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Religious Fanaticism is a Huge Factor in Americans’ Support for Israel
04-16-2015, 08:46 AM,
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Religious Fanaticism is a Huge Factor in Americans’ Support for Israel
Religious Fanaticism is a Huge Factor in Americans’ Support for Israel

<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-15/bloomberg-politics-national-poll-finds-deep-partisan-split-on-israel-and-iran"> new poll from Bloomberg Politics</a> contains a&nbsp;finding that, if you really think about it, is&nbsp;quite&nbsp;remarkable:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://prod01-cdn02.cdn.firstlook.org/wp-uploads/sites/1/2015/04/bloomberg1.png"></a>Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel&nbsp;<em>even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. </em>Only a minority&nbsp;of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel’s when the two choices collide. It’s the ultimate violation of <a href="http://glenngreenwald.blogspot.com.br/2007/01/george-washington-and-middle-east.html"> George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address warning</a>&nbsp;that “nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and <strong>passionate attachments for others, should be excluded</strong>. …&nbsp;The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a <strong> habitual fondness is in some degree a slave</strong>.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">It is inconceivable that a substantial portion of Americans would want to support any other foreign country even&nbsp;where doing so was contrary to U.S. interests.&nbsp;Only Israel commands anything near that&nbsp;level of devoted, self-sacrificing fervor on the part of Americans. So it’s certainly worth asking what accounts for this bizarre aspect of American public opinion.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The answer should make everyone quite uncomfortable: it’s religious fanaticism. The U.S. media&nbsp;loves to mock&nbsp;adversary nations, especially Muslim ones, for&nbsp;being driven by religious extremism, but that is undeniably a major factor, arguably the most significant one, in explaining fervent support for Israel among the American populace. In reporting its poll findings, Bloomberg observed:</span><br /><blockquote><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Religion appears to play&nbsp;an important role in shaping the numbers.&nbsp;Born-again Christians are more likely than overall poll respondents, 58 percent to 35&nbsp;percent, to back Israel regardless of U.S. interests. Americans with no religious affiliation were the least likely to feel this way, at 26 percent.</span></blockquote><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The primary reason evangelical Christians in the U.S. are so devoted to Israel is simple: their radical religious dogma&nbsp;teaches them that God demands&nbsp;this. In 2004, Pat Robertson <a href="http://www.patrobertson.com/Speeches/IsraelLauder.asp">delivered a speech</a> entitled “Why Evangelical Christians Support Israel” and said:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“evangelical Christians support Israel because we believe that the words of Moses and the ancient prophets of Israel were inspired by God,” and “we believe that the emergence of a Jewish state in the land promised by God to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was ordained by God.” He added that “God’s chosen people” — Jews — have an obligation to God to fight against “Muslim vandals” so that Israel remains united in their hands:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41566.htm">Read the entire article</a></span>

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