Jewish Israel has cited David Ha'ivri of the Shomron Liaison Office in our recent reports, The Sons of the Foreigners will Plant Strange Worship in Your Land and The "Other Side" of Torah.
In an apparent reaction to criticism of his activities coming from a number of sources, Ha'ivri has penned an article which appears in the Jewish Press, Are Christian Zionists a Threat to Israel?
Below is Jewish Israel's Letter to the Editor in response, which was sent to the Jewish Press and currently appears as a talkback comment under Ha'ivri's article:
There is no question that there are many fine, upstanding Gentiles supporting Israel at this time. While certain strategic, moral and political alliances with the non-Jewish world are to be encouraged, it is both naïve and misleading to deny the serious costs involved in Israel’s unregulated relationship with impassioned evangelical Christians.
As content and research director of Jewishisrael.com, an organization which monitors Christian activity in Israel, I regret to say that Mr. Ha’ivri has chosen to diminish the concerns of those working in the counter-missionary field and those investigating growing Christian influence in the Jewish state. Mr. Ha’ivri’s article was bereft of any facts. This may indicate that either Ha’ivri is unaware of the facts on the ground in Israel or that he chooses to ignore them. That Ha’ivri thoughtlessly and flippantly minimizes the spiritual threat that missionaries present in Israel is indicative of his detachment from his own people, many of whom are spiritually thirsty, vulnerable and lacking a proper Jewish education or the means to respond to evangelical overtures.
Certain Christian individuals and organizations with whom Mr. Ha’ivri chooses to work with may not be aggressively proselytizing in the classical sense. However, they are on a religiously-driven mission with the intention to draw Jews close, or they strive for a theological unification between Judaism and Christianity. In addition, these parties are supportive of the messianic Christian sects in the Jewish state and aspire towards a Christian restoration in Israel. That makes them “missionaries” and it’s apparent that David Ha’ivri has a very shallow understanding of that term.
If Jewish activists like David Ha’ivri choose to work with devout Christians, then they should be honest enough to acknowledge the problems and wise enough to use foresight, seek guidance, and draw red lines in such relationships.
Content and Research Director
Last week David Ha'ivri appeared with Tommy Waller in a 2-hour program on God’s Learning Channel (GLC), a missionary television network dedicated to "help you see Yeshua (Jesus) in the Torah".
In these excerpts from the 2-hour show, Tommy Waller quotes from the new testament and describes his Christian mission.
After reading our Letter to the Editor in response to David Ha'ivri's article, the Jewish Press invited Jewish Israel to write a Counterpoint oped piece, which has now been published.