Over 5000 Christians, mainly Evangelicals, gathered this week at the Convention Center in Washington for the annual conference of the organization CUFI, Christians United For Israel....and let's see...who else was there?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Christian Zionist conference via satellite, telling them, "When you support Israel, you don’t have to choose between your interests and your values; you get both."
The prime minister encouraged the conference attendees to not only think of Israel as an ally of the Unites States, but as indistinguishable from it. "Our enemies think that we are you, and that you are us," added Netanyahu. "And you know something? They are absolutely right."
News commentator Glenn Beck worked the audience into a frenzy, decrying the historical persecution of Jews, insisting that Israel cannot cede control over territories it controls, and calling upon the conference attendees to declare that they, too, are Jewish.The Real Effect
"Jews have been chased out of every corner of this planet," said Beck. "Enough is enough." Beck said that new states can be established, but not at the expense of other states, and that Israel is historically the 'Land of the Jews', implying that Israel should not relinquish control over the West Bank in order to create a State of Palestine.
Beck repeated a refrain that Netanyahu had introduced earlier, appealing to audience members to self-identify as Israelis and Jews themselves. He exhorted, "When we see Israelis not as part of us, but as us, we can move to the next level as human beings," adding, "Let us declare 'I am a Jew,' they cannot kill all of us".
Ah, it appears that good 'ole Beck has been promoted to fan the flames of fear again. Now what did I say at the beginning of this year??
After a massive downturn over the last 5 years, the remnants of much of the "religious right" get fed up with the left's "societal engineering". This leads to the following -Not only did I get the group right, I got the principal actor right as well. Roger Houston, that would be a bulls-eye.
- Nationalistic denominationalism - The Christians return to the forefront with a vengeance as the Glenn Beck rally/Palin crowd embrace "Americana" nationalism and go after the infidels.
Now why do you suppose this would be happening, what could Israel possibly want that they would go so far as to invoke the 'If you're not for us, you're against us.' line? Do you think it has anything to do with a report of Israel picking a fight with Iran at the same time that we go after Libya in September?
Well, let's ask the attendees -
“Iran will soon become nuclear. Our President is waiting for Iran to extend a friendly hand, and it’s not going to happen," Hagee added. "Mister Ahmadinejad, don’t threaten Israel. What you do to the Jewish people, history proves, will be done to you.”Oh my. Yeah, I'm sure that spy plane that was shot down was just asking for directions to Germany.
For more on the subject, please review the Religious War series, Iran and WWIII.