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Was Christian Zionism crucial for modern Israel?

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posted on Jan, 17 2011 @ 11:42 AM
Firstly, let me highly recommend David Fromkin's "A Peace To End All Peace: the fall of the Ottoman empire and the creation of the modern Middle East" (ISBN 0-8050-6884-8). It is an extremely interesting study of the complexities of world politics, especially in the early 1900's where communication was an exceedingly arduous operation.

In fact, this book probably deserves an entire thread to itself, as, in addition to explaining how simple errors in translation and/or understanding by low-level officials could have dramatic effects on world diplomacy, mr. Fromkin also touches on freemasonry (and other secret societies), "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion", Lawrence of Arabia, and much more.

But to the question at hand, was Christian Zionism crucial for the creation of the modern state of Israel?

It is one of the interesting angles touched on in the book, how certain influential members of the British government, most noteably Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, held the belief that, in order to fulfill biblical prophecy and ensure the 2nd coming of Christ, the return of the Jewish people to the ancient Holy Land had to be ensured.

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 is considered to be an essential element to the eventual formation of the State of Israel in 1948.

On a side note (and this is not touched on in mr. Fromkin's book), as I believe that money is an essential driving force of history, is there any indication that anything was given in exchange for this declaration? It is noteworthy, that the recipient of the letter was none other than Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild.

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