Publication No 520
Christianity & Christians in the Jewish State
Publication Year: 2021
Christianity & Christians in the Jewish State – Israeli Policy toward the Churches and Christian Communities (1948–2018)
The establishment of the State of Israel presented the Christian churches and the Christian World with a complex theological dilemma in light of the traditional Christian belief that the Jews had been condemned to permanent exile and humiliation. However, the Historical and religious resentments were not confined to the Christian side. The leaders of the State of Israel, as representatives of the Jewish people, who for centuries had lived as a minority at the mercy of Christian and Muslim rulers, found themselves in the role of an “emperor” — responsible for attending to the affairs of the local Christian communities, the holy places, and the extensive church properties.
This inversion of the historical relationship, and the complex and delicate relations between the Christian world and the State of Israel form the central theme of this book.