Across the green line in Israel, the Christian population is flourishing. Israel is the only country in the Middle East in which the Christian population is growing — and it is doing so at a fantastic rate. With higher average incomes and lower unemployment than Israel’s Jews, Israel’s Christians are thriving. Finally, Israeli Christians are free to build their churches and practice their faith in a way they cannot anywhere else in the region.
We find it disturbing — and truly disappointing — that “60 Minutes” squandered this opportunity to shine a light on the crisis facing the Christians of the Middle East. They instead focused on Christian suffering only to the extent that they could use it to imply that Israel is somehow to blame. Such reporting sheds no light, and saves no lives.
Pastor John C. Hagee is the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel. Gary L. Bauer is the president of American Values.