The West (and the church) should take Iranian threats seriously 

editor - 8 September 2022

It appears the proposed agreement that the EU and US have been trying to renegotiate with Iran is off the table, for the time being.

On the one hand, that is good news. The agreement that was on the table would lift sanctions on Iran, thus enabling billions of oil dollars to pour into Iran – money that would then be used by the radical regime in Tehran to expand Iran’s revolutionary terror in the Arab world, build the technical capacity to build nuclear weapons, and further oppress the opposition movements in Iran.

On the other hand, the real underlying problem has not been addressed or resolved. According to Leiden University Professor Afshin Ellian, the West should take Iranian threats to annihilate Israel seriously. It is naïve to think that the current regime will promote democracy, pull back from its ideological hatred of the Jewish people or scale down its nuclear program.

The threat posed by Iran’s aggressive use of violence to oppose liberty, its threats to destroy Israel, and its expansionist undermining of other regimes in the Middle East are all very real, and present an existential obstacle to world peace.

The failure of the latest negotiations with Iran presents Western governments with a challenge: how to confront and limit Iran’s aggression in the region. A new strategy for promoting peace and security in the Middle East is required.

One thing Western countries should not do is take action that will undermine Israel’s sovereignty and independence, such as imposing a failed Palestinian State that will be governed by Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad – movements financed and controlled by Iran. A strong and secure Israel is key to stability and security in the region. The positive development of cooperation in the region – such as the Abraham Accords – must be continued.

As Christians, a kind of spiritual idealism sometimes blinds us to what is really happening. For too long, many of us have accepted the “politically correct” view that Israel and the Jewish people are the cause of conflict in the region. It is time for us to face the geopolitical realities that Israel and the Jewish people must live in every day.

The fact is that Iran’s aggression in the region and the Israel-Palestinian conflict are deeply interconnected. This needs to be recognized and addressed.

Of course, the military administration in the West Bank must come to an end, and the Palestinians be enabled to live in freedom and dignity. But this can only happen if and when the PLO and the Palestinian leadership generally abandons its goal of liberating Palestine “from the river to the sea”, develops a real culture of individual freedom based on the rule of law, and cuts ties with those who sponsor radical anti-Western Islamist ideologies in the region – Iran, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular. The Palestinian issue can only be truly resolved when Iran is removed from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria.

At the moment, that is far from reality.

In the meantime, there are three things Christians can do: (a) pray that the Lord will raise up new leaders like Cyrus king of Persia, who will defeat the enemies of the Jewish people, and support the Lord’s work of physical and spiritual restoration of the Jewish people; (b) encourage our political leaders to develop a realistic and bold strategy for confronting the revolutionary regime in Tehran; and (c) support genuine cooperation and friendship between Jews and other peoples – a spirit of mutual respect that will one day come into full fruition in the Kingdom when Messiah appears.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today

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2 Chronicles 36:20-23

20 He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his successors until the kingdom of Persia came to power.

21 The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.

22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:

23 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’”