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October 5, 2010

Blaming the Ally

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On Monday morning we were greeted with the news that the State Department has issued a new advisory on travel to Europe. It seems that there has been a recent spike in “chatter” among European-based terrorists. And when terrorists talk to one another, there is only one thing they could be talking about: the murder of innocents. That, after all, is what terrorists do.
As if such terrorist chatter weren’t disturbing enough, it tends to spur a secondary wave of chatter that is almost as troubling. Every time the terrorists get active, so do the Israel bashers. Once again we will be told that American support for Israel is the source of terrorist rage. Once more we will be promised that if we only abandoned Israel, we’d see the terrorists lay down their suicide bombs. Before you can say “jihad,” we will hear voices blaming our ally rather than confronting our enemy.

This thinking is so wrong on so many levels that it’s tempting to dismiss it as so much crazy talk. Yet polling has shown that when Americans are asked why the terrorists hate us, they actually cite our support for Israel more than any other factor. Given the choice between a harsh reality and a convenient scapegoat, it seems that the scapegoat will win every time. Thus we need to confront this myth before it spreads even further.

To debunk the linkage between support for Israel and terror, we should note at the outset that the most recent threats have been against European nations, not the United States. The nations at issue – namely France and Germany– can hardly be considered outspoken supporters of Israel. Yet their distance from Israel does not placate the terrorists. Government criticism of Israel didn’t prevent the attacks on Madrid’s trains or Britain’s subways. Nor will it prevent future threats and plots.

Indeed, it came to light over the weekend that Al Qaeda operatives had recently planned a Mumbai-style mass murder attack in Denmark. That’s right – Denmark. The Danes have never been particularly enthusiastic supporters of Israel. All poor Denmark ever did was host the headquarters of a newspaper which published unflattering cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The plotters had planned to storm the newspaper’s Copenhagen offices, kill everyone inside, and then fight to death with the police.

Bin Laden’s own words further demonstrate the real roots of terror. Before his first attack against us, Bin Laden declared war against the United States in a long and rambling “fatwa,” or religious ruling. In this foundational document, Bin Laden mentions Israel only in passing. The overwhelming majority of the diatribe is focused on what Bin Laden saw as the real problem: the presence of “infidel” American troops on the Arabian Peninsula. Yes, we may have sent these troops there to protect the Saudis. But to Bin Laden, the presence of Christian, Jewish and female soldiers in the birthplace of Islam was a humiliation which could not be tolerated. Only years later did Bin Laden begin to mention Israel more often, no doubt in response to the sympathy this particular grievance receives in the West.

The fact is that Al Qaeda’s rage is directed against the West as a whole – both those nations that are pro-Israel and those that are not. Given Al Qaeda’s theological and intellectual roots, this should come as no surprise. Al Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim terrorist groups such as Hamas are ideological outgrowths of an organization called the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood has been anti-Western in general – and anti-American in particular — since its creation. Yet here’s the key point: the Muslim Brotherhood was created in 1928, a full twenty years before there even was an Israel.

There is, of course, another powerful stream of anti-Americanism in the Middle East that has little to do with the Muslim Brotherhood. And this hate emanates from radical Shiite clergy and their stronghold of power in Iran. This Iranian hatred of America dates back to 1956, the year that the CIA helped to engineer the coup that ousted Iranian President Mohammad Mosaddegh and restored the Shah to his throne. Every Islamic activist imprisoned and tortured by the Shah saw past the monarch’s peacock throne and directed their hatred towards those who put in him power. This explains why one of the first acts of the Islamic Revolutionaries who overthrew the Shah in 1979 was to attack the American Embassy and hold our embassy employees hostage. This also explains why Israel was barely mentioned during that long, dark crisis.

The Shiite hatred of Israel came later, and grew out of the anti-Americanism inherent in Iran’s Islamic revolution. In short, the Iranians do not hate America because we stand with Israel. The exact opposite is true. The Iranians and the Shiite Muslim terrorists they support hate Israel because they see Israel an outpost of America in the Middle East. When Ahmadinejad called for America’s leaders to be “buried” just two days ago, he was merelycontinuing in a long tradition of anti-Americanism that has always been the Islamic Republic’s primary obsession.

We all pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We all long for the day when Israel will live in peace with her neighbors behind recognized, defensible borders. Yet in the meantime, we mustn’t permit Israel’s critics to perform the rhetorical jujitsu that places all of our rage against the terrorists on Israel’s shoulders. Israel cannot be blamed for Al Qaeda terror. Israel is not the source of Iranian threats or Hezbollah murder. To see our support for Israel as the cause of these dangers would be to excuse atrocity and blame our ally and fellow victim. We must recognize that when it comes to terrorism, Israel is not the problem. Israel is, on the contrary, our first line of defense.

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



  1. The terrorists one objective is world domination. Israel should tell the Palistinians and Iran that they will no longer recognize them as countrys but as enemys and that they will be blown away if they do not stop there attacks both real and verbal against Israel. If you study the Bible I dont believe there will ever be peace between Christian nations and the Muslims. The US must continue to support Israel and Israel must not give up any more land to Palistein and Israel must take back all of Jeruselum and rebuild the Temple.

    Comment by nmgene — October 5, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  2. I am behind Israel 100%. I have always been and always will be a supporter of Israel. If you believe in the Bible how could you not support Israel? They are Gods people and we know who is in charge (the Lord Jesus Christ).

    Comment by Nita Turlington — October 5, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  3. The terrorist are demons and it has nothing to do with our support of Israel. They kill their own people if they do not agree with their terror plots. They’re a bunch of sick, twisted freaks that gets their kicks out of killing people without having to answer for their crimes.After all they are treated with honor and we all have to bow down to their sick twisted Muslim religion. There is no such thing as a peaceful muslim religion when you get more than two of them together. Lucifer likes company and wants to rule the world in the name of Muslims.

    Comment by Verlia Freeze — October 5, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

  4. If I understand the word s teaching we are to Let God dispense the reward for these killers,as it will be much worse & they that live by the sword will die bu the sword. God will reward the with his justice soon.

    Comment by freedomIsrael — October 5, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  5. If Israel falls, so will the free world. It’s not Israel, it’s not America. It’s what we stand for and that is FREEDOM and freedom of choice.

    Comment by Dewey E. Du Bose — October 5, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  6. Israel is our friend, at least they were until we elected this “friend of the muslim brotherhood”.

    Comment by Don Jusko — October 5, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  7. As long as Israel stands and America stands, the muslims must try to eliminate us. It is their religeous duty according to the koran. This is so because our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is real and theirs, allah, is demonstrably false. This is all the more clear when they are compared side by side. The only option that is left to them is to get rid of us so the embarrassing, for them, comparisons cease. Set your calendar to Jerusalem time if you want to know where we are in God’s timetable. He (Jesus) is coming back, the Jewish remnant will be gloriously delivered while we Christians have a seat with a grand view of the proceedings. It will be an easy victory.

    Comment by Ed Lester — October 5, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  8. The article was right-on. There are many of us here in the US who are infull support of Israel and also not gullible enough to buy into the lies and propaganda of our common enemy. I totally agree with what one of your resondants noted: “it is not just about Isdrael and The US, it is about all we value in common”. I trully believe the US and Israel must remain bonded with a resolve to stand against the tactics and garbage being fed to the world and help our other allies to also resist and stand united with us for our common survival. There are many of us here in the US who will continue to totally support Israel in any and every way possible and I encourage a coninuation of these articles to help us remain focused. God Bless, Fred Rogers

    Comment by Fred Rogers — October 5, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  9. It is “crazy talk”

    Comment by michael — October 5, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

  10. This is an excellent article! I’m not sure what the percentage is of Americans who believe that Israel is to blame for terrorist problems, but I do know that we should enlighten them with stuff like this. What many Americans don’t realize is that if we remove our blessing from Israel, God will remove His blessing from us. (Genesis 12:2-3) Obviously, Satan would love nothing more than to turn the whole world against God’s chosen nation. He will fight against Israel and the elect of God until the very end, but our God will be the One to hold the glorious victory.

    Comment by Amanda — October 6, 2010 @ 12:48 am

  11. Mr. Brog,

    Even if the Palestinian isuue is solved the Moslems will come with some other issues,

    Its not Israel its World Dominance what Islam & Muslims are seeking for.

    If we check the world around now almost all burning issues are in one way or other connected to muslims, they Kill & miam BUT World is always trying to pamper them with more & more reconciliations. Its time to stop this and call a Spade a Spade than to sit and do nothing.

    Believe it or Not its 100% sure that an Imminent attack will take place in Europe or US as long as these countries are competing between each other to provide shelter & Migration for these morons (read muslims). Stop migration for Muslims and you will see the difference as they will start to fight between each other in their home countries.

    Comment by Truth Seeker — October 6, 2010 @ 8:42 am

  12. This pertains more to the petition of 133,000 signatures urging the United Nations to indight Irans leader for Genocide!.If you had 133 Million signatures they would do nothing about it.Pleading will acheive nothing.Israel with US clandestine assistance need to eliminate the Nuclear danger in Iran,sure the world will berate both[mainly Israel]but you will then have eliminated his ability to threaten Israel and other Middle Eastern Countries and removed his powerbase.Pieces of paper will acheive nothing.10 years from now nothing will have changed except he will have the bomb and nations will cower and seek to placate him much more so than today,his actions and threats will have REAL backing.I am sure the US and IDF,those that face reality must see this.

    Comment by Ron Australia — October 6, 2010 @ 9:52 am

  13. Yes, but Israel itself is responsible for much of the negative perception of itself. With headlines in the Israeli press like this, “Israel is now punishing Palestinians shamelessly”

    Even worse is the delegitimization of Israel. Even worse than that, the delegitimazation of the Scofield Bible, the very basis of the Christian support of Israel.

    Comment by Norman Elliott — October 6, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  14. Thank you for this excellent article. It really clarifies the issue: Israel is not to blame–the enemy is the enemy! Thanks again.

    Comment by Shari — October 6, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  15. America and Israel are considered to be “People of the Book”. That’s how America started out as a Christian Republic.

    Comment by Gregory Kasper — October 6, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

  16. When are people going to ‘Wake Up’ to what is going on in our world. The truth is that Muslims just want to wipe all infidels of the face of this earth. Is that going to make this a better world, NO, it is going to mean that the world is dominated, ruled, etc. by evil people who don’t care about human life!!! I support Israel 100%. I am a Christian and we should pray for the peace of Israel. My Lord and Saviour is coming back and it will be to Jerusalem!! Wake Up World – stop listening to all the lies of the media!!

    Comment by Lynn Foster — October 7, 2010 @ 9:58 am

  17. Evil has already been defeated at the cross! God said to father Abraham, “woe to the nation that turns its back on you”…”I will bless those that bless you, and I will cures those that curse you”. I am a true believer of the all divinely inspired word of God. I do not take His promises, or His threats lightly. We Christians are the adopted sons and daughters of God inheriting the very promises given to Abraham. As a nation we must wake up and see that we are a blessed nation because of our support of Israel. Now we are turning to a nation where anything goes…listening to ear tickling messages from the pulpit that preaches tolerance of such things that God spoke strongly against in His word! It has turned into a time of “tolerance”, as the popular bumper stickers read. There should be zero tolerance of terrorism in any form. The problems are not about religion, or land. It is about the “slow fade” when we give our lives away to placate evil so they don’t harm us. Be willing to speak boldly, without fear of death, to stand up for God, Christ, His people, and His word! This life is a “fleeting moment” in comparison to eternity, but so important are the decisions we make here to receive our great reward… Be willing to die for what you believe in. Our soldiers have been doing it for years!

    Comment by Glenda Daw — October 8, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  18. Bill Clinton is recently on record as attributing the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians as 50% of the cause of Islamic terrorism against the West. I say, give peace a chance. Stop oppressing the Palestinians and see what happens.

    Comment by Norman Elliott — October 9, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  19. It amazes me that their can be people so full of hate, so bitter, so lost and blinded by imature complaints like the terrorists! Hey dudes, snap out of it!At the end of the day you gain nothing!I feel nothing for you but pity.I bleed the blood of Jesus over the enemies of Israel and pray that may the arrows of death you send towards the innocents, go back to you in Jesus Name.I cover Israel with the blood of Jesus.God bless Israel,God bless all His children

    Comment by Stellar — October 12, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

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