Don’t Forget Israel

April 28, 2010 by Paul Chappell

The Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:1–3 promises God’s blessing to nations who remember and support the nation of Israel: “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Since the modern rebirth of Israel in 1948, the United States has stood as her ally and willingly assisted in her defense. I believe our support for Israel is one reason God has so generously blessed our nation.

In recent days, however, we’ve seen a change in spirit toward Israel. Our current administration evidenced dwindling support when dinner plans at the White House suddenly changed while hosting Israel as the following news article relates:

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Benjamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Obama walked out of his meeting with Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new,” a U.S. congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages,” poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea.”

(Read the complete Times article here.)

A few days after this occurrence, Fox News posted an article that reported former New York Mayor Ed Koch’s disappointment of this treatment:

Koch said he believes Obama “orchestrated” what happened in Israel.

“What they did is they wanted to make Israel into a pariah,” he said. “It’s outrageous in my judgment. ”

Koch said he’s shocked that Congress, which largely supports Israel hasn’t “stood up and said to the president, ‘you’re wrong on this, Mr. President.'”

“I believe that the Obama administration is willing to throw Israel under the bus in order to please Muslim nations.”

(Read the complete FoxNews.com article here.)

Based on God’s promise God to bless those who bless Israel, I sincerely hope that the expressions of pressure from the United States only represent a momentary move and not a complete change in direction. Pray that America will not turn her back on Israel. We do not need less of God’s favor in America; we need His blessing now more than ever.


1 Comment »

  1. Good afternoon, Pastor Chappell

    Amen! to your vigilence in proclaiming “Thus Saith the Lord”! By doing so, the generation behind you can KNOW why we should take a Biblical stand on this matter as well as others.

    Drive on!

    Comment by Pastor Ricardo W. Payne — May 19, 2011 @ 11:56 am

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