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June 28, 2010

The Ball Is In Our Court

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It’s that time of year again.  Our Washington Summit is fast approaching.  It seems that every year at this time we’re seized by the feeling that our upcoming summit will not only be important, but that it will be the most important one yet.  And every year so far this has been the case.  Now, with less than a month to go until July 20th, all of us feel strongly that Israel is facing greater challenges than ever before.  If you’ve been following the news, I know that you agree.

Hezbollah, on Israel’s northern border, has stockpiled an estimated 42,000 missiles, many of which can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  And history shows that Hezbollah will not hesitate to fire what missiles they have.  Hamas, on Israel’s southern border, has never ceased to smuggle and build its own arsenal of missiles.  Hamas missiles can reach all of Israel’s southern cities, and we know that they will likewise not hesitate to use them.  And, over the horizon, is Iran.  Iran now has enough enriched uranium for at least two nuclear weapons.  A nation that has vowed to wipe Israel off the map will soon have the means to do so.

All of this sobering.  Yet none of this is new.  Israel faced this evil threesome last year, and the year before.  So why is this year different?  Why is it more urgent than ever that we make a strong statement in DC?  Well this year, for the first time, we’re not only worried about Israel’s enemies.  This year, we’re also worried about Israel’s friends.

Over the weekend, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, gave a troubling assessment of the administration’s policy towards Israel.  According to the paper, “Oren noted that contrary to Obama’s predecessors – George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – the current president is not motivated by historical-ideological sentiments toward Israel but by cold interests and considerations.”

Ambassador Oren has since denied making these comments.  But spoken or not, they capture the emerging consensus about this administration’s attitude towards Israel.  The warmth of past presidents is not in evidence.  The “special relationship” seems to have been downgraded.  There often appears to be a greater focus on the size and wealth and threats of the Muslim world than there is on the kinship, justice and promise of the Jewish State.

This change in attitude has manifested itself in a more ambivalent approach towards Israel.  The United States has been slower to defend Israel – and our defenses more tepid – than ever before.  We have allowed one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel to pass the United Nations.  And — intentionally or not – we’re sending a signal to Israel’s enemies that there is daylight between Israel and the United States.  Given the nature of Israel’s enemies, this is a most dangerous signal to send.

In past years, the greatest challenges to Israel were strategic ones in the Middle East.  We could come to Washington to request that the United States support Israel – and it was crucial that we did so — but the real action was largely half-a-world away.  This year is different.  This year, the challenge is closer to home.  We need to remind our administration and our Congress that most Americans believe quite strongly that we have a “special relationship” with Israel, and we expect our leaders to honor it.  We need to affirm that Americans want principle to inform our foreign policy every bit as much as power.  We must reiterate that Israel’s cause is just and that Israel’s enemies are, in fact, our own.

If the problem we face today is here in Washington, then the ball is in our court.  This is a problem that we, not the Israelis, must confront.

We know how busy everyone is.  And we know that the trip to DC is an expensive one.  For some of you, attending the summit is simply not an option.  But if joining us is an option, we ask that you prayerfully consider doing so.  It was for such a time as this that CUFI was created.  Now is the time to act.  And Washington is the place where our actions can have the greatest impact.  Please click here for more information and to register for our 2010 Washington Summit.

David Brog is the executive director of Christians United for Israel.  David’s new book, In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity is being published July 6th.  You can follow David on Facebook by clicking here and on Twitter by clicking here.

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23 Comments »

  1. I am an American Jew who made Aliyah last year. I have been recieving your newsletter for about a year now, and I just wanted to say Thank you!! Thanks to all of you for your support of Israel, right now we need it more then ever, and I take comfort knowing that you are all on our side. May G-d bless you all!!!

    Comment by Allyson litvin — June 28, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  2. I would like to go to the Washington meeting. however that is not possible. Have told my husband that I would love to have been
    born In Isreal. Thank you for keeping me up to date.I will pray for you all and for Isreal as that is what the Scriptures tell us to
    do. May God bless you and all you do for our people.

    Troubled times ahead.

    Ruth

    Comment by Ruth Langen — June 28, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  3. The Lord has placed Israel upon my heart and I pray continually for the safety and peace of its people. I appreciate the updates of your blog. As a believer in God’s Son, Christ Jesus, I am taught to love the Jewish people. I will pray that the Washington Summit in defense of Israel receives the attention and respect of our governing authorities.
    Love in Christ, Terry

    Comment by Theresa Youssef — June 28, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

  4. I’m not ashamed of the gospel or my love for the State of Israel. May God richly bless and keep you during these times.

    Comment by Mike Williams — June 28, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

  5. God bless Israel forever. They are God’s chosen and beloved. I pray for the Peace Of Jerusalem.
    Be strong, be brave. Jehovah is the Almighty God.
    He loves Israel with an eternal and extremely powerful LOVE. Nothing can destroy God’s love for
    you. Keep on trusting Your Heavenly Father, He will not allow you to be destroyed. To God be the
    honor, glory and praise. Amen, Amen, and Amen!!!

    Comment by Gwen Blyden — June 28, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  6. ISRAEL NEEDS TO LIGHT THEM UP NOW. AS TIME GOES ON THEY CONTINUE TO BREED AND GET STRONGER.

    Comment by BOB HELLON — June 28, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  7. America had better wake up, we have been blessed over the times due to our unrelenting unwaivering support of Gods chosen people, Israel. Now the people have elected a president who has so strained our ties with Israel, he would rather go on photo op tour of Musleum nations, than stand beside Israel. Have people not read the Bible, America is not spoke of during the last days, could that be because we have as a nation turned our back on Israel. We Christian Americans better speak up and speak out about our passion for standing with Israel

    Comment by Larry G. Saunders — June 29, 2010 @ 12:18 am

  8. Dear Dismayed: your post reveals actually a profound ignorance of the covenants of Yahweh with the Jewish people. First of all is the eternal covenant that God made with Abraham, cited in Genesis 12: 2-3: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and ALL peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

    Then in Genesis 49:10, Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, blesses his son Judah, from whose lineage the Messiah would come: “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet until He (Shiloh) comes to whom it belongs, and the obedience of the ethnic groups (nations) is His.” This refers to the Davidic covenant that would be established through Judah’s later descendant, David. David was promised that there would ‘never fail to be a descendant of his that would rule forever…(2 Samuel 7:12-13). Now only the Messiah could totally fulfill this promise to David, as He is both the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13), and the Son of God (Psalms 2). Yehoshua ha-Meschiah (Jesus), is the only One worthy of this, and He fulfills both the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants. You know not what you speak of. The Jewish people for the most part were unfaithful to God, yet the Lord God (YHWH Elohim) has NEVER broken His covenant with them (see Isaiah 14: 1-2), etc.

    See Romans chapters 9-11 for what the Apostle Paul wrote–see the Prophet Zechariah, chapters 10-12, etc. God will bring a mighty Jewish remnant back to Himself through His Messiah Son, from both the nation of Israel and in the Diaspora. True believers in Yehoshua love the Jewish people, because God still loves them.

    Comment by Kirk — June 29, 2010 @ 1:19 am

  9. As I read by Dismayed by ignorance…I am sorry but you answering the comment…is the ignorant one. The comment sounds like someone stoned on drugs…drunk on liquor or the devil really has holt on you. I am so thankful I don’t want to take my precious LORD’s name in vain. Maybe soon you will trust Jesus as your personal savior and you can be saved from your sins and you won’t either. Call Pastor Hagee’s request line and someone will show you how to get saved.I have loved the Jewish people for many many years and have gave them support. I have never been sorry for doing so. Jesus was a Jew and the Holy Bible says Israel is the apple of GOD’s eye. I wish I was able to go to DC in July but health wise I don’t think I can go that far.But I can stay home and ask GOD to bless the ones that can go.Since the beginning of time GOD has always allowed the people to get into high office positions to fullfil his word and I think Obama is the evil one with a heart like stone against GOD’s people the “Jews and Christians.”To bring about the end of time. Jesus loves you and wants to save your poor sinfull soul. I trust you will accept his plan of salvation before it’s to late !!!

    Comment by Audrey Gregory — June 29, 2010 @ 1:38 am

  10. Israel – Those who trust in the LORD will be like Mount Zion … Psalms 125.

    You are blessed – Your Protector never doze nor sleep!!

    Christians – never, ever, give-up to the smartness of evil speeches by arrogant liers who do not know GOD – Yahweh.

    Comment by Selai R — June 29, 2010 @ 1:38 am

  11. Kirk,
    Ditto on your comment.
    No Christian likes war but there have been wars since the beginning of time and the Bible says there will always be wars. God has even fought wars for His chosen people. They were His chosen then and they are His chosen now. All you have to do is read the Bible to know this. Just read the books of Exodus and Nehemiah. But maybe Dismayed has “itching ears” as 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says.

    Comment by Jan Downing — June 29, 2010 @ 2:13 am

  12. I am a supporter of Israel, and support some of their work. I pray that God will make them realize who their ememy is in our country and support the right people for office when it comes time to election. We can never turn our backs on Israel. God has not forsaken His people, and He is not finished with Israel.

    I can not belive that a large number of Jews voted for Obama. Liberals do not support Israel, yet many Jews are librals, and many are not friends of Christians. God bless Israel.
    .

    Comment by Irene Cook — June 29, 2010 @ 2:59 am

  13. ‘Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no o0ne shame you? For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eye.’ But oh, that God would speak, and open his lips to you, and tell you the secrets of wisdom!’
    Tell them in Tel Aviv, take a month to sing and dance in the street; ‘Its the sound, of sunshine, coming down.’ The joy of The Lord is my strength.

    Comment by Glenn L — June 29, 2010 @ 3:10 am

  14. As a UK supporter of and a bible-believer, I applaud yr stand for Israel now in dire threat from the real enemy,
    tell her she is not abandoned by her God and He will win despite wshat they may hae yet to endure, thank you
    for doing what you can in USA. Gwynneth

    Comment by Gwynneth Cox-Barber — June 29, 2010 @ 5:47 am

  15. Israel is God’s own country and nobody can wipe her from the face of the earth. In God’s own time Jesus – God’s Son, will return to the Mount of Olives, and the Golden Gate will open and Jesus will walk through into Jerusalem.
    I love Israel and was greatly blessed by my visit there.

    Comment by Elizabeth Ravenscroft — June 29, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  16. I love Israel, my Jewish brothers and sisters, without them no one would know God as they were the ones that gave us the Old Testament which are Gods letters to everyone. Thank you Israel and may God protect you.

    Comment by Delight Callegari — June 29, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  17. I am unable to attend any of these wonderful gatherings, although I wish I could. We must stand up for / with Israel–they are God’s chosen, they are in the right in building & safe-guarding their land, they have been an ally in times past. This means we must pray for them & for our nation’s support of them, we must tell our leaders that they must continue to support them, we must replace any leaders who do not support them. The “Silent Majority” must be heard again, as they were in the 80’s. I will pray on each of these event days that the message will be heard throughout our land & around the world.

    Comment by Sue M. — June 30, 2010 @ 7:22 am

  18. Jas.2;17 faith if it have not works is dead. And if you believe then it will motivate you to action one way or another. In frustration wondering ‘what’ could I possibly do before the ultimate ‘WAR’ I was consoled with Author Sandra Teplinskys’ Book “Israels Annointing – your inheritance and End-Time Destiny THROUGH Israel”. Be encouraged lovers of Jerusalem and Israel that as Sandra says on pg. 125 definition of War is …used by God to release life (waters) for the sake of His teaching and mediating’ in a defined sphere and through an open window of time and space more of Himself. ….Sure gave me the peace I needed …it continues In connection with it’s root definitionwar is God’s means of devouring the devourer. To a fallen world thereforewar becomes necessary for ultimate justice and good. The goal is always the reality of greater life in Him and His ever-expanding Kingdom. ST p125 Israel’s Annointing.

    For this reason it is inevitable that the CHURCH’s warfare in the spirit CONVERGE with Israel’s warfare in the natural> The saying is If Israels enemies put down their weapons there would be peace!: if Israel put down her weapons there would be no more Israel!
    I solicit your fervent prayer for Israel if you really want to do something for the Nation DO IT there are plenty of websites and organisations gift baskets to IDF can be made for as little as $20! everyone CAN DO SOMETHING not just write scriptures and seem like we are saying you are wrong and we are right !! we know better than that and we act in LOVE so LOve w/out works is dead.
    Thanks for your prayer for Israel my friends live there 🙂

    Comment by Donna Pierce — July 3, 2010 @ 2:47 am

  19. In 2chronicles 20, there was a time in history when nations few gathered against Israel just as they have done now with the aim of wiping Israel off the map. But the people turned to their God in prayer and fasting and to the temple and called on His name.The Lord surelly answered and fought the battle for them, so is time now for to go back to this God in prayer and submit our petitions to Him.
    MAY GOD BLESS ALL THOSE WHO WILL NOW STAND WITH ISRAEL.

    Comment by Pst. Peter — July 8, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

  20. Can someone please show me from the scriptures that today’s Jews (after having rejected the Messiah) and today’s Israel after having done the same, are really in fact God’s chosen people? Chapter and verse please.

    Comment by prorealisrael — July 14, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

  21. What cracks me up about organizations like this is, if God is really behind the nation that has called itself Israel, then why do we need to help? Either God is sovereign or He is not, so what difference does my financial or political support make compared to God supporting or not supporting something?

    Comment by prorealisrael — July 15, 2010 @ 6:10 am

  22. Am I to understand by supporting Isreal the CUFI organization is willing to fight and go to war to support Isreal. Congress has historically supported Isreal by almost unanimous votes and couldn’t afford not to due to the lobbyist’s support. So I don’t understand why the march on Washington is needed. We already send MILLIONs of dollars to Isreal which we cannot afford and can’t even watch our own borders.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  23. The Jewish voters in America would be wise to help vote this President and all his cronies out of office !!!! Obama is NOT a friend of Israel as he has clearly shown. In fact he may be a large part of the threat !!! He has lied to the American people to the point where we ourselves are now afraid so please BEWARE !!!!

    Comment by john — July 27, 2010 @ 5:31 am


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