In May and June the ongoing hostility between Israel and Hamas spilled over into war, which lasted for eleven days. In the aftermath both sides claimed victory: the cease-fire is merely a pause until a new crisis erupts.
One very noticeable result of the war has been the unleashing of “a tsunami of anti-Semitism”, as one commentator has described it,
“the product of an alliance between the Islamic world and the Western left, making common cause against the Jewish people ostensibly over the Palestinian issue. In both Britain and America, anti-Semitic attacks have been going through the roof” (Melanie Phillips, jns.org, June 3).
The silence of “Diaspora Jewish community leaders” is noted and attributed in part to
“the desperate desire of Diaspora Jews to ‘fit in’ with the surrounding society.”
This desire will not be realised – and that is according to the purpose of God. He declared long ago through His prophet Jeremiah:
“I am with thee … to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished” (30:11, KJV; also 46:28).
“The goodness and severity of God”
have been evident throughout the nation’s history and still provide a compelling sign of our times.
With thanks to Brother Roger Long