Israel And America Blessed

Jews have always been welcomed in America. The first recorded immigration by Jews to America occurred in September, 1654. In that month, 23 Jews arrived from Brazil where they were being persecuted.

At the time of the Revolutionary War, there were approximately 23,000 Jews in America. They were fully integrated into American society and many had become quite wealthy. When the Revolutionary War started, almost the entire Jewish community joined the American cause. Many of them attained high military ranks. Even George Washington’s personal physician, Dr. Phillip Moses Russell, was a Jew.

George Washington and the Jews

It was George Washington who really established the attitude of Americans toward the Jewish people. Many of the letters that President Washington sent to Jewish organizations have been preserved for us. The following is one of them that is representative of these letters.

“May the same wonder-working Deity, who long since delivered the Hebrews from their Egyptian oppressors, planted them in a promised land, whose providential agency has lately been conspicuous in establishing these United States as an independent nation, still continue to water them with the dews of heaven and make the inhabitants of every denomination participate in the temporal and spiritual blessings of that people whose God is Jehovah.”

President Washington welcomed and honored the Jews who had taken up residence in the new nation of America. When no other nation would welcome them, he did and his attitude toward them spread throughout America.

Since that time, millions of Jews have been welcomed into America when no other nation wanted them.

The American Civil War

Again, we find Jews actively supporting the nation that had welcomed them. During the American Civil War, about nine thousand Jews fought for the North and seven rose to the level of General. Yes, there were always individuals who were prejudiced against the Jews, but the hatred and organized prejudice the Jews experienced in Europe was unknown in America.

It was President Lincoln that established the first Jewish chaplains in the military. President Lincoln was a friend to the Jews even though one of his generals was not. On Dec. 17, 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant issued the infamous General Order 11 that expelled all Jews from Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. However, as soon as President Lincoln heard about the order, he immediately revoked it. It was President Lincoln’s attitude that was the prevalent attitude toward the Jews in America.

Russia and the Jews

By 1907 the Jewish population in America has reached 2,000,000. This was mostly because of the persecution the Jews were receiving in Russia. On March 1, 1881, Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated. The Russian government blamed the assassination on the Jews and violence broke out against them. The Russian government even passed laws that make life for the Jews in Russia very miserable.

Jews began to leave Russia by the tens of thousands. Western Europe refused to accept them. However, America opened their arms to them. And so the great migration to America began. Most of them came to America through New York City past the Statue of Liberty.

In fact, the famous poem that was inscribed at the base of the statue was written by Emma Lazarus, a Jew.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

America and Israel

Although most refugees from Russia came to America, some of them went to Palestine. It was pretty much a no-mans land at the time. No government had any official claim to the land. Up until 1917 the Ottoman Turks did have control over the area. However, in 1917, the Turks were conquered by the British. The League of Nations took over the area and put the British in charge. Thus, under international law, the area, including Jerusalem, was a no-man’s land.

As early as 1890, many (over 400) very influential Americans had begun pushing for a Jewish state in Palestine. This idea spread throughout America and it was soon reported that millions of Americans were now praying that the Jewish people would be allowed to reestablish their homeland in ancient Israel.

In 1916, the United States government officially supported a Jewish state. It was in 1922 that the League of Nations officially appointed Great Britain the responsibility of overseeing a new Jewish state in Palestine. This was logical because since 1917, they had been unofficially overseeing the land.

Even earlier (1915), United States war ships were transporting Jews from their persecuting nations to this area of Palestine. In fact, the armored cruiser USS Tennessee made 20 trips from Alexandria, Egypt, transporting thousands from there to Palestine.

America Became a World Power

God caused America to become a world power because of their support of Israel. They even kept Turkey from destroying the Jews living in Palestine. The president that did the most for the Jews at that time was President Woodrow Wilson. Because of our commitment to the Jews to rebuild the nation of Israel, God used the United States to insure that the nation of Israel would be reborn.

Remember Genesis 12:3 (NKJV)
“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God blessed America because America blessed Israel. America became the financial world power as well as the military world power. Because of our support of Israel, God blessed America as He has blessed no other nation. Because of our support of Israel, we became the greatest nation that the world has ever seen.

This is something that America needs to remember because America has not remained a supporter of Israel. My next article will illustrate how America is being judged because of our actions concerning the land of Israel.


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