I’m not in the habit of quoting anything by Arnaud de Borchgrave, one of the earliest neocon journalists going back as far as the Reagan Administration. But I have to give the guy credit. He wrote a very passable analysis of the Iraq Study Group and how its work might impact U.S. policy toward Israel. He believes that, contrary to current Bush policy, which postulates that the road to peace in Jerusalem goes through Baghdad; the Study Group will suggest that the road to peace in Bagdhad goes through Jerusalem. In other words, if you solve Iraq you don’t necessarily solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. But if you solve the latter then it will be a helluva lot easier to solve the former. It’s an interesting observation and I hope his take on what the Study Group will prescribe is correct.
But the real reason I wrote this post was a de Borchgrave’s reference to two U.S. polls on Christian attitudes toward Israel. He writes about the stifling effect of evangelical pro-Zionist support on finding a solution to the conflict:
The prospect of a Palestinian state in the foreseeable future looked even dimmer with the creation of a newly-formed Evangelical Christian organization in the United States which aims to include all pro-Israel Christians, and, according to its founder, will soon make it the single most powerful Christian organization in America. “We are a one-issue organization
— and the issue is Israel, Israel and then Israel,” Pastor John Hagee told the Jerusalem Post from his headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. Hagee, 66, is president and CEO of Global Evangelical Television, which is broadcast to over 90 million homes in the United States.
The group’s main focus, according to Ha’aretz, is to lobby the U.S.
government on Israel-related issues. Its leaders are planning a weekly tele-conference among senior church leaders about Israel-related events happening in Washington, as well as an annual summer meeting of thousands of Christian leaders in Washington with U.S. legislators.
Dubbed the “Christian AIPAC,” after the powerful American Jewish lobby for Israel, the newly-created Evangelical Christian group interfaces with the Knesset’s “Christian Allies Caucus,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
Oh God, just what the world needs. Another Aipac!! One isn’t enough?!
And here are those shocking poll results:
A Pew Foundation poll shows 53 percent of Americans believe God gave Israel to the Jews. Fifty-nine percent, according to a CNN/TIME survey, agree paradise for Christians can only be achieved once Jews are in control of the Holy Land (which includes Palestine).
With friends like this…Of course, the unwritten corollary of these beliefs is that Paradise cannot happen until those Jews who “control the Holy Land” convert to the Lord’s faith. But what if they don’t? There will be Hell to pay–literally and figuratively.