My faith doesn’t focus on sinner or saint. It asks me to practice empathy daily. More importantly, it requires that I work toward the safety and justice of all, regardless of their background or beliefs.
So does mine. I’m a Satanist.
Some might say that we are blocking a natural political alliance with evangelical Christians. They support Israel in stronger and more passionate ways than many American Jews. Shouldn’t we work together?
Looking deeper, it’s clear that this support comes with a catch. The Christian Bible states that before Jesus can return, Jews must once again possess the land of Israel. This idea is taken literally by many in the Religious Right. One man at a conservative summit in Iowa this past year claimed that, “in the end, [Jews] will see the light and they will become Christian.” This isn’t support based on the right to exist and practice Judaism. This is about a long game, where Jews will give up their faith for a returning Christ.
I think it’s simpler than that, since a lot of right-wing Christians probably don’t even know about the conditions for the second coming of Christ. It’s really just that they are enormous Islamophobes and they see Israel as a foothold in the Middle-East, and Zionism as an ally against Islam. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Consider the following from Pew:
A key reason Americans’ sympathy for Israel has solidified at a sizable majority level is that Republicans’ support for the Jewish state has increased considerably, rising from 53% in 2000 to more than 80% since 2014
You can pretty much pin that on 9/11 and the subsequent rise in Islamophobia in the American right. American Republicans hate Muslims. I’m sure some of these same Republicans support Israel because they hope that American Jews will move there, but let’s not kid ourselves that the main impetus is anything other than Islamophobia.