The Middle East conflict is one that has been discussed to the point of confusion. Explanations have become so complicated that it is difficult to understand the truth. As the Middle East conflict persists, you must be aware of the bigger picture. In this upcoming year, our nation has a choice to make—to move forward and honor a national leader who stands with Israel in unapologetic alignment, or not.
For you to make a wise decision, you need to understand the Middle East conflict. You can hear about it from every news station available—but is it truly understandable?
The Middle East Conflict Simplified
In the simplest terms, Israel wants to exist, and recognizes the right of her Arab neighbors to exist also.
However, many neighboring nations, such as Syria, do not recognize the right of a Jewish state to exist. In fact, 30 member states of the United Nations do not recognize Israel as a state—this includes 17 of the 22 Arab League nations.
Other countries that also do not recognize Israel include Bhutan, Cuba, and North Korea.
Every poll among Arab nations shows that the majority wants the Jewish state to be no more. This has been the mindset since Israel’s inception in 1948.
In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Partition Resolution, dividing Great Britain’s Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Under this resolution, Jerusalem would remain under the United Nations’ control.
- Today, the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Although some argue this adds to the Middle East conflict, could it be that Israel is making headway on shouting to the world that she has a right to exist?
Attack #1—The Arab-Israeli War of 1948
The Arabs refused to recognize the Partition Resolution. The nation of Israel accepted this division of the land, but the Arab nations did not. As a result, a number of Arab armies attacked in hopes of destroying the nation and taking total control. This war became known as the Arab-Israeli War of 1948.
The Israeli Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948, and half a dozen Arab states entered the territory on the morning of May 15, ready to attack.
One more layer of the Middle East conflict was added.
A Victory for Israel in the Middle East Conflict
To everyone’s surprise, Israel survived, and the land was able to rest—but for only a short amount of time.
Attack #2—The Six-Day War
In 1967, another attack was made on Israel—this time by the Egyptian dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser. His motive was to extinguish the Jewish state. Jordan and Syria joined in the efforts.
Another Victory for Israel in the Middle East Conflict
Again, the nation of Israel survived. This was when she took occupation of…
- The West Bank
- The Gaza Strip
- The Golan Heights
- The Sinai Peninsula
After the Six-Day War was over, 8 Arab nations met in Sudan. This meeting produced what was called the Khartoum Resolution, which became known for declaring the “Three No’s.”
- No peace with Israel
- No recognition of Israel
- No negotiations with Israel
Israel gained territory three times its previous size during the Six-Day War!
In short, Israel’s opposition was frustrated and embarrassed. A nation the size of New Jersey had been victorious against bigger and stronger nations. So, they convened and declared the “Three No’s.”
Another layer of the Middle East conflict was added.
What was Israel supposed to do?
Middle East Conflict and an Attempt to Make Peace
In 1979, Israel made an agreement to give the entire Sinai Peninsula—an oil-rich area bigger than Israel’s current occupied territory—back to Egypt.
Because Egypt said they would make peace.
One has to pose the following question: Do Israel’s neighbors really want to make peace?
All over Arab television, there is propaganda against Israel. Leaders are feeding their own citizens messages of hate and a desire to kill. Sadly, many believe the lies that are spread.
Hamas is recorded as saying, “We love death as much as the Jews love life.”
The fact is one nation wants to be recognized as a state, and her neighbors want her annihilated.
How is Israel supposed to make peace when her neighbors believe that she has no right to exist and that their god wants her wiped away?
These anti-Semitic beliefs toward the only democratic nation in the Middle East are based on lies and propaganda—completely irrational.
Something Everyone “Forgets” in the Middle East Conflict
If you were never told the size of these nations, you would think Israel was a “Goliath” nation that uses scare tactics and bullies her neighbors. You would think the other Middle East nations were small in comparison and needed the land to survive. If you were to watch the news, you would hear messages that Israel goes after her neighbors, looking for a fight.
This simply isn’t true.
The fact is that Israel—a tiny nation the size of New Jersey, possessing a population barely more than New York City and no oil—has become an unmovable stone to her neighbors.
The fact is that Israel is surrounded by people who despise her, yet somehow, she has been able to overcome.
Because the United States has backed her. As a result, both militaries have been strengthened, and the United States has been able to have a voice in the ever-persisting Middle East conflict—a voice for what is ethical and right.
You see, the Middle East conflict is more than a political issue; it is a moral issue. The two go hand in hand.
And if we—those who understand both the political and moral issue—do not stand with Israel and honor those in leadership, who will? And if Israel is not protected, what will happen?
If Israel decided today to surrender for peace, what would change?
- She would be immediately taken out, and countless lives would be lost.
If the Arab nations decided today to surrender for peace, what would change?
- There would be an end to the Middle East conflict.
Answer: Why Is the Middle East in Conflict?
The Arab states were more than angered and wanted the entire land to themselves—and thus war broke out.
Israel, with a place to finally call home, simply wanted to be recognized as having a right to exist. Her Arab neighbors had other intentions—to obliterate her.
Clearly, Israel is not out to take; she wants to exist. She wants to thrive. And if she is supported and allowed, others will thrive as well.
We must decide at this hour to see the bigger picture.
We must declare at this time Israel’s right to exist.
We must be determined to give our nation, and our leaders, the support they need to do what is right… In the eyes of God.
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