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Should Israel be afraid of Egypt?

02/17/2011

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the situation in Egypt lately. The people who are celebrating over Mubarak’s resignation are celebrating too early, and (depending on what happens over the next 6 months) may wake up one day to an even worse dictatorship than before. This whole situation has moved too quickly and left Egypt open to some very dangerous people, namely the Muslim Brotherhood. Their whole mission is inspired by the book “Milestones” by Sayyid Qutb, and parts of the philosophy of Malik Bennabi.

British Historian Niall Ferguson explains it best in this video:

We as Americans should be very concerned with the current balance of power in Egypt (or rather, the imbalance of power). All existing political parties were under Mubarak’s thumb and have almost no grass roots support. The bulk of political influence rests with the Muslim Brotherhood, which despises America, currently has members on the council rewriting Egypt’s constitution, and has members in control of the military currently running the country.

But Israel has even more to be concerned about, because the odds that the Egypt will come out of this with a democratic government that is friendly to Israel are very, very slim. Israel is quickly becoming isolated, surrounded on all sides by nations with varying degrees of hostility toward their presence.

But the more I’ve been thinking about it in light of world history and Biblical prophecy, the more I become impressed with the idea that Israel will never be destroyed. I suppose it’s possible they could be scattered abroad again, but not likely. And even if they were scattered, they’d somehow come back to form a nation yet again. They will never be destroyed.

I found this quote from Mark Twain that says it best:

“…If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.

The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

– Mark Twain
(“Concerning The Jews,” Harper’s Magazine, 1899)

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