[quote="KathleenGee, post:15, topic:291816"]
The Zionists are atheists. Then you have those Jews who are working to rebuild the Temple. It was attempted 3 times. The third time, Emperor Justin the Apostate was determined the third time would be a charm.
He encountered one problem after another to the point, it was getting pretty strange. He backed out.
My pastor told us once they attempt to restore the Temple in Jerusalem....well, he just hopes it will not happen or the consequences will be terrible.
The Muslims have been there since the late 600's....and how long has the USA existed...a little over 200 years. So now, no matter how Islam took over ours and the Jewish Holy Land, boundaries are pretty mixed up.
The Christians there are the ones who bring peace to all parties, but are leaving for a more peaceful place. The Church of the Nativity saw the Zionists allow a mosque to be built right across the street, and it was a sad site to see on Christmas day, believers coming out of Mass and seeing Muslim men prostrating on the ground bowing to Allah while the mineret was going.
The Mosque across the street from the Church of the Nativity was erected in 1849 at the time that the area was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. When I was a youth, Bethlehem, under Israeli rule, was prosperous and peaceful with a large Christian majority. In 1995, under the framework of the Oslo peace agreements, the area was given over to the control of the Arab Palestinian Authority. From that time on, Christians began to be persecuted and discriminated against, resulting in their leaving Bethlehem. Today they make up a small minority. Manger square being taken over for Muslim prayers is a new phenomena since the town came under the Arab Palestinian Authority.
The basis for Zionism can be found in the Jewish prayer book (the siddur) and the Jewish scriptures. While Herzl was a non-religious Jew and many modern Zionists were socialists, they did not originate the Zionist idea which has always been an integral part of the Jewish people and Judaism. For this reason I dislike categorization of Zionism by "hyphenation" (such as: religious-Zionism) That being said, religious Jewish orthodox kippah wearing Zionists (commonly referred to as kippot srugot or "knitted kippas" to differentiate them from the ultra-orthodox) make up a central part of Zionists and Zionism today - millions of Jews.
(off topic - but Syrian radio reports that the Syrian defense minister , the interior minister of Syria and Assad's brother-in-law (deputy Chief of staff of the army) have been killed in a suicide bombing- the end of Assad's government looks nearer then ever).
As for Christians bringing "peace to all parties" - the precarious position and suspicion toward Christians in Arab Islamic society has frequently caused them to show their loyalty to Arab Islamic society by being even more radical than their Muslim neighbors. Thus, the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was a Christian by the name of George Habash. He brought us Black September, the 1970 Swiss Air bombing killing 47, the Lod airport massacre killing 27, and of course, the Air France high jacking to Entebbe. He opposed the Oslo peace agreements and joined forces with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
As for Hagee and Evangelical Christians, having Christians involved in supporting the Jewish state, in spreading love and support to the Jewish people instead of persecution and lies, makes them (whatever their motivations and beliefs) - true Righteous Gentiles :thumbsup: