Israel has no better friend on the entire planet than the Christian Evangelical community in the United States and, yet, "progressive Zionists," i.e., liberal, pro-Israel Jews, treat those people like dirt.
It's a disgrace.
The tendency on the progressive-left, very much including the Jewish left, is to assume the very worst about these people. In a recent piece in the Jerusalem Post the daughter of an Evangelical pastor tries to clear a few things up:
Skeptics of the Jewish- Christian alliance question this seemingly tenuous relationship.
They assume the worst motives from both parties to explain away the alliance. Christian Zionists support Israel to speed Armageddon and the return of Christ. Jews use Christian Zionists to further their pro- Israel aims.
For so many years I listened to progressives and Democrats tell me that Evangelicals actually despise us and that the only reason they favor Israel is because they are looking forward to the Second Coming, when Jesus will teach both Hitler and the Catholic Church how dealing with the Jews should properly be done.
Here are the real motives of Christian Zionism: Repentance, thankfulness and obedience.
Repentance for Christianity’s long history of persecuting Jews.
Thankfulness to the Jewish people for Christianity’s spiritual inheritance.
Obedience to the biblical commands to bless Israel.
These three tenets best expose what I call the “Jewish heart” of Christian Zionists.
I intend to expand on this later, and perhaps elsewhere, but this just pisses me off.
One of my themes has been that progressive-left Jews do not know who their friends are and this is a case in point.
We do not have to agree with Christian Zionists about gay marriage, but we can disagree with them as friends, not enemies.