Unfortunately, the train wreck continues. It has been a strange week in U.S.-Israeli relations. White House and State Department officials continue harshly criticizing the Jewish State. Now they have created a list of at least seven demands Israel must comply with to show it is serious about peace.
Has the Obama admininistration been this tough and confrontational with Iran as it builds nuclear weapons? No. Some analysts are even suggesting the Obama administration is more interested in “regime change” in Israel than in Iran, hoping to topple the Netanyahu administration, or at least force it to include more left-wing members. Were the Palestinians given an ultimatum after 14 months of refusing to show up at peace talks? No. Were Hamas and the PLO given an ultimatum after weeks of violence and new threats to launch a full-blown “third intifada” in Jerusalem? No.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is still scheduled to arrive in the U.S. early Monday. That night, he will address the AIPAC Policy Conference dinner, speaking before an estimated 4,000 administration officials, Members of Congress, pro-Israel activists and journalists. Secretary Clinton will also address the conference, as will former British PM Tony Blair, among others. Lord willing, I will provide you a direct report from what happens inside the AIPAC meetings.
Before the Israeli PM arrives, however, let’s show our support for Israel. Please contact the White House, your Senators and your Representative, and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office. Tell them respectfully that you support Israel, oppose dividing Jerusalem, and that you request the administration stop the rhetorical attacks on Israel and instead show strong, public, consistent support for Israel, our most faithful democratic ally in the Middle East.
- You can contact the White House by clicking here.
- You can contact your Congressman by clicking here, or by calling (202) 224-3121
- You can contact your Senator by clicking here, or by calling (202) 224-3121
- You can contact Secretary of State Clinton by calling 202-647-4000.
I know stopping the nationalization of U.S. health care is the #1 issue on everyone’s minds in the U.S. aside from jobs, and both are hugely important. But we dare not lose sight of other critical issues. With grave threats to the U.S. and Israel mounting from Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah, we need to ask the Lord to use us to help build a global movement to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus. Never in the modern age has Israel been so isolated internationally, and I believe followers of Jesus Christ need to show her unconditional love and unwavering support.
I’m spending a lot more time in prayer in recent weeks that the Lord would draw those whom He has specifically chosen to come and attend the 2010 Epicenter Conference in Philadelphia this summer. Why? Because a key to this year’s conference that is different from previous years is that we will not simply analyze the current status of U.S.-Israeli relations, and look at Bible prophesy. We will certainly do these. But we will go one step further. This will be the most in-depth training conference we’ve ever done. My fellow speakers and I will offer real and practical ways for you and your family, friends and congregation to bless Israel and her neighbors at this critical juncture, focusing on four key strategies: LEARN, PRAY, GIVE, AND GO. And I don’t want you to miss it.
In addition to encouraging pastors and ministry leaders from across North America to attend, I would also encourage you to consider coming if you are a small group Bible study leader, a home fellowship leader, a worship leader, or have some other leadership role as a staff or lay person in your church. Or if you aspire to serve in a lay leadership role. You’ll be able to take the Biblical message and the practical ideas back to your congregations and fellowships and put them into practice immediately.
Please register today to make sure there’s a seat just for you. Please also pray that the Lord would superintend this conference to accomplish His purposes, and reach those whom He is calling, especially given the events of recent days. Thanks so much and may the Lord bless you as you bless His people.
HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- Israeli Air Force retaliates in Gaza after Hamas fires rocket at Israel that kills a foreign worker from Thailand
- Five rockets from Gaza hit Israel in last 24 hours
- President Obama denies crisis with Israel
- Netanyahu talks to Biden, Clinton by phone ahead of Monday arrival in Washington
- New poll finds Israelis souring on Obama, feel U.S. reaction to housing announcement last week was “out of proportion”