I recently watched a TV program in which the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was
being discussed in the wake of Mahmoud Abbas’s request to the United Nations for
unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state and Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s rebuttal-address to the UN General Assembly. The program was clearly
and unashamedly biased toward the Palestinians, so I did not expect in any way a
balanced approach to the issue. They were clearly out to demonize Israel and
portray her as the real obstacle to peace in the conflict.
shocked me was that Israelis, “sabras” at that, appeared on the program and
happily went about trashing their own people, government and history! Naturally,
all this was done in the name of academia and thoughtful insight. Yet actually,
it was an attempt to rewrite history, debunk the Bible, deny the threat of
Islamic radicalism and offer respectability to terrorist groups like Hamas. The
latter were cast as well-meaning advocates for peace! In short, it was garbage.
There is no other word for it.
The question is: What motivates Israelis
to turn against their own people, distort the truth and collaborate with
Israel’s enemies? To me it appears as if they want to be accepted so badly that
they are unwilling to bear the reproach of standing with a people who are
isolated and condemned by the world.
These “new Israelis” are seeking to
join the world as they see it and probably hope to gain recognition and prestige
by these acts of betrayal. They are the enemy within.
Some years ago, in
October 2000 after the beginning of the second intifada, the ANC majority
government called for a debate in the South African parliament to discuss the
unfolding conflict in Israel.
Naturally, given its long relationship with
PLO chief Yasser Arafat, it took a biased pro-Palestinian position, and thus the
debate was one-sided and anti-Israel. To my amazement, a prominent South African
Jew was then called to take the podium and condemn Israel! It was a brilliant PR
move and it left me shocked.
In fact, and sadly, we read repeatedly of
this problem, particularly of liberal-leaning Israeli academics exploiting the
democratic freedoms of Israel to condemn their own nation and
This plays directly into the hands of Israel’s antagonists. I
have time and again been challenged by the fact that, when defending Israel
internationally, some prominent Israelis disagree with me and would seek to fold
groups like Hamas into the negotiating process.
This is not helpful! This
is not a new problem. Way back in the second century BCE, Jews joined forces
with Hellenists (the Bible calls them the “sons of Greece” – see Zechariah 9:13)
in order to undermine the foundations on which the nation was
Daniel, also referring to this, writes: “Those who do wickedly
against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know
their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits” (Daniel
In those days, this “enemy within” sought to drag Israel into the
gentile Grecian world and thereby refashion her in the image of the world. All
this required Israel to abandon her history and her biblical foundations and
values. Not much has changed! The enemy within is still hard at work undermining
the legitimate position and place of Israel.
Our encouragement, however,
comes from the fact that the God of the Bible is not dead, is ever watching and
will raise up people of faith to counter this foolishness, and they will do
“great exploits” in His name and from a source of truth.
This we clearly
witnessed in the conclusion to the attempt to hellenize Israel and the Jewish
people in the second century BCE. God raised up a family of Hasmoneans and they
began a revolt that saved Israel, enabled her to recover her independence, and
retain her faith.
Great exploits were done and we celebrate this every
year in December at what is called the Festival of Lights or Hanukka. God is
Rev. Hedding is vice chairman of the International Christian Embassy