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'Pro-Israel' Evangelicals Furious at Netanyahu's Fall Turn to Sickening Antisemitism

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08.06.2021

Holocaust exploitation? Old-style unadulterated theological antisemitism? The sexualized betrayal of "the Jew," now revealed as perfidious, power-obsessed and perverted? A bizarre reframing of the charge of deicide?

The recent screed by Mike Evans, a Christian Zionist leader celebrated by Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump and a host of prominent Israeli institutions, has it all.

The trigger? The political downfall of Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who, more than any before him, cultivated deep ties with U.S. evangelicals, and his replacement by Naftali Bennett, the prime minister designate whose diverse, improbable coalition is not to some evangelicals' tastes at all.

Indeed, for Evans, Israel's new coalition is an affront to evangelical support for Israel, to the covenant between them and Netanyahu, writ so large that he hurls at them almost every hateful slur ever hurled by antisemites against Jews.

Evans, who claims 77 million followers (on social media, at least), attacks Naftali Bennett and the entire coalition of Israelis he represents for their betrayal and “crucifixion” of long-time friend, Netanyahu, and vows to dedicate his life to their destruction.

The Times of Israel "featured" blog post is one of the most revealing texts about the toxic relationship between Jews and Christian Zionists I have ever read. It not only exposes the extent to which Trump's "pro-Israel" actions were completely an Evangelical dance, but also the danger of that relationship for Jews, and for Israel.

Evans served for four years on Donald Trump's evangelical advisory board, and when the administration decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Evans himself arranged (at a reported cost of $100,000) for 220 billboards to be plastered around Jerusalem announcing "Trump, Make Israel Great" and "Trump is a Friend of Zion."

He established the "Friends of Zion Heritage Center" in Jerusalem, a frequent stop for foreign dignitaries like Mike Pompeo and Jair Bolsonaro, and Jewish diaspora grandees like the Adelsons and Malcolm Hoenlein, vice-chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. The museum not only centers Evangelicals in the story of Israel but celebrates........

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