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The media covering Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel talked a lot about Romney’s pursuit of “the Jewish vote,” but much less about the Evangelical Christians. In reality, whether the mainstream media want to recognize it or not, Evangelicals are of course much more important – and frankly closer and more connected to Israel than most American Jews. The Evangelical audience’s religious faith is predicated upon Israel – and unlike liberal Jews they practice their religion.
As a traditional American Jew who owns a PR agency, I have often been the Jew amongst the Christians, and through the years worked with many Evangelical organizations. From Pastor Benny Hinn, the Christian Coalition of America, Pastor John Hagee, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the ACLJ and their brilliant leader Jay Sekulow, I know first-hand the strength and power of this community – as well as their devotion to a safe and secure Israel.
As an American, as a father of young children, I am honored to be able to work with pro-family concerns – and this community is pro-business, pro-America, and understands the dangers the world faces with radical Islam. As a proud Jew, I see Israel facing enemies on their borders, rampant European anti-Semitism, assimilation and so many other evils, and the Christians simply stand by the Jewish state. These folks care for Israel and raise money, that both Israel and the Jewish people needs.
I feel more at home with these people than I do in many Jewish events. Having shared many meals with Pastors, managed media for the Christian Coalition’s annual conference, it’s great to see people who urge their lawmakers to fear God and to say, “This is our land and we will think of God when we make decisions.” Imagine if all the leaders of the Jewish people could say such a thing? Imagine if every American Jewish organization had leaders who followed the laws of our Holy Torah and urged people to be closer to authentic Judaism?
Prayer in school, In God we trust and Pro-family judges scare the liberal American Jewish community? Why? Those who fear God are better people, and will make America a greater, stronger country. The truth of the matter is that before many Jews read the Torah, they read the party line of the Democratic Party which is their Bible – so even an anti-Israel president like Obama has a shot at getting their vote.
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