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Jim Fletcher is a writer, researcher, speaker and director of Prophecy Matters ( 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

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  • Oct 27, 2014

    A Political Statement

    I was talking with a  friend this week who related an interesting story, from the days of the first Intifada.

    (The First Intifada, a wave of terror unleashed by a new Muslim Brotherhood-backed outfit called Hamas, occurred in 1987. One can trace the region’s current difficulties to this momentous event.)

    My friend was speaking with a Palestinian friend, one who had been considered moderate. When he entered the restaurant, my friend noticed the black-and-white-checked keffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress made popular by the terrorist-serial killer, Yasser Arafat.

    “Is that a political statement?” my friend asked.

    “Yes, it is,” replied the Palestinian.

    A small moment perhaps, from a single encounter. Yet it speaks volumes about the progression among Palestinian Arabs to full-blown support for Palestinian nationalism. In other words, whether an Arab in the Holy Land is Muslim, Christian, or perhaps neither…he or she will rally in unity around the idea that Israel is a brutal occupier and must be removed.

    This is an important point, because it signals that the usual solutions — negotiations, peace plans, and symposiums — all fall short of the Arab thirst for a Jew-free Middle East. If even the moderates subscribe to such maximum demands, what real hope is there for peace?

    Further, as we’ve reported here at “Israel Watch,” the encroachment of the Palestinian narrative/propaganda into the American Evangelical scene is alarming.

    And advancing.

    I’ve spoken to many Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian. The subject of Arab/Palestinian nationalism is fierce and deep. It is unsettling. Too many evangelical leaders are warming to the idea of a Palestinian state.

    And only this week, Hamas killers murdered a three-month-old Israeli; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (evidently, president-for-life, like other Arab totalitarians) of incitement, which led to the killing.

    Virtual silence from the international community, including the Evangelical world.

    Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, the east Jerusalem driver who rammed his car into a light-rail station, also praised last month the murderers of three kidnapped Israeli youth earlier this year.

    The barbarism that has soaked into Palestinian culture is the direct result of incitement by the PA, leading directly to Abbas. The PA (and unity government partner Hamas) routinely praises homicide bombers and other killers of Jews, often naming soccer fields and the like after them. The concept of the “shaheed” (a “martyr” who has killed Jews) is deep in Palestinian Arab culture.

    Evangelical leaders in America rarely condemn the murder of Jews, and that should give all of us pause. Gone are the days when national figures like Jerry Falwell would loudly condemn such attacks and assure Israel that America stands with her. Now the power vacuum has been filled with the likes of Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, and Rick Warren — all pastors who have in common, among other things — warm relationships with key Democrat leaders, including Barack Obama, the most anti-Israel president in American history.

    Stanley has spoken at Obama’s inauguration, Warren hosted the disastrous 2008 “civil forum” featuring Obama and mannequin John McCain, and Hybels uses his powerful Willow Creek platform to host such luminaries as Bill Clinton.

    The Evangelical Church in America is moving rapidly to the left, and with it the heretofore strong support for Israel. An erosion of support for the Jewish state is a natural outcome of changing worldviews within evangelicalism.

    That’s why the killing of Jews is met with yawns. It’s why the subtle-but-sure move towards acceptance of Palestinian nationalism — by previously “moderate” Palestinians — that began a quarter-century ago has now reached full flower.

    It is my opinion that most evangelicals have no clue what is going on with regard to these issues.

    That’s why more and more evangelical leaders refer to Israel as “Israel/Palestine.”

    That is a political statement.

    The left has done its job well.

    And Israel becomes more isolated.


    Oct 20, 2014

    The Numbers Matter

    The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, a part of the Israeli intelligence community, is an invaluable source for understanding the jihadists’ agenda.

    Recently, the ITIC released a report, in meticulous detail, shedding light on the numbers of Palestinians killed in this past summer’s Hamas War.

    The importance of the breakdown is multi-layered. Of major importance is the revelation of how Hamas conducted its terror war against Israeli civilians…by putting their own citizens in danger.

    The ITIC concludes that slightly more than half of those killed were Palestinian civilians, put in harm’s way by Hamas. One can rightly wonder why American and European political leadership, religious figures, and media types refuse — refuse — to acknowledge that Hamas is responsible for the horrible loss of life.

    Look, I’ve been to the region many times, and as a Christian Zionist, I can say that it grieves me to see Palestinian civilians slaughtered by those who claim to lead them. I have Palestinian friends, both in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the continued imprisonment of them, by Hamas and the PA, is heartbreaking and enormously frustrating.

    A fascinating note in the ITIC report shows that Palestinian leadership actually recruits adolescents. This is an emotionally devastating reality.

    A photograph in the report shows Wassim Nasr Shurab and his brother, Iyad Nasr Shurab, members of the PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] Al-Quds Battalions, killed in Khan Yunis in July. Both are pictured in a photo from a few years ago, holding a rocket launcher and other weapons, proving that they are recruited as adolescents.

    My friend and colleague, Chris Quintana (pastor of Calvary Chapel Cypress, CA) recently posted on Facebook one of the most lucid statements I’ve yet seen, and its appearance was startling when one considers that few religious leaders and no political leaders to my knowledge inform the American public in the way Chris did.

    He pointed out a crucial truth in the Terror War. We all often hear that “only” about 10 percent of Muslims worldwide are radicals. A few conservative whistle blowers (like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, and Pam Geller) point out that if this is true, at least 100 million Muslims are radicals!

    What Chris pointed out, though — and this helps explain in macrocosm the report on how Palestinians are radicalized — is that a full 90 percent of Muslims worldwide are Sunni, and the Sunnis are predominant among terrorist leadership.

    In other words, one could legitimately argue that we can flip the previous numbers and assume that the vast majority of Muslims at least internally agree with jihadist ideology.

    (By contrast, the Iranian leadership is Shia, the “competition” with Sunnis in Islam. So, neither outcome is anything less than chilling.)

    To the point of the Hamas War against Israel, the Jewish state is dealing not only with jihadist leadership, but a radicalized society fed a diet of hate for decades. This is the spotlight on the Shurab brothers. A tragedy of epic proportions.

    Until world leadership steps up and admits the true nature of the problem, the jihadist agenda will continue to advance.

    I am confident Israel will deal with its problems and survive.

    I’m not confident at all about the rest of us.

    Oct 13, 2014

    Obama & Friends

    Anna Baltzer is a young “activist” closely associated with the BDS Movement (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions), aimed at Israel. It is one front in a multi-front war against the Jewish state. Whereas Hamas is physically confrontational, BDS is a key part of the cultural terrorism that attacks Israel relentlessly.

    Active in social media, including Twitter, Baltzer seeks to mobilize Jew-haters among evangelical Millennials, and the mainline churches. Recently, she circulated a document among folks in the United Church of Christ, urging BDS activism. The UCC, of course, vies with a couple other denominations for the crown of most leftwing. It is also the church-of-choice for Barack Obama. In fact, the UCC is where he learned at the feet of Jeremiah Wright.

    (To better understand Obama and his associates, I strongly recommend two books: Dupes — How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century, by Paul Kengor, and Saul Alinsky: The Evil Genius Behind Obama, by Jerome Corsi.)

    One can simply let eyes fall on a page of Baltzer’s document and find a lie. For example:


    “•Present – Occupations and unconditional US support for Israel continue”

    This is absurd, but because so many don’t know much about the Arab-Israeli conflict, propagandists like Baltzer get away with it. She knows very well that Obama & Team work tirelessly to undermine Israel in myriad ways. “Unconditional US support” is a Big Lie.

    It is interesting to note that even among pro Israel activists, there is often confusion as to why Obama does what he does regarding the Jewish state. His public rebukes of Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu, and his open contempt for the premier are actually not difficult to understand, given his absolutely radical associations and education. Certain UCC leadership (like the now-retired Wright) are virulently anti-Israel, and this is where Obama attended church for two decades. Beyond that, his associations with communists and his embrace of totalitarians provide clarity when considering his animus towards Israel.

    In the document she circulates, Baltzer presents a list of “sources” of information. Almost comically, they are the usual suspects of leftists and propagandists. One could ask: when listing biased sources like Electronic Intifada and B’tselem (Amnesty International also makes the list), why doesn’t Baltzer also list sources like StandWithUs and Israel National News?

    The answer is obvious: demonizing Israel is more important than truth.

    The networking among anti-Israel propagandists is vast, much more widespread than even pro Israel activists are aware. For example, the Anna Baltzers of the world mix easily with young evangelical leaders who are helping infect the American Church with rabid anti-Israel propaganda. On Facebook, Baltzer has thousands in her network (as an aside, many pro Israel activists do not even use social media; this is one example of the gap in effective communication via networks).

    A further interesting example of Baltzer’s influence can be found from an Amazon review of a DVD she produced. Notice the bizarre claims of this person:

    “I am a Christian who in the past had believed and taught the standard Zionist line. What changed my perspective was when a friend challenged me with the question of, ‘What if Jesus were serious about loving one's enemies?’ Conservative Evangelical Christians completely reject this possibility with objections such as, ‘Just wherein loving your enemies does it say not to kill them?’ and ‘Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is to kill them.’. Fortunatley I examined the issue and as I came to embrace these words of Christ my theology was shaken to its foundation.”

    Question: do Christian Zionists really say (or even think) things like: “Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is to kill them’?

    Do they?

    Have you ever once heard anyone say such a thing? Only a disturbed person would say such a thing, obviously. So the next question I have is this: are such quotes real, or are they fabricated?

    I know the answer and so do you: anti-Israel and anti-Christian Zionist activists lie about their ideological opponents. Quotes are routinely fabricated, in order to give a particular slant on a story. The manipulation of language is one of the biggest stories in the American Evangelical community, yet few are aware of it. Most simply don’t know they are being lied to continuously.

    The above quote, from Anna Baltzer’s network, uses lies to promote a pro Palestinian worldview. Notice how seamlessly it fits the grotesque, gargantuan lies that come from the Oval Office.

    At the end of the day, the massive, relentless, and diabolical propaganda war against Israel is fueled by liars like the president and young activists (mentored by older ones) who despise Israel and despise Jews.

    It’s really not hard to figure out the roots of this terrible reality.



    Oct 6, 2014

    A Non-Starter

    Every time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes a breath, his critics pounce. As I often do, I am thinking of American political and religious leaders.

    In an interview this week, Netanyahu said that if there is to be a Palestinian state, “everyone” will have to adjust their ideas of what sovereignty would mean. According to a report in the Jerusalem Post:

    “Netanyahu, who filmed the interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria during his stay last week in New York, said that the only way to ensure that territory ceded by Israel does not turn into a ‘third Iranian enclave around Israel’s border’ is to have a long-term Israeli security presence inside a future Palestinian state.”

    It’s a given the Palestinians will reject/attack Netanyahu’s position.

    I expect, though, that his vicious critics within the religious/political community will pounce once again, from their ivory tower in the West.

    In the interview, Netanyahu spoke about concrete realities, a main one being that were Hamas to take over the West Bank, mere mortar fire could paralyze Ben Gurion Airport.

    Forget rockets and missiles.

    Further, Netanyahu made clear that he has a thorough understanding of the problem, something his critics do not grasp:

    “The Palestinians have made clear that they are adamantly opposed to any protracted Israeli security presence anywhere in a future Palestinian state, including along the Jordan River.

    “Asked about Israel’s assessment of the strength of Islamic State, Netanyahu – who just a month ago put the figure of Islamic State fighters at 10,000, or about half that of Hamas – said Sunday that they have ‘several tens of thousands by now. It’s growing by day because they’ve got about 2 million petrodollars revenue a day.’

    I’ve seen the Jordan River Valley, and it is an absolute necessity that Israel maintain control of the area. A failure to do so would leave them with their backs to the sea, in the event of an attack, and an attack would surely come. This week marks the 41st anniversary of the Yom Kippur War; Israel has been dealing with lethal threats for decades, and Netanyahu (who fought in ’73, while a student at M.I.T.) is dealing with more of them than perhaps any Israeli leader.

    Remember, the Palestinian refusal — they call Netanyahu’s analyses a non-starter because they wouldn’t even consider it — to accept an Israeli security presence in the Jordan River Valley brings to mind the 1970 attempted coup by the PLO, in Jordan. The Palestinian refusal to seriously address Israel’s legitimate security needs is a key indicator that they not only don’t care about such concerns, but they in fact are the primary threats to Israeli security.

    As Netanyahu continues to make more sense about the realities in the Middle East, look for his critics to drift further from reality, as their Jew hatred rises.

    Sep 29, 2014

    A Major Award!

    One of the joys of my life centers around the friendships I have within the pro Israel community, whether the groups or individuals are Jews or Christians. For 20 years, I’ve advocated for Israel in some form or another.

    I like to keep readers informed of terrific sources to do just that, and so I was recently glad to hear that my friends at Untold News are preparing to present awards to top Israeli innovators — folks who work tirelessly to make the world a better place. Frankly, if Israel’s enemies put as much into these endeavors as they do to destroying the Jewish state…well, that’s another story.

    Marcella Rosen, the founder of Untold News, recently announced that the group will hold an awards dinner to honor innovators on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Harmony Club in New York.

    “We will offer a $10,000 cash award for each recipient,” Rosen says. Untold News will also send the recipients on a short media tour to Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City. “We plan to do this annually,” Rosen adds. The awards will recognize inventions of the last year.

    Untold News features stories about Israeli achievers who excel in improving technological, agricultural, and medical fields. Whether it’s fish farming, desalination, or providing world-class medical care regardless of a patient’s background, Israel provides hope for millions around the world. These stories serve as a dramatic counterweight to the negative portrayals of Israel from international media.

    Rosen feels the awards dinner will serve as a further spotlight on stories unknown to much of the general public. She is excited about the focus on innovators.

    “Criteria are that they improve the human condition and have a ‘wow factor,’ and have a global impact. In each case, there are two applications: from scientific institutions and universities. Those interested in applying for consideration should get a dean or professor to endorse their nomination. Each applicant also must be an Israeli citizen.”

    The two categories — science and technology — promise to focus on “up-and-coming” innovators. Rosen also emphasized that applicants must be able to speak English well enough to be interviewed by media.

    “We want to celebrate the inventors and we want to get press coverage, to see how Israeli has impacted lives,” Rosen says. “People really aren’t aware of this and Israeli is such a valuable partner to the US.”

    Ten nominees will be selected, and the names will then be sent to a jury. A single meeting will produce the winners.

    The jury will be made up of prominent American academics, businesspeople, and others. To date nine have signed on:

    • Joel Citron, venture capitalist, CEO, Tenth Avenue Holdings
    • Dr. Barry Coller, Chief Medical Officer at Rockefeller University
    • Alisa Doctoroff, President, UJA
    • Margie Fox, Chief Creative Officer at Devries
    • Heidi Jacobus, CEO of Cybernet Systems
    • Eric Kandel, Nobel Laureate and professor at Columbia
    • Morris Offit, CEO of Offit Capital
    • David Schizer, just stepping down as Dean of Columbia Law School
    • Tony Tether, former head of DARPA ($3 billion US government department to expedite scientific progress)

    I encourage Christian supporters of Israel to check out Untold News at, and use the information to tell those within your circle just how much good the Jewish state does for an international community that should be grateful.

    Sep 22, 2014

    Of Prophecy and Israel

    Obvious statement alert.

    We live in such odd times.

    The past month has brought news of convulsions in the Bible prophecy movement: transitions among decades-long ministries. The announcement of new groups. And, as always, the growing mocking from skeptics (ironically, I’m talking about fellow Christians, ranging from Reformed types, to Mark Driscoll, to Millennial sources).

    By extension, the immense pressure being brought to bear on Israel the past two decades is only getting worse. Here at “Israel Watch” and RR, the erosion of support for Israel among American evangelical leaders is an ongoing story. This week brought news that the Palestinians are once again preparing to petition the UN for recognition of statehood. This surely is one of the most bizarre developments of our time, as the Palestinian Authority is run by a gang of criminals who still have many friends in high places.

    What is on my mind this week: what are you, the reader, seeing in your own churches and circles of influence with regard to how Israel is perceived and how Bible prophecy is perceived.

    Yes, I’m aware that the landscape “doesn’t look good.” What I’d like to know, though, is how you are your friends are penetrating the darkness through Israel advocacy or the teaching of Bible prophecy.

    For example, a dear friend of mine is working quietly in his (Reformed) church to introduce Bible prophecy concepts. Another friend is a retired minister who circulates online Israel advocacy resources to his circle of active pastor friends.

    I believe very strongly in efforts like these. We can’t all be Christians United for Israel (CUFI), or Tim LaHaye or Dave Reagan. Most of us have “smaller” platforms and what most don’t realize is, those smaller platforms make a difference.

    We are where we are. Some of us think that even with the challenges in our world, it is a marvelous and wondrous time to be alive. We are seeing prophecy unfold every day.


    So…if you are so inclined, let me know how it goes in your circles. Good or bad feedback is what I’d like to have, a realistic assessment of what the landscape looks like.

    I sincerely believe that RR readers are family, especially in these perilous times.

    Thanks for all you do out there.


    Sep 15, 2014

    The Jew Haters

    Near where I live — in the middle of America — I once stopped for gas at a local convenience store. On the counter was an unusually titled tabloid-style paper. I picked one up and began to thumb through it. Very quickly, I realized it was a white supremacist rag. An ad inside led me to a book published…locally…and in the book, the “author” alleged that the Jews were a product of the union of Eve and Satan.

    The insanity of it all was overwhelming. We live in the age of science and reason, right?

    Yet, it always amazes me to learn of more mind-numbing anti-Semitic filth bubbling up from the international community. MEMRI ( has uncovered a weird production from Iraqi TV. As the Iraqis deal with the demonic entity known as ISIS, this is what they’ve come up with:

    “With Islamic State dominating the world stage with its brutal mass murders, gruesome videos to world leaders and omnipresence on social media, Iraq – perhaps the hardest-hit nation by the self-proclaimed caliphate – has taken to the airwaves to give its take on the root cause of the extremist group.

    “A satire show, broadcast on an Iraqi TV network, depicts an arranged marriage between Satan and a Jewish woman. As celebratory music plays in the background, wedding preparations are underway in an arid Middle Eastern desert. The marriage ‘has a purpose,’ the man officiating the wedding exclaims, as the video turns to the bride and groom. ‘We will name our child ISIS,’ the parents-to-be say in unison.

    “Much to their pleasure, after taking their vows, the happy couple has a child, an ISIS fighter – who emerges from an egg, fully equipped for battle.

    “As Satan and his Jewish wife raise their ‘ISIS-ling,’ the controversial rituals of the rising terrorist group are mocked, from the infamous black-and-white Islamic State flag, to the many ‘throat slittings,’ to various forms of punishments inflicted on ‘infidels’ and the rest of the extreme Sharia laws.”

    To all this I say, How long, O God, will the world mock your people?

    When the human mind cannot explain evil, the human mind blames the Jews. Whether it’s a small southern town in the United States, or a Middle Eastern country that at one time was literate and urbane — all seem to try and explain bad things by blaming the Jews.

    This issue is this: because the majority of the world rejects God’s revelation, as given in the Bible, the world opens itself up to all forms of evil, including thoughts and deeds.

    One day soon, the Lord will return and set things right. He will rule with perfect justice and righteousness, and He will show Himself completely to the world that has mostly rejected Him.

    I welcome that day, not only because His Chosen People will finally and forever dwell in safety, but because He will heal for all time the damaged and insane minds that have endangered the Jews and blamed them for millennia.

    As Thomas Ice often says: “Maranatha!”