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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Middle East Isolation Series - Israel

When one is in the midst of the Middle East conflict, the possibility of isolation is always a scenario. In recent months the US has been taunting that Iran has never been more isolated as the Americans are seemingly ratcheting up calls for UN Sanctions on the Ahmadinejad regime.

Just this week however; in a sudden twist of events, it seems like it is Israel which is more alone than ever before as its only supposedly staunch ally couldn't get over the settlement announcement issue even though the Israeli prime minister apologized for it.

Who is really all alone in this conflict? This is what we will try to answer in the upcoming posts. For now let's start with Israel since they have been in the news lately.

Israel - It seems that in all these and as the scene is transforming, Israel is the one being isolated. Obama has gone ballistic and has seemingly overacted to the settlement issue. Even Canada is veering away. And with the world's growing Anti-Semitic ideology, Israel has probably not felt more alone than at this time.

However; being alone especially in war is nothing new to Israel. When it fought for its independence in 1948, in the Six Day War of 1967 and in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel fought alone against multiple countries and miraculously won! They not only won but annexed territories which are now the point of dispute in all these peace talks. It is true that US has supplied arms and intelligence, but when it comes to the all blood and guts war, Israel stood alone.

Another thing on the trump card of Israel is that it doesn't feel alone at all. Israelites know and have experienced God's mighty hand not only in wars recorded in the bible but in their recent history as a nation. Imagine defeating three countries in a matter of six days in 1967! America has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for seven years now and it's just recently that they are experiencing any measure of gains.