Christian Zionists and Pastor Brunson - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

Christian Zionists and Pastor Brunson

The policy U.S. President Donald Trump is following under titles such as "trade wars," "the European Union," "NATO," and "Russia" are not liked very much by the actors of the biparty system in Washington. Thus, Trump took a step back in the face of the reactions from the inside. Trump was thinking about hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the White House in the fall. The meeting has been postponed to 2019. In a statement by National Security Adviser John Bolton, it was said that Putin's visit would take place after Rober Mueller's "Russia investigation" is concluded.

Trump's meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ended with "reconciliation." As a result, the automotive sector excluded, the customs taxes on other sectors will continue as is. It has been stated that the EU has guaranteed to increase the purchase of some agriculture products - primarily soybean - and liquefied gas from the U.S. The "reconciliation" Trump presented as victory is, according to U.S. media, a "semi cease-fire" situation in the trade war.

The retaliations against the additional taxes targeting China and other countries struck a major blow on the U.S.'s agriculture sector. The Evangelical Christians in rural America who vote for Republicans make up a significant rate. The balance between the twoparties in the senate is quite sensitive. The two or three seats that may be lost in the by-elections in fall may change the arithmetic balance in favor of the Democrats. This is where the subject comes to the Pastor Andrew Brunson issue.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are known for their Evangelical Christian identities. It is with Pence's election that Evangelists achieved such a high status forthe first time in the U.S. administration. Evangelists, who classify themselves as Christian Zionists, are part of the Israel lobby in the U.S. Both Trump and Pence threatened our country with sanction in the event Pastor Brunson is not allowed to return to the U.S. By referring to Brunson as "a great Christian," Trump is giving a message to Evangelists. There is benefit in reminding that there is propaganda war in far-right publications that there are efforts to destroy the Christians in the Middle East.

The politically exhausted Trump and his team seem eager to turn the "Brunson issue" into the element of the November elections. Brunson's attorney Jay Sekulow is Trump's personal attorney. Evangelist Sekulow is the founder and chief adviser of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). The ACLJ is an institution that defends Israel in every platform. The ACLJ had made efforts to cut the funds the UN allocates to the Palestinian administration and Palestinian civil rights organizations. The ACLJ, which works very closely with U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, is accusing the UN and its subsidiaries of financing Israel's sworn enemies. The U.S. had withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council and UNESCO based on pro-Israel reasons.

Sekulow, who is on the Time magazine's "Most influential 25 Protestants in the U.S." list, had a role in moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as well. Sekulow was also among the American Evangelists who joined the opening ceremony in Jerusalem on May 14. Sekulow, who says the move of the embassy is a historic event, wrote, "A dream came true today." The opening and closing prayers of the ceremony were made by Evangelist pastors. Trump had also said the Evangelists were the ones most happiest about the move. Yet, according to Sekulow, defending Israel is a sacred duty.

A trivet of the evil front built in the U.S. against our country is the Evangelical-Israel alliance. If we remember that former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who is nortorious in Turkey for seating our ambassador during an official visit in a low chair, had said, "Jay Sekulow is a true friend of Israel who fiought with us in Israel's most strategic international wars," it will be easier to understand what we mean.


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