Israel is indeed a great nation. Jews have distinguished themselves in so many fields that Wikipedia has made (very long) Lists of influential Jews. Some of Israel's achievements are as follows:
At least 176 Jews and persons of half-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize, accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2007, and constituting 37% of all US recipients during the same period. In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics, the corresponding world and US percentages are 27% and 40%, respectively. (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world's population and 2% of the US population.)
The following was compiled by Prof. D. Koller, the Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
The following was compiled by the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) in Eugene, Oregon (© 2007-2008 Advocates for Israel)
Wikipedia's page on Israeli music says that many of the world's top classical musicians are Israelis or Israeli expatriates. The works of Israeli classical composers have been performed by leading orchestras worldwide.
The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra has a world-famous reputation, and such famous musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchus Zukerman, and Chava Alberstein are Israeli.
Professor Haim Breitbart, a molecular biologist, has developed a way to irradiate sperm to boost fertility.
Professor Abraham Nudelman, a chemist, has developed a drug-delivery system whereby a cancer-fighting substance can be delivered to the site of disease before the drug breaks down.
The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has world-renowned schools of medicine, nursing and pharmacology as well as two modern hospitals and is one of the foremost medical research centers in the world. Israel offers some of the best health care in the world. Its infant death-rate is very low and life-expectancy is 79 years for women and 76 years for men. Health care for all, from infancy to old age, is guaranteed by the government.
Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world, after the United States, Russia, and China.
Conclusion: When God says He's going to do something, He does it!!
The mainstream media projects Israel as a cruel nation that terrorizes its helpless "peaceful" Muslim neighbors. Nothing could be further from the truth [when you read about Israeli high-handedness in dealing with "Palestinians", remember that the Palestinian charter still calls for the annihilation of Israel. When you read that Israeli Defense Forces killed civilians or children, do not forget that human shielding is a standard policy of Islamic terrorists]:
This prophecy had a fulfillment in Abraham’s life as well as one beyond his life. At the end of his life, the Bible records:
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.” – Genesis 24:1
Today, all Jews honor Abraham as their ancestor. Apart from Isaac, Abraham had another son called Ishmael, who is the ancestor of many of the Arabs. Thus, even the Arabs honor Abraham as their father. Who is the ancestor of all Russians or all Indians? No one knows (and no one cares). There is no one else living in Abraham’s time (around 2000 BC) who has become as famous in the world today as Abraham.
Christians (that is, those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God) honor Abraham as a hero of faith. Amidst seemingly insurmountable circumstances, Abraham believed God, and thus is a model to emulate for Christians who want to take God at His word.
If you look at history, you notice that there is some correlation between the welfare of various nations and how they have treated Israel. Here are some examples:
[The following has been compiled from articles at Church and Israel forum and Christian action for Israel. Another excellent article on Jewish history and the Jewish people is at Judaism Online.]
Those who blessed Israel and were blessed:
It is the United States that has, since its inception, most blessed the Jews and that does so almost alone today – in its support of the Jewish state against those who wish to exterminate it. The United States began its history by emphasizing the Hebrew heritage of Christianity and by favoring the Jewish people. The Hebrew language was taught and greatly emphasized in the early colleges, and many children as well as early American cities were given Hebrew names. The Pilgrims looked with favor on the restoration of Zion since it was spoken of by the ancient prophets of Israel. The new nation also opened its gates to a great influx of Jewish people from Europe. While the Jews had experienced hundreds of years of almost continuous persecution on the continent [Europe], this was not to be the case in the US. As a result, America has been blessed with Jewish genius in almost every area of life.
For instance, Americans were able to lead the world in nuclear technology because of Jewish physicists like Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer. Jewish-American physicians like Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin gave the world the vaccine for polio. The world's ears have been soothed with the music of American greats like George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. From Hollywood, the list of American Jews is virtually endless, including names like Jack Benny and Barbara Streisand. In all areas of American life, the Jewish people have been a continual but almost unnoticed blessing. By almost any reckoning, America has been, and remains, the most blessed of countries.
This trend is however, slowly changing. America is now bullying and arm-twisting Israel into compromising its security and giving her land to Islamic terrorists. America even funds Islamic terrorism (the Fatah faction among the palestinians) against Israel [while claiming to fight a war against terror]. And - you probably guessed right - America is on the decline today.
Recent examples from America that show what God thinks about America's change of heart towards Israel
Among the other countries who have been noticeably blessed by their attitude toward Israel is the tiny nation of Holland. When the Jews were expelled from their homelands of Spain and Portugal in the fifteenth century, many thousands were welcomed in Holland. It seems from that point on, this little nation was unusually blessed. Holland became a great colonizing influence in the new world, far out of proportion to its size. Later, the most active period of the Dutch Empire (1600-1700) just happened to coincide with the most active period of Jewish commercial enterprise in that country.
THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED CURSING:
While the examples of nations who have been blessed by favoring Israel are not numerous, there is a long list of nations who have been cursed by cursing the people of God. This list began with the Amalekites in ancient times. We learn from the scripture that the Amalekites may have been the very first nation to persecute Israel just as the latter was emerging form Egypt. As a result, the God of the universe chose to destroy the whole nation of Amalek and to blot out their memory from under heaven (Deuteronomy 25:19). A few Amalekites were spared by Saul and as a result we probably have some around today, still spewing out their hatred for Israel with every breath.
Edom was another ancient kingdom who came under an eternal curse for their hatred of Israel. Edom was the nation founded by Esau, and initially blessed by God. This nation was located in the southern area of present day Jordan. The Edomites had such hatred for Israel that they attacked Israel on several occasions and finally assisted in the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Because of this act, they came under the eternal curse of God (Jeremiah 49:13). The nation of Edom has long since disappeared from the earth, never to rise again.
We can think of many other great kingdoms who made the mistake of cursing and attacking Israel. All of the four great world empires seen by the prophet Daniel made that mistake. All four, Babylonia, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome have either vanished entirely from the earth or else have virtually ceased to have influence in today's world.
But let us come to recent centuries. In 1492, Spain and Portugal were two of the mightiest sea powers of that day. Their mariners were sailing unexplored waters the world over. It is a relatively unknown fact that many of their expert cartographers were Jewish. A number of historians believe that Christopher Columbus himself was of Jewish origin. It is a fact that five of his crew, as well as his interpreter were Jewish. In this era of exploration, discovery, and colonization, Spain amassed tremendous wealth and a vast colonial empire. Spanish and Portuguese colonies soon spanned the globe.
However, in 1492, the Catholic rulers of Spain expelled all the Jews who had lived and thrived there for hundreds of years. A few years later in 1496, the Jews were also expelled from Portugal. In a relatively short period of time, the vast influence of these two nations climaxed and went into a rapid and permanent decline. In 1588, the mighty Spanish Armada was destroyed by the British, and the latter took over control of the seas. After this, Spain became a second-rate power and never again played a major role in European politics. It is quite interesting that at almost the exact time of this great sea victory, there was beginning to arise a strong and favorable Zionist sentiment in Britain.
There are many other modern nations who have opposed Israel and have reaped bitter cursing. Consider Germany, Russia, and Poland for instance. These nations have been ruthless in their anti-Semitism. Today their nations are seemingly cursed. Their people stand in long lines for the basic necessities of life, and their political systems seem bankrupt. Despite the recent unification East and West Germany, the Berlin wall stood for 45 years as a testimony of judgment upon these lands for the atrocities of Nazism, particularly the Holocaust. Germany lost over seven million people, was divided for a generation, and while it now thrives materially, culturally Germany has become irrelevant. Ask anyone, even an intellectual, to name one living German.
The list of modern hateful and anti-Semitic nations certainly includes many Middle Eastern countries today. Consider the horrors in Lebanon for instance. This once beautiful nation attacked Israel in 1948. Later she opened her doors to the PLO when they were expelled from Jordan. Lebanon opened her doors so that fire could devour her beautiful cedars (Zechariah. 11:1). Today she and her people sit in mourning, as Islamic forces have imposed their 7th century Arabian culture on Lebanon.
And it is the Arab world that curses the Jews. It rivals Nazi Germany for the ubiquity and intensity of its Jew-hatred. Look at its state. According to Arab scholars appointed by the United Nations to report on the state of Arab society, that part of the world lags behind the rest of humanity, including in most instances sub-Saharan Africa, in virtually every social, moral and intellectual indicator. And there is no question but that its half-century long preoccupation with destroying Israel has only increased the Arab world's woes.
Consider also the example of the so-called Palestinians, who have despised Israel with an intensity unrivaled in modern times. They have therefore seemingly inherited an endless curse. Hardly have they noticed that their Druze brethren have received great blessing by living at peace and in cooperation with Israel. Druze soldiers serve in the Israeli army, and their beautiful and peaceful cities dot the northern landscapes of Israel.
But perhaps the most obvious example of inheriting a curse in modern times is Great Britain. Up until the early twentieth century there was tremendous support for Zionism in that land and it was expressed at the highest levels of government. God honored Britain by allowing her to be the guardian of the newborn child Israel. Britain was in an excellent position to do this since she had greatly assisted in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, and was left to carve up Palestine virtually as she wished. Interestingly, World War I had been turned to England's favor with the discovery of a synthetic acetone for making explosives. That discovery was made by Chaim Weizmann, a Jew who ultimately became the first president of Israel. At the end of that war Britain was one of the mightiest powers on earth with colonies stretching the world over.
In spite of her noble beginnings, Britain failed miserably. Although she was charged by the League of Nations in 1920 to establish a state for newly emerging Israel, one of her first acts was to take 75% of the territory allotted to Israel and establish the Palestinian Emirate of Transjordan (today's Jordan). Britain then proceeded to hinder all Jewish settlement in the land of Israel, while at the same time encouraging Arab settlement there from all the surrounding nations. This was precisely at the time when Jews were needing to flee from the coming Holocaust.
The British then almost single-handedly, and for their own selfish political purposes, began to create the myth of Palestinian nationalism. It is a long and complicated story filled with many intrigues. Finally, in 1948, the British were forced to turn the now sticky problem of the Jewish homeland back over to the United Nations. Britain was then forced to withdraw her once proud forces from Palestine in shame.
During this same period while Great Britain was abusing the sacred trust given her by God, she found herself fighting for her very life against Germany. Her capital city was bombed nightly by the Germans. Although Britain survived, she soon afterward lost her many colonies. The empire on which the sun never set was reduced to a fraction of its former glory. Great Britain learned like other nations before her the high price of seeking to curse those whom God has blessed.
Conclusion: God means business. What about you, dear reader?
Of all the people who lived in 2000 BC, only Abraham can be singled out as the person who turned out to be a blessing – to all nations of the earth. How is this?
God chose Abraham, and through him, the nation of Israel. They were to be His special people, a model of how God wanted people to live. The other purpose that God had for Israel was that through them, God would give the world two absolutely important things:
Today, the Bible is the largest selling book in the world. More people have been blessed by it than by any other book! If I were to be stuck up on an island with only one book, I’d choose the Bible without second thought.