You see, the picture that the media and "the world" shows us about Israel is quite distorted. They would have us believe that it is a nation of Zionists who have displaced the Palestinian people, and are war-mongering aggressors. Whatever side you fall on politically, an interesting history of the UN 1947 Resolution, might clear up a lot of your questions. The purpose of this post is not to argue the Israel/Arab dispute, but to share with you some concerns that might soon affect us all.
First of all, I must tell you that my impression of life in Israel was way off the mark. I definitely saw Israel through rose-colored classes. My naive impression was based on my Christian perspective of the Holocaust, and I envisioned a people returned to their ancestral homeland, unified in an embrace of their Jewish faith. Boy, was I ever wrong! The state of Israel is much like our own country. Secularism battles the Faithful, and within the religion of Judaism, there are radical sects who hate, yes, hate those who declare their hope in Jesus Christ. But it has gone far beyond disagreements over doctrine. Let me explain:
While human rights violations against religious Jews are denounced, it seems that those against Messianic Jews are overlooked. A Messianic businesswoman was run out of business due to complaints by Orthodox Jews. When a Messianic Jewish congregation in Beersheva was broken into, vandalized and members pushed and mistreated, there was no protest in the streets. And finally, when a bomb disguised in a Jewish holiday gift basket exploded, nearly killing a young boy, the alleged bomber admitted he worked for an extreme anti-missionary organization. And still, there were no protests in the streets. This is not radical Islamic fanaticists against Israeli citizens. This is Jew against Jew!
I guess what concerns me most is that this violence against Messianic Jews, as well as Christians, is carried out by their own countrymen. Apparently, in Israel, there is a long and sad history between Christianity and the Jewish community, and it has resulted in Israeli Jews not caring about Christians or Messianic Jews even though they are full citizens, serve in the Army, pay taxes and are loyal to the State. This is prejudice, pure and simple.
|© Norman Rockwell
It is my fervent wish that respect for each other and our individual beliefs would rule the day. But like I said, I'm a Christian -- and I know my Bible. The treatment of the Messianic Jews in their own country is like the proverbial "canary in the coal mine".... an early warning of danger. Are we far behind?