An Israeli Journalist's Take on Christian Zionism

Israeli Journalist Gershom Gorenberg discusses the Christian Zionist movement, which teaches that the rebirth of Israel is a prelude to the second coming of Jesus Christ — and the end of the world.

"It's something of a contradiction in terms, because the people who promote the idea of Christian Zionism are looking at Israel in mythological terms," says Gorenberg. "They're seeing the Jews as actors in a Christian drama leading toward the end of days."

Gorenberg notes that the Christian Zionists take a position on Israel and on the Middle East that puts them at the "the radical right within Israeli politics," opposing any land concessions that might lead to peace.

Gorenberg lives in South Jerusalem and is the author of the several books, including The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount and The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. He is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and a former associate editor and columnist for the Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Report.

This broadcast originally aired on September 18, 2006.

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