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Why Does Israel Care What the World Thinks?

Do you ever wonder why Israel pays so much attention to what the rest of the world thinks of them? Why not run their country the way they need to, without worrying what the international community thinks of them? The other question is: why does the world single Israel out for criticism more than any other country in the world?

First of all, a little background. 

Jew-hatred is just a simple term for anti-semitism, and its been around for centuries. From the crusades, spanish inquisition, pogroms, and finally the Holocaust, persecuting God’s chosen people has been around for a long time, and it is likely not going away anytime soon. The reason is that God made a covenant promise with the people of Israel, and the enemy of all things happens to hate God and His promises. As believers in the Bible, our job is to stand unconditionally against this tidal wave of Jew-hatred, AKA anti-semitism. 

When Israel was re-established in 1948 after 2,000 years of exile, the world was quick to criticize and turn against them. A Palestinian narrative that never existed before 1948 was quickly invented, organizations like the Palestine Liberation Organization were formed, and the unfortunate people that have today become known as the Palestinians were told that they were oppressed, they should hate Israel, and that they were entitled to a Palestinian state. 

Since then, many of the Arab people in Israel have carried on the centuries-old tradition of hating and persecuting Jews, and the international community has encouraged, supported and funded them in their cause. 

Did you know that more than 300 left-wing NGOs currently operate in Judea and Samaria, working against Israel and for the Palestinian cause? The Gaza Strip has 100 similar organizations. On the flip side, I don’t know how many NGOs are working in or for Judea and Samaria who are pro-Israel, but the ones that I do know of can be easily added up on one hand. 

The United Nations does more than their part to destroy Israel in the international spotlight. Every year, the majority of UN resolutions that are passed are against Israel while countries who are committing blatant and atrocious acts of genocide and human rights violations are completely ignored. 

The European Union has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the Palestinian movement. They even are working to quietly build a Palestinian state, pouring millions of dollars into funding illegal structures in Area C in Judea and Samaria. 

Even knowing all of this, however, the question still remains: Why does Israel have to care or be concerned about what all of these countries think? 

The answer is not an easy one, and we could easily come to the conclusion that they don’t have to care. However, Israel is still a new and relatively young country. They are very isolated in the Middle East, accounting for only one-sixth of one percent of the rest of the Arab countries that surround them. Even with the implementation of the recent Abraham Accords, Israel still has a lot more enemies than friends. 

Though Israel is home to high-tech and start-ups, they still rely on other countries for things like vehicles, food, fuel, and other imports. They rely on the United States for military arms and equipment. 

Yes, it would be nice if Israel didn’t have to worry about what other people think, and make the decisions not based on how the world will react. Unfortunately, that’s not yet the case. 

Sadly, many pro-Israel organizations make it their policy to support Israel by supporting the policies of whoever is currently controlling the government. They think that this is the best way to stand with Israel. However, what if we flipped this idea around? 

What if Israel-supporting individuals and organizations encouraged Israel’s government to take a stand for what is right? What if we stood behind Israel’s right to build homes in Judea and Samaria? What if we told Israel’s government that we want to see vineyards and olive groves thrive in Judea and Samaria, and we don’t want to see them bulldozed? 

If you count the followers of the five largest pro-Israel organizations in the world, the number must be in the tens of millions. If Israel even heard a united voice from one million of these supporters telling them that they don’t want to see a vineyard bulldozed in Samaria, Israel would sit up and take notice. 

Instead of blaming Israel’s government for making wrong decisions, let’s take it upon ourselves to stand with Israel in their right to 100% sovereignty in the entire land of Israel. We stayed silent during the Holocaust. Speaking up now is the least that we can do.  

Two days ago, we launched a campaign to save the vineyards and olive groves of Shiloh from being bulldozed. Please consider signing this petition, and then share with everyone you know. 

Together, we can inspire Israel to make the right decision. 

About the author

Luke Hilton is the Director of Marketing for HaYovel, an organization that brings Christians to Judea and Samaria, the Biblical Heartland of Israel, to serve the land and people in volunteer service. Luke has been speaking about Israel since 2011, and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia speaking about Israel. He currently co-hosts The Israel Guys Youtube channel and podcast. Luke is based in Israel with his lovely wife Olivia and their five beautiful children.

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6 Responses
  1. Patricia Hilscher

    I did sign the petition on the 26th. Thank you for being a part of WPN (World Prayer Network). After joining your email list and receiving your acknowledgement, I forwarded it to several friends and family for them to sign and to know what “The Israel Guys” are all about.
    Fortunately, right before Covid, my sister and I went to Israel. It was wonderful and I will never forget.

    God bless you!

  2. Margaret Metcalf

    I so appreciate your posts. Be blessed as you speak truth from, and for, Israel. I am sharing your posts to my Facebook friends as well.
    Again thank you, and know that most God fearing Americns are praying daily for the peace of Jerusalem.

  3. Fredric M. London

    A small point. It is Jew hatred that is the traditional form. Antisemitism was invented by a German Jew hater in the 19th century because he thought it sounded better than Jew hatred.

  4. Rosie

    Thank you Israel Guys!! For what you do, for clear and honest reporting, for standing in the gap…supporting Israeli building in their land…we do appreciate you. Please keep getting the truth out!!!