Feb 1, 2016
The same week pitiful images
emerged of French President Hollande greeting the
fiendish “President” Hassan Rouhani of Iran, France
announced it would formally recognize a state of
Palestine, should brokered negotiations between Israel
and the Palestinians bread down.
Israel wasted no
time issuing a statement about that.
minister’s statement offers incentive to the
Palestinians to reach a deadlock,” an Israeli official
said. “It is not possible to conduct negotiations or to
achieve peace in such a manner.”
This comes a few
days after China’s president said essentially the same
thing, and some European countries are condemning
Israel’s methods in the West Bank, while the EU supports
boycotts against Israeli goods.
According to the
Jerusalem Post, France’s foreign minister outlines the
latest colossal blunder regarding diplomacy:
"France will engage in the coming weeks in the
preparation of an international conference bringing
together the parties and their main partners, American,
European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the
conference will commence in the summer.
left no doubt as to its intentions:
“If this last
attempt at finding a solution hits a wall, ‘well...in
this case, we need to face our responsibilities by
recognizing the Palestinian state,’ [Foreign Minister
Laurent] Fabius said.”
Fabius used disturbing
language that he is unaware contributes to a climate of
anti-Semitism not seen in 70 years:
"We see that
unfortunately colonization continues and that recently,
the Israeli prime minister went so far as to reproach
the UN secretary-general for encouraging terrorism on
the basis that he had reminded of colonization's
illegality and asked that it cease.”
Colonization. That means they believe Israel has stolen
Palestinian land. Further, the UN’s Ban Ki-moon is
immoral, in his view that the “occupation” gives the
Palestinians the right to commit acts of terror. This is
a repulsive and grotesque worldview, and one that will
eventually condemn the international community.
We who study Bible prophecy and who love Israel must
never take our eyes off the focus: God’s unfolding plan
is rapidly unfolding, and with an international
conference about to convene, to condemn Israel and seek
to force a Palestinian state, the endgame approaches.
Ki-Moon has called Israel’s “settlements” as
“provocative acts.” Can you imagine?!
aren’t stupid people, or people ignorant of history.
They know Israel has displayed remarkable restraint, and
they know Israel has given back 90 percent of the
territory taken in the Six-Day War! Which proves they
are driven by Jew-hatred. Let’s call it what it is.
Now, tragically for those of us who grew up in a
great nation, the United States political
establishment/regime is also a foe of the Jewish state.
Further from the Jerusalem Post:
States, European Union and the United Nations have
issued unusually stern criticism of Israel, provoking a
sharp response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and raising Palestinians' hopes of steps against their
In part, the international community
seeks to throw Israel to the wolves, in hopes the wolves
will not come for them. This is also historical folly;
all barbarians eventually eat the dupes.
will shame the international community for its role in
abandoning Israel. And the God of history will have His
Jan 25, 2016
Why We’re Where
We Are Part 2
Last week’s column generated so
much feedback, I knew another installment was necessary.
Learning about our past helps us make better decisions
about the present and to some extent, the future.
As I’ve said before, I love to
know why we are where we are. What are the roots and
foundations of our present state? In this space, we are
talking about the Church, and her understanding of
Israel and the Jews.
We live in a time when certain
“evangelicals” are friendly with Marxists, certain
“evangelical” leaders are engaged in interfaith dialogue
with Muslim radicals, and too many “evangelical” leaders
don’t like Israel (see Moore, Russell).
Political networks have
engaged with religious networks and media networks
(check out the book Dupes
sometime; eye-opening). But for our purposes today,
let’s look at how liberal scholarship has ruined our
seminaries, and turned out legions of pastors and
professors who have in turn polluted churches and
ministries with bad teaching. A common denominator among
all these liberal theologians is a minimizing or even
outright denial of Jewish history.
Last week we looked at current
change agents in the church, who are working tirelessly
to blunt support for Israel. Sometimes they do it by
calling Jesus a Palestinian. Sometimes they do it by
hijacking Jewish history from the Bible and making it
These efforts impact both how we
see Israel, and how we see Bible prophecy. The latter is
currently out-of-favor in many churches.
The late, great scholar
Oswald Allis wrote
The Unity of Isaiah in 1950, and in the intro,
recounted an interesting story. It seems that he once
visited ministry friends in Germany and the story was
told of a young seminary student, some 40 years before,
who was instructed by his own professors/mentors to
remember that no scholar anymore believed that Isaiah
recorded the entire book that bore his name. But…he was
not to reveal this to his congregation.
The poor chap, in his first
sermon, became confused and, in preaching about Isaiah,
kept telling his congregation repeatedly that some
other, anonymous writer had recorded Isaiah 40-66.
(This because the scholars could
not, would not believe in a God who can predict the
future; they felt the far-distant prophecies could not
be and were merely written history, after the fact. This
single line of attack on the Bible is devastating to the
faith of many.)
Allis was making the point that
if one does not simply read the Bible for what it says,
there is no end to doubt. Interestingly, this kind of
teaching has now reached full flower, as “doubt” is now
pushed as a virtue by evangelical Millennial leaders,
who do not want young people to be firm in their faith.
This results in what Bob DeWaay has called a “theology
of despair.” In the end, one cannot be assured of the
faith, if various important doctrines are not wholly
“Is it any wonder that they
[congregants of the day] are confused and bewildered? Is
it any wonder that they are tempted to leave Isaiah and
many other parts of the Bible severely alone? Is it any
wonder that Bible study is not on the increase but
decidedly on the decrease in many circles in the
Remember, Allis wrote this
in 1950! If we think the strange fire coming from Rick Warren, Bill
Hybels, and Andy Stanley is new, let us think again.
Each of these men minimize belief in Bible prophecy; an
intended outcome of that is the marginalization of
Israel. If the Old Testament prophecies concerning the
Jews’ eternal possession of the Holy Land is in
question…then today’s state of Israel is perhaps
illegitimate and her national claims on the land are
We err if we think the strange
fire raging through our churches is new at all. It is
quite old. Yet it has exploded in seemingly just the
last few years.
Allis (no friend of
Dispensationalism, by the way) rightly understood that
knocking the legs out from under prophecy would lead to
knocking the legs out of everything else in the Bible,
and that would leave individuals who succumbed to such
lies bereft of any real faith.
Further, even those
denominations traditionally thought of as “conservative”
have long housed destructive elements. Take the Southern
Baptist Convention, for example. Anyone who thinks the
great wars between the SBC’s conservative and
moderate/liberal wings resulted in a conservative
victory is misled. Liberals/leftists never go away; they
simply lay low for awhile before re-emerging stronger
The Message of
Genesis was published by the SBC’s Sunday School
Board in 1961. Elliott was in fact a radical who stabbed
at the veracity of Genesis:
“As will be noted later, when
effort is made to interpret the creation stories, some
of the roots has material going back to the early
Sumerian-Babylonian period (3000-1500 B.C.).”
The idea that the Bible was
influenced by Sumerian myth is blasphemy. Do you
understand that? Do you see what has been going on in
our seminaries for 100 years?
Is it any wonder then that
popular teachers like Andy Stanley profess to accept
evolutionary views of Genesis?
And remember: if any or all of
Genesis is in doubt historically, so is the history of
the Jews and Israel. If it can be alleged that Abraham
was myth, then one can say Israel has no modern right to
live in the land once known as Canaan.
Do you see how we have gotten to
a point where people in the pulpits and pews deny basic
biblical history and get away with it? Our churches are
filled with peole who don’t know anything about the
Bible. The secular corollary is to some degree those
“man on the street” interviews in which students are
asked who the vice president is and they haven’t a clue.
Today most congregants are
helpless in the face of attacks on Scripture.
Congregational Scripture reading is a thing of the past,
as hypnotic worship music and 15-minute “sermonettes”
and self-help talks have replaced expository preaching.
When a faith community eliminates real Bible teaching
and preaching, that vacuum is filled with nothing good.
It’s why today a teacher like Jen Hatmaker can recommend
radical Marxists like Cornel West and no one blinks an
It’s why Andy Stanley can deny
the infallibility of Scripture and not one nationally
known evangelical leader will call him on it and demand
accountability. Stanley only grows more popular.
It’s why Fuller Seminary
professor Tony Jones can say he no longer believes in
Original Sin, and he gets away with it. No
It’s why we are where we are.
It’s why Israel is defamed,
marginalized, and attacked…within the Church. I have
come to the conclusion that because of where we are —
deep into the last days, a quaint thought in much of
evangelicalism — our efforts from here on out should be
that of a rescue operation. Tell as many as you can
about what is going on, teach Scripture, encourage Bible
If any of the Bible is not true,
then all of it is untrue. And if that’s the case, we are
all left with a theology of despair.
If however Scripture is all
true, then we must steel ourselves and hold on until the
end, just as Jesus said.
There is no going back.
Jan 18, 2016
Where We Are
Usually, “Israel Watch” is devoted to topics that
directly relate to the Jewish state, of course. But one
of my hobbies is engaging in what David Horowitz calls
“discover the networks,” which enables one to get the
bigger picture. In other words, I am almost obsessed
with learning why things are the way they are.
In this case, what are the human agents of change
that cause Israel to be a pariah on the international
stage? We know the real backstory: the Bible predicts
it. But because we have been given a front-row seat to
the conclusion of history, I like to know how we got
In the heyday of dispensationalism (I grew up in the
Southern Baptist Church, in the Midwest), fervor for
Israel was everywhere. It grew from our reading of the
Bible, although I wonder how many people actually
loved/liked Jews, and how much of our Israel focus was
because “that’s how you get to the end.” There was some
good teaching and then some teaching that wasn’t so
great. Personally, we were taught almost nothing about
Jewish roots, the Holocaust, or even clear, concise
information about Israel’s role in history.
Having said that, I like to think that our churches
then were light years ahead of mainline churches, in
understanding the specialness of the Jewish people.
Liberalism had infected our seminaries for generations
(even within the SBC), and the liberal institutions were
busy reimagining Scripture so that it was all about the
Classic Replacement Theology.
I’ve outlined in this space before some of those
influences, including the Darwinian philosophy that
destroyed Europe, and the German Higher Criticism that
deconstructed the Bible for millions.
Yet it is most intriguing today to look at America,
post World War 2. The rise of Fuller Seminary,
Leadership Network, which spawned the Church Growth
Movement, celebrity pastors, and today’s Christian
America today is thoroughly engulfed in really bad
teaching in the churches. I always have to qualify that
statement by saying there are still thousands of great
pastors and churches out there. There are. But
nationally, they do not have the voice that Rick Warren
enjoys. The result is that the so-called Evangelical
Industrial Complex (what I also don’t shy away from
calling the Christian Illuminati) has a stranglehold on
messaging and media, nationally.
Go into any Christian bookstore chain. There you will
find all sorts of bad books. It used to be that store
managers would carefully look over the myriad catalogs
they received from publishers, then when a company’s
sales rep came in, the manager placed his or her order.
That changed some time ago; now, sales reps by and
large simply inform the manager what books will be
shipped. In other words, in the old days, a manager
could order some Charles Spurgeon, some good prophecy
stuff, more Bibles, etc. Today? It’s floor and counter
displays of Max Lucado, Joel Osteen, and
(a horrific book, which is also standard reading in most
evangelical churches), etc.
In a certain sense, the culture demanded it and the
publishers provided it. But both are complicit in the
grotesque offerings in Christian media today.
And the networks all feed and feed off each other.
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s Ethics and
Religious Liberty Commission (after the ERLC board got
rid of the pro Israel Richard Land), wrote a book last
which won Book of the Year from Christianity Today
magazine. Now, a generation ago, that wouldn’t have
happened. Why? CT for decades has been a left-leaning
mouthpiece for all sorts of change agents. The
magazine’s editorial staff/board doesn’t like Bible
prophecy, young-earth creationism, or discernment
teachers like Warren Smith or the late Ken Silva. So if
Moore and CT are chummy, that doesn’t spell anything
good for old-school evangelicalism.
By the way, if you want a primer on Moore’s views of
Israel, read Dr. Randy White’s piece
here, which outlines how far the SBC leadership has
drifted from pro Israel support. Then, if you have some
hours to kill, check out Moore’s blog, “Moore to the
Point.” Search for “Israel” and “Palestine,” and oh,
you’ll see where he’s going with it.
Bottom line: where Israel and Bible prophecy are
concerned, almost all the top evangelical leadership
today opposes them.
Now, the old complaint that some prophecy teachers
cried wolf one too many times is valid. Many prophecy
teachers over the years have come right up to the edge
of telling us that Jesus is returning next Tuesday at 3
p.m. They just have. That has helped glaze-over the eyes
of countless people in the evangelical world, not to
mention the mainline. They just aren’t listening
However…overwhelmingly, these evangelical leaders
don’t like prophecy teaching and Israel because they
don’t like prophecy teaching and Israel. “Moore to the
Point”: they don’t like Jews.
Anti-Semitism is a scourge in the American church. It
is also a very individual choice. One can be exposed to
anti-Jewish invective and embrace it, or leave it. I
chose the latter as a young person. Once, I was speaking
in a church and during the Q&A, an older gentleman
raised his hand and said that as a child, he was
encouraged to stay away from Jews.
“Why was that, do you think?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” he said, obviously perplexed at the
People teach others to steer clear of Jews because
they buy into the old Middle Ages stereotypes: Jews are
greedy; Jews start wars. Et cetera. Jew hatred is a
spiritual sickness that afflicts individuals, who choose
to allow the virus to remain within them. Many of them
in turn influence others and the virus spreads.
I can document plenty of cases of teaching from
church leaders that points to a downturn in pro Israel
support today. I think of Philip Yancey’s reference to
Jesus as a “Palestinian rabbi.” This is of course false
(First-century Jews knew nothing of a “Palestine”), and
both a political and religious statement. Interestingly,
Yancey’s false portrayal of the Lord came around the
time Yasser Arafat was telling mainline church leaders
in Washington that Jesus was a Palestinian.
I wrote to Yancey and he was reluctant to concede my
point that Jesus was never and will never be a
Then there was the letter I received in the mid-‘90s
from Maxie Dunnam, then president of Asbury Theological
Seminary. I had asked him what he thought of Israel
theologically, and he replied that he didn’t think
modern Israelis were connected to the biblical Hebrews.
This is a common theme among evangelical leaders today.
Asbury is considered to be the most evangelical seminary
within the United Methodist Church.
In the last hundred years, American seminaries have
been run by liberals, who do not place a premium on the
sufficiency of Scripture. One of the natural outcomes of
such thinking is a denial of much of Jewish history. For
example, if you knew how many evangelical professors
don’t believe the Exodus story actually happened…you’d
be sickened. If you knew how many teaching materials
relegate the Old Testament to semi-myth, you’d be
This is how we’ve gotten to where we are regarding
Israel and Bible prophecy.
evangelical ministries and churches shy away from these
topics; they either find them embarrassing,
controversial, or the pastors don’t want people to know
what they personally believe about Jews and Israel.
David Gushee is a self-described “Christian
ethicist.” In 2011, he and his friend Glen Stassen (then
a professor at Fuller Seminary) penned an open letter to
Christian Zionists, making the outrageous claim that we
are “sinning” by our support for Israel! The duo also
mentored such Millennial leaders as Jon Huckins and Jer
Swigart, who are in turn promoting the Palestinian
Narrative to young people.
Last week, Gushee tweeted: “The culture wars now are
a threat to academic freedom. How did we get here?”
This is classic leftist misinformation. What he means
is that conservatives are a threat to academic freedom.
Yet it has been obvious for a half-century at least that
leftist professors are the real threat to academic
freedom. Hal Lindsey has remarked that when he was
involved in Campus Crusade for Christ in 1961, Berkeley
was already totally infected by Marxist teachers.
Gushee sees the world in a certain way. His worldview
is left. But interestingly, people like Gushee are
gaining in influence in the evangelical world.
But outright leftists aren’t the only ones. There are
stealth campaigns having sway, as well. Check out the
speaker lineup for the upcoming National Religious
Broadcasters Convention, in Nashville.
Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, will speak. In
recent years, the Green family’s relationship with Jews
and Israel has been…problematic. The flap over a Jewish
person in a Hobby Lobby looking for a menorah, being
told that the company doesn’t cater to Jews, caused the
company some bad national press. The 2010 documentary
hit piece on Israel, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,”
produced by Green’s brother, Mart, has been roundly
panned by pro Israel supporters.
I’ve asked Mart Green numerous times, including three
times in person, to clarify his views on Israel and the
I’m still waiting.
This kind of influence at NRB is interesting to me.
Not so longer ago, the late Brandt Gustafson was leading
NRB, and he was pro Israel.
Now, NRB still has pro Israel speakers, such as Kay
Arthur. But the introduction of speakers with a
different worldview is quite disturbing.
Rick Warren will also speak. His closeness to Muslims
is cause for concern; his 2006 meeting/fawning over
Syria’s Bashar Assad, has never been adequately
explained. He has also tweeted news items spotlighting
Israel’s anti-missionary laws, and his close mentoring
relationship with pro Palestinian Millennials like
Cameron Strang tip Warren’s hand when it comes to
Israel. And here I’m not even addressing his involvement
with Leadership Network and Church Growth gurus/change
agents like Peter Drucker.
Writer Jon Acuff hangs with anti-Israel evangelicals.
In his NRB bio, Jake Press (CEO, HelloMogo Inc.) is
doing his part to introduce
to evangelical audiences: “He has been responsible for
implementing strategy and deployment for top companies;
experienced success producing the #1 book app, Jesus
Calling; and most recently launched Disciplr.com as a
co-founding member of the new tech brand.”
As I’ve said,
Jesus Calling is a Trojan Horse within
evangelicalism, yet it has sold more than 10 million
copies. Check out Warren Smith’s strong investigation of
My point here is that at all levels, including the
Christian book publishing industry, anti-biblical
worldview has pushed its nose under the tent and is
becoming mainstream thought.
This does not bode well for pro Israel support.
What happens when I expose these networks within
evangelicalism? I get attacked for being mean-spirited.
I am told to stop naming names.
The failure to name names is precisely why we’re in
the position we’re in today.
After a century of attacks on the Bible, from within
the fort, one of the outcomes is a downturn in support
for Israel. If you are a student who has been told that
early Jewish history is really murky and might be in
some part myth, then you are naturally not going to
believe Israel has legitimate rights in its ancient
That’s where we are today. The rising generation of
evangelical leaders is turning away from Israel, and
they do not at all embrace a correct eschatology.
Next week, I’ll reveal more of these left-leaning
networks that have so damaged the American church and in
particular, pro Israel support.
Jan 11, 2016
Most people have no idea the level of
propaganda aimed at them each day via media. Assuming a
reporter or anchor for the three main networks, or CNN
is telling you the truth is, in my view, dangerous.
I was surprised by the number of people I heard from
who watched the PBS special, “Netanyahu at War,” which
ran under the Frontline banner.
The whole two hours was a propaganda piece that was
birthed in the 1997 op-ed piece, “The Year of Hating
Bibi.” In those days, Netanyahu’s first premiership,
Bill Clinton loathed him, and many of the career losers
cashing checks from the State Department are still
around, “helping” Barack Obama, in the latest
presidential failure to bring peace to Israel and the
Let me be clear: in my view, the overwhelming and
obvious reason there isn’t peace has to do with the
radicalization of the Palestinian society. For 25 years
— 25 years — the Palestinian Authority/PLO has continued
its “armed struggle,” which demands the disappearance of
Israel. In that time, Israel has been forced by the West
to play ball and pretend that the land-for-peace formula
is based in reality.
I have been saying for some time that as Oslo comes
more sharply into focus as a colossal failure on every
level…the international community will eventually double
and triple-down, forcing Israel to accept a Palestinian
state. That is the delusion of secular humanists, who at
the end of the day check their vaunted intellects at the
door in order to promote a fantasy. Why? Because in
their heart of hearts, they loathe the same thing the
Arabs do: a Jewish state in the Middle East. Even scores
of Christians like and tolerate Jews, so long as the
latter are either dead or vulnerable.
But I digress.
When I saw that Frontline was using hacks like Martin
Indyk, David Axelrod, and Ben Rhodes to psychoanalyze
Netanyahu, I knew the jig was up.
If you have some information and knowledge of the
situation, and watch the entire two-hour special, you
will come away with the view that it is a Soviet-style
propaganda piece designed to harm Israel.
If you are everyone else, in a country where a
majority voted a Marxist in as president, then you
believe Netanyahu is a haunted, insecure egotist who has
blocked the Utopian peace for a generation.
Further, the depictions of Obama as a visionary,
hopeful guy is stunning. At one point, Axelrod claims
that he walked into the Oval Office one day and found
the pensive community organizer-in-chief staring out the
on your mind?” Axe gently queried.
Obama answered by saying that he simply didn’t
understand all the misreading of his good intentions
toward the Jews. He also said* that he believes that of
all the presidents, his heart is the most “Jewish.”
(*I simply do not believe this conversation took
place. I think it’s made up to advance a narrative that
says Obama = Reasonable, Bibi = Crazy.)
Look, we are living in territory no one has ever
experienced. The American president lies with
astonishing regularity, and public television exports
the lie to the masses.
For his part, Netanyahu has already called Indyk a
liar. The former diplomat, who took millions from the
Saudis, is another of Clinton’s and Obama’s
interlocuters who makes things up in order to smear
Israel. Indyk has a Ph.D. in international relations and
— I say this with a straight face — my sixth-grader
niece would do a better job as a diplomat.
She believes in reality.
In “Netanyahu at War,” Indyk recounts an alleged
scene at the funeral of slain Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin: according to Indyk, he was standing with
Netanyahu, who turned to him and claimed that if Rabin
had lived, he’d have been known as a failure, etc.
Netanyahu says the conversation didn’t take place.
Sense a PBS pattern here?
Now, PBS did feature the famous 1972 Sabena
hijacking, in which Netanyahu led his counter-terror
unit in successfully freeing the hostages. They even
noted that Netanyahu charged to the front of the plane
in shooting at the terrorists.
But even this heroic action is framed as a trauma
event that has turned the Israeli leader into a
paranoid, bitter Zionist. A thinking person would
conclude that, gee, that Israeli prime minister is a
pretty brave guy, especially against our profoundly
Overall, the premise of the special was predictable:
a very smart and very compassionate international
community has worked tirelessly to bring peace to the
oppressed Palestinians, and if it weren’t for those
Likud bastards, all would live in paradise.
When documentary producers use Ha’aretz writers like
Ari Shavit, and Americans from The New Yorker and The
New York Times…truth-telling isn’t the point. Notice
that even the title of the documentary, “Netanyahu at
War,” portrays him as a warmonger.
I encourage all pro Israel Christians to learn to pay
close attention to such pieces, and think critically.
Then you’ll see what is really going on.
Jan 4, 2016
The Death of Oslo?
“There will be decisive and
important decisions regarding all forms of ties with the
occupation, including security and political relations.”
(The PLO’s Saeb Erekat)
After 22 years of futility, due
almost entirely to Palestinian mendacity and dishonest
intentions, it appears to most people that the Oslo
model is broken forever. Actually, many pro Israel folks
have insisted from the beginning — when George H.W. Bush
forced the Israelis to negotiate with their murderers —
that the “land for peace” deal was fatally flawed and a
This was due mostly to the PLO’s
Yasser Arafat and his duplicity. He never intended to
engage in nation building, and spent his time inciting
his people to hate Jews. Whole generations were raised
Now comes word that the PLO
leadership (Mahmoud Abbas has not called for elections
in years and remains a classic Arab dictator, albeit one
without much power) that they are considering breaking
ties with Israel.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
“The Palestinian Authority
leadership is expected to meet in the coming days to
discuss the future of its relations with Israel, PLO
Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said on Sunday.
“Erekat said that he expected
the meeting to take place before the end of this year to
discuss previous decisions by PLO and Fatah bodies to
suspend relations with Israel.
“’There will be decisive and
important decisions regarding all forms of ties with the
occupation, including security and political relations,’
Erekat of course is another of
those corrupt Palestinians who owns a luxury home in
Jericho, as his own people sink ever lower into poverty.
Oslo was always a theoretical
model, crafted by European and American diplomats who
never understood the complexities of the Arab-Israeli
conflict. For one thing, they never came to grips with
Arab duplicity and Arab rejection of Israel.
But I have a prediction.
As inane as Oslo always was, and
in light of so much Palestinian mayhem…it is Israel that
will be blamed, internationally. This is not a new
thought with me, of course. But I predict further that a
Palestinian state will be forced by the international
Remember, the Bible doesn’t
exactly mitigate against such a scenario. In Ezekiel
36:1,2: “Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the
mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel,
hear the word of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord God;
Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the
ancient high places are ours in possession…”
Notice the word “possession.” It
isn’t merely that Israel’s enemies are claiming
entitlement to the land. They possess it. And since this
is in the midst of end-times scenarios, it at least is a
possibility that this refers to a Palestinian state.
From there, Israel will be in
real peril, because another of the Oslo lies was that
the Palestinian state would be demilitarized. All
Israeli prime ministers have insisted on it. Yet, there
is no way a sovereign Palestine would remain
demilitarized, since a main aim of PLO leadership has
been to secure territory from which to launch a “final
Palestine would be armed to the
teeth from a variety of sources.
History has been inching closer
to this outcome for two decades. Pro Israel sources have
never wanted a Palestinian state, but I have a nagging
feeling that the closer we get to the “final nail in
Oslo’s coffin,” the closer we get to its fulfillment.
Dec 28, 2015
successful hit on the savage, Samir Kuntar, is having a
ripple effect in Lebanon.
(actually, a Druze), who brutally slaughtered an Israeli
family decades ago, was released from prison in 2008, in
a swap for the bodies of IDF soldiers. It was a painful
compromise for the Israelis, and controversial,
Just as the terrorists released from
Gitmo by the American president return to the jihad war
against the West, so did Kuntar return to plotting
murder. One has only to look at his photograph to see a
What’s most interesting about this
incident, though (Kuntar was killed by a missile strike
last week), is the damage done to Hezbollah’s image.
Sheik Nasrallah, the chieftan of this community of
killers, has been saber rattling, threatening
retaliatory strikes against Israel. In point of fact,
Nasrallah is scared.
Of the Kuntar operation,
"We have no doubt that the
Israeli enemy was behind the assassination in a blatant
Mind-boggling. What of
Hezbollah’s “military operations” against Israeli
civilians? What of the threat of tens of thousands of
rockets aimed at Israel’s population centers in the
Interestingly, Kuntar, the Hezbollah
operative, was killed in Damascus. Hezbollah has been
fighting on the side of the Syrian dictator, Bashar
Assad. The chaos in Syria and Iraq are actually shaking
the confidence both of Hezbollah and Iran, which has
lost a stunning number of fighters in these conflicts.
This struggle between Sunni and Shiite Muslims is an
internal conflict that has sucked-in much of the
What it really shows us
is that Israel has the capability of defending itself in
a manner so sophisticated, it causes terror leaders to
saber rattle…from caves and other hideaways. Nasrallah
is like a mole, living underground and way from the
light, where he could be killed at any moment.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
according to foreign media, an Israeli air strike in
Syria killed six members of Hezbollah, including a
commander and the son of its late military chief, Imad
Moughniyah, near the Golan Heights.”
is, Israel could destroy Hezbollah and Hamas relatively
quickly if need be.
The five-year civil war in
Syria, which has now drawn-in Russia, is serving to keep
these inter-family fights in the spotlight, showing
everyone that in fact, Israel has nothing to do with
their bloodlust. It also serves to highlight how much
they love killing each other. If one were to take Israel
out of the Middle East, it would still be a profound
disaster and bloodbath.
Just know that when
Nasrallah threatens retaliation against Israel (which
actually has not publicly claimed responsibility for
Kuntar’s death), he is a desperate man.
Dec 21, 2015
It was announced this
week that a stone slab was discovered near the Galilee,
bearing Hebrew letters. It proves that there was a
Jewish presence there about 1,500 years ago, well after
the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century. This
means that there has been a Jewish presence in the land
for at least 3,000 years.
Earlier this month a
clay seal was found in Jerusalem, bearing the name of
The stone slab was discovered in
the village of Kursi, which is where Jesus healed the
demon-possessed men and sent the demons into swine.
The clay seal find was announced as an example of
First Temple artifact. Dating back to the eighth century
B.C., the seal is a clear link to a major biblical
Also this year it was announced that a
3,300 year-old Egyptian coffin was found in the Jezreel
Valley. Various civilizations passed this way.
few years ago, I examined ruins dating back to the days
of Abraham, in Jerusalem’s Old City, then had dinner
that evening only steps away, in a 1,000-year-old
building that was once a Crusader fortress.
no archaeologist has ever uncovered evidence of an
ancient “Palestinian” civilization. No one denies that
there are presently “Palestinians,” but the very term is
a political one, created only a few decades ago. It was
designed to fool people into thinking there has always
been a Palestinian presence in the land, making their
claims equal to that of the Jews.
Less than 20
years ago, the fledgling Palestinian Authority posted on
its website examples of Palestinian culture and history.
It was pitiful in the extreme. A few dresses sewn by
Arab women, and images of currency from the British
Mandate days, from Palestine. Yet the languages on the
currency were in English, Arabic, and…Hebrew. In those
days, anyone living in Palestine was a “Palestinian.”
Today, of course, the invention of the identity does
fool millions, who either don’t know history, or have
short attention spans, or both.
One of the most
murderous men in history, Yasser Arafat, routinely
denied Jewish history in the land. Grotesquely, he was
and is helped in that endeavor through Western political
and religious leaders. Bill Clinton hosted Arafat in the
White House 13 times, even though the President’s pastor
had years before urged him to never abandon Israel.
Self-identifying Christian leaders like Philip
Yancey have referred to Jesus as a “Palestinian.” When
called on it, they double down, as Yancey did in the
90’s when I wrote to him about it.
this, we know that no amount of proof will satisfy a
Jew-hater. Jew-haters, from CAIR and the PLO, to
American religious leaders, will not acknowledge the
Jews. Notice how the Palestinian Authority and various
Arab governments will not recognize Israel.
who believe the Bible know the truth, and one day, even
Israel’s enemies will acknowledge her.
Dec 14, 2015
Why Your Efforts Are
This week I read an article about
Pastor Don Long, of Faith Christian Church in Fitchburg,
Massachusetts. It seems that the reverend noticed that a
city flag display (each year Fitchburg sets up
international flags for some months in the city center)
no longer included the blue Star of David — the flag of
the State of Israel.
City managers told him the
removal wasn’t intentional, but intentional or not, it
was a statement. Especially in light of the fact that
the Israeli flag was replaced with the flag of the
United Nations, a body infected with anti-Semitism. As
most readers of this column are aware, the UN issues
resolution after resolution condemning the Jewish state,
and doesn’t allow Israel to sit on the Security Council
(but does include terror states!).
This was too much for Long and
his congregation. The pastor spoke up at a council
meeting, with passion:
“Until last year the flag of
Israel was part of the international flags flying in the
center of our city. On our many visits to Israel over
the past 10 years we have told Israelis about our city —
and their flag being displayed. This has given them
great encouragement and hope. Fitchburg has a long
history of good relationships with the resident Jewish
community… Therefore I am not just interested in issuing
a complaint, nor to just ‘correct’ this by putting up
the flag of Israel. I want the City Council to go on
record that the flag of Israel represents a section of
the citizens of Fitchburg who are very much a part of
our history, and therefore that flag should be a regular
part of our yearly international display of flags in our
Lo and behold, the council agreed
and the decision has been reversed. I spoke to Long this
week and he said something very profound:
“I think another part of this is
that if we as a church simply let that happen, then we
are part of the growing anti-Semitic feeling in the
nation. We had to take action.”
This is really important, because
it shows that will and resolve can make a positive
impact. Because Faith Christian Church found the
anti-Semitic slight unacceptable, something was done
about it. This is a model for others, including the
current weak evangelical leadership at the highest
ministry and denominational levels (although Dr. Ronnie
Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention,
recently blogged that one of the problems in our world
is the marginalization of Israel. Kudos to Dr. Floyd for
such a bold statement).
Much has been made of Donald
Trump’s statement this week that as president, he’d seek
a ban on Muslims entering this country. The outcry has
been fierce, and Trump has been roasted in the media —
both liberal and conservative.
One can argue about Trump’s
ideas, but on this issue, he has refused to back down. I
mention this because it shows us that sometimes, simple
resolve and will can effect change. No one knows what’s
going to happen with the national election next year;
many are predicting Trump won’t even win the nomination.
However, here is the truth: Donald Trump might be
sworn-in as the nation’s 45th president in
The moral of that story?
opponents. In the context of pro Israel advocacy,
refuse to believe our enemies who claim that Israel will
cease to exist, or that our efforts are worthless.
Far from it.
The Lord of History is keeping
watch and keeping score.
Dec 7, 2015
When talking about Israel, one
always asks: which subject today? Or this hour? There’s
so much to cover!
This week, I’d like to discuss
the profoundly immoral stance of the international
community regarding Israel’s legitimacy.
It was announced today that
Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeirer
said the country would back the European Union’s
labeling of products made in “the West Bank, east
Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.” You’ve probably heard
of this boycott effort, led by international leftists
who hate Jews and hate Israel.
Pathetically, Steinmeirer was
quick to add that “Israeli” products (those produced
inside the dangerously small Israel proper) would
continue to be sold in Europe and, thank you,
Frank-Walter, those products will get “preferential
Further, the German Foreign
Ministry said “there will not be an Israel boycott in
As if this parsing suffices. The
bottom line is that Steinmeirer has perhaps forgotten a
little historical footnote called the Holocaust, in
which, among other things, Jews within the Reich were
first imperiled through economic boycotts. Signs were
put up in the shops of Jewish owners, warning German
citizens not to do business there.
We know what happened after
Making a distinction between
Israel proper and the Disputed Territories might help
the Germans sleep better at night (amid their nightmares
of murder from 70 years ago), but it simply in reality
drives home the point that they are immoral.
For decades, the PLO and the
wider pan-Arab world worked tirelessly to depict Israel
as illegitimate, itself a “Nazi state.” Incredibly, the
world fell for it. Now, in a lame attempt to appear
even-handed, Germany’s leadership extends one economic
hand to the Jewish state, while working to tie the other
one behind Israel’s back.
Produce and goods that come from
the region between the Jordan River and the
Mediterranean must be partitioned, in the minds of
international elites, who prefer to try and pacify the
genocidal Arabs, who would, were they to succeed in
their millennia-long goal of exterminating the Jews,
come after the Europeans next.
(Or perhaps they already have!
The attacks in Paris and the encroachment of Islam in
every European country — fully 30 percent of Brussels is
Muslim! — signal that the invasion has begun.)
It’s especially galling that the
Germans would deny they are boycotting Israel, even as
they boycott Israel.
Interestingly, Israel is
thriving and has the best security in the world, while
Old World Europe is a dying ember and even the U.S. is
being remade in the image of the false god in the White
House. Both communities are in rapid decline.
Yet Israel remains.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz
termed the EU label measure ‘disguised anti-Semitism.’
“A spokeswoman for German
Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Post on the telephone
that the federal government is reviewing the Post query.
Merkel has said she opposes boycotts of Israel but has
not issued a public statement on EU product labels.”
Merkel of course is the
delusional leader of Germany working around the clock to
flood the country with Middle East refugees — many of
whom will finish-off the once-proud German nation once
they are in place and their terror cells are operative.
Europe’s madness is hard to
watch, inexplicable and terrifying.
The only thing that separates us
from the hapless and clueless Europeans is 300 million
privately owned guns.
If found it ironic that
Germany’s stance on boycotts did not include Gaza.
You’ll recall that 10 years ago, Israel unilaterally
withdrew from Gaza, leaving much business infrastructure
for the Palestinians, who promptly burned it all to the
ground. Yet civilized Europe still tries to appease the
Soon and very soon, Europe will
enter into a new Dark Age, for myriad reasons involving
their view of Israel and Jews.
America will hardly be in a
position to rebuild the Continent, then, as we did two
I suggest we boycott Europe —
travel and goods — and invest instead in Israel.
Long live the Jewish state.
30 Nov, 2015
Too Painful to Think About
My friend, Lela Gilbert,
has a fascinating interview with Iddo Netanyahu this
he American journalist, who lives in Israel part of the
year, is an extraordinary interviewer. In this piece,
she sits down with the brother of the prime minister and
the engrossing interview shines a spotlight on what
moral clarity looks like.
Speaking of the Paris attacks, Iddo said:o:p>
“The question is really not about these particular
incidents’ happening, whether in Paris, whether at a
specific nightclub, or in some other place. The question
is how to stop them.
“French headlines reported that President Hollande said,
‘We’re at war.’
“So if you’re at war, then you have to find out who the
enemy is. You have to define the enemy. And you have to
actually wage war. And I think people in the main
understand that there is an enemy and who the enemy is.
The problem is not so much with the population. The
problem is with its leadership.”
Netanyahu, the youngest son of Zionist legend Benzion
Netanyahu, knows better than most what it takes to meet
and defeat jihadist threats. As a member of Israel’s
feared and famed counter-terrorism unit, Sayeret Matkal,
he took part in many operations, and of course, lost his
brother in the Entebbe raid. His reasoned analysis of
where we are oozes with clarity of thought and moral
conviction. In particular, he addresses the baffling
tendency for Westerners to stick their heads in the sand
when confronted with the glaringly obvious thread of
“Self-delusion, in not wanting to understand dangers, is
so strong in us because it’s painful to admit to
processes that are threatening our cherished world, and
sometimes taking action can be even more painful.”
Although our world today is chaotic and unsettling,
those of us who are believers (and in particular,
supporters of Israel) must use these opportunities to
show people that the Bible predicts, over and over, a
coming, chaotic countdown to world history.
Think of the theological delusion a century ago, in
American churches and seminaries, when the embrace
(incredibly) of Darwinian philosophy led many to believe
a better world was being created, by men. The slaughter
of World War I was a wakeup call, and World War II
finished off the notion that man can improve himself to
any real degree.
Yet there are still those in the American Church
“leadership” community who believe they are building a
sort of theological Utopia, a “Kingdom Now,” so they
work their “peace” plans day and night. Their ignoring
of realities is contributing to the problem. Would that
they would read the Iddo Netanyahu interview and act
Just this week I read another inane Twitter message from
Shane Claiborne, in which he was endorsing the idea that
we should wholesale bring in Syrian refugees and resolve
to play video games with the refugee children. Because
welcoming all with open arms is what “Jesus would do.”
The level of naiveté in the international community is
mind-boggling. I happen to think that something else is
going on the dithering by leaders and even the
Sure, individually, we don’t want to think about the
dangers affecting us personally, but we also willfully
ignore dangers to our fellow man. While I suppose there
are vetting procedures that would allow for a limited
amount of Syrian refugees (for example, women and
children), in a broader sense, the international
indifference to the murder of Jews is more sinister. It
is a willful disdain for Jewish life.
I was thinking about this this week, in light of the
incomprehensible policy of German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, who is demanding that her countrymen welcome a
staggering number of Middle East refugees.
Why would a national leader of a modern society
knowingly bring in a dangerous element? How will Germany
manage the coming jihad within the country’s borders?
I don’t think they will, and therein lies a possible
reason for the confusion and historically bad choices.
Could this be Divine retribution for the Holocaust? I
know many Israelis who to this day refuse to visit
Certainly some of the German people and even leadership
have repudiated the nation’s sins in the Holocaust. Yet,
by all reports, anti-Semitism is all-too-alive and
all-too-well in Germany right now.
Sadly, there is no indication that Europe will seriously
oppose the existential threat now within the borders.
Again, read Lela’s interview with Iddo Netanyahu for
more insight into that.
Israel recently shared intelligence with Germany that
thwarted an outdoor attack. And even with the menacing
Obama in the White House, Israel and America at a
strategic level are still close, and none of us have any
idea just how close those ties are behind the scenes.
For what it’s worth, here’s how I see things shaking
out, at least on a general level: Europe is lost.
America will be invaded, but will largely repulse the
jihadists, who once again have underestimated the
American people themselves, set quite apart from our own
Israel will not only survive, but thrive. That is
Scriptural, and you can take that to the bank.
Her sons and daughters can now defend themselves, after
millennia, and with their God going before them, their
thinking is clear and just.
Without that reality, the future would be just too
painful to think about.
23 Nov, 2015
I spent the weekend at a board
meeting for a pro Israel group and while there, we saw
an early screening of a new film that spotlights the
desperate situation Middle East Christians are in, due
It wasn’t about Israel, but at
one point, a Christian who fled torture in Egypt told a
hair-raising tale of riding a jet ski into Eilat, the
southern resort town in Israel. That wild ride saved his
life. He said it was the only safe country in the Middle
East for Christians.
Israel is also celebrating
anniversaries now related to the efforts to bring Jews
home from Africa decades ago.
As it has since its inception,
the Jewish state is a haven for the oppressed, and this
is a value we have shared with Israel.
The film was very sobering
and while I don’t advocate bringing refugees into this
country (the only thing that matters is that ISIS will
use those efforts as a Trojan Horse), I would encourage
American Christians to
that is desperately needed to provide refugees with
The world is close to desperation
as the chickens have come home to roost due to lunatic
policies by the West. Our own national leaders have
imperiled all of us.
This weekend, I also
read a story in the Times of
Israel about Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards practicing storming and conquering
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They’ve actually gone
through dry runs for this purpose. Can you imagine?
As I’ve long said, the trigger
for the end times events to cascade over civilization
will be the attack on Jerusalem, from a global
confederation. We live in a time when the American
president is openly allied with…Iran…while Israel fights
a desperate battle against terrorists from all
The fact is, as Islamist demons
rampage across the Middle East, both Christians and Jews
are in the crosshairs. And as they seek to destroy
Christianity in the Middle East (where it started),
Israel is also in the crosshairs. At the board meeting,
one member told of just coming back from 10 days in
“On the northern border, with
Lebanon, the houses just across the border don’t have
windows; they are housing missiles that are aimed at
Israel; 150,000 missiles!”
As I’ve been saying for some
time, Israel is not going anywhere, and in fact has been
promised Divine Protection.
Not so for the rest of mankind,
in the short-term. Divine Retribution for centuries of
mistreatment of Jews will make the next few years quite
desperate. I encourage all of you to ready yourselves
and your families spiritually, first, and then do what
you can to provide physical protection.
I’m not sure, because of our
unique geography, that we will face situations as
terrible as those faced by Christians in the Middle
East, but I am certain terrorists are among us.
As we prepare ourselves, let us
continue to both pray for and look to the Lighthouse.
Nov 16, 2015
CUFI, 2.5 Million Strong!
I admit to being passionate about Israel advocacy. It
began for me 20 years ago, when I met the peerless Avi
Lipkin, in Dallas. He helped me learn to pronounce the
name of a new Israeli politician arriving on the scene:
Since then, I’ve been to innumerable conferences,
traveled to Israel several times, and engaged in pro
Israel work where I could. Todd and Terry were kind
enough to allow me to write the “Israel Watch” column
and, gosh, that launch was almost eight years ago!
One of the biggest thrills has been meeting and
befriending the leadership at
United for Israel. I met David Brog, the executive
director since 2006, a dozen years ago in Washington.
Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Shari
Dollinger, and speakers Victor Styrsky and Randy Neal.
I know we shouldn’t get hung up on numbers alone, but
look, CUFI’s membership rolls are mushrooming. They are
adding hundreds of thousands of new members each year,
and that is stunningly impressive. The database now
stands at 2.5 million!
Readers of “Israel Watch” routinely ask me where they
should put their money, and I can give CUFI my highest
recommendation. The work they’re doing on behalf of the
Jewish state and Jews worldwide is that important.
CUFI is expanding operations and programs, launching a
new initiative against the diabolical BDS campaign, and
adding new campus chapters. Their many events around the
country give attendees valuable information and
There are unprecedented challenges facing Israel, but
also the country’s Christian Zionist friends. Several
pro Israel groups do terrific work, and I know most of
them. CUFI is as good as it gets.
We all have our favorite
things, and mine involves events where I can learn
Note the benefits to hosting a CUFI “Standing With
“Hosting a Standing with Israel event at a church in
your area can have a tremendous impact on your
community. Christians will learn how you can tangibly
and effectively stand with Israel, and you will be
sending an encouraging message of hope that the Jewish
people have seldom heard ‘you are not alone.’
“CUFI has made hosting a Standing with Israel events
very easy for you.
All you need is a church, minimal AV support, and
to get the word out to your community.
CUFI will get the word out to other CUFI members
in your area.
“Christians United for Israel offers speakers for your
Standing with Israel event.
“All of our CUFI Regional Coordinators are professional
speakers who have extensive experience on Christian
Support for Israel.
“Possible topics (we will tailor to your needs):
“Biblical Support for the State of Israel
Developing A Night To Honor Israel for you community
A Middle East Briefing
“Supporting Israel on College Campuses (or Anti-Semitism
on today's campuses). This topic will be covered by the
CUFI On Campus Director, Andrew Summey
“All topics have the option for a multimedia
Is this a free ad for CUFI?
Yes, it is. I’m that impressed with them, and again, I
encourage you to check out their site, which is their
heart. Get involved as you can.
Nov 9, 2015
When the Good Guys Ruled
probably no coincidence as we approach the Jewish
holiday of Hanukkah that archaeologists have uncovered a
remnant of a remarkable time in Israel’s history.
About a hundred years before Christ, a Jewish
rebellion against the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes
produced some of the most amazing leaders in Israel’s
history. The Maccabees, a family originating from
Modi’in (near present-day Tel Aviv), rallied an army
that defeated Antiochus. Thus the Jews were sovereign in
their land until the Romans emerged decades later.
Just one — one of hundreds — remarkable thing about
visiting Israel is seeing ancient history swirl around
the present day and even the future. A couple examples
come to mind: Israel’s governing body, the Knesset, is
made up of 120 members. Why that number? Because the
Jewish leadership council during the Babylonian exile
2,600 years ago numbered 120.
Also, no matter
where new construction starts, great care is given to
making sure an archaeological treasure is not harmed. A
few years ago I was strolling down a street in Jaffa and
noticed the street was torn up. Thinking it was some
paving problem, I asked someone. “Oh, no,” came the
reply. “They’ve uncovered some ancient site.”
know other countries have archaeological sites, but
certainly Israel is unique in this regard.
Hearing of this week’s announcement of a fortress used
by Antiochus reminded me of the sublime times I’ve
walked around Jerusalem’s Old City. There are still
places just outside the city’s walls where one can
imagine some amazing treasure just waiting to be
No one knows where the tombs of David
and Solomon are, but significant sites have been
uncovered on the southern end. David’s palace sits atop
an ancient community that slopes downhill, overlooking
the modern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. One can
imagine David here, looking down on a beautiful young
woman bathing on her roof.
According to the Times
“A section of fortification was
discovered under the Givati parking lot in the City of
David south of the Old City walls and the Temple Mount.
The fortification is believed to have been part of a
system of defenses known as the Acra fortress, built by
Antiochus as he sought to quell a Jewish priestly
rebellion centered on the Temple.
remembered in the Jewish tradition as the villain of the
Hanukkah holiday who sought to ban Jewish religious
rites, sparking the Maccabean revolt.”
absolutely incredible that in our day scores of people
around the world seek to erase Jewish history from the
Holy Land. Some in the religious community even refer to
it almost exclusively as “the Holy Land” so that they
don’t have to say “Israel.”
And yet we
continually see evidence of Jewish history uncovered in
their ancient homeland.
I love that this new site
is being opened to the public on the evening of December
6, the beginning of Hanukkah this year.
memory of the Maccabees be remembered in all their
glory. And may their memory inspire today’s generation
of Israelis, who are facing their own Antiochus.
Nov 2, 2015
The Death of Discernment
political ascension of Justin Trudeau in Canada is proof
positive that international geopolitics can change on a
dime, and our short-term views of Israel’s circle of
friends go up in smoke.
Stephen Harper has been a staunch friend of Israel for
the better part of a decade. But only days ago, he lost
an election to the suave, young Trudeau, whose father,
Pierre, also led the nation decades ago. The Trudeau’s
spent so much time in the tabloids for various
indiscretions, it’s little wonder that Justin is very
much a product of a younger generation. He is a polar
opposite of Harper, and as he assumes power, everyone
knows he will view the Jewish state much differently.
According to CIJ News:
“During the election
campaign, Trudeau pledged to change Canada’s foreign
policy by espousing a more ‘balanced’ approach in the
“The Canadian Palestinian leadership
which publicly sided with the ‘Palestinian Intifada’
(also called ‘al-Quds Intifada’ and the ‘Knife
Intifada’), expressed its hope that the 10 newly-elected
Liberal Muslim members of parliament succeed in their
efforts to reform Canada’s foreign policy.
“Rashad Saleh, the Secretary of Fatah movement in
Canada, who called his supporters to vote for Omar
Alghabra, the Liberal Party’s candidate, gloated over
the ‘ousting of the right-wing Conservative Party and
the racist government that was more Zionist than
Netanyahu’s government.’ He emphasized that ‘we have to
rebuild the relations [with the government] and the
Canadian – Palestinian committees in Parliament.’”
Easy prediction: Justin Trudeau will be no friend of
The new Canadian leader is much more out
of the mold of his mentor to the south, and at 43, he
has a lot of time to govern.
Remember, too, he
has a European mindset: diplomacy and appeasement is the
order of the day. And with Europe being overrun with
Middle East refugees, many of them jihadist Trojan
Horses, there’s little doubt Trudeau will adopt similar
But he is far from alone in
the Lack of Discernment Department. Young American
leaders and their mentors in the religious community
suffer from the same profound, astonishing lack of
discernment that bedevils their political friends.
Jon Huckins, co-founder of the Global Immersion
Project, tweeted this week a message that is a hallmark
of too many of his peers:
“Israel's excess force
on Palestinian children decried http://aje.io/y7vk //My
heart aches. Breeding generational cycles of violence.”
Mind-numbing. As Israel struggles to stop savage
murderers, Western dupes like Huckins blame…Israelis!
Excess force? Think of this: scores of
Palestinians are roaming Israel, brandishing knives
dipped in poison, guns, bombs. Some are using cars to
ram Israelis on sidewalks.
No such attacks are
perpetrated by Israelis against Palestinians.
Huckins claims Israelis are brutalizing Palestinian
Is he serious?
It’s just a
personal opinion, but no, I don’t think he is. I don’t
think he seriously believes this inversion of truth. But
it does serve the agenda he and his friends follow in
demonizing the Jewish state.
His friend and
mentor, Lynne Hybels, also tweeted a message this week:
“@lynnehybels moral equivalence is not wisdom. given
conflicting narratives, we need to seek the truth and
reject what is false.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The problem is, while Hybels claims to abhor
moral equivalence (for example, seeing the Palestinian
“reasons” for committing acts of violence, because,
after all, they suffer from Israeli violence), she
always sides with the Palestinian Narrative. Hybels
decries the “Occupation,” and a whole litany of alleged
abuses by Israel. This includes claims of stealing water
from Palestinians, home demolitions, and land
She never—never—presents the
Israeli side with any sense of fairness. Her rigid
talking points, which fit like a glove with the talking
points used by the PLO, teach young people a false
That’s why guys like Huckins go after
Israel. They know they’ll suffer not an iota of danger.
Much easier in the short-term to do that rather than
challenge the jihadists rampaging across civilization.
A showdown is coming between Islam and The Rest of
The appeasement and moral weakness of Justin
Trudeau, and his friends in the political, media, and
religious communities are helping that reality take
Oct 26, 2015
The Old Lion and the Jews
recently read a fascinating book, Churchill’s Promised
Land: Zionism and Statecraft. The British icon (I think
of him as the second greatest man in history) had a
complex view of Zionism, but author Michael Makovsky
notes that by the end of his life, Winston Churchill was
a committed Zionist (He died in 1965 at 91).
Churchill, as early as 1906, advocated for a Jewish
state. He understood the concept and supported the Jews
regarding Big Picture items, yet in 1921, he committed
75 percent of Palestine to an Arabian prince, and he was
silent at the time the Balfour Declaration appeared in
1917. He pushed for closer relations with the new state
of Israel after 1948, but did little to help the
fledgling state fight off vicious invading Arab armies.
Perhaps he was exhausted from winning World War 2!
Churchill agreed with 19th century Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli, who said: “The Lord deals with the
nations as the nations dealt with the Jews.” This calls
to mind Joel 3:2—“I will also gather all nations, and
will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and
will plead with them there for my people and for my
heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the
nations, and parted my land.”
For his part,
Churchill was not afraid to confront anti-Semites in
British government, just as he had not been afraid to
confront appeasers who cowered before Hitler. Makovsky
relates this in Churchill’s Promised Land:
“Churchill liked to judge which events were historically
significant and which were not, and both early in his
career and near the end of it he declared the
restoration of a Jewish state in the Promised Land to be
of exceptional historical significance. Eventually,
Zionism became very dear to him and integral to his
worldview, and he supported it at great political cost,
contributing to his unpopularity among his colleagues
and other members of the political and government
I think in the story of
Churchill and Zionism we can see how the Lord works
It is enormously difficult for
many of us today to watch national and international
leaders get it so wrong with regard to Israel. It is
dismaying to watch the White House and European capitols
capitulate to Muslims, and denigrate Israel in the
process. We long for a Churchill.
But that is not
how history is unfolding. In fact, we see the Lord’s
hand. One hundred years ago, in the pre-Jewish state
days, there were enough leaders in the British
government to be friendly enough to the Jewish cause
that the road was paved for the state a generation
later. Churchill played an integral part.
however, as we see history wind down, we long for
another Churchill. If he were on the horizon, or already
with us, though, the Lord’s redemptive plan would not be
It is a bitter thing to live in an era in
which government leaders capitulate to murderers and
those who want to use nuclear weapons to kill us all (it
defies logic, doesn’t it?), but the fact is, we no
longer live in Churchill’s time, when men and nations
had the fortitude to oppose evil.
Now, we see the
stage set for the things the Lord has promised us: His
people in their ancestral land, surrounded by demonic
enemies, will soon be totally alone. At least in terms
of allies and friends of influence.
It is then
though that He will roar from Zion and fight for His
It would have been fun and magnificent to
live in the time of Churchill. The old lion was
Yet we as people of faith look forward
to the end of history, and to the appearing of the Lion
Men, even great ones, are still men.
That is why we need our Redeemer.
And He is
Oct 19, 2015
No country in history has dealt
with a Terror War as long as Israel. Since the first
large wave of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1882,
Jews have been considered the enemy by the Arabs.
The so-called Pan Arab Nation, stretching of course
across the Middle East, has had a fanatical hatred of
the Jews and Israel, from the beginning. Jordan’s first
King Abdullah was an exception; he was prepared to make
peace with Israel when he was assassinated outside
Al-Aksa Mosque in 1952. His grandson, the current king,
could take some cues from Grandpa. Today’s King Abdullah
has recently joined in the incitement game, shifting
blame for his governing failures to Israel.
friend, Kay Wilson, an Israeli who was hacked with a
machete by Palestinians and left for dead, recently
picked up an elderly Arab hitchhiker, who was thirsty in
the desert. He cursed his fellow Arabs for murdering
Jews and Kay posted a pic of the two of them, smiling,
Not all Palestinians hate the Jews.
But too many of them do.
From the Iranian
nuclear ambitions, to the knifing and shooting attacks
that have erupted in the last several weeks, Israel
finds herself besieged. When one considers the sheer
scope of the Terror War against Israel, it is truly
Consider the fact that Hamas last
year had a sophisticated tunnel system in place, ready
to spring terrorists on unsuspecting Israelis…in their
homes and businesses! Israel was able to literally
uncover this plot in the nick of time.
imagine you are headed to the shuk to shop for fruits
and vegetables, ahead of Shabbat. You are turning a
corner in a neighborhood you are long familiar with,
when all of a sudden a young Arab man in nice jogging
clothes produces a knife and tries to kill you.
Now, wrap your mind around the fact that you watch the
evening news and hear of Sheik Nasrallah’s latest
threats to use Hezbollah’s rocket stockpiles to rain
death down on the Jewish state.
It’s enough to
make one question the international community’s sanity.
Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu has great experience
thwarting terror. It is a way of life for Israelis.
For the most part, they have opted for surgical
strikes against Hamas, and the rest of the killers.
Frankly, concern over international condemnation has
caused Israel to show too much restraint. Summer wars
against Hamas, cross-border commando raids, diplomacy,
preparation for conventional warfare…all these things
are routine planning for Israel.
There have been
myriad proposals over the years, and even the Arabs know
Oslo long ago was a failure.
I propose a plan.
Population transfer on a large scale is not going to
happen in today’s world. However, I believe the Israelis
should implement a limited population transfer:
Send the Palestinian Authority to Gaza. Dismantle all
governmental structures in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah,
etc. Bulldoze Saeb Erekat’s home in Jericho. The same
with Abu Mazen in Ramallah. Load all the ministers and
corrupt hangers-on onto trucks and ship them to the Gaza
Strip, then seal it off.
In this way, the two
main terror entities, Hamas and the PA, will be pinned
between mighty Israel and Egypt, which almost equally
loathes the thugs.
I believe that while
international condemnation would certainly be
forthcoming, Israel would however be left alone to clean
its streets of terrorist scum.
Sharon’s premiership, the IDF came relatively close to
targeting top PA leadership. When Israel fails to do so,
it loses its deterrent effect. Netanyahu has been even
Restraint means one thing to the
Arabs: Open Season on Jews.
This is unacceptable.
Remove the terror masters, and then see if over
the course of the next generation Palestinians decide to
behave and join the civilized world.
Oct 12, 2015
The Third Intifada
How long, Lord?
In a better world — in a moral
world — there would be international outcry over Arab
violence toward Jews in Israel. A rash of stabbings has
now spilled over from Jerusalem and Palestinians are
committing acts of violence all over Israel.
Look at what’s happened only in
the past few hours:
•Two young men were arrested
after throwing rocks at a bus in Jaffa.
•The IDF stopped a vehicular
terror attack near Ma’aleh Adumim, the lovely Israeli
community on the east side of Jersualem
•A terrorist stabbed an Israeli
in Petah Tikvah.
This on the heels of murders of
an Israeli couple while they were driving with their
four children; and stabbings and murders in Jerusalem’s
Old City. Some of the attacks were perpetrated by
And through it all, what is the
Palestinian “leadership” doing? Just this: saluting
terrorists for “defending” the Al-Aksa Mosque.
The mosque they refer to sits on
the Temple Mount, where the Palestinians deny there was
ever a Jewish presence!
It is an unconscionable lie that
Israeli Jews (or anyone else) is attacking or intends to
attack Al-Aksa. Why would they?
For the longest, going back to
the days of the evil Yasser Arafat, the Palestinians
have fabricated Jewish attacks and used the lies for
political gain. In the process, thousands of innocent
people have been murdered or maimed.
I have friends in Ma’aleh
Adumim, Peta Tikva, and elsewhere. Also Jerusalem. Many
times I’ve walked through the Arab bazaar in the Old
City, where now stabbing attacks are taking place.
There are concerns that a Third
Intifada (What the Palestinians call an “uprising,” but
which decent people call orchestrated violence) is here.
I have maintained my belief that barring an all-out war,
I always feel safe in Israel. Honestly? If I were there
now, I wouldn’t hesitate to go out, even to the Old
City, but I’d watch my back. The narrow alleys of the
City lead to other, darker and narrower alleys.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
“Fatah leaders who met in
Ramallah on Wednesday ‘saluted’ the Palestinians for
‘rising to defend their al-Aksa Mosque and confronting
“The members of the Fatah
Central Council, including Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians to
‘preserve the popular nature’ of the current protests
‘as part of a comprehensive national strategy to avoid
sliding into the Israeli square.’”
Abbas, that fiendish scum, gives
speeches at the UN, and the international body,
including the U.S. leadership, is fully aware of his
incitement against Jews, and the violent rhetoric he
uses when addressing the Palestinian people. He and his
henchmen keep the people whipped up in a frenzy of Jew
hatred and even anti-Western attitudes.
In my opinion, the Palestinians
not only don’t deserve a state, they don’t deserve even
to be at the negotiating table, nor do they deserve any
such consideration so long as they perpetuate war and
In the West, Obama is a menace
toward his own people, and especially to the Jews of
Israel. His leftist secretary of state, John Kerry,
cares no more for the Jews than did his predecessor,
Hillary Clinton, whose friendliness with the PLO goes
A woman in Kiryat Gat was
confronted by a rifle-wielding terrorist when she tried
to close her front door on Tuesday. Liat Ohana said she
thought her life was over when the man barged in and
began shouting at her in Arabic.
The terrorist realized he didn’t
have a magazine in his gun, so he grabbed a knife from
the woman’s kitchen. He tried to stab her as she and her
mother ran to safety.
This reminds me of the epic
film, “Judgment at Nuremberg,” when Spencer Tracy’s
character, one of the judges, gave a moving speech near
the end. He referred to the value of a “single human
That was another time.
I wonder what Obama thinks of
the single human life almost snuffed out in Kiryat Gat
this morning? Does he care?
I do not believe he does.
Otherwise he would not prop-up a
terror regime in Ramallah, and he would not pressure the
man he considers to be his nemesis, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu said today that Israel
is in the midst of a “wave of terror.” According the
Post, Netanyahu remains stalwart:
“’The goal of terrorism is to
sow fear and the first order in defeating terrorism is
to be level-headed and resilient, both nationally and
“’We have known worse times than
this and we will also overcome this wave of terrorism
with determination, responsibility and unity,’ Netanyahu
“’Civilians are at the forefront
of the war against terrorism and must also be on maximum
alert,’ Netanyahu said.”
Frankly, terrorists have been waging psychological
warfare for generations, going back to the early days of
Jewish pioneers in Palestine, in the 19th
century. Growing ever more sophisticated they now employ
a vast network to help them, including Western political
and media leaders.
Another component in this war
are the useful idiots like Shane Claiborne, the hippy
leftist who claims to be an evangelical, from his perch
at the “Simple Way” ministry in Philadelphia.
A few days ago, when the U.S.
military accidentally hit an Afghan hospital (run by the
group “Doctors Without Borders”) and civilians were
killed, Claiborne tweeted about how we are killing
people in these countries.
This anti-American invective,
couched in humanitarian lingo, is the same psychological
warfare being waged against Israel, which has the most
moral army in the world.
Terrorists know they can count
on the morally weak and immoral useful idiots, who give
them cover to do their evil.
For Claiborne and his “Black
Lives Matter” friends, one wonders if they truly value
any life, anywhere.
The terror masters in Ramallah
are of the same ilk as those in the U.S., who rage
against Israel 24/7. And their own country, where they
are safer and more prosperous and freer than any citizen
in world history.
It is sickening beyond belief
that Palestinians murder Jews in Israel, and world
leaders are silent.
We live in a different world
than any of us grew up in, and we haven’t seen the worst
of it, yet.
A person who would be silent in
the face of anti-Semitism and the murder of Jews would
be and will be silent when the terrorists come for you.
Oct 5, 2015
Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is a polarizing figure,
through no fault of his own.
This week, Netanyahu
spoke before the UN’s General Assembly. At one point, he
paused for a dramatic 44 seconds, looking right and
left, indicting those sitting in the international body
that loathes Israel.
He referred of course to the
international acceptance/acquiescence to the Iranian
“deal.” Countries right and left are happy to throw
Israel under the bus — Iran’s leadership for more than a
decade has threatened to wipe Israel off the map — not
appearing to understand that the Iranians will also come
The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz
captured it all perfectly:
dramatically, he rebuked the membership of the very
institution where he was speaking — the United Nations —
for tolerating Iran’s relentless threats to destroy the
Jewish state and ‘rushing to embrace’ the regime.
‘Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews,
Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my
people. And the response from this body, the response
from nearly every one of the governments represented
here,’ he charged furiously, ‘has been absolutely
nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.’”
Horovitz then made an interesting point, saying that the
Prime Minister “Like a biblical prophet, Netanyahu had
come to warn, to chastise, and to indict.”
Although Horovitz probably does not see all this exactly
as prophetic, he also noted that Netanyahu (and by
extension, Israel) is “isolated.”
Now, let us examine for a minute some of Israel’s
Since an Israeli couple was
shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist this week,
there has been a rash of stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old
City, with more Jews being murdered by Palestinians.
Let me be clear: these Palestinian terrorists, up to
and including Mahmoud Abbas, are scum. Vermin. They are
permanently immoral, and yet the world (including some
evangelical Christian leaders) ignores these killings
and condemns Israel.
In fact, astonishingly, the
Palestinian Authority accused Israel of murdering
Palestinians…the terrorists who murdered Jews!
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad and Hamas expressed delight by
I stand with Israel and the Jewish
people and shout that the murder of Jews is not only
unacceptable, but there will one day soon be a
reckoning. I loathe Jew hatred and oppression more than
anything else, and if the world sits on his hands, the
world condemns itself and I want no part of them.
Isolated? Israel is isolated in terms of this
planet’s human beings. But she is not isolated in the
most important ways. And while we await the justice that
is swiftly coming from God, we link arms and stand with
the Jewish state.
Let us be isolated together.
Sept 28, 2015
Bibi and the
Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to
Russia a few days ago, to meet with the Bear, Vladimir
Putin, whose forays into territorial expansion remind
one of Uncle Joe Stalin in his heyday.
Netanyahu, of course, is rightly
concerned about the Russians/Soviets meddling in the
Middle East, helping prop-up client states like Syria.
It seems some things never change, as the Russians have
long coveted a warm-weather seaport in the Middle East.
Publicly, it sounded like Netanyahu
and Putin would meet as pseudo-allies, in an attempt to
sort-out the mess and carnage that erupted in Syria in
2011. Since then, in order to remain in power, Bashar
Assad has shoved his own people into the meat-grinder,
as he grapples with “rebels” attempting to overthrow
What we are now all dealing with
(and the influx of a gigantic number of refugees will
ensure that ISIS has sleeper cells in the U.S.) is the
product of Barack Obama’s dreadful capitulation/helping
hand to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo in June 2009.
That address gave a green light to jihadist groups to
send the Middle East up in flames, as dictators toppled
Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s
According to the AP:
“A senior Israel military official
says the country has set up a joint mechanism with the
Russian military to coordinate their operations in
“The official says Thursday that
teams headed by each of the militaries' deputy chiefs
will hold their first meeting in two weeks. The teams
will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and
electromagnetic operations around Syria.”
I imagine that while Netanyahu
would of course not be purposely belligerent with the
Russian Bear, I also cannot imagine him being
subservient like Obama. The U.S. President, who is
chummy with Marxists everywhere, let Putin know from the
beginning that he was no Reagan. This gave Putin
enormous latitude in gobbling up former Soviet
provinces. It also gave Putin new energy to assert
Russian interests in the Middle East. Remember, this has
been a decades-long game between the East and West.
When Jimmy Carter pried Egypt away
from the Soviets, it registered as a major turning point
away from Russian strength in the region. Similarly,
whenever Muslim dictators in the Middle East wanted to
jerk America’s chain, they would remind the West that
they could easily flip “loyalty” back to the Marxists
Netanyahu is a man’s man, as is KGB
operative Putin, and the two of them surely had a very
frank discussion. In other words, Netanyahu isn’t going
to roll over with the Russians asserting themselves in
There’s another element to this, a
“This is what the Sovereign Lord
says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and
you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will
invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a
peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living
without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder
and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins
and the people gathered from the nations, rich in
livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.’”
Remember and take note: IF Gog is
in fact Putin, he hasn’t been sitting around for years
planning to attack Israel. It is the Lord Himself who
puts the thought into his head rather late in the game.
There is a trigger for the aggression; at present, we
can’t be precisely sure what that trigger is, but it is
specific and causes Gog to look at tiny Israel.
No doubt, in his own way, Netanyahu
told Putin to keep his mitts off Israeli interests. No
one believes Putin would pay much attention to the
gathering dangers against the Jewish state, but perhaps
for pragmatic reasons at the moment, he will not make a
We know though that at some point,
a Russian leader will do just that.
At that moment, there is no amount
of talking and visiting from an Israeli premier that
will deter Gog.