One of the very few agreeable things President O'bama has done has been to distance us and our foreign policy from Israel and the Zionist lobby. For decades, our dealings with Israel have been...close, with rich Uncle Sam delivering the shekels and armaments to help maintain Israeli security. In return, Israel has been our buddy in the Middle East, while spying on us, and shooting one of our ships. The Evangelical Christian Right has been behind much of this, because from reading Scofield's notes, The Late Great Planet Earth, and the Left Behind series, as well as watching practically any popular preacher on telly, they have gotten it into their noddles that if we do not support Israel with our tax dollars, then we as a nation will be Perdition-bound, because the Bible says
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country,CLEARLY God is saying that if you bless or curse Israel, then you will be blessed or cursed.
your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Hmmm. As Daffy Duck says, "Pronoun trouble". To whom is Yahweh speaking? Does Israel even exist yet? Who will the LORD bless? Whose name make great? Through whom will all peoples be blessed?
How long is a piece of string?
"But, but..." cogently asserts Rev. Strawman, cleverly identifying "Israel" as the culprit. Rev, if you read your New Testament, you will find that the inspired writer correctly collars the miscreant: Jesus.
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. ...15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.
Read Galatians to get a feel for it. The nation of Israel existed for a single glorious reason: to provide a conduit through which Messiah could come with healing in his wings, to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father.
The idea that Jesus requires Israel to exist so He can have a throne from whence to reign is a major reason for the immense fortune of American largesse that has been poured into Israel's capacious maw. I find it correctly ironic that a nominal believer in something-or-other has had to helm the Presidency to get this at least partially right.