Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: So who are acting like Nazis?
The greatest supporters of Jewish Israel aside from Jews, are fundamentalist Christians in the USA. They also tend to vote conservative local US politics. Its a funny convergence that brings Jewish Americans, mostly left-liberal, and fundamentalist Christians to common support of Israel. In almost every other respect, these two groups have very little in common and ample reason (at least for Jews) to distrust and even loath the fundamentalists for historic reasons.
The Jewish people have a long memory of oppression from Christian zealots. IMO, they haven't fully grasped the relatively new fundamentalist phenomenon, a New Testement Biblical interpretation, that absolutely requires a Jewish return to Israel before Jesus' return. This means that these Christians must support a Jewish state in Israel.
To fundamentalist Christians, the Jews in Israel can do practically anything necessary to protect the Jewish state. They are every bit as committed to that support as was Meir Kahane or the various wacko Jewish settlers in contested Palestine. This unswerving support of Israel by conservative Christians is causing some strange reallignments in the Republicans and the Democrats.
Historically, the fundamentalist Christians were strong Democrats. Many of my family that fit that description still are. They will probably vote for Kerry not because they like him or hate Bush, but because they cannot vote Republican. But at the same time, they are deeply conflicted by what they see as Democratic insoucience concerning Israel while the Republicans apparently buy anything that Sharon says.
IMO, we are at the post-beginning of a widening split among Jewish voters, deeply conflicted, too. I think the split actually began under Reagan.
It will be interesting to see the demographics of the coming election.