When the Bible speaks of Israel making covenants with foreign peoples, God’s reaction is usually negative. This is often expressed in the prophets. God insists on unlimited trust on the part of His people, and Israel’s alliances with foreign kingdoms or peoples tend to evoke God’s disapproval.
Superpowers like America, Russia and China can be compared in some ways to Babylon, Assyria and Egypt in biblical times. How should one judge Israel’s alliances with superpowers such as the USA or China today? Recent peace treaties with Arab nations, such as the Abraham Accords, are called into question. They might be politically correct, but are they biblically correct?
No voices are heard today warning that these covenants are against God’s will. Not even the religious Jews object. On the contrary, they enjoy the open borders. and travel to the Persian Gulf states to celebrate their festivals in these countries.
But there are also cautionary tales in recent history. The covenant with the PLO and the Palestinians...
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