Israel’s national-religious governing coalition is viewed and referred to as a “messianic” government by much of the Israeli population. For Christians, this may seem strange. But the word messianic is used differently here than in Christian countries.
“Israel has elected a right-wing messianic government. Good luck to all of us,” wrote journalist Ben Caspit in Walla News. Israel’s former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman described the current government as a “messianic” coalition that will drag Israel into a religious abyss. Ehud Barak, a former chief of staff and prime minister, said in April: “There is a fear in the West that Israel will become a messianic dictatorship with nuclear weapons.”
Opposition leader Yair Lapid and other secular Jews and politicians also see the danger of a messianic government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But how “messianic” is the right-wing religious government really? Messianic Jews, ie. Jews who believe in Jesus, certainly do not consider this government to be “messianic.” After all, none of the secular, religious or Orthodox Jews that comprise...
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