"Til Kingdom Come" and This Week in Israel

Tricia Miller, Ph.D. and Dexter Van Zile

Dear Christian Leader,

A new documentary, "'Til Kingdom Come," presents a skewed analysis of  the relationship between American Evangelicals, their financial and  political support of Israel, and Israelis who live in the West Bank. The  film, produced and directed by Israeli filmmaker Maya Zinshtein,  premiered in Israel in September, 2020 and has been shown in at least  twenty film festivals since November of last year. As demonstrated in her own words,  Zinshtein intended that her production expose, what is for her, an  undesirable relationship between American Christians and Israel because  she "...[does] not think we [Israelis] should have such an external  influence in our lives."

In order to advance Zinshtein's agenda and validate her belief that  there is an "unholy alliance" between American Christian Zionists and  Israeli settlers, "'Til Kingdom Come" propagates a deceptive storyline  dependent upon a manufactured presidential quote and an inaccurate,  biased representation of the alleged motivation behind Evangelical  support for the Jewish State. According to the narrative, Evangelicals  only support Israel in order to hasten the fulfillment of End Time  events, which include war and death for the majority of those who live  in the Holy Land.

The fake presidential quote was constructed by combining words and  phrases from three different places in former President Trump's January  28, 2020 announcement of  a peace plan that included the creation of a Palestinian state. In  order to strengthen the documentary's intentionally misleading  storyline, the filmmakers spliced together words spoken at different  points in the speech to make it sound as if the president supported the  annexation of the entire West Bank, which if implemented, would  obviously prevent any possibility of a Palestinian state.

The fabricated presidential statement of support for total annexation  directly contradicts what was actually said on January 28, 2020  concerning prospects for a Palestinian state. It also enables the  misrepresentation of positions held by various Evangelical pro-Israel  organizations - well known to the readers of this newsletter - that  issued statements demonstrating overall approval of the 2020 peace plan.  Indeed, contrary to the film's false depiction of Christian Zionists as  warmongers whose sole purpose is to help bring about the End Times,  organizations such as the International Christian Embassy JerusalemEagles' Wings, and Christians United for Israel supported  the former president's efforts towards peace. As the statements from  these three organizations demonstrate, Evangelical Christian Zionists  promote peace, not war.

Furthermore, Evangelicals support Israel's right to exist for  theological and historical reasons that are as old as the Christian  faith itself - NOT out of a self-centered desire to bring about the End  of Days for their own sakes at the expense of others. In contrast to the  documentary's narrative, which effectively demonizes the motivation  behind Evangelical support for the Jewish State, Evangelicals care  deeply about the Jewish people and their well-being in their historic  homeland.

In mid-March, CAMERA's Dexter Van Zile detailed the  blatant discrepancies between what was actually stated during the  January 28, 2020 peace plan announcement and the manufactured quote that  appears in "'Til Kingdom Come." CAMERA then called on PBS to  investigate the documentary for error before its scheduled appearance on  PBS stations on March 29, 2021. We are happy to report that in response  to CAMERA's request, PBS did not air the film on March 29th and has  postponed any broadcast of this problematic production while an  independent review of its contents is in process.

THIS WEEK IN ISRAEL

Beginning  Tuesday evening, April 13th, Israel will observe its annual Memorial  Day, or Yom HaZikaron. Memorial Day is a solemn observance in honor of  all those who have died in defense of the State of Israel and all  civilians who have been murdered by terrorists. Commemoration ceremonies  are held across the country and flags are lowered to half-mast.

Yom HaZikaron ends on Wednesday evening, April 14th, and the celebration of Independence Day, or Yom HaAtzmaut, begins.

This  year's Yom HaAtzmaut marks the 73rd anniversary of the declaration of  Israel's independence when in 1948, David ben Gurion read the  proclamation of the establishment of the State of Israel publicly as the  British Mandate over Israel came to an end. In 1948, this event  happened on May 14th according to the Gregorian calendar, which is why  May 14th is also commonly recognized as Israel's Independence Day.

The  juxtaposition of Memorial Day and Independence Day in the Hebrew  calendar is a poignant reminder of the fact that Israel's national  independence is directly dependent on the sacrifice of the fallen and  their families.



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