“Give to Israel or Lose God’s Hand”

Rep. Dan Webster

GOP Congressman Tells Televangelists U.S. Must Give Aid To Israel Or ‘Lose God’s Hand’’

Last weekend, Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL) appeared on “Good Life 45,” a televangelist program based near his central-Florida district. At one point during the discussion, which was centered around ways to reduce government spending, Webster recalled that many of his constituents had asked about cutting foreign aid. Webster explained that the government cannot “get rid of all foreign aid” because that would endanger money for Israel.

Rather than making a policy-based argument to back up his firm belief in giving billions in foreign aid to Israel, Webster said the money is necessary to ensure “God’s hand” stays with America. “I love giving money to Israel,” Webster exclaimed. If we end the assistance to Israel, Webster continued, “we lose God’s hand and we’re in big trouble”:

WEBSTER: I believe God’s hand needs to be on this country.

HOST: That’s right.

WEBSTER: Some people have been talking about, every place I go, they bring up the issue foreign aid. I go, you can’t get rid of all foreign aid. Why? Because you ask them and they go, ‘yea we can’t do that.’ You take away the money from Israel? No. That’s something we can’t do. Do I like foreign aid? Sometimes, but not every time. Don’t like giving money to our enemies, but I love giving money to Israel. And so there’s a picture there that people realize that, we stop helping Israel, we lose God’s hand and we’re in big time trouble.

HOST: That’s right.

Watch it:

Currently, Israel is the top recipient of foreign aid money from the United States ($2.4 billion). It’s not clear which countries Webster was referring to when he said he doesn’t “like giving money to our enemies.”

Webster’s religious argument for assisting Israel echos the belief of Christian Zionists that Israel will play a central role in the apocalyptic end-times.

lee fang think progressOne interpretation of the Bible, held by a large portion of Christian evangelicals, is that the return of Jesus requires that Jews control the “Holy Land.” Over the last two decades, both Israeli lobbyists and right-wing Christians have harnessed this growing belief to build support for Israeli government actions and for unchecked taxpayer assistance to the Israeli military.

Lee Fang
Think Progress

 

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Comments

  1. Richard Packard says

    This poor soul reinforces the statement, “the blind leading the blind”. To believe that “God will remove his hand” if we (United States) does not support Isreal unconditionally is totally misinterpreting scripture (besides false-prophecy), and indicates that “his” god is a very small god indeed to imply that God “cuts deals” for blessings. Its unfortunate that the Isrealis is taking advantage of the “ignorance” and “misinterpretation” of scripture by the evangelicals and religious-right. Its also unfortunate that the American people (in critical-mass) has fallen victim to this short-sighted failed middle-east foreign-policy by re-electing these kind of people in congress. There is a passage in the bible that reads, “There is a way that seemth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov.14:12), America is in its decline because of wanton accesses and self-induced ignorance, this is obvious when you listen to this kind of rhetoric coming from so-called leaders of this nation.

  2. Marge says

    I do not for the life of me understand how these type of people get elected. Once they hit congress they start on destroying America. I think since the republicans and tea bags are so gung ho on the Constitution we should demand that the separation of church and state be followed. I think all the so called christians who say God talks to them should be called down for LYING.

    If there is a God he sure as Hades doesn’t talk to people who want to take food and heat from the poor. Who take health insurance paid for by us taxpayers and then deny that service to the rest of America, cut education, cut funds for any thing but giving to the rich and corporations. What kind of God believes in that. I think SATAN and they want to make people believe they talk to God. It is a wonder He doesn’t smite them with his quick and powerful sword.

  3. gurnemanz says

    Who are these people in Congress. This has been quite week. 29 standing ovations for Bibi – why don’t they replace Statuary Hall with a Wailing Wall. Who are the terrorists in Israel and the occupied territories? That’s easy – the IDF and the Israeli Border Police.

  4. says

    In a democracy, people are free to be idiots. Out of 535 congressmen, you gotta expect this sort of thing from some of them. We all know democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others, gotta live with it.

    But of course we are free to give them hell.

    Courteously, I hope.

  5. Joe Weinstein says

    Fang concludes that his featured interest group is asking for ‘unchecked’ taxpayer assistance. Sounds evil and threatening, but Fang’s conclusion goes way beyond his evidence. The word ‘unchecked’ is ambiguous. It can refer to assistance being unmonitored (no evidence indicated in the story); or being unlimited in amount (obviously untrue and not indicated in the story). Maybe Fang means that the over time the sought assistance is never to be stopped. Well, this goal is clearly unrealistic: nothing in this life is forever — especially for the raptured!

    As in other cases, the military ‘aid’ to Israel and Egypt functions largely as a subsidy back to US defense industries and is a way of tying the ‘recipient’ nations’ military to the USA and – perhaps – USA policies.

    In this case moreover the aid is in effect a subsidy for maintaining the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. The aid to Egypt essentially has been a bribe to keep the peace. The aid to Israel is for balance: to enable Israel to cope if need be with the thus-aided Egypt – plus other potential and actual adversaries.

    Expert analysts (NOT to be equated with any recent USA policymakers) expect this entire peace-keeping arrangement to blow up in everyone’s face this September or soon thereafter, once extreme Islamic or nationalists in Egypt win the scheduled elections and take over the new government there.

  6. marta says

    Gee. He’s from Florida, and a Republican. Why am I not surprised? I tell my brothers– who live in Florida– that there must be something in the water….

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