MALAYSIA - A Muslim Standing with Israel

Arno Froese

As the crowd of peace loving brethren from the religion of peace made their way outside the mosques in Penang and Kuala Lumpur after Friday prayers, an ugly and ironic truth dawned upon me. On the podium constructed specially for the protest, community leaders and politicians alike rose above the sea of protesters to reveal their true colors.

With chants like “death to America” and “down with Israel,” they did not for a second hesitate before the utterance of hatred, anti-Semitism, racism and sheer stupidity.

In recent times, Malaysia has largely contributed to the smearing of Israel’s image on the international stage and Malaysia’s political arena makes regimental excoriations against Israel, an electorally expedient enterprise, and does so through several avenues. This includes allowing for a media bias against Israel through erroneous headlines that constantly downplay Israeli victims and always portray Israel to be the aggressor and also through the use of grammatically ambiguous language when reporting on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The typical, tired media explanation for Palestinian attacks is “frustration with the lack of progress towards peace” (as if peace were ever the terrorist’s goal) while painting Israel’s act of self defense as aggression towards peaceful civilians.

Jerusalem has been the capital of three homeland states, all Jewish, in the past 3,000 years and has had a renewed Jewish majority since the Ottoman rule during the 1800’s. Palestinian Arabs have never ruled any part of Jerusalem, making their claim to the city vacuously null.

In fact, East Jerusalem did not exist until the invasion of Jordan that seized the historical heart of the city in 1948 and expelled its Jewish population.

The Arabs have rejected a Palestinian Arab state living side-by-side with a Jewish state seven times since 1937, and continuously deny Israel’s right to exist no matter where its borders are drawn.

The Israeli government has been and is far more accommodating to Islam than any Muslim government has been to the Jewish faith, with Israel even barring its own Jewish citizens from openly praying at one of Judaism’s most sacred sites, but it’s not enough, and it never will be. After all, Israel’s original sin is its existence.

Today, there are 57 Islamic countries which are home to most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims. Among these are 22 Arab states with a population of 425 million. In contrast, there is one Jewish state, Israel, with a mere population of 6.5 million Jews and 1.2 million Arabs (the latter’s population has actually swelled since 1948) and the total Jewish population on the planet is only 14 million people. Israel’s land mass is 1/545 of the Arab world and therefore, from a perspective of realpolitik, Israel is the true David even though it is portrayed as the Goliath.

Israel is an open democracy that respects both civil and equal rights (25% of Israelis are Arabs and non-Jews), has an independent judiciary, robust free press, excellent healthcare and education and upholds freedom of religion. This is enshrined in its Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.

Moreover, Zionism has unleashed the potential of Israelis to endeavor in Tikkun Olam—repairing the world. It has also propelled Israel to share with the world amazing life-saving technologies, innovations in computers, biomedicine, water, and agriculture, and be a first-responder to humanitarian crises and natural disasters around the world.

Jews are routinely accused of stealing Arab lands, of oppressing Arabs and of being colonizers. The facts and international law however, refute these allegations. The Bible, San Remo Conference, and the U.N. clearly support the Jewish People’s claim to the land. Israel has additional legitimate claim to territories it gained in 1967 because it acquired them in a defensive war, as per international law.

Let the Palestinian Arabs, for once, make the first initiative and start by amending their charters i.e. PLO and Hamas to repudiate the provisions that call for the destruction of Israel and the genocidal passages encouraging the murder of all Jews, cease their engagement in terrorism and violence against Israeli citizens, cease the teaching and preaching of hatred in their schools, mosques and media, cease naming streets and squares after so-called martyrs who mercilessly murder Jews, cease delegitimizing Israel in international forums and the UN, live up to their obligations under Oslo Accord, affirmatively recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People just as Israel has recognized the aspirations of the Palestinian Arabs, and then maybe they can begin to lay the groundwork towards achieving peace., 25 December 2017

Arno's commentary

These few excerpts from the article authored by Muhammed Yusoff are based on plain, simple truth. The Arab nations—not to mention the wider Muslim world—exhibit no interest whatsoever in achieving a peaceful solution with Israel, but rather call for the total annihilation of the Jewish state. But, as we know from Scripture, Israel will remain. Thus, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims: “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” (Jeremiah 31:35-36).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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