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Friday, March 1, 2013

ZION UNDER SEIGE

Zionism is the belief that the Jewish people have a right to exist in peace in the biblical land of Israel - the historical birthplace of the Jewish people.

This week, while addressing the UN Alliance of Civilizations conference in Vienna, the Turkish Prime Minister equated Zionism to “a crime against humanity.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply condemned the remark calling it a "dark and mendacious statement, the likes of which we thought had passed from the world." Thankfully, the United States and the United Nations joined the criticism with John Kerry, the newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State declaring: “We not only disagree with it, we found it objectionable.” Objectionable? It should be resolutely condemned in no uncertain terms. Surprisingly, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was even a little stronger declaring: “it is unfortunate that such hurtful and divisive comments were uttered at a meeting being held under the theme of responsible leadership.” This is a welcome but unusual departure from its normal anti-Israel stand.

What is really stunning for me in all of this is the ease in which a world leader can hold such prejudicial views toward the very idea of a Jewish homeland. Just a reminder to the world: the State of Israel is not a concept, it is a reality, it is not a hoped for possibility, it is a biblically promised land. There can be no tolerance for a position as hateful, menacing and contrary to the Bible as declared by the Turkish Leader.

Jews and Christians alike should pay attention to the gathering clouds. We must not be caught off guard be a rising tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Biblicalism.

We should pray for these situations. We must also find definitive ways to let our voices be heard by our political leaders. We can make a difference.

And as always, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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