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Is Evangelical Support for Israel a Brittle Branch?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18:  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer attend the Champions Of Jewish Values international gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 18, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer attend the Champions Of Jewish Values international gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Ri... NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Israel Ambassador Ron Dermer attend the Champions Of Jewish Values international gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic) MORE LESS
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May 27, 2021 11:59 a.m.

One of the complexities and anguishes that many American Jews feel about Israel today is not only that there is a growing cleavage between how American Jews and Israelis see the occupation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is also the increasing tendency, especially on the Israeli right, to say ‘who cares about American Jews?’, who make up only a tiny sliver of the US population, and focus rather on white evangelicals who make up a big chunk of the US population and have, albeit for very different reasons, a deep devotion to Israel. This fact came to the fore earlier this month, during the inter-communal violence in Israel and the fighting in Gaza, when Ron Dermer, former Ambassador to the US, said Israel should prioritize evangelicals over American Jews as the anchor of its relationship to the US. American Jews, Dermer reasoned, were in any case ‚Äúdisproportionately among our critics.‚ÄĚ

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