By Bill Weinberg (at Countervortex)
Fundamentalist Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress, who spoke at President Trump’s private inaugural prayer service, delivered a prayer at the opening ceremony of the embassy inaugration in Jerusalem, while televangelist Rev. John C. Hagee, who founded Christians United for Israel, gave the closing benediction. (NYT)
Jeffress gained notoriety for his statements in recent years that Muslims, Mormon, Hindus and Jews are all going to Hell. Verbatim from a 2010 interview: “Judaism — you can’t be saved being a Jew. You know who said that, by the way? The three greatest Jews in the New Testament: Peter, Paul and Jesus Christ. They all said Judaism won’t do it. It’s faith in Jesus Christ.” And from a 2008 sermon: “Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism—not only do they lead people away from the true God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell. Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.” (NYT)
As we have noted, Hagee’s book Jerusalem Countdown calls for speeding along worldly events to prepare for the End Times—and says the Holocaust was God’s retribution on the Jews for rebelling against Him, as well as His way of driving them to re-establish the state of Israel, a prerequisite for Armageddon.
So the pro-Israel posture of these arch-reactionary religious obscurantists is not based on any love for the Jews. On the contrary, it is based on hatred for the Jews, and eagerness to see them destroyed in the purging fires of the Apocalypse.
Yet Bibi Netanyahu, who spun revisionist yarns portraying the Mufti of Jerusalem as the secret mastermind of the Holocaust, welcomes these Jew-hating preachers to offer their sick pro-Israel homilies at the embassy dedication…