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The Christian Zionists

The powerful alliance between a part of America's Christian right and Likudnik Israelis could wreck the road map to peace

By Victoria Clark   88

Two and a half years of the second intifada has ruined Israel’s tourist industry. So imagine the joy when, earlier this year, Benny Hinn-a popular American televangelist, prophet and faith healer-offered to muster a force of 2,000 fellow Christians for a visit to Israel in October. Conventional tourism was not the point, Hinn stressed in an interview with the Jerusalem Post: “We love to come here and pray for the coming of the Lord,” he said. “A true Christian loves Israel, and anyone who doesn’t is not a true Christian. We stand by you [Israelis] no matter what.”

Israel’s tourism…

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