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Posted on Sat, Aug 12, 2006 17:30

08/12/2006 09:00 PM | By Manal Alafrangi, Staff Writer at gulfnews There are many arguments thrown out explaining the basis of the solid American-Israeli alliance. Some attribute it to the shared democratic values between the two. Others say Israel is strategically important for the implementation of America's political agenda in the Middle East. Perhaps most effectively, the backing for Israel in the US is successfully advocated by Israel's official lobby in Washington DC, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. Many observers point at the Jewish lobby and say it controls the US government's foreign policies. In recent years, however, a politicised and right-wing Protestant fundamentalist movement has emerged as a major supporter of Israel. This is what some refer to as the "rise of the religious right" or right-wingers in the Republican party who recognised the need to enlist the support of fundamentalist Christians in the US in order to gain political strength. To many analysts, it is this group of people who drive America to support Israel. White evangelicals tend to be most supportive politically of Israel in America. According to the Economist, they constitute a quarter of the American electorate and are the "bedrock" of George W. Bush's support. For them, Bush is their representative in the political world; their "de facto leader" to borrow from the Washington Post. Arguably, Bush speaks the language of religion better than any previous president. It is very difficult to recall a speech he made, without him ending it with "May God bless/continue to bless America". Interestingly, his blessings never extend to other parts of the world. It wasn't that long ago that Bush told then-Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas that "God told me to strike Al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam [Hussain] which I did". Bush now believes he has been given the responsibility of world leadership by God. There are many successful pressure groups such as Christians United for Israel, (founded by Texas televangelist John Hagee) which influence the US government to maintain its "intrinsic bond" with Israel. Pastor Hagee believes Israel is doing "God's work in a "war of good versus evil". He recently called Israel's attack on Lebanon a "miracle of God". Good vs evil This belief that the world is divided into absolute good and absolute evil is apparently shared by Bush. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the US president declared: "This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail". Another highly influential man, Pat Robertson, is an avid supporter of Israel, calling for all of historical Palestine to be under Jewish rule. What's startling is the fact that he has unmatched TV outreach to one million-plus Americans as well as a world audience through his 700 Club Virginia-based TV programme. Most recently, Robertson had a six-hour meeting with the Israeli Security Cabinet, following a praying session with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. They were praying for victory in Lebanon. In hosting him, Israel obviously recognises the Christian Right's political clout. The Christian Right (which is not dissimilar to "Islamist" extremism) has a decisive presence in the US today. Dennis Ross, a Middle East envoy in Bush senior and Clinton's administrations, said recently, evangelical supporters of Israel are now an "important part of the landscape". The fact that they are allied with the neoconservatives of Washington as well as Christian extremists makes them all the more powerful. Their belief is derived from mostly the Old Testament. They believe that having a Jewish presence in all of the Holy Land will make way for the Messiah's Second Coming, at which point Jews will either have to convert to Christianity or be annihilated. Make no mistake about it; America is the world's most openly religious country. But the so-called religious sentimentality between Israel and the US is a recent construction, aimed at camouflaging the structural reality and rationalising certain policies. If anything, the US should be supporting the Christian Palestinians, (who still either live under Israeli occupation or live as second class citizens in Israel) who are doctrinally much closer to Christian Americans than Jews. Yet we do not see this happening. Given the institutionalisation of the US-Israeli relationship and the strong drive of the Christian Right, it is unlikely that the policies of the US will change towards Israel anytime soon.


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talibulislam
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Posted on Tue, Aug 15, 2006 11:46

In this great democracey how ironic it is that 5million jews elect president of united states rather then 290million american,president need three votes minority,gay & jews.love for minority we seen in hurrican katherina and by strict immigration laws against immigrant,gay he refuses gay marriages anyway which is good,now if he is not going 2support israel in his aggression he gona b very lonely & he might have to give money back lol


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Posted on Sun, Aug 13, 2006 17:00

Bismillah, [5.51] O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people


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