By Nathan Jones
"Israel will fall within 20 years!"
Well, that's what the Iranian PressTV website is claiming a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report predicts. If I truly believed an Iranian news site provided credible reporting on secret CIA documents, I'd best be getting my news from Al Jazeera from now on! But still, the article titled "CIA report: Israel will fall in 20 years" (Mar. 13, 2009) makes some pretty interesting prophecies:
- the American public will not take Israeli conduct toward the Palestinians and the Gaza strip in particular
- an inexorable movement away from a two-state to a one-state solution (i.e. no Israel)
- all Palestinian refugees will return to the occupied territories
- two million Israelis will exodus out of the land and move to the US within the next fifteen years
- the return of over one and a half million Israelis to Russia and other parts of Europe
- a decline in Israeli births whereas a rise in the Palestinian population
- an end to the dream of an "Israeli land"
Is Israel ceasing to exist within the next 20 years so far-fetched a scenario? If the claim came from just the PressTV source alone, then yes, it certainly would be unbelievable. And yet, there are rumblings among Jews who believe this very thing may happen.
In a January 7, 2009, Townhall.com article titled "Why Israel Will Lose — Again," Jewish columnist Ben Shapiro expressed his angst over the loss of the Jewish momentum to defend their right to live in their own land. Shapiro states three reasons why Israel's future as a nation is bleak:
- "Israel is filled with tired Israelis. After 60 years of unceasing war, Israel's population is exhausted. They don't have the willpower to withstand the constant battering of the Europeans and the leftist Americans and the Russians and the Chinese. They want peace, and they want it now. They don't want to see their children drafted and killed in Gaza or in Jenin. The Israelis are tired. And because they are tired, they have become foolishly optimistic. Things can't get much worse, the Israelis think to themselves. Things have to get better. Maybe this time — this time — if we just give until it hurts, they'll stop hating us. And so they give until it hurts. Until it agonizes. Until it kills. And they won't stop giving until they have nothing left to give."
- "Israel's governmental system promotes centrism. Even if most Israelis found the intestinal fortitude to push for destruction of their enemies, the governmental system would prevent it. Israel, unlike the United States, has a parliamentary government. This means that every elected prime minister must forge a coalition with those across the aisle in order to maintain power. Every Israeli government is a conglomeration of rightists, leftists, and centrists. The moment an administration veers too far from the center, the government falls, and new elections are called."
- "Israel has never decided on a founding philosophy. Israel was originally established as a homeland for the Jewish people — but such ethnic and cultural sentiments are considered passe by Israeli policymakers. The post-Zionist movement, which accepts Arab nationalism but rejects Jewish nationalism, dominates Israeli intellectual life. And it forces Israel to apologize for its own existence."
The average layman as well doesn't have to be a betting man to assess Israel's current predicament and declare them too risky a bet. Israel is a tiny nation the size of New Jersey surrounded by 250 million hostile Muslims who desperately want the Jews off their land and exterminated. These Muslim nations are armed to the teeth and well funded by oil revenue, and now threatening nuclear warfare. Every other world authority like the United Nations, the Muslim League, the Vatican and now even an increasing number of Christian denominations question Israel's right to exist as a nation. The European Union and the United States exert never-ceasing pressure for Israel to divide itself into a "two-state solution," a solution which would leave Israel totally indefensible. After 60 years, the Jews are tired of fighting. The liberal mind set of the Jewish nation is one of appeasement and supplication. And the leaders of Israel, they form a brittle government that's plagued by corruption and a loss of a vision for a "greater Israel."
No nation can survive that has lost its will to live. In this condition, Israel would be very fortunate to survive another 10 more years.
That Israel can't possibly survive by its own might within two decades is a remarkable modern day sign of the end times. God loves to show His strength when people are at their weakest and the situation seems the most hopeless (2 Cor. 12:9). If Israel cannot survive for much longer, then we know for sure that God will not delay His return for too much longer. God's made too many numerous promises in the Bible to restore and revitalize the nation of Israel well through the upcoming Tribulation and Millennial Kingdom (Deut. 30:1-9; Isa. 2:1-4; 60:1-62:7; Mic. 4:1-7; Zech. 8:22-23), and God always keeps His promises.
Keep your eye on Israel. Their apparent lack of future means Jesus Christ's soon return!