by Lee Kaplan
Hat tip: Dr. Jean-Charles Bensoussan
U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions recognizing the Golan as part of Israel and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem have certainly buoyed Israel’s eternal optimism for the future, but both the Trump and Netanyahu governments are ignoring when it comes to Israel’s long term survival.
Just visit any Presbyterian church vestibule to find anti-Israel literature posted at the front door and BDS promotion. The Poway shooter regularly attended a Presbyterian church.
Assuming Trump can be reelected in 2020 for another four-year term as the American leader, his remaining presidential administration might delay the current war to dismantle the Jewish state, but only temporarily. And make no mistake, it is a war, only the tactics have changed.
Trump recently cut off all foreign aid from the US to the Palestinian Authority after Mahmoud Abbas praised all recent terrorist murders including that of a 19 year-old girl who was raped as well as murdered in Jerusalem by a Palestinian cab driver out for a lark. Israel began to apply a way overdue but only partial solution to stopping Jew-killing by closing the spigot and announcing Israeli would deduct money paid to terrorists from PA the tax revenues it collects and transfers to them each month..
Abbas defiantly said he won’t take any money from Israel at all as a result, and why should he? The gangbangers in the Muslim countries, the dictatorships and even the prostitutes that make up the EU have already agreed to make up the shortfall. Iran would love to join the gang also and nothing guarantees they won’t be able to jump on board later if Trump is no longer in office. During the last U.S. election Hillary Clinton guaranteed that had she won she would have embarked on a U.S. campaign to fight “Islamophobia” in exchange for money contributed by Organization of the Islamic Conference, the cartel of wealthy Arab oil sheiks who never have money to feed Palestinians but can pay them to kill Jews.
The reason Abbas can so easily make up that shortfall is because, should Trump be president until 2024, Abbas will only lose a little frosting off the cake but more than make up for it elsewhere in following years. Latest estimates on his personal palace are now upwards of 30 million dollars from stolen aid money.
The next Democratic administration will plunge the dagger into Israel’s heart. We’ve already seen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar make it clear what they will do on congressional finance committees that Israel ultimately depends on.
Hillary Clinton, had she won, said she would fight “Islamophobia.” The U.S. would already be in Arab terrorist hands had Hillary won. Trump needs to put on the brakes and reverse the course of the ship of state, something he is well able to do. He may have two terms, but if he’s gone, the Arab irredentists and jihadis will have a field day from then on.
While the Trump administration was getting kodak moments moving the embassy (the whole world has known Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital since 1967 and statements to the contrary were just hot air from the Muslim ummah), and while the administration was acknowledging claim to the Golan and supposedly defunding terrorism, Abbas and Hamas have intensified their BDS campaign to new heights on the grassroots level.
People in the West, even Jews, do not realize BDS is in reality a war tactic by the Palestinians against the Jews. Contrary to Arab excuses, starving someone out of his homes, businesses and right to exist is a violent act. BDS leaders try to claim their threats and intimidation against Jews and anyone else who does business with them is not violent and even in the name of human rights. If I stood on your doorstep and prevented anybody from bringing your family, food, water, the necessities of life while not-so-quietly cheering another factions from my groups as they murder my family just the same, there’s no way you’d perceive my BDS actions as nonviolent. The Nazis did this to the Jews in 1934, so why is it any different today?
But far worse in the midst of this new Gaza war is the fact Hamas and the PA rely on BDS leadership for how they conduct their war on Israel. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (excuse the pun) to figure out how Hamas’ rocket war is conducted in tandem with BDS goings on outside of the Holy Land. As BDS fortunes flagged here recently, the rocket attacks increased .
A case in point is the synagogue shooting in Poway near San Diego. The Washington Post ran an article by a naïve “reporter” who commented about how John Earnest, the shooter, was a good Presbyterian Christian who attended church with his family, the idea being he was an anomaly. Had that reporter done her research she would know the Presbyterian Synod is run by BDS activists and anti-Israel activists. She made no mention of this. This reporter did not understand that Christian members of the BDS movement are providing strategy to the terrorists.
The Presbyterian Synod was targeted years ago by the BDS crowd and promotes New Theology as is taught by the Palestinian Christian wing of the PLO as part of the International Solidarity Movement. The New Theology teaches that the Palestinian Arabs replace the Jews in the Bible. Run by an Arab named Naim Ateek, his Sabeel Ecumenical Movement was set up to deconstruct Christian support for Israel and the Jewish people. These activists lost control of the Presbyterian Synod two years ago and things improved for a while, but they made sure they padded the voting and got complete control again last year.
And they’ve been doing a bang up job as we can see with the Christian shooter in Poway. Two years ago I attended undercover a national conference of the ISM. I rode in a shuttle to the airport with a woman who was a pastor. When I asked how she could support open advocacy to dismantle Israel and support Hamas’ promotion of Jewish genocide, she told me some nonsense about how being a good Christian obligated her to work for everyone, not just the Jews in the conflict. Of course, she would not condemn terror attacks or calls for genocide of the Jews.
Presbyterians are taught groupthink which means all or nothing. You won’t hear them condemning missiles fired on Israelis because there’s is a new mission: to make the Palestinians the new subjects of their theology. Naim Ateek’s Sabeel has made inroads into many churches in the U.S., but mainly in the Presbyterian Church. Just visit any vestibule to find anti-Israel literature posted at the front door…
And what about those 600 rockets fired at Israeli civilians recently?
BDS, while it tries to claim it is a grassroots movement, is in fact a war program run by Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas leadership. When Israel’s fortunes climb like during the embassy change and the Golan recognition, the BDS movement works in coordination with the terrorists to shore up the fiction that the Jews are using excessive force against the poor Arabs in Gaza. That is the idea heard in the pulpits of the Presbyterian Churches today by the likes of the shooter. Apparently it worked well enough to get a 19 year-old “Christian boy” inspired enough to enter a synagogue and shoot up some Jews. According to his manifesto, he shot up the Jews for the glory and grace of God.
The concessions by President Trump to Israel’s sovereignty inspire some to consider Trump as Israel’s savior. But to the BDS activists who communicate with Hamas and Abbas it’s a signal to step up the rocket and other attacks against the Jews. And this fervor apparently worked within the Presbyterian Church.
There are 190 Students for Justice in Palestine cells on U.S. Campuses promoting BDS and funded by taxpayer money. A pseudo-intellectual Professor Hatem Bazian leads the movement nationwide like a Rico racket. BDS is following the tactics of Rico and everyone looks the other way.
If President Trump forbids BDS from being promoted - which ultimately plays into those rocket attacks - and if the U.S. government sanctions “allies” who contribute to the boycott, the entire war might come to a halt.
President Trump needs to the right thing here. And Israel needs to understand they can’t kick the can down the road forever.
Lee Kaplan heads Stop the ISM. He is an investigative journalist and contributor to Front Page Magazine, senior intelligence analyst and communications director for the Northeast Intelligence Network, and also heads Defending America for Knowledge and Action (DAFKA). He appears frequently in the US media.
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