Thursday, August 26, 2010

America's history of Christian Zionism

From Zvi:

Christian Zionism is actually a long-standing phenomenon in the United States. It has been, for the most part, a positive and constructive movement. Many United States presidents have expressed Zionist sentiments, including John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln and every US president since Woodrow Wilson, regardless of party. A few short samples (there are a lot more):  
President John Q. Adams:  
[I believe in the] rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation. (Letter to Major Mordecai Manuel Noah)  

President Wilson:  
The allied nations with the fullest concurrence of our government and people are agreed that in Palestine shall be laid the foundations of a Jewish Commonwealth. (Response to Balfour Declaration)    
President Harry Truman:  
I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now. (Granting de facto recognitionto the new Jewish State—11 minutes after Israel's proclamation of independence)  
John F. Kennedy:  
In the prophetic spirit of Zionism all free men today look to a better world and in the experience ofZionism we know that it takes courage and perseverance and dedication to achieve it.  
Back then, the word Zionism had not been turned into a swear word by anti-Semitic propagandists willing to lie, cheat, steal and threaten.  
Martin Luther King, Jr was very much a Christian Zionist:  
“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect her right to exist, its territorial integrity and the right to use whatever sea lanes it needs. Israel is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security, and that security must be a reality.”  
So American Christian Zionists today can be proud to stand in excellent company. The same is true for Christian Zionists in other countries.  
Today, Christian Zionists are probably one of the few bastions of sanity on topics related to Israel in places like Tromso, Norway.