Yassir Arafat is mastering
the divide-and-conquer game.
World War One
A Jewish writers' conference
explodes over the Middle East.
Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell: Staunch friends of Israel or just great game players?
Evangelical Support For Israel
An Agenda Counter Staunch, Reliable
To Israel's Interests Friends Of State
MARK PELAVIN and
ecent scandals involving television
evangelists cast a dark shadow on
the credibility of Bible-thumping
Christians. The risk to Jews, and sup-
porters of Israel, is in jumping to negative
conclusions. The vast majority of
Evangelical Christians are honest, credible
and ardent supporters of Israel.
Evangelical Christians consider Israel
or Jewish particularism to be in accordance
with prophecy and God's covenant with His
people. Evangelicals might have been
somewhat intolerant toward Jews as non-
conforming individuals, and today they are
certainly at odds with Jewish secular
humanists, but they have never denied the
Jewish collective identity.
hould the pro-Israel community
welcome the support of America's
religious right? Of course. But we
must do so with . our eyes wide open,
recognizing the shallowness of that support
and the true agenda of those organizations.
Despite warm public statements
toward Israel, and the "goodwill" missions
there sponsored by the Moral Majority, the
pro-Israel community must realize that the
Christian religious right — the politically
conservative wing of America's very large
Evangelical community — has an agenda
that clearly runs counter to the long-term
interests of Israel and the American Jewish
While many in the religious right often
speak of the need for a strong U.S.-Israel
alliance and talk about the United States'
obligation to assist Israel, the fact is that
their rhetoric is not supported by political
activity. Like the political arms of the
American Jewish community, the religious
right is well organized and politically
assertive. However, when Jerry Falwell's
Moral Majdrity and Beverly LaHaye's Con-
cerned Women for America urge their
members to contact the administration or
Congress on behalf of specific legislation,
these action directives rarely involve pro-
posals concerning Israel.
During the past year, for example, Con-
gress adopted the first free-standing foreign
aid bill in nearly seven years. This
assistance package — which contained $3
billion for Israel — is crucial to the Jewish
state's security. Yet these organizations
that profess to care deeply about Israel's
A close look at the liberal Christian
churches' credo, however, reveals that while
they are willing to accept the individual
Jew's human and civil rights, they have
persisted in their hostility toward the
Jewish state. For Catholics, Episcopalians
and other mainline Christians, the church
is the new Israel and the covenant between
God and Israel has been transferred to the
church with the Jewish rejection of Jesus.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the
liberal churches have maintained a certain
coolness toward Israel, and rejected for cen-
turies • Jewish particularism and
Ever since the walls of the European
ghettos crumbled in post Napoleonic
Europe, Jews sought to win acceptance in
Christian societies by subscribing to — and
often leading — secular, universalist
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Mark J. Pelavin is director of policy planning
for the American Jewish Congress. Ron
Lebovits is legislative assistant with the AJC.
Joseph Puder is director of Americans for a
are in the
Gilbert Gottfreid's humor .
ranges from black, silly to weird.
Crushing Stereotype s
JUDITH BRODER SELLNER
A new generation of domestic
vinters produce great kosher wine.
Swiss Jewish history is hidden
behind double reminders.
Opposing Middle East views
spill into campus politics.
December 16, 1988 4:43 p.m.
Sabbath ends Dec. 17 5:47 p.m.
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