Middle Eastern Christians Are Under Threat. How do They Feel about Jews and Israel?

Unlike Western Christians, Middle Eastern Christians never warmed to Jews, but the rise of Islamism has led some to see Israel as the proverbial enemy of their enemy.

Orthodox officials walk outside the Fener Greek Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey on November 03, 2018. Getty.

Orthodox officials walk outside the Fener Greek Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey on November 03, 2018. Getty.

Observation
Nov. 8 2018
About the author

Samuel Tadros is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and a distinguished visiting fellow in Middle Eastern studies at the Hoover Institution.


On his visit to the Middle East last January, Vice-President Mike Pence planned to meet with local Christian leaders and to follow up on the promise he had made just a few months earlier to suffering Christian communities in Iraq and Syria: “help is on the way.” To his dismay, not a single Christian leader agreed to meet with him. The reason: the Trump administration’s announcement that it would relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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