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The official establishment of the State of Israel in May 1948 constituted the realization of the Zionist vision, but military victory left in its wake internal and external survival issues that would threaten this historic achievement for decades to come. The refusal of the international community to recognize the political, geographic, and demographic results of the War of Independence presented Israel with a permanent regional security threat, while isolating and alienating it in the international arena. One of the most formidable problems Israeli foreign policy faced was the stance of the Christian world toward the new state. Attitudes ranged from hostility and categorical non-recognition by the Catholic Church, through Protestant ambivalence, to Evangelical support. Cross on the Star of David presents the first scholarly analysis, based on newly declassified documents, of Israeli policymaking on this issue. Uri Bialer focuses on the impact that modes of thinking rooted in the historical tradition of Jewish-Christian interactions had on Israeli policymakers and concludes that they were not innocent of the perceptions and biases that influenced the Christian world's behavior toward Israel. The result is a fine-grained, original interpretation of an important dimension of Israeli foreign policy from the founding of the State to the 1967 War.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Part One. Jerusalem vs. the Vatican: Israel’s Church Diplomacy
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1. The Sense of Threat Emerges
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2. The Struggle for Jerusalem: The Papal Connection
  2. pp. 24-51
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  1. 3. At the Gates of the Vatican
  2. pp. 52-71
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  1. 4. Theology and Diplomacy
  2. pp. 72-90
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  1. Part Two. Christians, Christianity, and the Land in Israeli Policy
  2. p. 91
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  1. 5. Missionary Activity
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. 6. Goat and Chicken Diplomacy: Israel and Its Christian Communities
  2. pp. 121-143
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  1. 7. Israel and the Question of the Russian Ecclesiastical Assets
  2. pp. 144-165
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  1. 8. Land in the Shadow of the Cross: German Lutheran, Catholic, and Greek Orthodox Property in Israel
  2. pp. 166-186
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  1. Epilogue: On Viewing the Enemy and Bridge Building
  2. pp. 187-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-224
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 225-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253111487
Print ISBN
9780253346476
MARC Record
OCLC
71317123
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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