Author Archives: Miko Peled

Why opposing Zionism is not anti-Semitic: The Christian roots of Zionism

When Naftali Bennett, the first yarmulke-wearing Israeli prime minister, refers to the Bible to justify his claim to the Land of Israel, he is not referring to Jewish scripture but to Protestant religious doctrine.

JERUSALEM—Naftali Bennett once stated in an interview with Mehdi Hassan that, according to the Bible, Palestine—or, as he calls it, Israel—belongs to the Jewish people. Palestine is referred to as “The Land of Israel” by some people and, in this interview from 2017, Bennett insists that if Hassan wants to claim that “the Land does not belong to us, I suggest you go change the Bible.” Continue reading