How an Intra-Protestant Theological Divide Has Shaped U.S. Policy toward Israel

Aug. 13 2018

While most American Jews tend to see their country’s relationship with the Jewish state as motivated by attitudes toward Jews and Judaism, Michael Doran argues that underlying this and other foreign-policy debates is a division between Protestant “modernists”—who wish to perfect the world through charitable works, social reforms, and international institutions in an ecumenical spirit—and Protestant “fundamentalists”—who favor American exceptionalism and doctrinal orthodoxy while believing mankind’s fallen state makes social perfection unachievable. The modernists, as Doran wrote in a recent essay, tend to be hostile toward Israel and Zionism, while the fundamentalists tend to be sympathetic. Even in our secular age, this intra-Christian divide often lurks behind debates over Middle East policy. (Interview by Jonathan Silver. Audio, 36 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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While Islamic Jihad Launches Rockets at Israel, Hamas Faces a Dilemma

Nov. 13 2019

On November 1, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Iran-backed terrorist group based in the Gaza Strip, launched a barrage of rockets at nearby towns in Israel. The IDF responded by striking military targets in the Strip and, yesterday, in the wee hours of the morning, killed Baha Abu al-Ata, one of PIJ’s senior commanders. The terrorist group responded by launching some 200 rockets over the course of the day, sending Israelis to bomb shelters not just in the immediate vicinity of Gaza but also in the center of the country and as far north as Tel Aviv. Khaled Abu Toameh analyzes the political calculations of both PIJ and Hamas:

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