Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pike: Don't let Israel-firsters take over, destroy Tea Party movement

(National Prayer Network) -- By Rev. Ted Pike

...A generation ago, the Reagan Revolution promised to restore America. That hope was sabotaged when Israel-first president George W. Bush surrounded himself by a host of neo-conservative, Zionist Jews and rashly launched foreign wars to make the Mideast safe for Israel. Claiming to be an evangelical Christian, Bush may have thought he was blessing America by aiding “God’s chosen people.” Instead, military involvement in the Mideast has proven one of the greatest curses America has known. The draining wars in Iraq and Afghanistan empowered Democrats to smash the last vestiges of conservative power, sweeping in Obama’s aggressively pro-homosexual, anti-Christian regime.

Will this new movement’s leaders make the same deadly mistake of elevating Israel-first authority? If they do, and succeed in 2012, loyalty to Israel will lead only to more disastrous military ventures in the Mideast—and inevitably discredit and destroy the Tea Party movement itself.

In contrast to the past four US presidents, ex-Gov. Sarah Palin—featured speaker at the Tea Party Nation Convention on February 4-6—wants to allow illegal Jewish West Bank settlements to actually expand and has criticized Obama for urging a halt! Palin is maneuvering to take on Obama in 2012. She will be joined on stage by arch Israel supporter, and possible vice presidential candidate, Joseph Farah, who owns the popular conservative news source, WorldNetDaily. WND has a history of outspokenly defending freedom, particularly against hate crime laws and their persecution of Christians worldwide. Except in Israel. Over the past six years, because of Farah’s intense loyalty to Israel, he has enforced a virtual blackout of coverage of the rampant wave of sometimes violent hate crimes by ultra-Orthodox Jews against thousands of Jewish Christians. (See Lura Beckford's www.kingsmenarad.com) This anti-Christ persecution is tolerated by the government of Israel and local authorities...MORE...LINK

...I urge you to email this article, including the following petition, to as many Tea Party chapters and leaders as possible, especially in your area. Many hundreds are listed at TeaPartyPatriots.org. You can make a powerful contribution to freedom by moving the Tea Party in the right direction at this formative time!

Dear Tea Party Leaders:

As Tea Party supporters, we are concerned that the Tea Party movement makes a fresh start toward American renewal and not repeat the same mistakes that brought us to political, economic, and moral crisis. President George Washington warned America to “beware of foreign entanglements.” Gen. Douglas MacArthur said that if America ever became militarily involved in the Middle East, it could lead to her ruin.

Undue loyalty to Israel has made America’s leaders discard their sage advice and embroil us in no-win wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These wars could spread to Iran, Pakistan, and further—all to make the Mideast safe for Israel.

It is time we return to the advice of our forefathers. The Tea Party platform should state that Israel will no longer receive “most favored” status by the US but must mature as an equally accountable nation. It must be fully responsible for actions that violate international law. No longer can Israel expect America to aid Israel when she persists in illegal settlements, war crimes, collective punishment of innocent civilians and restriction of free speech and religion for minorities in Israel, particularly Christians.

Those of us who are Tea Party members and Christians resolve to bless Jews and “seek the peace of Jerusalem” in the way the Bible really teaches: by sharing the soul-saving gospel of Jesus Christ with the Jewish people. No longer will we “bless” a Christian-persecuting regime by providing it with horrific weapons of war or unconditional approval.

Instead of Israel-first candidates, the Tea Party must choose America-first candidates. Only a return to American interests and values can begin the long journey back to the autonomous freedom our nation’s founders envisioned more than two centuries ago.


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