21 May 2018

He Has No Merritt

The glorious opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is one of those eye-popping moments that come along only rarely.

Yet, not all are happy with President Trump’s campaign promise fulfilled. Past presidential candidates lied about moving the embassy, to get votes, but this week the embassy is open for business in Israel’s capital.

I no longer warn people full-time about the dangers of Millennial attitudes toward Israel and the Jews. Most people don’t want to hear it, and those who could have done something about it opted for a “soft” approach.

Dialogue. Understanding the other side. Don’t be too harsh.

Where has that gotten us?

I maintain that next-generation Christians will stand against the Jewish state. They have been raised on 24/7, old Soviet-style propaganda about everything from “climate change” to the Bible as myth.

The Cyrus-style approach of Trump in this matter is a real finger in the eye of our ideological enemies. They include people who cunningly mingle with evangelicals.

As social media began displaying the happy faces at the embassy opening, I noticed there were the usual suspects on the Left decrying the action. These are people who have no real clue what the real situation is regarding Israel and the Palestinians. They are simply regurgitating propaganda talking points they’ve heard.

Predictably, the writer Jonathan Merritt posted his displeasure with the embassy opening. This propaganda hack went low as he juxtaposed a photo of Jared Kushner, smiling, addressing the gathering in Jerusalem, with a photo of a Palestinian carrying a dead “protester” who defied Israeli warnings about rushing the Gaza security fence. This “demonstration,” of course, was organized once more by the death cult and terrorist entity, Hamas.

(Notice that terror chiefs never do their own dirty work; they enlist dupes who serve as cannon fodder. About 40,000 Palestinians tried to force their way into Israel and the IDF forcefully stopped them. The Left despises Israelis who defend themselves.)

Merritt’s tweet stated: “These photos show the sharp divide between the celebrations in Jerusalem and the horror of Gaza.”

Merritt pushes left-wing agendas. In the case of the Arab-Israeli conflict, he doesn’t know much. What he does know is that he loathes—absolutely despises—conservatives. Especially conservative Christians. Which is one reason he works overtime to dismantle the Old-Time Religion.

He hates it. Biblical Christianity pushes back against his favorite topics, such as advancing the homosexual agenda and embracing an overall Obama-style worldview.

And his father is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Why does Merritt the Younger stay with the tribe he grew up with?

To change it from within.

In any case, the photo he tweeted that shows a dead Palestinian carried zero context. None. Merritt and his friends dupe Millennials into thinking that that members of the IDF just indiscriminately shoot Arabs.

Merritt’s friends, such as Rachel Held Evans, piled-on to affirm the anti-Israel tweets.

I noticed others on social media, as well, such as Christian pro Israel leaders who have opted for the softer approach in dealing with Millennials…and the hard-Left operatives who are influencing them in droves. These pro Israel leaders were grinning for the cameras as they celebrated at various embassy parties in Jerusalem.

In order to maintain their positions–salaries, benefits, status—they undermine their own good work in advocating for Israel by pulling-up on our enemies. This characteristic of the Right (playing nice and “above the fray”) has helped bring us where we are today: on the precipice of full on Palestinian support among Millennials.

Don’t get me wrong. There are, I believe, thousands of Millennials who are smart, discerning, and very pro Israel. Many are doing groundbreaking advocacy work.

But millions more are on the other side.

If you’re not willing to wade into your enemies, they will perceive you as weak and ultimately ineffectual.

Remember the character Jimmy Malone (portrayed by Sean Connery) in “The Untouchables”? A streetwise Chicago cop, he toughened-up Elliot Ness, who initially didn’t have the internal grit to wipe out corruption in the Windy City.

Malone’s signature line: “You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”

Ness responds: “I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so.”

To which Malone then says: “Well, the Lord hates a coward.”

Don’t misunderstand. I don’t believe some of my former Israel advocacy colleagues are cowards. I just disagree strongly with their “high road” approach.

The Left has been lying about Israel for years. The Left will spare no tactic, no matter how brutal, to advance the goal of eliminating Israel.

Some people seem not to be aware that there is quite a lot of Jew-hatred in the American Church. Such a climate requires one to fix bayonets if the goal is to defend our Jewish friends.

Too many pro Israel Christian leaders prefer to fix a cocktail and chat with their enemies at parties. Plus, they love to be seen. Photo ops. Invitations.

Meanwhile, the Jonathan Merritts and Rachel Held Evans of the world continue their dirty work, no holds barred.

I can at least respect their tenacity.

Trump moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a marvelous thing.

But dark clouds are on the horizon, partly because some of us would rather make nice.


7 May 2018

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The Ottoman Archives

Whenever we discuss the Palestinians, and the peace process, or anything else related to Israel’s security and sovereignty, we must remember that the Arabs will never stop agitating and inciting to violence, in order to—in their minds—begin the “liberation of Palestine.”

This is key, and must be kept in mind. It prevents flights from reality—those that believe there is a negotiation or a concession, somewhere, that will appease the Palestinians and make them settle for a lasting peace with the Israelis.

In the past year or so, I have moved largely away from interacting even with pro Israel groups. I do because I have what I call “Jabotinsky Syndrome.”

I believe Jabotinsky was right.

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a Russian Jew in the last century, understood that the Jews of Europe were in peril, even long before Hitler emerged. He argued for Jews to settle in Palestine and make a national home, where they could finally defend themselves. His perceived harshness actually would have saved many lives, if his words had been heeded on a bigger scale.

He co-founded the Jewish Legion, a British army detachment during World War I that saw action in the Middle East. The Turkish Ottoman Empire controlled Palestine at the time, and was on the opposite side of the British during the Great War.

In 1936, Jabotinsky prepared an “evacuation plan” for Jews in Poland, Hungary, and Romania. Among other snags, the British government vetoed it. The volcano’s edge that Jabotinsky warned Jews were living next to would later engulf them.

He died suddenly of a heart attack while visiting New York in 1940. Among his disciples were Benzion Netanyahu and Menachem Begin.

Point being, Jabotinsky understood people. He understood the Arab mindset with regard to the Jews.

But many pro Israel groups, even the Christian ones, would believe Jabotinsky was a primate brute. In fact, he was a realist.

I do not believe in a Two-State solution. I believe the Palestinian leadership proved long ago incapable of working for peace. They really do want to exterminate Jews and destroy Israel.

This week it was reported that the Palestinian Authority is working with Israel’s “new” enemy, Turkey, in combing through Ottoman archives to prove Arab land ownership in Judea-Samaria/the West Bank.

According to a report published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center:

“This activity was revealed in a recent interview granted to the Wafa News Agency by Judge Moussa Shakarneh, the new chairman of the Palestinian Land Authority (April 7, 2018). In the interview, Judge Shakarneh said that the land settlement and registration process in the West Bank had already begun and that no one would be able to stop it. According to him, half of the land registration activities are carried out in Area C and in the Jerusalem area as part of a ‘strategic move’ by the Palestinian leadership aimed at protecting the Palestinian lands and establishing the Palestinians’ right to them.

“According to him, this move also implements the ‘right of return’ through the registration of land belonging to

Palestinians living abroad. The PA’s registration activity is carried out in addition to the PA’s cooperation with Turkey.

“This cooperation includes the transfer of documents from the Ottoman archive to the PA, in order to prove Palestinian ownership of land in Judea and Samaria and to prevent Israel from taking it over. At the present time, the Palestinians are placing an emphasis on documenting the Palestinian waqf ownership (religious endowments) of Palestinian land in the Jerusalem area, with the assistance of the Ottoman archive which they received from the Turks (including land registration documents throughout the Ottoman Empire in 1517-1914).”

A huge advantage enjoyed by the PA is global cooperation in their hatred of the Jewish state. Like Mexicans joining mass protests on America’s southern border, these radicals will continue to push and agitate for swamping Israel with the “right of return.” If that means offering-up real or forged documents claiming land ownership, they will do it. If it means one day gathering many thousands on Israel’s borders, forcing the Israelis to choose between being overrun, or defending themselves, the PA/Hamas will do it.

And their international friends will approve, whether it be NPR hosts, evangelical leaders, the Pope, international diplomats, the Media, etc.

They never give it a rest.

I’ve mentioned recently my annoyance at some pro Israel groups, particularly Christian ones, that take a soft approach of “dialogue” with Palestinians, or support for a Two-State solution. Much money is wasted in these organizations as they opt for a much tamer strategy.

When faced with an existential threat, such strategies will get you killed. Better to take the Jabotinsky way and bolster your deterrent depth and keep peace through strength.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s brilliant presentation this week of Iran’s cheating in the “nuclear deal” will of course be savaged by the Left. Meanwhile evangelical leaders, formerly Israel’s best friends in the world, will continue to move toward a George Soros worldview.

In other words, one day sooner rather than later, Israel will find herself alone.

Then the world will not be able to plead foolishly, “There is no God.”