Nov 24, 2014
Giving Iran More Time
It’s difficult to watch the
madness that passes for American foreign policy these
Take the Iranian negotiations.
Meeting in Vienna, officials on
both sides of a global “effort” to reach a deal with
Iran on the terror-state’s drive for nuclear weapons are
now considering extending the deadline of November 25.
Of course they are.
As U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry poses for photo ops with Iranian Foreign Minister
Zarif, one wonders how we’ve sunk so low.
According to a report in the
“’Our focus remains on taking
steps forward toward an agreement, but it is only
natural that just over 24 hours from the deadline we are
discussing a range of options both internally and with
our P5+1 partners,’ a senior State Department official
said, referring to the United Kingdom, France, Russia,
China and Germany. ‘An extension is one of those
Russia and China. Such hostile
nations to the U.S. ensure that Iran will never be
required to give up its race for the ultimate weapon. An
extension, say to January, 2015, would require
“concessions” such as (from both sides):
“Added caps on Iran’s enrichment
of uranium agreed upon by Tehran, and the further easing
of sanctions on Iran granted by world powers, possibly
in the form of airplane shipments or the delivery of
heavy oil-drilling equipment.”
You do see of course that Iran
will continue to ignore such “caps” while at the same
time the Western powers buckle and ease sanctions.
I have a theory that since Israel
is the only country threatened with extinction by the
mullahs of Iran, the rest of the world cares little
about Iran’s ambitions. It’s the classic case of hoping
the crocodile eats someone else before he comes for you.
As Bible-believing Christians
(which dominate the readership of RR), we have a
different perspective: Israel, via Scripture, cannot
cease to exist. This is a promise from God. It matters
little that much of the world mocks such a “simplistic”
Further, rather than obsess over
the dreadful weakness now being displayed by the
Americans and European countries, I think it is
imperative that each of us get our spiritual house in
This is all we can do, and all we
By all accounts, Iran now has
thousands of centrifuges with which to enrich uranium,
which in turn can be used to make nuclear bombs.
Remember, too, Iran is also racing to make
intercontinental ballistic missiles, with which to
threaten the rest of us.
Only a tiny fraction of the
world’s population (Bible believers) recognizes that
Israel is here to stay. We live in momentous times,
That makes it all the more
important that, rather than acting from fear at the
current terrors in the night, we act with confidence and
tell anyone we come in contact with that God’s promises
are sure and true.
Madness is enveloping the world,
but we can be serene and calm, even joyful, in the face
This is our duty.
Nov 17, 2014
I once heard a story that fabled
statesman Henry Kissinger flew to Jerusalem upon the
election of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli premier. This
The story goes that Kissinger,
upon landing in Tel Aviv, was driven straight to
Netanyahu. The men then went behind closed doors for a
not-long meeting. When they emerged, Netanyahu was
ashen-faced. Kissinger immediately left and flew home to
The story might be untrue, or it
might be true. If true, one can presume that Kissinger
told Netanyahu something so astonishing, the young prime
minister was caught off-guard. Presumably it involved a
diabolical threat to the Jewish state.
I mention this little tale,
because Kissinger has been thought by various conspiracy
enthusiasts to be either the antichrist, or his
lieutenant. A Council on Foreign Relations kind-of-guy,
I have no idea if Kissinger is at
that level of power broker, but I do know he gave an
interesting speech this week in New York, at the Waldorf
Astoria. He received the Theodor Herzl Award from the
World Jewish Congress (WJC).
Kissinger’s comments about
Israel’s attempts to strike a peace deal with the
Palestinians were very interesting. Especially for a guy
considered to be a dark figure in international
politics. Kissinger said point-blank that Israel has no
business negotiating a final deal with the Palestinians
until the current overall unrest in the Middle East has
subsided. There is a general feeling right now in Israel
that the Palestinians have launched a third “Intifada,”
a torrent of terrorism aimed at all Jews.
Kissinger is well aware of the
“[Israel should] make
contributions by the understanding it shows for the
psychological and historical problems of the people with
which it lives in the same territory. But things cannot
be accomplished in a final manner in a single
With barbaric Islamic groups
burning the Middle East, there is little chance of any
long-term deal in the Arab-Israeli conflict and in fact,
there is unprecedented (and largely unknown to the
public) close cooperation going on between Israeli and
Arab security forces. Iran looms large for all
interested parties, including the Saudis, and the green
light given to Muslim Brotherhood-backed terror groups,
by Barack Obama’s limp-wristed 2009 speech in Cairo has
Kissinger also addressed the
all-important relationship between the U.S. and Israel,
and seemed to downplay current tense feelings between
Washington and Jerusalem.
“In the years ahead,” Kissinger
said, “there are a number of principles that the United
States has to keep in mind. What it will defend or seek
to achieve even if it has to do so alone. What it has to
achieve only together with others, and finally, what is
beyond its capacity.
“The survival of Israel and the
maintenance of its capacity to build the future is one
of those principles that we will pursue even if we have
to do so alone.
“It is crucial for the United
States to develop a conception of the future that we can
sustain over a long period of time,” he said. “And part
of that consensus must be a realization that Israel is,
has been, a representative of the principles in which
America believes. It is the one country on whose
geopolitical support America can always count.
“In America we have come to think
that peace is something that can be contracted in a
single effort…” he concluded. “The fact is that we are
engaged now in a process without end, but a process
which needs our convictions and our commitments and in
which the friendship between Israel and the United
States is an essential element.”
Kissinger, who fled Germany
during the Holocaust, knows about what he speaks
regarding these issues. It is unknown if he is indeed
the kind of malevolent character described by conspiracy
theorists, but his speech in New York was refreshing and
important, especially as Israel attempts to navigate
difficult and choppy international waters.
Henry Kissinger is a man who
knows many secrets. And today, Benjamin Netanyahu is
more tempered and wise and experienced as the leader of
the most unique nation on Earth.
Let us all resolve to pray harder
for our Jewish friends worldwide, and those who inhabit
the glorious state of Israel.
Nov 10, 2014
The Year of Supporting Bibi
During his first premiership,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was roundly
criticized by the left, especially media in his own
country. One brave journalist even penned a column
titled, “The Year of Hating Bibi.”
Today, we lament the shabby and
crude treatment given to Netanyahu by our own
It seems that almost every day,
there is a news item about how the troubles in the
Middle East are somehow Netanyahu’s fault.
The White House recently weathered yet another
scandal, this one involving a high-placed official
offering a crude remark about Netanyahu.
Then, just last week, Israel’s
own daily newspaper, Ha’aretz, published a cartoon of
Netanyahu flying a plane into a high-rise building.
It’s stunning that anti-Semitism
has reached such levels.
Yet all is not lost. As the left
flexes its muscles in criticizing Netanyahu, his
supporters are rallying, too. I would prefer that more
evangelical leaders in America would follow suit, but we
take what we can get.
My friends at the America-Israel
Friendship League are offering their influential support
to the Israeli leader, and it is instructive for us, I
think, to read it and consider that when things get
tough, we should keep proper perspective.
Kenneth Bialkin, Chairman of
“It is particularly moving that
the words of the leader of Israel come during the Days
of Awe, the ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur
when Jews reflect on their sins of the previous year and
repent before Yom Kippur.
The image of a leader of Israel bringing a
message during the Days of Awe to the representatives of
the entire world warning of the imminence of a great
danger threatening to world peace is suggestive of the
warnings during the biblical period of the Prophets of
Old. It is
to be devoutly hoped that the peace-loving people of the
world heed the warning of the Prime Minister of Israel.”
What a wonderful thought from
Bialkin. But it is not simply a statement of affection
and support. It is a clear signal that those who covet
freedom and defend high ideals are engaged in the
practical work of supporting Israel. It is an every day
job, and one cannot help wondering if indeed those
Prophets of Old are watching to see how we respond to
this latest epoch in the history of the Jewish people.
Let’s make this the Year of
November 3, 2014
(This is my 400th
“Israel Watch” for RaptureReady. It is one of the joys
of my life to live in this community of believers, and I
want to thank Todd and Terry for their faithfulness,
encouragement, and support. Per the subject of the
following column, Palestinian advocate Porter Speakman,
Jr. recently referred to me as a “RaptureReady tool.”
Thank, you; I’m proud of the association. Much love to
all of you at RR. Jim)
began actively advocating for Israel in 1995. The large
shadow of the Oslo Accords, which bonded Israel’s
security with the newly created Palestinian Authority,
things have happened since then, of course. Today I want
to discuss a common theme at “Israel Watch” the last
couple years, but with a greater sense of urgency.
Palestinians and their many international friends —
growing in number weekly now — undermine and seek to
destroy Israel in myriad ways. I have become convinced
that this implacable enemy of the Jews and the Jewish
state is unreachable in terms of true peace efforts.
qualify that statement. I believe them to be unreachable
unless they publicly, clearly acknowledge that Arab
rejectionism and the global jihad agenda are the root
cause of the conflict.
is not happening.
Bible-believing Christian and committed Christian
Zionist, I believe — I know — one of the greatest
threats to Israel and her supporters today comes from
within the (often) self-appointed evangelical leadership
community in the United States.
Jew-hater like Stephen Sizer, the Anglican vicar from
the UK, is still outside the borders of the U.S. and
while his influence in the international community is
somewhat significant, his reach is limited in convincing
American Christians that Israel is the real problem in
the Middle East.
let me ask you a question: If you were a Palestinian
leader wishing to undermine Israel in the U.S., how
would you do it?
answer the question from my perspective: I’d reach
straight into the very heart of Evangelicalism in the
greatest nation on Earth. I’d seek to weave an elaborate
and well-choreographed lie about Israel and her
supporters, and tell it loudly and often to
rank-and-file American Christians.
would first launch this plan by getting close to
evangelical leaders. I would garner invitations to
influential conferences. I’d accept invitations to speak
in churches all over America.
above all, develop my lie with honeyed words.
is what’s happening in America right now. The erosion of
support for Israel in American churches is the greatest
underreported story around. I have hesitated to say
publicly just how dire the situation is, because I know
our enemies love it and it emboldens them. Yet I feel
compelled to speak in the limited way that I can.
virtually every pro Israel Christian organization in
existence. Many are personal friends. I love them and
feel it’s mutual. They do tremendous work.
few recent conversations leave me troubled. There is a
tendency to want to appear “moderate” when advocating
other side has no such approach. They are relentless,
vicious, and subversive. Brian McLaren, much more in
tune with Eastern religion than any evangelicals he
purports to move among, agreed with Palestinian
propagandist Naim Ateek in claiming that Christian
Zionists are a bigger threat to Palestinians than
peep from the American evangelical community. The
grotesque and malicious charges laid at the feet of
Christian Zionists, by those who have “crept in
unawares” into the Church, are met with silence by
leaders like Bill Hybels. He and his wife, Lynne, have
been befriended by Palestinians since the ‘70s…why?
Because the Palestinians are smart and realize that the
quickest way to finish-off pro Israel support in the
American Church is to get friendly with the leadership.
they have done and are doing. At an alarming rate.
the other side does not follow any mythical rules of
war. They lie all the day long and promote the
Palestinian Narrative, which claims that almost all the
problems in the Middle East are Israel’s fault.
today, let me site just one example. This week, I had
discussions with three people in the pro Israel
community in the U.S. The topic was whether the Green
family — of Hobby Lobby fame — have been misunderstood
in terms of their purported support for the
say specifically what I mean.
years ago, I broke a story about the film
(http://www.wnd.com/2011/12/374717/), “O Little Town of
Bethlehem,” produced by EGM Films, a project funded and
emotionally supported by Mart Green, head of Mardel
Christian bookstores (his brother, Steve, runs Hobby
Lobby, founded by their father).
film is anti-Israel (see it and decide for yourself),
and when I interviewed the director, Jim Hanon, he told
me that he had begun the project by visiting Hezbollah
chief Sheik Nasrallah, in Lebanon.
weird is that?)
need to understand that Nasrallah is a murderous
jihadist who openly advocates for Israel’s destruction.
Hanon told me on the record that he found Nasrallah to
be personable. This is akin to Neville Chamberlain
thinking he could appeal to Hitler.
Green produced this film with part of his fortune. EGM
Films has generous office space at Hobby Lobby
headquarters in Oklahoma City.
some of my pro Israel friends are telling me that the
Green family has been “misunderstood” on this issue.
Well, my answer is two-fold:
have no idea what David and Steve Green and the extended
family think about Israel or any of this. B) What I know
is that Mart Green produced an anti-Israel film and when
I attempted to interview him about it, he couldn’t find
week, I will attempt — again — to interview him about
this subject, because evidently, there’s been enough
pushback about the film that someone connected to the
family has claimed at least privately that they have
Green family gave upwards of $100 million to Oral
Roberts University a few years ago. Mart Green became
the chairman of the board of regents at ORU. Let me be
clear: in my view, he bought that seat, and it stands to
reason that his advocacy for the Palestinians will now
find its way into the heart of the Pentecostal world.
(The Greens also contributed
$10.5 million to Liberty University, now run by Jerry
Falwell Jr. Jonathan Falwell now pastors Thomas Road
Baptist Church and is growing in influence among
evangelicals. Although these men have given no public
evidence that they would be influenced by the seeping
views of a Mart Green with regard to the Palestinians,
they move in all those circles. There is a new ecumenism
speeding like a freight train throughout evangelism, and
people with strong views on things like the Arab-Israeli
conflict are quietly shunned or shown the door. I am
telling you point-blank that buying influence among top
evangelical leadership can yield a marketing bonanza for
Palestinian propagandists down the road. It’s done
2012, some of the aforementioned leadership was also
responsible for a screening of the “O Little Town of
Bethlehem” film to a group of Pentecostal leaders at
Regent University. Sami Awad, Palestinian propagandist,
also spoke at the gathering.
is happening right at this moment is that a
well-orchestrated, well-funded effort by the
Palestinians is proceeding nicely. That agenda is to
infiltrate — infiltrate — American evangelical churches
with Palestinian propaganda.
asked, consistently by friends, if I’m sure of my
claims. I’ve been sure for years, because I can document
it. I suspect that I am asked repeatedly because the
true horror of the implications are too much to wrap
one’s mind around. It’s easier to keep repeating our own
propaganda that “the vast majority of evangelicals
support Israel. The truth is not as bright, but it’s
Moderation is not the way to advocate for Israel today,
my friends. One does not have to resort to the
maliciousness and ad hominem arguments put forth by
opponents of Christian Zionism.
anyone thinks this fight is not open warfare over the
right of Israel to exist, he is deluding himself.
Honestly? I wish top Christian Zionist leadership would
name names and tell people what’s going on in this
isn’t that the Palestinians are attempting to co-opt the
mainline — the United Methodists, Presbyterians, etc.
They’ve already done that, decades ago.
they are doing right now is burrowing deep into the very
heart of Evangelicalism: the Assemblies of God, the
wider Pentecostal world, the Southern Baptist
Convention, etc. Astonishingly, they attempted in 2013
to infiltrate the Calvary Chapel Association, which was
don’t know what Mart Green really thinks about all this.
He won’t talk. All I know is that he is friendly with
people who don’t like Israel.
Here is another of One Man’s
Opinion: if the Greens are privately claiming they have
been misunderstood regarding this film, then I publicly
call on them to say so. Tell us exactly where you stand
on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and what you think
about the film produced by Mart Green. Are they more
concerned about losing customers if the customers really
know about the Palestinian connection?
not sure. Let them go public with their views on Israel.
Greens have been duped — specifically, if Mart Green has
been duped — let’s have it out in the open and have him
go on record with a statement.
Meanwhile, his friends in the Palestinian community
continue to promote a worldview that is no different
from that of the PLO, long sworn to Israel’s
ideological opponents want us to be moderate and
accommodating and have symposiums and dialogue.
they are using brass knuckles, and a sockful of nickels
on their Christian Zionist opponents.
Oct 27, 2014
A Political Statement
I was talking with a
friend this week who related an interesting
story, from the days of the first Intifada.
(The First Intifada, a wave of
terror unleashed by a new Muslim Brotherhood-backed
outfit called Hamas, occurred in 1987. One can trace the
region’s current difficulties to this momentous event.)
My friend was speaking with a
Palestinian friend, one who had been considered
moderate. When he entered the restaurant, my friend
noticed the black-and-white-checked keffiyeh, the
traditional Arab headdress made popular by the
terrorist-serial killer, Yasser Arafat.
“Is that a political statement?”
my friend asked.
“Yes, it is,” replied the
A small moment perhaps, from a
single encounter. Yet it speaks volumes about the
progression among Palestinian Arabs to full-blown
support for Palestinian nationalism. In other words,
whether an Arab in the Holy Land is Muslim, Christian,
or perhaps neither…he or she will rally in unity around
the idea that Israel is a brutal occupier and must be
This is an important point,
because it signals that the usual solutions —
negotiations, peace plans, and symposiums — all fall
short of the Arab thirst for a Jew-free Middle East. If
even the moderates subscribe to such maximum demands,
what real hope is there for peace?
Further, as we’ve reported here
at “Israel Watch,” the encroachment of the Palestinian
narrative/propaganda into the American Evangelical scene
I’ve spoken to many Palestinians,
both Muslim and Christian. The subject of
Arab/Palestinian nationalism is fierce and deep. It is
unsettling. Too many evangelical leaders are warming to
the idea of a Palestinian state.
And only this week, Hamas killers
murdered a three-month-old Israeli; Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas (evidently, president-for-life,
like other Arab totalitarians) of incitement, which led
to the killing.
Virtual silence from the
international community, including the Evangelical
Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, the east
Jerusalem driver who rammed his car into a light-rail
station, also praised last month the murderers of three
kidnapped Israeli youth earlier this year.
The barbarism that has soaked
into Palestinian culture is the direct result of
incitement by the PA, leading directly to Abbas. The PA
(and unity government partner Hamas) routinely praises
homicide bombers and other killers of Jews, often naming
soccer fields and the like after them. The concept of
the “shaheed” (a “martyr” who has killed Jews) is deep
in Palestinian Arab culture.
Evangelical leaders in America
rarely condemn the murder of Jews, and that should give
all of us pause. Gone are the days when national figures
like Jerry Falwell would loudly condemn such attacks and
assure Israel that America stands with her. Now the
power vacuum has been filled with the likes of Andy
Stanley, Bill Hybels, and Rick Warren — all pastors who
have in common, among other things — warm relationships
with key Democrat leaders, including Barack Obama, the
most anti-Israel president in American history.
Stanley has spoken at Obama’s
inauguration, Warren hosted the disastrous 2008 “civil
forum” featuring Obama and mannequin John McCain, and
Hybels uses his powerful Willow Creek platform to host
such luminaries as Bill Clinton.
The Evangelical Church in America
is moving rapidly to the left, and with it the
heretofore strong support for Israel. An erosion of
support for the Jewish state is a natural outcome of
changing worldviews within evangelicalism.
That’s why the killing of Jews is
met with yawns. It’s why the subtle-but-sure move
towards acceptance of Palestinian nationalism — by
previously “moderate” Palestinians — that began a
quarter-century ago has now reached full flower.
It is my opinion that most
evangelicals have no clue what is going on with regard
to these issues.
That’s why more and more
evangelical leaders refer to Israel as
That is a political statement.
The left has done its job well.
And Israel becomes more isolated.
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: