'US no longer sees Israel as an asset'

Sunday, November 21, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

While it is perhaps premature to call the Obama Administration hostile toward Israel, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that it has become clear that Washington no longer sees its relationship with the Jewish state as a strategic asset.

“There is definitely a new American perception that does not see Israel as a strategic asset in the Middle East for both the United States and the free world,” said Rivlin. “This is a development that even we, the veteran politicians, see as something new.”

Perhaps even worse than that, Rivlin believes the US government no longer considers itself as having a moral responsibility toward Israel.

“Today we find ourselves facing an American administration that does not see as a basic point of reference the moral responsibility for the existence of Israel,” Rivlin stated. “[The US] certainly supports the Zionist idea, the idea that the Jews of Israel live here, but it does not feel any moral responsibility for Israel’s existence.”

Rivlin’s remarks provide a good reference point for how average Israelis view the growing tension between Jerusalem and Washington, which is being fed by a burgeoning movement within the US to paint Israel as a liability, both ethically and politically. That movement has even found support among many younger Evangelical Christians who have been caught up in various forms of “Palestinian liberation theology.”

Israel Today covered the growing Palestinian liberation theology, which is really just a new strain of Replacement Theology, in our latest issue. A follow-up story regarding the reaction of local Messianic Jewish leaders will be printed next month. Don’t miss it.

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