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Clarifying definitions

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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Aug 21, 2009 at 09:34

You are so right, Dr. Pipes. Zionist and Jewish are two different things. I have known many Jewish people who don't even think about Israel, in fact despise it, and some non-Jews who are card-carrying Zionists. I agree that Christian Zionists may be the "ultimate strategic asset" to Israel. We are all aware that no one country in the world is perfect, but many Christians believe that Israel and the Jewish people have been blessed by God, which is found in the Scriptures, therefore these people have a blind faith where Israel is concerned---they believe Israel can do no wrong.

In all this mix is their innocent fervor to support Israel no matter what; unfortunately they are often ridiculed and blasted by the Orthodox crowd who are fearful of proselytizing. As someone with a little Jewish heritage, I find the whole Jewish-Zionist question provocative and fascinating.

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