Israel’s greatest asset and best friend
Evangelicals use their political, financial and spiritual leverage to help Israel withstand whatever attack might come next.
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Since its reemergence as a nation in 1948, Israel has suffered opposition on
nearly every level possible. It has been attacked repeatedly in the military
arena by its Arab neighbors, in the public relations arena by the world media,
in the political and diplomatic arenas by the United Nations and the European
Union, and in the religious arena by mainstream Christians and their Replacement
In recent years, however, a groundswell of support for
Israel has arisen, creating a new and powerful friend for Israel in the form of
Evangelical Christians. From all over the world these Evangelical Christian
believers, including many Americans, are proud to be labeled as “Christian
They use their political, financial and spiritual leverage to
help Israel withstand whatever attack might come next.
Evangelical Christian community standing in the breach with both prayer and
action, the United States may have entered a free-fall in its foreign policy
that would have ended in a far more hostile environment for Israel.
current White House has encouraged, aided and facilitated the destabilization of
the Middle East, as evidenced by its use of either diplomatic or military assets
(or both) in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and now Syria. Amidst all this
political and social upheaval in the name of democracy, the underlying result
has been the elevation of Islam, Islamic-centered constitutions, and Islamists
The longstanding tradition of the US being Israel’s
closest ally is arguably being dismantled by policies detrimental to Israel. But
there is one ally that is steadfast... the Evangelical
In America, members of Congress, various pro-Israel Christian
organizations, conservative Christian media and Evangelical Christians in
positions of influence have at least put a check on the policies of this
Imagine, for example, if there had not been a public
outcry in response to the remarks of then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm
Emanuel, who sought to tie the US pressure against Iran’s nuclear program to an
Israeli unilateral land-for-peace giveaway? This “blackmail foreign policy” may
have been far more severe if those remarks, said behind closed doors, had not
been widely reported.
Evangelical Christians have been quick to expose
this administration’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, even as close as Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin. And it has been
Evangelical Christians who shout the loudest about lack of foreign policy
balance toward Israel at the United Nations.
While America continues in a
recession, and the economy may well be the center stage issue of the upcoming
election, Evangelical Christians will also be moved to the polls by each
candidate’s stance regarding Israel.
Obama’s policies and dealings are
well known. And Republican challenger Mitt Romney has already vowed that his
policies toward Israel would be the opposite of Obama’s. Speaking before the
Faith and Freedom Coalition last month, Romney said of Obama, “He almost sounded
like he’s more frightened that Israel might take military action than he’s
concerned that Iran might become nuclear.”
Given both candidates’
blemishes, Israel is the one issue that may coalesce and energize the
Evangelical Christian vote more than any other. If events continue to spiral out
of control in the Middle East, and this administration continues to add fuel to
the flames of discontent rather than lending its undeniable support to Israel,
Evangelical Christians could play the key role in the November
In the event of an Obama reelection, Evangelical Christians
arguably would again be the most valuable asset Israel could have in America. It
is this courageous and vocal group that makes up the hedge and stands in the gap
for the nation of Israel.
Many people will remember back when Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself acknowledged that Evangelical Christians are
“Israel’s greatest friends.” Following a meeting he had in Washington with a
large group of Evangelical Christian leaders, he told then-US president Bill
Clinton, “Mr. President, you know that Israel has very few friends, and these
Evangelical Christian leaders are the best friends that Israel has in all the
Many Evangelical Christian organizations in Israel, with support
from Evangelical Christians around the world, are providing food and other
assistance to thousands of Israeli immigrants and poor families.
have provided portable concrete bomb shelters to protect Israeli residents
living along the Gaza border and elsewhere in Israel.
A good number of
Evangelical leaders in America have been hosting events and rallies across the
United States to promote support for Israel. These rallies are attracting crowds
as large as 12,000 strong. Tens of thousands of Evangelical Christians visit
Israel each year helping boost the economy. Soon some 2,000 bulletproof
backpacks will be distributed to children living in southern
Christian radio and television networks in America are
broadcasting Israel’s message around the world. Millions of Evangelical
Christians are proud to be considered Israel’s best friends and
They are not ashamed to speak out against the pro-Muslim and
pro-Arab actions of Barack Obama and they are bold enough to encourage the US
Congress to stand strongly with Israel.
The God of Israel does not need
anyone to support Israel, but He tends to work through the hands, hearts and
voices of men. One voice Israel can count on is the heart-felt cry of the
Evangelical Christian, who stands with God with Israel, whose voice is loud in
the politician’s ear.
Earl Cox writes for numerous Christian publications
and hosts a popular radio show.