Israel: Holy Land Wholly Enlightening
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama met today in the Oval office for a meeting that onlookers called “cordial.” The public side of the meeting seemed uneventful, as Netanyahu reaffirmed his support for a two-state solution with conditions, and Obama said he was committed to expanded military aid to Israel.
Despite what happened today, the participants on FRC’s first-ever Holy Land tour, which concluded at the end of last week, can attest to the soured view that many Israelis have of the current American regime. (By the way, I want to thank those who were praying for us, because God abundantly answered those prayers!) Not only were we safe and sound, but it was the most insightful and informative trip that I’ve had to Israel in all of my visits.
As if being inspired by the sites like Masada, Bet She’an, Tel Dan, the Mount of Beatitudes, and having communion near the empty Garden Tomb weren’t enough, we also met with a number of religious and political leaders. That experience helped our group of nearly 150 people gain a much better understanding of the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. When you watch bombs being dropped from the Golan Heights on Syrian targets, it’s not difficult to grasp the realities of the volatility of that region of the world — in large part because of America’s failed foreign policies.
We’re all glad to be back home, but extremely grateful for the tremendous experience and reception in Israel. In addition to hosting our daily radio broadcast from Israel with members of our delegation like Michele Bachmann, Lt. Gen. Boykin, and our lead guide Amir Tsarfati, I was also interviewed by CBN’s Middle East bureau chief Chris Mitchell and the Regional Director of TBN, Samuel Smadja.
While the Obama administration’s support of Israel has been tepid, I had the opportunity to deliver a message to the Israeli people about how Bible-believing Christians were committed in their stand with Israel when I spoke at the Jerusalem Leaders’ Summit. As I told them, Israel is an island of liberty in a sea of repression and authoritarianism. I don’t know our president’s motives. He claims to be Israel’s friend and, in his words, “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat” in the Oval Office” of the White House.
All I can say is that his policies don’t reflect that kind of friendship. My message was, as Bible-believing Christians, that we love the people of Israel and will stand with them through whatever storms may come. It’s not a blind love, but a love like that between David and Jonathan. When we disagree with them, we will tell them. But no matter who may desert them, we will not. And I assured them we would do our part to in selecting a president in 2016 who would stand with them as well. To read the speech in its entirety, click here.
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