We continue to examine the lies collated by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that are commonly presented by Israel’s opponents.

Lie # 7

Israeli policies endanger US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Simon Wiesenthal Centre response

20-5The charge that Israel endangers US troops in Iraq or the AF-Pak region is an update of the old “stab in the back” lie that Jews always betray their own friends, and the libel spouted by Henry Ford and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion that “Jews are the father of all wars”.

US General Petraeus has stated he considers Israel a great strategic asset for the US, and that his earlier remarks linking the safety of US troops in the region to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal (which two thirds of Israelis want) were taken out of context. A resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would benefit everyone, including the US. But an imposed return to what Abba Eban called “1967 Auschwitz borders” would endanger Israel’s survival and ultimately be disastrous for American interests and credibility in the world.

Background

This accusation and response were written in 2010 and the US has since withdrawn troops from Iraq (2011) and partially withdrawn from Afghanistan (complete withdrawal scheduled for the end of 2016). Press coverage has not referred to Israeli policy endangering US troops as influencing these decisions.

The Wiesenthal response uses the term “stab in the back” referring to the post World War I idea that Germany had not lost the war, but had been betrayed by its civilians. The betrayal story soon began to include Jewish elements as it was embellished over time, and caricatured the Jews as being unfaithful to their political friends. In further anti-Semitic literature, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion portrays the Jewish people as potentially using “universal war” to withstand collective attacks from their neighbours.

Biblical perspective

The Wiesenthal re­sponse refers to a much wider issue that is well recorded in Scripture – Israel’s es­trangement from, and demonisation by, the surrounding nations: “Ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people” (Ezek 36:3).

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee” (Deut 28:37).

Politics in the Middle East are rapidly chang­ing, yet whatever the circumstance, this prophecy of Israel’s “infamy” always manages to stay relevant. Yet to Yahweh, Israel is something different. He considers them a “special people” (Deut 7:6), “the apple of his eye” (Deut 32:10). God has not cast off His people whom He foreknew. Indeed they have and will yet suffer for their sins, two thirds of those in the land being cut off at Armageddon (Zech 13:8–9). But they will have the “spirit of grace and of supplication” poured upon them; they shall look on him whom they pierced, repent, be converted and delivered (Zech 12:10).

Just as God’s prophecies against Israel have been fulfilled, we can be sure His prophecies favouring the Jews will also be fulfilled. We can look forward with confidence to the day when the surrounding nations will say, “We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech 8:23).