Double cross – J-Wire

October 14, 2022 by Michael Kuttner

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Perfectly timed for the start of the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), leaders of the UK’s Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches have revealed their true agenda.

Michael Kuttner

Whether this is called a case of “true confessions” or “immaculate deception”, the plain truth is that behind all interreligious expressions of friendship there is a residual and inescapable denial of the genuine relationship between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem.

While it may come as no surprise to those with any knowledge of Christian-Jewish relations over the past two thousand years, this latest revelation has nonetheless emerged as an unexpected statement among Jewish community leaders asleep in the belief that the theologies revisionists had been relegated at best. -forgotten past.

Although masses of Christians now recognize the irrefutable connection between the Promised Land and the Holy City with the Jewish people, it seems that Anglicans, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican still cannot come to terms with this fact. Christian Zionists are vilified and delegitimized, which raises the question of whether the next step is to label Jesus an illegitimate “settler.” The PA has already claimed him as the first “Palestinian” martyr, and this nonsense naturally trickles down to the ignorant via statements from the local church.

What earth-shattering event precipitated these final edicts from the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster?

As I predicted in my last op-ed, the new British Prime Minister’s offer to investigate the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital would spark a storm of outrage.

So it happened with all the usual suspects lining up to vent their venom at the thought of an investigation, let alone any sort of actual enforcement. The chorus of righteous protesters includes the Labor Party, the Liberal Democrats, sections of the media, Islamic groups, self-styled human rights watchdogs and, of course, representatives of some Christian denominations.

Unsurprisingly, we should also not forget some Jewish protesters who never miss an opportunity to slander the Jewish state as well as self-proclaimed “Zionists” such as the Reform Movement who are terrified that moving to Jerusalem will destroy a peace process which is already dead in the water.

The opposition of the British Foreign Office is a fact, especially when one understands that it is a long-standing position.

Some people are mystified as to why the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster are also jumping on the bandwagon. In fact, there is no mystery.

As far as the Roman Catholic Church is concerned, the stakes are clear. The Vatican has never really come to terms with the fact that one of the main pillars of its theological doctrines has been torn down. With the re-establishment of Israel and the return of the Jews from the furthest parts of their dispersion, the dogma that the Jews are eternally punished for something that may have happened two thousand years ago is no longer valid. They may have lately recanted this malignant theological belief, but clearly it was either a charade or someone let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

It was not until 1993 that the Vatican was forced to acknowledge the reality and expand official recognition of Israel. However, those who rejoiced in the decision conveniently overlooked the inconvenient truth that the Roman Catholic Church still refuses to accept that Jerusalem once again regains its rightful status as the political and religious center of the Jewish people. Despite years of interfaith fellowship and mutual expressions of tolerance, the “elephant in the room” was never addressed.

With the British Prime Minister’s statement to “investigate” the relocation of his embassy, ​​the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom made clear that the Vatican’s undying desire to wrest Jerusalem from the Jews and making a city under international control is very safe and sound. After Abbas, the PA’s president for life, and Abdullah, the Hashemite monarch, spouted despicable lies at the United Nations General Assembly and accused Israel of heinous crimes against Christians, it was only a question of time before the major Christian denominations jump on the bandwagon against Israel.

As for the leader of the Anglican Communion, his opposition to Jerusalem is also on a well-worn script. Church of England representatives based in Israel have for many years, along with the heads of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, toed the Islamic party line. Ignoring the inconvenient fact that Christians are a shrinking minority in the PA, Gaza and other Arab-Islamic countries and that it is only in Israel that Christians have increased in number, these leaders of the Church continue to repeat the fables spouted by Ramallah and elsewhere. Years of Jewish bashing mean that accusing Israel of original sin is a natural daily exercise in perverting the truth.

In order to appease and curry favor with those who preach against Israeli control of Jerusalem, the Archbishop of Canterbury obviously feels compelled to join the chorus. Where that leaves interreligious dialogue is an interesting conundrum. The British Chief Rabbi and the Archbishop of Canterbury are longtime “buddies”. Will the Chief Rabbi make it clear that Jerusalem is not for sale and internationalization, or in classic British stiff upper lip style, will outrageous statements by Christian clerics be swept under the rug?

By coincidence or perhaps by divine plan, Israel welcomed two thousand evangelical Christians who traveled from many lands to be here for the Feast of Tabernacles. They will march with marching bands, banners and joyous songs through the streets of Jerusalem, proclaiming their fervent belief that Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish nation. True, they also have an alternative religious agenda that often conflicts with expressions of unconditional love and support.

As Jews from around the world and locals make their pilgrimage to Jerusalem during Sukkot and gather at the Kotel, Zechariah’s prophecy is being fulfilled in our time.

Not all Christians have been seduced by revisionist theologies that seek to sever the link between the Jews, their Land and their Holy City.

It’s time for them to make their collective voice heard loud and clear.

In the meantime, don’t hold your breath that the British government will make the trip to Jerusalem.

Michael Kuttner is a New Zealand Jew who for many years was actively involved in various community organizations related to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel and is J-Wire’s correspondent in the region.

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