The following entry is part of a commentary on Ezekiel 36-39, which is fictionalized in my book, The Last Aliyah – Book 1 of The Time of Jacob’s Trouble trilogy.
Ezekiel 36:34-35 – And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities [are become] fenced, [and] are inhabited.
Again, since 1948, the land of Israel has undergone miraculous changes, going from wastelands and ruins to massive farmlands and great, modern cities. Along with agriculture, Israel also has vibrant wool, meat, and breeding industries.
Ezekiel 36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined [places, and] plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken [it], and I will do [it].
Before 1948, the land of Israel was wastelands and ruined, like many of their neighbors like Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. But since 1948, Israel has literally blossomed, while their neighbors continue as before. And part of their animosity against Israel is because Israel is once again being blessed by God, and they are not.