I usually don’t think of Israel as a scam, but the two lead letters in the July 21 paper about “Grandparents being scammed” and “failure to support Israel being a sin against God” has me thinking. A scam is when you get your way on false pretenses while promising some reward.
First of all, which Israel are we talking about, the Kingdom of Israel, which disappeared around 860 BC, or current-day Israel, which was carved out of 2,000-year-old Palestine in 1948? Ancient Israel was off the biblical maps and long gone at the time of Christ and for 1948 more years.
Then you have to ask, “Who is an Israeli?” and “How many are descended from the 50,000 who lived around Jerusalem in Palestine in 1900?” How many recently migrated from Russia and elsewhere?
If American Christians want to believe that the Old Testament prophets were talking about modern-day Israel 3,000 years ago, I suppose they can delude themselves, but they might want to consult their pastors or Bible scholars before they start dictating American foreign policy to the rest of us, based on this false conclusion.
To show how dangerous blind support for Israel is, Mande Wilkes, a Jewish lady, was just suggesting that we stop giving money to Israel to pay for their war machine. Now these American weapons are being used to punish the Palestinians again. I don’t believe that God likes that. The Jews have disobeyed God many times in the past, and they are doing it again. And you want us to support this?