A Forgotten, and Eccentric, Christian Zionist Who Reached Out Directly to Jewish Activists

Raised in a devout British evangelical family, Laurence Oliphant (1829–1888) had a successful career as a diplomat, intelligence agent, and foreign correspondent, despite his peculiar personal life and his involvement in various mystical religious movements. At one point he gave up a seat in parliament to join a cult-like sect in western New York with his family. Oliphant eventually embraced the idea of establishing a Jewish state in the Land of Israel. Unlike other early Christian Zionists, he cooperated extensively with the pre-Herzlian Zionist movement known as Ḥibat Tsiyon, traveling to Galicia and Romania to meet with Jewish leaders. Philip Earl Steele writes:

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More about: Christian Zionism, Hatikvah, History of Zionism, Peretz Smolenskin

The Israel-Sudan Deal Is a Blow to Both Hamas and Iran

While peace between Jerusalem and Khartoum is unlikely to bring the mutual economic benefits that accompany the deals with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, it offers much else to the Jewish state. Yoav Limor explains:

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More about: Hamas, Iran, Israel diplomacy, Israeli Security, Sudan