Review: 'More Desired than Our Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism'

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Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, Vol: 83, Issue: 4

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Trollinger, William Vance
Cambridge University Press; eCommons
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The degree of American “affinity with the State of Israel,” to use Robert O. Smith’s language in his enlightening book, is simply remarkable. As Smith documents, polling results over the last few decades make abundantly clear that American Christians — led by white evangelicals — consistently and overwhelmingly side with Israelis and against Palestinians. Regarding U.S. policies in the Middle East, while polls show that a majority of people throughout the rest of the world — including, as revealed in a 2003 poll, Israelis themselves — believe that American foreign policy is unfairly tilted toward Israel, Americans maintain that U.S. policies are fair and evenhanded. In short, “Americans’ consistently positive attitude toward the State of Israel is exceptional” (32).