World Opinion Has Changed
Toward Israel Since 1947
Around the world there has been a great shift of opinion toward Israel since the historic UN vote on November 29, 1947, when it was agreed that Palestine would be partitioned into two states -- one Jewish and one Arab. Thirty-three member states voted in favor, thirteen against with ten abstentions -- a two-thirds vote. Obviously there was a favorable view toward the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine on the part of the UN. Understandably every Arab state and Palestinian Muslims not only opposed this decision but also supported war against Israel since Islam accepts that any land once under the control of Islam must perpetually be under that control. Now such a vote could never take place with sixty-nine Muslim member states in the UN. A two-thirds vote could never be reached today.
The rest is history. Palestinian Muslims and surrounding Arab states have waged major wars against Israel in 1948, 1967 and `1973 -- all with the intent of eliminating Israel. One would think that world opinion would be on the side of Israel -- a tiny nation with about seven million inhabitants against the Muslim world with its one billion plus inhabitants. But this is not the case. The world is for Goliath -- not David. Israel is almost universally condemned for wanting to continue to exist as a sovereign nation.
Doesn't every sovereign nation have that right?
This condemnation is largely over the Palestinian question. When Israel invaded Gaza in 2009 because thousands of rockets were fired at Israel due to Hamas belligerence, world opinion turned against Israel -- although Hamas' stated purpose is to eliminate Israel. Now in June 2010 world opinion has again turned against Israel due to its interdiction of a flotilla of so-called peace activists headed for Gaza. Although both Egypt and Israel both offered to inspect the ships and transship humanitarian cargo to Gaza, the flotilla resisted and refused the offer in collusion with Hamas. Obvious, no one knew what these six ships carried, so it was imperative for Israel to make sure no further arms shipments were being made to Hamas. That would make perfect sense for Israel since its very existence is threatened. How can Israel permit arms shipments which will certainly be used against it!
When it would obvious to any impartial observer that Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas and any organization or country bent on its total destruction, there really is no good explanation why there is almost universal condemnation of Israel.
One of the end time signs according to the book of Zechariah is the very trend we see developing today. According to Zechariah 14:2-4a: "I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it: the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, ...."
Think of it. The entire Muslim world, the entire Marxist world, most of the UN and EU are all against Israel -- in other words, all nations. From all appearances, there is a movement toward what is prophesied in Zechariah 14. Of course, there are those who belittle biblical prophecy -- especially when it is found in apocalyptic books like Zechariah -- but for true biblical students, Zechariah must be taken seriously. Why is the whole world against David and for Goliath? It doesn't make any sense. Could it be that in God's shepherding of history we are moving toward end-time events and the return of Christ?
By no means is there any way to predict a timetable, but the total illogic of current events causes one to wonder what could be the reason for such a reversal from a majority favorability toward to Israel in 1947 to a majority distain in 2010.