By Hal Lindsey
When Israel refused admission to two members of the US House of Representatives, the media made it sound like disrespect for America. They didn’t mention that Israel is a sovereign nation. As such, it has the right and obligation to follow its own laws. In this case, that means it has the right to refuse entry into Israel to anyone who supports the Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.
But the biggest scandal involves the sponsor of these Representatives’ trip — a radical Islamic group called “Miftah.” On this subject, the media has been almost completely silent. Miftah is a scandal in itself. It praises suicide bombers for “sacrificing their lives for the cause.”
The founder of Miftah, Hanan Ashrawi, is a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee. In 2017, she denounced the idea of calling terrorists “terrorists.” She said, “They are seen by the people as resistance.”
Miftah strongly supports BDS. In an official Miftah document, they say, “Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions give us hope.”
That’s the basis on which Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were barred from entering Israel. They keep telling us that it is because they are Muslim, but there are Muslims all over Israel. The Knesset is that nation’s ruling body. About one in ten members of the Knesset is a Muslim.
A sovereign nation has the right to say who can and who cannot enter that nation. In this case, Israel’s laws make it explicit that support for BDS is grounds to refuse entry into the country. That’s because BDS is designed to destroy Israel. Is it a slight against the United States House of Representatives? No. In July, that body passed a resolution against BDS by the huge margin of 398-17.
Happily, one columnist for the New York Times, Bari Weiss, went on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program and pointed to the scandal in the mainstream media’s reporting. “Another huge story,” she said, “one that has not been covered by any mainstream paper or network is the fact that their trip to Israel, or as they’re calling Palestine, was being sponsored by a group that literally published neo-Nazi blood libels and said that it supported female suicide bombers. You know, hailing them as heroes. That’s a scandal.”
After Representative Tlaib decried the Israeli government for not allowing her to visit her aging grandmother who lives on the West Bank, Israel relented. They said she could enter the country on the condition that she not participate in any protests while there. She refused their offer. So much for Grandma!
In a press conference on August 19, Tlaib laid out what the agenda would have been if she and Omar had been allowed to enter the country. She told who they would have talked to and she even told what those people would have told them! Imagine that. If you already know what you’re going to learn on a fact-finding trip, you might as well stay home.
When the house voted for the anti-BDS bill earlier this summer, it seemed like a good sign. At last, both American political parties appeared to be returning to their long-held positions supporting the Jewish state. But in just a few days, that seems to have disappeared. On August 17, Fox News said, “House Democrats are reportedly considering retaliatory moves against two top American and Israeli diplomats in response to Israel’s decision to block Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib from entering the country.”
Are Democrats as a group now turning away from their party’s traditional support of Israel? If so, it could be an indicator that we are deeper into the end times than generally thought. A Democrat will eventually win another presidential election. It could happen as soon as next year.
Will that future Democratic President support Israel? I hope so. But what was once a foregone conclusion is now shrouded in doubt. With US support greatly diminished, Israel would be in trouble. That would make it vulnerable to overtures from the Antichrist. And the Bible says that it will be a peace treaty involving Israel and the Antichrist that will mark the beginning of the Tribulation.