Themage*: 60 Minutes, Media Matters, and media narrative-building on Christians and Israel

Themes, lies, and Christian Zionism.

Do you think it’s a Christian posture to condemn Israel for the security wall erected to keep terrorists from the West Bank out?  Do you think evangelical Christians are suddenly rethinking their support for Israel because they’ve finally gone on guided tours provided by Palestinian Arabs rather than Israelis?  Do you think American evangelicals are, in general, turning away from the political right and toward the left, as regards Israel and other issues?

The left-wing media want you to – and it appears some of the reporters and opinion-writers for the mainstream media do too.  An example that seems to have crossed a new line was Continue reading “Themage*: 60 Minutes, Media Matters, and media narrative-building on Christians and Israel”

What if they gave an anti-Israel protest and everyone booed?

Divas in airports.

That’s the question that haunts me as I watch from afar the planned “fly-in” of activists to Israel on 7 and 8 July.

Didn’t know about this one?  You’re in broad company.  This isn’t the deeply silly “flytilla” plan to get an airplane past the Israeli air force into Gaza.  This is the (equally silly) plan of hundreds of activists to fly into Ben Gurion Airport, all at once, and demand to visit the “Palestinian” territories.  The act of defiance here is being truthful about the activists’ purpose:  instead of lying about their intentions, which they freely acknowledge is their usual practice, they intend to state plainly that they are there to go to “Palestine” and give political support to the “Palestinian cause.”

The purpose is to Continue reading “What if they gave an anti-Israel protest and everyone booed?”

“Responsibility to Protect”: It May Not be Our Call

Abdication.

Bruce McQuain’s excellent post on “Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P, is followed by Omri Ceren’s thoughtful and well researched piece at Commentary’s “contentions” blog. (Frank Gaffney offers a related discussion at Big Peace.)  Omri summarizes the history of R2P as a thematic project of NGOs that seek international action against Israel. His final paragraph poses one direct question, and one that’s implied by the development of the Libya intervention.

The Responsibility to Protect, in other words, is an international norm that has been incubated with eyes on Israel at least since Cast Lead. Now it’s being used as the basis for UN resolutions backed by French warplanes and American Tomahawks. How did that get in there?

How indeed? Continue reading ““Responsibility to Protect”: It May Not be Our Call”

A Very Special People

Let ’em burn.

Some things seem too silly to respond to – and then you think about them a bit, and realize that it is worth making the obvious points, if only to illuminate what appears to lie behind the silliness.

Such a thing is Jeff Goldberg’s exhortation this week at his Atlantic blog. (H/t Joshuapundit and Israel Matzav.) Without prelude or caveat, Goldberg announces that Continue reading “A Very Special People”

Catholics to Israel: Drop Dead?

A politics problem.

The web is buzzing with the comments made at the end of the Vatican Synod last week by the bishop in charge of preparing the Synod’s public message. Said the bishop:

The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands… We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people… Even if the head of the Israeli state is Jewish, the future is based on democracy… The Palestinian refugees will eventually come back and this problem will have to be solved.

Horrified Christians from many denominations, including Catholics, have flooded the web with objections, denunciations, and expressions of concern that these sentiments would be proclaimed from the Vatican. Israeli officials and media outlets have registered their own objections.

There are some things worth noting. Continue reading “Catholics to Israel: Drop Dead?”