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Tucker Carlson’s fiery comments about Israel are causing a stir




Tucker Carlson's fiery comments about Israel are causing a stir

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On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson explored American Christians’ differing views on the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza by interviewing the Rev. Munther Isaac, the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christian Church in Bethlehem.

Carlson and Munther addressed the plight of Palestinian Christians, many of whom have been killed by Israeli forces.

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Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem: ‘We remain shocked by what we hear from the congress’

Carlson said in his opening monologue: “A consistent but almost unnoticed theme of American foreign policy is that it is always Christians who suffer.”

Carlson continued: “Almost never a word is said about the Christians who live there, the ancient Christian community in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel itself.”

The former Fox News host described some of the destruction that has taken place against the region’s Christian community.

Then Pastor Isaac responded and said, “These are very difficult times, and they have been difficult for a long time. When I talk about difficult times, I’m not just talking about October 7.”

The Lutheran pastor shed light on how Christian communities in Gaza, Israel, the West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffering.

“In my church I have relatives with relatives in Gaza, and they can’t even come and visit. [even] before the war they couldn’t visit them,” he said. “People keep leaving because of political realities. Life under a very harsh Israeli military occupation is difficult to bear and as a result, many young Palestinian Christians, for example, continue to leave Bethlehem, choosing to find a better and easier life elsewhere.”

No Christian support in Congress

Carlson asked, “Have members of Congress sent you assistance in any way? Supporting word? A fellow Christian?”

“No, I mean the opposite,” Isaac replied. “We continue to be shocked by what we’re hearing from Congress… when you look at the so-called religious right, we receive no sympathy whatsoever. Sometimes we are just happy that we are heard and that our perspective is taken seriously.”

“One of the things that often strikes me, whether I’m speaking to diplomats, politicians, congressional staff, or even pastors and influential preachers, is how little they know about the reality on the ground. Their knowledge of the situation here seems very superficial, yet they have very strong opinions,” Isaac said.

Carlson then wondered why so many on America’s Christian Right would not speak out for their fellow Christians abroad, some of whom live in the same places where Jesus Christ walked.

Carlson said:

“You may be asking yourself, ‘Wait a minute, if Christian leaders don’t want to stand up for the lives of Christians, why do they even?’ And that’s probably a good question. You would think that in Congress, where there are many self-proclaimed Christians, someone would speak up on behalf of their brothers in the Holy Land, but no. On the contrary.”

Many were unhappy that Carlson shed light on the reality for Palestinian Christians. Here are just a few examples:

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There will undoubtedly be more controversy on this front.

Tucker’s interview continues…

Carlson later showed a clip of Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg, a former evangelical pastor, saying the U.S. should help Israel treat Gaza “like Nagasaki and Hiroshima.”

The conservative pundit was not amused.

“To be clear, as a theological matter, Christianity is not the religion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is the religion, of all the world’s religions, that uniquely abhors mass murder,” Carlson said. “In fact it is the religion that abhors mass murder. From a Christian perspective, there is no excuse for this. And here we have a former pastor asking for it.”

Isaac replied, “This obsession with war and violence… it is the antithesis of everything Jesus taught.”

Isaac continued, “It makes us wonder again. Do you realize how harmful that is for us Christians who live not only in Palestine but in the Middle East? Harmful in terms of a real impact on our lives, but also damaging in terms of our credibility with our colleagues here in the Middle East.”

Carlson and Isaac went on to discuss the plight of Palestinian Christians, with the Reverend ending on this note:

“What we are advocating for is reasonable, fair-minded Christian leaders who understand the reality on the ground and are able to lobby for a just peace in this land where Palestinians and Israelis live together.”

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