(Jerusalem, Israel) — Please don’t stop praying for the peace of Jerusalem and the rest of the Epicenter. Day by day, things are getting more and more interesting.
Here are the first few paragraphs from my new column today in The Jerusalem Post. To read the full column, please click here. Hope you find it helpful in navigating the most controversial and contentious issue we’re dealing with here right now.
WILL AMERICAN EVANGELICALS SUPPORT IMMEDIATE ANNEXATION?
By Joel C. Rosenberg
Will American Evangelicals support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he decides to immediately and unilaterally annex – or apply Israeli sovereignty over – some 30 percent of the land commonly known as the “West Bank,” and referred to in the Bible as “Judea and Samaria,” as early as next month?
It is an interesting question, and one that I find myself being asked again and again in recent weeks by Israeli officials, Arab leaders, Mideast analysts and reporters here in Israel.
However, most Evangelicals in the U.S. have not even heard of the “annexation debate.” In the last two months, I have not received a single email, text or phone call from an American Evangelical about this. Not even from leaders. Some probably are keeping an eye on the discussion, but the vast, vast majority are not. Why? Because they are, rightly, concentrating on far more pressing domestic matters – COVID-19, lockdowns, massive unemployment, how to reopen society and reboot the economy, when to re-open their churches, how to deal with the horror of the George Floyd murder, and how to reform the criminal justice system while reestablishing law and order in American cities beset by riots and looting.
That said, for those here in Israel and the Arab world who are understandably interested in how Evangelicals may react, let me break the issue down into a series of questions and offer my best assessment of each. Such assessments are based on extensive polling of Evangelicals that I have commissioned in recent years, as well as conversations with thousands of pastors, ministry leaders and rank-and-file members….
Note: These are my own personal views, offered in my private capacity as a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, not as the founder and Chairman of The Joshua Fund, which is a non-profit organization that takes no positions on political or legislative issues.
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