Egypt & Israel: a Lasting Peace?


Video from Unpacked


"On History of Israel explained, we’re talking Israel-Egypt relations. In 1979, after decades of enmity and five wars, Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty that still holds, albeit coldly, today. Incredibly, it was two of the region’s most radical extremists, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, that will go down in history as the men that brought peace to the two countries. More unlikely peacemakers are hard to imagine. Begin was once viewed by many, including David Ben-Gurion, as a terrorist (we’ll get to that another time) while Sadat not only admired Hitler, but also urged terrorism as a tactic for overthrowing the British (sound familiar?) So how did these two unlikely leaders end up signing a peace deal - one that would end in Sadat’s assassination just a few short years later - and how did this decision alter regional politics from an Arab-Israeli conflict to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" from video introduction


God’s Holy Word affirms that the Jews are God’s chosen people: “You are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 7:6).

From eternity past God the Father knew that God the Son would need to be born into the human race in order to save us from the spiritually dead condition that we are in (Ephesians 1—2; Genesis 3). God had planned from the beginning to be born into a small nation or race of people called the Jews. The Old Testament tells the story of how God set about creating, setting apart, and preserving that race.


The ultimate goal of God’s choice of the Jews as His chosen people was to produce the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would be the Savior of the world.

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