- Jim Fletcher
International policy makers disconnected from "real" reality
George Bush, from the elegant surroundings of Jerusalem’s
Hotel, said today that the
Palestinian people “deserve” a state. Condoleezza Rice, the president’s
secretary of state, expressed her displeasure earlier with the Jewish community
of Har Homa, between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
I think of both statements as “friendly fire” in the war against Islamic
Bush knows better than anyone this side of the Israeli intelligence community
that the Palestinians are a radicalized society, fed poisonous propaganda for
years by their evil leaders. While Palestinians live in squalor in refugee camps
and elsewhere, their “leaders” live lavishly. Accountability for financial
dispersion seems not to matter to Western diplomats, U.N. representatives and
World Bank-types who stroll around
Jerusalem, having coffee on the King David’s veranda, or
a drink down in the bowels of the American Colony Hotel’s bar.
I’m convinced that many governments giving aid to the Arabs do it only to
appease them. This is an attempt to push-off as long as possible a major
Arab-Israeli war. It’s extortion money, to buy off the famed collective temper
of the Arab street.
I do believe (with the caveat that I obviously don’t know him) that President
Bush has some sincere motives.
However, two things prevent him from carrying out real progress, in the form of
realistic peace efforts.
First, President Bush was raised in a mainline church, and has for 20-odd years
been a member of the United Methodist
Church. The UMC is one of
the most anti-Israel denominations anywhere. Even when a solid, pro Israel
evangelical gains an audience with the president or his advisors, they have
little effect on policy…if they appeal based on the biblical promises to the
The reason for that of course is obvious: Washington is dominated by politicians and
policy advisors and diplomats who have no real biblical foundation in their own
lives. For the most part, their religious affiliations have nothing in common
with the person who believes the Bible is literally the word of God.
In other words, President Bush and his advisors put little stock in the books of
the Prophets, regarding any connection between modern and ancient
Israel. To them, it’s symbolism or myth — with
a good dose of Replacement Theology thrown in for good measure. That’s why it
makes no sense for the Jews to insist on settling the
of Israel. Dividing the
land with the Palestinians makes perfect sense.
And Secretary Rice, touted by publications like Christianity Today as an
old-fashioned evangelical, seems to have a nasty disposition toward Israeli
“settlers.” Her displeasure with the building at Har Homa is but one example.
The second thing that handicaps President Bush is that American presidents have
only limited real power. Our foreign policy is directed by diplomats who have no
interest in the Bible. They don’t believe a word of it.
Har Homa, a decade ago, was a barren hill. Israel had
always reserved the right to build dwellings there. I remember a speech Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave in
in 1997, in which he ridiculed the Palestinian insistence that the settling at
Har Homa amounted to terrorism. “The terror of the walk-up apartments?” Bibi
said to a huge gathering of pro
The line is apt. Israel has settled the land,
building schools, homes, and hospitals. Israel’s advances in technology have
literally helped the world. The country has “taken” territory in defensive wars.
On the other side, the Arabs have carried out terror attacks against the Jews
for one hundred years. Their people live like Third World countries. Constant threatening statements
and the West are made by Islamic dictators. A level of hate that can only be
described as satanic has taken hold of entire Arab populations. Alleged
peacemakers like Mahmoud Abbas refuse to acknowledge one of Israel’s few
requests: recognize us as the Jewish state.
Herein lies a key to the Palestinian leadership’s true intentions. Make certain
statements that appear peace-loving, but in reality, squeeze
into shrunken borders in order to carry out a final attack.
Yet it is Israel
who is the aggressor (so the international community likes to say). It is today
as Isaiah said it would be: people call evil good and good evil.
So if you are confused when the guys in the white hats, like Bush and Rice,
appear to “not get it” and pressure Israel, realize that they do not subscribe
to conservative biblical Christianity, when it comes to Israel. Rice might have
grown up in the Bible Belt with old-fashioned values, but she does not believe
Israel has a right to what is called the
West Bank. That is to be a preserve for one of the great terror
units in all of history: the Palestinian Authority. It seemingly makes no sense
to us. But it makes perfect sense to the State Department.
There are certain political leaders in Washington who know the truth and even
proclaim it: Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, people
like that. But at the dinner parties and cocktail parties, they are whispered to
I believe Western leaders (it’s a given that others, like Russia’s Putin, know this) know Israel is being
sacrificed to the Arabs. Biblically, this angers God. Even on the level of human
morality, it is repulsive. But humans are into self-preservation above all else.
I believe Adam, a real person in a real time in history, was prepared to
sell-out Eve. It’s been going on ever since.
The key for Christian supporters of Israel is to
really begin to live out what we believe. Redouble your prayer efforts. Keep
yourself informed. Pray for individuals and nations. And above all, believe God.
He declared a long time ago that He alone decides and judges. He alone will end
history, in the manner He has chosen.
During these days, when dark storm clouds are gathering, I find that a great
I symbolically raise my glass to the great state of Israel. Eternal,
Jim Fletcher is a member of the executive
committee of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI); he
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org