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Israel and JewishChristian Relations

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The apparent constant instability in Palestinian controlled areas, combined with threats from some orthodox Jews in Israel against Ariel Sharon are reminders of what seems to be an intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. A series of failures on both sides contributed to collapse of the peace process. On Palestinian side, virtually nothing had been done to develop a mentality of peace. On the Israeli side, there was a failure to understand the pent-up economic frustration of the Palestinians. The Christian reluctance to accept implications of the new State in Jewish-Christian relationship only served to reinforce its centrality in discussion. The fact that Israel is the only state in which Jews form the majority also has important consequences for the Jewish-Christian relationship. The Author suggests that in the aftermath of the Holocaust and after two millennia of Christian anti-Jewish teaching, Zionism has become a pre-eminent part of Jewish identity.

Keywords: Holocaust; Israel; Jewish-Christian relations; Jews; Palestinian; peace process; Zionism



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