PM Netanyahu knows that Israel has very few friends. He knows that anti-Semitism is at an all time high since WWII.
But he also knows that President Trump is a true friend of Israel. I wrote a piece recently about Trump not fully understanding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. I stand by my opinion; but I also believe that President Trump is a friend to Israel and to Bibi, and is trying to bring peace to that region – however misguided his tactics may be, his heart is in the right place.
This administration’s support for Israel is apparent on many fronts. From Nikki Haley’s bold words spoken on behalf of Israel at the U.N., to Trump’s withdrawal from UNESCO, showing solidarity with Israel.
Israel’s Best Friends
PM Netanyahu said to Christian Media Summit, that he is aware that the best friends Israel has in the world are Christian communities – many of them in America.
WATCH: What Netanyahu Said About Trump And Christians At Media Summit in Israel
“Christians have been brutally tortured for doing nothing more than practicing their faith.”
Representatives of the Christian media in Israel gathered in Jerusalem on Sunday for the opening of a first of its kind four-day summit about covering news emanating from Israel and the Middle East.
While a band was playing famous Hebrew songs and prayers, a reporter in front of me fired off a tweet stating Israel was “buttering up the Christian press.”
The bias against Israel in the international media was one of the reasons the Israeli government initiated the summit.
The other reason was the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, which was liberated from the illegal Jordanian occupation during the Six-Day War of June 1967 and for the first time became an open city with freedom of religion for all.
Most of the 140 journalists and Middle East correspondents invited to the event come from the United States, and the Israeli government pays for room and board of those not living in Israel.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was the keynote speaker at the opening gala of the summit, and he visibly enjoyed the standing ovation when he entered the hall with his large security detail.
“I want you also to join us in looking forward to the day when the embassies of all your countries move to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said after he made clear that Jerusalem will remain the undivided eternal capital of Israel.
The Israeli leader then praised Christian communities around the world for their support of Israel and said the Jewish state has no better friends then these communities, many of which are located in the U.S.
“Israel has no better friends – I mean that – no better friends in the world than the Christian communities around the world. And Israel is the one country in a vast region where Christians not only survive, they thrive,” Netanyahu said to applause.
The Israeli PM then praised President Donald Trump for his “courageous speech outlining a new course against Iran” and said that the Islamic Republic is the number one enemy of “our free civilization.”
Netanyahu then asked the reporters present to focus on Iran’s war against Christians in their reporting this week.
“As you all know, Christians are brutally persecuted in the Islamic Republic. Pastors are jailed for no reason, no reason other than for being Christian leaders,” the longest-serving Israeli prime minister said.
“Christians have been lashed. You hear this? Christians have been lashed for sipping wine during prayer services; Christians have been brutally tortured for doing nothing more than practicing their faith,” Netanyahu, said referring to the plight of Christians in Iran.
He then returned to Iran’s ambition to obtain nuclear weapons and to dominate the entire Middle East.
“Here’s what we see: We see two great dangers emanating from Iran. The first danger is the danger of a nuclear armed Iran, which is virtually guaranteed if this agreement is not changed or scrapped. Because that’s where it’s leading,” according to Netanyahu.
He continued by outlining his objection to the nuclear agreement with Iran which was brokered by the Obama administration.
The nuclear deal with Iran is “leading not merely to Iran’s capability to have an atomic weapon, one bomb. It virtually opens up the field so they can have within a decade 100 bombs, a vast nuclear arsenal. And this is Iran, which is, its economy is 30 times the size of North Korea,” Netanyahu claimed.
The proponents of the agreement said “once Iran signs this deal, then, they said, it would join the community of nations,” he noted.
“So Iran received the first installment of about 50 billion dollars coming in to its coffers, and what did they do? They didn’t join the community of nations. They’re devouring the nations one after the other. They’re in Yemen firing rockets deep into Saudi Arabia; they’re in Iraq killing people, now squeezing the Kurds; they’re in Syria, colonizing Syria and the intent to turn Syria into a military base for their war of destruction against Israel,” Netanyahu continued, referring to Iran’s latest aggression against the Kurds in northern Iraq.
After the liberation of ISIS’ remaining Iraqi strongholds, the Iranian proxies in Iraq are now turning their guns against the Kurds in northern Iraq in order to prevent the establishment of an independent Kurdish state in the region.
Responding to a question about his relationship with Trump, Netanyahu said relations are excellent, and he praised the president for correctly identifying that Iran is a huge problem with no solution to the situation in the Middle East.
The veteran Israeli politician then again heaped praise on Trump for not kicking the Iranian can forward.
Trump correctly identified that “it’s the duty of leaders, and it’s perhaps the most difficult duty of leaders, to ward off danger before it becomes apparent to everyone, because when it becomes apparent to everyone, it may be too late,” according to Netanyahu.
“I really appreciate what he did yesterday on this point, which is obviously very important for Israel, but also I think very important for the United States and for the future of the world,” Netanyahu said of Trump’s Iran speech, while the audience got on its feet again and rewarded him with another standing ovation.
The Christian media summit in Israel will continue for another three days and includes workshops, lectures, and tours to problematic areas such as northern Judea where Jews and Palestinian Arabs have reached a certain level of co-existence despite decennia of Palestinian terror attacks against the residents of Gush Etzion. – source
The support extended to PM Netanyahu by President Trump outweighs whether he understands the Middle East conflict from a Biblical perspective or not. As it is often said – action speaks much louder than words; and the actions by this administration towards Israel have been positive and supportive.
It thrills me when I hear PM Netanyahu speaking of the love shown to Israel by Christian communities. But it saddens me that within the last decade, the support from many denominations has dwindled as they have fallen away from the truth of the Word of God. These apostate churches have shown disdain for Israel and the Jewish people, and have declared their support for so-called Palestine.
Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes. The convergence of events have excited true evangelical Christians. We watch for our Blessed Hope every minute of every day.
Do you love and yearn for His appearing?
“Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8)