Who would have dreamed a century ago—or even 50 years ago—that after the Jews had returned to this insignificant piece of real estate, it would be the focus of the world’s attention week after week, year after year, decade after decade? And not casual or ordinary attention, but one born of fear and uncertainty as to how to deal with this new nation in relation to its Muslim neighbors, and of how to prevent war in that area from becoming a global holocaust. Yet what has happened is exactly what the Bible prophesied:
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about.... And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah:12:2, 3)
And who would have been so foolish as to imagine that, after Israel’s rebirth, this Lilliputian nation’s armed forces would rival in power and exceed in efficiency those of the United States and Russia! Tiny Israel, occupying about one-sixth of one percent of the land in the Arab world, has been more than a match for the surrounding Arab nations, though their tanks, planes, and other armaments outnumber hers several times over. And for decades, the Arab nations were given every possible help from the Soviets against Israel, from the latest arms to technical and strategic advisors by the thousands. After Iraq took over Kuwait in August 1990 and threatened all enemies with poison gas, syndicated columnist George Will gave the following tribute to Israel’s courage and military capabilities:
...the West should remember with gratitude recent history’s single, most effective and beneficial act of arms control, Israel’s 1981 bombing of Iraq’s embryonic nuclear weapons program.