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Friends in Need

Understanding the alliance of Zionists and Christian Zionists.

Mar 26, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 27 • By ABBY WISSE SCHACHTER
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But, asks Chafets, are her objections moral or political? "I guess the issue is more that they are Republicans than they are evangelicals," she replies. Shira Dicker isn't really worried about America becoming more Christian; she hates that the country is more Republican.

For the fact is that Dicker, like Alan Dershowitz, and like most American Jews, is more committed to the liberal Democratic political agenda than she is to Israel. Unlike evangelicals, these Jews didn't see Israel's security trumping everything else. They can't bring themselves to make common cause with conservative Zionist Christians because they hate the conservative agenda more than they love Israel.

Chafets has a warning for Dicker, Dershowitz, and the rest: The hand of friendship is being offered in good faith, and for a limited time. "Jews and evangelicals are major stakeholders is opposing parties," he writes. "But the Judeo-Christian bargain doesn't require Jews to become Republicans, much less Christians. It simply requires a change in attitude and tone."

He is putting the case simplistically in order not to offend the very Jews he wants to attract, and that is where his book falters. Jews have a lot more work to do than just changing their tone.

Abby Wisse Schachter is an editor at the New York Post.