Israel is under attack, and has been for some time. Although the attack has often been in the form of words instead of bullets (or missiles), even the verbal jabs have hinted total war and the stated goal of seeing Israel “wiped off the map.”

And in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident, the rhetoric from unsteady men like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Britain’s George Galloway portends a cessation of talking altogether.

In other words, the Middle East that was once a powder keg has now become a powder keg with a lit fuse, and Israel is ground zero.

To force war with greater effectiveness, Iran is warning “it could send Revolutionary Guard naval units to escort humanitarian aid convoys seeking to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.” And Turkey has also pledged to escort convoys.

Of course, neither Turkey nor Iran would dare do either of these things if they knew the United States was going to stand with her ally, Israel. But from Obama’s initial silence following the flotilla seizure to the more recent statements from Vice President Joe Biden indicating the administration is “consulting … partners” to figure out what to do, it’s evident we will not be doing much fighting for the Jewish nation.

And this brings us to the central point — namely, the explicit rift in the very Judeo-Christian underpinnings of our nation.

In a real sense, our unwillingness to fight for Israel is a de facto abandonment of the nation that has served as the depository of some of Western Civilization’s greatest ideals.

What do I mean?

What I mean is that Israel is the country to which God directly gave his law and commands. Even non-Jews, like myself, know that it was to Israel that the God of heaven communicated his law. Among these laws were ceremonial and moral precepts, containing guidelines for purification and behavior.