In the NYTimes today. (May require login, and likely will be paid after a few days).
[quote:4b38a94975=“NYTimes”][b:4b38a94975]For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel Is ╬God╠s Foreign Policy╠[/b:4b38a94975]
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Published: November 14, 2006
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 █ As Israeli bombs fell on Lebanon for a second week last July, the Rev. John Hagee of San Antonio arrived in Washington with 3,500 evangelicals for the first annual conference of his newly founded organization, Christians United For Israel.
He called the conflict ¤a battle between good and evilË and said support for Israel was ¤God╠s foreign policy.Ë
Administration officials say that the meeting with Mr. Hagee was a courtesy for a political ally and that evangelical theology has no effect on policy making. But the alliance of Israel, its evangelical Christian supporters and President Bush has never been closer or more potent.
For one thing, white evangelicals make up about a quarter of the electorate. Whatever strains may be creeping into the Israeli-American alliance over Iraq, the Palestinians and Iran, a large part of the Republican Party╠s base remains committed to a fiercely pro-Israel agenda that seems likely to have an effect on policy choices.
Mr. Hagee is an author of several books about the interpretation of biblical prophecies. He says he believes the Bible assigns Israel a pivotal role as a harbinger of the second coming. Citing passages from Revelation and Ezekiel, he argues that conflict between Israel and Iran may be a sign that that time is approaching.[/quote:4b38a94975]
The whole article is worth a read.
Yet another way in which blinkered sectarianism makes the world a more dangerous and less stable place.