Iranian Studies professor with Columbia University in New York, who mindlessly lashed out at Israel on his Twitter feed this week (actually not an uncommon thing with leftist keepers of academia).
From Campus Reform:
Hamid Dabashi, who also teaches comparative literature, tweeted Monday that Israel is responsible for all the “dirty” things happening in the world, in response to a New York Times article accusing an investigation firm created by former Israel Defense Forces intelligence analysts for gathering “dirt” on Benjamin Rhodes, who was a national security aide to President Barack Obama.
“Every dirty treacherous ugly and pernicious act happening in the world just wait for a few days and the ugly name of ‘Israel’ will pup…,” Dabashi wrote.
Something must have interrupted his train of Jew-hatred thought, but he picked it back up, shortly afterwards:
“These laughing hyaenas —the Zionists the Saudis and the US neocons are f**** with the wrong country—in their stupidity and ignorance they think they are fighting with the Iranian government—they are dead wrong—they are picking up a fight…,” said Dabashi in a tweet.
He’s a nasty guy.
He wrote a similar post to his Facebook page back in February, blaming Israel for all the troubles in the world.
His latest social media breakdown can likely be attributed to President Trump backing out of the Iranian nuclear agreement set in place by former President Barack Obama.
And for those on the left who are clutching your pearls over the move, understand that many of us are flummoxed at the notion that Obama would want to empower a murderous, hateful Iranian regime, and would do so without the express approval of Congress, as the U.S. Constitution requires.
Rather than make the Iranian nuclear deal a treaty – something the public was against, and he knew he’d never get through Congress – he cut corners to make the deal happen. He sent over $100 billion to a terrorist regime, who hate us, and hate our staunchest ally in the Middle East, Israel.
Some of that money was funneled straight to jihadists in Syria, so forgive those of us who are not upset that Trump did something correct and walked us away from that nightmarish deal. If you’re upset, be upset at Barack Obama for building that particular house on shifting sand. It was an illegitimate deal, at its very conception.His arrogance overtook his ability to properly read his authority on this one.
But back to Professor Dabashi. His emotional breakdown over social media warrants attention.
StandWithUs is a campus support organization for Israel. Rena Nasar is the Tri-State Campus director, and she offered this, in regards to Dabashi’s hateful rhetoric:
“Blaming the Jewish state for every problem in the world is virulent anti-Semitism, echoing rhetoric that has led to oppression and violence against Jews for centuries,” said Nasar. “Unfortunately, this is unsurprising coming from a professor with a long history of racism against Jews and Israelis. Columbia University should unequivocally condemn this hate coming from one of its faculty members.”
They should, but sadly, today’s college campuses have a poor track record for defending every representative group with equal veracity. There’s no indication that Columbia University are looking into this poison they’ve allowed to be loosed on students at their school.
This hatefulness against Israel and the Jewish people is alarming, but for Christians, a study of their Bibles, especially in books like Joel, Isaiah, and Revelations, it’s not a sudden shock. We knew it was coming. We knew there would be dark days ahead, but we also know Who watches over Israel. He neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4).
There’s a reason Israel is one of the most polemic issues across the globe, more hotly contested, and for a longer period, than anything else that commands today’s headlines.
Yes, the return of the scattered Jewish people to their homeland, the rebuilding of the Jewish state, after nearly 2,000 years was controversial, but it was also Biblical.
Ezekiel 20:34 CSB – “I will bring you from the peoples and gather you from the countries where you were scattered, with a strong hand, an outstretched arm, and outpoured wrath.”
The state of Israel was established on May 14, 1948. In 1950, Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, which stated: “Every Jew has the right to immigrate to this country…”
And it is happening. Jewish peoples are gathering from the lands where they were scattered – across Europe, Russia, Ethiopia, even the United States – and they’re returning to Israel.
For the Christian believer, it’s as exciting to watch unfold as it is troubling, given the hate that is so often lobbed against the tiny nation from extremists in the academic community, as well as that den of vipers with the United Nations.
Here’s one thing I’ve experienced that’s curious, and it’s not really a secret, apparently, because others inevitably point it out: The common Jewish citizen tends to be a bit “dismissive” or maybe perplexed at Christian support of Israel and the Jewish people.
That’s ok. For Christians, we know what we’ve been given, because of the sacrifice of a Jewish carpenter. We know that our salvation comes from the hills of Zion, and we are a grateful people.
Show me a Christian who rejects the call to support Israel, and I’ll show you someone who needs more time at the altar, and in the Word of God.
We have a Biblical call to stand on the side of Israel.
Psalm 122:6 NIV – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.”
This is all any Christian should need to justify their pro-Israel views. It’s certainly all we need to be absolutely disgusted by professors and others who spew the kind of ungodly hate expressed by Professor Dabashi.