The True Light"In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him."John 1:4,9. The Good Seed and the Weeds“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.”Matthew 13:24,25.
According to conventional wisdom, just before the elections in
Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu said things so egregious that the
United States has been forced to rethink its position as Israel’s friend
and advocate before the UN Security Council. But the conventional
wisdom is wrong. The change didn’t come as a result of Netanyahu’s
comments. His words made a “handy excuse,” but the change in policy was
the plan all along. The following is a brief history of how we know
We know this from several sources. One is a man named Martin Indyk.
He served as U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations
from 2013 to 2014. In effect, he ran the peace talks for the Obama
Indyk now serves as vice president and director of Foreign Policy at
the Brookings Institution. That organization recently received $14.8
million dollars from the government of Qatar. The New York Times pointed to that transaction as a classic example of a foreign government buying influence in Washington. Qatar’s philanthropy also extends to several terror organizations, especially Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Back in February, well before the election, Indyk told the
Institute for National Security Studies, “If there is a government in
Israel after these elections that decides to pursue a two-state
solution, then there is a way forward.” Otherwise, he said things would
get ugly for Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reported at the time that without a change
in Israel’s government, “Indyk warned, there will be ‘international
actions’ pursued not by the Palestinians, but rather by the
international community ‘in terms of a Security Council resolution’ to
‘lay out and preserve the principles of a two-state solution in the
Security Council resolutions are subject to veto by any of its
permanent members. That means that these things could not happen
without U.S. approval. So, this ultimate Obama Administration insider —
the man they chose to lead what they considered crucial peace talks —
warned that the U.S. would turn on Israel if it re-elected Netanyahu.
In the understatement of the year, Indyk said such actions would likely be “against Israel’s will.”
This means that before the elections and before Netanyahu’s offending remarks (which he didn’t say anyway), the plan was already in place
to withdraw support for Israel from the UN Security Council and other
world bodies. Blaming the shift on Netanyahu’s manufactured comments is
simply a ruse at best.
Blessing and Cursing
The current strain in relations between the United States and Israel
has been well-documented. That relationship stands at the lowest point
since Israel’s founding. Statements against Israel made by the
President and Secretary of State have been bad enough, but the level of
rancor shown by lower level White House and State Department aids has
been absolutely stunning.
The problem has been characterized as a clash of personalities
between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. But the real
problem is Israel’s security. The president and his men seem to believe
that the Palestinians will turn into good guys when certain terms have
been met – terms that have been debated and rejected, since they will
leave Israel undefendable.
But Netanyahu and most other Israelis have heard such pipe dreams
from previous administrations of both parties, and they’re not buying it
anymore. They know the history. They remember their own recent
experiences with the Palestinians in Gaza and the disastrous Oslo
Accords. From those giveaways, they learned that you will never win by
trying to appease an insatiable foe.
The new American policy toward Israel has already begun to manifest
itself. The recent declassification of U.S. documents pertaining to
Israel’s top secret nuclear arms program makes a good case in point.
What kind of nation tells the world its ally’s most important secrets?
On CBS’s Face the Nation, Peggy Noonan expressed the opinion
of most observers when she said, “I think U.S.-Israeli relations right
now are in the worst shape I have ever seen them in — the worst shape
they have been in since 1948 when America was instrumental in inventing
That’s an interesting phrase — “instrumental in inventing Israel.”
It’s hard to fathom how a 239 year old nation could possibly have
“invented” a nation that came into existence over three thousand years
ago. Of course, she means the modern State of Israel, but it’s still
not in any way an American “invention.”
Israel is God’s invention. He created it. He made certain promises
to it and about it. No matter what the United States does, God Himself
will take care of Israel. While the Bible tells about some terrible
times in store for that small nation, it will endure.
And God will deal with nations according to their dealings with Israel. In Genesis 12:3, He said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.” [NASB]
Anyone who thinks that verse refers only to Abraham as an individual
and not to the Children of Israel, should look at Numbers 24:9. There
the promise is repeated as an oracle from the Lord, but this time
specifically to the nation of Israel. “Blessed is everyone who blesses you, And cursed is everyone who curses you.” [NASB]
We see the pattern hold true throughout the Old Testament. Even
those nations used by God to punish Israel when it strayed, were
themselves punished when they treated Israel poorly. Babylon is a
In 1948, the United States, led by President Harry Truman,
became the first nation to officially recognize Israel. He did so only
eleven minutes after their Declaration of Independence became official.
Warren Austin, the U.S. representative to the United Nations, was so outraged by Truman’s
decision that he left and went home. According to the Truman Library,
Secretary of State Marshall had to send “a State Department official to
the United Nations to prevent the entire United States delegation from
resigning.” Marshall did this despite the fact that he and most of the
rest of the U.S. foreign policy team had also opposed Truman on the issue.
What followed for the United States was an era of growth and
prosperity unlike anything in the history of the world. From that time
through 1973, the U.S. economy grew by almost 4% a year. Household
income grew an astronomical 74%. Compare that to the last few years
when we’ve seen household income actually fall.
When God said He would bless those who bless Israel, He meant it.
In the United States, we’ve seen it with our own eyes. But if He meant
one side of the equation, He meant the other side as well. He will curse those who curse Israel, just as we see happening before our eyes to the United States.