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The majority of Christian Zionists in the world applaud the actions of Jewish settlers who take part in the confiscation of Palestinian land in the quest to make greater Israel all it can be. For these Christians it is as though Israel’s only biblical command is to take the land of Promise at all costs. All other issues are trumped by this so-called divine mandate. Christian Zionist churches are allowed to donate millions of dollars to the Jewish settlers in the West Bank with impunity, despite the fact that the vast majority of the international community and the United Nations Charter declare that the settlements are illegal and are provocative to the Palestinians and an impediment to peace. Organizations that donate money to schools in the Gaza strip that have even the slightest links to Hamas can be prosecuted and their leaders sent to jail. The U.S. says it is a fair broker of peace at the same time being an ally of Israel. Could we imagine the Soviet Union as a fair broker of peace in the dispute between the U.S. and Cuba?
But Jewish Rabbis, who understand the true nature of God’s mandate to the Jewish people, don’t see the settlers as the heroes that John Hagee would have us believe they are. Philip Weiss published this article on the Mondoweiss website on September 21st 2011.
Conservative rabbis overwhelmingly disapprove of settlers and many say they’re ‘sometimes ashamed’ of Israel
Sep 21, 2011 04:11 pm | Philip Weiss
NY Jewish Week’s Eric Herschthal reports on “the increasingly liberal” views reflected in a Conservative movement survey of 100s of American rabbis:
46 percent said they were “always proud” of Israel, but 44 percent said they were “sometimes ashamed.” Sixty-three percent thought that Israel should freeze settlements in the West Bank, and another 17 percent were unsure. More than twice as many rabbis supported Obama’s call for a peace deal based on ’67 borders with lands swaps than those that opposed it, and the vast majority–78 percent–viewed the settler movement unfavorably.
And here’s another poll that suggests politicians are out of step with public opinion, a Think Progress report on a poll of Israeli opinion:
A joint poll by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in the Occupied Palestinian Territories found that 69 percent of Israelis think that their country should accept United Nations recognition of an independent Palestinian state, according the Jerusalem Post.