Dear Friends of Israel,
In his speech this year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared the current international situation with the 1930’s, as Hitler and the Nazis came to power. He called upon world leaders to learn the lessons of the past and take Iran’s threats seriously.
The fresh influence of the trauma of the first world war led to a willingness to avoid confrontation at all costs. However, that axiom of avoiding confrontation at any cost laid the foundation for the most terrible war in human history. The few who did speak up during those times were treated as merchants of doom or war-mongers.
Netanyahu then asked, “Why, in the years preceding the Holocaust, did the overwhelming majority of world leaders and Jewish leaders fail to detect the danger in time?” The truth is, in light of the alarming events and developments, people preferred to close their eyes and accept the illusion of peace, for which mankind paid the bitter price of 60 million lives.
He also asked whether the world is truly prepared to repeat that historic mistake and seek terms of peace with Iran, in spite of their repeated calls for the destruction of Israel, thus allowing them to continue arming their underground facilities until the world once again stands on the brink of destruction.
Netanyahu said that he hoped that would not happen and that world leaders would instead do everything possible to prevent Iran from coming into possession of nuclear weapons.
In any case, according to Netanyahu, Israel is prepared to counter every threat to its existence. The position of the Jewish people is much different now than it was at the time of the Holocaust, because they have a sovereign state with the means to defend itself.
As Israel’s Prime Minister, he believes that has both the right and the duty to speak the truth to the world, especially those who prefer to ignore the truth and accept an illusion of peace.
The Prime Minister’s speech clearly shows how the Jews, and now particularly the Jewish nation, continue to face threats to their very existence nearly seventy years after the Holocaust.
When we simply observe the course of history as a series of events, it is easy to become anxious or fearful, particularly when observing Jewish history. Thank God however, that there is another view of history, namely that found in the word of God in the Bible.
That is also what I tell tourists visiting Jerusalem, before they visit Yad-Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. There is no human explanation for everything that has happened to the Jewish people throughout history. Only the Bible can explain what has taken place, particularly verses such as Leviticus Chapter 26 and Deuteronomy Chapters 28 through 32.
Of course this raises the question, “When is it all going to end?” It’s going to occur when the end-time prophecies of the Bible have been fulfilled; prophecies which are well-known in Israel and are described in Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39. The last verse there says, “I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.
With reverence for God, the author of history,