Ben Kinchlow is a former co-host of the 700 Club and a regular contributor to major conservative American news website WorldNetDaily. Israel Today's Jonathan David spoke with Mr. Kinchlow and presented him with several important questions regarding Israel. Here are his answers:
Israel Today: How should Christians relate to Israel?
Kinchlow: Some years ago, the Queen of England asked then-Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli for proof of the existence of God: “What is there to prove the existence of God, Benjamin?” His response was simply, “The Jew, Your Majesty.” A simple answer on the surface, but profound in its implications. The Jew points at the heart of every human being hostile to the concept of God. Man has tried “scientifically” to explain away creation and has altered history to explain away the Exodus. We can dispute almost every human evidence of God’s existence, except one…the Jew.
Israel Today: How do you see modern Israel in light of biblical prophecy?
Kinchlow: Israel is mentioned by name in 1207 BC on an Egyptian monument and 2,300 times in the Bible by name. Then there is Jeremiah 30:1-4 (KJV):
“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.”
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Israel Today: Is America really Israel's best friend?
Kinchlow: Comparatively speaking, America is still Israel’s best friend. When you objectively view how most of the rest of the world views and responds to the Arab-Israeli conflict, America, thus far, has to rank at the top. However, viewed against the backdrop of past presidential and congressional responses to Israel, the reality is we have fallen far below our past commitment to the State of Israel. The present administration, in particular, has indicated by its actions, despite protestations to the contrary, that it expects Israel to accede to the demands from the Palestinians and other Islamic regimes… that Israel surrender much of its land to sworn enemies.
Israel Today: How do you view President Obama's policies regarding Israel?
Kinchlow: It appears President Obama has made a conscious effort to reassure the Muslim world that Israel is just “another” ally and no special bond exists between us. For example, in his visit to Egypt during his first term, in an apparent attempt to reach out to and/or reassure the Muslim world, he gave a speech entitled “A New Beginning.” Many in the Israeli leadership objected to his apparent linking of the Holocaust to the creation of Israel. It seemed he was attempting to imply that Israel was new and has not always been a part of the Middle East.
Obama has also given the impression that he was distancing himself from the leadership of Israel, in part to exert pressure on them to reach a peace deal with Palestinians.
Israel Today: Surrounded by enemies, what do you think Israel's future looks like?
Kinchlow: “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” (Amos 9:13-15)
Minister, broadcaster, author, and decorated US Air Force veteran – Ben Kinchlow is known throughout the world as the long time Co-Host of The 700 Club, and Host of the International Edition of The 700 Club, as seen in more than 80 countries. Recently, Kinchlow founded the independent ministry Americans for Israel.