No, Leonard Nimoy did not See Israel As a Sign of the End Times

From WND:

LEONARD NIMOY’S EPITAPH: ‘ISRAEL IS A MIRACLE’
In failing health, actor narrated movie about Jewish state’s godly link

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes the case for his nation’s security before Congress Tuesday, actor Leonard Nimoy is still speaking about the miracle of Israel in a movie he narrated not long before his death.

The movie, shown on television from coast to coast, is calledThe Miracle of Israel,” and connects the strange and seemingly supernatural events surrounding the Jewish state’s founding and survival over the last 67 years.

…Some say they are proof of prophetic fulfillment that has and will continue to impact the world as it moves toward the Last Days, explain the filmmakers.

The key words here are “actor narrated”; the documentary – which first aired last year – was a gig, like Orson Welles narrating the movie of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth in 1979.

Nimoy expressed his own views on Israel in a fundraising letter for Americans for Peace Now in 2011, in which he argued in favour of a two-state solution:

 I’m a strong supporter of APN and the work it does. It is a leading voice for Americans who support Israel and know that a negotiated peace will ensure Israel’s security, prosperity and continued viability as a Jewish and democratic state.

…In April, a group of 50 prominent Israelis, including the former heads of the Mossad (Israel’s CIA), the Shin Bet (its FBI), and the military, issued a call for two states for two nations. Their plan includes a Palestinian state alongside Israel with agreed-upon land swaps. The Palestinian-populated areas of Jerusalem would become the capital of Palestine; the Jewish-populated areas the capital of Israel.

It’s clear that Nimoy’s approach is secular and pragmatic, and that he does not regard Israeli control of Gaza and the West Bank as necessary or desirable. By contrast, the Miracle of Israel documentary looks forward to the building of a new Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and its line-up of speakers (which includes the sanguinary Walid Shoebat) are supporters of a “Greater Israel” in which Palestinian areas were “restored” to Israel by God in 1967.

The documentary is a product of Jewish Voice Ministries. According to a blurb, the organisation

has been working to reach Jewish people through the broadcast of the television documentary on secular stations. The documentary, narrated by Leonard Nimoy, provides a historical snapshot of the Jewish people, and also includes views on Messianic and Last Days’ prophecy.

The film’s evangelistic purpose is made clearer on the Jewish Voice Ministries webpage at GOD TV:

This program will educate and inspire thousands of Jews and Christians to support Israel during this critical time in history. It will also bring the good news of Yeshua, Jesus to your Jewish family members, friends and neighbors.

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  1. … in other news: Anthony Flew did not actually become a deist prior to his death. Speaking pragmatically, as a convinced secularist, he was merely acceding to the superficial probity of the ‘argument by design’, probably brought on by his declining faculties, possibly, and even more pragmatically, a case of an old codger, hedging his bets. (It’s so much more comforting a thought, anyway.)

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