The roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict date back centuries. And throughout history, God has faithfully demonstrated his favor and divine regard for the Israeli people and their land.

The United States must be equally steadfast in its support. For opposition to Israel, frankly, is opposition to God.

Since 1967, following Israel’s victory in what’s commonly called the Six Day War, the United States and Israel have built a special relationship, two nations sharing the same values and passion for democracy.

Surrounded by larger Middle Eastern nations who’ve openly displayed their hostility to the Jewish people, Israel has been anchored, in part, by the support of the United States. But, rest assured, as the strongest military presence in the region, Israel is very capable of protecting herself and her democratic presence.

Yet despite being comparable in size to New Jersey, nations around the world still advocate Israel giving up additional land to the contentious Arab population of Palestine.

Understand, this land was given to the Israeli people by God and is not transferable.

In fact, the Bible repeatedly refers to the territory in which Israelis live as “their land” (Ezekiel 37:21). And when speaking of the Israeli people, God calls them “my people” and integral to His divine order and plan for mankind.

Many know the biblical account in Genesis, of God’s covenant with Abraham and His promise of a son (Isaac) through whom He would make a great nation and redeem the earth. God purposely selected this land (Israel) and these people (Jews) to provide every person access to His divine blessings and plan of salvation.

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

I have no doubt this is the primary reason America has become the most prosperous nation in the world. And from our abundance, we bless other nations. In areas such as health and human services, the fight against hunger and poverty, and aiding in recovery from natural disasters, the U.S. has been a resource for the world.

The Bible also says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” America has been given quite a lot. And I believe it’s been God’s response to how we’ve honored Israel.

Despite the progressive view on our nation’s founding, I believe America was founded on the very Judeo-Christian principles of liberty and the value of human life that were birthed from the nation of Israel.

If we refuse to honor Israel and compromise our support, we could, in relative fashion, forfeit many of God’s blessings, which in turn could impact our ability to bless other parts of the world.

We must work to rebuild the relationship of trust and respect with Israel that’s been under attack for the past eight years.

Finally, we must proceed in lockstep fashion with God and the Israeli people.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.