Nothing is more puzzling to me than the bond between Israel and the Evangelical dispensational premillenialists who eagerly look forward to the genocide of all but 144,000 Jewish inhabitants of Palestine. Some Israeli's are also troubled by the connection. Blumenthal writes:
I paid a visit to the Israeli Tourism Ministry's booth in the convention's cavernous exposition hall. There I met a tall, svelte blonde named Marina, who lived on a cooperative mango farm near the Sea of Gallilee. I asked her if she agreed with the political views of the NRB conventioneers.
"No, no, and no," she stated firmly.
Then what was she doing there?
"I walked around here earlier today looking at everything," Marina said, "and I wondered to myself, 'What am I doing here?'" Her eyes welled up with tears. "I mean, come on, these people are anti-Semitic." Though I didn't see any overt anti-semitism in evidence at the conference, evangelical leaders like Pat Robertson and Don Wildmon of the American Family Association (website) have long histories of anti-semitic statements.