Meir Ouziel is one of Israel’s top journalists and satire columnists, but he was dead serious this week when he called on Israelis to urgently strengthen relations with the Evangelical Christian world.
“In the world full of sick hatred against Israel there are also manifestations of love,” Ouziel wrote in a column for Ma’ariv. “There are about 70 million Evangelicals in the United States and most of them are supporters of Israel.”
According to the senior journalist, it is critical that Israel wage a successful public relations battle alongside the physical battle in the Gaza Strip. And there is no more important PR battlefield than the United States. “It is the most powerful country in the world, the third in the number of inhabitants, a huge economy and a huge army. For now she is on our side,” he noted. And if Israel wants to keep it that way, Evangelical Christians are the key.
But, Ouziel wondered, does Israel know how to properly appreciate and engage its Christian allies?
He hinted that Israel should dedicate more attention to Israel-loving Christians than it does a Jewish diaspora that is often lukewarm toward the Jewish state. And he is ashamed when he sees liberal American Jews attacking Bible-believing American Christians.
Ouziel singled out a recent segment on MSNBC in which Jewish author and journalist Sarah Posner dismissed the massive outpouring of Evangelical Christian support following the Hamas invasion as self-serving. Responded Ouziel: “When I see such ugly attacks, my heart breaks and I wonder what the Evangelicals must think about their love for Israel being met with hostility, and precisely from Jews.”
He noted that Christians in America and elsewhere around the world are not only praying for Israel, but taking concrete political action like putting pressure on national governments and the United Nations. Christians are also at the forefront of pressuring national, state and local governments to combat the rising wave of antisemitism, particularly on American university campuses, where many Jewish students now feel besieged.
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