WND publisher Joseph Farah was good enough to rebuke Vox Day for his column last week, which I’d blogged about. I’ll quote the parts that are relevant to my criticisms:

…But Vox Day gets even sillier when he writes that “the Israel lobby’s petulant demand for a third Middle East war, this time in explicit defense of Israel rather than U.S. national security, already has the potential to severely divide America’s Jews from the rest of the country, Christians and non-Christians alike.”

Since I, an Arab-American Christian journalist have occasionally been accused of being a part of this phantom “Israel lobby,” perhaps I am disqualified from offering an opinion. Yet, it seems to me that Jews in America and Jews in Israel are risking their necks to avoid war at all cost — even to the detriment of world peace!

In Israel today the misguided leadership is, once again, at the demand of the U.S., offering to slice and dice its country up in appeasement to terrorism. Yes, Israel has a formidable military, as Vox Day later acknowledges. Israelis could use it to impose their will on their enemies — but they don’t! And neither is the so-called Israel lobby in America asking the Jewish state to do that — with the possible exception of yours truly, an Arab-American Christian journalist.

And certainly no one — least of all me — is asking the U.S. to meddle in Israel’s affairs or fight its battles.

Vox Day’s column gets even meaner and uglier when it turns, in my mind, nearly threatening — blaming the victims of anti-Semitism and hatred for bringing it all upon themselves: “America is still quite friendly towards Jews, but the incessant attacks on Christianity by the likes of Deutsch, Forman and Abe Foxman have grown increasingly tiresome. Given this irritating behavior, and the historical fact that Jews have worn out their welcome in literally dozens of countries over the centuries, it is the height of foolishness for a small number of misguided individuals to demand that 80 percent of the American population remain silent about the tenets of its religious faith.” [Farah’s emphasis]

Jews wore out their welcome in dozens of countries over the centuries? Show me one place they were ever welcome? Again, the Christian Bible Vox Day reads, along with me, explains quite clearly the Jewish Diaspora would have a trying experience in which the Jews received no welcome. That’s the way God planned it — not the[y]. (See Jeremiah 24:9)

To his credit, Vox Day concludes amicably enough — explaining there is no reason Christians and Jews in America shouldn’t get along. He also shows he, too, believes in God’s eternal covenant with the Jewish people, explaining Israel “has the Lord God of Israel on its side.”

Let me go a step further. Not only is there no reason Jews and Christians in America shouldn’t get along. There is every reason they must. We have common enemies in the world. Christians are commanded in their Bible to bless the nation of Israel — which means the Jewish people. And American Jews should recognize that other than the Lord God of Israel, American Christians represent their best friends and most important allies.