American Jews witness such displays of Christian Zionism with our own sense of wonder—especially after the long and well-known history of Jew-hatred on the part of prominent professing New Testament believers. In that context, it’s worth noting that Pence is hardly the first vice president to express impassioned support for a restored Jewish commonwealth in the Middle East. “I could find it in my heart to wish that you had been at the head of a hundred thousand Israelites… & marching with them into Judea & making a conquest of that country & restoring your nation to the dominion of it,” wrote John Adams, first vice president of the United States (and second president), to the one-time diplomat and early Zionist dreamer, Mordecai Manuel Noah, in 1816. “For I really wish the Jews again in Judea an independent nation….read the full column at CommentaryMagazine.com.
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