Israel: A Different Reason to Be Thankful

by | Nov 27, 2014 | Israel & Jewish Roots, Standing With Israel

This week marks a special milestone and anniversary in the history of modern Israel and Israel’s rebirth as the nation-state of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations approved resolution 181, laying the foundation for the State of Israel to be born six months later.

The Jewish people met this milestone with festive celebration and an overwhelming affirmation. The Arab and Islamic world responded with hostility, a resounding rejection, and a war that’s not ended since. (The full text of the resolution can be found here.

After considerable debate, the United Nations voted to partition the remaining portion of British Mandatory Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. The plan was supported by the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satellite governments, hoping that the new Jewish state would be a safeguard against British imperialism. Due to the support of President Harry S. Truman, and despite State Department advice and Department of Defense pressure otherwise, the United States likewise supported the partition plan, and ensured its passage.

Today, throughout Israel, it’s common to find streets and other public areas named “November 29” in honor of this milestone. But the U.N. vote did not take place a whim or an event in itself, but the conclusion of a series of events moving in this direction over the previous decades. Some of these include:

  • May 1916 – The Sykes-Picot Agreement, where British and French divided up the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire asserting their respective control and influence post WWI, and borders that are still evident and artificial today.
  • November 1917 – The Balfour Declaration affirmed British support for a Jewish state, noting “His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavous to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”
  • April 1920 – The San Remo Conference provided the foundation for mandates over Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine, and included in it the Balfour Declaration as part of the responsibility of the British mandate.
  • June 1922 – The British White Paper affirming the Balfour Declaration, but partitioning the area of the mandate by excluding the area east of the Jordan River (the east bank) from Jewish settlement. A total of 76 percent of the original Palestine Mandate land was renamed Transjordan and was given to the Emir Abdullah.
  • July 1922 – The League of Nations established the British Mandate over all of Palestine, based on the San Remo conference, affirming in the process the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the British mandate to implement this plan.

Over the following two and a half decades, Jewish immigration and return to Israel continued, but was limited by the British just as the Nazi killing machine was getting up to the capacity that would see 6 million murdered. The Land flourished and prospered, and Arabs from nearby countries also migrated in order to share in the prosperity. There were many cases of Jews and Arabs living together and getting along quite well, but these were overshadowed by the threats and actual violence against Jewish communities as the years went on and Israel’s independence drew closer.

The Jews of Palestine, then known as the Palestinians (a term that’s been adopted since the 1960s to refer to Arabs in Israel), celebrated. The Arab league rejected the partition plan, and fighting against the fetal Jewish state and Jewish communities erupted throughout the Land.

In 1949, formal fighting ended, but the war never did. The armistice line identifying the positions at the end of fighting became known as the Green Line, with Jordan and Egypt occupying land designated for an Arab state. No borders have ever been defined since because the state of war still exists.

It may be hard to imagine for gentiles, but the weight of 2000 years of history exploded that day in unbridled emotion. I imagine my father as a 10-year-old amid all the celebrations. I get choked up just thinking about it. Some of the history and festivity as related by people who lived through it are well documented in this video.

As much as the UN Partition resolution and many other milestones were significant, what’s certain is that it’s not the UN that gives Israel legitimacy. Israel’s legitimacy comes from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in a covenant and promise He made, has not broken, and never will. It’s impossible not to see the hand of God in the events leading up to Israel’s renewal and birth, and the miraculous victories over Israel’s enemies in 1948-49, 1967, 1973, and still today.

And because Israel’s rebirth is the fulfillment of God’s promise, it’s not a coincidence that the last three countries to decide to vote that November 29 to establish Israel as the Jewish state have seen the fulfillment of the promise of Genesis 12:3. In recent years, Liberia, Haiti, and the Philippines have been plagued by disease and natural disasters impacting millions. But it is Israel that has sent help and aid to their countries and it is Israel whose commitment and know how has helped—and is still helping—to save those in need.

This week, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. In Israel, we have another reason to be thankful.

Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He is married and the father of six. Throughout his life and career, he has been blessed by the calling to fellowship with Christian supporters of Israel and shares experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. He writes a regular column for Charisma magazine’s Standing With Israel. You can contact Jonathan at firstpersonisrael@gmail.com.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Messianic Rabbi: He That Has an Eye, Let Him Hear

Messianic Rabbi: He That Has an Eye, Let Him Hear

It is interesting that, as a Messianic rabbi the question I am asked most often by Christians is if I believe that they as Christians have to celebrate, or observe, the biblical Holy Days. They are usually asking about those days listed in Leviticus 23: Shabbat, Yom...

How the Holy Spirit Is Preparing America

How the Holy Spirit Is Preparing America

As the crackdown against Christianity in America grows, it is a cycle believers have seen before. While no one celebrates their religious freedom coming under attack, God has used this persecution to great effect throughout history. Over the centuries, there have been...

Dealing Effectively with the Dynamics of Change

Dealing Effectively with the Dynamics of Change

Change can be challenging. Some people look forward to change and embrace it. Some people dread change and try to avoid it. Since change is inevitable, so here are some of the dynamics surrounding change and the specific strategies to deal with change more...

God’s Holy Interruption Is Coming Soon

God’s Holy Interruption Is Coming Soon

This past weekend I preached at The Roads Church, a charismatic congregation located in the tiny town of Norris City, Illinois. Located amid cornfields, the population is only 1,325, but almost that many people visit the church on weekends. They come from all over...

The Biblical Way to Rise Above Mediocre Expectations

The Biblical Way to Rise Above Mediocre Expectations

We spend a lot of life figuring out if we “measure up,” a phrase someone coined in the mid-1800s. Even in childhood, we begin comparing ourselves with siblings and kids at school, and it never seems to stop. The problem goes back to Cain and Abel, doesn’t it? Most of...

RECENT ARTICLES

A Better Way to Witness to Others for Christ

”Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” (Rom. 2:4). Looking...
Why Does God Want Us to Speak with Tongues?

Why Does God Want Us to Speak with Tongues?

Why speak with tongues? There are many reasons for speaking in a spiritual language. Primarily, though, the Scriptures require it. The apostle Paul commanded us, saying, “Pray in the Spirit always” (Eph. 6:18). Jude commanded it in verse 20, saying, “Pray in the Holy...

Why God’s Rebuilding is Better Than His Restoration

Why God’s Rebuilding is Better Than His Restoration

Often, I have prayed for the Lord to restore something in my life. Whenever I have gone through a hard season or a broken relationship, my prayers automatically petition the Lord to restore my situation. Whenever there is a loss, and you are going through the grieving...

Why America Must Adopt the Battle Cry of Isaiah

Why America Must Adopt the Battle Cry of Isaiah

A battle cry is used to summon armies to war. A loud, unified shout could intimidate the strongest of enemies. Confidence in battle often tilts the scale toward victory, whereas timidity, fear and cowardliness will surely lead to defeat. In these dreadful times, don’t...

Intentionally Raising a Godly Generation

Intentionally Raising a Godly Generation

Debbie put her faith in Christ at age 11. In fact, her whole family met Jesus at just about the same time. As her parents began growing in their faith, they nurtured growth in their children as well. Family Bible reading, prayer and talking about God’s leading in...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]