Oct 24, 2011
For decades, the
state of Israel has maintained strong ties
countries that serve
It is no accident
that in those
countries, many of
the citizens feel an
bond with Jews, and
studying now at Hunter College
(John Jay College of
was able to
experience that bond
first-hand this year
when he realized a
dream and visited
Georgetown, Guyana (on the northeast coast of South America,
Suriname, Brazil, and
Stefan immigrated to
when he was 11.
Thrilled by the
chance to live and
study in America, Stefan
didn’t have to wait
long for that future
bond to begin
“At Lehman high
school I met my
first group of
Israelis in the
lunchroom and in my
where they came to
visit our darkroom
where we developed
black and white
film,” he remembers.
“There were two
encounters but they
sparked my interest
That spark became a
flame when Stefan
and his family made
a fateful decision a
year later to host
two students from Rishon Lezion, Israel.
It is the
in Israel, located south of Tel Aviv,
and was the second
established in 1882.
It is that
that resonates with
a young man like
“From my hosting
experience I just
fell in love with Israel, its
culture and its
people. It was an
to actually see the
individual faces of
a nation that has
often been portrayed
by some in a
The Williams family
loved the experience
and not surprisingly
(as is often case in
Stefan keeps in
touch with his new
“I have maintained a
these guys via
call. I had been
promising them and
myself to visit
took me three
Ah, but the wait was
worth it, for he was
able to see Israel
in person, through
the efforts of the
Friendship League (www.aifl.org).
The group’s strong
(YASE) program made
it possible. In the
could hardly believe
his good fortune!
“Traveling to Israel was an experience of its
own,” he recalls. “A
Lehman high school
and I actually
decided to go to
on the same flight.
He was going to
study there for a
year and I was just
visiting but since I
didn't have an
American passport I
needed to apply for
a visa. So we both
went to the Israeli
embassy in New York together, once to apply and second
time to uplift our
passports with our
visas. I think at
that point it became
explicitly to me
that I will be
dream and actually
going to Israel.”
what most first-time
bliss. In fact, his
excitement was so
high, he was unable
“When I first landed
in Israel it was almost impossible to
though it was 6 a.m.
when we finally
arrived to my
we were unable to
sleep. So we went
for a walk through
the streets of
Rishon Lezion where
I got my first taste
of Israeli food and
culture. From there
on it was just one
enhanced by a visit
to the Israeli
resort town of
at the country’s
“I can't even put in
words the gratitude
I have for these
people who opened
their homes and
hearts to me. Today
many of my friends
in Israel are
officers in the army
and some have
service and are
studies for entrance
attend an Israeli
Because of Stefan’s
visit to Israel, he feels better-equipped to
stand up for the
small nation, so
vital to American
he says there has
campus, “The Hunter
Hillel has done
amazing work to
sentiment on campus
but there is still a
lot that needs to be
The AIFL’s Charlotte
Frank was a catalyst
for bringing Stefan
and he remains
“I am very thankful
for the great work
she has done because
it was directly
impacted my ability
to become and stay
connected to the
When I first
met Dr. Frank it was
on one of her many
visits to our high
school in the
and for me
it meant so
much to see someone
take time out of
their extremely busy
schedule to come to
With friends like
Stefan Williams, Israel is far
from alone. The love
Welcome Home, Gilad Shalit
In a world crippled by extreme cruelty,
this week’s news that Gilad Shalit is
coming home is an oasis. It is joy.
Shalit, the IDF soldier kidnapped five
years ago by Palestinian terrorists, has
been held in
Gaza. A few days
ago, the Israeli government reached a
deal with Hamas for the return of
Shalit—in exchange for the release of
1,000 terrorists from Israeli jails.
First, we wish the Shalit family much
joy and long life together. This gift is
rare, and we must pray for them as they
receive their son.
Charles Jacobs, a great spokesman for
Jewish causes, had some great remarks
about the Shalit release
“Gilad Shalit: Israel faced a
‘Sophie's Choice.’ This is an
extraordinarily difficult and painful
episode: Everyone knows that giving in
to terrorism likely fuels more assaults.
And everyone knows that there is an
increased probability that other
Israelis - and their parents, who are
unknown and faceless to us now, will pay
for this. But these other Israelis are
abstractions today: they exist only in
the future. And as no one can see
them and love them today, their
interests are less spoken for. They only
exist in our brains. For that reason,
our hearts are unconstrained, and our
hearts are with Gilad Shalit, and his
parents. It's like a ‘Sophie's Choice,’
but with only one child in view and at
hand. Israel chooses
In years past, negotiating with terrorists was not
considered. I would argue, for those
purists who would decry the Israelis
doing it now…the situation has changed.
There are so many threats coming at Israel, from so
many directions, that I can see why the
Netanyahu government went ahead and
decided to bring Shalit home.
There were several ironies.
A German mediator worked with the provisional Egyptian
government in brokering the deal.
According to the report from the Meir Amit Intelligence
“The Israeli concern was that not
exploiting the opportunity might
endanger Gilad Shalit's welfare and
In other words,
perhaps the last window to bring Shalit
home was closing. Israel
understands very well that the
Palestinian barbarians that do this sort
of thing know what happened to airman
Ron Arad, now missing almost 30 years.
Thank God they are bringing Shalit home
Among the 1,027 terrorists to be released are 27 women,
including Ahlam Tamimi, who drove the
homicide bomber to the Sbarro restaurant
I like the fact that the signer to this agreement for
Hamas was Nizar Awadallah (Ahmed
Jaabari, head of Hamas’ terrorist wing
in Gaza, was present but did
not sign). The fact that these two
terrorists were there, and one signed
the agreement is almost comical, since
Hamas denies Israel’s existence. Who were they
signing an agreement with, the Swiss?
Now, I would like to switch gears a bit for a minute,
and quote Jacobs again, regarding the
terrorism being waged against Coptic
one likes analogies with the unique
events of the Holocaust, but surely last
Sunday was like a Kristallnacht for the
Copts: a sudden murderous assault on
their religious community, with the
participation of especially brutal
Egyptian soldiers. Some Muslims
tried to stand with the Christians, but
reports from the bloody scene describe
how army officers could not stop low
ranking soldiers, who may be more truly
expressive of the ‘Arab/Muslim street,’
from beating and killing Christians.
Everything has changed for the 8 -10
million Christian minority, whose
churches will likely continue to be set
aflame. The Copts preceded Islam in Egypt, but now may well face the
choice of having to flee their ancestral
homes or be reduced to vassals.
“And of course the ‘human rights community’ stays
mostly quiet. And where are the
West's church leaders?”
I see linkage between these stories, Shalit and the
Copts. Jacobs asks the most pertinent
question: Where is the outrage from
Western liberals, including Brian
McLaren, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and
even Rick Warren?
There is no outrage, because the left is selective when
pledging moral support for victims.
“Oppressed” Christians are only found in
the West Bank—Palestinians.
Coptic Christians are on their own.
Gilad Shilat? He was on his own when it
came to appeals from the Christian left
That’s one of the reasons Israel was forced to negotiate with
terrorists. The world chose a long time
ago to try and pacify the Palestinians.
The result is a terrorist community that is emboldened.
The War on Bible Prophecy
In the heydey of
Bible prophecy teaching, say, from 1970
until 1995, American scholars quietly
seethed. Their dislike of anything that
pointed to the Jews re-entry into
history (and God’s provision for them)
led them to resent the efforts of people
like Hal Lindsey.
have been plenty of prophecy teachers
who have fallen into the trap of
“predicting” events and using Bible
prophecy to do it. Yet this is
completely irrelevant when talking about
what the Bible actually says about the
subject. It is a monumental tragedy that
“prophecy haters” have been able to
successfully lump Scripture with
prophecy teachers and thus persuade
people that the Bible itself is “wrong”
The effect has been
to marginalize Bible prophecy at a time
when it is more relevant than ever.
As I’ve said
before, huge damage was done to the
teaching of Bible prophecy as the last
seconds of 1999 ticked away. When the
“Y2K” disaster didn’t materialize, many
people checked-out from Bible prophecy
teaching. Very tragically, the failed
predictions of certain prophecy teachers
(along with the delusional Harold
Camping) were seen as an indictment of
the Bible’s predictive prophecy. It
didn’t help that Bible illiteracy in
this country is at an all-time high.
And although there
is a lot of nuance to this story, it is
still generally true that as Bible
prophecy teaching from our nation’s
pulpits slid off a cliff, so too did
solid support for Israel.
In my view, we are
now approaching a crisis in the context
of how the next generations view the
Bible, and, specifically, Israel. There
are several layers to this story—in
fact, I’m investigating a major piece of
this puzzle, and will report in detail
in the coming weeks. To me, the thickest
layer involves growing evangelical
disenchantment with Israel. In
short, the Palestinians are beginning to
see a huge harvest from the seeds of
propaganda sown in the past two decades.
In Jimmy Carter and
Bill Clinton, we had two (officially)
Southern Baptist presidents heavily
involved in “peace-making” in the Middle East. Traditionally, the SBC has been a bastion of
in a prophetic context, as well. Isn’t
it somewhat ironic that these two men
did more to damage
than perhaps any other presidents?
forced Israel to return the Sinai, which
began a precedent for the now-failed
“land-for-peace” idea. At present, Israel has pulled out of the Sinai, Gaza, and its southern buffer zone in Lebanon, as well as from administering the
disputed territories in Judea/Samaria
(the West Bank).
The result has been
nothing but a dramatic increase in
terror activity, because the Palestinian
society has been radicalized by decades
of anti-semitic filth. To this moment,
the Arab world does not accept a Jewish
state in its presence and this extreme
xenophobia is a subject that leaders of
leftist religion in
simply ignore. Just as they ignore Israel’s previous pullouts from
that Yasser Arafat was one of history’s
most notorious terrorists and mass
murderers, plunged ahead in forcing
Israel to negotiate with the PLO. The
result was an unprecedented campaign of
murder of Jews in the
One wonders what
pastor, W.O. Vaught, would have thought.
And, evidently, the glittering trappings
of the monolithic
Immanuel Baptist Church
didn’t help Governor Clinton prepare
very well for shaping his biblical
worldview in the context of
international peace-making. Although no
doubt Clinton heard often about the prophetic implications of the
new Jewish state, established when he
was two, he sold Israel down the
river as often as he could, in his drive
to establish a legacy.
I mention these two
powerful men because they came from the
Bible Belt, and from a biblically
conservative denomination. It is no
accident that they rub elbows with
jet-setters and decision-makers the
This brings me to
the worldview of today’s evangelical
By and large, they are concerned with
how they are seen, whom they are seen
with, and how influential they can
become. Nowhere is this more visible
than from the empire of Rick Warren.
attended Fuller Theological Seminary
precisely at the time the institution
was disengaging from its embarrassing
past—Dispensationalism—is a true
globalist. He attends meetings at the
Council on Foreign Relations, chats with
dictators, and is honored by such august
sources at TIME magazine. One can almost
see the narcissism oozing from his
pores. One wonders if he has trimmed
James 4:4 from his Bible.
decided long ago that the study of Bible
prophecy is for losers. Traditional,
old-time religion, and biblical
literalism is for soft-minded morons
(here I’m using the language of his
protégés). Interestingly, those who
maintain that there is nothing wrong
with the old-time religion (such as
discernment ministries, surely some of
the most hated people around today) are
now being labeled as “Pharisees” and
worse by young Emergent pastors, who
thirst for the same spotlight that has
enveloped Warren in darkness.
What then can we
expect of the sycophants he is now
For those of you
who don’t use the social network
Twitter, I’m going to type the following
“tweet” exactly as it appeared today,
from Perry Noble:
“RT @RickWarren: If
u fear the disapproval of Pharisees &
their guilt by association tactics,
people you could reach will die without
Lots of things to
Noble is pastor of
Church in South Carolina, and a rising star among the
Emergent crowd. I encourage you to check
out his blog at
www.perrynoble.com, and read
In his Twitter
message, Warren is telling his adoring audience that
mean-spirited “Pharisees” lump false
teachers together, unfairly. Oh and by
the way, they are also impeding the
efforts to reach the lost with the power
of the Gospel.
This is all a lie,
but an effective one, because this
message was “re-tweeted” to the max.
gives marching orders, his soldiers’
boots become worn-out in no time.
is really a key in understanding the
growing attacks on Bible-believing
Christians, because he is a bridge of
sorts between Christian academics and
populists like Noble.
is able to distill academic ivory tower
language and make it popular for the
populist foot soldiers in the
evangelical world that work 24/7 to
denigrate the old-time religion.
the issues and because he moves in both
academic and popular circles, he carries
the same message that people like Dr.
Mark Noll have preached for years (first
at Wheaton, where Rob Bell and others
attended, and now at Notre Dame).
In his famous book,
The Scandal of the Evangelical
Mind, Noll obviously has a
sauropod-sized bone to pick with
Christian mental midgets who believe the
Genesis accounts of creation, and Bible
For 256 tedious
pages, Noll bashes dispensationalists
and creationists, who do not practice
“careful thinking.” In order to be
intellectual, in Noll’s world, one must
be open to new ideas and progressive
theology. This means, for example, those
of us who cling to Israel’s supernatural role in modern history are
harming the global community, because we
are fomenting war in the Middle East. This view of Bible-believers is identical to
that of Brian McLaren.
appetites for Bible prophecy teaching
wane, the hunger grows to understand and
embrace the “Palestinian narrative.”
This narrative means that the story
being promoted now is that Israel
oppresses the native Arabs. That is the
story. It is a story, a narrative, being
used to bash
from every quarter, every minute of
every day. Israel’s many enemies,
including evangelical leaders in the
West, no doubt feel fresh and ready to
witness the final assault on Israel’s
sovereignty (the so-called “bi-national
state” solution is every bit as
diabolical as overt attempts to destroy
the Jewish state).
A recent letter
circulated by David Gushee and Glen
Stassen, professors at
Mercer University and
respectively, displays the blatant
nastiness coming from these quarters. In
the letter, among other harsh charges,
Gushee and Stassen write:
Zionism as it currently stands is sinful
and produces sin.”
Never have I heard
such hate-speech and arrogance directed
toward Bible-believing Christians!
Gushee and Stassen
go on to show how biblically illiterate
they are when they allege:
“We write as
evangelical Christians committed
lifelong to Israel’s security, and we
are seriously worried about your support
for policies that violate biblical
warnings about injustice and may lead to
the outcome you most fear—serious harm
to or even destruction of Israel.”
Wipe your glasses
and read that last part again. They
actually believe that Israel can be
destroyed. The exact opposite
scenario—the supernatural preservation
of Israel and the judgment on her
enemies—is presented in the Bible.
Don’t be fooled
either by those who claim to stand for
Israel’s security and a Palestinian
state. Those conditions are mutually
Let me give you
another example of where the “careful
thinker” mind is among evangelicals
today in the American Church.
recently penned a blog in which he
revealed the same worldview as Gushee
and Stassen. Listen to these whoppers:
“One of the reasons
Jesus was crucified was because of his
refusal to embrace a nationalist agenda.
But Christian Zionism blesses military
action by the modern state of Israel,
under the banner of ‘national security,’
including the demolition of Palestinian
homes to pave the way for new
Jesus wasn’t concerned about nationalist
Here’s another gem:
“It’s true that
there are elements of Palestinian
society that do not want peace, no
matter the price. They need to be
isolated and dealt with. The same goes
for elements of Israeli society that
don’t want peace. The good news is that
extremists are a minority on both sides
of the conflict.”
This is false.
It has been
thoroughly documented from numerous
sources that there have been many
thousands of terror attacks aimed at
Israel, by the Palestinians, since Bill
Clinton hosted Rabin and Arafat on the
White House lawn in 1993. Extremists are
not a minority in Palestinian society
and, dear reader, they not only hate
Jews, but they passionately hate
Americans and display their venom
following events like 9/11.
(By the way, the
view of Medearis that Palestinian
“extremists”—think Hamas—“need to be
isolated and dealt with” is almost
comical in its naivete. How does Carl
propose to “deal with” Hamas, apart from
the IDF? No one knows, including him.)
alleges that Christian Zionists allow
“obscure Old Testament promises” to
drive our pro-Israel agenda. The
promises are not obscure, except to one
who has spiritualized-away plain
meanings. The OT promises to the Jews
bleed-through on nearly every page.
All this is why the
film “Little Town of Bethlehem,” which
promotes the Palestinian view of the
Arab-Israeli conflict, has been screened
at places like Wheaton College, Calvin
College, Gordon College, Willow Creek
Church, Bethlehem Assembly of God, and
Wycliffe Bible Translators, USA.
For the first time
in my memory, people from Pentecostal
backgrounds, Southern Baptist, and other
conservative denominations are linking
arms with mainline churches, Catholics,
and voices from other religions, for one
reason: promoting the Palestinian
narrative. You would be stunned if you
knew the associations, and how deep and
wide the networking is, but I am going
to tell you soon.
The War on Bible
Prophecy is the same as the War on
Israel. The left is gaining steam in
this effort, and my concern is that
conservatives are largely unaware. If we
think that John Hagee’s visible efforts
for Israel mean that a gigantic army for
Israel exists in American churches, we
are deluding ourselves.
Oct 3, 2011
Haters at it again
The ideological war opened-up by
leftists who loathe Christian Zionism
continues. Many Christian Zionists seem
unaware of it, or its implications.
A letter from Glen Stassen and David
Gushee has appeared on the Sojourners
website, under the “God’s Politics”
blog. Sojourners, of course, is the
domain of leftist Jim Wallis, who enjoys
bashing conservatives. Everyone peddles
propaganda; the question is, whose
propaganda is true?
Stassen is a professor at Fuller
Theological Seminary, while Gushee
teaches at Mercer
Fuller is an interesting subject. In his
book, New Evangelicalism, Paul Smith
outlines the movement away from
inerrancy at Fuller; I highly recommend
A quick bit of background. In the 1950s,
Daniel Fuller, the son of seminary
founder Charles Fuller, went to
Europe to study under the
heretical Karl Barth. The German scholar
convinced young Fuller that the study of
Bible prophecy is hopelessly flawed, and
this corrosive idea was brought back to
kind of teaching infected other
seminaries (such as Dallas Theological
Seminary), and in fact, Fuller was the
school Rick Warren attended.
If you want to know why American
Christian pastors are no longer teaching
Bible prophecy from the pulpit, the
decline of the seminaries is a major
anti-Christian Zionists in
are dramatically on the rise. And in a
corollary, notice the increased
discussion (weekly) from young Emergent
pastors like Perry Noble, Steven
Furtick, and Tommy Sparger (read their
blogs) who are lashing-out at “critics.”
Their transparent dislike of Christian
fundamentalists is, I believe, alarming.
Again, read the language they use to
lash-out at Bible-believing Christians.
In a recent blog on Beliefnet, Matthew
Paul Turner went so far as to say he
“hates” Christian fundamentalism. Not
Christian fundamentalism. I think we all
can distinguish between certain of those
labeled Christian fundamentalists, and
Christian fundamentalism. There is often
a difference, but not to the Emergent
(By the way, Turner’s blog on Beliefnet
is titled: “Jesus Needs New PR.” Cute,
In a March 31 blog posting (“What
Christian Fundamentalism Leaves Behind:
An Angry Blog Post), Turner wrote:
“And I still get angry. Mostly because I
hate Christian fundamentalism. Hate it.
I hate it because of my own experiences.
I don’t trust it. I hate it because I’ve
witnessed hundreds and hundreds of
people being hurt by it. I’ve witnessed
abuse in the name of God. I’ve witnessed
pastors getting away with God knows what
(and using God as an excuse or a
crutch). And I could go on and on. I
have a very hard time seeing the ‘good’
of Christian fundamentalist culture.”
For these guys, Joe Chambers is the
enemy, not CAIR or Hamas or Islamic
I have digressed to some degree, yet
these issues are related. The guys who
teach at Fuller, Mercer, and
have very similar worldviews to these
young Emergents. The result is a move
toward embracing the Palestinian
You need to thoroughly read the letter
from Gushee and Stassen. And here let me
urge you once again to get engaged with
social media such as Twitter and
Facebook. The liberals/Emergents are
beating our brains out with it,
disseminating their messages like a
flood. While Bible-believing Christians
continue to produce paper newsletters
and market themselves like it’s 1952.
I will be posting the Gushee/Stassen
letter on Prophecy Matters (www.prophecymatters.com).
The ideological war on Christian
Zionists (and, more widely,
Bible-believing Christians in general)
is robust, much more than I’ve ever
seen. Ironically, the leftists in the
Church present themselves as tolerant
and loving. Yet everything I know about
them proves they are haters. The term
“hater” has become very popular with
this young crop of
pastors/self-appointed leaders, who
defame and marginalize people they also
label “Bible literalists.”
Here’s a link for you:
The question for us is, who are the real
You very much need to become informed
about what they are doing.
More to come in the weeks that follow…if
the Lord tarries.
The Vultures Gather
Just now, Mahmoud Abbas submitted an
application for full statehood, to UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
(By the way, it’s sad that Ki-moon, as a
South Korean, would shake hands with a
terrorist and consider such a move. The
South Koreans know something about
facing-off against a totalitarian
regime, and the presence of 50,000 US troops keeps
the North Koreans at bay.)
Of course, everyone is talking about
Abbas and the Palestinian power-play in New York. I’d like to
talk, however, about some of the things
that brought us to this place.
At about the same time Abbas was
appearing at the UN (on the heels of
Ahmadinejad’s speech to the same body.
Isn’t the world insane?), Bill Clinton
was telling Foreign Policy magazine that
the one to blame for the failure of the
peace process is…Benjamin Netanyahu.
No one knows better than
what a huge lie that is. He spent a good
portion of his presidency having affairs
and pushing for a peace deal between the
Israelis and Palestinians, so pronounced
is his narcissism.
After the Camp David talks in 2000 broke
down between Ehud Barak and Yasser
real chance at a legacy—the American
president knew who had scuttled any
chance for peace. He later expressed
astonishment at the lengths the Israelis
were willing to go to seal a deal. After
he left office, he felt comfortable
enough to lay the blame at Arafat’s
No one knows better than American
presidents just how diabolical the
Palestinian leadership really is.
We live in a world in which huge lies
are told by the left and, incredibly, to
great effect. So hated is
that vast numbers of people actually
believe this game is between the brutal
Israelis and the oppressed, innocent
"That's what happened. Every American
needs to know this. That's how we got to
where we are,"
said. "The real cynics believe that the
Netanyahu's government's continued call
for negotiations over borders and such
means that he's just not going to give
up the West Bank."
FP writer Josh Rogin also revealed:
The Netanyahu government has received
all of the assurances previous Israeli
governments said they wanted but now
won't accept those terms to make peace, Clinton said.
This is an astonishing lie. The
Palestinians have never recognized Israel as the
Jewish state, and they have never
stopped incitement to violence among
their own people.
These are obvious things.
And for all of
renowned intellect, he shows that he
clearly does not understand Scripture:
"The two great tragedies in modern
Middle Eastern politics, which make you
wonder if God wants Middle East peace or
not, were [Yitzhak] Rabin's
assassination and [Ariel]
Sharon's stroke," Clinton said.
So he is blaming A) Netanyahu and B)
God. The chutzpah of change agents like Clinton is indeed
breathtaking. (By the way, I strongly
urge you to get a copy of Richard
Minister’s masterful book,
Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s
Failures Unleashed Global Terror.
Prepare to be scared and enraged.)
We also have learned in recent days of
the intense pressure that Clinton’s wife has put on the Israelis to
apologize(!) to the Turks for last
year’s flotilla fiasco.
Closely associated with the
Clintons’ animus toward Israel are their
friends on the Religious Left.
In what I believe is a coordinated
effort, leftists in the Church are now
ramping-up the rhetoric against
Christian and Jewish Zionists.
Front-and-center is Brian McLaren, whose
disdain for Zionists puts the lie to his
carefully crafted, peace-loving persona.
Now that the Palestinians have become
emboldened by the calculated groveling
toward the Muslim world by Barack Obama,
their friends in the American Church
are coming out of the woodwork. When
McLaren approves of hate-speech against
Zionists, he signals his sycophantic
protégés in the Emergent community to
Obama, it is rumored, will veto the
Palestinian bid for statehood, but this
is only window-dressing and only
temporary. The pieces are being put into
place for a catastrophic attack on the
Jewish state and Obama and his leftist
friends will not only openly turn on
soon, but on her friends as well.
We all know that is primarily Christian
Zionists. We are also being demonized
from growing circles within the Church.
In the midst of all this, I’d encourage
you to get a copy—or several—of Paul
Smith’s new book,
The New Evangelicalism (you can order from The Word for Today,
http://twft.com), which traces the
sorry slide away from the Bible at
Fuller Theological Seminary, and how
that played-out with folks like Rick
Warren, Billy Graham, and the son of
Fuller’s founder, Daniel Fuller.
Your eyes will be opened, and you will
then understand why a powerbroker like
Warren (who is hugely influencing young
Emergent pastors like Perry Noble and
Steven Furtick) can schmooze with
Syria’s butcher, Bashar Assad, as he did
in five years ago (www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53030).
There are many things going on besides
the Palestinian power-play at the UN,
but all are connected. Many fronts are
opening-up against Israel and her supporters, and you
should beware. I have said it many times
and will say it again, loudly:
leaders and ministries are speeding
toward abandoning Israel (if they
ever supported the Jewish state) and
embracing the barbaric Palestinians. It
is happening and it will get worse.
The vultures are gathering.
Too Many Enemies
Amazingly, the UN’s “Palmer Report,”
detailing the investigation into last
summer’s “flotilla” incident—in which
Israeli commandos boarded a
“humanitarian” ship bound for
Gaza, to check
for weapons smuggling—is actually
favorable to the Jewish state.
Sadly, though, but now routine, its
release has been buried by the media (as
outlined by Honest Reporting,
increasingly bellicose Prime Minister,
Erdogan, continues to use harsh rhetoric
And in one of the “small” incidents this
past week, Israelis living in the town
of Netiv Ha’asara had to deal with sniper fire from Gaza. I have friends in
suburb of Gilo who dealt with the same
thing a few years ago, this time from Bethlehem.
It is obvious to all, even their
supporters, that the Palestinians are
not fit for a state. They do not embrace
even basic humanitarian values, and do
not value life. I am still waiting for
American mainline churches to denounce
the brutal murders of the Fogel family
in March. They are silent about any
violence directed at
including the continued imprisonment of
IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
According to a story from the Meir Amit
Intelligence and Terrorism Information
“A spokesman for the military wing of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine nicknamed Abu
Jamal claimed that operatives belonging
to his organization had begun sniper
fire attacks. He said the organization
had previously carried out sniper
attacks. He added that it had been
carried out "thanks to a modern,
advanced, precise weapon" the
organization received, which could hit a
long-range target and did not endanger
the shooter. It was also, he said,
thanks to the training the operatives
had undergone in precision shooting,
concealment and evasion.”
Another encounter nearby around the same time illustrates the wide gulf
and her supporters, and the Palestinians
and their supporters.
An IDF patrol was hit by mortar fire, and in the response, Khaled Ahmed
Abu Sahmoud, a member of the Popular
Resistance Committee (PRC) was killed.
He was the commander of the east Khan
The Arabs have been launching terror raids and campaigns against Jews in
that land for 100 years, intensifying
them in the lead-up to World War II, and
making almost daily efforts since 1948.
No other country in the world (the UN
has about 195 members) has ever dealt
with such threats, so consistently. Yet Israel’s critics
continue to chatter about what the
Jewish state does wrong.
Do the critics mention that the IDF made the decision in 2002 to send
soldiers house-to-house in Jenin,
looking for Hamas killers? Do you
understand my point? Just like the
Lebanon War of 1982, rather than flatten
whole Palestinian villages from the
air—and thus save their own troops—the
IDF commanders made the decision to send
troops into harm’s way, to prevent
As I always do, upon visiting Jerusalem
this summer, I stopped at the military
cemetery at Mt. Herzl,
where 22 IDF soldiers are buried. They
were killed in Jenin.
Silence from the Left.
As a Christian (and all my Jewish friends, here and in Israel, share
the same sentiment), I am grieved,
truly, at Abu Sahmoud’s death. One
casualty in world history, he was still
known to God, and it is a horrific
tragedy that terrorism caused his death.
Does the Left think of or remember his
The Iraqi soldiers who were put through the meat grinder by Saddam
Hussein in the Gulf Wars, so he could
use them as human shields…does the Left
think about them? I know they don’t
think about Jews murdered by terrorists,
but do they think about the fact that
policies they embrace (appeasement and
negotiations with terrorists) embolden
the terrorists and result in more
As for Israel,
they have too many enemies. Politicians.
Armies. Diplomats. Media figures.
Most people pay some attention to the big picture, to the negotiations
and to the Palestinian threat to attain
statehood from the UN.
I think a lot about the casualties on both sides, even the terrorists.
And I think almost continually about my
Israeli friends, who have by far too
Obama’s Betrayal of Israel
My friends at Encounter Books are innovative and informative. Their “broadsides” collection of pamphlets, in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, offers booklet-size position papers that are terrific for understanding our world, especially geopolitics.
Michael A. Ledeen has written
Obama’s Betrayal of Israel, and I’d urge you to get a few copies and pass out to friends. I read my copy this morning after hearing about the Egyptian mob that stormed
Israel’s embassy in
We have Mr. Obama to thank for this. His sycophantic speech in
Cairo a few years ago let the radicals know that the White House would stand-down if the Muslim Brotherhood came to power.
Which has now happened.
Only this morning, a statement was issued that Obama is “very concerned” about the situation. What is he concerned about, that Israel will actually keep its embassy in a sea of hostility?
Obama’s claim that American support for Israel is “unbreakable” is either disingenuous or naïve. And I don’t think he’s naïve. As I often tell liberals in the Church, one cannot—at least in the current climate—claim to be “for
Israel’s security” while at the same time advocating for a Palestinian state. The Palestinians are thirsting for the liquidation of
Israel, so it is illogical that one is both “pro Israel and pro Palestinian.”
Interestingly, as Ledeen points out, “Israelis certainly get the picture. In a recent poll, only 4 percent of Israelis said they thought President Obama’s policies are supportive of Israel.”
You see, the people who actually live in the region, and defend themselves daily against Arab terrorism, understand what the American liberal Church evidently does not: the Palestinians want all of the land. This is expressed over and over in their publications and speeches, and now, as I pointed out after my recent trip, they are even selling t-shirts that say “Free Palestine,” and depict a map without Israel at all.
Question for the left: why do you think the Palestinians would live peacefully with
Ledeen’s broadside gives compelling evidence that this president is not only not interested in Israel’s security, he telegraphs to the world constantly that he is bent on the country’s destruction. Ledeen points out that Obama “personally attended” a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson. She is the former UN official who “presided over the Durban
conference in 2001 that denigrated into an angry hate rally against
In 1970, Yasser Arafat’s PLO was limited in scope. So the lifelong terrorist enlisted the help of the North Vietnamese in developing strategies for winning over the West in his drive to exterminate Israel.
No less than Ho Chi Minh himself, along with General Vo Nguyen Giap schooled Arafat in the art of propaganda. A key factor in Arafat’s subsequent success was his adoption of the tactic of presenting the Palestinians as a “liberation movement” (which resonated with the American left from the beginning, after its own education in such from the Soviets). One can track, then, the gradual acceptance of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization, founded in 1964,
three years before Israel’s acquisition of territory during the Six-Day War! I’ve never heard a liberal respond to this amazing tidbit).
No less than Ronald Reagan, early in his presidency, decided that formally recognizing the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people was in everyone’s best interests.
When his own vice president assumed the top job several years later, Arafat was rescued from oblivion in Tunisia, cleaned-up, and presented to the Israelis as their negotiating partner. No doubt the killer, in his homemade paramilitary uniform, could scarcely believe his luck. It’s been downhill ever since.
Another inconvenient truth for the left is the fact that UN Resolution 242, which was drafted just after the Six Day War, calls for Israel to give up “territories,” not “the territories.” This important-but-overlooked clause would allow
Israel, in any settlement, to retain some of the territory captured, for security purposes.
But the PLO/PA, and their supporters in the West will have none of that. They claim that
is to surrender all the territory. That is false, but it is effective propaganda. Further,
has already surrendered more than 90 percent of the territory, ceding the Sinai to
Egypt 30 years ago(!), pulling out of
Gaza in 2005, and leaving the buffer zone in
What has that gotten the Israelis? More venom! More demands!
Of course, the left is dismissive of such facts. The left is also dismissive when the facts are documented.
Mohammad Dahlan, Fatah’s (the political wing of the PLO) leader in
Gaza, said that “Arafat would condemn [terrorist] operations by day while at night he would do honorable things.” Of course, you can imagine what he meant by “honorable things.” (Hint: murdering Jews).
My critics on the left, in the Church, accuse me of being “uninformed” and by that they mean that I have not talked to Palestinian Christians in the land.
That is a false charge, and you’ll have to do better than that! When a Christian contact in an Arab town told me several years ago that I was buying trinkets from young men who were terrorists (by night), I began to realize what we are dealing with.
I’ve also spoken to many Palestinian Christians who insist on anonymity because they are afraid of the Muslims. Overwhelmingly (though they are no fans of the Israelis), they prefer life under Israeli administration, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that their families don’t live under the threat of murder for not towing the Muslim line.
And the left’s Palestinian friends, such as Naim Ateek, brand Christian Zionists as more dangerous than Hamas! Isn’t that incredible?
In any event, I predict this situation will grow worse. The American Church
leadership is turning on
Israel. At the same time they deny they are turning on Israel.
It seems Ho Chi Minh influence extended far beyond the bearded Egyptian terrorist who took their instruction 40 years ago.