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Christians, even some Muslims, have Zionism’s back

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Pivitol in the miraculous creation of the modern State of Israel in 1948 was the support of non-Jews — Christians who, unexpectedly and against all odds, arrive at the scene to take charge at key moments.

Harry S. Truman, a virtually unknown senator from Missouri, replaces Henry Wallace as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s pick as vice president and, following the death of FDR, succeeds him.

Truman then presides over not only the defeat of Nazism, but the creation of the United Nations, and in 1948 becomes the first to recognize the creation of the Jewish state. In doing so, he defies the recommendation of his own Secretary of State, Gen. George Marshall, a World War II hero, who warns him that such a recognition would endanger the United States by severing its relationship with the oil-producing Arab world.

Non-Jews again played the decisive role in helping Shimon Peres and Israel build the Dimona nuclear facility. Peres, with David Ben-Gurion’s blessing, went to Paris, where he befriended three French officials, two of whom — Guy Mollet and Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury — later became the country’s prime ministers and agreed to lease Israel uranium, a move that forever changed the strategic Arab advantage over the tiny Jewish state.

In our time, there was President Donald Trump, fresh from “The Apprentice” fame, who after coming to the White House makes his bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital — a move that was opposed not only by the entire Arab world, but even by some Jewish Democratic members of the US Congress.

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his idea of the unexpected appearance of non-Jewish heroes is not new; it is a well-articulated concept dating to the very dawn of Jewish history. It was not only Abraham who discovered and yearned for Zion, but Terach his non-Jewish father who first led him there. As the Torah states, “and Terach took Abraham his son … to go to the land of Canaan”(Gen. XI, v31).

Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik points out that “Terach’s relationship with his son Abraham had been hostile. … Infused with hatred and insanity he had conspired with the local tyrants to destroy his own son both physically and spiritually. …

“What changed his mind? … Stirrings of repentance … the thought that perhaps his son’s way was correct. … A well-known revered and respected manufacturer of idols suddenly abandoned everything to begin his life anew … father and son formally locked in combat now started together on the march to Canaan. …

“To be a great teacher one must be able to reach his own family. … That occurred when Terach, who once hated Abraham, now reverses course and personally escorts him to the promised land.”

What The Rav is teaching is what the whole world is now witnessing. Non-Jews, both Christians — and even Muslims, like the leaders of the United Arab Emirates — are stepping forth to recognize the legitimacy of today’s Zionists as the descendants and great-grandchildren of Abraham, just as Terach himself once came forth to recognize the legitimacy of his son Abraham, the founder and great lover of Zion.