Lying about Israel
A theme that returns to my mind again and again as time
passes is the criticism of
Israel, from within the United States.
Specifically, from within the Christian community.
There is a situation unfolding now that I’ll be able to
elaborate on at a later time, but it involves the white-washing of information
that alerts Bible-believing Christians about unjust criticism of Israel
and the Jews.
Suffice to say for now that powerful religious forces are
cleverly and consistently tightening the noose on the Jewish state. By doing so,
they are unaware that they are fulfilling the Bible prophecy they so despise.
Many of these critics have never visited Israel.
They do not know, for example, that the country is tiny and therefore vulnerable
to threats from the Arabs. Before elaborating on that, I want to say clearly
that I do not believe many of them would care about the truth, about the
faces every day. The real danger in all this is that the constituencies of these
Christian leaders are fed a steady diet of untruth.
As to Israel’s
size, not only is it small geographically, but hundreds of Israeli communities
are right next to Arab communities. If you live in hilly or mountainous country,
imagine driving along a highway and looking over at a hill. On the hill is a
town. At the base of the hill is a town. Each is populated by a different ethnic
This is Israel
today. Jews and Arabs within a stone’s throw, literally, of each other.
Arab terror incubates in such an environment. Yet this
truth is never acknowledged by Israel’s
Christian critics. In fact, the critics say that Jewish
presence fosters Arab frustration,
which leads to Arab anger, which leads to Arab “resistance” (terrorism).
All this impacts an area dear to my heart, and which I
write about from time to time. In the arena of Christian books, there is a
hardening of positions toward
A generation ago (a decade ago!), one would find much friendlier folks,
than one finds today.
Strang Communications publishes pro Israel books, because the
publisher, Stephen Strang, is personally supportive of Israel.
Many kudos to him and his publishing entities. There one finds ads for Israeli
tourism, articles, and facts that help the Jewish state.
Balfour Books also publishes pro Israel
material. Harvest House — bless them — still publishes Bible prophecy.
But many other publishers are “going contemplative.” That
is to say, they are following new streams of thought in Christendom. Those
streams are polluted with much anti-Israel sentiment, and it is going to get
worse, my friends.
Another publisher that is worthy of your dollars is Gefen
Publishing, based in Jerusalem.
There, the Christian Zionist will find perhaps the best list of
information-packed books one could hope for. For example, the other day Harry
Hurwitz died. His 2004 book, Begin: His
Life, Words and Deeds chronicles the life of perhaps Israel’s
greatest prime minister. Check out Gefen’s extraordinary list at
Sadly, many more publishers are turning their backs on Israel,
and one day I’ll write an expose of all that.
RaptureReady represents one of the most important facts
today: the justness of her cause. Todd and Terry have developed a web-based
outsourcing of material that spreads truth by word-of-mouth (or
word-of-electricity!). This is vitally important in an age in which Emergent
teachings are rotting the Church from within.
With regard to Israel,
it is too bad that more people can’t see the place for themselves and then
return home armed with facts that refute the lies and propaganda of the
Palestinians and their friends on the Left. I’ll give you a concrete example.
The security fence that runs north and south in Israel
has dramatically — dramatically — cut down on the loss of Jewish life. The fence
meanders around communities in Judea and Samaria.
Yet what one hears from “peace and justice” groups that spring from liberal
American churches is that Israel
is cutting off the Palestinians from their land and families and livelihood.
History will stand with me one day on this: the Jews are
the most justice-seeking humans on the face of the earth. They always have been.
Even when deep in existential threats, when war is repeatedly forced on it — Israel
struggles to keep down civilian casualties. This is a fact. Notice this:
Beginning with the 1982 war in
has been charged with murdering civilians (Sabra and Shatilla). In point of
fact, they send troops into towns and villages to root-out terrorist killers
one-by-one, rather than opting to use the deluxe Israeli air force and flatten
said towns and villages.
This is never discussed by the Left. It isn’t discussed by
the Left because the Left, including liberal Christianity, is immoral. Lying is
simply a means to an end, in this case, the end of Israel.
Here’s a fascinating little fact: in Ariel Sharon’s
autobiography, Warrior, he recounts
the great pains to which Israel
has gone to avoid “taking” Arab land. He mentioned that when he was Israel’s
agriculture minister, he sent teams out into the land and took samples from the
ground, to determine is animal feces was present, thus indicating Arab livestock
grazing in the fields. If present, Israel
would not use the land for establishing dwellings.
This is never discussed when the Christian Left parrots PLO
propaganda and says Israel
has stolen Arab land. This is so because the goal of the Left is to demonize Israel,
As a pro Israel Christian, I urge you — again — to support
the aforementioned publishers. Read and support such sites as
All this is vital to Israel’s
Remember, you can’t take what someone says at face value,
not in today’s culture. Arm yourself with facts about Israel
and the Jews, then act accordingly.