For years, "messianic believers" in Israel have been talking about the need to get involved in politics in order to advance their agenda. Now they're doing something about it.
At a conference held three years ago on Messianic Jews and politics, speakers emphasized that the only way to affect change in Israel was by entering the political fray.
Calev Myers, a pastor in Jerusalem, who heads an organization that carries the innocent-sounding name Jerusalem Institute of Justice, told the conference that the best way to integrate into Israeli society was by gaining a foothold in the Knesset.
According to a report in "This is the Covenant," a newsletter put out by Messianic Jews in Israel, Myers told the conference: "I believe that if we want to have influence, we have no choice but to be active in this area. I am unequivocally in favor of political and social Messianic activities... I say 'yes' to Messianic activism, 'yes' to involvement [in the political arena]… A Messianic Jew or non-Jew will join one of the political parties and be able to influence the party and get elected to the Knesset."
Unfortunately, Myers has put his plan into action. Masking his true intentions, he succeeded in becoming a known Likud activist, managing to blend in and even to make headlines. In a news item on the Mimouna festivities last spring, Myers was mentioned almost in the same breath as the party's ministers and Knesset members, as one who graced the event with his presence.
Myers is also reportedly using his access to donor funds to further his agenda in the Likud. He has helped sponsor events for party members at the American Zionist House and schoolbags for children of immigrants that are distributed by the Likud in towns located on the periphery. It goes without saying that the funding comes from messianic groups abroad that are encouraging him to gain votes and power in the party's central committee.
Recently, Myers was chosen to serve as one of five judges who determined the winner of the "Likudnik Prize for 2010."
Yad L'Achim chairman Rav Shalom Dov Lifshitz this week sent urgent letters to Likud ministers and MKs revealing Myers' true face and warning them against falling into the trap that he and his friends are setting for Am Yisrael via the Likud.
Harav Lifshitz added that it was shocking to see the extent to which missionaries are free to act as they please in getting Jews to convert out of their religion. He cited missionary publications boasting that "in the last 19 years we have converted more Jews to Christianity than in the 1,900 before that."
Rav Lifshitz repeated his longstanding assertion that the only way to block this dangerous activity is for the Knesset to pass a strong missionary law.