While anti-semitism may be on the rise worldwide - especially here in America, where liberal Jews debase their religion in order to use it as a cudgel against Republicans - the Jewish state is heading into the (secular) New Year with a renewed strength and limitless possibilities. Conrad Black writes in the New York Sun:
I think that Israel's prospects have never been brighter. The Arab powers are in complete disarray within and among each other. The Islamists may be gaining ground but all indications are that the Arab masses are finally becoming more skeptical about the endless recourse to the red herring of Israel by their leaders to distract them from the despotism and misrule that has been imposed upon them by theocracies and secular states alike throughout the post-colonial era.
Even if the Islamists shoulder aside the military in Egypt, only the military could return to a war policy against Israel and the Egyptian army won't do it. The hotheads can burn the Israeli flag in Tahrir Square in Cairo and even sack the Israeli embassy as they started to do last month, but no one is taking Egypt back to war with Israel.
Least of all the Egyptian generals. No sense in being a "military leader" if you're whole military infrastructure is razed to the ground. They'll bluster, but they'll do it from secure bunkers.
And domestically? Well, Israel should be the envy of the world:
the problems of Europe are in distinct contrast to Israel's sharply rising levels of prosperity and economic growth. And the new state of South Sudan is decrying Arab racism, and Muslim racism generally against black peoples, and has cracked the solidarity of the Arab-led claque in international organizations which has turned many of those organizations into Israel-bashing fronts. It is setting up its embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.
Probably the only place you can find middle-class Arabs is in the "occupied" West Bank, ironically. That's why you see very little terror from the corner anymore. People raising their standards of living and enjoying peace are less likely to blow up their neighbors over ancient hatreds. I am sure more and more of them will get jobs in the Israeli oil operations, opportunities that will be lost to their terrorist brethren in Gaza. The Sudanese are smart enough to join the winning team...and it is interested in who is sticking with the losers.
Europe, for one. The United States (under Barack Obama), for another. Europe would kill to have the true peaceful multiculturalism of the Jewish state, as opposed to their Muslim ghettos, seething with rage. The United States would love to have Israel's 5% unemployment rate, as opposed to the over-regulated "green" economy that has been foisted upon us. How much of these two region's current anti-Israeli polices are based in jealousy - the same raw emotion that has launched so much antisemitism?
How ironic that the shining beacon of freedom, peace, and prosperity in the world has moved from the United States, and is now emanating from Jerusalem. Funny, I thought there was a book that predicted such a thing would happen...thought I read it somewhere...
Ah. Isaiah 51:3
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn....
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come...
Although you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one traveling through,
I will make you the everlasting pride
and the joy of all generations...
The least of you will become a thousand,
the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the LORD;
in its time I will do this swiftly.”
Is the time...2012? Hmmm