Evangelical pilgrims cheer Israel on at Gaza border
Strumming guitars and banging bongos, Christian pilgrims journeyed to Israel's dusty border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday to offer support to Israeli troops participating in the military action.Apparently, Palestinians do not pose the existential threat that Israelis want us to believe they do. Otherwise, these people wouldn't be flocking to the Gaza border from all over the world to sing kumbaya with their Israeli war brethren.
About 25 people, wearing white T-shirts that said "Your God is my God," waved Israeli flags and sang religious songs.They must think that their God is different from the God Palestinians pray to. I thought these people called themselves monotheistic. I guess that's only in theory.
Hundreds of troops milled about in the distance alongside tanks and armored vehicles, seemingly oblivious to the group.What? No Palestinian Christians?
The group had planned to visit Israel long before this week's invasion. But after the military operation was launched, the pilgrims decided to show their support. Members came from the U.S., Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Sweden, France and Germany.
"We are here to support Israel, and we are here to tell it we support you, we pray for you and we want to bless Israel," said Leena Eronen of Finland.I was under the impression that blessing was God's job.
Many evangelical groups support Israel, believing that Jewish sovereignty over the region is part of biblical prophecy.And they are not willing to wait. They intend to bring it on.