Cross On The Star Of David: The Christian World In Israel's by Uri Bialer

By Uri Bialer

The reliable institution of the country of Israel in may possibly 1948 constituted the conclusion of the Zionist imaginative and prescient, yet army victory left in its wake inner and exterior survival concerns that might threaten this historical fulfillment for many years to come back. The refusal of the overseas group to acknowledge the political, geographic, and demographic result of the struggle of Independence provided Israel with an enduring local protection danger, whereas setting apart and alienating it within the foreign area. probably the most bold difficulties Israeli international coverage confronted used to be the stance of the Christian international towards the hot kingdom. Attitudes ranged from hostility and express non-recognition by means of the Catholic Church, via Protestant ambivalence, to Evangelical help. pass at the megastar of David provides the 1st scholarly research, in keeping with newly declassified files, of Israeli policymaking in this factor. Uri Bialer specializes in the impression that modes of considering rooted within the old culture of Jewish-Christian interactions had on Israeli policymakers and concludes that they weren't blameless of the perceptions and biases that motivated the Christian world's habit towards Israel. the end result is a fine-grained, unique interpretation of a huge size of Israeli overseas coverage from the founding of the nation to the 1967 conflict.

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They do not know when this will occur, but occur it will, and they have time to wait. They know a little history, they know that there was once a Christian kingdom in Palestine, it existed for two centuries, [and] they destroyed it. They have time. . They know that our community will never surrender [and so] . . they know that they must annihilate it. . This is a terrible problem. . Those who now determine Arab policy will agree to make peace with us [only] if we go to Madagascar or some other place and leave the country to them.

50 Freedom of Access and Worship No less problematic for Israel was the Vatican demand for freedom of access to the Holy Places. The practical implication was the waiving of restrictions on Arab tourism to Israel and the granting of international sureties. Freedom of worship also posed a threat, since it entailed the unrestricted right “to conduct religious processions with photographers, icons and flags, with police and state protection of the safety of the participants and the holy vessels . .

27 The negative operative implications of this “sneaking” were explained later by Herzog to an Israeli diplomat in London: “It is obvious to us that attempts to negotiate with the Vatican under prevailing circumstances are interpreted by them as an indication of Israeli weakness and nervousness. ”28 He wrote to the foreign minister that, in his opinion, the negotiations with the Vatican “will cause the Americans to propose a compromise between the different stands Bialer, Cross on the Star 6/9/05 8:43 AM Page 31 The Struggle for Jerusalem 31 and [will create] tactical complications .

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