Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,
By WJ Anthony
I thank you for your recent reply to the suggestion of the leader of the Palestinians. He asked for discussions to settle the relationships of Israelis with the Palestinians. I admired you for stating that you are willing to discuss and negotiate with him the problems that need to be resolved to bring peace until “white smoke” appears. What a unique way to indicate that you are ready to make appropriate changes for Jews and Palestinians.
Your words moved my mind to wonder if this may be the time when God’s promise to Abraham would be fulfilled, as is found in Genesis 26: 4 “… and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.”
Many people throughout the world know that we are at an important, critical point in time. The weapons of war that now exist pose a grim future for humanity, but if we are fortunate to have leaders that follow the wisdom of peace and cooperation, we might find that true happiness is possible for all people who consent to good Government.
The state of Israel faces an important decision if it is willing to change its attitude and policies, that disrupt the relations of Israeli people and Palestinian people.
The founders of the state of Israel claimed that Jews are descended from the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, and therefore are heirs of God’s promise to Abraham, which would give Abraham’s descendants the lands from “the brook of Egypt” (Nile) to the river Euphrates. Many Jews hoped to see that in their lifetimes.
That land area of God’s promise to Abraham contains the lands of several countries and has been the homelands of many tribes of peoples. The area of the promise seems to include the eastern parts of Egypt and Sudan, Eritrea, parts of Ethiopia, all of Somalia, Yemen, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, a part of Syria, and possibly a part of Iran.
The founders of the state of Israel apparently intended to rename Palestine as Israel because they believed, as descendants of Abraham, they had a legitimate claim to live in that “Promised Land” that God had given to Abraham. Palestine is located within that area and, as an unarmed state, has been the homeland of Palestinians.
Most informed people of other nations saw the state of Israel’s abuse of the Palestinians as a proof not of greatness, but a people, the least trustworthy of all people. But God does wondrous things, as He did with Jonah and others.
You, Benjamin, might utterly surprise the people of all nations, if, as a Solomon with God’s grace, you were to propose and inspire the heirs of Abraham to form a “Government of the Promised Land” in that area, as God has promised.
What would the heirs of Abraham need, if they want to form a government for the Promised Land? It would require their patience, trust, respect for differences, hope and the vast and ready sweat energies of the visions of the young.
The people of the world have witnessed God’s gifts to Jews, by which they have shown their enthusiasm to understand and organize the causes that effect solutions to the challenges that affect the lives of people in many dimensions. Your personal, outgoing talents might lead Jacob’s heirs who live in the state of Israel to bless the heirs of the Promised Land and the peoples of the nations of the earth, as was told by God in the book of Genesis.
A change of vision for the state of Israel, in accord with that of Abraham, Moses and the prophets, could restore trust of the people of the state of Israel. Israel’s sins are not unique and can be understood as a fault shared by people of many nations, when similar crimes are viewed in human history. The sins committed by the founders of the USA failed the truth, as did the sins by the colonists of Spain, England, France, Holland, and Portugal when they abused, terrified, and murdered Native Americans and stole their lands. All humans have sinned. But there is reason for hope.
When you recently spoke your words to the media, the Torah of the Old Testament came to my mind and how it relates to our days on earth. It seemed to suggest that we the people may now have a blessing, thanks to the heirs of Abraham, who could stop the danger that seems to be impossible for the nations of the world to solve. People feel powerless to halt the immense forces that could destroy every human being.
The vision of a real Promised Land has been a vision of what many Jews have hoped to see in a society that would fulfill a blessing to the nations of the world. That hope has remained an expectation that would happen someday; maybe in their lifetime, not likely soon, but someday it would come to pass by the gift of the almighty God, when the hearts and minds of the heirs to the promise would reconcile themselves with God and with each other and with the people of the nations of the world. And they could live in peace and teach war no more.
In 1946, did the founders of the state of Israel call it by that name because they intended to eventually establish Greater Israel and invite and bring together the descendents of the other heirs of Abraham, as citizens in a shared government, with Jerusalem as its capital?
Have any leaders of the state of Israel ever issued such an invitation to the descendants of Abraham? Might it now be appropriate for the people of the state of Israel to publicly find the descendants of Abraham and invite them to fulfill God’s promise and form a Government in the land that was described and promised to Abraham’s descendants?
God’s promise of this land to Abraham required Abraham and his male descendants to be circumcised as a sign of the covenant. That included Ishmael, Isaac, Esau, Jacob, and possibly Abraham’s children, who were born of the concubines that he took as wives after his wife, Sarah, died.
Abraham’s son Isaac was the father of Jacob, who was renamed Israel by an angel. Israel was the father of Judah, who was the father of those who call themselves Jews, a term derived from the name Judah.
The descendants of the other tribes of Israel exist but are not organized to understand how a government could serve all the heirs of Abraham to be a blessing to themselves and to all the nations of the world. Young minds, however, flex and adjust to changes and expand on new ideas and use them.
Which brings me to think of your role in what God’s plan might have in mind for you and the Promised Land. If you were to present such a vision to the world, it might stun the world and open up a worldwide dialogue of interest in favoring your vision. The tasks that would be necessary could attract volunteers with genius to make it a reality. The odds of its success might be assured by continuing support from people of every nation.
As its founding father, your name would be held in reverence forever.
When you lived in the United States, perhaps, you read the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence during a social studies class. Your vision would do well to include the vision of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.
The second paragraph inspired the Revolution that threw off the yoke of the British Empire. But thirteen years after the Declaration was created, American aristocrats wrote a Constitution that mentioned not a word to admit that almighty God endowed each person with certain inalienable rights that included Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence has inspired many people to understand how Governments derive their Powers. Israel’s survival and future will be measured by that paragraph. So will the United States be measured by that paragraph? It is profoundly true and ironic, that the men, who fought the British king to claim their independence, refused to quit their slavery and segregation practices, because their wealth and power were derived from the domination of non-European peoples by imposing the unjust practices of European mercantile colonialism
It says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies, and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
Could God’s promise to Abraham be fulfilled in your lifetime? Would it require great leaders with wisdom to serve the people? It could be that you, Benjamin Netanyahu, by the grace of God, could lead the heirs, who now live in the Promised Land to be a blessing for the peoples of the nations of the world. The world needs somebody to take up this task. If you are willing, you could be that man, who will forever be great.
May God almighty bless you.