Many Jewish and Christian scholars claim that Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism. Pope Francis claims that every Christian has a Jewish soul. Contrary to that Jewish Talmud is full of hatred toward Jesus and Christians. Former head of Jewish lobby group ADL, Abraham Foxman in his book Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism claims that Christian Bible is antisemitic.
Zionist leaders insist that Zionism is political wing of Judaism. In May 2016, UK’s chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in an Op-Ed at The Telegraph blasted former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and UK’s National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia over saying that criticism of Zionism is not criticism of Jewish people.
“It’s astonishing to see figures on the hard Left of British political spectrum presuming to define the relationship between Judaism and Zionism despite themselves being neither Jews or Zionists. The likes of Ken Livingstone and Malia Bouattia claim that Zionism is separate from Judaism as a faith; that is purely political; that it is expansionist, colonialist and imperialist,” Mirvis said.
Last year the head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, born into a German Jewish family, speaking at the Board of Deputies of British Jews President’s Dinner urged all good Christians to fight antisemitism.
My favorite British padre Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer in his book, Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon, wrote: Burgeoning Christian Zionist organizations such as the International Christian Embassy (ICEJ), Christian Friends of Israel (CFI) and Christians United for Israel (CUFI) wield considerable influence on Capitol Hill, claiming a support base in excess of 50 million true believers. This means there are now at least ten times as many Christian Zionists as Jewish Zionists. And their European cousins are no less active in the Zionist Hasbarafia, lobbying for Israel, attacking its critics and thwarting the peace process. The United States and Israel are often portrayed as Siamese twins, joined at the heart, sharing common historic, religious and political values.
On July 24, 2016, German scholar Dr. Ludwig Watzal wrote that Zionism had very little to do with Judaism, and more with Christian Protestant church (here).
“Zionism is primarily a Christian Protestant enterprise that has little to do with Judaism. This explains why US Christians are the most ardent Zionists and the most powerful supporters of Israel. The largest opposition to Zionism came initially from the rabbinical elite, which viewed it as heretical and an aberration of the Jewish faith. Zionism represents a break with Jewish tradition and historical continuity. Israel has to be seen in terms of European nationalism, colonial expansion, and geopolitical interests rather than as the divine fulfillment of biblical prophecies or even a culmination of Jewish history. The traditional Judaic yearning for “Return”, which is a purely spiritual concept, was turned into a political cause by Christians in order to accelerate the coming of Christ and force the Jews to convert to Christianity. The influence of Christian Zionists plays a very important role up to the present day,” Dr. Watzal says.
“What was true of the 18th and 19th centuries, also held true for the 20th century. Many leading British politicians such as Lord Balfour were anti-Semantic. So there was a fertile ground for anti-Semitism in Britain among Protestants. Therefore, it should not surprise anyone, that the zeal of Protestant Christianity to settle the Jews of Britain in the so-called Holy Land, had little to do with Christians affection for Judaism, but rather with their latent anti-Semitism and pure self-interests,” adds Watzal.