A Christian editor sarcastically commented on one of my articles: “A simple, inexpensive solution: pulverize Jerusalem. Think of the problems that would solve.” After a few seconds of shock, I realized the suggestion as the quintessence of messianic attitude toward Israel. Christians have exterminated the Jews for fifteen centuries, and neither Christian religion nor mentality has changed. Most Christians don’t care about the Jews and would rather see the nasty nation disappear. The survival of Jesus’ murderers challenges Christian doctrine; if Judaism is right then Christianity is wrong. Jews try to understand why the good American or British Christians refused to bomb the Nazi death camps. The answer is simple: the Nazis did the thing most natural to Christians. Germans viewed the extermination similarly: many detested the gruesome rumors about the death factories, but most Germans recognized that they had to do the aesthetically unpleasant thing and finally solve the Jewish problem. American newspapers dwelt on the unaesthetic aspects of the genocide. Little attention was paid to the annihilation of Jewish culture.

Messianic churches don’t want a secure and prosperous Israel. Many rational leaders and compassionate Christians side with the Jews, but the core attitude toward Israel views her as a springboard for the eventual triumph of Christianity. To that end, Israel should not be secure. Jews who fit the messianic description must suffer, shrink, fall into (leftist) idolatry, and eventually be annihilated. Few Christians subscribe to the alternate concept that the Messiah comes on a wave of peace and prosperity. Christianity wants a specific Israel—the lamb of Isaiah.