Too many Christians and too many Americans view the conflict between Israel and the Arab-Muslim forces surrounding it as a Middle Eastern (regional) problem. They fail to grasp the reality that Islamic terrorism constitutes a global war. Israel and the Jewish people are undoubtedly Islam’s key enemies, but America and Christians are certainly next on their list.
Muslim leaders have often declared that Israel is the “Small Satan” while America is the “Great Satan.” Jews and Christians alike are negatively characterized as “infidels,” and therefore they deserve to be killed for the honor of the Muslim god. Allah insists that Islam is divinely authorized to rule the entire world. According to the Muslim super-authority, the Koran, anyone or anything that stands in its way must be eliminated.
YOUR THOUGHTS and OPINIONS are being manipulated...
and it is being done in ways that are subtle but to the knowing person, it is an outrage. I have personally observed and talked at length with people in the movie and film industry. I have two decades of background experience in news media and television. Based on my experience and observation, there are certain techniques used by the media to slant and color your thoughts and opinions without you being aware of what is happening. A recent example is last night's 60 Minutes interview with Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Hussein Obama.
Many religious and political discussion forums are taking place across America and around the world in an attempt to foster understanding and tolerance between Christians, Jews and Muslims. I, too, am a proponent of the concept of understanding. To be able to co-exist with Muslims, Christians and Jews and the West in general must possess more than a surface or media-generated understanding of the Islamic mindset. What I have observed coming from these forums thus far clearly indicates that we are failing to grasp even the basics principals necessary to understand Islamic thought and reasoning.
How can the entire world seemingly ignore the realities of the conflict between Israel and her Arab neighbors — including the very real threats to Israel’s existence from radical Islam? Is it just blindness, or is it something much deeper? Have world leaders not learned any lessons from past history? Can they not recognize evil when they see it? Will they not acknowledge the contamination of anti-Semitism in their own minds?
Regular readers of my articles here know that I co-host a weekly, hour-long radio program called “Front Page Jerusalem.” This program is broadcast on stations across the United States and around the world. It provides news and commentary about Israel, is produced in Jerusalem, and is giving millions of people factual news about Israel.
The purpose of “Front Page Jerusalem” is to give the world news about Israel without the anti-Israel bias that permeates most of the international media. Our mission is to communicate the truth about Israel in the face of the deceitful untruths or half-truths propagated elsewhere. While the world media often paint Israelis as heartless villains, “Front Page Jerusalem” truthfully reveals Israelis to be people of strong character and high moral values who love life — all life.
As a broadcast and print journalist who specializes in reporting news from the Middle East, I visit Israel many times throughout the year to gather material and information. It seems as though every time I return to America from Israel, I am asked the question, “Why do the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel as a state?”
Another question which often comes my way is, “Why does Israel receive more news coverage (mostly all negative) than virtually all other countries in the world?” Both of these are valid and highly complex questions.
Have you noticed that in all the current U.S. presidential campaign oratory, in all the TV debates, and in all the mass media coverage of the campaigns, something has been missing? Yes, one most important subject, one most serious issue has been strangely missing and that missing ingredient is nothing other than Israel!
Of course, the first thing we must ask is, "Why?" Why is Israel not on the minds of candidates Obama and Romney? Why are they seemingly ignoring one of America's most important foreign policy issues? Why has there been no in-depth mention of Israel in their campaign rhetoric?
The war drums between Iran and Israel have been beating louder and louder, but both countries face tremendous hurdles that appear to be preventing the obvious. Iran, for example, may well have the warheads, but their missile technology is not yet advanced enough to deliver an accurate strike on Israel. Israel may have first strike capability, but it does not yet have the backing of world super powers to provide the much needed political, and quite possibly, military support.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it accurately recently in an American TV interview. He said that the world holds Israel to a "triple standard." Not a double standard, but a triple standard. He explained that there is one standard for the world's dictatorships, a second standard for the world's democracies, and a third standard for Israel.
To make a point I would like to go back to the time, months ago, when we all listened to media reports about IDF soldier, Gilad Shalit’s, release from captivity. We heard of his “capture” by armed Palestinian gunmen who, in more accurate terms, were Palestinian terrorists. Furthermore, the term “captured” was a complete and intentional misnomer used by the anti-Israel media. Gilad Shalit was kidnapped in 2006, not “captured,” and his two IDF comrades were murdered, not “killed in the conflict.”