Below is our translation of an aticle from TASS.
Israel is perhaps the most polarizing element of US politics.
The Left is more likely than the Right to reject the religious views that provide uncritical support for Israeli policies, including the very un-Christian policy of shooting unarmed protesters to kill, or the IDF’s habit of firing rockets into Syria that kill people engaged in fighting terrorists.
As a result, Americans who are reluctant to support Israel are automatically called liberals (in the pejorative sense) or anti-Semites without any further analysis of the underlying facts.
And those who do support Israel are often considered religious fanatics who take the Bible too literally. This too misses the mark.
There are precious few in between who see that the “Christian” Zionist view is actually based on a very non-literal un-Biblical view. Yet that is in fact the case. “Christian” Zionists base their cult-like beliefs on the prophecy of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37, where the prophet tells us of his dream of dry bones suddenly coming together to form a resurrected Israel. None of these cultists ever mention verse 24 of that chapter, which says that David will be the king of the new Israel, which will be obedient to God’s decrees.
What the cultists fail to see is that the modern secular state that goes by the name “Israel” does not meet this description in any way. A Reuters poll has shown that about 60% of Israelis self-describe as “irreligious.” They do not believe in the God of Abraham and therefore could not be seen as “obedient” to Him. They are not Ezekiel’s Israel. Further, the Old Testament tells us that King David is dead and not in any condition to be the king of Israel today in the 21st Century. It’s not Ezekiel’s Israel. As for the descriptor “Christian” Zionism, to which over 80% of Evangelicals subscribe, it would imply that Christ has in some way blessed his follower’s support for the secular state of Israel. Yet Christ never once was quoted saying anything remotely similar to that. His Great Commission to the disciples was to go into the world and preach the Gospel of the crucified Christ who gave himself to save humanity from its sins. And as for the Jews in particular, He let His disciples know in unequivocal terms what they needed to do, and yet the “Christian” world thoroughly rejected this commission to the Jews, which was stated as plain as day in Matthew 23:39, where Jesus stood before the temple in Jerusalem and addressed the Jews saying:
For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'
This was a message to His disciples more than to anyone else. He was plainly stating that He could come to earth again only once the Jews had accepted Him.
In their feeble way, “Christian” Zionists have been digging in the Old and New Testament for obscure clues as to when Christ will return. In their feeble way, they have devised the most convoluted and far-fetched possible hocus-pocus system to make Jesus return, even advocating, based on obscure passages, that in order for Jesus to return, Jerusalem must be made the capital of a secular Israel that, in the eyes of Evangelicals, have rejected their Messiah. Even though the passage on which this is based says that the anti-Christ will sit in this temple. Thus they have gone so far as to advocate assisting the Anti-Christ to sit in the temple and do his evil deeds. Christians in the service of evil, vainly thinking they are somehow serving God, when in Matthew 23, Jesus had told them exactly what to do to hasten His return!
The US policy is based on ignorance and fear. It shows no love whatsoever of the people who Jesus wept for in Jerusalem. US politicians are afraid of Israel and what it can do to their career. "Christian" Zionists refuse to evangelize among the Jews because they fear the label "anti-Semite." This is a far cry from a loving approach to Israel, which Jesus said needed Him. It too is cowardly.
By contrast, the Russians do not fear Israel. They love the Jews, just as Jesus commanded us all to do, and they treat Israel like a loving parent treats a wayward child. With tough love.
Haaretz: Russia has shown the world how to speak to Israel in the language of power.
Permanent author Gideon Levy believes that the air force of the Jewish state "will now think twice, and perhaps even much more," before the next bombardment of objects in Syria.
TEL-AVIV, September 28th. / Tass /. Russia has shown the whole world how to deal with Israel and how to speak with it in the language of power. This opinion was expressed in a column titled "Opinions" on Friday under the heading "Finally, someone has shown Israel its limits" by Haaretz contributor Gideon Levy.
Levy claims that Israel starts to change something only when it has to pay for its actions. The air forces of the Jewish state "will now think twice, and perhaps even much more," before the next bombardment of objects in Syria, "about which no one knows exactly how important and necessary it is," the author writes. According to Levy, Israel believes that "it can behave in the region at its own discretion, without paying any price for it in the name of either real or imaginary security interests." That is why Tel Aviv needs this “no”, which has immediately “cut it down to size,” he points out.
According to Levi, recently, especially with the administration of Donald Trump in office in the United States, Israel began to feel "unhealthy and corrupting support," expressed, in particular, in the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and in Washington’s refusal to finance United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). He notes that the "red flags" on the part of the Russian Federation "may have somewhat dampened the power intoxication that has swept Israel in recent years," and this may turn out to be "much more useful than thoughtless support from the current and previous US administrations."