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They say, “Peace, Peace” When There is No Peace.

U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

12 Their houses will be turned over to others,
together with their fields and their wives,
when I stretch out my hand
against those who live in the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 “From the least to the greatest,
all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.
14 They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.

Jeremiah 6:12-14

I find the Fundamentalist Christian embrace of Trump as a great president for Israel puzzling. I get that Trump fulfilled his promise of moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — something many presidents said they would do but never did. Fundamentalists love him for it.

For years many people worried that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would cause a third intifada that would set the world on fire. It did not. Trump said moving the embassy might end years of stagnation by changing the chemistry since no past effort had succeeded. Maybe it will, but that looks highly unlikely.

For years, people thought moving the embassy would shred all hope of building peace with Arab neighbors. It clearly did not. More Arab nations have formally accepted Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state than seen under any other US president I can think of.

I get that Trump has supplied military help to Israel, and I get that he has helped make peace with Israel’s neighbors. I get that he has a Jewish son-in-law and his daughter has converted to Judaism, and I get that Christian Fundamentalists love Jews so they love that cozy relationship between the president and Jews.

I get all of that.

Dividing the Land of Israel

What puzzles me is seeing how many Fundamentalist Christians (a group I’m closely familiar with, having been raised by a loving and devout Fundamentalist Christian mother) continue to embrace Trump for doing the very things they once said were the great evils of the end times.

Fundamentalists have taught for years that the leader who brings peace to Israel by dividing the land of Israel will be none other than the Antichrist! No one’s plan for Israel divides the land into a more ridiculous mess of spaghetti-noodle plop than Trump’s plan as intricately crafted by his own Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose office is, ironically, located at 666 Fifth Avenue.

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Trump is the first president to actually lay out a prescribed map that divides up Israel for peace. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has managed to avoid dismissing the plan by leaving it to the Palestinians to throw it out so he can remain amicable toward Trump for all Trump has done. The Palestinians inevitable rejection of this plan makes it safe for Netanyahu to appear as though he might go along with it. It was clear from the get-go that the plan is a non-starter in the Palestinian’s viewpoint.

Trump has also managed to get Arab nations to sign peace treaties with Israel based, in part, on this plan. What puzzles me is that, there again, Fundamentalist Christians have long taught that the Antichrist will get Israel to sign a peace deal with its neighbors that will never hold and that will bring great destruction against Israel and even God’s judgment. Have they changed their view?

The present peace treaty, struck during these apocalyptic feeling times, even has a name — The Abraham Accords — that relates back to the covenant that Fundamentalists teach was a perpetual, unconditional gift from God to the Jews of an unbroken expanse of land stretching from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates.

What puzzles me is how many Fundamentalists plan to re-elect the leader who is dividing the land into further fragments as he makes this peace treaty with Israel’s neighbors.

Whenever Presidents Clinton, Bush or Obama tried to get Israel to come up with a division plan of Israel’s own making in exchange for peace with its neighbors, those presidents were roundly condemned by many Fundamentalists for “dividing the land of the Jews.” Yet, Trump actually creates a map for such division, and a named treaty to go along with it, and he is lauded by Fundamentalist. Not by all, as they are not monolithic, but certainly by many.

President Trump has even told Israel to stop its settlement activity in the West Bank. Whenever prior US presidents told Israel to stop making new settlements, they were condemned by many Fundamentalists as presidents who would surely the judged by God. If a hurricane shredded Texas where the president had a home that year, they would say that was the divine judgment of God for even daring to ask Israel to stop its settlement activity in the occupied territories.

Trump, on the other hand, has gotten Netanyahu to agree to stop settlements based on this kaleidoscopic map of innumerable interconnected fragments and the peace treaty he is getting signed along with it, and Fundamentalists laud him as “a great friend of Israel.”

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu meet in White House.
President Donald J. Trump in an expanded bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Of course, not all Fundamentalists voted for Trump in 2016, and probably fewer of them will this year. Yet, many do plan to vote this president into a second term of office. Just a sign of the crazy times we are living in, I guess. Perhaps they are just eager for Armageddon. I don’t know.

18 Woe to you who long
    for the day of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
    That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
    only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house
    and rested his hand on the wall
    only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light—
    pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

Amos 5:18-20

Update: Just came across this excellent article that goes much more thoroughly and politically into this odd twisting of modern eschatology and politics:

Trump has changed the way evangelical Christians think about the apocalypse

And here is an interesting Jewish take one of my readers sent in response to this article:

G-D PUNISHES TRUMP FOR ISRAELI SUICIDE PLAN & REFUSAL TO CONDEMN NAZI PROUD BOYS (NEW VIDEO)

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