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In a Conformist world, Israel's best friend is its nukes

Reader comment on item: How Church Attendance Affects American Attitudes toward Israel
in response to reader comment: the role played by conformism (as well as cowardice) in the success of the Left in whitewashing Hamas, et al., in our time

Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Aug 14, 2014 at 14:50

Dr. Green,

It is pleasant to see such a positive post as yours, from the hellish world of academia.

As you say, Conformism is a major contributor -- not only to the actions of some Leftist Jews, but to the international war against Israel at large. In roll call vote after roll call vote, countries like Laos, whose leaders and people probably have no idea what continent Israel is in, routinely chime in with their "nonaligned" friends against Israel. Of course, real UN action against Israel has been stymied up to now by US vetoes in the Security Council; but there is no guaranty that this will continue into the future. In the end, I expect the UNSC, stirred up by a unanimous chorus of sycophanic delegates, to authorize a military attack (a la Kosovo and Afghanistan) upon the Jewish state -- primarily due to Conformism -- in the interest, of course, or "world peace".

Since this thread is about the role of church attendance in support of Israel, I would like to make a corollary of what you said about conformism, applying it to the Christian Right. It is this: Although there is a slight correlation between professed Christianity and church attendance, on the one hand, and support for Israel on the other, this not a cause-and-effect relationship. I have moved in Evangelical, "Born Again" Christian circles for decades; and I can testify that the vast majority have not even read the whole Bible, much less studied the fundamental issues involved in Jewish statehood. In this as well as most matters, these Christians are moved, just as are Liberal Jews, by Conformism: They support Israel, because some of their close Christian friends are outspoken in their support of the Zionist cause.

At the same time, Christians are becoming, as are everyone else in this I-pad age, isolated from one another. A small core will always relate to one another face-to-face; but if social media such as Facebook get into the wrong hands, as they likely will, intimate Christian-to-Christian contact will be severely hampered; and along with it, support for Israel.

Israel is isolated in the world; and this isolation is bound to increase: Israel's enemies are well placed in academia, the media and, increasingly, political circles around the world. They are a small minority of the world's people, but a strongly motivated and vocal group. The rest, perhaps as many as 99%, are conformists; and they will follow the loudest voice they hear.

Israel's most reliable support, is the possession and world-wide deployment of accurate, effective nuclear weapons and delivery systems.


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