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Israel Faithfully Embraces US Patriotism

Israel Faithfully Embraces US Patriotism

Israelis wave flags and hold signs during a rally, sponsored by Republicans Overseas Israel, a local organization that encourages American expatriates to cast absentee ballots, in Jerusalem, Oct. 26, 2016. Then-candidate Trump made comments in a videotaped address to supporters saying he will stand with Israel. (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

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We are all used to seeing despicable images of burning American flags throughout the capitals of the Mideast. However, there is one country in the region whose citizens proudly wave the stars and stripes. That country is Israel.

In trying to understand why Israelis relate to America differently than all others, I reached out to former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren. "Other countries in the region don’t wave American flags, they burn them!" Oren, who is now a member of Knesset and deputy minister, told me. "Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the American embassy is in no danger of violent protestors and where it's not uncommon to see both Israeli and American flags flying together."

Why is it that Israelis appreciate the United States so much more than anyone else? "America has many other important allies, but no other countries share the same values," Oren explained to me. Those shared principles are what link the two countries together more than anything else, and those values are rooted in the Bible.

"The strength of the Israel-U.S. relationship goes all the way back to the founding fathers. Many of America’s founders knew the Bible, some even studied Hebrew and were what we would call today Zionists. They discovered foundational ideas in the Bible such as the limits on power and human rights and they insisted that American presidents would swear the oath of office on a Bible," said Oren.

Donald Trump placed his hand on two Bibles when he was inaugurated in January. He swore on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible along with one given to him by his mother upon graduation from Sunday school. President Trump has even remarked that the Bible is his favorite book of all time.

The fact that Americans and Israelis both honor the holy scriptures was articulated eloquently by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a July 4th celebration in Herzliya, Israel. "This is a great day because on the Fourth of July, all Israelis unite with our American brothers and sisters. It's our celebration too," remarked the Israeli Prime Minister. "That's because the history of our two countries is remarkably intertwined. The Founding Fathers of America were inspired by the Bible, and specifically by the Book of Exodus, by the dream of building freedom in a new Promised Land. And as you stand in the Chamber of the American Congress, you see right across you the image of one man — Moses, with a quote from the Bible."

Palestinians, Iranians and others trample on Biblical values such as human rights and therefore it is no surprise that in their public squares — often named for terrorists — they frequently set fire to both American and Israeli flags.

Just two weeks ago, protestors burned red, white and blue flags alongside blue and white ones all across Iran.

In Gaza this past May, on the eve of President Trump’s visit to the region, Palestinians responded by, you guessed it, setting ablaze the stars and stripes.

As someone born in the U.S. but living in Israel for the past six years, I look forward to waving both my Israeli and American flags tomorrow in the land where the Bible was first birthed and given to the whole world.

God bless the United States of America, God bless Israel, and Happy Fourth of July.

Rabbi Weisz is the director of Israel365, which connects 2 million people to Israel every month. He founded the I365 newsletter, is publisher of Breaking Israel News, and editor of The Israel Bible. He lives with his family in Ramat Beit Shemesh. To read more of his reports, Click Here Now

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As someone born in the U.S. but living in Israel for the past six years, I look forward to waving my Israeli and American flags tomorrow in the land where the Bible was first birthed and given globally. God bless the United States of America, God bless Israel. Happy Fourth of July.
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