Irving Kristol, called the “godfather of neoconservatism,” believed strongly that religious questions lay at the bottom of political ones. Ultimately, he saw his own political thought as born out of the distinction between the “rabbinic” or “orthodox” approach that accepts the world as it is and the “gnostic” or “prophetic” approach that seeks to transform, rather than improve, society. Kristol’s major writings on this subject (among others) can be found in the Mosaic e-book On Jews and Judaism.
Irving Kristol’s Political Theology
What Palestinians Want
In an extensive report on a major survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock sums up his key findings. Above all, the results suggest that large numbers of Palestinians are willing to make compromises with Israel in the short term, but tend to harbor maximalist, even militant, long-term goals: