by Dave Longeuay
On a spiritual level, after World War Two, some Holocaust survivors fled to the Promised Land, which had been renamed Palestine by the Romans, who had killed more than one million Jews, in the context of the destruction of the Second Temple and the quashing of the Bar Kochba Revolt. Why did the Romans hate the Jews? Roman government had no tolerance for free societies. The Jews of that time followed the Scriptures – the same source of inspiration that influenced the founding fathers of America. It is values from the Scriptures that have represented a threat to the ideals of the Romans, Islamists, Nazis and, today, to large portions of the Arab world. Because of these ideals they have attempted to slaughter Jews, Christians and Americans, and many of our allies throughout the centuries.
Today, Islamist terrorism finds its roots in nations and persons that violently oppose: freedom of speech; equality for women; free enterprise; the right to own land and businesses without government interference; freedom of religion, and democratic government – ideals shared by Israel, America and many of their allies.
Another significant parallel between Israel and America is how they both gained independence. Dave Longeuay’s novel Rebirth, about the re-establishment of Israel in 1948, does a great job of weaving together a fictional storyline with real historical events. The British government persecuted both nations, which rose above their tormentors and founded two of the mightiest countries in their respective regions. They both fought the British quite violently for their freedom and achieved success. These successes have influenced the world in unimaginable ways. Of course, Israel fought even harder than the US, because not only did it have to struggle against the British prior to its rebirth, but immediately after it declared statehood, it also had to battle neighboring Arab countries, whose forces outnumbered, and outgunned, them by hundreds to one. To add to the impossibility of winning, there were also numerous Nazi war criminals on the run, who aided their Arab friends as they had pledged to continue to carry out Hitler’s dream of eradicating all Jews and those who sided with them.
Most people do not know that Americans and Jews have an even longer partnership; colonial-era Americans received assistance from Jews in their battle for independence in the late eighteenth century. As noted by Admiral Sir George Rodney, commander of the British Fleet, in February 1781: “They [the Jews of Sint Eustatius Island] cannot too soon be taken care of – they are notorious in the cause of helping America and France.”
The Jews of this strategic island provided arms to the rebel American fighters and paid dearly for this when Admiral Rodney invaded the island, burned Jewish homes and synagogues, and deported Jewish men to England without their wives and children.
I thank God that the American government has had the wisdom to support Israel thus far, similar to the way the French and Jews supported America in the battle for their freedom. As a result of extending our support to Israel, Americans have been rewarded by God with prosperity and freedom that many around the world cannot even imagine.
Dave Longeuay is a Multimedia Producer, and the author of Rebirth, a recently published novel about the re-establishment of Israel in 1948. He is a Christian supporter of Israel, who believes in Genesis 12:3 – “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse, And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” To order your copy of Rebirth or to read more, visit www.rebirthofisrael.com