Many of us Americans distrust the Iranians because we think of them as apocalyptic religious fanatics who can’t be trusted to behave rationally. We ought to look at the apocalyptic religious fanatics in our own midst—and in Israel.
These are the evangelical Christian Zionists such as John Hagee and Pat Robertson who say that the United States should give unconditional support to Israel because Biblical prophecies say the foundation of Israel is part of God’s plan.
A recent Bloomberg poll indicated that 46 percent of Americans—and 58 percent of American born-again Christians—believe that the United States should support Israel even when it is not in the American national interest.
Now there is a sense in which I believe this myself. I think it was right for the U.S. government in the 1970s to send aid to Israel when Israel was in danger of being wiped out, even though the United States lost some geopolitical advantage by doing so. This is a different thing from saying today that the United States should attack Iran for Israel’s benefit.
It is also a different thing from Mitt Romney saying in 2012 that Americans should not allow any “daylight” between American foreign policy and Israel’s. Or Ted Cruz a few months ago making support for Israel a litmus test for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians.
Back in the 1950s, when Israel really was in danger of being wiped out, the American government allowed the Jewish state to fend for itself. Over time, as the danger became less, American support, and American Christian support grew.
It is noteworthy that a larger percentage of Americans and Israelis reject Darwinism than the people of any other Western nation. I think there is a connection between support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line policies and Biblical fundamentalism—that is, the belief that the Bible is not only a guide to faith and morals, but is a literally true word-for-word interpretation of current events.
Religious Fanaticism Is a Huge Factor in Americans’ Support for Israel by Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept.
Evangelicals and Israel by Robert W. Nicholson, an advocate of Christian Zionism, for Mosaic.
Why Christian Zionism Grows Despite Critics by Sean Savage for Charisma News.
The Impact of Christian Zionism on American Policy by William Dale for American Diplomacy.
War and Religion: Don’t tell me ‘the Bible made me do it’ by Philip Giraldi for The Unz Review.
Bloomberg Politics Finds Deep Partisan Split on Israel and Iran by Bloomberg News.