Over the past 50 years Christian Zionism has gone mainstream, and is now very much on the radar of average Israeli Jews, who are grateful to have such dedicated friends, even if they don’t fully understand why all these foreigners love them. The more religious Jews do have a better grasp on the motivations behind Christian Zionism, but also remain somewhat wary of how different streams of Christian “end times” theology fit into the picture.
To better understand this delicate balance that religious Israeli Jews find themselves in, we spoke to Rabbi Israel Barouk, a respected Jerusalem-based rabbi who works with leaders and communities across the globe to study, understand and engage with “positive multiculturalism” and who it serves as a powerful mechanism for peace.
Rabbi Barouk noted that “there are many elements of Christian Zionism worth appreciating and celebrating. The sheer number of supporters, approximately 30 million in the United States, far outweighs the Zionism of the Jewish diaspora. The myriad impact of those millions of voices on American political and financial support for Israel has proven...
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