A Match Made in Heaven: American Jews, Christian Zionists, by Zev Chafets

By Zev Chafets

Over the process a unprecedented 12 months, Zev Chafets—former big apple day-by-day information columnist and onetime director of the Israeli govt press office—traveled the area to discover the inconceivable confluence of Jews and evangelicals. He spent caliber time with Jerry Falwell, visited Jewish cadets at West aspect, attended the world's greatest Christian retail exhibit, launched into a highway journey with the rabbi with the biggest gentile following due to the fact Jesus, journeyed to the Holy Land with a band of repentant Christian pilgrims, and broke bread with George W. Bush and fellow Jewish Republicans. A fit Made in Heaven is the penetrating, enticing, and infrequently hilarious narrative of Chafets's decided quest to get to the basis of a truly severe query: Why do evangelicals help Israel so strongly? equivalent elements historical past, comedy, travelogue, and political tract, it's a shrewdpermanent and adventurous odyssey alongside a swiftly altering non secular and political border.

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The guy smiled in rueful agreement. ” “Literally,” I said. I nodded toward the Wilsons who were drinking Cokes and staring at the live feed from Gaza. ” “Mah attah omer? ” “Ah, Christians,” said the young Israeli dismissively. ” said the cashier. ” She appeared to be mentally calibrating the distance, which was only a couple of miles. ” “Don’t worry about it,” Motti said. ” The door opened and in walked three women, dressed in simple gray cloth dresses that reached the ground. Two were young—one was pregnant—and the third appeared to be in her sixties.

That’s what happened to Pastor John Hagee in early 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. No Christian Zionist in the United States is more red hot than Hagee. The Pentecostal pastor of the Cornerstone Church has traveled to Israel often, supported a succession of Israeli prime ministers, raised millions of dollars for Russian Jewish immigrants, and written best-selling books of Israel advocacy. Zionism is at the very heart of his ministry. Hagee’s website boasts of an honorary doctorate from an institution called the Netanya Academic College and brags that he is the first gentile ever to receive the San Antonio B’nai B’rith Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Either way, Viktor was screwed. The ministry not only turned down his application for citizenship; it handed him over to the police for overstaying his tourist visa by about six years. Viktor called me from prison to tell me he was about to be deported. There was nothing I, or anyone else, could do. They put Viktor, dressed in his black suit and hat with prayer fringes dangling down, on a plane and sent him back where he came from. This story has a happy ending. In Bucharest, Viktor was befriended by an influential Romanian rabbi with a bad back.

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