This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
I think one of the mistakes the Western world has made in the 21st century is assuming that democracy always produces good things. It does not.
Quite a few of history's most unsavory characters rose to power through democratic means. Adolf Hitler, Robert Mugabe, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Vladimir Putin come readily to mind.
Are we soon to add Mohammed Morsi to that list? Last week, the new Egyptian President made a breathtaking power grab in Egypt. It appears the only folks who didn't see that coming were the ones in charge in Washington.
On November 22, Morsi decreed that his decisions were beyond the review of Egypt's court system. There are other nuances and implications involved, but suffice it to say that he is now effectively a dictator -- at least, by his own promise, for a few months.
Mohammed ElBaradei, a former Egyptian presidential candidate and head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said simply that Morsi had made himself Egypt's new pharaoh.
Now the deposed president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, though democratically elected to office himself, was arguably closer to being a dictator than a real, popularly-elected president. However, after succeeding the assassinated Anwar Sadat and throughout his more than 30 years in office, Mubarak rigorously upheld the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel that Sadat championed. Further, he was a mortal enemy of the mullahs in Iran after they deposed the Shah. He also successfully suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (responsible for Sadat's assassination) for three decades. Mubarak was reliably pro-Western and was probably the greatest moderating Arab influence in the Middle East.
Mohammed Morsi is the antithesis of Mubarak. He was handpicked by the Muslim Brotherhood after they publicly promised not to offer a candidate for the presidency following the "Arab Spring" uprising. He, in fact, is a long time member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the spiritual sire of both Hamas and al-Qaeda. He may not openly display his disdain for the West, but he wasted no time in cozying up to Iran and makes no pretense about his desire to see Egypt become an Islamic republic under Sharia law.
So, when he makes a power grab, it's cause for Israel and the West to sit up and take notice. Interestingly, I've heard nary a peep out of Washington. Have you? Maybe the Egypt-Morsi "talking points" memo got accidentally tucked away with the infamous Benghazi talking points memo!
Nonetheless, Egypt is now erupting again. Not every Egyptian is pleased with Morsi's move. There are mass demonstrations once again in Tahrir Square. There are clashes with police. People have died. And it appears that the movement is gaining momentum.
This situation can be dangerous for Israel. You see, President Morsi claimed that his power grab was necessary in order for him to "move forward with the goals of the revolution and eliminate all of the obstacles which are linked to the past that we hate." I would make an educated guess that chief among those "obstacles which are linked to the past that we hate" is Sadat's treaty with Israel. In fact, Morsi has suggested on more than one occasion that the treaty needs to be "reviewed" to make it more amenable to Egypt's future. Read that: "abolish the treaty along with Israel."
I'm sure he didn't expect the ferocity of the Egyptians' reaction to his ploy, so -- as is themodus operandi of desperate Arab leaders -- he may decide to stir things up with Israel to distract the rank and file Egyptians from his power play.
I also suspect that the praise recently lavished on him by President Obama and Secretary Clinton for his role in "mediating" the Hamas/Israel dust-up convinced him the time was right to elevate himself.
Speaking of Israel's effort to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza, now that "Operation Pillar of Defense" has gone on hiatus, do you think the world is going to cut Israel any slack for restraining itself in the face of 2,500 rocket attacks this past year?
Not on your life.
In fact, just Thursday afternoon, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted to reward the Palestinian terrorists by granting the West Bank, Gaza, and east Jerusalem recognition as a "nonmember observer state" at the U.N. Though the vote of the General Assembly is largely symbolic, it makes a statement when 138 of 193 nations reward an invented group of people, led by "democratically-elected" terrorists whose sole aim is the destruction of another member state (Israel), with an upgrade in their status.
And what statement is that? Simply put, the world hates Israel. It can't help itself. It does so out of instinct. It hates Israel because it hates God. And God knew that would happen, that's why He offered a promise of protection for His people. He said that He would bless those who blessed His people and curse those who cursed them.
There's no other logical reason why Israel should be the pariah nation it is. It is a pro-American, Western-style, capitalist democracy. It has a deeply-rooted, Western-style respect for human rights and freedoms (unlike ANY of its Muslim neighbors). It could easily qualify for admission to the union as another U.S. state (which may be why America-haters hate it). Citizens of Israel come from every nation (more than 86 languages are spoken there), yet it is the West's most consistent friend in the region. Israel has actively extended its hand of friendship to any nation who would accept it.
Yet the universal hatred for Israel still manages to simmer to the surface. That's because it rises from spiritual roots.
Here's why. Israel stands as testimony to God's Word. He said that Israel would be restored as a nation in the last days. It was restored. He said that Jerusalem would be returned to Israel in the face of global opposition. It was returned.
Israel, by her very existence and history, is absolute and unassailable proof that the Bible is true, that these are the last days, and that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back soon.
In view of all of this, this week I'll tell you why I think that how we treat the Jews and the Jewish nation is deadly serious business.
Don't miss this week's Report here Sunday.