I’ve said this many times before, but it’s well worth repeating. It is galling that so many of my fellow Jews who say that one of the most important issues to them is the survival of Israel nevertheless disdain Republicans, who have for half a century have been Israel’s most reliable itisupporters.
Republicans usually lack the adherence to the moral relativism of Democrats and understand that there is good and evil in the world, and that good and evil can be defined. And they get that Israel is the former, and her enemies the latter.
I doubt any presidency is more committed to Israel than that of President Trump and his born-again vice president, Mike Pence, who visited the country this week. And yet, of course, most Jews would have the Suha Arafat-hugging Hillary Clinton in the White House instead of Trump.
And it makes me so happy, and also a bit sad, that many of the strongest, most emotionally-invested supporters of Israel I encounter are not Jews, but Christians.
“Mr. Pence’s address was one of the most Zionist speeches ever given by a non-Jew in the Knesset,” wrote Meir Rabbi Soloveichik in the Wall Street Journal. “The vice president is a devout evangelical Christian, and he said that in the birth of the modern state of Israel, we see nothing less than a fulfillment of the biblical promises of God,” wrote Soloveichik, who leads Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. “The speech was a milestone in American-Israeli relations, and a window into the heart of many American Christians who, like Mr. Pence, observe Israel’s emergence with wonder and reverence . . . The existence of multitudes of gentiles who are also Zionists has no precedent in the Jews’ millennia-long history.”
Pence received a rapturous reception in Israel’s Knesset and was embraced everywhere he went. And for good reason. The Israelis, surrounded and constantly forced to fight enemies, know who their friends are, even if relatively comfortable and unthreatened American Jews do not.