Do U.S. Donors Drive Israeli Politics? – Room for Debate Blog – NYTimes.com

Though some American evangelicals believe that Israel must hold on to its entire biblical inheritance in order for Christ to return and usher in the Millennium, nine out of ten of them do not.

Rather, they believe that God will bless them if they bless Israel, and they are deeply remorseful for Christian persecution of the Jews. Their faith typically comports perfectly with their political views: they consider Israel a crucial democratic ally in a dangerous neighborhood, an essential firewall protecting the West from Islamic extremists.

If Israel ceded territory for peace, most born-again Christians would not object. both Falwell and Hagee declared that if Israel decides to give up land in the hope of getting peace, they will not oppose it. Some traditionalist Christians go even further in their pragmatism.  They believe that God’s promises will be fulfilled, but in God’s time and according to His plan, not man’s.  Indeed, despite a deep distrust of Islam among evangelical pastors, fifty-two percent of them favor a Palestinian state, as long as it doesn’t threaten Israel.

via Do U.S. Donors Drive Israeli Politics? – Room for Debate Blog – NYTimes.com.

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