On the most recent promotion of his series, “The Watchman”, Erick Stakelbeck says:
Palestinian terrorists have struck again, this time murdering four Israelis in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market last night. True to form, Hamas is celebrating the attack and has vowed more like it during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which just began.
Last night’s victims included an ex-Israeli commando, a professor, a mother of four and a woman who was engaged to be married. This attack struck me particularly hard, as I was just in Tel Aviv last week, not far from the market where the attack occurred.
The ongoing Palestinian terror campaign against Israel–personified by Hamas–has had a horrible human impact, and nowhere more so than in Sderot, a town in southern Israel which has been bombarded with thousands of rockets fired from Gaza over the past two decades.
Sderot is the focus of tonight’s episode of “The Watchman” show with Christians United for Israel. I spent a day in Sderot recently and learned that the people there are proud, resilient and upbeat, despite the challenges they’ve faced. In short, they are Israelis.
He gives directions for watching or saving the episode. We don’t have a TV but I leave the information for those of you who do:
You can tune in or set your DVR’s for 11:30 pm Eastern (10:30 pm Central, 8:30 pm Pacific) to watch tonight, exclusively on TBN. Click below to watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.
My workaround will be to wait until Erick’s YouTube channel posts this episode, however long that is.
Erick’s work here is for the two-million (or so) members of an American philo-semite Christian group that advocates for the survival of Israel. Christians United for Israel, or CUFI, is here. If you search for the administrative costs, their financials look better than most.
Here’s his one-minute sneak preview of what will be a two-part Sderot program:
But that’s not Mr. Stakelbeck’s only paid work. He is employed by CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and is also an author and speaker. This is his latest book, published last year:
Ever since the soi-disant “conservatives” built a pyre for Diana West’s book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character and little ol’ Gates of Vienna became the main pushback against their calumny (that in itself was a crying shame), I’ve begun to watch the comments sections of interesting books just to see what can be learned.
There is a pattern of sorts. For example, these books, written two years apart and on only slightly aligned subjects, both have an overwhelming number of positive reviews. Diana West’s book currently has 286 reviews; Erick Stakelbeck’s, 103. Both garner about eighty per cent of the highest (five-star) reviews.
Drilling down further (yes, I’ve gotten good at this) Ms. West’s book has eight per cent negatives. That compares to Stakelbeck’s four per cent. But one has to take into account the sock puppets sent over to American Betrayal, mostly by David Horowitz, Ron Radosh and Conrad Black (others are still skulking around the edges and making up stuff three years later).
In Ms. West’s case the trolls were on a mission to drive down the statistics. Thus you see reviews that begin, “I know WWII history. Very well. Diana West doesn’t. I admit that I haven’t read the book, and don’t plan to buy it…” Such narcissism would be funny were it not so mean-spirited.
Erick Stakelbeck’s negatives come from critics who don’t like conservatives and particularly have an animus when it comes to the Christian variety. They make one wonder why they’d even buy the book…until you notice that of the one and two-star reviews only half are “verified purchases” — those folks must not have realized who Erick Stakelbeck is?? In Diana West’s case, the critical “verified purchases” drop to a third. In the latter case a strange phenomenon occurred, one I’ve not seen before or since: nearly every critical review of Betrayal has a large number of comments appended to each. For the most part, those appendages make mincemeat of the critics. I would say that Ms. West has loyal followers.
Fascinating stuff down there in the bowels of the book wars. Someday the archives of what must now be millions of book reviews will be fodder for students of cultural history. One tries to imagine how those future folk will view all this.
Why am I concerned about this episode of “The Watchman”? It’s not just because we care about Sderot. Even more important is the larger picture of the ramp-up in weaponry for Hamas. Our president deliberately allowed Iran to have access to 150 billion dollars previously frozen — frozen for good reason: because Iran is a totalitarian terrorist state and actively supports rogue groups like Hamas. Obama knew that much of that money would be funneled into assaults which would make the Middle East even more unstable. Hamas and Hezbollah both are awash in weaponry from Iran.
No rational person would help Iran at this point. It is much like North Korea in the treatment of its own people, and in its export of weaponry. But even more disturbing is its fundamental belief in a coming end-of-the-world where the whole world is consumed in chaos and death.
That eschatological craziness makes it a world enemy. Yet our president did a deal with the devil and brags about it? Some more of his “radical transformation” of America…?
For many of us, January 2017 can’t come too soon. You can be certain that between now and then Obama and his little pen will be busy signing off on more “transforming of America”…ah, to look back on the final days of the Clintons’ first reign when all they did was steal the silver and ashtrays on their way out the door (they were later made to return them).
The Clintons were/are grasping, power-hungry criminals. Obama is in another, far worse category, as yet to be completely defined.