Israel - God's elect or Satan's spawn?
If one were to believe much of the media reporting on Israel, it is a land obsessed with its wealth and military prowess, by a conceit that it is God’s ‘chosen people’, and an arrogance that the land is theirs in perpetuity. Jews flout international law, they alienate, build fences, persecute Muslims, and arbitrarily kill women and children.
This is the Arab-Muslim complaint, and the one largely swallowed by the world’s intelligentsia. The Muslim mantra is really no different to that propagated by the Nazis, and the end result is a global increase in anti-semitism, which goes largely unreported in the media – the Jews have ‘brought it on themselves’ and somehow ‘deserve it’.
Cranmer would like it known that Israel is a land of compassion, of generosity, and hospitality. Arab-Israelis have a standard of living higher than any of their brethren living in the region, and they have full citizenship which permits them to be elected to public office. Muslims are able to pursue successful careers in law, medicine, business and diplomacy. They have the freedom to worship, associate and assemble, and to speak freely without fear of intimidation or oppression. It is an undeniable fact that the freest Arabs in the Middle East are those in the Jewish state of Israel.
So the next time you hear sympathies for the plight of Palestinians, support for Hamas or Hizbullah, or expressions of understanding for the frustrations of Tehran and Damascus, please remember the nation with whom the Western world shares most. The next time some ill-informed Bishop in the Church of England demands action against Israel, or a boycott of Israeli goods, or conveys the impression that its supporters are supping with the Devil, consider those with whom God might just well be pleased. While the extremists launch missiles upon Israeli villages, or send suicide bombers into buses, bars, and markets, consider that Israel may be imperfect, but like all democracies, it is a land of tolerance, liberty, and justice. It is why many Arabs choose to live there, and they do, peacefully alongside their Semitic cousins.
Its borders are therefore worth protecting, militarily, if necessary.