And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3 AV
Helil joined the Israeli army in February 1962. When he was cleaning his first weapon he saw a Nazi cross on it. It was a German Mauser that Stalin had captured from the Nazis during WWII. The Israeli army was started with German weapons, including German airplanes. It is a kind of poetic justice that the weapons of the nation that tried to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth became the early salvation of Israel.
During the wars Israel fought against the Arabs in her early years the weapons of the Arab armies were superior to what Israel had. The Arab tanks, for example, had night vision and the Israeli tanks did not. When we look at how Israel overcame overwhelming odds to defeat the Arab armies we can only believe that God was fighting for Israel.
Helil tells us of the overwhelming advantage of the Arab armies, like 2,000 Israeli troupes against 60,000 Arab troupes in the 1973 war. In spite of this unbalance in forces Israel was able to win.
I hear often from Muslims that they don’t understand why every time they attack Israel they not only lose, they lose territory. They are confused because they are supposed to have god (Allah) on their side. The question that must be answered is who really has God on their side?
The signs in Israel have three languages on them, Hebrew, English, and Arabic. In the schools in Israel Hebrew is the primary language and English is required for all. Beyond this there is a choice between French and Arabic.
Helil believes that without an understanding of the Arab culture and mentality and the history of Islam there is no chance of ever learning to exist side by side. He believes that Arabic must become a required language for all Israeli children in the schools.
The relationship between the Israeli Arabs and those in the Palestinian areas is totally different. There is commerce between them. There are friendships, and even marriages between them.
The Arabs are the children of Ishmael, and prior to the rise of Islam the two got along just fine. There are even records showing that there were Rabies whose name was Ishmael. You would never see such a thing today.
In most of the world the birth rate for non-Muslims is much less than for Muslims. In Israel their taxation system encourages large families. If a family has eight or more children their property tax drops by 90%, They also receive a subsidy for each child from the government. Many Orthodox Jews have 12 or more children.
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