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Is Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a True Peace Partner for Israel?

Mahmoud Abbas became the first prime minister of the Palestinian Authority in 2003 and was elected as its president in 2005 after former leader Yasser Arafat’s death. Abbas belonged to Yasser Arafat’s inner circle for 40 years and still imitates some of his mentor’s policies. Egyptian-born Arafat was a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and is often cited as the godfather of modern terrorism.

In 1982, during Soviet Union communism, Abbas earned his doctorate from Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow (now known as the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia). His thesis, “The Connection between the Nazis and the Leaders of the Zionist Movement,” was published in Arabic as a book entitled The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism. Abbas claimed that the 6 million who were killed in the Holocaust was a “fantastic lie” and “a myth,” and the “Jews which were killed by the Nazis were actually the victims of a Zionist-Nazi plot.” Critics of his book view it as Holocaust denial. A decade later, Abbas seemed to abandon some of these tenets after an outcry from the Jewish community.

Abbas was implicated in the financing and planning of the massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes in 1973. Then, in 1985 he was implicated in the hijacking of the Italian Achille Lauro cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists who threw a wheelchair-bound Jewish businessman overboard to his death. Along with the Palestinian terrorists, Italian courts convicted Abbas in absentia for his part in planning the hijacking, but he served no time.

In the ensuing years, Abbas accumulated a mixed record. Western nations generally consider him more of a pragmatist. For example, under international pressure he said he was not in favor of the Palestinian’s violent uprising (Intifada) in 2003. Although he participated in a round of direct peace talks in 2008 with Israel’s then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Abbas walked away—even though he was offered 95 percent of his requests.

In negotiations with PM Netanyahu in 2010, Abbas refused to continue discussions citing the “building of settlements” as a hindrance. He called on PM Netanyahu to halt construction for 10 months, promising to restart talks. Netanyahu complied, but direct negotiations have not taken place since.

Instead, Abbas has focused on winning favor in the United Nations. He justifies this move in part because he claims that US-mediated peace negotiations did not put enough pressure on Israel to make concessions. To make matters worse, not only has Abbas refused direct negotiations with PM Netanyahu, but in 2014 he aligned with Hamas, the terrorist government of Gaza.

He and his sons have been accused of corruption with his net worth now estimated to be $100 million. In July 2012, the US Congress called the corruption into question naming it “Chronic Kleptocracy: Corruption Within the Palestinian Political Establishment.”

A true partner for peace? You decide.

Susan M. Michael is US Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem www.icejusa.org and creator of www.israelanswers.com educational website.
 

WHY IS JERUSALEM SO CONTROVERSIAL?

YOUR ISRAEL ANSWER: WHY IS JERUSALEM SO CONTROVERSIAL?

JERUSALEM­—it’s a name which stirs a wide spectrum of emotions and a quagmire of international disagreement. Here are several reasons for the multilayered controversy over Jerusalem.

 

THE UNITED NATIONS, WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, AND SIX DAY WAR

Over the last 150 years, as Jerusalem expanded beyond the ancient walls of the Old City, Jews and Arabs lived interspersed on both the eastern and western sides. A complicating factor was introduced in 1947 when the United Nations drew up the Partition Plan, offering swaths of land for both Jewish and Arab states, and keeping Jerusalem separate as an internationally managed city. The Jews begrudgingly accepted the plan and declared statehood, while the Arabs rejected it outright and, instead of statehood, declared war on the new-found Jewish State.

At the end of the 1948 War of Independence between Israel and the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, armistice lines were drawn on a map with a green pen­—still known today as the Green Line. Jerusalem became a divided city: Israel controlled the western part and Jordan controlled the eastern part. For the next nineteen years, Jordanians prevented Jews from accessing Jerusalem’s Old City and Western Wall of the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

In 1967 the Six Day War broke out with the surrounding countries. Israel won the war, capturing the rest of Jerusalem and, for the first time since 1949, allowing the Jewish people to worship at the Western Wall. Israelis offered Arabs full citizenship and many accepted, while others accepted Permanent Resident status. For fifty years now, an undivided Jerusalem has thrived under Israel’s governance, and all three faiths have enjoyed full access to their holy sites.

ISRAEL DECLARES JERUSALEM AS ITS ETERNAL, UNDIVIDED CAPITAL IN 1980

The Jerusalem controversy intensified in 1980 when Israel’s Knesset declared all of Jerusalem as their eternal, undivided capital. An outcry sounded across the world. The United Nations refused to recognize Israel’s decision and urged embassies in Jerusalem to relocate, wherewith they vacated the city for Tel Aviv. In response a small group of resolute Christians founded the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). Since 1980 the ICEJ has mobilized Christian support for the State of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. In the ensuing years, Israel’s government has recognized the ICEJ’s important outreach to all the country’s communities, including Jews, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Ethiopians.

YASSER ARAFAT DEMANDS EAST JERUSALEM BE THE PALESTINIAN CAPITAL

Jerusalem was forced into a more dangerous quagmire under the tutelage of Palestinian Authority leader, Yasser Arafat. In 1993, after the Oslo Peace Accords, Arafat moved to Israel and set out on a disinformation crusade. He renamed the local Arabs as “Palestinians,” incited Intifadas, and proclaimed the goal of Palestinian statehood with Jerusalem as the capital, even though “Palestine” had never before been a nation.

Arafat’s repeated declaration of Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital sent shock waves into Israel and beyond. In recent decades, the United Nations has positioned itself squarely on the Palestinians’ side and has become a veritable playground of anti-Israel resolutions, while the Palestinians themselves refuse direct negotiations with Israel.

US CONGRESS STANDS IN SUPPORT OF A UNITED JERUSALEM

Many streams flood into this river of controversy, but the United States Congress has been a consistent champion for Israel—both Democrats and Republicans. In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and legislated that the US Embassy should move there from Tel Aviv. A caveat in the legislation allowed the last three presidents to delay that move. However, moving the US Embassy is now a hot topic as President Trump has declared his intention to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

THREE MONOTHESITIC FAITHS ARE STAKEHOLDERS

For the worldwide Jewish community, Jerusalem is at the heart of their faith and was established by King David as the capital of the Jewish people some 3,000 years ago. Jerusalem was also the focal point during 2,000 years of Jewish Diaspora as they longed for their ancient homeland. For Christians, Jerusalem is particularly significant: it is the ancient Jewish city where Jesus walked, taught, lived, died, and rose again some 2,000 years ago. The Muslim world reveres Jerusalem and believes their prophet ascended from there on his Night Journey.

The problem is not in the close proximity of holy sites belonging to three different religions but when one of those religions shows disrespect for the others.  The Muslim Jordanian armies destroyed all of the synagogues in the Old City of Jerusalem and refused access to Jews who wanted to pray at the Western Wall.  The Jewish Israeli government has shown respect to all three faiths and allowed freedom of access to all sites.  The only religion not having free access to all of their holy sites is the Jewish faith, whose believers can not pray on top of the Muslim-controlled Temple Mount.

It is time for international powers to recognize the peace and religious freedom that Israeli governance has maintained and stop attempts to delegitimize their rule over the city. As a Christian organization, the ICEJ applauds the Israeli government for our freedom of worship and access to holy sites.

For students of the scriptures it is not surprising that the mention of the name Jerusalem draws such a lightning rod of controversy; it is predicted. Zechariah 12 even contains dire warnings of the consequences of this type of international opposition to Jerusalem and pursuit to take control of the city—a warning the nations should certainly heed:

And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;
all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces,
though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (Zech. 12:3, NKJV)


Susan Michael is the US Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem www.icejusa.org, creator of the  www.IsraelAnswers.comeducational website on Israel and Christian Zionism. 

The Truth about Israeli Settlements

Settlements are not the Major Obstacle to Peace

While settlements can be a source of conflict, they are not the major obstacle to peace. From 1948-1967 no Israeli settlements existed, yet the Palestinian leadership and the Arab World still sought Israel's annihilation.


As a result of the resounding Israeli victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel gained the “West Bank,” “Gaza,” ”Golan Heights” and “East Jerusalem.” Less than a week after the war ended, the Israeli unity government under PM Levi Eshkol affirmed – and then told the Americans -- that Israel would return the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and the Golan Heights to Syria in return for signed peace treaties. Separate negotiations would then be conducted regarding the future of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the refugee issue. While Egypt accepted the Sinai offer, Syria rejected the Golan Heights offer. Negotiations over the West Bank and Gaza failed.


Settlements do not Jeopardize Future “Land for Peace” Deals

In the meantime, some Israelis took up residence in areas around Jerusalem that were across the 1967 armistice lines. These Israeli developments, known as “Settlements,” only take up around 2% of West Bank land. Over time, US Administrations recognized that Israel would retain some of these towns in any peace agreement.


Israel has uprooted other settlements such as those in the Gaza Strip. In 2005 Israel evacuated all the Jewish families living in Gaza—a total population of 8,000. However, instead of making peace, Hamas—a terrorist organization—took over the Gaza Strip and responded by firing thousands of rockets at Israeli cities in the ensuing years.


The Israeli Government is not Building New Settlements

For years, the only legal construction allowed by the Israeli government has been within existing communities to accommodate the natural growth of resident families. Illegal outposts, which do not conform to Israel’s policies, do exist. Some critics fault the Israeli government for not dealing with them more forcefully, but the government works to resolve the issue peacefully or by court order.


Israeli Settlements may not be Illegal at all1


Many legal scholars question whether Settlements are illegal at all. Eugene V. Rostow, one of the authors of UN Security Council Resolution 242—written after the 1967 war to create a framework for peace negotiations—stated, "The Jewish right of settlement in Palestine west of the Jordan River, that is, in Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, was made unassailable. That right has never been terminated and cannot be terminated except by a recognized peace between Israel and its neighbors." Moreover, Rostow contended that "The Jewish right of settlement in the area is equivalent in every way to the right of the existing Palestinian population to live there."


Others contend that the Geneva Convention, passed after WWII, makes the Settlements illegal. The December 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334 Vote—passed due to the US government’s abstention—declared them illegal and opened the door to future international actions against Israel.


Palestinians are Building Illegally around Jerusalem2

All of the governments and international bodies that criticize Israel for building what many claim to be legal communities are silent about the construction of new Palestinian developments surrounding Jerusalem. According to a detailed article by Bassam Tawil of the Gatestone Institute, the questionable construction is primarily in Zone-C, which under the Oslo Peace Accords should be territory controlled by Israel. According to Tawil, Palestinians estimate that in the past few years they have built more than 15,000 illegal housing units in areas surrounding Jerusalem as part of a plan to encircle the city. These are not single family homes, but massive apartment complexes without proper licenses, not built to code, and some without proper sewage. The article claims that many of the "contractors" are land-thieves and thugs who are building without permission on private Palestinian-owned land or on lands whose owners are living abroad.


The Major Obstacle to Peace is Palestinian Leadership

The Palestinian leadership's refusal to give up the conflict, recognize Israel as a Jewish State, and renounce the "right of return" for most Palestinian refugees, is the real obstacle to peace. The so-called "right of return" would allow millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees to flood Israel. No Israeli leader would ever accept the "right of return," since it would mean the end of the world’s only Jewish state. Yet, the Palestinian leadership has never told its own people that they must forfeit this claim in order to achieve peace.




Susan M. Michael is US Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem www.icejusa.org and her articles can be found at www.icejusa.org/susans-blog and www.israelanswers.com/blog

 


Footnotes

  1.   For further reading on the legality of Settlements see:
    The legal case for settlements in Judea and Samaria

     
  2. For further reading on illegal Palestinian construction see:
    The Real Illegal Settlements in Israel
    Palestinians are Building Illegal Settlements to Extend their Claims to Jerusalem
    Israel Clamping Down on Illegal EU Building in West Bank

Is Israel a Racist State?

In a speech at the United Nations, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described Israel as a “paragon of racism.” Similar charges are leveled against the Jewish State in the global media and across college campuses, where Israel is likened to Apartheid South Africa.

What’s the reality? These claims couldn’t be further from the truth. Israel is the Middle East’s only democracy, where all people – regardless of faith, ethnicity, or political ideology – enjoy the same rights and freedoms.

In contrast to every other nation in the region, Arabs in Israel vote for their government. They sit in the Israeli Parliament and on the Supreme Court, and hold significant positions in the arts, culture, academia and the sciences, and serve in the army. And Arabic is an official language of Israel.

The contrast couldn’t be clearer with other Middle Eastern countries like Syria and Lebanon, where Palestinians live as second-class citizens, denied the right to own property, serve in the public sector, or work in professions like law and medicine.

The truth is that there is sometimes discrimination between people in Israel – just like in the United States and every other country. Yet, this is not imposed by the government, which ensures that all of Israel’s Jewish, Muslim, and Christian citizens enjoy the same democratic and human rights.

Arabs have access to their own religious courts and Arabic-language schools funded by the Israeli government, just as Israel’s Jewish citizens have their own religious courts and state-funded Hebrew-language schools.

Moreover, Palestinians would be living in their own independent state in the West Bank and Gaza if their leadership had not walked away from numerous peace proposals. As long as the Palestinians refuse to make peace, Israel has no choice but to maintain security control over these areas, while it allows the vast majority of Arabs in the West Bank to live under the day-to-day jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

The truth is plain and simple: in a region plagued by hate, tyranny, and prejudice, Israel is the only country that protects the individual freedoms and human rights that we as Americans hold dear. 

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For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

How do Israel and the United States Work Together?

In a complex and dangerous world, there are few allies more important to the United States than Israel. The tiny Jewish State has an outsized impact in advancing America’s security, enriching its economy, and improving life for its people. In turn, America is Israel’s most critical ally on the face of the planet. Many wonder: how exactly do these two great allies work together?

To fight common threats like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Iran, the US and Israel share intelligence and jointly develop military capabilities. For instance, America funded the creation of Israel’s remarkable Iron Dome defense system, which has knocked countless terrorist rockets right out of the sky. It will soon be used to guard American troops abroad.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter credits Israeli technology and innovation used in Iraq with saving U.S. soldiers’ lives. Our soldiers also routinely train together and our generals coordinate at the very highest strategic levels.

Israel and the US are also intimately tied economically. With a population of just 7 million – Israel is a vital research and development hub for American companies like Microsoft and Facebook. It has more foreign companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange than any other country besides China. 30 years ago, Israel and the United States signed America’s first free trade agreement.

Israel and the USA also cooperate in scientifically vital research areas. From biotechnology, to clean energy, to healthcare, American and Israeli scientists are working together to improve all our lives. For example, Israel is home to the world’s largest and most advanced water desalination plant in this world and has already pledged to use its technology and expertise to help California cope with its draught.

Perhaps most importantly, Israel and the United States share an unwavering commitment to the values of democracy and human rights, the rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly. The US-Israel friendship helps spread these values in an area of the world suffering from radicalism, fundamentalism, and discrimination.

When Israel declared independence in 1948, America was the first country in the world to formally recognize her. In the words of President Johnson, "America and Israel have a common love of human freedom and they have a common faith in a democratic way life."

While a recent policy disagreement between the two governments over the Iran agreement created unavoidable tension, both governments have voiced hope in putting it in the past. Thanks to our shared values, the Israel-America friendship will continue to flourish and grow stronger in the years to come.  

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For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

Why Should America Support Israel?

The American-Israeli relationship is one of the strongest friendships between any two nations on Earth. Built on a foundation of shared interests and values, the relationship benefits both nations immensely.

There are many different reasons why Americans should support Israel.

Israel shares our values. It is the only democracy in the Middle East – the only place in the region where the fundamental values championed by the United States – like individual freedom, human rights, and the protection of minorities – are exercised.

Israel shares our interests. Israel shares America’s interest to create a peaceful and democratic world. At the UN, the two nations have a virtually identical voting record. To put it simply, there is no country on the face of the earth more pro-American than Israel.

Israel is a critical ally in the war on terror. In the battle against Islamic extremism, Israel and America stand together on the front lines. According to Maj. Gen. George J. Keegan Jr., the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence, the Untied States “owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any single source of intelligence.”

Israel makes America – and the world – a better place. Israel’s incredible contributions in fields from health to agriculture to technology save lives, create jobs, and enrich communities across the United States. With advances ranging from text messaging to cancer research, from drip irrigation to the flu vaccine, odds are that the innovative Israeli people have improved life for you and your family! 

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For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

Where is the Best Place to be a Christian in the Middle East?

More than 100,000 Christians have been murdered each year for the past 10 years in the Middle East. That’s five Christians every five minutes. In Libya, 200 Egyptian Christians were lined up on a beach and beheaded by ISIS. In Saudi Arabia, the Christian Bible is banned throughout the entire country. In Iran, Pastor Saeed Abedini just spent his 35th birthday behind bars – imprisoned for the crime of preaching the Gospel of Christ.

So you might ask, is there anywhere in the Middle East where Christians are flourishing?

Greek Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Nadaf answered this question for the UN Human Rights Council last year. He said, “There is one country in the Middle East where Christianity is affectionately granted freedom of expression, freedom of worship, and security…it is Israel, the Jewish State.”

Like all minorities in Israel, Christians enjoy equal rights and freedoms.

Their right to worship is protected. Their freedom of speech is enshrined. Under Israeli control, Christian holy sites – like the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Church of St. John the Baptist, and Mary’s Tomb – have been protected and made free for all worshippers for the first time in hundreds of years.

In a region where ancient Christian communities have been decimated by persecution and violence, it’s no coincidence that Israel is the only place where Christian numbers are growing. The Jewish State is a beacon of human rights and tolerance – and a critical ally in the war against Islamic extremism. By supporting and safeguarding Israel, we support and safeguard Christians – a vulnerable minority in the Middle East.

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For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

Why Should Christians Support Israel?

Why do hundreds of millions of Christians around the world stand with Israel? There is not one answer. The truth of the matter is that the bond between Christians and Israel is as multifaceted as it is strong. 

Theologically, Christian Zionists believe in God’s promises to Abraham, which made clear that the land of Israel was bequeathed to the Jewish people as an everlasting possession. God chose Abraham and his descendants to bring about the world’s redemption. The return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland represents the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham and as such, demands Christian support.

Christians who know their Bible will also point out that the text commands us to pray for the peace and well-being of Jerusalem in Psalm 122:6, and to serve as watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem in Isaiah 62:6-7. In Romans 9-11, the Apostle Paul is clear that the church should honor the Jewish people for their theological contributions to the foundations of Christianity.

Morally, Christians seek to foster a new era of Judeo-Christian friendship after centuries of Christian anti-Semitism. They condemn the demonization of the Jewish people and delegitimization of the Jewish state as nothing more than modern expressions of anti-Semitism. Christians also see the Jewish state a champion of the Christian values of freedom, democracy, and human rights.

Gratefully, Christians support Israel in gratitude for the protection of their Christian brothers and sisters. While religious minorities face intense persecution across the Middle East, Israel provides the only safe haven for Christians and is consequently the only country in the region where the Christian community is growing.

Personally, for millions of Christians, the Bible has come alive on their life-changing visits to Israel, which instills an enduring love for the Jewish state.

Historically, the Bible-based Evangelical Christian movement has preached from the scriptures that the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland would bring a great blessing upon the world. Modern Christian supporters of Israel follow in the steps of great Christian leaders such as John and Charles Wesley, Robert Murray MacCheynne, Charles Spurgeon and many other Puritan preachers.  

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For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

What can YOU do to support Israel?

For Americans, it can often feel like there is little we can do to support Israel in its struggle for survival. While Israel’s soldiers and border police work tirelessly to protect the Jewish state from terrorism and military threats, supporters of the Jewish State around the world are also a critical – and powerful – force for safeguarding its future.

Here are five important ways that you can stand with Israel.  

Get Educated

Israel’s adversaries have used boycott and propaganda campaigns to spread lies and demonize the Jewish state in the media, in church communities, and on college campuses. You can be an advocate to correct these lies – one person at a time –but first, you have to have a firm grasp of the facts. Learn more about Israel’s democratic values, its commitment to protecting human rights, and its remarkable advancements in medicine and high-tech so that you can effectively spread the word to your family, friends, and congregation. IsraelAnswers.com is a good place to start!

Get Politically Active

Make sure that your elected representatives know that you are a strong supporter of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship. Call. Write. Engage on social media. Join delegations to Washington. Write letters to the editor. Make your voice heard!

Pray for Israel

Join hundreds of millions of Christians who pray for peace in Jerusalem, the security and prosperity of the State of Israel, and the strengthening of the US-Israeli relationship through the ICEJ’s Isaiah 62 global prayer movement. Sign up here to receive prayer points each month.

Visit Israel

Visit Israel on your own or as a member of a solidarity mission. It will deepen your understanding of the Jewish State – the land of the Bible – while showing powerful support for Israel’s people. If you are unable to go, send someone from your church, perhaps your Pastor or Youth Leader. Let Israel impact their lives and your entire church as a result. For information on the ICEJ’s various tours to Israel click here.

Bless Israel

You can bless Israel financially by supporting humanitarian aid projects such as the ICEJ’s Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors, ICEJ’s food programs to feed the hungry, or ICEJ’s Israel in Crisis fund that places portable bomb shelters in vulnerable communities. 

Do you have a question about Israel? Visit us at IsraelAnswers.com and get it answered!


For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

What does the Bible say about Israel?

Millions of Christians support Israel. You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to understand why.

The biblical basis for Christian support of Israel (known as Christian Zionism or Biblical Zionism) is found in the Abrahamic Covenant from the book of Genesis. This sacred covenant is confirmed throughout the Bible, including in the New Testament. Biblical Zionism existed 3,000 years before the modern political Zionist movement. 

It is through this covenant that the Land of Canaan was given to the Jewish people as an everlasting possession for the purpose of world redemption, and that God initiated a spiritual law of blessing with the Hebrews so that those who bless the Jewish people will be blessed, aligning themselves with God's eternal redemptive plan. Similarly, those who oppose His people will find themselves in direct opposition to God's redemptive plan.

The Bible instructs Gentiles to pray for the people of Israel.

Genesis 12:3 tell us to bless them, Psalm 122:6 and Isaiah 62:6 tell us to pray for them, Isaiah 40:1-2 tells us to comfort and encourage them, while Isaiah 60:10-12 tells us to assist them. The list goes on but the pattern is clear: God wants Christians to cultivate strong relationships with the Jewish State and her people.

Jesus affirmed that everything the prophets foretold – including the Jews’ return to Israel — will be fulfilled.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:17-18)..

Jesus affirmed the Disciples' hope of future restoration.

Right before Jesus' ascension into Heaven, the disciples asked Jesus if he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel to which he replied "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power" (Acts 1:6-7). His answer was clear: God would restore the kingdom to Israel; but the timing is not mankind’s concern.

The calling on the Jewish people is irrevocable.

In Romans 11:1, Paul exclaims "God has not cast away His people;" and in verses 25-29, adds that "...as far as the election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts, and his call are irrevocable."

In short, the Bible has much to say about Israel and how we, as Christians, have a responsibility to defend her.
 


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For more than thirty years, Susan Michael has pioneered the development of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in the United States and around the world. She currently serves as the ministry’s USA Director and is a member of the ICEJ’s international Board of Directors.

 

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