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Jim Fletcher is a writer, researcher, speaker and director of Prophecy Matters (prophecymatters.com). He is also a member of the executive committee of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI), and author of It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). He writes online for WorldNetDaily; Beliefnet; American Family Association; the Jerusalem Post; and Rapture Ready. He can be reached at jim@prophecymatters.com

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  • July 18, 2016

    The GOP Finally Gets It

    For years, many observers have seen the folly in the infamous Oslo Accords, which developed a framework for Israel and the Palestinians in negotiations. In those old naïve days of the early ‘90s, the international community felt that it made good sense to open the door to a Palestinian state.

    Following talks in Madrid in 1991 (President George H.W. Bush had plenty of political capital to spend after winning the Gulf War, and he spent it on forcing Israel to the table), the deal was signed at the White House in September 1993. Most of us have seen the image of Bill Clinton with his arms around Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

    The deal paved the way for the establishment of the “Palestinian Authority” as it morphed from the Palestine Liberation Organization—the Cadillac of terror movements. Arafat had been chairman of the PLO since 1968, and destroyed countless lives in the process.

    Oslo brought Arafat to Gaza and parts of the West Bank; Areas A, B, and C were designated in stages for the eventual establishment of “Palestine.” The PA police force was also armed, and the PA set up a quasi-government in Ramallah, just north of Jerusalem.

    Arafat famously talked peace in English and war in Arabic. I am convinced that diplomats the world over knew what he was doing, but went along with it anyway. I am a hardliner on this, but I believe every U.S. president that signed on to this fiendish plot is complicit in the deaths of Israelis due to Palestinian terror. One of the most recent is the knife slaughter of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel (who was also a U.S. citizen!) as she slept in her bed.

    The Oslo framework was flawed from the beginning, because it never took seriously the double-game Arafat and his henchmen were playing. They merely wanted a final staging ground to eliminate Israel. But the world played along. The awful truth is, for most people, Jewish life doesn’t mean much.

    For years, sensible observers like Caroline Glick have pointed out the futility of Oslo.

    Then, lo and behold, this week came news that the GOP has deleted two-state solution language from the party platform!

    Wow, this is really big news. The Republican leadership recognizes clearly that the Palestinians are generations, if not centuries, from being able to govern themselves as civilized nations do. An article in The Forward outlines this stunning development:

    “Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on July 12 a platform that does not include a call for a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Instead, it defers to Israel to determine whether it is interested in negotiating a deal with the Palestinians, and omits any reference to a solution that would establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

    “The platform subcommittee passed it by an overwhelming majority, and the full committee gave it a standing ovation as they approved it. Now the language goes to the convention, where it is unlikely to change.

    “’The U.S. seeks to assist in the establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, to be negotiated among those living in the region,’ the Republican platform states. ‘We oppose any measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other terms, and call for the immediate termination of all U.S. funding of any entity that attempts to do so. Our party is proud to stand with Israel now and always.’”

    Folks, we are going to find out in November if “the people” still govern themselves. If Donald Trump wins, it will signal vast changes in American foreign policy. If Hillary Clinton wins, she will finish-off the country.

    Since LBJ, official American policy has called for a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.

    The new reality places responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinians, a radicalized society. For literally decades, we have heard ad nauseam that Israel must practice restraint; Israel must negotiate; Israel must make more concessions.

    Those days should be over. I reject the two-state solution for every logical reason, capped by the reality that the Palestinians don’t deserve a state, at least not for the foreseeable future.

    Apart from the most important reason—the cold-blooded murder of thousands of Israelis—the Palestinians have also squandered billions in cash from the international community.

    When Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in 2005, they left business infrastructure for the Arabs! What did the beneficiaries do with their acquired wealth? They took crowbars and other tools to it all, destroying hothouses and other revenue sources. The world and world media just looked on.

    So now somebody has the nerve to stare them down and send them to the back of the line.

    Good. I am sick to death of appeasement. I don’t condone the murder of Israeli Jews.

    Now it looks like we might have a government that agrees.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Jul 11, 2016

    (In almost 10 years, I’ve never used a guest column for “Israel Watch,” yet Kenneth Bialkin’s tribute to the late Elie Wiesel is so moving, I felt it appropriate. —Jim)

    The Loss of One Man — a tribute to Elie Wiesel

    By: Kenneth J. Bialkin

     New York, NY, July 2, 2016 - Elie Wiesel died the morning of Saturday, July 2, 2016. 

    I learned of it first from a call from my friend, David Harman, and then telephoned Elie's home and received confirmation from his son, Elisha.  The loss of a friend is always tragic and initiates a gap in memory. The loss of any of one person is normally easily absorbed in the larger community, and very little changes. 

    Not so with Elie Wiesel. 

    On a personal level, the loss is personally telling. Elie and Marion have been personal friends of Ann and mine without a beginning date.  Of course, I was aware of his works and reputation when we first became friends and I was active in the ADL. Over the years, we became family in so many rewarding ways. His loss is more than just personal to Ann and me.

    It needs to be said that his loss is one which will be suffered by a very large audience not the least of which are the Jewish people. It is as if a star which has shined for many years one day simply disappears.  Those of us who came to assume the assurance of seeing his star shine in the heavens will suddenly feel his absence and come to realize that a voice and a vision which supported our understanding and appreciation of his presence has been snatched away by fate. 

    Elie Wiesel always spoke softly and never stridently. The delivery of his wisdom came always in gentle terms in measured cadence. The force and power of his influence existed in the simple words he chose to express his sometimes profound message. The star which shined in the orbit of his presence is gone. 

    His message was one of memory and was very personal. The memory he kept alive was shared with whoever would read or listen. He never claimed or searched or sought power or position, he simply said what he thought. His writing and commentary make out a guide for thinking, and acting, and believing for anyone who took the opportunity to read or listen or hear.  It is as if a star that we were used to seeing when we looked toward Heaven is no longer there. 

    The gap we now notice will be further missed in the days ahead.  We have only to be thankful for the time provided to all of us to listen, hear, understand and cherish his message.


    Jul 4, 2016

    Killing Jews

    I have a title for a new Bill O’Reilly book, Killing Jews. It would be his most controversial title.

    This week, more Palestinian murderers/demons murdered Israeli Jews. Can anything at all be more unconscionable than stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death in her bed?

    That’s what happened to Hallel Yaffa at her home in Kiryat Arba.

    Then on the heels of that atrocity, Michael Mark was shot to death by Palestinian murderers on Route 60, south of Kiryat Arba. His wife was gravely injured as was is daughter.

    Oh, by the way, Hallel Yaffa was also an American citizen.

    Has the American president said anything? Nope. The American secretary of state blathers on incoherently about terrorism, while the attorney general says we must meet the challenge with love.

    I believe the challenge should be met with some good old-fashioned Old Testament justice.

    It is common knowledge that part of the PLO/PA plan all along has been to goad Israel into “overkill” (no pun intended) in response to terrorism. The thinking goes, international condemnation of Israel would be so severe that the Jewish state couldn’t recover.

    But at what point do you continue issuing strong statements without really doing anything?

    I like Benjamin Netanyahu very much. But it might be time for some historical stand on principles. It might be time to say, truly, Enough, and take care of the problem.

    I have friends on all sides of these issues. Frankly, I am astonished how many people support the two-state solution. Often, people assume I reject that purely on biblical terms. Actually, I reject a two-state solution for practical and security reasons.

    Simply put, the Palestinians don’t deserve a state. A state to do what? As with any other society, they have good apples and bad apples. But in the case of Palestinian society, it seems there is a tree with perhaps a dozen good apples among 100 acres of thoroughly diseased trees.

    Too harsh, you say?

    How about slaughtering a girl in her bed?

    Is that too harsh?

    I have come to this conclusion not quickly. It comes after 20 years of studying the issues and visiting the region numerous times. Talking with people on all sides.

    This is what I humbly suggest to Israel’s government: send in the IDF to clean out Judea-Samaria. Impose an administered territories concept that worked pretty well for more than two decades.

    I’m tired of hearing how the “Occupation” oppresses the Palestinians. In the context of the unabated murder of Jews, I don’t care about Palestinian rights. They have no rights until the killing stops permanently.

    I also believe there is an historical moment for Israel to crush the terrorists:

    •Egypt’s Al-Sisi not only has denounced jihad, in front of a Muslim audience. He is working with the Israelis in a spirit of unprecedented security cooperation.

    •Israel is building new coalition partners on the periphery. This involves relationship building and believe me, even surrounding nations are tired of the Palestinian nonsense.

    •”Popular uprisings” in Britain and the U.S. might signal that regular people are getting fed up with the status quo. And this is key: when terrorism is a threat to you, your perspective changes. What was once an Israel Problem is now Everybody’s Problem.

    •Israeli technology, in terms of cyber tech, along with military innovations, makes the Jewish state more than a formidable opponent for any enemy. You see, we too often place too much credit with the enemies. This is like a heavyweight prize fight, when a cocky challenger blusters, then gets his jaw crushed only seconds after the opening bell.

    I believe society is moving in a direction in which regular people will have to defend themselves. Our government not only doesn’t protect us, but endangers us. On purpose. Think about that.

    Here’s what I predict would happen if Israel were to seriously dismantle the terrorist threat:

    Nothing. At least, in terms of international condemnation.

    People must ask themselves: why is there a situation in which a strong Israeli response to the murder of their children is met with vicious condemnation? Honestly? I’d like to see the IDF strike a blow heavy enough that the Palestinians will still be talking about it three generations from now.

    It’s time to bring back Joshua.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

     


    Jun 27, 2016

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    Convulsions and Convergence

    Everywhere in the world, we see shockwaves of change. The decision by UK voters to leave the European Union—followed by the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron—should remind those of us who study Bible prophecy that geopolitics can change in an instant.

    If we are dogmatic about our pet topic, we might find ourselves embarrassed when the winds of change shift.

    As it relates to Israel, the British pullout from the borderless failure can only be good, as we read in the Jerusalem Post:

    “Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev said on Friday that the UK's exit from the EU is good for Israel since it further detaches Britain from Europe.

    “’The drama that took place last night in the UK, the national desire to detach from Europe is good for Israel,’ he said.

    “’The EU applauded Mahmoud Abbas for accusing us of blood libel...the partition of British power from the European Union is a good thing for Israel.’”

    Global connections can be both good and bad (the recent two-minute video of Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about the Orlando jihad attack was seen by 22 million on social media), and it remains to be seen just how the British decision will affect its relationship with Israel.

    Remember! alliances with various countries and Israel are shifting quickly now. The Jewish state (incredibly) is getting closer to China, Russia, and India. This was unthinkable only a few years ago.

    Meanwhile, the jury is still very much out on Israel’s relationship with the United States’ political leadership. Hillary Clinton is no true friend of Israel, but a coldly calculating politician. A win by her would continue many of the destructive policies of Obama.

    And the prospects aren’t much brighter with regard to religious leadership in America.

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is holding its 222nd General Assembly; you might recall that two years ago the PC(USA) narrowly voted for divestment. At the opening session this week, a prayer was offered for…Allah! That’s right, a Muslim prayer was offered by the morally bankrupt PC(USA) leadership.

    Interestingly, the Rev. Mateen Elass, a former Muslim from Saudi Arabia, had some pointed thoughts about this:

    “The Presbyterian Church USA has hammered one more nail into its own coffin — one wonders whether there is space for any further nails. Last Saturday, at the opening business session of its 222nd General Assembly in Portland, OR, the denominational leadership orchestrated an event which denied the gospel and lordship of Jesus Christ. Here’s what happened.

    “The Stated Clerk had asked the staff of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries of the PCUSA to create a liturgy of repentance/remembrance for the recent victims of gun violence in Orlando (and last year in Charleston, SC) as the first order of business for the GA. It was predictably leftist in its political emphases, with no wrestling over the impact of radical Islam, which was to be expected. ga222Indeed, as a token sign of its expansive tolerance, a Muslim was invited to participate in leading this liturgy. His name is Wajdi Said, president of the Muslim Educational Trust in the Portland area.

    “When it was his turn to lead, Mr. Said began by chanting in Arabic, most but not all of which was translated into English on the screen for the participants. Hardly anyone there, I’m guessing, had any idea where the words Mr. Said chanted came from. The first sentence was not translated — apparently, Wajdi threw that in on his own. This is what he said: “I seek refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed.” Within the Muslim world this is a common interjection when one fears the presence and power of evil spirits. Since Islam teaches that Christians and Jews who reject the claims of Muhammad are the vilest of creatures, under the sway of Satan, it is not surprising he would begin with this intercessory prayer for himself.”

    I include this scene to illustrate the utter moral bankruptcy of many in the American religious world. With the Muslim prayer given at the PC(USA) gathering, is it any wonder there are troubling signs in the way Christian leaders view Israel?

    I’ve written much about the erosion of support for Israel among certain key evangelical leaders. But it’s more than that. We now are seeing evangelical leaders embrace growing dialogue with Muslim imams. This is tragic and dangerous.

    Our world is swirling with cataclysmic change right now. In the center, strong and supernaturally safe, is Israel.

    It’s the rest of us I’m concerned about.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Jun 20, 2016

    Hunting Bibi

    Although Benjamin Netanyahu has been a model of consistency since assuming power in Israel for a second time (since 2009), he is still a target by political rivals.

    A few weeks ago, in an effort to bolster his ruling coalition, Netanyahu replaced Moshe Ya’alon, the Foreign Minister, with Avidgor Lieberman. Now, long-time rival (and former PM) Ehud Barak says it’s time to remove Netanyahu “before it’s too late.”

    Ya’alon announced this week that he’ll make a bid to replace Netanyahu. As is usually the case, the Jewish state faces so many daunting challenges, politics is anything but usual.

    (A very interesting historical irony is now taking place, too. Netanyahu has met several times with Russia’s Putin, the latest coming last week. This is supremely ironic, given the fact that a couple generations ago, the Soviets had all sorts of client states in the Middle East, bedeviling Israel at every turn. Their hardware and observers decades ago led to the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War. Now they are behaving as an ally for Israel.)

    Barak is claiming three things:

    •Netanyahu’s “right wing” government will alienate the world

    •tear Israeli society apart

    •sour American Jewish youth on Israel

    I think this is ridiculous. The international community already loathes Israel. Secondly, Israeli society is unusually strong and together on many issues, such as security. Third, while some youth who are part of the Millennial generation are flirting with leftist ideas, many more remain strongly Zionist.

    I think this is about political posturing and competition. Remember, many centrist Israeli politicians like Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni have chosen to make their own political careers priority no. 1.

    Notice the odd nature of Barak’s statements:

    “’I call on the government to get a hold of itself and to get back on track immediately,’ Barak said at the Interdisciplinary Center's Annual Herzliya Conference.

    “’If you do not, it will be the duty of all of us, yes, all of us, to get up out of our seats, no matter how comfortable they are - and to bring it down, through popular protest and through the ballot box, before it's too late.’

    “Barak stated that Israel was strong in every sense of the word, ‘able to face reality no matter how cruel it is and to defeat any enemy.’”

    So, Israel is endangered because of the Netanyahu government, but at the same time, “strong.”

    Which is it?

    Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu (in the Hebrew: “Israel Is Our Home”) party has brought Netanyahu more seats and, frankly, some statements made recently by Ya’alon (Israel needs to make sure the country’s moral standards are maintained in the face of vicious terrorists) have alienated some on the right.

    Barak has said that Netanyahu is leading Israel to “fascism” and to “the abyss.”

    Chuckle.

    This is typical Israeli politics. The fact is, while one can quibble over some policy issues (I personally decry the government’s rather timid attitude toward allowing Jews on the Temple Mount—though it’s easy for me to say that from my perch), the Netanyahu government has kept the nation safe; no wars and while terrorism has claimed lives, Israel always has to deal with terrorists.

    Barak was a failed premier and needs to stick to helping his rival, not undermining him. According to the Jerusalem Post:

    “Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) accused Barak of refusing to accept the will of Israel's voters. ‘Ehud Barak refuses to recognize Israeli democracy and Israel's citizens' choice of a nationalist government,’ he stated.

    “’Israel has still not recovered from Barak's short, but failed premiership, and here he is threatening to topple the government,’ Ariel said. ‘He's like a pyromaniac who started a big fire and then gives advice about how to put it out.’”

    Precisely.

    Let’s all pray for Netanyahu in the coming days, months, and years. His sole task is to protect the nation.

    One day soon, he’ll have to make a decision about Iran. And he will.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    Jun 13, 2016

    The Burden of Arrogance

    Hard to believe it’s coming up on a decade that I’ve been writing for RaptureReady. I was looking for something to do when Todd and Terry so kindly asked me to write for them; the column would be titled “Israel Watch.”

    I hope you’ll indulge me this week, as I get personal.

    I have been actively engaged in advocating for Israel for 20 years. In that time, I’ve attended conferences, published books, written articles, networked, and researched like crazy. I’ve been blessed to visit Israel several times. My friends in the pro Israel community—both Christians and Jews—are precious to me.  The whole endeavor is multi-layered and at once simple and complex.

    The foundation for all this was laid many years ago. My father was a strong Bible believer and taught me early on the importance of Israel and the Jewish people. I grew up in the era of the Six-Day War and Entebbe.

    In 1995 I met Avi Lipkin, the indefatigable researcher, writer, and speaker. It was at a conference in Dallas that Avi helped me learn to pronounce the name of a rising Israeli politician:

    Net-ahn-ya-hoo.

    It has been my joy to support Israel in my own small way. This global community is amazing and multi-faceted, from grizzled veterans like John Bolton to young social media mavens (see Simone Valdary, Chloe).

    One of my favorite memories is being invited to a Hanukkah celebration at the home of a friend near Washington D.C. There I met many neo-conservatives.

    Another is meeting Ariel Sharon, with David Lewis, in 1998 in Tel Aviv.

    So many memories.

    I recently reflected on all this after a conversation with a friend—a long-time veteran of the pro Israel community.

    I was telling my friend that something felt “off” to me of late, regarding some relationships and activities I’d been involved in with the pro Israel community. In short, I’ve lost work, friends, and other opportunities. I have been told several times that I need to back-off some strong reporting about, for example, how the Palestinian Narrative has made deep inroads into American churches, thus harming traditionally strong pro Israel support.

    “Also, you are perceived in some circles as a Rapture guy,” my friend said.

    I like information. I like knowing where I stand with people. That way I can make informed decisions.

    My friend graciously told me a lot in one or two sentences.

    You see, within the varied pro Israel community globally is a segment that is what I’d call highbrow. They identify as intellectuals who are embarrassed by, for example, the Bible prophecy enthusiasts.

    I think we’re all aware of the excesses of the prophecy community. These range from the very unfortunate emphases on fringe topics (just this week I saw a post on Facebook that speculates we are all part of a video game produced by aliens. It’s frankly depressing to see this kind of stuff.), to the very public scarecrows our opponents love to tie us to, such as Harold Camping.

    Overall, though, some of the most sophisticated thinkers I’ve ever known are folks in the prophecy community. I recently had a remarkable after-breakfast conversation with Todd Strandberg at a prophecy conference. Scholars like Andy Wood enrich us all. I could go on and on.

    A couple years ago I listened to a conference address by Hal Lindsey, who has been vilified by many in the Christian community over the years. Some minor criticisms of him are valid, I suppose; anyone could say at least the same things about any of us.

    Yet, if push came to shove, I’d rather stand with Hal Lindsey than with all the highbrows who sniff and turn their backs on us at dinner parties.

    And if push really came to shove, I’m happy to stand completely alone. Because at the end of the day, any Israel advocacy is ultimately limited if it doesn’t include some mention of the biblical promises to the Jews.

    I so appreciated hearing this a few years ago from the peerless (literally) Bill Koenig, my friend who is a White House correspondent. Bill stood at a press conference and asked the organizers to include such teaching. He was politely dismissed, of course.

    And of course, he was totally correct in his assessment.

    A few years ago, Porter Speakman Jr. (producer of the Christian Zionist-bashing film “With God on Our Side”) referred to me publicly as a RaptureReady “tool.”

    Again, I’ve been told that my alliance with RaptureReady removes me from consideration for speaking at certain conferences, publishing opportunities, etc.

    Good.

    When the smoke clears, I will still be standing with my friends. I am so proud to be able to write for RR, and I hope that when Jesus returns, I will be in mid-sentence for a new “Israel Watch.”

    My real friends are much smarter than my sometimes-friends. When my sometimes-friends chatter about Rapture folks and then marginalize me as well, I think of the phrase: They are too clever by half.

    So I will double down—check that, quadruple down—on remaining loyal to the community that has been loyal to me.

    I could tell you stories that would curl your hair regarding the cowardice at top levels of pro Israel Christian support. Cowardice when it comes to naming names and identifying the real problems with the erosion of Israel support in the American Church.

    So often, such leadership and activists call me, email, text…each time wanting information, which I provide. Then publicly they stand quite a few miles away from me because, after all, I’m a RaptureReady tool.

    Boy, could I tell you stories.

    Maybe someday I will.

    Meanwhile, the ones consistently standing for the Word (which is where Zionism originated, after all) will remain the ones I admire.

    My sometimes-friends are no friends at all. One day, I will feel sorry for them. I don’t disparage their work; how sad they don’t return the courtesy.

    Arrogance must be a terrible burden to bear.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Jun 6, 2016

    What Up, Bibi?

    Things have gotten weird(er) in Israeli politics of late. The Knesset is notorious for its volatile exchanges from time to time. Add to the mix Arab representatives that hate the state, and you have the recipe for some real trouble.

    The Likud Party, the one that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads, is sort of the equivalent of the Republican Party in the States (at least, the former perception of the GOP as the “conservative” party). In fact, Likud and Republican officials have been chummy for years. The Likud’s national platform has always been Zionist in its foundations, and remember, it was the party that Menachem Begin rode to power in Israel in 1977. Until then, Israel had been ruled by the socialist-leaning Labor Party.

    When Netanyahu won the chairmanship of the Likud in the 1990s, and then the prime minister’s seat in 1996, he was in his mid-40s. His staunchly Zionist father, Benzion, had instilled in his sons a love for Zion.

    But when one moves full-time into politics, one is forced to compromise. I’m speaking of conservative politicians. The Left never moves one centimeter to the right, always demanding concessions from the Right.

    When Netanyahu assumed power in 1996 (after a razor-thin win over Shimon Peres), he was forced to go along with the recently enshrined “Oslo Accords,” whereby Israel agreed to a staged plan that would eventually see a Palestinian state.

    (I once asked a former aid to Yitzhak Rabin why the wily old general-turned-politician had ever agreed to Oslo; Rabin had been the architect of the Six Day War victory and was one tough old hombre. The aid replied that the PM’s wife, Leah, pressured him to accept it. Leah Rabin was a hardcore Leftist. Interesting perspective.)

    Netanyahu always knew the Palestinian leadership was corrupt and duplicitous. He knew what Yasser Arafat was: a cold-blooded killer never interested in nation-building. That George H.W. Bush forced the Israelis to the negotiating table is a travesty that will go down as a dark moment in American diplomacy.

    By the end of the ‘90s, as Palestinian terror brought new horrors, Netanyahu dug his heels in. This infuriated the Clinton team, and in 1999, Ehud Barak defeated Netanyahu in elections.

    Interestingly, Barak’s willingness to give the PLO almost everything it officially claimed made him look weak and in 2001, he was defeated by Ariel Sharon.

    The old “Bulldozer” then followed the pattern all major Israeli leaders eventually find themselves in: appeasement. His 2005 pullout from Gaza paved the way for Hamas rule in the Strip.

    It became clear many years ago that the Palestinian society, raised for generations on Jew-hatred, is nowhere near ready to live in peace with Israel.

    And when I visit with Israeli friends, those on the Right and the Left, they are more unified against Palestinian demands than their leaders usually are.

    So…in the past week, Netanyahu announced a bombshell: he would support the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan, which calls for normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world, in exchange for Israel withdrawing to the 1967 lines.

    This has always been thought of as suicidal for Israel. The truth is we cannot know at all what is in Netanyahu’s mind. We can guess.

    My guess is he never supported Oslo and he doesn’t really support the Saudi plan. My guess is, he’s hoping that one day, the international community will wake up and realize a new paradigm is called for regarding a Palestinian homeland.

    Maybe the Saudis can come up with a plan to relocate the Palestinians in their territory.

    On the heels of Netanyahu’s announcement came an equally surprising announcement by brand-new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman that he would support the Saudi plan, too!

    Liberman has been a hawk for a long time, and supposedly recently said that within 48 hours of being appointed Defense Minister, he would order the assassination of Hamas terrorist leader Ismail Haniyeh.

    As of this writing, Haniyeh is still breathing.

    On the one hand, Israel has navigated an impossible environment remarkably well over the years. On the other hand, their concessions are seen as weakness by their enemies, and so the whole pattern repeats itself endlessly.

    I do not believe that America’s top political and diplomatic leadership cares for Israel at all. They know their constituents do, so they lie to us and the Israelis when proclaiming their support for Israeli security.

    Where this will all end up is anyone’s guess. However, I do not believe that when it gets right down to it, any Israeli leader will put a gun to his nation’s head. I believe the Saudi nonsense is just that, and I’ve always believed Israel will never allow Iran to get nukes.

    Few realize that Iran’s real nuclear ambitions began more than 40 years ago, under the Shah. The plan then was to build 20 nuclear reactors. Of course, when the mullahs took over in 1979, all that became super scary.

    And in the bizarro world we now live in, Iran is fighting against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Fallujah…even as the Americans have joined the Iraqi army in this effort, along with both Sunni and Shia militias!

    According to a report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center:

    “Since  the  beginning of  the  Fallujah  campaign  reports  published  by

    the Iranian media have emphasized the participation of Iran and the Iraqi Shi'ite militias operating under Iranian direction in the fighting.

    “According to the reports, Qasem Soleimani,  commander  of  the  IRGC's Qods  Force,  is  present  in  the  Fallujah area and plays a central role in conducting the campaign.”

    Welcome to geopolitics in the Age of Obama.

    Israel has to navigate all this insanity, while still growing their economy and maintaining security.

    What exactly Bibi is up to is anyone’s guess.

    But something tells me he hasn’t forgotten his roots. Not at all.

     jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    May 30, 2016

    Compassionate Conservatism

    George W. Bush was a wily politician before he ever got to Washington. He knew that running for president in the aftermath of the leftist Clinton Regime would require some deft campaigning. That’s when someone came up with the phrase “compassionate conservatism.”

    It was a bid to peel-off some Democrat and Independent votes in the general election, in the hopes that more people would like George.

    Unfortunately, in my opinion, it also led to conservatives being seen as somewhat soft. Remember, the left is always brutal, relentless, and contemptuous of conservatives.

    When Bush declared just after 9/11 that Islam is “a religion of peace,” it signaled our enemies that we weren’t totally serious about waging total war. We are dealing with the fall-out from that to this day.

    In the pro-Israel world, I have noticed that key voices seem to follow the same path. They believe we can even dialogue with some of our enemies.

    I noticed this week that Joel Rosenberg tweeted the following:

    “I’m praying for Palestinian President Abbas’ health and strength, especially as he’s 81 & signaling to colleagues he may soon step down.”

    I strongly disagree with this approach. But there are a lot of moving parts in the community Rosenberg lives in, namely, the evangelical elites.

    The bestselling novelist runs in lofty circles. I admit to being fascinated with how he got access to so many top officials on both sides of the Atlantic. I interviewed him once, and he seemed affable, if a bit reserved. Rosenberg is perhaps the top eschatological writer today.

    Yet I’ve noticed a tendency on his part to dialogue with people who have troubling theology or contrary political views. I suspect that when one rises to the status Rosenberg has, the Big Tent makes it harder and harder to stand fast on bedrock principles. This is identical to a mega-church pastor who consciously makes a decision to avoid “controversial topics” in the pulpit. He knows he might alienate a significant number of congregants.

    And then the cash starts to dry up.

    Honestly? It infuriates me that Abbas has made it to 81. Many of his victims did not. Does anybody remember he was one of the architects of the ’72 Munich murders?

    Does anybody still care about that in Christian circles?

    Why the fawning over such an individual?

    According to a 2013 story in Frontpage:

    “Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, has honored Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Abu Sukkar, who murdered 15 Israelis and Americans, and wounded 77 others in the Zion Square Refrigerator Bombing on July 4, 1975. Among the dead were American citizen Rivka Ben-Yitzhak and husband Michael, who left behind two small children. Daoud Khoury, an Arab accountant at the King David Hotel, was also murdered.

    “The PA also gave Abu Sukkar an official military funeral after he died of a heart attack at age 78. His coffin was draped in a Palestinian flag and brought from the hospital to the center of Ramallah in a military vehicle.

    “In a eulogy, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, ‘His pure soul passed on to the kingdom of Heaven during these blessed days in this honored month [Ramadan] after a journey of struggle full of exceptional giving and devoted activity for Palestine.’”

    What kind of a sick mind glorifies murderers?

    I can’t understand Rosenberg’s bouquet of roses to Abbas.

    He isn’t the only one who does this.

    Openly now, whether in “pro-Israel work” or in interfaith dialogue between jihadists and evangelical leaders (a key plank in the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to infiltrate American Evangelicalism), more and more evangelical leaders are reaching a hand to those who wish us dead.

    As for pro Israel activists, I can’t understand anyone advocating for a “two-state solution” at this time. The Palestinians should be told that only by tangible efforts to eradicate anti-Semitism from their national life can they hope to achieve statehood. It is repulsive to think of rewarding them for murder.

    Ten years ago, the usual suspects within “evangelicalism” (the ones I call the Christianity Today crowd—“evangelicals” who identify more with the center-left mainline) were advocating for a two-state solution, firing off letters and signatories to Bush.

    Today, more traditional evangelicals are doing the same.

    The left knows where our weaknesses are, and they exploit them. Seeking dialogue with people like Abbas, or Sami Awad, or the Muslim Brotherhood or CAIR operatives weakens us.

    A long time ago, the jihadists hatched their plan to overthrow the West. The fight was always going to be hard enough.

    It’s galling that we are tying at least one hand behind our back.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    Jim@prophecymatters.com 


    May 23, 2016

    Some Good News

    As I travel through our 2016 seminar schedule with the America-Israel Friendship League, my latest stop in Edmond, Oklahoma gives me much hope for the future.

    (This comes on the heels of the news from my friends at Christians United for Israel that they have now passed the three million-member mark! Truly astonishing and a testmament to the marvelous work done by David Brog’s team over the past decade.)

    At Fairview Baptist Church this past Sunday, I spoke along with Mark Liotta, the Workman’s Compensation Commissioner for the State of Oklahoma. Mark gave a tremendous talk about his two trips to Israel with the AIFL.

    “Israel is the economic engine of the Middle East,” he said.

    Once again, I was struck by the enthusiasm of the audience, and their passion for Israel and knowledge. I urged them to use that to further advocate for Israel.

    The pastor of Fairview Baptist, Paul Blair, is not only a champion for Israel; he is a passionate and fearless defender of Christian liberty and American principles. He is also running for a seat in the state legislature. Even though Paul played college football at Oklahoma State (and not for my beloved OU Sooners), I forgive him that. He later played 10 seasons for the Chicago Bears, finishing as one of the game’s greatest offensive tackles.

    We need more men like that taking stands, frankly.

    So far this year, I’ve traveled to California, Florida, and now Oklahoma for our church outreach program. The crowds have been tremendous. My colleagues, Ambassador Uri Bar-Ner and Dr. Alex Grobman, have been able to educate people on a variety of topics: Holocaust, Israel’s diplomatic standing in the world, and Bible history. We hope to be at a location near you soon.

    All this buoys me, and comes at a time when Israel’s enemies are having a bit of a rough go. As Hamas tunnels collapse, and ISIS is pinned down, the Palestinian Authority also faced a huge embarrassment this week with the announcement that a new museum dedicated to Palestinian history and culture will open in the West Bank.

    They have no exhibits.

    Wow, that story so symbolizes the Arab-Israeli conflict. As Israel surges on so many fronts: economic, military, technology, the Arab world languishes in Third World realities. In 2014, Israel’s gross domestic product amounted to $305 billion U.S. dollars. This doesn’t factor-in the new oil and natural gas deposits found.

    The stunning announcement about the Palestinian “museum” reminds me something I stumbled across in the ‘90s. Helping David Lewis gather material for a book that would become The Last War, I looked online at the then-website for the Palestinian Authority.

    Stumbling across their section for Palestinian history and culture, I laughed out loud. I really did. Right there at my desk.

    The items displayed included some sewn dresses (pretty, to be sure), and some images of old currency from “Palestine.” If one looked closely at the currency images, one could see three languages: English, Arabic, and…Hebrew.

    That’s correct: to further add to the mountain of evidence that there was never a sovereign Palestinian state with Arab citizens, the currency proves the exact opposite. The currency was issued (pre-Jewish state) by the British Mandate government. It was simply currency to be used by residents of what was then Palestine: Arab and Jew. In fact, until Israel was birthed, Jews in Palestine were also known as “Palestinians.”

    Amazing, isn’t it?

    There is no end to Arab delusion, lies, and failure to live in reality.

    That’s why, as Israel surges into the future, her neighbors continue to look in the window and covet.

    Here’s to the day when all of them will live side-by-side in peace. We pray for it, We expect it.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    May 16, 2016

    Truth on its Head

    Maybe it’s the weariness of eight decades of fighting Arab terror constantly. As in, 24 hours a day.

    Maybe it’s the last quarter-century of the West blaming Israel and giving the Palestinians a pass.

    Whatever the reason, some Israeli leaders feel the need to publicly call on the Jewish state to maintain its moral standing.

    I think what we’re seeing is a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

    Recently, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has been compelled to make sure Israelis don’t lose their humanity when dealing with the Palestinians. Much of this stems from a recent incident in Hebron in which an IDF soldier killed a terrorist who had been subdued.

    For what it’s worth, my own interaction with Israelis lets me know clearly that the IDF is the most moral army in the world. Israeli society is built in part on an almost total respect for others. Some of this comes from centuries of their own abuse at the hands of gentiles in countries where Jews found themselves. In other words, Jews are almost hyper-sensitive to being mindful of others.

    While so many others are killing them.

    A recent piece highlighted a growing divide among Israelis over these issues:

    “’Over the past several months, Israel has been confronted with a wave of Palestinian terrorism, which indeed has been on a down-slide of late, but is liable to erupt anew,’ Ya’alon said to a massive crowd of mourners at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in Tel Aviv. ‘Even during the difficult moments, in which our blood boils and our rage is high, woe to us if we lose our way and our values, the compromising of which would likely bring Israel to the abyss.’

    “’Exercise force when necessary, but also understand its limits and its ability to lead to a dulling of the senses,; he continued. ‘Ensure the purity of arms and retain humanity, and let us not lose our heads.’”

    The article went on to point to the case of the IDF soldier, and also pointed to two separate instances when Ya’alon has invoked Israeli morality:

    “The first was when he promptly denounced Elor Azariya – the IDF soldier under indictment for killing a subdued Palestinian terrorist in Hebron – and members of the public who protested on his behalf. ‘We’re not ISIS,’ Ya’alon said, ‘When there’s a need to kill, we kill. But when it’s someone neutralized or with his hands up, that is the place for preserving our moral compass.’

    “The second was on Holocaust Remembrance Day, when Ya’alon immediately and unequivocally backed IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan, who suggested that Israel is coming dangerously close to resembling 1930s Germany and called for an annual day of soul-searching, like some kind of secular version of Yom Kippur.”

    What gives? The Arabs have been murdering Jews in the region for a century. Why is there a constant pressure on Israel? It’s like saying that the victims of the Manson Family fought back too hard.

    Israeli writer Ruthie Blum takes issue with Ya’alon and others:

    “The last time I checked, it was the job of the minister of defense to protect Israel’s citizenry from its mortal enemies, by developing and carrying out military strategies to defeat them. It is a mighty challenge on today’s battlefield in the Middle East, to be sure, because the warfare involves multiple fronts and various filthy methods of engagement. These include, but are not restricted to the use of children, both as human shields and as machete-wielding perpetrators of bloody murder.”

    Thank you, Ruthie, for taking us back to the point. A profound lack of morals has infected the West, and I think this influences Israeli leaders.

    Look, no one really knows (but them) just how much pressure the West, including and especially now the U.S., puts on Israel. Remember that Ariel Sharon was very deferential to the Americans while he was prime minister, and all Israeli PMs including Benjamin Netanyahu are pressured behind closed doors.

    Over 24,000 Israelis have been killed by the Arabs since statehood in 1948.

    That is the story.

    The story isn’t that a lone nutcase once tried to set fire to the Dome of the Rock, or that in 1994 Baruch Goldstein killed Arabs in Hebron, or that the Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian who had been subdued after a terror attack.

    The story is that Israel is held to a grotesque and immoral standard by the West and by the Arabs. The story is that a campaign of genocide was launched against the Jews long before Hitler came to power. The world is still condoning it by making demands on…Israel.

    People like John Kerry will one day answer for their shabby treatment of the Jews. The truth is, today’s Western diplomats are little different from the European ones who threw the Jews under the Nazi bus in the ’30s and ‘40s.

    Even now, the chickens have come home to roost, though, for when civilization tries to appease Islam by offering up Israel, trouble comes for them.

    London has just elected a Muslim mayor. Europe will fall to the Islamists.

    And then they won’t have the Jews to kick around anymore.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    May 9, 2016

    Never Again

    I am a dispensationalist, but not one who believes there is a second Holocaust coming for the Jewish people. I’ll write more about that in detail at a later time, but for now, I’d like to focus on this past week’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    The famous mantra “Never again” means just that, in my view. That the Jews survived through one campaign of extermination is remarkable in the extreme, and clear evidence of ultimate Divine protection.

    From Haman to Hitler (and, sadly, beyond to our day), strongmen have sought to murder every Jew. This satanic obsession is of course grotesque, and yet it doesn’t deter new madmen from trying where others have failed spectacularly.

    One of the most insane statements in history comes from the mouth of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazi-led Holocaust:

    “I will leap into my grave laughing because the feeling that I have five million human beings on my conscience is for me a source of extraordinary satisfaction.”

    The SS operative has certainly gone on to his well-deserved reward. When Mossad agents plucked him off a street in Argentina in 1961, no doubt Eichmann was as stunned as everyone else. He had enjoyed 15 years of luxury, after helping butcher millions of human beings. He was hanged in Israel in 1962.

    I find that Christians in America don’t know much about the Holocaust. It was perpetrated by church-going Nazi leaders. Although there were a few brave souls in Europe who saved Jewish lives, by and large the culture stood by and watched it happen.

    More than 1.5 million children were murdered. Children. The stain has soaked through the fabric of Germany; it will never be erased.

    Today, the global rise of anti-Semitism is as alarming as it is infuriating.

    As my friend Kay Wilson posted on Facebook:

    “If there would be a minute's silence for every one of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the world would be silent for over 11 years.”

    Kay herself was the victim of Palestinian terror a few years ago, when she was almost hacked to death (and her friend was). The satanic hatred of Jews is unfortunately alive in our world today. It is why, as Daniel Seaman said, “Never again” must not be just a mantra; it must be a call to action.

    I know many, many wonderful Christians and even churches that genuinely love the Jewish people. As a matter of fact, I love hearing from you. If you are a member of a congregation or a pastor of a church that loves Israel, drop me a line; I’d love to hear from you. Today, more than ever, it’s important to network.

    This year I am again taking part in the church outreach program of the America-Israel Friendship League, and next weekend we are holding another seminar at Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, after being in California and Florida the previous two months. If you’d like to hear our presentation (we don’t charge a church for travel expenses, so it’s free!), drop me a line. We are already booking into 2017, but we can be flexible to your schedule.

    One of our presenters, my dear friend Alex Grobman, is a leading Holocaust scholar. He’s written a series of terrific books defending Israel and I encourage you to check them out on Amazon.

    At Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, there is one display that affected me the most. You can stand on a railroad track and see large mural photos of Jews. It gives you some idea of having been there.

    I believe things in our world are going to get worse before they get better (forever), and we must resolve not to allow culture to decline to the point of another Holocaust.

    Wherever you are, especially if you are a Christian, act to defy and oppose anti-Semitism. It is really important.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    May 2, 2016

    Our Enemies’ Frustration

    For more than a hundred years, attacks on the Bible have undermined churches in America. Beginning in the late 19th century, the anti-Bible positions of scholars in Germany—and the Darwinian philosophy coming from London—leveled steady attacks on the credibility of the Bible, starting with Genesis.

    These attacks, though they were refuted by a few like Robert Dick Wilson at Princeton, devastated American seminaries, which were producing next-generation pastors. Biblical accounts like the Exodus were called into question. It was claimed that multiple anonymous authors/editors contributed to the great prophetic books, like Isaiah.

    Why?

    Only one reason: those unbelieving scholars did not want to believe that God can predict the future, and instruct His prophets to alert us to future events. The scholars, like all leftists, do not want to follow the One who sets the rules.

    A couple generations ago, the biblical scholar Edward J. Young wrote, about the critics of the Bible’s prophetic books:

    “They are destructive, for they are seeking, whether consciously or not, to destroy the words God has spoken.”

    This was from Young’s book, Who Wrote Isaiah?

    The title of the book is strange, because, we think, we know who wrote Isaiah: Isaiah.

    That’s if you believe the Bible is true. If you don’t, then Isaiah must have been written/collected/edited by an unknown number of people, who recorded history, not prophecy. The critics simply do not believe anyone can accurately predict the future, so the yet-future declarations from the prophet’s book could not have been written before the events came to pass.

    This is part of what Henry Morris called “the long war against God,” in which unbelievers would seek to continually undermine true faith. An added outcome was the damage done to Israel’s reputation: if the biblical promises to the Jews are not valid, then today’s Israel is not legitimate.

    Gary Frazier and I discuss these things in our new book, The Miracle of Israel. Incredibly, in modern America, few sitting in the pews have any real knowledge of what the Bible says about anything. The specialness of Israel and the Jewish people is near the top of that list.

    Let me give you a practical outcome of generations of these attacks on the Bible.

    Relevant magazine, produced for Millennials and those in that group who are evangelicals, never misses an opportunity to mock Bible prophecy, at least the brand studied and taught by, say, Dispensationalists.

    I believe that the publisher, Cameron Strang, at some point rejected the prophecy community his father (Charisma publisher Steve Strang) had long operated in, and the problem is, he reacted too strongly the other way. Certainly, there have been excesses in the prophecy community, but not to the degree its critics allege.

    There is a massive, coordinated effort right now to undermine prophecy teaching in America. And, as I’ve always contended, if you do not understand modern Israel through the lens of prophetic Scripture, you won’t get it.

    Relevant advocates for the Palestinians and supports authors who accuse Israel of war crimes (Donald Miller).

    But the ripple in the water extends far beyond that.

    In the latest issue of Relevant, Issac Edwards writes a piece titled, “Through Hell and Back,” in which he produces a puff piece about the heretical Rob Bell.

    My point is this: the farther one moves from believing all the Bible is true, including its marvelous predictive prophecies, the more one embraces humanistic philosophies.

    And yet, when it comes down to it, nothing can stop the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Israel and the return of the Jews to their ancestral land is central to that message. That Relevant and others decry Israel’s “Occupation” of the Palestinians is…irrelevant. Their advocacy for the enemies of the Jewish people is shameful and doomed to failure.

    In the meantime, they will continue to apply the pressure to Israel that they can (Relevant’s digital and social media reach is staggering, far outgaining anything that can be produced by prophecy teachers in today’s climate).

    In the end, though, it won’t alleviate their frustrations that Israel marches on toward her destiny.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    April 25, 2016

    Munther Mendacity

    One of the ways our ideological opponents in the Arab-Israeli conflict work their plan is to use disinformation and misinformation to advocate for the Palestinians. Nowhere is this more intense than in the Church. Pro Palestinian advocates distort, spin, and lie about Israel and her Christian supporters.

    Readers of “Israel Watch” will recall the claim that Israel’s security fence (called a “barrier” or “wall” by Palestinian advocates; remember, words and imagery are all-important) completely encircles Bethlehem.

    This is simply a lie.

    Only one side of the security fence in Bethlehem is the high cement wall; it is in place to prevent Palestinian murderers from shooting at Israeli cars on the highway. The other sections of the fence are wire. Keep in mind, too, that much terrorist activity in Bethlehem and surrounding villages has killed Jews. It is also the center of the so-called “Christian Palestinianist” movement.

    Another brazen lie came in the book, Red Letter Revolution. There, co-authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo claim that for every Israeli “settler,” there are three bodyguards. This is absurd, in a country of eight million. If these two leftist authors are correct, more than one million bodyguards live in the country.

    When I challenged Claiborne and the editors at Thomas Nelson about this inaccuracy…nothing was done.

    Of course. That’s how propaganda works: lie big and double down.

    Now, a new column by Munther Isaac (“Reverend at Bethlehem Christmas Church and Academic Dean at Bethlehem Bible College”) displays classic propaganda. Virtually every sentence can be refuted. I’ll concentrate on two for now.

    (By the way, Isaac is a key figure in the “Christ at the Checkpoint” gathering, which is the nerve center of anti-Christian Zionist feeling.)

    Early on in the piece, Munther says:

    “How do Palestinians perceive Christian Zionism? I will argue, that Christian Zionism is more than just a theological belief about Israel and Jews – it is an Imperial Theology.  Today, it is also – willingly or not – a political movement. Let me start with a short definition of Christian Zionism as Robert Smith defines it:

    “’Christian Zionism is political action, informed by specifically Christian commitments, to promote or preserve Jewish control over the geographic area now comprising Israel and Palestine.’”

    Did you see what he did there? The phrase “I will argue,” in his first paragraph, is meaningless. Why? Because Munther Isaac & Friends, vicious opponents of Christian Zionism, want you not to notice that they are giving you their opinion of what Christian Zionism is.

    Further, Christian Zionism is not a political action. It is a biblical worldview, rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures, which are dominated by the entire sweep of Jewish history. It is a belief that the Jews are entitled to settle their ancient land.

    Leftists always manipulate language. Unsolicited advice: never let them set the terms in a debate.

    Next, Isaac takes issue with Genesis 12:3:

    “Joel Rosenberg, a regular Fox News analyst and NY Times bestseller, explains that if the US would turn against Israel, this would result in an existential threat to the future of the United States. Rosenberg, like numerous others, bases this on Genesis: ‘In Genesis 12:1-3, the Lord God vows that He will bless those who bless Israel and the Jewish people, and curse those who curse them.’ What amazes me is that Gen. 12:1-3 does not actually mention Israel. It is about Abraham. This verse comes in the midst of a glorious mandate to Abraham to become a blessing to the nations – a mandate that was eventually fulfilled in Jesus, who is Abraham’s seed according to Paul, when he died on the cross. How was this glorious promise turned into the recipe of foreign policy today towards a  secular state?”

    Genesis 12:1-3 does mention a nation coming from Abraham. Further in the book of beginnings, we learn that Abraham’s son Isaac is the “child of the promise” and through him the Jewish people would come.

    One can argue that Christian Zionists could cite another passage to buttress their argument (and there are hundreds of others in the Old Testament that prove the specialness of the Jews), but Munther Isaac’s argument here is very weak. Context and thorough scriptural examination is always missing from the quiver of the Christian Palestinianists.

    Just know that Palestinian propaganda against Israel and her supporters in the Church is heating up, with no end in sight. Using either clueless or complicit evangelical leaders in America is a big weapon in their arsenal.

    But in the end, they underestimate the staying power of Zionism. When they come to their senses, we’ll be waiting for them at the finish line, with an outstretched hand.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    April 18, 2016

    Palestinian Propaganda and the UN

    For decades, the Palestinians have been very friendly with the United Nations, and the latter has helped the former to spread gigantic lies about Israel. The many and varied lies also touch on Jewish history, or, to say it a better way, the denial of Jewish history.

    The Palestinians, beginning with Yasser Arafat, learned from the Soviets how to manipulate people with lies and propaganda, and it has always been relentless.

    Since last year, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have resurrected the total lie that Israel is trying to destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque, on the Temple Mount. Make no mistake, this kind of egregious lie will one day be Judged. Until then, Israel must also fight on this front.

    Let me be clear: there is no plot to destroy the Al-Aksa, or the Dome of the Rock. It’s painfully obvious that the Israelis have no interest in doing such a thing, and their security teams make sure no lone wolf attack can take place. I’ve been there several times and the security measures undertaken before one is allowed on the Temple Mount make it impossible for someone to smuggle anything onto the site that would damage the structures.

    Yet the Palestinians continue to knowingly lie. Why? To keep their people in a constant state of turmoil and rage at the Jews, and the deflect attention from their own evil and corruption.

    When you step onto the Temple Mount, the Al-Aksa (originally a Byzantine church) is on the right; the Dome of the Rock is on the left. Palestinians continually stream into Al-Aksa to pray and also be radicalized by clerics’ “sermons” that incite them to do violence to Jews. That Israel allows this behavior is somewhat of a mystery, but since the Six Day War, the policy has been to basically allow the Palestinina wakf (religious authority) to do what it wants.

    The evil Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh contributes to the incitement, which has led to many Israeli deaths, which the UN does not care about. According to the Jerusalem Post:

    “Haniyeh on Friday pledged that the current 'intifada' against Israel will continue as it is the will of the Palestinian people.

    “’There are those who try to bury the al-Quds (Jerusalem) intifada, but this intifada will continue and it is the option of the people, the nation and the entire generation,’ he said at a rally in Gaza ahead of the Palestinian Prisoner's Day.”

    Recently,  the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued another menacing resolution against the Jewish state:

    “UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris on Friday adopted a resolution whose language ignored Jewish ties to the holy religious site of the Temple Mount and the Western Wall area in Jerusalem’s Old City.

    “The broad ranging resolution condemned Israeli actions in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. But the resolution focused in large part on Israeli actions with regard to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall Plaza.

    “The resolution also charged that Israel had planted ‘Jewish fake graves’ in other Muslim cemeteries located on Wakf property east and south of the Al-Aksa mosque.

    “The 58-member board approved the resolution 19 with 33 votes in favor, six against and 17 abstention. Two countries, Ghana and Turkmenistan were absent all together.

    “Those countries who opposed it outright were: Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

    “France, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Russia and Slovenia were among those countries who supported the resolution.

    “A second resolution that more globally condemned Israeli actions, passed with 45 votes in favor, 1 vote against and 11 abstentions.”

    The “fake Jewish graves” is language straight out of classic Palestinian propaganda, which proves that the PLO is helping shape even the propaganda language of UNESCO.

    The truth is, the world stands by and tolerates horrific lies about Israel. Bill Clinton knew Arafat was denying Jewish history (claiming the Temples were never on the site). International diplomats listen to these kinds of lies constantly.

    The two Democrat candidates for president knowingly lie about Israel (Clinton claiming Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are illegal, while Sanders accuses the IDF of war crimes in Gaza). Of the Republicans, it’s likely that only Ted Cruz understands the detail about geopolitics in the Middle East.

    Let me say this: the toleration of lies about Israel from the international diplomatic and political community parallels that of church leadership that does the same thing. For decades, mainline church officials have cuddled up to the Arafats of the world, and now even evangelical leaders are totally silent when anti-Semites like Donald Miller accuse the IDF of war crimes in Gaza…with no documentation.

    All this means of course that the global political and religious elites are birds of a feather. Corrupt and heartless, their cruelty and calculation are part of their desire to throw the Jews under the bus, hoping the jihadist will leave them alone. But notice: the putrid resolution from Paris comes from the same city attacked by jihadists. And Europe’s de facto capitol, Brussels, is also the victim of a jihadist attack.

    The demons that run Hamas and the Palestinian Authority will have a short shelf life. So will all those who use their religious authority to spread lies about the Jews and Israel.

    I wonder if they will be Judged more harshly in that day, simply because at least in theory, they should have known better.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Apr 11, 2016

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    Don’t Forget About Iran

    As Barack Obama continues working his Marxist plan of undermining the West—a key plank being chipping away at Israel’s deterrence against her enemies—the Jewish state remains confident it can meet all challenges.

    That includes the Iranian nuclear threat.

    All through history, despots have underestimated the Jewish people. In his second term, Obama has allowed leaks about Israeli security and operational plans, which experts believe hindered Israel’s ability to deal with Iran’s existential threats.

    Yet the Israelis always work one, two, or ten steps ahead.

    During a recent speech at a cultural event, Israel’s director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Amos Yadlin, declared that Israel can deal with Iran:

    "[The] Israel Air Force can meet the challenge of exterminating Iran's nuclear reactors if necessary."

    Yadlin also noted Israel’s successes in this arena in the past, including a 2007 strike against Syrian nuclear facilities. He pointed out that if Syria’s reactor was not knocked out, it would today be in the hands of ISIS. A similar situation arose in 1981, when a daring Israeli airstrike in the Iraqi desert destroyed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor. Think of the implications a decade later, when Saddam’s forces were defeated by the U.S. in Kuwait.

    An interesting situation now exists on the diplomatic front, as well. As the Middle East burns, thus affecting Europe and the West, Israel’s stature is rising. Let’s not jump to conclusions and think the entire international community will condemn an Israeli strike on Iran.

    South Africa is one more country of late that is warming up to Israel. South African ambassador Sisa Ngombane says his country is serious about improving ties. While the two countries were equal as recently as 2009 in terms of exports, Israel now exports four times as much product to South Africa.

    Not only is Israel’s military the envy of the world, its technological advances are coveted. More African countries are cozying up to Israel, and even Arab nations like Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt are following.

    For those who have predicted disastrous international implications were Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, it’s just as likely world leaders will be relieved if Iran is removed as a regional threat.

    And there is growing evidence that, leaving Israel out of the equation, Iran is a lethal threat to everyone else.

    Recently an Iranian hacker gained control of the sluices of a New York dam (the gates had been taken offline for maintenance just before), a signal that the mullahs are up to much mischief. It remains a serious threat that Iran or some other rogue nation will launch an EMP attack against the U.S., which would prove catastrophic.

    Many express wonder that Obama would seem so soft on Iran, or so incompetent in the face of his absurd nuclear “deal.” He is neither soft nor incompetent. In fact, if few will say so, we must say clearly that he is anti-American and anti-West, and is in effect a plant in the White House, to weaken America.

    Getting down to brass tacks, the question becomes: Why would Obama do everything but hand Iran a loaded gun? Isn’t he worried about his own safety, should there be some type of attack on this country?

    My answer would be that Obama won’t be here. He’ll be in Switzerland, or Qatar or on an Australian beach. Far from the action. Far from the danger.

    This is one reason he expresses no real concern over Iran’s threats.

    All this destabilization among the nations points to another fast-fulfilling Bible prophecy: as the nations are set up for judgment, Israel finds divine favor and protection.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Apr 4, 2016

    Selling Out Your Friends

    For a long time (officially, since 1948), the world has offered the Jewish state to totalitarians, if said totalitarians leave them alone.

    The French, the British, the U.S. State Department, and now the European Union have routinely placed Israel in a perilous spot, if it would appease the Arabs.

    Astonishingly, this week Syria—Syria!—admonished Israel in the U.N. Security Council for its treatment of the Druze on the Golan Heights! This on the heels of Obama’s taking in a baseball game in Communist Cuba while Brussels burns and…released Gitmo terrorists have murdered Americans.

    The outrage has reached historic levels. Our government not only no longer protects us, but puts each of us in peril. Likewise, the Obama administration has sold-out Israel diplomatically. The international community is following that lead.

    Caroline Glick recently wrote:

    “Europe’s funding of anti-Israel campaigns like its bankrolling of the PA does not make the EU incompetent to deal with the jihadist forces that are presently assaulting its member nations and citizens. But it is true that there seems to be a direct correlation between hostility to Israel and inability to competently fight jihadists. And this makes sense. If you believe that Israel is the cause of the pathologies of the Islamic world, then you will likely be blind to the nature of the jihadist threat and the danger it poses to your nation.”

    It is clear that Europe does not know how to fight the jihadists in the arena. Decades of offering Israel’s head on the block has resulted in…Europeans being murdered by the same jihadist mindset Europe wanted to appease.

    Appeasement is an abysmal failure. Always.

    I am old enough to remember the gas lines from the 1973 oil embargo, our “punishment” from the Arab world for supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War—which was designed to help Syria and Egypt liquidate Israel! Our State Department has been manned by Arabists (those loyal to the Arab world, at the expense of Israel), and if jihadists were today able to do to us what they are doing in Europe, they certainly would.

    Barack Obama wants that scenario in this country. There is no other explanation for his seemingly insane policies of helping jihad and handicapping America. There is no other explanation.

    Now, his protégé in Canada, Justin Trudeau, is echoing the same insane rhetoric.

    As it seems the last glimmer of rationality is leaving our planet, thankfully there is still some wisdom; Glick is such a voice:

    “Following the ISIS strikes in Brussels, both Israeli and American security experts spoke bitterly of the ineptitude of Belgian security services. It is not that the forces themselves are incompetent. Rather, the experts said, their political leadership refuses to allow them to take the actions necessary to protect their country.

    “The Belgians, like their European brethren generally, refuse to deal with jihad. Rather than acknowledge and deal forthrightly with the phenomenon, they seek every possible excuse to ignore it.

    “According to senior government officials, the Belgians are among the most vociferous foes of Israel in the EU. Europe’s obsessive castigation of Israel is a central aspect of their jihad avoidance strategy. If Israel is to blame for everything, then they can save themselves by pouring billions of euros on the PA and by funding Israeli anti-Zionist subversives.

    “This position is of course irrational. In clinging to it, the Europeans have enabled the jihadist forces arrayed against them to gather and grow.”

    Yes!

    My dear friend, Dr. Alex Grobman (who partners with me in our “Israel in the International Community” seminars), has a term to describe this: reversal of culpability.

    In other words, the victim becomes the villain. If Europe is confronted with demons in its midst, Europe blames…Israel. They are reversing the blame.

    It has never worked, and now Europe and other global communities are beginning to realize the horrifying truth: jihad wants to kill everyone.

    Selling out your friends always fails.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Mar 28, 2016

    Israel Is On It!

    One of many remarkable things about Israel is the innovation that the tiny nation possesses, in order to do big things for the world.

    I’ve known about this for some time, but am still astonished by each new thing brought forth from Israeli minds and hearts.

    My friend Marcella Rosen, founder of Untold News, has launched a new campaign to highlight these innovations. The “Israel Is On It!” initiative brings to light the fact that far from being a pariah state, or an apartheid state, Israel is actually a world leader in making people’s lives better. The media campaign was created to raise awareness of Israel's major contributions to the environment, medicine, and technology.

    Simply put, Israelis ask, How to make the world a better place?

    Israel Is On It is a project by Untold News, a 501C3 based in New York City. Untold News is dedicated to building support for Israel by highlighting positive news about Israeli innovation. For example, it is not generally known that Israel has sent Crisis Teams to many nations in trouble, or that they produce nearly as many start-ups as all of Europe combined. Untold News is not political.

    The campaign launched in January, with ads in the NYTimes, print and digital editions. The objective: to inform and intrigue younger Americans with Israeli inventions that benefit their lives. (This demographic is weakest in their support for Israel.)

    Over 2500 have visited the campaign website (www.israelisonit.com), where information is shared about nine major Israeli inventions. Of these visitors, 61% are under age 35 (76% are under 45).

    ’d like you to consider helping Untold News with this campaign. It will cost you nothing to visit the site, and invite those in your network to do the same. Should you choose to help financially with a donation, you have my personal guarantee, Israel Watch reader, that your money is going to a good cause.

    (For more information contact Felica Koby: fkoby@untoldnews.org.)

    Consider these mind-bending inventions:

    How To Drink Seawater

    Six years ago, Israel was almost out of water. Today, there's plenty to go around, thanks to Israel's advances in desalination (removing the salt from seawater) and recycling of wastewater. Severe water restrictions (like limiting showers to two minutes) have been lifted.

    25% of Israel's fresh water is now created through desalination. Israel has also become the world leader in recycling wastewater for agricultural use. 86% of wastewater in Israel is recycled, creating more than half the water needed for farming.

    As reported in the New York Times, Israel has a multi-pronged effort to end the drought.

    Good for Israel. And because Israel is happy to share what it's learned with our drought-threatened world, good for all of us. Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd has built the US's largest desalination plant in San Diego, California using Israel-invented reserve osmosis technology.

    How To Read A Terrorist's Face

    Israeli tech companies are working on an airport system that can detect emotional strain in a passenger – a specific kind of strain that is associated with people who intend to commit an act of terror.

    WeCU (pronounced 'We See You') Technologies uses psychology and physiology to thwart evildoers. The WECU system puts subliminal images and remote sensors in the environment, causing wrongdoers to have involuntary reactions like raised blood pressure, increased heart rate or sudden, rapid breathing. These reactions are instantly picked up and analyzed in real time.

    WeCU has received a grant from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security. Once implemented, WeCU technology will keep passengers in airports from Tel Aviv to Toledo a whole lot safer.

    There’s much more at the Israel Is On It! Website. Take a few minutes and help a fantastic cause.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Mar 21, 2016

    It’s Not Complicated

    Recently in a Charisma magazine newsletter titled, “Standing With Israel,” a writer titled his piece, “Is the Current State of Israel the Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy?”

    Technically, the correct answer is “yes.”

    The writer, however, took 594 words and 10 paragraphs to offer a meandering sort-of answer to the question. His real aim was to present his exchange with a rabbi over the identity of the Messiah. The rabbi had called in to a radio show to enter into a debate with the author of the above-mentioned article. The rabbi offered his view of Israel as a modern state:

    “From my understanding of a biblical perspective, today's state of Israel is a bastion of evil; a country filled with immorality. Also, Scripture also tells us not to awaken or arouse love before God desires. I don't believe in Jesus, but I'm waiting for Messiah to come. Until this happens, I see the existence of the state of Israel as being against what the Bible teaches. God sent us into exile to be a light to the nations, not to go and hide in one little part of the world. Israel is the Holy Land, but today it's filled with heresy and wickedness. And even if it wasn't, according to Scripture, it's just not the time yet for this return to the land.”

    Now, I don’t agree with anything the rabbi said; as a Bible-believing Christian, I know who the Messiah is: Jesus Christ.

    I do wonder though why the writer didn’t really address the title of his blog. He was so busy trying to convince this rabbi of the identity of the Messiah that he missed an opportunity to lay out the case that yes, of course modern Israel is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. In fact, he diverted into a brief discussion of Daniel and Israel’s “seven-year peace treaty.”

    In my opinion, it would have been better to show clearly from Scripture that Israel is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Why not list several prophetic passages that deal specifically with Israel’s return to the Land in the last days? Jeremiah 30, Amos 9, Isaiah 66, Deuteronomy 30.

    I get the desire to reach a rabbi by discussing the Messiah, but why not lay the foundation first of the irrefutable proof that Israel must be a modern nation-state again before other prophecies can be fulfilled?

    It amazes me that so many diverse groups totally miss the gigantic, specific fulfillment of prophecy from the ingathering of the Jewish exiles.

    We miss an opportunity when we do not present relevant Scripture and then say simply “yes” to the question of the writer’s blog.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    Mar 14 , 2016

    War or No War in ’16?

    Although Israel is always ready for a regional war—a nation unique in history; can you imagine France or even the U.S. in a constant state of war-readiness?—it appears that experts think the chances of war with Hezbollah in the north or Hamas in the south are remote for this year.

    Yeah, that’s what they said in 1973.

    Still, for strategic reasons, Israel is in reasonably good shape. The army has never been better or better equipped, and their enemies are reeling.

    In the south, a Muslim government in Egypt is fighting and battering Hamas. Who would ever have imagined such a thing? The terrorist group is now sandwiched between a modern Muslim army and the IDF. It makes little sense to think they will engage any time soon.

    And what of Hezbollah? This other terrorist-demon group is now pinned-down in Syrian fighting, the civil war that is now in its fifth year. The carnage forced on Syrians is changing facts on the ground; no longer is Sheik Nasrallah and his evil shock troops (about 14,000 fighters strong) able to harass Israel as they once were.

    According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, Hezbollah has all sorts of problems:

    “The Lebanese Shi’ite organization also has 15,000 reservists who are called to duty for training or field missions for up to 40 days a year – similar to the IDF reserve system. So far, Hezbollah has lost nearly 1,500 soldiers, killed in action – many of whom belonged to its elite units – and more than 6,000 have been wounded. Hezbollah’s losses are a heavy blow to its military capabilities and have dented its morale to go to war with Israel.

    “FURTHERMORE, HEZBOLLAH is suffering from a serious economic crisis. Its annual budget is estimated at around $1 billion, 70 percent of which comes from Iran and the rest from taxes, levies and trade, mainly in drugs and contraband cigarettes, and electronic appliances. Due to the sanctions regime imposed on Iran (soon to be lifted), Tehran in recent years has had difficulties meeting its financial commitments to its Lebanese proxy.”

    Good.

    While Iran will no doubt resume funding Hezbollah, it is still a fact that the Lebanese-based terror group is not quite as mouthy as it once was. It’s true that they still have tens of thousands of rockets to aim at Israel, but the latter is also technologically equipped to deal with any threat. In fact, this week I was talking to an Israeli tech company chief and he remarked that Israelis create solutions to problems that don’t yet exist! Think about that for a minute; it makes the Jewish state all the more remarkable.

    Here, I want to interject again, as I have recently, that Bible prophecy teachers who try to exactly pinpoint geopolitical realities are dealing in folly. Think about the fact that virtually none of the problems that faced Israel five years ago in the Middle East exist today.

    The Israelis are coordinating with the Saudis(!) on strategy for dealing with Iran. Egypt’s al-Sisi is a strongman, but one relatively friendly to Israel, and his handling of terrorist attacks is perhaps unprecedented in the Arab world (although Egypt is not technically Arab, they have long been a leader in the region).

    Jordan is still Jordan, meaning King Abdullah, though he blusters about the injustices toward the Palestinians, is still a realist and knows Israel routinely saves his hide.

    Saddam is gone from Iraq. Assad is hiding-out in Syria.

    All of a sudden, much of the mischief that used to be aimed at Israel is now a Sunni-Shi’ite Hatfield-and-McCoys affair.

    So from a geopolitical perspective, Israel is in pretty good shape. In a biblical sense, Israel is home free.

    Thank the Lord above that we get to watch all this play out.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    Mar 7 , 2016

    Trump and the Jews

    More than ever before, I feel like just an observer during the presidential election, like I’m somehow emotionally disconnected from the circus-like atmosphere. Never before have I seen so many broken relationships over politics…within the Republican Party. Friends and family seem to split over who is supporting Donald Trump, who is supporting Ted Cruz, Rubio, Carson, etc., etc.

    And, it’s another “most important election of our lifetime.” Aren’t they all, anymore?

    I don’t, however, mind being tagged as a single-issue voter, and this year, national security and our relationship with Israel top the list.

    Although the Republican Party seems on the verge of cracking up (the Establishment loathes Trump and vice versa), the New York billionaire seems poised to win the nomination.

    My purpose here is not to tell you who I’d vote for, or even try and influence you, but if Trump is the nominee, would that be good for Israel?

    Look, a bag of toy soldiers, or an artichoke would be better for Israel than Barack Obama. That menacing presence in the White House for eight years has damaged the Jewish state, which was his intention all along. Anything is better than Obama.

    Next, Trump’s daughter converted to Judaism and he has deep ties to the New York business world. He has moved in high-roller circles for a long time, and seems to genuinely appreciate Israel’s successes in business and hi-tech.

    Yet there are troubling signs, too. Last month he said he be a “neutral guy” in the Arab-Israeli conflict. He also has been dismissive about moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem; according to the Jerusalem Post:

    “At a Republican Jewish Coalition candidate’s forum in December, Trump demurred when asked if he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In January, he appeared to shift gears when he promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ‘We are for that 100 percent,’ Trump said.”

    His famous waffling came into play there, but to be fair, it doesn’t matter if presidential candidates promise to move the embassy; they don’t do it once in office. Trump wouldn’t, either.

    He has expressed admiration for Israel’s security fence, since much of his campaign rhetoric centers around building a giant wall on our southern border. So he seems to be “with” Israel in terms of practicality. But where is his heart?

    Despite claiming to be a “strong” Christian, it’s doubtful that Trump really does read the Bible more than anyone else (as he said that he does). It’s highly doubtful he would see geo-politics in the prism of Scripture, and I doubt he puts any stock at all in Israel’s title deed to the Land.

    Perhaps the most important issue at hand is the “deal” Obama did with Iran on nukes. Interestingly, Trump has loudly and often denounced the deal as horribly incompetent, and it is, certainly.

    But what a lot of people don’t realize through all the rhetoric is that Trump didn’t pledge to dissolve the deal. He merely said he’d be a much tougher negotiator. Even though the “deal” is not a binding treaty. Why not just get rid of it and go back to sanctions?

    I have no doubt that Donald Trump would not be an enemy of Israel, as Obama surely is. He would be a vast improvement.

    Just don’t expect any dramatic, positive breakthroughs from him in the Oval Office, with regard to Israel.


    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    Feb 29, 2016

    The Miracle of Israel

    Over the years, many people have asked me for a resource that explains the basics of Israel in Bible prophecy. There are some good ones, but I always thought that one day I’d produce one.

    That day has come.

    With my good friend (and one of the very best Bible prophecy teachers) Gary Frazier, I’ve co-authored The Miracle of Israel. The thrust of this easy to read book is that if God keeps His promises to Israel, then He will keep His promises to all people. This, against the astonishing backdrop of the detail with which God fulfills prophecy. A dominant them of the Old Testament is that God is going to restore the Jews to their ancestral land, period.

    This He has done, in our time.

    The book itself is a primer of sorts for those who want to understand the Big Picture.

    We trace the history of the Jewish people from the beginning, presenting this story of the ages in a clear way.

    Our publisher, New Leaf Publishing Group (the publisher for my dear friend and late mentor, David Allen Lewis, who got me involved in prophecy and pro Israel advocacy) has agreed to help me with an offer I’d like to make available exclusively to readers of “Israel Watch.”

    In a marvelous gesture, NLPG will also give a FREE digital copy of my book, The Last War (which features an interview with the late Ariel Sharon) for each Miracle of Israel copy you order for $13.99. The link for this offer is as follows:

    http://www.nlpg.com/miracle-of-israel-jim-fletcher-signed-edition

    If you’d like to order an autographed copy, drop me an email and let me know what special message you’d like written in your copy, and we’ll do that. Also be sure and ask NLPG for special discounts on bulk/case quantities, which work well for Sunday school settings and home studies.

    A year ago, Gary had the idea for this book and graciously asked me to be part of it. I must tell you, too, that Gary’s whole approach to Bible prophecy teaching is beautiful in my opinion. He keeps the main thing the main thing, and doesn’t get distracted by weird speculations and extra-biblical nonsense. I appreciate that very much. As such, The Miracle of Israel relies on Scripture itself, along with incredible stories from the history of the Jewish people, particularly in modern times. We also include interesting “factoids” and other information useful to the reader. The goal is to educate both Christians and people who have no faith, because, after all, most people do not have a real understanding of the specialness of Israel and the Jewish people.

    Thanks for your help in getting this message out; I genuinely love the readers of “Israel Watch,” and corresponding with many of you. So remember, get your specially signed copy of The Miracle of Israel!

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com

    jim@prophecymatters.com


    Feb 22, 2016

    Don’t Be Distracted

    Avigdor “Yanush” Ben-Gal died this week.

    The former Israeli general, a tank commander, had, like so many of his colleagues, a glittering military career. Distinguishing himself in the Six-Day War, and providing key leadership under fire in the Yom Kippur War, Ben-Gal also helped plan the Entebbe raid.

    His backstory is perhaps even more fascinating.

    Before I get to that, I want to mention something else that happened this week, within the Bible prophecy community, and then circle back around to Ben-Gal.

    A couple Bible prophecy teachers are sparring over the timing of certain prophetic passages, things obviously still future.

    I am so tired of this stuff.

    Our society is disintegrating, we are reaping the rotten fruit of a century of scholarly attacks on the Bible (and with it, generations of ill-equipped pastors), and oh by the way, opportunities for sharing the Gospel have never been greater.

    (Thank goodness for teachers like my friend, Gary Frazier, who keep the Good News at the forefront of what they do.)

    It is sadly necessary to continually remind people that we have a limited understanding of how certain Bible prophecies will play out. We just can’t know certain things. The chronology of wars predicted, the actual flow of sequences in the very last days…most of this we cannot ourselves predict with any real degree of accuracy.

    Yet some insist on doing so. They immerse themselves in details of battles and international and regional alliances. They get into fights with colleagues over the timing of the Tribulation, etc.

    What a disservice they do to the Body.

    Can we not keep our eye on the ball? Can we not be satisfied that we are privileged to live in the final days of world history, from where the Lord will usher-in eternity? We live in the time Israel is reborn. We live in the time (painfully) in which the Church Visible is apostate.

    Why engage in speculation? And usually it’s wrong speculation, to boot!

    Let me be clear: I do not care to know the precise timing of the Gog-Magog War. The public “out there” doesn’t care to know it. It will happen when it happens and if we live long enough, we will see it happen on our television screens.

    What people are interested in is the fact that the world is disintegrating, and individuals are rightly worried about themselves and usually, their families and friends. This is ripe Gospel timing. This is the great harvest.

    At the same time, Bible prophecy teachers and some students are enmeshed in intricate timelines and personal mini-wars to prove they are right.

    As I’ve said before, Israel lives right now, and in precisely the way God foretold it literally thousands of years ago. He predicted it when the Egyptians were still a dominant world power! And it is that Big Picture that we should focus on, in my humble opinion.

    The international community is squeezing Israel. The international community has lost whatever moral compass it had, and condemns Israel in the most heinous terms, while giving a pass to the real bad guys.

    Is not this obvious, Big Picture stuff from Bible prophecy? Read the Old Testament and you’ll have all the amazement from prophecy you need.

    Why sink into the mire of ego by focusing on precise timing of future battles, etc?

    Back to Ben-Gal.

    He was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1936. Not a great historical place and time to be a little boy.

    His family fled to the Soviet Union, but he and his sister were separated from their parents. The elder Ben-Gals later perished in the death camps, but the children made their way to Palestine.

    In 1973, Ben-Gal commanded 7th Armored Corps. Two weeks before the surprise attack by Egypt and Syria, Ben-Gal sensed something was amiss. This set him apart from others in the political and military echelons.

    When Syrian tanks poured over the Golan on the evening of October 7, Ben-Gal’s men met them. Against 750 Syrian tanks, 175 Israeli tanks held off the invaders, losing dozens while destroying hundreds.

    Three years later, Ben-Gal helped formulate the plan that would take a strike force of commandos to Uganda, to free 105 Jewish hostages held by the Ugandans and terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

    A dramatic life.

    Do you see the point? God moves through His history, and has miraculously preserved the Jewish people exactly as He said He would. He has raised-up His warriors for such a time as this.

    Think of it: a terrified little boy flees the demonic Hitler and in later life helps save his people.

    There’s your Bible prophecy.

    Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.

    The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. (Jeremiah 30:23,24)

    The Lord has raised-up, and is raising-up, a mighty army filled with men like Avigdor Ben-Gal. He takes the vulnerable out of danger and later uses them as His instrument of punishment for the wicked.

    Just as He predicted He would.

    The text of the Bible itself is amazing enough. The prophecies therein are incredible and worth our time to consider. As opposed to looking at them and using our own intellects to speculate on precise timing.

    Please consider sharing Big Picture Bible prophecy with people, most of whom have never opened a Bible. Talk to them about the basic structure: God has promised to preserve His people through history, so that they are in place to be His instrument of justice.

    The Jews have re-entered History; they are sovereign in the land; the international community hates them; the end-times players are coming into focus.

    Pretty simple.

    The Gog-Magog War is coming. It will happen when the Lord has determined it will happen. Any infighting among prophecy teachers over that timing is a freewheeling adventure in Missing the Point.


    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com
    jim@prophecymatters.co


     

    Feb 15, 2016

    Why Israel? The AIFL and Church Outreach

    For a long time, as I spoke in churches around the country, I wondered what a well-rounded Israel advocacy seminar might look like. As an individual, I could do some things, but my expertise only goes so far.

    Enter some new friends. The America-Israel Friendship League was formed in 1971, with the purpose of strengthening relationships between Israelis and Americans. In the intervening years, the AIFL’s delegations to Israel (which include students, state attorneys general, and bloggers) have become a hallmark of the organization, and have influenced like-minded trips from other pro Israel groups.

    In short, the AIFL staff and leadership blend a secular seminar model with the proper emotional component. The result is a nearly half-century of deluxe advocacy.

    Last year, I joined forces with the AIFL for a very specific goal: engaging churches to foster not just wider support for Israel, but deeper support. The capper for me was the inclusion of two friends, Dr. Uri Bar-Ner, and Dr. Alex Grobman. Uri is the former Israeli ambassador to Turkey, while Alex is a premier Holocaust scholar and great friend to evangelicals. His books and lectures are solid-gold, and I’ve personally benefitted from his teaching.

    We’ve all been to Israel many times (Uri lives there) and our knowledge and network of friends is unique and especially valuable for American church audiences, many of whom now are being confused by advocates for the Palestinians.

    We launched last year (in California) our “Why Israel?” seminar format, and the result was so successful, we decided to get more ambitious for 2016. Our topics range from the biblical truths about Israel and the Jewish people, to diplomacy and global terrorism.

    Our 2016 itinerary is already set (we might have a couple slots to squeeze in, if your church is interested), and I’m looking at 2017.

    Because some groups present only a secular advocacy model, and others present “only” a biblical component, audiences sometimes are left without a well-rounded picture. I humbly think your congregation would benefit greatly from hosting our team.

    (An added value for a host church: there’s no cost to you! We pay our own way. We also do not penalize congregations from being small; we are happy to go anywhere.)

    Our seminar formats are varied and flexible. If your church prefers a one, two, or three-day seminar, we can do that. We are also happy to come in for an information-packed evening.

    If you are a pastor or church leader who wants to explore having our Why Israel? team come to you, just drop me a note. I’ll be happy to provide you with more detail.

    In only the past four years, I’ve noticed a terrible uptick of pro Palestinian propaganda coming into American churches. Why Israel? is a specific corrective to that propaganda, and we stand ready to serve you.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com


    Feb 8, 2016

    The Next White House and Israel

    Many of us are “issues” voters. In fact, who isn’t? Leftists like to tag conservatives as “issues voters,” then they do the same thing by voting for immoral candidates who support abortion, etc.

    But what kind of relationship will Israel have with the next president?

    That’s one of my issues.

    We can predict fairly easily what the Democrat will do, if one is elected. It will be at least four more years of Obama’s anti-Semitic agenda. The only Democrat currently running that has a chance of winning is Hillary Clinton, and the sleazy Clinton has a decades-long history of befriending the Palestinians. Part of her email scandal involves her exchanges with aids and advisors that show a clear hatred of the Jewish state. Just get a load of her exchanges about Israel with Sid Blumenthal.

    Clinton was also deeply involved in her husband’s pressuring of Netanyahu and Israel in the ‘90s. In short, she is an old-school leftist who would be very bad for Israel.

    But what of the Republicans?

    Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be much of an ideologue, and that would probably be a benefit. He has done business with Israelis and the relationship seems warm and genuine, so his experience there would no doubt be positive. No doubt he and Netanyahu would get along swimmingly.

    I heard Ted Cruz a couple years ago speak at a Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington. He sounded like a Likudnik, a real Zionist who is a genuine friend of Israel.

    Marco Rubio also seems to have genuine affection for Israel.

    Interestingly, I think it is the governors in the race—Bush, Christie, Kasich—who would be decidedly less friendly, but it’s a moot point because none will sniff the White House.

    Carly Fiorina I think would have made a good president, and as my good friend Matt Buff explained the other night on the “Israel Watch” radio program, Fiorina might get a shot next time. She certainly is friendly with the Israelis and Netanyahu.

    The only Republican candidate (now former) who would be indifferent at best (and probably hostile) toward Israel is Rand Paul. Thankfully, Paul will never get past the Senate.

    Presidential candidates usually trot-out their alleged support of Israel, then when they assume office, that support disappears. But John Kasich’s recent comments about Israel and the Obama Administration seem genuine, and genuinely impressive:

    “’Israel has given a lot of stuff back. They gave Gaza back. How is that working out? They have everything launching into Israel,’ Kasich said. ‘I don’t know how you get a two-state solution when people are walking into your country and stabbing people. I will say this: Recognize the State of Israel, guarantee their permanent security, stop launching Katyusha rockets into Israel, stop sending in people with knives to kill people in Israel — they went from rocks to knives now — and knock it off. And then, I think you can get to a two-state solution.’

    “Kasich asserted there will never be permanent peace and Israel should search for stability.

    “’Every day that you go by without there being major problems there, that is a win,’ he said. ‘And I can tell you, we are not going to bully Israel; it’s their survival. It’s just very serious stuff. It’s like – man, we want to survive.’” (Jerusalem Post)

    One thing is certain: if a Republican wins the White House come November, the dreadful damage done to our relationship with the Jewish state, by Obama, will be reversed.

    And that’s one big positive outcome of surviving eight years of the Marxist.

    Jim1fletcher@yahoo.com