The Land of Israel, “Eretz Israel,“ as it is known in Hebrew, has always been a land bridge connecting the early civilizations living between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers to the northeast and those in the Nile River valley of Egypt, to the southwest.
This “fertile crescent”, between Europe, Asia, and Africa hosted the primeval history of the human race (creation, the fall, the great flood, the rise and spread of nations) and the patriarchal history of the Hebrew race (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph).
Left to itself, it will revert to a desperate and deserted desert-land. Mark Twain visited the land in the late nineteenth century and described the area, in his book Innocents Abroad, as “desolate and devoid of inhabitants.”
Yet, on the beautiful and fertile plain of Jezreel-Esdraelon, great armies of aggressive foreign empires and even theocracies have often wrestled for control, over the last three millennia. There an indigenous Hebrew people developed a thriving civilization and culture in their ancient homeland.
While some of the people remained in their cities and rural communities, most of them scattered across the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. Although they flourished at times, for nearly two thousand years they lived as an oppressed minority, suffering expulsions, massacres, and ultimately genocide.
They barely survived but they never lost hope. They overcame!
They started a restoration movement, called Zionism, and many began to return to their ancestral homeland. There they joined those who were already in The Land and built one of the most vibrant and diverse nations the world has ever seen.
That nation is Israel. And, this year it is celebrating 70 years of existence!
In spite of entrenched resistance by many of its Arab neighbors, the modern nation of Israel is a reality and a “miracle”—70 years in the making and deserving of international recognition and celebration!
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