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301. It’s All Israel’s Fault

It’s All Israel’s Fault
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
If you’ve been following the twists and turns of the “Arab Spring,” you’ve noticed an interesting and consistent theme in the rhetoric: The corrupt leaders they overthrew were, somehow, complicit with Israel. Take Libya, for example. Muammar Qaddafi was openly anti-Semitic and often argued for the elimination of Israel. Early in his reign he drove thousands of Jews (members of a community predating the Muslim conquest of Libya by hundreds of years) out of Libya. He was responsible for the confiscation of Jewish property, the conversion of synagogues into mosques, and the razing of Jewish cemeteries. The list goes on. Yet, some of the “revolutionaries” who overthrew him charged that he was at least part Jewish, and that his regime operated on behalf of Zionism.

Then there’s the Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, who has been consistently even more hostile to the Jews than Qaddafi. He openly supports Hamas and Hezbollah and their goal of wiping Israel off the map. And yet the Syrian opposition has taken the position that Assad is a Jewish agent.

Even in a moderate Arab state like Tunisia, the anti-Israel sentiment runs deep. The leader of the Islamist party, Ennahdha, recently stated that he was bringing glad tidings from the Arab region that will get rid of the germ of Israel. In Israel, leaders of ostensibly liberal parties have stated their belief that Jews were conspiring to bring about the collapse of the Egyptian economy. 

AS IS SEE IT
If they weren’t so threatening to Israel’s security, the claims would be laughable. I can’t help but wonder if the opposition force leaders actually believe their own words. Considering how they have been taught to hate Israel for most, if not all of their lives, they probably do believe it, but at what cost? Blaming the Jews for their nations’ woes blinds them from ever seeing the world as it really is. It blinds them from realizing that they are simply seeing the consequences of their own ideologies. The Arab Spring began when Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year old Tunisian peddler, set himself on fire out of utter frustration at being unable to earn a living in peace. He died on January 4, 2011. Imagine the despair that drove this man to take his own life!

Despair like this is the logical conclusion of a worldview that denies the redemption Christ purchased for mankind on the cross. It is the logical conclusion of a religion that offers no certainty of heaven unless you are willing to be a mass murderer. Individuals who have perfected the art of blaming others for their own shortcomings will probably never recover without the aid of some catastrophic event that radically shakes their world, and even that may not be enough. The same holds true for nations. One way or another, the anti-Semitism in Middle East nations will be the cause of their ultimate undoing.

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