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Republican Senators Seek to Change Unpopular Obama Policies on Israel (VIDEO)

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)

Two Republican Senators have expressed strong support for Israel in recent days, in spite of what they consider to be words and deeds that undermine the US-Israel relationship by President Barack Obama.

Both Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to stand behind Israel against a UN Security Council resolution which seeks to force Israel’s hand on Palestinian statehood, as well as against a bad nuclear deal with Iran.

McConnell, who is set to become Senate majority leader in January and is one of the most influential people in Washington today, spoke to Israel HaYom in Washington last week, following the announced US-Cuba thaw. He spoke of his skepticism regarding Obama and Israel.

“It is no secret that president Obama isn’t popular in Israel, and for good reason,” McConnell, 72, said. “In my view, he has tilted on numerous occasions in a direction that would lead Israelis to believe that he is not as solemn an ally as past presidents have been.”

He cited Cuba to demonstrate Obama may not have Israel’s best interests at heart. When it comes to Iran, he said, “If I were the Israeli government, looking at what the president did yesterday with regard to Cuba, I would be pretty nervous that the president is not above making a bad deal.”

But if Obama is not in Israel’s corner, the tiny country still has powerful allies in the US.

“My impression is that the relationship between this president and Israel is the worst I have seen in the time that I’ve been in the Senate, and even before that, when I was an observer of the Senate.” On the other hand, “The relationship between Israel and Congress is quite good, on a bipartisan basis,” he added.

The Senate is working on two tracks to prevent Obama from accepting a bad deal; a requirement for Congress to approve any deal with Iran, and an increase in sanctions if the Iranians leave talks or backtrack on a deal.

As for the Palestinian Authority’s bid to force Israel into a timetable for withdrawal from territories it claims as its future state by pushing a UN Security Council resolution, McConnell said the US should reject it.

“I think it would be an outrage if the United States did not veto such an effort. I suppose that the president could do it on his own, or he could argue that he could do it on his own, because he has been doing a lot of other things on his own. But I think it would be a huge mistake for him and for his party. Just looking at the politics of this I can’t imagine the American Jewish community would not be completely up in arms,” he noted.

Senator Graham visited Israel, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday. Picking up on the same themes, Graham took his stance on the UN bid one step further. At the meeting, Graham declared Congress would not “sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process.

PM Netanyahu’s Meeting with US Senator Lindsey Graham

“Any effort by the French, the Jordanians or anyone to avoid direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians over the peace process, anyone who tries to take this to the UN Security Council” will be met with “a violent backlash by the Congress that could include suspending funding to the United Nations. We will not sit back and allow the United Nations to take over the peace process.”

He added, Congress “has your back, in a very bipartisan way. The Republican Party now runs the House and the Senate, and things will be a bit different. But one thing will be constant: There will be bipartisan support.”

Graham reiterated the same position as McConnell on Iran. “If Iran walks away from the table, sanctions will be re-imposed,” said Graham. “If Iran cheats regarding any deal that we enter to the Iranians, sanctions will be re-imposed. It is important to let the Iranians know that from an American point of view, sanctions are alive and well. So we will be following your counsel and advice,” he told Netanyahu.

“You will see a very vigorous Congress, when it comes to Iran,” Graham continued. “You will see a Congress making sure sanctions are real and will be re-imposed at the drop of a hat. You will see Congress wanting to have a say about any final deal.”

As chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee of the incoming Senate’s Appropriations Committee, Graham will hold considerable influence over American foreign policy.

Episcopal Church Rejects BDS

SALT LAKE – The General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the United States met in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 2, and rejected in a voice vote the proposal to divest from businesses that have operations in Judea and Samaria and to boycott products from the region.

At the Church’s 78th General Convention, the House of Bishops, led by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, overwhelmingly defeated the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) resolution.  The Episcopal Church has around 1.8 million members across the United States.

Commenting on the text of the resolution, Bishop Ed Little of Northern Indiana said that it was “clearly and unmistakably advocates boycott and divestment, and we must reject it,” according to a news report by the Episcopal News Service. “As Anglicans, we have the gift and ability to reach out to people on both sides in the conflict. That is what the Episcopal Church is doing in the Middle East. Our current leadership under the presiding bishop is allowing us to be peacemakers.”

Another bishop, Leo Frade of Southeast Florida said in the Episcopal News Service report that his experience of embargoes and blocking, in particular the embargo of Cuba, backfire. “It hurts the same people we think we are helping. Palestinian jobs depend on investment, not on divestment.”

In addition, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA in Kansas City, Missouri, decided to delay a vote on divestment from Israel until their next assembly in 2017.

Ronald Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) hailed the decision by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church to reject the motion endorsing the BDS movement.

Presbyterian Church USA Voted on Erasing “Israel” from Prayers

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”  (Proverbs 10:12)

As if actively supporting a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel wasn’t enough, turns out the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) considered banning the word “Israel” from its prayers.

In a report on the Algemeiner, a resolution was presented but ultimately rejected by the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA to “distinguish between the biblical terms that refer to the ancient land of Israel and the modern political State of Israel.”

To carry out such a plan, the resolution called for the development of “educational materials, with the help of our Presbyterian seminaries, for clergy, church musicians, worship leaders, and Christian educators regarding ‘ancient Israel/modern Israel’ distinction.”

The impetus behind the proposal to completely erase Israel from prayers was caused by “a section of hymns under the unfortunate heading: ‘God’s covenant with Israel.’”

According to the authors of the resolution, they were so disturbed by the song title, which they said “is open to interpretation,” that they felt that the next politically and religiously correct step was to completely remove the word “Israel” altogether.

“Is this ‘biblical Israel’? Is it the ‘modern State of Israel’?” the resolution asked. Citing a “Palestinian American Presbyterian who is a ruling elder” of the church as who was upset and “uneasy with the word ‘Israel’” in the hymn, the members of the church concluded that “this language is inflammatory, misleading and hurtful.”

While the resolution was rejected, the Advisory Committee to PCUSA considered the matter seriously, highlighting the repeated anti-Israel theme of the event. The committee did instruct its churches and agencies to “develop a short insert or sticker for publications” that states:

“Please note in using these texts that the biblical and liturgical ‘land of Israel’ is not the same as the State of Israel established in 1948, which is a contemporary nation state. The Bible contains differing descriptions of the parameters of Israel. Promises of land generally come with obligations to God for justice to be practiced with all inhabitants.”

PCUSA has come under intense scrutiny this last year for its decision to divest from American companies who conduct business with Israel, pulling some $21 million in investments. Earlier this month, it was revealed by Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) that PCUSA held meetings with known Hezbollah terrorists shortly after the decision.

PCUSA, which holds tax-exempt status from the IRS as a religious organization, breached the law by meeting with members of a US designated terror group. Shurat Hadin submitted a 38-page complaint, complete with video and documentary evidence, of PCUSA’s “numerous, extensive, and costly efforts to engage in political anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic acts.”

Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral

Thursday, November 20, 2014 |  David Lazarus / Jerusalem Post & Israel Today 

It looked like a chilling scene from a Last Days, anti-Christ-takes-over-the-world disaster movie. Hundreds of Muslims take over America’s most notable church, prostrate on their prayer rugs as their unified chant echoes out in full volume: “There is only one god, he begets not and I bear witness that Muhammad is His only servant and Apostle."

Only this was not a movie. This was the scene, last Friday, for the first time in history, at the iconic National Cathedral in Washington, where orthodox Muslim clerics were invited to lead an Islamic prayer service. A congregation of hundreds were lead by an Imam in declaring that “god has no son, that Jesus Christ cannot be his son, and that there is no god like Allah.”

Only a single middle-age woman jumped up in the middle of the service and shouted, “America was founded on Christian principles. . . . Leave our church alone!” She was escorted quickly out of the church by security guards.

The National Cathedral in Washington, DC has been an extremely important symbol of the Christian roots of the United States. The cathedral was designated by Congress as America's "National House of Prayer." The church has hosted a number of inaugural presidential prayer services, including Franklin Roosevelt and both presidents Bush.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, took to Facebook in reaciton to the Muslim prayer service:

“The National Cathedral in Washington, DC–one of the most prominent Episcopal churches in America–will host a Muslim prayer service to Allah. It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible, who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus was clear when He said, 'I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me' (John 14:6)."

As of this writing, 80,000 people had “liked” Graham’s post.

The Islamic service at the cathedral was ostensibly intended to promote interfaith dialogue. Its organizers said that they hoped the service would “help correct some Americans’ misperceptions of Muslims as extremists and reinforce tolerance among faiths.”

However, it is hard to understand how a Christian church opening its sanctuary for Islamic prayers that renonce Jesus Christ contributes to interfaith tolerance. Muslims would never allow a Christian to preach the Gospel in a mosque. Palestinian Muslims continue to ban all Jews and Christians from praying at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It would appear that “interfaith dialogue and tolerance” are just more code words calling for Muslims to rise up and conquer.

The Washington Post reported that the Islamic prayer service was closed to the public because of security concerns. Armed guards checked every person and every bag of those in attendance.

Islam is growing rapidly around the world, and is now the third-largest religion in the United States, behind Christianity and Judaism, with an estimated 2.6 million American Muslim citizens.

6/12 Appeal to the Presbyterian  General Assembly

 

Shalom Everyone,

 

Below is the press release that the mainstream voice institutions of the Messianic Jewish Community released to hundreds of news sources throughout the US and the Middle East concerning the push for Presbyterians to divest from Israel. You can Google the headline and begin to see some action on it. It was sent out at 12:01 AM Thursday morning.

 

The Presbyterians again have given us an opportunity to step to the front in defense of our people and call the Presbyterians to account for what we believe is Christian anti-Semitism (thinly veiled as anti-Israel sentiment). It gives us a chance to expose both Jewish and Christian constituencies around the world to our thinking from Scripture. This is so important in changing how our people think about who we are, i.e. not to be lightly ignored.

 

In fact, as we step to the front to confront Christian anti-Semitism it raises our value to our own people because we can say things and speak to the Christian world in a way that the traditional Jewish community doesn’t feel comfortable. In essence, this is another opportunity for the Messianic community to demonstrate leadership on behalf of our people..

 

For the restoration of Israel,

 

Joel Chernoff

MJAA/GS

 

 

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Headline: Messianic Jewish Leaders Oppose Presbyterian Divestment from Israel

 

Philadelphia, June 12, 2014. As the Presbyterian Church (USA) prepares to discuss divestment proposals designed to influence Israeli policy at its General Assembly in Detroit, June 14-21, leaders of the international organizations speaking for the Messianic Jewish community respond with a strong statement of support for Israel.

 

 

International Messianic Jewish community

statement of Support for the State of Israel

 

Amid continuing efforts to pressure and marginalize the state of Israel through boycotts and economic sanctions, the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, meeting in Detroit, June 14-21, will consider proposals to pressure Israel through financial divestment. Amid reports of growing worldwide anti-Semitism, the church’s Israel/Palestine Mission Network offers “Zionism Unsettled,” a study guide that explicitly delegitimizes Israel as a Jewish state. In the face of such actions, the international Messianic Jewish community expresses its unwavering support for the Jewish homeland in Israel.

 

The international Messianic Jewish community supports the right of the state of Israel to exist within safe and secure borders, and the right of all Israelis to freely live and travel without the threat of terrorism.

 

We affirm the historic connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, as well as God’s promise to give the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the land of Israel as an eternal inheritance. As Scripture states:

 

“I will establish My covenant with you as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and to your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:7-8)

 

We further recognize that the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel in modern times was foretold by the prophets:

 

“Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:23-24).

 

In addition, the historical sufferings and persecutions of the Jewish people, culminating in the Holocaust of World War II, demonstrated to the community of nations that the Jewish people have an inherent need for their own homeland. The establishment of the Jewish State justly protects Jewish continuity and safety.

 

We also affirm the current and future aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel) as a fulfillment of Scripture, as it is written:

 

“The days are coming, declares the Lord, when men will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought Israel up out of Egypt’, but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where He had banished them’. For I will restore them to the land I gave their fathers.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15).

 

We, therefore, support the right of Jewish people to immigrate to their historic homeland.

 

In light of the vision of peace conveyed by the Jewish prophets, and as followers of Messiah, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:5-6), we look toward a future in which the current suffering of both Jews and Arabs in the Middle East will be replaced by true peace. This vision of the future compels us to work and hope for peace today. Therefore we applaud all genuine efforts toward peacemaking between Israel and Arab parties in the Middle East.

 

Throughout the Scriptures, Israel as a people is called to be a light and example to the other nations of the world (Ex. 19:5-6, Deut. 4:5-8, Is. 2:2-4; 60:2-3). We believe the modern state of Israel is an heir to this calling, which is reflected in her thriving democracy, where civil rights are enshrined in law. Therefore, we encourage the equal application of Israel’s laws to all of her citizens, and the preservation, continuation and growth of human rights for all of Israel’s minority groups. 

 

We also encourage our congregations outside of Israel to work for the welfare of the state of Israel, to pray for the land and its safety, and to visit the land, thereby expressing support for the nation and its inhabitants. In addition, we express our particular solidarity with the Messianic Jewish community in Israel.

 

Finally, we remind all believers in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah from every nation of these words of blessing found in the book of Psalms, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you’” (Ps. 122:6).

 

John Fischer, President

Paul Wilbur, Executive Director

International Messianic Jewish Alliance

 

Kirk Gliebe, President

Russell Resnik, Executive Director

Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations

 

Paul Liberman, President

Joel Chernoff, General Secretary

Messianic Jewish Alliance of America

 

Frank Lowinger, Chairman

International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues

 

Contact: Russ Resnik, 505-440-2265, rebrez@umjc.org

               Joel Chernoff, 610-304-2237, joelchernoff@mjaa.org

Ukraine Issue

Here are a couple of links to the current issues in the Ukraine and the Russian address to the Federal Assembly:

 Click here for the Prime Minister of Ukraines statement:

Click here for  Puttins address: April 25, 2005 -

USA Today - Calls Flyer pamphlet a fake 

Please remember  our friends that will be in the Ukraine this week.

A Response - Zionism Unsettled - 2/14

A Response to "Zionism Unsettled"

By SUSAN MICHAEL, ICEJ-USA

A disturbing study guide entitled “Zionism Unsettled” has been published by an arm of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) The publication is filled with distorted facts and a historical narrative so extreme that some Jewish groups are calling it “hate speech.” It vilifies Israel and Zionism while ignoring Palestinian terrorism, calls for the annihilation of the Jewish State, and absconds Arab leaders of their culpability in the plight of the Palestinian people. The study guide proves that the PCUSA has aligned itself with the most radical of positions by equating Zionism with racism, comparing it to centuries of Christian anti-Semitism, and calling for a rethinking of the Holocaust to include the plight of the Palestinians.

The Chapter on “Evangelicals and Christian Zionism” skews the facts to portray Christians who support Israel as dangerous and a threat to Middle-East peace. The chapter is taken largely from the writings of Dr. Gary Burge, an evangelical Presbyterian and Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, who admits to holding a form of Replacement Theology in spite of the fact that it was the root of centuries of Christian anti-Semitism.

Replacement Theology teaches that God abandoned the Jewish people, has broken His promises to them, and has chosen a new people, the Church. The danger with this theology is that it implies that the Jewish people have been rejected and discarded due to their sin and failures. It is fertile ground for the proliferation of anti-Semitism and should be guarded against.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 11 that God is not finished with the Jewish people and that their calling is irrevocable. In Hebrews 6, he cites God’s faithfulness to the Abrahamic Covenant to encourage beleaguered Christians to keep their faith, knowing they serve a faithful God.

Nevertheless, Burge goes so far as to say that the New Testament teaching spiritualizes and universalizes the Old Testament land promises to the Jewish people by treating them as spiritual metaphor. While it is true that in Galatians 3:29 the Apostle Paul said that Christians do enjoy the blessings of Abraham as spiritual heirs, he did not claim that they “replaced” the natural heirs nor inherit the land. This would require a rewriting of scripture since the land promise to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was “everlasting” and is confirmed forty-six times throughout the books of the Old Testament.

Psalm 105 says that God does not break covenant, nor alter the word that has gone out of His mouth, therefore, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would receive the promises made to them. It is because of these scriptures that the disciples asked Jesus if He was going to “restore the kingdom to Israel now” in Acts 1:6. He simply said the time was not for them to know, clearly indicating that it would happen in God’s timing. In Luke 21, Jesus said that Jerusalem would once again be under Jewish sovereignty and put it in an eschatological context.

Burge attempts then to diminish the reach of Christian Zionism by limiting it as dispensational and dual covenant in theology. While dispensationalism is a theology favorable towards Israel, only one in every ten Christians is a dispensationalist.  A much larger number of Christians, from a wide-variety of denominations and theological persuasions, supported the restoration of the Jews to their homeland; including John and Charles Wesley, Robert Murray MacCheynne, Bishop Ryle of Liverpool, Charles Spurgeon, the Puritans, Professor Jacob Janeway of the Scottish National Church, Martin Luther King and many others.

Charles WesleyChristian Zionist Hall of Fame
Men like Charles Wesley believed in the restoration of Israel and even wrote wonderful hymns about it.
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Christian Zionism is also not “dual covenant.” Mainstream Christian Zionists are found in all the historical and contemporary church movements, including the Presbyterian Church, and they most certainly believe that Jesus’ finished work on the cross is their only grounds of salvation. While the basis for Christian Zionism is found in the Abrahamic Covenant, in which God announced to Abraham His plan to create a people through whom He would carry out His plan to redeem the world, the Abrahamic covenant needed the Mosaic Covenant, the Davidic Covenant and the New Covenant to bring about that great salvation.

Israel’s role, as the vehicle of God’s redemptive plan, does not make her better than any other people groups but rather more accountable to God. The Jewish people are chosen for the blessing of the nations, including the Palestinian people.  However, this study construes the chosenness of the Jewish people to be a form of racism that esteems them higher than other peoples, and therefore, not held to the same standard of accountability.

Abrahamic CovenantAn Everlasting Covenant
The Abrahamic Covenant has greatly influenced the course of human history, as it was the watershed moment in God’s decision to save the world from sin (Galatians 3:8).
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The PCUSA may wish that Christians that support Israel and the Jewish people are a fringe group, but the fact is that some 70% of Americans are favorable towards Israel. There are a number of reasons why Americans support Israel: personal experience while touring Israel, admiration for Israeli technology and innovation, or appreciation for the only democracy in the Middle East. Bible-believing Christians support Israel because of their reading of the scriptures. In short, God has brought the Jewish people back to their homeland in fulfillment of His promises to Abraham and millions of Christians want to bless and help them.

Conversely, the PCUSA has aligned itself with extreme and radical groups such as Sabeel.  Founded by Naim Ateek, Sabeel propagates Palestinian Liberation Theology that disregards any portion of scripture that disagrees with Ateek’s anti-Semitic views.  Hence, right out of the Sabeel playbook, this study guide calls for churches to stop using hymns and liturgy that use the biblical terms: exodus, covenant, return, blossoming of the desert, Zion and Israel.

It is time that the PCUSA wakes up and realizes that holding radical and anti-Semitic positions, such as reflected in this study guide, will only guarantee their continued membership decline, because most Americans not only shun hate speech, but admire and stand with the people of Israel.

- By Susan Michael

Susan Michael is US Director for International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

Key Messianic Organizations Release Joint Statement

On May 3, the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland issued a report to be presented at the Church's General Assembly starting May 18, entitled "The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the 'promised land.'"

The report draws on classic replacement theology to invalidate the state of Israel and the ancient Jewish hope for a return to Zion, including statements like this:

If Jesus is indeed the Yes to all God's promises, the promise to Abraham is fulfilled through the impact of Jesus, not by restoration of land to the Jewish people. Jesus gave a new direction and message for the people of God, one which did not feature a special area of land for them. . . . Promises about the land of Israel were never intended to be taken literally, or as applying to a defined geographical territory.

The report drew so much criticism from Jewish and Christian communities that it was withdrawn for revision on May 8, but will still be presented at the General Assembly. The UMJC joined with other international Messianic Jewish organizations in issuing the following response.

May 10, 2013 – Leaders of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA), the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) and the British Messianic Jewish Alliance (BMJA) have issued the following open letter to the Church of Scotland as they consider adopting this report and position against Israel.

Throughout history, Christian anti-Semitism and persecution of the Jewish people have followed a distinct and clear pattern. The first phase is the defaming, delegitimizing and demonizing of the Jewish people, thus providing justification for further persecution. The second phase often isolates the Jewish people economically by calling for boycotts of Jewish businesses and products. This leads to further measures which include the destruction of Jewish communal life, often resulting in national expulsion and bloodshed. Over the last seventeen hundred years this shameful pattern has resulted in the loss of millions of Jewish lives.

In recent decades, Christian denominations, as well as individual Christian thinkers and theologians, have renounced Christian anti-Semitic attitudes and anti-Jewish positions and helped to open a whole new era of understanding and Jewish-Christian dialogue. "The Inheritance of Abraham," originally released on May 3 and still under consideration by the Church of Scotland, abandons this progress to revert to centuries-old mischaracterizations of the Jewish people in the following dangerous ways:

The report ignores the clear contextual teaching of Scripture in favor of a faulty, out-of- context, and biased theology. This is evidenced in the report's claim that, "Promises about the land of Israel were never intended to be taken literally, or as applying to a defined geographical territory" (p. 8; emphasis added). Thus with one brief and unsupported comment the report attempts to overturn not only the plain sense of Scripture, but also centuries of Jewish biblical interpretation and practice. As the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities noted on May 3, "The arrogance of telling the Jewish people how to interpret Jewish texts and Jewish theology is breathtaking" (http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Scottish-church-Jews-not-entitled-to-Holy-Land-312088, accessed May 5).A second profound flaw is the report's mischaracterization of Zionism and the history of Israel. In 1947 the Jewish people accepted the UN partition plan, which established the borders for both a Jewish State and a Palestinian state. It was the Palestinian Arabs, as well as every Arab nation around Israel, that rejected the partition plan and immediately attacked the fledgling state with the intent of destroying it and, as they so famously stated, "pushing the Jews into the sea." In recent years the Palestinians have rejected at least two offers of statehood. Despite these realities, the report speaks repeatedly about "the Occupied Palestinian Territories," and "Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem." But in reality the report supports the radical Arab position that the entire State of Israel, the territory at the time of independence in 1948, and not just territories held since 1967, is "occupied." Furthermore, the report accuses Israel's pioneers of failing "to treat the indigenous Palestinians with respect and good judgment," ignoring years of Zionist advocacy for equal rights and fair treatment for the Arab inhabitants of the land, before and after statehood. The Israeli Declaration of Independence, the ultimate Zionist document, explicitly proclaims "the equality of all its citizens," including Israeli Arabs, as the report itself acknowledges (p. 5).The report ignores or invalidates the numerous prophetic promises throughout Scripture given to the people of Israel concerning the land of Israel. While it is true that Israel's disobedience, as described in Scripture, could and did result in the expulsion of our people from the land of Israel, the report completely ignores the fact that whether Israel is in or out of the land, God always refers to it as the land of Israel. He never transfers the right of tenancy to another. In addition, the report also ignores the numerous prophecies found throughout Scripture which clearly state that in the future God will regather Israel to their own land and restore Israel both physically and spiritually. "For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land" (Ezek. 36:24, etc.).And finally, the report cites the biblical call for "a commitment in every place to justice in a spirit of reconciliation," but violates the most basic premises of justice. It hears only Palestinian and anti-Zionist voices and accepts their allegations uncritically. The proverb says, "The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines" (Pr. 18:17), but perhaps the drafters of the report would say that this text also was never intended to be taken literally.

In short, "The Inheritance of Abraham" is an instrument not of peace and reconciliation but of religious imperialism, which imposes its own faulty interpretations upon texts that originate with the Jewish people and are part of their ongoing identity. The report claims a commitment to peace, but actually serves to undermine a realistic peace process by delegitimizing the Jewish State of Israel. Furthermore, the report demands that Israel recognize and unconditionally correct the "inequality in power" between itself and the Palestinians, with no concern over the rocket attacks and terrorist acts that this inequality in power is keeping under control. Expecting Israel to place itself in a weaker position and to abandon its founding vision as a refuge for the Jewish people is not only foolish but unjust.

As Messianic Jews who stand in the line of our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the prophets and apostles, we remind our Christian brothers and sisters that they worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was because of the sacrifice of many Jewish men and women that the good news of the Messiah's redemption for all was brought to their forefathers. Without the benefit of that vital work the Church of Scotland would not exist today.

As Messianic Jewish leaders representing the international Messianic Jewish community, we call on the Church of Scotland to remove the report from consideration ahead of its forthcoming General Assembly, and restore a sense of justice and integrity to their proceedings consistent with the Jewish Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. We also call upon our colleagues in the Christian world to join our condemnation of this report, to stand with Israel and the truth of Scripture, and to urge the Church of Scotland to reject it.

Paul Liberman, President
Joel Chernoff, General Secretary
Messianic Jewish Alliance of America
www.mjaa.org

John Fischer, President
Paul Wilbur, Executive Director
International Messianic Jewish Alliance
www.imja.org

Kirk Gliebe, President
Russell Resnik, Executive Director
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations
www.umjc.org

Jeff Forman, Chairman
International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues
www.iamcs.org

Mr. J. Mendelsohn, President
Mr. D. Nessim, Vice-President
British Messianic Jewish Alliance
www.bmja.net

The Real Kosher Jesus

We highly recommend this book for everyone to be familiar with. Not only is it a condensed version of the 6 volumes Dr. Brown has compiled through the years for confronting objections Jews have to their Jewish Messiah, but also it is a wonderful, balanced presentation to bring truth to the replacement theology peoples of their false understanding of Israel and the church.

What others are saying about this book;

The Real Kosher Jesus explains with real clarity how Jesus as a Jew makes sense—biblically, historically, and theologically. It is a pleasure to recommend this work for any who are just curious about him and his relationship to Judaism. —Darrell Bock, PhD, research professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary and author of Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism
Will the real kosher Jesus please stand up? Is he a great Jewish rabbi? Or is he the Son of God? Now we know the truth, thanks to this groundbreaking book by Dr. Michael Brown. —Sid Roth, host of It’s Supernatural!
Michael Brown excels as a true scholar as well as an apologist; his answers to objections are carefully thought out, honest and well researched. —Craig Keener, PhD, professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Dr. Brown powerfully details why Yeshua is the Messiah, arguing his point from both Testaments and bolstering his arguments with the extensive use of Jewish sources, both modern and Rabbinic. This book is a must read for all those who care about God’s chosen people. —Mitch Glaser, President of Chosen People Ministries

About the Author

Michael L. Brown holds a PhD from New York University in Near Eastern languages and literatures and is recognized as one of the leading Messianic Jewish scholars in the world today. He is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry, host of the nationally syndicated daily talk radio show The Line of Fire, and the author of more than twenty books. He is a contributor to The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion and other scholarly publications.

Faithfuly in Messiah

Rabbi David

MJAA - JEWS for JESUS  ... RECONCILED

August 2nd, 2012

Dear IAMCS Members,

Shalom in Yeshua!  We greet you with good news for the body of Messiah!

Back in 2004, the leadership of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) and the Young Messianic Jewish Alliance (YMJA) communicated to you a series of issues primarily centering on Jews for Jesus and Stan Telchin's book, Messianic Judaism is Not Christianity.  We informed you that due to an unsatisfactory resolution to the issue, Jews for Jesus leadership and professional staff would no longer be welcomed as participants at Alliance sponsored events nor would they be allowed to exhibit at those events.  You were cautioned regarding this organization given the outstanding issues.

We are very pleased to come back to you now and say that there has been a healing in our relationship with Jews for Jesus.  On May 7th and 8th,Joel Chernoff, Paul Liberman, Larry Feldman and Kevin Solomon met with David Brickner, Susan Perlman, Tuvya Zaretsky and Jhan Moskowitz in Irvine, California.  We prayed together,discussed the breach in our relationship and by the conclusion of meeting; our hearts were joined in unity.  Attached is a statement that the Jews for Jesus Leadership Council has unanimously endorsed and which puts to rest the concerns we have held for the past eight years.  They have also posted this statement on their website.  We, as an executive committee, have met and have amiably received their statement and feel strongly that it addresses all of our concerns.  We have therefore decided that any and all restrictions we had relating to Jews for Jesus due to the concerns in our previous communication no longer exist and are rescinded.

We are convinced that the whole movement is better served when we can work in harmony.  We affirm our brothers and sisters at Jews for Jesus and their labor to reach our Jewish people with the message of Yeshua.  It is our joy to see this new chapter begin between the MJAA and Jews for Jesus.

Psalm 133:1    How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

In our Messiah, on behalf on the MJAA Executive Committee, the IAMCS Steering Committee and the YMJA Executive Committee.  

Jews for Jesus Affirms the Messianic Jewish Movement

and the Messianic Congregational Movement 

(July, 2012)  In a statement released today, the Jews for Jesus Council (its global leadership body) issued the following statement of clarification on its position on the Messianic Jewish Movement.

Moved by a desire for unity, and in the interest of mutual affirmation, we want to correct a long standing misimpression to the contrary: we affirm both the Messianic Jewish Movement as a whole as well as its Congregational component, as being legitimate and credible expressions of God's work today.  We have been, and will continue to be supportive of both.

 

We also recognize that the book, "Some Messianic Jews Say, Messianic Judaism is Not Christianity: A Loving Call to Unity" to which we had inadvertently been connected at the time of its release in 2004, has been a source of great consternation and hurt to some in the body.  We truly regret that Jews for Jesus was ever associated with this book.  We have never endorsed it, published it, carried it, sold it, nor do we have any copies for distribution at our disposal.

 

It is our hope that as we look to the future, Jews for Jesus and the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America will find ways of working together forunity and the salvation of our people Israel.

 

Said David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, "Truly, we've never felt anything other than affirmative of the messianic movement, and have acknowledged that sentiment in our Jews for Jesus Newsletter lead article in the past, "Why I love Messianic Congregations" (September 2004) and in subsequent public statements such as "Jews for Jesus and Messianic Congregations" which appeared in the Messianic Times (January/February 2009)."

Messianic Jewish Alliance of America President, Paul Liberman, said, "The people at Jews for Jesus are our brothers and sisters.  We are grateful to God for restoring our relationship with them."

Presbyterian Issue

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 Leaders of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA), International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA) and the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) have issued the following open letter to the Presbyterian Church (USA), set to convene in Pittsburgh, June 30. (These organizations and their leaders are listed below)

The Presbyterian Church (USA), despite its historic concern for justice, is considering a move that violates basic principles of justice—targeting divestment from specific companies doing business with Israel. Divestment is the practice of withdrawing investments from companies in order to create economic and political pressure against those companies, or governments with which they do business. In this case, by withdrawing investments from companies supplying materials to Israel’s defense and security programs, divestment proponents hope to force Israel into an immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

The mainstream Messianic Jewish movement as represented by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, the International Messianic Jewish Alliance and the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues expresses its deep concern with this direction, which is contrary to the same Scriptures that the PC (USA) claims to believe. The language of the divestment proposal to be considered by the PC (USA) General Assembly in Pittsburgh, June 30 – July 7, 2012, may appear moderate, but it reflects a biased approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Divestment is inherently unjust for several reasons:

 

  1. Divestment joins the larger, Palestinian-sponsored Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses the inaccurate, unfair, and inflammatory “apartheid” label against Israel to discredit and undermine the Jewish state (see http://www.bdsmovement.net/call#top). Ironically, the BDS movement seeks to pressure Israel into unilateral concessions at a time when Israel has endured thousands of rocket attacks on civilian targets from the Gaza strip, from which Israel unilaterally withdrew in 2005. Framing Israel’s policy in Judea and Samaria as “apartheid” and pushing for unconditional Israeli withdrawal indicates either an ignorance of why Israel maintains a military presence there, or a reckless disregard of Israeli lives and security.
  2. Divestment unjustly frames the Jewish state of Israel as a colonial incursion like the white European settlement in South Africa. The BDS movement and potential participants like PC (USA) support other national movements, including that among the Palestinians, but not the national restoration movement of the Jewish people. The Biblical promises that grant the land west of the Jordan River to the Jewish people in perpetuity do not preclude territorial compromise for the sake of peace. But they do preclude accusing Israel of “occupying” land promised in Scripture and inhabited by Jewish people throughout the centuries. Israel may opt to withdraw from such territories for the sake of peace, but any withdrawal must be part of a wider and viable peace process—not a one-sided concession to international pressure.
  3. Divestment unjustly ignores the historical context of Israel’s presence in the West Bank. Failure to curtail terrorist violence undermines the credibility of the Palestinian Authority as a partner for peace. Furthermore, the Palestinian Authority has never renounced the call for the destruction of Israel contained in its founding documents. Hope for an end to this tragic conflict requires that Palestinian leadership unequivocally recognize Israel’s right to exist. To ignore this imperative, and the historical context of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, as the BDS movement does, belies any call for justice.

  4. Finally, divestment presumes that Israel is unfairly occupying an Arab homeland. Scripture reveals that God loves the Arab and Jewish people and promised both of them land as an inheritance. God expresses his love for Ishmael and promises to make of him a “great nation” (Gen. 21:18), later described as twelve tribes, alongsidethe nation of Israel (Gen. 25:12ff.). God indeed kept his promise to Ishmael, and the Arab nation today has multiplied to 22 Arab states with a combined population of 350 million, and extensive territories dwarfing the Land of Israel and its population of seven million. From a Biblical perspective, it is simply unjust for the Arabs, the sons of Ishmael, to claim not only what God promised them but also the one land God promised to Israel. From this perspective, Arabs living in Judea and Samaria are actually “occupying” land God gave to Israel“for all time” (Deut.4:40). Is it just to support sovereignty in this region only for Arab states?

Divestment is a highly partisan tactic that seeks to pressure Israel into making changes that threaten its security and integrity as the Jewish homeland. Israel’s claim to legitimacy as a Jewish state, however, rests not only on broadly accepted standards of international law, but also on the words of the Hebrew prophets. Jews have maintained a presence in the Land of Israel throughout history, and have constituted the majority population in Jerusalem since the mid-nineteenth century. The state of Israel was born in response to the homelessness and suffering of the Jewish people in exile, which reached its horrible climax during World War II.

As Jewish followers of Yeshua (Jesus), we appreciate the attempts of Christian denominations since the Holocaust to promote understanding and good will toward the Jewish people. Divestment from Israel, however, only damages the relationship between the Christian and the Jewish communities, diminishes the possibility of genuine negotiations for peace, and encourages violence and extremism. Most of all, the divestment initiative ignores the very words of Scripture, shared by Jews and Christians, which foretell a Jewish return to the land of Israel after centuries of exile:“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land” (Ezek. 36:24, etc.). This restoration is evident in our own times.

We call upon the Presbyterian Church (USA) to heed the words of the Hebrew prophets and the standards of justice established in Scripture, and to reject the use of divestment as a weapon against Israel.