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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians

    This book presents yet more disturbing evidence of the extent to which the ignorance of both the secular heritage of the Jewish nation, together with the Scriptural Promises pertaining to God's People & His Land, have penetrated some elements of the professing Christian Church today. When these teachings here are measured alongside the frequently taught doctrine of `Replacement Theology', one is left with a shocking revelation of how/why the Jewish people have become so isolated and distanced by certain sections of the `Church'. One cannot also but be moved as to how such false teachings have alienated much of the Church from it's Jewish heritage. I personally feel that we are confronted here with an attitude that tragically prevents the fullness of the teachings of the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures being presented, which also impedes the purposes and promises relating to the Jewish people/nation being understood. The book criticises what are referred to here as `Christian Zionists', plus a number of renown experts in the field of Biblical prophecy, together with many wonderful Christian organisations who are supportive of Israel. Interpretations of Biblical prophecies are also ridiculed and yet no veritable alternatives offered. Allegations are made here that the so called `Christian Zionists' actively support all the political decisions of the Israeli Government and the measures taken to enforce them. Something which is a gross distortion. Support of the Israeli Government in no way sanctioning any alleged breaches of human rights and always being in the context of Scripture where the Jewish heritage to the Land is adhered to. An attitude which is equally applied to the Arab side but which is entirely overlooked in this work which even tries to explain/understand certain aspects of Palestinian terrorism. From the picture on the cover to the very end of this book, an underlying hostility towards the nation of Israel is portrayed through nearly all of it's content, even down to personal criticism of the required security measures upon entering the country in face of the ongoing terrorist threat. When the Palestinian intifadas are mentioned, any reference is nearly always in a context critical of the Jewish state. Palestinian casualties are referred to but without any real context. Parallel reference to the Israeli side is ominously absent. I find this book to be replete with similar selective and biased references/claims, whilst lacking in any true objectivity or Scriptural accuracy. Having studied the field of Biblical prophecy and Israel for approaching 30 years I find it difficult in words alone to express the dismay that I felt whilst analysing this work. With the source being a signatory to a recent open letter to the US President which declares that '...the theft of Palestinian land and the destruction of Palestinian homes and fields is surely one of the major causes of the strife that has resulted in terrorism and the loss of so many Israeli and Palestinian lives..', perhaps I should have expected a presentation of this nature that is so selective in it's secular/political references and devoid of Scriptural accuracy. The title purports to reveal 'What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians'. Like myself, most evangelical Christians will readily concur that what is being generally disclosed in relation to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is misleading, inaccurate, biased and monstrously selective. It is regrettable that these distortions are only reinforced by this book which is reminiscent of what we have come to expect from much of the Western media coverage of this conflict. Thank you for your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Whose Land? Whose Promise?: What Christians Are Not Being Told about Israel and the Palestinians

    I found this book to be disturbingly lacking in objectivity & depth as well as highly selective in a number of essential areas. Having studied this subject for many years and read countless books on the subject, I could not dispel the feeling of an underlying anti-Israeli sentiment throughout the book. Others might disagree, but I found the book's criticism of Israel and lack of criticism of the Palestinian side in so many vital issues to be extremely disturbing. Disturbing in that the references chosen to put forward the author's own, obviously personal feelings/understandings on a variety of matters, are unbelievably selective and biased. Even where the author quotes Biblical prophecies, he does so in a critical tone, especially when they relate to Israel and it's role in the 'end times'. Having begun my own study of this subject nearly thirty years ago, I have read many interpretations of the prophecies referred to here, yet all I felt in analysing this work was dismay. His references to many renown Christian experts on the subject of Biblical prophecy are also made in the same critical sentiment. The writer endeavours to direct much criticism towards what he describes as 'Christian Zionists' and their support for the Jewish state, even critical of the clear Biblical foundation for such support. Here again, the writer uses a number of extremely selective references to promote what are obviously his own feelings on this subject. He even devotes a section to criticising Israeli security at the state's entrance points, quoting his own experiences and obvious disdain. His criticism of the Jewish state throughout is of the same nature, but there is a noticable lack of a similar treatment towards the Palestinian side in the present conflict, which speaks volumes for the real foundation of this work. The book quotes the numbers of Palestinian casualties throughout the intifadas, but fails to make mention of their context and background, or to differentiate between those casualties sustained amongst innocent Palestinians and those casualties sustained during acts of terrorism and violence. The writer is prepared to quote the number of Palestinian child casualties, without context, but omits to mention the official indoctrination of hatred used to brainwash these children as to the 'merits of martyrdom' which are instilled from kindergarten. Indeed, I find certain elements of this book bordering on propaganda. By comparison, any reference to Israeli/Jewish casualties is ominously absent. Whilst the suffering of the Palestinian people is made reference to, no mention is made of the depth of responsibility lying with the Arab world for this, and again the suffering of the Jewish people living under a siege of terrorism is again ominously absent. This book is very much in the tone of similar works by Colin Chapman. I cannot recommend this book in any way. I find the interpretation of Scriptures to be inconsistent, inaccurate and the context of the conflict to be extremely selective and biased against Israel. I feel that the author had his own message to put forward here under the cover of providing an allegedly 'objective' portrayal of this ongoing conflict. For an accurate historical perspective on this subject, might I respectfully recommend 'From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine' by Joan Peters. Randall Price has also commendably covered this subject from the perspective of Biblical prophecy in his book 'Unholy War: America, Israel and Radical Islam'

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