Originally created 07/15/06

Men will lead interfaith talk on Israel

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Former 700 Club co-host Ben Kinchlow is worried that Americans are "sticking our finger in God's eye."

Israeli conflicts have heated up in recent days, with fighting spreading across Gaza and into Lebanon. They have created an added dimension to An Evening for Israel, a collaborative effort of Augusta-area evangelical Christians and Jews to promote interfaith understanding and friendship.

Daniel Seaman, the director of the Israel Government Press Office in Jerusalem, and a representative from the Israeli Consul General of Atlanta, will make the case for their country at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Evans.

Mr. Seaman will participate by telephone from Jerusalem.

"I hope the people will get a chance to hear and see first-hand how wrong the Israelis have been portrayed in the media and to get the Israelis' point of view," Ben Kinchlow said by telephone from his office in Virginia Beach, Va.

Mr. Kinchlow, a radio co-host for Front Page Jerusalem and a former co-host of The 700 Club, will serve as the master of ceremonies for Monday's program.

"I am absolutely persuaded, and have been persuaded for some years now - and I know this sounds dramatic - but the future of the civilized world, and particularly America, is tied up with Israel," he said.

He pointed to warnings by the Old Testament prophet Joel that any country that persecuted the Jewish people or tried to divide the land of Israel would be defeated or diminished in prominence. Mr. Kinchlow said he is convinced that, although the United States has outlawed organized prayer in schools and has legalized abortion, this country's support for Israel has spared it divine retribution.

"So I am a strong believer in America maintaining its ties with Israel," he said.

Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

An Evening for Israel

WHO: Daniel Seaman (by telephone), and Ben Kinchlow

WHERE: Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday; doors open at 6 p.m.

LEARN MORE: See sponsor Israel Always' Web site, israelalways.org.


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