In honor of the fact that I just spent the past several days at AIPAC’s Saban conference, I figured I would reshare an article I wrote about one of the most stellar incidents of standing with Israel from earlier this year: when Ted Cruz left the stage as an audience booed Israel. In honor of the terrific time I had I figured I’d post some of my favorite pictures from the past couple of days here with some advice that can be gleaned from them.
I’ve long said that it astounds me that more Jews don’t vote for Republicans. By happenstance two things recently happened that make me feel even stronger about that. The first was a stellar article I found about why American Jews should join the GOP, and the second is what recently happened to Senator Ted Cruz.
It’s hard to oppose an event that’s titled In Defense of Christians.
Then again, that probably was the point. There was some cause for concern before the event itself, given how many of the speakers are known for being pro-Assad or pro-Hezbollah.
Hindsight is 20/20, and that probably should have been better known by everyone to begin with. The event itself wouldn’t be widely known were it not for the fact that Cruz was booed off stage for…supporting Israel (Breitbart has a great firsthand recounting of the story here).
As someone who lived in Israel for three months, I can attest to the truth in Cruz’s words that:
Those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason. … If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews. Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.
The video itself is shocking as is, but it’s worth examining just how true Cruz’s words are. When it comes to persecuted Christians throughout the Middle East, the one safe haven is, and always will be, Israel. Look to Israel’s south in Egypt, where the Coptic Christian community has seen its population dwindle regardless of who is in power or to Israel’s north, where Christians are literally being crucified by ISIS, consider that Israel’s Christian population continues to grow.
I spoke with some Christians from Mosul firsthand as ISIS was beginning to make a name for itself on the world stage and their fear is entirely justified given that for the first time in centuries, Mosul’s Christian population is at zero.
This is where Cruz’s point about those who target Christians are the same who target Jews becomes even more salient. ISIS is vocal about its desire to strike both America and Israel, and the people who are currently standing in their way are the Kurds and Christians.
What it comes down to is, as Jonathan Tobin so stellarly pointed out, the people who booed Cruz off stage are members of a “hate group masquerading as victims.” These people should be standing up for their fellow Christians by thanking the one nation in the Middle East where all are free to practice their religion freely, but instead, the vocal minority chooses to delude themselves in opposing the one bastion of freedom that their fellow Christians are looking to in these darks times.
As for standing with Israel? Cruz did a fantastic job by walking away.
I figured that this is where I should link to another article I wrote about a similar topic that was in the Jerusalem Post.