Israel was to be a city on a hill to spread the light and knowledge of the Lord and principles of virtue, temperance, and godliness to surrounding peoples and nations.
If Israel were to forsake the Lord, then they would be left defenseless before their enemies like a sheep among a pack of wolves.
Israel is unwise if it thinks it can out-wolf the wolves. Its only protection is in the Lord and to keep the spiritual fires burning and eventually domesticate some of the pack. Israel should beware never to leave the safety of the campfire.
Just like the Jews have been comanded to posses the land of Israel, the covenant people of God have been commanded to possess the Earth. unfortunately, since the Fall, Satan has rules over the Earth with fear, pain and suffering. When it comes to the Last Days and the the tribulation that will come, I hear many say, "if it is gonna get that bad, I'd rather die along with everyone else." However, I think God intents His people to survive and finally possess the Earth and build the perfect society.
The meek and the righteous are commanded to inherit the Earth. The disembodied spirits even in spirit paradise are still in a prison away from their bodies. Our purpose and destiny as eternal beings is not to dwell in a spirit world but to stand triumphant upon the celestial Earth.
And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it. (Old Testament, Numbers, Numbers 33:53)