Israel at 75
JERUSALEM – Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures. (Psalm 90:10)
The modern state of Israel has reached the average length of days prescribed by the Psalmist for humans and yet the nation endures in years and with ever-increasing strength. This despite, or perhaps because of, the numerous attempts to eradicate it from the region and enemies who have tried without success to exterminate the Jewish people.
In a land of miracles, the survival and prospering of the Jewish state may be among the most miraculous of all.
In 1948, the land was anything but appealing from a geological perspective. It was a dry, dusty and unappealing place except for Zionists whose vision never wavered. The planting of Eucalyptus trees began a series of developments that has transformed this tiny place into what Scripture metaphorically calls a land of “milk and honey.”
What will happen in the next 75 years is anyone’s guess. While The Abraham Accords, the series of joint normalization statements between Israel and the Arab states establishing diplomatic relations after many years, was a miraculous development of its own, Iran remains a major threat to Israel’s existence as its development of a deliverable nuclear