With friends like these

Attention is beginning to be paid to the comment Sarah Palin made about settlements during her Barbara Walters interview: “I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.”

Obama’s is not the first administration to oppose the settlements in the West Bank, as the Christian Science Monitor notes:

The administrations of Presidents Nixon, Johnson, Ford, Carter, and Clinton all considered the annexation of land seized in 1967 illegal. President Ronald Reagan took a position that some might be legal, but opposed their expansion. Prior to becoming president, as the US ambassador to the UN, George H.W. Bush called the settlements illegal. His son, President George W. Bush, thought natural growth for existing settlements was fine, but was opposed to new ones.

In the absence of any demographic data indicating a rising trend in Jewish immigration, some suspect that Palin is referring to a Pre-millennial Dispensationalist Endtime scenario, in which the Jews are ingathered in Israel to convert to Christianity or die in the Battle of Armageddon. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic spoke to Dr. Thomas Ice of the Pre-Trib Research Center of Liberty University about this:

An alarm bell went off in my head when I heard Palin talk about “days and weeks.” It’s quite one thing to say that Israel needs settlements to contain its growing population (a belief unsupported by the facts, but I’ll deal with that another time), but it’s something else entirely to predict that Jews in the Diaspora will imminently be flooding the Holy Land. I asked Dr. Ice if he thought that this statement by Palin, who has been exposed to this brand of evangelical thinking in her Alaska churches, was informed by these beliefs.

“I’ve read that Palin has been part of an apparently unique movement I’ve heard of — that her pastor, when she was in the Assembly of God, believed based on some personal revelation he claims to have gotten from God, that the Jews would move to Alaska during the Tribulation. But nevertheless, my understanding from what I’ve seen is that she holds fairly typical Protestant Zionist beliefs, and one of those beliefs is the regathering of the Jews in Israel.”

Ice told me he believes this sort of thinking is supported by the facts. “Over forty percent of the world’s Jews now live in Israel. What Sarah Palin probably believes is that this is the first regathering,” when the Jews all migrate to Israel. “This is a condition for the second regathering, the regathering in belief, when the Jewish nation is converted. Then there will be the battle of Armageddon, because remember, Satan wants to wipe out the Jews to prevent the Second Coming, but Jesus comes to rescue the beleaguered Jews. We believe that the Jews are going to be converted so that they can call on Jesus to rescue them from Satan.”

Years ago, during the second Intifada, I attended a Bar Mitzvah of one of my cousins’ sons. The rabbi sermonized at great length about his confusion. As a life-long Democrat, liberal, and intellectual, he couldn’t understand how Nobel Prize laureates like Desmond Tutu and Jose Saramago could be so wrong about Israel while Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, who he considered to be wrong about everything else, were right. The ADL’s Abe Foxman–who I would guess is much more liberal than Sarah Palin on a host of issues–may also be troubled by cognitive dissonance, but not so much that he’s willing to reject Palin’s and her ilk’s friendship. On Sunday he called the JTA to vent his outrage at Jeremy Ben-Ami of the liberal J-Street lobby, who’d said that Palin’s “pandering to her right-wing base comes at the expense of the security of the State of Israel” and reveals “a glaring ignorance of damaging facts and a callous disregard of past and present U.S. policy.”

Foxman….specifically called JTA to slam J Street’s statement, asserting that it was “over the line.” Foxman said it was “the height of chutzpah” for J Street to claim that it knows what is best for the security of Israel.

“They’re attacking a celebrity for supporting Israel, but not in the way they want her to support Israel,” Foxman said.

Foxman acknowledged that he thought Palin’s remarks were a “simplistic effort to be supportive of the Israeli government,” but also insisted that they were “clear and well-intentioned” and “didn’t put any lives at stake.”

11 thoughts on “With friends like these

  1. I do not know if you have heard of Brother Nathaneal Kapner, but he is jewish and for the record has converted to Christianity. I think his thoughts are very relevant and believe his website is worth reading. Here is what he has to say on why “Jews Do Not Move To Zion”

    EVERY JEW AT HEART is a Zionist. Do not believe the Jews when they say they are against a Zionist State. What they really mean to say in their patronizing way: “I am against intolerant behaviour towards the Palestinians. We should treat Arabs better.”

    Next you have the Hasids who say they are against a Zionist State. What they mean to say is, “We are against a secular State of Israel. We are in favour of a religious State of Israel where our ‘messiah’ will make us the head of the Goyim.”

    Yes – Jews do indeed favour a Jewish State of Israel even though most of them don’t live there. Do not believe Jewish-provided statistics. The Jews whom they state live in Israel, in reality, have a double citizenship whereby many of them reside in America & Europe with “vacation homes” in chic Tel Aviv and fashionable Jerusalem. Factual statistics, (not those provided by Jews), demonstrate that 60% of Jews reside in America, 20% in Israel, and the remaining 20% reside mostly in Europe.

    Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Why did World Jewry, that is, the Rothschild Banking Cartel, through their pawn Chaim Weitzman, strike a deal with Great Britain in 1914 which conferred on them the Balfour Declaration in 1917? Did the Jewish power brokers really want Palestine in order to make it possible for the ‘persecuted’ Jews of every nation to move to one place? Ha ha. You’ve got to be kidding!

    The myth of the ‘persecuted’ Jew has played itself out by now, especially when we observe Jews living the “good life” — even in times of economic downturns. What the Jews were really after in the so-called “return of the Jews to their homeland” — was to establish a center of power that would provide Jews throughout the Diaspora, primarily in Christian Europe and America, a legal and governmental base.

    And from this ‘legal’ and legitimized base, to infiltrate all nations with embassys and those Zionist Jews appointed as ambassadors. For in the Israeli embassys lurk Mossad agents who are hiding behind “credentials.”

    A relatively small, purely Jewish state in Palestine would provide the powerful Jewish groups in other nations with the status of a respectable minority; diplomatic representation; the right of asylum; and most important, access to the highest realms of political power and influence. Well isn’t seeing all of the Jewish neo-cons, like the Zionists Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, who are among President Bush’s policy makers, enough to convince us of this?

    And why doesn’t Perle and Wolfowitz and the rest of the Zionist Jewish neo-cons just pick up and move to Israel if they love it so much and want all the rest of us lemmings to love it too? “Life is too good here in America that’s why!” they would answer. “And besides,” so the Jews think, “a person could get hurt over there.”

    But yet with all of the wealth and influence that Jews enjoy in their host nations like America and Europe, they still cling to their grasp of a tiny strip of land in the Middle East. Why?

    You see, the Jew is essentially a paranoid person. The Bible predicted this when it asserted that because of their unbelief in Jesus Christ they would be “wanderers among the nations.” And as “wanderers,” so the Bible says, the Name of God would be blasphemed by them.

    Do we not see this in Christian America and Christian Europe today? For the Jews despise the idea of a Christian civilization. This scares them.

    For with a strong, established Christian civilization existing in their host nations, the Jews will be forced to admit that they will under no circumstances believe in Jesus Christ and become Christians as they should — even in the face of the most convincing proofs of their need to repent and embrace Christ and His Church. They will be forced to face the accusation that their rabbis of long ago crucified the Lord Jesus Christ and that they need to repudiate their forefathers’ crime of all crimes.

    Yes, the Jews are a paranoid bunch. All of their hopes for the future are not centered on the Kingdom To Come for which Christians pray. No, the Jews have their hearts set on a “kingdom of this world.”

    And their perpetuity is centered around their little “Jewish princesses” and their “darling little Jewish boys” whom they hope to become doctors, lawyers, and in these modern Jewish times, political advisors.

    “If a persecution should break out against us in the future,” the Jew broods over, “where will my children go? Aha! To Zion they shall go! But for now, I like my country clubs, my Chinese Restaurants, and the opportunity to impose my will on all the dumb Goys around me.”

    Brother Nathanael Kapner
    PO Box 1242
    Frisco CO 80443
    Email: bronathanael@yahoo.com

    1. Brother Nathanael has his own website and hundreds of white supremacist and neo-Nazi websites that are happy to publish his swill; neither he nor you need to colonize my blog. If you want to make specific comments on my posts, by all means do so. But to use this site as a Bulletin Board for gratuitous hate speech like the above is to sorely abuse my hospitality.

      1. the link may be long but the article is fascinating. Thank you for posting it here. I’ve added Talk2Action to the blogroll in the right margin; it’s filled with important insights into the radical Christian Right.

  2. Have seen some intriguing web items lately (Google etc.) touching on dispensationalism and related matters. These include “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Thieves’ Marketing,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” and “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism.” Do you have the feeling that something big may be just around the corner? Bill

  3. Thank you for your good will. I am sure Brother Nathanael Kapner would be more than happy to post whatever you want on his blog, and without calling your comments….well whatever you want.

    As for calling me an anti-semite–that simply is not true. Of course I have never met a real semite so I would not know how to hate one.

    I have met those who call themselves Jews, but since 90% of them (Ashkanazi/Shepardic) are from a geographical area and race known as “Khazars” a Turkic/Mongol Asiatic mix covering the Southern Ukraine to Khazak border; and, with nothing to do with Judea whatsoever– I will let you know when I meet a real Jew.

  4. For a really stunning item Google “Pretrib Hypocrisy” and hope that the Assemblies of God or at least Palin will read it. Daisy

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