Huh? Israeli Military Should Be Given Nobel Peace Prize?
Monday’s lengthy Christians United for Israel conference ended with a now-traditional celebration of the Jewish state, with singing and dancing to Hebrew songs alternating with stark speeches from Sen. Lindsey Graham and Pastor John Hagee.
But it didn’t get truly hellacious until Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s man in Washington, got up to speak. The ambassador devoted his remarks to the IDF, and to refuting the worst arguments made against Israel’s operation in Gaza. After just a few minutes, a protester leapt up to call Dermer a “war criminal,” waving a sign as security hustled to find him.
“I’ll get to the so-called war criminals later,” said Dermer, as the protester was removed. “Israel deserves more than the support of the international community. Israel deserves the admiration of the international community. No military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect innocents of the other side.”
Dermer offered a little history, to prove his point. Remember when the Germans bombed the United Kingdom? “What was Britain’s response? What was Churchill’s response? Dresden. The bombing of German cities.” Dermer did not mean to demean Churchill—”let’s have some applause for Winston Churchill”—but to praise Israel.
“No one should accept criticism of Israel for showing restraint that has not been shown and would not be shown by any nation on Earth,” he said. “And I will not accept criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so innocent Palestinians can live.”
A din rose up—another protester had snuck into the ballroom, which contained as many as 4,800 evangelicals and Jews supporting Israel.