Is Israel Really Only 68 Years Old?

Pregnant with the king’s son, the mother was experiencing excruciating labor pains, worse than ever endured. She barely pulled through the delivery. The radiant fresh life, though, was able to distance the suffering to memory. The new prince connected well with his father, the king. The kingdom’s choicest land was returned to its royal heir.

The mother is our generation. Her severe birthing pangs, The Holocaust. We are the prince. Ovinu Malkeinu — Our Father, Our King has granted back to us our inheritance, Eretz Yisroel. Eyes which saw the blackest evil, now witness a quality and quantity of miracles not experienced for thousands of years.

Within the span of a week, Israel marked Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron and a celebration commemorating 68 years of its formal political independence. The enormity packed into this solemn to celebratory week mirrors our generation’s timeline. Neither end can be described as normal, nor can it be captured in just 7 decades.By all accounts, this station in Jewish history is epic.

David Ben-Gurion, the face of Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence, renowned for his secular philosophy. said, “In Israel in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles,” it is no secret that he and Israel’s founding fathers, made their mission “Israel’s assimilation into the family of nations.”

G-d had different plans. He orchestrated Israel’s mind boggling military victories and reversed any notion of sameness. Jewry was again dominated by the revealed Supra-natural.

“The eyes of G-d are upon it, from the beginning through the end of the year.” G-d admits He cannot take His eyes off this land and people. Such Divine focus is all the reason Israel cannot conform to nature.

Despite being the size of New-Jersey, with 1000th of the world’s population and a landmass 1/6 of 1% of the Middle East, this sole democracy in a region teeming with hundreds of millions of its sworn enemies emerged as a titan of industry, innovation and development.

Our Prophets promised “an ingathering of the exiled.” Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant absorbing nation on earth. It has absorbed 350% of its population in the past 6 decades. For 6,377,000 Jews Israel is home. This is the majority of our people. The crumbling of the Iron Curtain brought 750,000 Russian Jews to Israel. 1,250,000 live there today alongside 193,000 Holocaust survivors.

Israel’s Independence Day is celebrated on the date the UN resolution of partition gave the Jewish people back their homeland. But anyone versed in bible knows that Israel’s international “birth certificate” was enshrined in it thousands of years earlier. Our people have, without interruption, lived on this land since the time of Joshua.

One consequence of celebrating Israel as 68 is a legitimization of the UN and a “need” for its recognition.The UN passed 175 Security Council resolutions prior to 1990 and 97 of them were directed against Israel.The UN has no legitimacy. The UN General Assembly passed 690 resolutions before 1990 and 429 of them were against Israel. It is wholly undeserving of our recognition.

The narrative of Israel 68 welcomes meaningless chatter of “Palestinian” claims and invites the world to spew its Anti-Jewish, intolerable demands. Israel’s sole claim to this land remains G-d’s irrevocable deed to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Step outside of this documented truth and those who savor the “negotiable” status accorded to the Jewish homeland and its people, receive their fuel and fodder. Israel was destined from Creation to be ours. We hold a 4768 year deed given by G-d to our forefathers. Dear world; Israel and the Jewish people are non-negotiable.

G-d promised a blessed land. Despite being 60% desert, Israel is the only country in the world to enter the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees. Israel’s dairy cows are the most productive in the world they produce 25,432 pounds of milk, per cow, each year. This compared to 18,747 pounds from an American cow and 13,778 pounds from European Union cows. Israel’s palm trees produce more than 10 times as many dates as the average palm tree (182kg a year per tree). Ten times more honey flows in Israel. G-d’s promise of “A land flowing with milk and honey,” has been fulfilled.

During our Exodus, while obliterating Egypt’s cavalry, G-d promised a future redemption “even more wondrous.” After only 68 years, this tiny sliver of a country has the 4th most powerful air force in the entire world, following America, Russia and China. Israel surpasses them with the world’s largest arsenal of F-16 fighter planes and the largest fleet of aircraft anywhere in the world. Wondrous it is, indeed.

While the words holy and G-d missed Israel’s Declaration of Independence, Yom Kippur shuts down the land.No traffic, no stores, no radio or TV. In a recent survey, 80 percent of Israel’s Jews affirmed their belief in G-d. 87% of Israel’s Jews attend Passover Seder. 70% believe that we are the “Chosen People.”  A full majority, 55 percent, believe in the coming of Moshiach. At Sinai, 3325 years ago, G-d anointed us His “holy nation.” Through today, this princely connection is strong. Indeed, in many ways, it is stronger than ever.

Israel is the only nation in the world that revived an unspoken ancient language and established it as its national tongue. Incredibly, a Jew of the first temple era can converse with today’s Israeli Jew. Lashon Hakodesh, our holy tongue, has passed the test of time.

Zohar promises that in the 6000th year the gates of heavenly wisdom will be opened. Today’s Israel readily proves In 68 years, Israel’s research, discovery and development has advanced human life more than any other country in the world. The Weizman Institute is the world’s leading university for life science research. Vaccines for cancers have been produced. Stem-cell technology regenerates heart tissue. A DNA Nano-computer detects cancer and releases drugs to treat the disease. Stroke and spinal injury victims have their paralyzed hands restored.

These and countless other advancements exported to the entire world, were born in a country the size of El Salvador in which not a single day goes by that its people are not faced with mortal danger and overwhelming challenges. Yet, from Zion flows only blessings and light.

Skeptic and believer alike cannot ignore these 68 miraculous years. 68 years marks a generation. This one promises to be the last of suffering and the first of a resplendent new reality.

Israel’s neighbors, once her biggest threat, are currently slaughtering each other. Mere months ago, Israel was a terror stricken country with no one but G-d to rely on. In a stunningly rapid turn of events, Israel is today’s mentor to the entire western world in their ongoing battle with the real enemy, Arab and Islamic terror.

This apex in our history is a just a foretaste of things to come. It warrants our full attention. We must shepherd every resource to march; all of our men, women and children these very last steps of our 2000 year exile. Together, we will realize the fruition of the yearnings of all our generations.

About the Author
Ciment is Founding Rabbi of Chabad-Lubavitch of Greater Boynton Beis Menachem, a pioneering traditional Jewish presence in Central Palm Beach County, Florida established in 1994. Chabad's 5 acre, "Rae & Joseph Gann Campus for Living Judaism" serves hundreds of member families and services thousands of Jews from all walks of life.
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