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As soon as the aircraft’s wheels touched the ground, cheers filled the plane. I had just arrived in the Holy Land as part of a student trip with Christians United for Israel to learn firsthand about the Jewish state’s biblical and modern history as well as its national security challenges.
Nothing can compare to reading the biblical words of Jesus in the exact place in which He spoke them—as I did on the Mount of Beatitudes and in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nothing discredits the media’s black-and-white portrayal of the modern history and politics of this region like hearing directly from local leaders and experts—as I did when meeting with Jerusalem’s deputy mayor, Naomi Tsur, who works alongside Palestinians to ensure everyone in the holy city gets what they need from their local government.
And nothing puts into stark relief the national security challenges the Jewish state faces like walking beside Israel’s security fence—as I did with its designer, Israeli Army Col. (res) Danny Tirza, who explained that the fence has decreased successful Palestinian terror attacks by more than 95 percent.
I am an American Christian woman. I believe in God-given equal rights for all, regardless of race, religion or gender; these are my values. As one looks across the Middle East, there is but one nation that shares these values with me: Israel. It is upon these values that my support for that nation is built.
The foundation of Christian Zionism is biblical. The God of the Bible is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He has demonstrated a perpetual love for Israel and the Jewish people, beginning with God’s promises to Abraham and continuing through Paul’s instruction to Christians to remember that God has not forsaken His chosen people. The Lord has manifested throughout Scripture and world history that He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her (Gen. 12:3).
Today, Christian support for Israel—especially in America—is widespread. However, this is a relatively recent historical development that is challenged by Christians who embrace the false teaching of replacement theology, which claims God has replaced Israel with the church.
Early on in church history, Gentile Christians began persecuting Jews through forced conversion, displacement and discrimination. Those Christians who did not actively participate in the oppression were often silent and apathetic in its face. To this day, this remains a tragic problem. For example, in recent weeks, an arm of the Presbyterian Church (USA) released a guide, “Zionism Unsettled,” that uses half-truths and whole lies to demonize Israel and her supporters. In addition, conferences like “Christ at the Checkpoint” seduce unsuspecting Christians to embrace anti-Semitic replacement theology.
We as Christians need to learn from our past mistakes and vigorously choose not to repeat them. When our brothers and sisters in Christ are lured by anti-Semitism, we need to guide them back to God’s Word and blessing. We need to confront those who spread falsehoods about Israel—such as the disgusting lie that Israel is an apartheid state—with the truth that we have seen with our own eyes.
It may be trendy to oppose Israel’s existence. It may be chic to sit in our safe and protected homes and condemn the Israelis for their security measures. It may be easy to sit quietly as professors denigrate the decisions of Jerusalem’s democratically elected government. However, God never instructed us to be trendy, chic or take the easy path. He commanded us to be righteous.
So let us stand up to those who, by advancing replacement theology, call God a promise breaker. Let us not be so arrogant as to condemn—lest we be condemned—Israeli soldiers when we know nothing of the dangers they and their families face every day. Let us never be silent in the face of Israel’s demonization.
Unless we as Christians go to the ultimate authority on Israel—God—we are in danger of just repeating someone else’s ignorance. By searching the Scriptures, we discover God’s heart for Israel and our God-given responsibility to pray for and support Israel and the Jewish people.
We should be Zionists because we are Christians. I am a Zionist because I am a Christian.
Noah Summers is a senior majoring in political science at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J.
Menachem Begin in December 1942 wearing the Polish Army uniform of Gen. Anders’ forces with his wife Aliza and David Yutan; (back row) Moshe Stein and Israel Epstein
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During the inauguration of a memorial to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park on January 24, 2020, before the climax of Holocaust remembrance events at which Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a central platform, we were stunned to hear a rendition of The Blue Kerchief (Siniy
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015
The annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium, is expected to take place on Sunday with even more antisemitic elements than in previous years.
Aalst’s organizers have sold hundreds of “rabbi kits” for revelers to dress as hassidic Jews in the carnival’s parade. The kit includes oversized noses, sidelocks (peyot) and black hats. The organizers plan to bring back floats similar to the one displayed in 2019 featuring oversized dolls of Jews, with rats on their shoulders, holding banknotes.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in the southern Italian coastal city of Bari, Italy February 23, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli.
Pope Francis on Sunday warned against “inequitable solutions” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal.
Francis made his comments in the southern Italian port city of Bari, where he traveled to conclude a meeting of bishops from all countries in the Mediterranean basin.
Palestinians walk past a shop selling fruits in Ramallah, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have reached an agreement to end a five-month long trade dispute, officials said on Thursday.
The dispute, which opened a new front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, began in September when the PA announced a boycott of Israel calves. The PA exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under interim peace deals.
Antisemitic caricatures on display at the annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium. Photo: Raphael Ahren via Twitter.
Disturbing images emerged on Sunday of the annual carnival at Aalst, Belgium, showing an astounding number of antisemitic themes, costumes, displays and statements.
Israeli journalist Raphael Ahren documented people dressed as caricatures of Orthodox Jews, a fake “wailing wall” attacking critics of the parade, blatantly antisemitic characters and puppets wearing traditional Jewish clothes and sporting huge noses.
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The stench of anti-Semitism always hovers over Switzerland’s Lake Geneva when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is meeting there. The foul emanations reached a new nadir last week with UNHRC’s publication of a “database” of companies doing business in the disputed territories in Israel.
Following the publication of the list, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, deputy director for advocacy of NGO Human Rights Watch, stated, “The long-awaited release of the U.N. settlement business database should put all companies on notice: To do business with illegal settlements [sic] is to aid in the commission of war crimes.”
One of the many things that annoys me about politicians is how sure they are of themselves. Everything is black and white. Every idea is good or bad. Take globalism, for example. You either love it or hate it. It works or it doesn’t.
Another thing that annoys me is how so much of a politician’s life revolves around power: Do everything you can to get it, and everything you can to keep it.
Why am I ranting? Because, while our politicians have been consumed with power and the media with the fights over power, a threat to our nation has been virtually ignored.
Blue and White Party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid are establishing their diplomatic credentials in the immediate run-up to Israel’s March 2 election with an insult to a U.S. administration that has arguably provided Israel with more diplomatic gains than any previous administration.
The Times of Israel reported that at a campaign stop in front of English-speaking Israelis, Gantz accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “of neglecting bipartisan ties in favor of exclusive support from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” under the headline “Gantz pledges to mend ties with U.S. Democrats if elected.”
Bipartisanship was in short supply at the State of the Union address earlier this month—with one notable exception.
Nancy Pelosi had been looking dyspeptic, shuffling the papers she would later rip to shreds, when President Donald Trump reminded his audience that “the United States is leading a 59-nation diplomatic coalition against the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.”
Suddenly, the House Speaker applauded. Trump then introduced “the true and legitimate president of Venezuela: Juan Guaidó.”
The law professor Alan Dershowitz has thrown a legal hand-grenade into America’s political civil war by claiming to have evidence that former President Barack Obama “personally asked” the FBI to investigate someone “on behalf” of Obama’s “close ally,” billionaire financier George Soros.
He made his cryptic remark in an interview defending U.S. President Donald Trump against claims he interfered in the prosecution of his former adviser, Roger Stone.