Cross On The Star Of David: The Christian World In Israel's by Uri Bialer

By Uri Bialer

The respectable institution of the country of Israel in may well 1948 constituted the conclusion of the Zionist imaginative and prescient, yet army victory left in its wake inner and exterior survival concerns that might threaten this ancient success for many years to return. The refusal of the overseas neighborhood to acknowledge the political, geographic, and demographic result of the battle of Independence awarded Israel with an enduring neighborhood safeguard chance, whereas separating and alienating it within the overseas area. the most bold difficulties Israeli international coverage confronted was once the stance of the Christian global towards the recent kingdom. Attitudes ranged from hostility and specific non-recognition by means of the Catholic Church, via Protestant ambivalence, to Evangelical aid. move at the superstar of David provides the 1st scholarly research, in response to newly declassified records, of Israeli policymaking in this factor. Uri Bialer specializes in the effect that modes of pondering rooted within the ancient culture of Jewish-Christian interactions had on Israeli policymakers and concludes that they weren't blameless of the perceptions and biases that prompted the Christian world's habit towards Israel. the end result is a fine-grained, unique interpretation of a major measurement of Israeli international coverage from the founding of the country to the 1967 warfare.

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But I haven’t succeeded in persuading him that there is serious danger from there. . [Recently] I have raised the Vatican question again and said that, instead of dealing with all kinds of important and non-important people, it would be better to go straight for the lion’s den and to clarify our stand and our relations with Rome. 69 In early November, Herzog arrived in the Italian capital, and over the next two weeks he succeeded in making contact with the president of the Azione Cattolica, the advocate Vittorino Veronese, who was friendly with Monsignor Giovanni Benelli, then private secretary to Giovanni Battista Montini, substitute of secretariat of state.

The Vatican exerts total authority over all bishops, everywhere, over the Catholic shepherds . . and it can transform black into white and white into black—and none of the servants of religion are permitted to ponder whether this is right. ” He claimed that this historical hatred of Jews had not diminished but had found devastating expression during the Holocaust when the Church,“which has always preached supreme morality, tolerance, and love of mankind,” stood aside. According to his analysis, Israel should avoid any political connection with the pope, even if it appeared to be vitally necessary.

11 Herzog was more pessimistic and subsequently wrote to Reuven Shiloah, head of the Mossad (Central Institute for Intelligence and Security) that “the internationalization resolution, however abstract, provides a model, from the international point of view, which could, some day, if a suitable opportunity arises, serve as the basis for effective action to remove Jerusalem from our ju- Bialer, Cross on the Star 28 6/9/05 8:43 AM Page 28 Jerusalem vs. ”12 Ben-Gurion, for his part, was particularly alert to the regional strategic implications of a confrontation with the UN, and he explained to the cabinet in mid-April 1950 that “our dispute with the UN concerning Jerusalem is very grave.

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