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Moses also heard from the Lord, according to the Book of Numbers: "When you have crossed the Jordan into the Land of Canaan, you must drive all the inhabitants of the country before youÂ… If you do not drive the inhabitants before you, then those you have spared will be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your side." Canaan is defined as the lands from the Jordan River to the Dead Sea west to the Mediterranean. Then known in the Old Testament as Palestine, it is now known as Israel.

Little did Moses realize that this advice from the Almighty would come to pass during the October 14-15, 2002 Christian Coalition "Rally for Israel" in Washington, D.C. This rally was a pivotal point for many of the speakers to denounce the White House's so-called roadmap to peace for its creation of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One of the speakers present was the then-member of the Knesset, Benny Alon of the right-wing racist Moledet party. He read out loud the above words of God, who evidently was opposed to a two-state solution as well. Apparently, both the Lord and the Christian Coalition were not interested in sparing the Israeli sword. Indeed, the Moledet party advocates the annexation of both the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the ethnic cleansing of all Palestinians.

Also speaking at this rally was House Majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), a self-professed Christian Zionist. He said "I've been to Masada; I've toured Judea and Samaria. I've walked the streets of Jerusalem, and I've stood on the Golan Heights. I didn't see any occupied territory. What I saw was Israel." Pat Robertson, who neatly avoided ordered combat duty in Korea, counseled more of the sword: "We should not ask Israel to withdraw from the so-called occupied territories; we should stand by them and fight."

President George W. Bush sent official greetings to the rally. Bush's enthusiasm for this meeting may have come with the prodding of the National Unity Coalition for Israel, a Christian Zionist front. The founder of this organization claims that it consists of more than 200 Jewish and evangelical Christian groups who wish to form a "Biblical Greater Israel" by implementing the annexations advocated by the Moledet party. Douglas Feith, now assistant secretary of defense for policy in the Bush administration, was once the director of the NUCI.

According to reports in the Executive Intelligence Review, a delegation from the NUCI had attended a meeting at the White House, with Bush's official liaison to the religious community, some months prior to the Christian Coalition's rally. The Executive Intelligence Review claimed that the delegation, in effect, blackmailed the administration by threatening an "evangelical revolt" against Bush. Remember, there are about 98 million evangelical Christians in the United States. And they vote. The price for withholding the revolt was White House support of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his government's policies in the occupied territories.

The Daily Star(Beirut) also reports that, in March 2002, suicide bombings inside Israel sparked a renewed invasion by Israel, as well as destruction of Jenin. Bush had sent a strong message to Sharon: "Withdraw! Withdraw your troops immediately." This attitude from Bush clearly would not do. Jerry Falwell and other Christian Zionists leaders flexed their religious/political muscle and had their respective flocks send tens of thousands of telephone calls, e-mails, and letters to the president. The president backed off.

During an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes, Falwell stated that, as a result of the March 2002 events, Israel could count on Bush to "do the right thing for Israel every time." He also said, "the Bible belt is Israel's safety net in the United States." The "barbs in your eyes and the thorns in your side" would be dealt with.

In February 2003, before coalition troops invaded Iraq, Sharon told a delegation of congressmen that, after the Baghdad regime is destroyed, "it is of vital importance" that the United States disarm Iran, Syria, and Libya. It is curious to note that Sharon was certain of the demise of Saddam Hussein, even while the president was telling the American people that he had not made up his mind to invade Iraq. And whose vital importance is it to neutralize these countries? It would seem that the vital interest is that of Sharon, the Likud party and the multitude of Christian Zionists who support him.

But why all the fuss? The answer can be found in an extreme right-wing interpretation of Biblical prophecy, including the rise of the Anti-Christ, the battle of Armageddon, and the eventual return of Christ to earth. For these beliefs to come to fruition, according to this interpretation, the nation-state of Israel must be protected politically, financially, and militarily. For Israel is the Holy Land, and the Holy Land will be the evangelical ground zero in the coming Holocaust. The people who believe these interpretations are called Christian Zionists, and they are at the core of the approximate 100 to 125 million members of the Protestant evangelical movement.

Christian Zionists are at the heart of the Bush administration's concept of U.S. foreign policy. One of Bush's closest advisors is Richard Perle, former chairman of the Defense Policy Board. Perle was dismissed from Senator Henry Jackson's office after the National Security Agency caught him giving classified documents to the Israeli embassy. Later, he worked for the Israeli weapons manufacturer, Soltam. The pro-Israeli think tank American Enterprise Institute was once his home.

Feith, assistant secretary of defense for policy, has also been actively supporting the Christian Zionist cause. He served as Perle's special counsel. Associated with the Zionist Organization of America, Feith often speaks at conference events. He has a small law firm, Feith and Zell, which has one international office, in Israel. Prior to his appointment, its website stated that Feith "represents Israeli armaments manufacturers." Feith was a key member of the ultra-right wing Jewish think tank, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Other members included Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who reportedly has close ties to the Israeli military. In addition, Wolfowitz is a close associate of Perle's as well as a member of the Defense Policy Board.

A "roadmap for peace" in the middle east has always been an illusion. Back in 1996 Perle, Feith, and other Zionists wrote a report for the Likud government of Benjamin Netanyahu through JINSA. It recommended shredding the Oslo accords and for Israel itself to take the offensive. Other actions proposed included removing Saddam Hussein from power, rolling back Syria and halting talks on exchanging land for peace. It even encouraged a policy of Israeli pre-emptive military strikes. In 1997, Feith told Israel to occupy "the areas under Palestinian Authority control," even though "the price in blood would be high." Indeed, the price has been high. And the Crusade has just begun. The goal is to secure the Holy Land for the eventual return of Christ. Christian Zionists inside the Beltway sit behind the throne of a born-again president. They have gained his ear, and now they have the power. Syria is now Israel's greatest security threat. The road to Damascus begins in an occupied Baghdad. By Grady Hawkins

It all begins at the beginning, in Genesis, chapter 12, verses one through three, when the Lord said to Abraham: "Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessings in you." Abraham was nobody's fool when dealing with the Lord. He pulled up stakes, with all his kith and kin and set out for the land of Canaan. He was not to be disappointed. In verse seven, the Lord appeared to Abraham and said, "To your descendants, I will give this land."