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Posted on 10/14/2013 11:43:39 AM PDT by SJackson
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Evangelicals: Vital for American Support for Israel
Posted By Ronn Torossian On October 14, 2013 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments
American Jewish support has long been viewed as vital for the State of Israels political interests. The particulars of the recent high-profile Pew Research Center survey of American Jews should result in radical re-thinking of that theory (with the exception of Orthodox Jews.) Those who are concerned with Israels future must now consider placing even more emphasis upon the Evangelical Christian community. The study found that Christians are more supportive of, and potentially more important for the needs of the State of Israel. Israels political future in America has become increasingly contingent upon Evangelical Christians; not the American Jewish liberal communities.
While liberal American Jewish organizations publicly condemn Ministers in the Israeli government for criticizing a “Two-State Solution,” those very American liberal Jews are overseeing the largest rate of assimilation ever. Norman Podhoretzs words can now be seen as prophetic as he proclaimed, liberalism has become much more than a set of political opinions for political Jews: It has become a religion in its own right, with its own Torah of liberalism and its own set of commandments.” For them, The new Torah will always trump the old.
And with the Pew survey showing that 71 percent of non-Orthodox Jews intermarry and two-thirds of Jews do not belong to a synagogue, the proof is that years of American Jewish liberal leadership have led Jews away from Judaism and now, the State of Israel too. Assimilation and the pursuit of liberal values to the extent that it rejects true Judaism are simply not in the best interest of Israel, or America, and now we know that it is also not good for Jewish continuity.
Valuing America as a Judeo-Christian nation means stressing the common ethical standards of Christianity and Judaism, which liberal American Jews no longer do as they have abandoned traditional values. The Evangelical audiences religious faith is predicated upon Israel and unlike liberal Jews they practice their religion, and do not try and force their liberal values upon the State of Israel. Evangelical Christians simply stand by the Jewish state, care for Israel, and raise money for Israel and needs of the Jewish people.
When Jewish organizations were built in America, the leadership had a common sense of social values that dictated freedom and equality for all because they knew the cost of racism and bigotry. They pursued those ideals to protect Jews and preserve their abilities to remain proud Jews. Today, generations later, liberalism has now been amended to oddly reject Judaism. It seems that advocating for the rights of those who would see Jews and Israel disappear by opposing Jews as well has become the mantra of liberal Jews.
This schism is the reason that the Pew survey found that 61% of American Jews say Israel and an independent Palestinian state can coexist peacefully, and only 42% of Evangelicals agree. Evangelicals are more hawkish and strident about Israels defense than American Jews with the exception of traditional, religious Jews.
54% of American Jews say American support of the Jewish state is about right, while 31% say the U.S. is not supportive enough. Thirty-one percent of Evangelicals say American support of the Jewish state is about right, while 46% say the U.S. is not supportive enough. (Politically speaking, even if support was enough, why not ask for more?).
As a proud American Jew, I believe closer partnerships with the Evangelical community will encourage more pro-family values, which would benefit the American Jewish community; which will also make America a greater, stronger country. By building even closer ties, Jews and Israel can be strengthened in the manner that is in American Jewry’s and Israel’s best interests. It is also in the United States of America’s best interest.
More focus should be put on people like Pastor John Hagee, the ACLJ and their brilliant leader Jay Sekulow, David Cerullo and Inspiration Network, and not American Jewish “leaders” like David Harris’s American Jewish Committee, The New Israel Fund or J Street. It is in the best interest of the civilized western world. May G-d bless America and the State of Israel.
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I attended the 35th annual Israel Awareness Day at the Faith Bible Chapel in Denver last night, where Dennis Prager was the keynote speaker to a standing-room-only crowd in the 2,000 seat sanctuary. He delivered the same message.
Early in his talk, he chided the Jews in the audience for being foolish: “When someone recognizes me in public, I can tell they’re Jewish if the first words out of their mouth are ‘My son/daughter goes to ________ college’. Have they not realized that the Bible-less, G0dless universities are the centers of Israel hatred in America? In the history of the world, no Christian has ever started a conversation that way.” [Laughter]
Yes, Fundamentalist Protestants have supported Zionism for well over a hundred years--not because of any sense of guilt or a leftist philosophy, but because of the Word of G-d.
The only problem is that Fundamentalist Protestants dilute the pure Word of G-d with chrstianity. This leads to all sorts of problems we're not supposed to talk about, like Evangelical missionaries trying to convert Jews in Israel and demands that the Israeli government accommodate itself to Evangelical missions. There's also constant lobbying of the government to allow full-scale evangelizing in Israel, doubtless because these unfortunate people believe that their version of chrstianity is "the" authentic final form of the Jewish religion. But it is not.
Of course, a blind hatred of pro-Jewish Fundamentalist Protestants is certainly the wrong road to go down. Here (as in the case of all other chrstians and indeed of all non-Jews) Jews should educate them about the True G-d and His Laws and the necessity of turning away from all false religions.
Somehow I sense that the Jewish "leadership" is following two mutually exclusive, opposed, and equally wrong paths here: for mainline chrstians, militant liberalism. For Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, accommodation. Both of these policies are wrong.
Furthermore, the appeal to the political welfare of the Medinah and of the United States strikes me as a very utilitarian reason to spread the Jewish message. Perhaps they suffice for spreading non-Jewish messages, however.
The thing is, the average jew really dislikes evangelicals.
Since you are, by admission, a Bene Noach (Noahide) gentile, thank you for your input. I, OTOH am waiting for some of our Jewish brothers and sisters comments. Jewbacca; paging Jewbacca ;o)
Oh, yeah, Prager also took on the audacity of the PCUSA, NCC, WCC, etc.:
1/ What gives you the right to write the Jews out of your religion? “Talk about chutzpa!”
2/ To mainstream Protestants: “Why direct your hate to Israel - the place is no larger than a medium sized cattle ranch in Australia. [laughter] When you talk about the 75,000 Palestinian refugees, you conveniently forget the 75,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries that were quietly absorbed in Israel. 10 million refugees when Pakistan was created? Silence. Another 10 million refugees when Bangladesh split away? As many as a million Hindus killed? Silence. Congo - 5 million murdered in the last 10 years? Silence. Your only reason to focus this tiny democracy - Israel - has to be hatred of Jews.”
My first attendance at this event was 2005, and in all the times I have been, I have NEVER seen or heard of any attempt to proselytize.
If it makes you feel better, the average US Jew dislikes Orthodox Jews more than evangelicals.
Add to it and ISRAELI Orthodox Jew and we are borderline Islamist killers to them, but without the cache of an AK-47 and the cool check headscarf.
Reform JINOs are as representative of Judaism as Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry are representative of Roman Catholics, Harry Reid of Mormons, and Jimmy Carter of Southern Baptists.
I am sad, in that they are my tribe, but there comes a point when the door closes to the walls of Jerusalem and those with foreign wives get driven out of the tribe. That time is not for me to decide, nor any man. But I do think it is close.
“What gives you the right to write the Jews out of your religion? Talk about chutzpa!”
I am commanded, by G-d, however to reach out to them and bring them back to my people.
I do think there will come a time when the door is closed to them, and they are left outside.
But I am not the one to close the gates, nor is Prager.
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