Over the last few decades, Israel has become the metaphorical punching bag for the United Nations, with over 70 actions taken against them since 1955. From condemnations to censures Israel can’t seem to catch a break. For many years the United States has been a “friend” to Israel, but in the recent days, it seems our administration has turned its back on them. The vote taken to condemn Israel’s construction in Jerusalem has seen a lot of backlash, and rightfully so. In the face of recent events, I find myself unable to stay silent any longer: I stand with Israel.
As a sovereign state, Israel has the right to undergo construction in any part of their nation that they so desire. Secretary of State John Kerry has gone on record saying that the construction would “risk the security of the current two state solution with Palestine.” What Secretary Kerry and the United Nations are condemning Israel for is appropriate exercise of a nation’s rights as a sovereign state. Israel has not waged war on their enemies, or shown any security risk or intention to create strife. Instead, Israel has aided in the treatment of Syrian refugees from Aleppo, acting as a friend, and international ally. They have shown signs of good faith, and attempted to keep peace with those who have wished death upon them.
The Jewish state of Israel, on the whole, wishes to live in peace as their own state. The issue stems from Palestinians inability to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. When the United Nations partitioned the land in 1947, Jews mostly accepted the division, while Palestinians refused. Since May 15, 1948 Israel has been subjected to war and terrorism by the Arab states that surround them. From the attacks in 1948 to the attempt by Gamal Nasser to, in his own words, “destroy Israel,” and even down to hostile international relations today, Israel has dealt with more than enough.
I am a Christian. As a Christian, I believe that Israel is the Jewish Holy Land, and thus, they have the right to exist there peacefully. I also have friends and sisters who are Jewish, and personally consider Israel to be their Holy Land. Also, as a Christian, I believe my Savior, Jesus Christ, was Jewish, and feel the need to be a friend to Jews and Israel as a nation. I refuse to stand idle as our nation ignores the fundamental rights of a people group and a nation, simply because we want to be part of the international “in crowd.” As a country, we pride ourselves on supporting the underdog, and fighting for what’s right, but it seems our recent administration has forgotten the ideals of the United States of America.
I stand with Israel because they have proven that their desire is to exist in peace with that states that surround them, regardless of countless attempts to destroy their nation. I stand with Israel because no nation or people group should live in fear of terrorism simply because they express their religion differently than those around them. I stand with Israel because standing with them means standing for peace in the Middle East.