Oct 20, 2014
The Numbers Matter
The Intelligence and Terrorism
Information Center, a part of the Israeli intelligence
community, is an invaluable source for understanding the
Recently, the ITIC released a
report, in meticulous detail, shedding light on the
numbers of Palestinians killed in this past summer’s
The importance of the breakdown
is multi-layered. Of major importance is the revelation
of how Hamas conducted its terror war against Israeli
civilians…by putting their own citizens in danger.
The ITIC concludes that slightly
more than half of those killed were Palestinian
civilians, put in harm’s way by Hamas. One can rightly
wonder why American and European political leadership,
religious figures, and media types refuse — refuse — to
acknowledge that Hamas is responsible for the horrible
loss of life.
Look, I’ve been to the region
many times, and as a Christian Zionist, I can say that
it grieves me to see Palestinian civilians slaughtered
by those who claim to lead them. I have Palestinian
friends, both in Israel and the Palestinian Territories,
and the continued imprisonment of them, by Hamas and the
PA, is heartbreaking and enormously frustrating.
A fascinating note in the ITIC
report shows that Palestinian leadership actually
recruits adolescents. This is an emotionally devastating
A photograph in the report shows
Wassim Nasr Shurab and his brother, Iyad Nasr Shurab,
members of the PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] Al-Quds
Battalions, killed in Khan Yunis in July. Both are
pictured in a photo from a few years ago, holding a
rocket launcher and other weapons, proving that they are
recruited as adolescents.
My friend and colleague, Chris
Quintana (pastor of Calvary Chapel Cypress, CA) recently
posted on Facebook one of the most lucid statements I’ve
yet seen, and its appearance was startling when one
considers that few religious leaders and no political
leaders to my knowledge inform the American public in
the way Chris did.
He pointed out a crucial truth
in the Terror War. We all often hear that “only” about
10 percent of Muslims worldwide are radicals. A few
conservative whistle blowers (like Daniel Pipes, Robert
Spencer, and Pam Geller) point out that if this is true,
at least 100 million Muslims are radicals!
What Chris pointed out, though —
and this helps explain in macrocosm the report on how
Palestinians are radicalized — is that a full 90 percent
of Muslims worldwide are Sunni, and the Sunnis are
predominant among terrorist leadership.
In other words, one could
legitimately argue that we can flip the previous numbers
and assume that the vast majority of Muslims at least
internally agree with jihadist ideology.
(By contrast, the Iranian
leadership is Shia, the “competition” with Sunnis in
Islam. So, neither outcome is anything less than
To the point of the Hamas War
against Israel, the Jewish state is dealing not only
with jihadist leadership, but a radicalized society fed
a diet of hate for decades. This is the spotlight on the
Shurab brothers. A tragedy of epic proportions.
Until world leadership steps up
and admits the true nature of the problem, the jihadist
agenda will continue to advance.
I am confident Israel will deal
with its problems and survive.
I’m not confident at all about
the rest of us.
Oct 13, 2014
Obama & Friends
Anna Baltzer is a young
“activist” closely associated with the BDS Movement
(Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions), aimed at Israel. It is
one front in a multi-front war against the Jewish state.
Whereas Hamas is physically confrontational, BDS is a
key part of the cultural terrorism that attacks Israel
Active in social media,
including Twitter, Baltzer seeks to mobilize Jew-haters
among evangelical Millennials, and the mainline
churches. Recently, she circulated a document among
folks in the United Church of Christ, urging BDS
activism. The UCC, of course, vies with a couple other
denominations for the crown of most leftwing. It is also
the church-of-choice for Barack Obama. In fact, the UCC
is where he learned at the feet of Jeremiah Wright.
(To better understand Obama and
his associates, I strongly recommend two books:
Dupes — How
America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for
a Century, by Paul Kengor, and
Saul Alinsky: The
Evil Genius Behind Obama, by Jerome Corsi.)
One can simply let eyes fall on
a page of Baltzer’s document and find a lie. For
“•Present – Occupations and
unconditional US support for Israel continue”
This is absurd, but because so
many don’t know much about the Arab-Israeli conflict,
propagandists like Baltzer get away with it. She knows
very well that Obama & Team work tirelessly to undermine
Israel in myriad ways. “Unconditional US support” is a
It is interesting to note that
even among pro Israel activists, there is often
confusion as to why Obama does what he does regarding
the Jewish state. His public rebukes of Israel and
Benjamin Netanyahu, and his open contempt for the
premier are actually not difficult to understand, given
his absolutely radical associations and education.
Certain UCC leadership (like the now-retired Wright) are
virulently anti-Israel, and this is where Obama attended
church for two decades. Beyond that, his associations
with communists and his embrace of totalitarians provide
clarity when considering his animus towards Israel.
In the document she circulates,
Baltzer presents a list of “sources” of information.
Almost comically, they are the usual suspects of
leftists and propagandists. One could ask: when listing
biased sources like Electronic Intifada and B’tselem
(Amnesty International also makes the list), why doesn’t
Baltzer also list sources like StandWithUs and Israel
The answer is obvious:
demonizing Israel is more important than truth.
The networking among anti-Israel
propagandists is vast, much more widespread than even
pro Israel activists are aware. For example, the Anna
Baltzers of the world mix easily with young evangelical
leaders who are helping infect the American Church with
rabid anti-Israel propaganda. On Facebook, Baltzer has
thousands in her network (as an aside, many pro Israel
activists do not even use social media; this is one
example of the gap in effective communication via
A further interesting example of
Baltzer’s influence can be found from an Amazon review
of a DVD she produced. Notice the bizarre claims of this
“I am a Christian who in the past had believed and
taught the standard Zionist line. What changed my
perspective was when a friend challenged me with the
question of, ‘What if Jesus were serious about loving
one's enemies?’ Conservative Evangelical Christians
completely reject this possibility with objections such
as, ‘Just wherein loving your enemies does it say not to
kill them?’ and ‘Sometimes the most loving thing you can
do is to kill them.’. Fortunatley I examined the issue
and as I came to embrace these words of Christ my
theology was shaken to its foundation.”
Question: do Christian Zionists really say (or even
think) things like: “Sometimes the most loving thing you
can do is to kill them’?
Have you ever once heard anyone say such a thing? Only a
disturbed person would say such a thing, obviously. So
the next question I have is this: are such quotes real,
or are they fabricated?
I know the answer and so do you: anti-Israel and
anti-Christian Zionist activists lie about their
ideological opponents. Quotes are routinely fabricated,
in order to give a particular slant on a story. The
manipulation of language is one of the biggest stories
in the American Evangelical community, yet few are aware
of it. Most simply don’t know they are being lied to
The above quote, from Anna Baltzer’s network, uses lies
to promote a pro Palestinian worldview. Notice how
seamlessly it fits the grotesque, gargantuan lies that
come from the Oval Office.
At the end of the day, the massive, relentless, and
diabolical propaganda war against Israel is fueled by
liars like the president and young activists (mentored
by older ones) who despise
Israel and despise Jews.
It’s really not hard to figure out the roots of this
Oct 6, 2014
Every time Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu takes a breath, his critics pounce.
As I often do, I am thinking of American political and
In an interview this week,
Netanyahu said that if there is to be a Palestinian
state, “everyone” will have to adjust their ideas of
what sovereignty would mean. According to a report in
the Jerusalem Post:
“Netanyahu, who filmed the
interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during his stay last
week in New York, said that the only way to ensure that
territory ceded by Israel does not turn into a ‘third
Iranian enclave around Israel’s border’ is to have a
long-term Israeli security presence inside a future
It’s a given the Palestinians
will reject/attack Netanyahu’s position.
I expect, though, that his
vicious critics within the religious/political community
will pounce once again, from their ivory tower in the
In the interview, Netanyahu spoke
about concrete realities, a main one being that were
Hamas to take over the West Bank, mere mortar fire could
paralyze Ben Gurion Airport.
Forget rockets and missiles.
Further, Netanyahu made clear
that he has a thorough understanding of the problem,
something his critics do not grasp:
“The Palestinians have made clear
that they are adamantly opposed to any protracted
Israeli security presence anywhere in a future
Palestinian state, including along the Jordan River.
“Asked about Israel’s assessment
of the strength of Islamic State, Netanyahu – who just a
month ago put the figure of Islamic State fighters at
10,000, or about half that of Hamas – said Sunday that
they have ‘several tens of thousands by now. It’s
growing by day because they’ve got about 2 million
petrodollars revenue a day.’
I’ve seen the Jordan River
Valley, and it is an absolute necessity that Israel
maintain control of the area. A failure to do so would
leave them with their backs to the sea, in the event of
an attack, and an attack would surely come. This week
marks the 41st anniversary of the Yom Kippur
War; Israel has been dealing with lethal threats for
decades, and Netanyahu (who fought in ’73, while a
student at M.I.T.) is dealing with more of them than
perhaps any Israeli leader.
Remember, the Palestinian refusal
— they call Netanyahu’s analyses a non-starter because
they wouldn’t even consider it —
to accept an Israeli security presence in the Jordan
River Valley brings to mind the 1970 attempted coup by
the PLO, in Jordan. The Palestinian refusal to seriously
address Israel’s legitimate security needs is a key
indicator that they not only don’t care about such
concerns, but they in fact are the primary threats to
As Netanyahu continues to make
more sense about the realities in the Middle East, look
for his critics to drift further from reality, as their
Jew hatred rises.
Sep 29, 2014
A Major Award!
One of the joys of my life
centers around the friendships I have within the pro
Israel community, whether the groups or individuals are
Jews or Christians. For 20 years, I’ve advocated for
Israel in some form or another.
I like to keep readers informed
of terrific sources to do just that, and so I was
recently glad to hear that my friends at Untold News are
preparing to present awards to top Israeli innovators —
folks who work tirelessly to make the world a better
place. Frankly, if Israel’s enemies put as much into
these endeavors as they do to destroying the Jewish
state…well, that’s another story.
Marcella Rosen, the founder of
Untold News, recently announced
that the group will hold an awards dinner to honor
innovators on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the
Harmony Club in New York.
“We will offer a $10,000 cash award for each recipient,”
Rosen says. Untold News will also send the recipients on
a short media tour to Philadelphia, Boston, and New York
City. “We plan to do this annually,” Rosen adds. The
awards will recognize inventions of the last year.
Untold News features stories about Israeli achievers who
excel in improving technological, agricultural, and
medical fields. Whether it’s fish farming, desalination,
or providing world-class medical care regardless of a
patient’s background, Israel provides hope for millions
around the world. These stories serve as a dramatic
counterweight to the negative portrayals of Israel from
Rosen feels the awards dinner will serve as a further
spotlight on stories unknown to much of the general
public. She is excited about the focus on innovators.
“Criteria are that they improve the human condition and
have a ‘wow factor,’ and have a global impact. In each
case, there are two applications: from scientific
institutions and universities. Those interested in
applying for consideration should get a dean or
professor to endorse their nomination. Each applicant
also must be an Israeli citizen.”
The two categories — science and technology — promise to
focus on “up-and-coming” innovators. Rosen also
emphasized that applicants must be able to speak English
well enough to be interviewed by media.
“We want to celebrate the inventors and we want to get
press coverage, to see how Israeli has impacted lives,”
Rosen says. “People really aren’t aware of this and
Israeli is such a valuable partner to the US.”
Ten nominees will be selected, and the names will then
be sent to a jury. A single meeting will produce the
The jury will be made up of prominent American
academics, businesspeople, and others. To date nine have
Joel Citron, venture capitalist, CEO, Tenth Avenue
Dr. Barry Coller, Chief Medical Officer at
Alisa Doctoroff, President, UJA
Margie Fox, Chief Creative Officer at Devries
Heidi Jacobus, CEO of Cybernet Systems
Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and professor at
Morris Offit, CEO of Offit Capital
David Schizer, just stepping down as Dean of
Columbia Law School
Tony Tether, former head of DARPA ($3 billion US
government department to expedite scientific
I encourage Christian supporters of Israel to check out
Untold News at
and use the information to tell those within your circle
just how much good the Jewish state does for an
international community that should be grateful.
Sep 22, 2014
Of Prophecy and Israel
Obvious statement alert.
We live in such odd times.
The past month has brought news
of convulsions in the Bible prophecy movement:
transitions among decades-long ministries. The
announcement of new groups. And, as always, the growing
mocking from skeptics (ironically, I’m talking about
fellow Christians, ranging from Reformed types, to Mark
Driscoll, to Millennial sources).
By extension, the immense
pressure being brought to bear on Israel the past two
decades is only getting worse. Here at “Israel Watch”
and RR, the erosion of support for Israel among American
evangelical leaders is an ongoing story. This week
brought news that the Palestinians are once again
preparing to petition the UN for recognition of
statehood. This surely is one of the most bizarre
developments of our time, as the Palestinian Authority
is run by a gang of criminals who still have many
friends in high places.
What is on my mind this week:
what are you, the reader, seeing in your own churches
and circles of influence with regard to how Israel is
perceived and how Bible prophecy is perceived.
Yes, I’m aware that the landscape
“doesn’t look good.” What I’d like to know, though, is
how you are your friends are penetrating the darkness
through Israel advocacy or the teaching of Bible
For example, a dear friend of
mine is working quietly in his (Reformed) church to
introduce Bible prophecy concepts. Another friend is a
retired minister who circulates online Israel advocacy
resources to his circle of active pastor friends.
I believe very strongly in
efforts like these. We can’t all be Christians United
for Israel (CUFI), or Tim LaHaye or Dave Reagan. Most of
us have “smaller” platforms and what most don’t realize
is, those smaller platforms make a difference.
We are where we are. Some of us
think that even with the challenges in our world, it is
a marvelous and wondrous time to be alive. We are seeing
prophecy unfold every day.
So…if you are so inclined, let me
know how it goes in your circles. Good or bad feedback
is what I’d like to have, a realistic assessment of what
the landscape looks like.
I sincerely believe that RR
readers are family, especially in these perilous times.
Thanks for all you do out there.
Sep 15, 2014
The Jew Haters
Near where I live — in the middle
of America — I once stopped for gas at a local
convenience store. On the counter was an unusually
titled tabloid-style paper. I picked one up and began to
thumb through it. Very quickly, I realized it was a
white supremacist rag. An ad inside led me to a book
published…locally…and in the book, the “author” alleged
that the Jews were a product of the union of Eve and
The insanity of it all was
overwhelming. We live in the age of science and reason,
Yet, it always amazes me to
learn of more mind-numbing anti-Semitic filth bubbling
up from the international community. MEMRI (www.memri.org)
has uncovered a weird production from Iraqi TV. As the
Iraqis deal with the demonic entity known as ISIS, this
is what they’ve come up with:
“With Islamic State dominating
the world stage with its brutal mass murders, gruesome
videos to world leaders and omnipresence on social
media, Iraq – perhaps the hardest-hit nation by the
self-proclaimed caliphate – has taken to the airwaves to
give its take on the root cause of the extremist group.
“A satire show, broadcast on an
Iraqi TV network, depicts an arranged marriage between
Satan and a Jewish woman. As celebratory music plays in
the background, wedding preparations are underway in an
arid Middle Eastern desert. The marriage ‘has a
purpose,’ the man officiating the wedding exclaims, as
the video turns to the bride and groom. ‘We will name
our child ISIS,’ the parents-to-be say in unison.
“Much to their pleasure, after
taking their vows, the happy couple has a child, an ISIS
fighter – who emerges from an egg, fully equipped for
“As Satan and his Jewish wife
raise their ‘ISIS-ling,’ the controversial rituals of
the rising terrorist group are mocked, from the infamous
black-and-white Islamic State flag, to the many ‘throat
slittings,’ to various forms of punishments inflicted on
‘infidels’ and the rest of the extreme Sharia laws.”
To all this I say, How long, O
God, will the world mock your people?
When the human mind cannot
explain evil, the human mind blames the Jews. Whether
it’s a small southern town in the United States, or a
Middle Eastern country that at one time was literate and
urbane — all seem to try and explain bad things by
blaming the Jews.
This issue is this: because the
majority of the world rejects God’s revelation, as given
in the Bible, the world opens itself up to all forms of
evil, including thoughts and deeds.
One day soon, the Lord will
return and set things right. He will rule with perfect
justice and righteousness, and He will show Himself
completely to the world that has mostly rejected Him.
I welcome that day, not only
because His Chosen People will finally and forever dwell
in safety, but because He will heal for all time the
damaged and insane minds that have endangered the Jews
and blamed them for millennia.
As Thomas Ice often says: