The Historical, Religious, & Political Implications of Zionism

Howdy folks, time for another podcast.  Today, I will discuss Zionism, not only in light of the present conflict in the Middle East but as a historical curiosity.  In particular, I will point out the theological absurdities of the Christian Zionist movement, especially in regards to how it actually predated Jewish Zionism.  

In the first part of the podcast, I will give an historical overview; in the second (middle part) I will make some socio-cultural observations as to why it has taken hold of the American imagination.  Third, I will talk about the proper Christian –and political–response.

I hope you don’t mind but there is a lot to unpack and frankly, if I wrote about it, it probably be another 10,000-plus word essay.  And frankly, I don’t have time for that.

Speaking of 10,000 word essays, here is my original thesis on the historical relationship between the Christian Church and Rabbinic Judaism:  https://www.monomakhos.com/gnosticism-the-enlightenment-the-jews/.  As to the present hostilities, here is my take on the relationship between the Israelis and the Palestinians:  https://www.monomakhos.com/on-the-jewish-question/

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.  As always, I look forward to your comments.

As stated at the top, I will explore the cultural reasons for which I believe many American Protestants have taken up the cause of Zionism in the very near future.  Stay tuned!

 

Comments

  1. I am looking forward to your podcast and reading your thesis. Thanks so much for offering this!

    • George Michalopulos says

      Thank you, please let me know what you think.

      • I agree wholeheartedly with your 5 point plan for America to return to sanity but it will not happen. America is run by Jews in every administration. America does not make autonomous decisions in the best interest of America but in the best interest of Jewish power. This is the unspoken fact. America is tied to the Federal Reserve. Trapped! The three branches of government are not running the nation.

        The Power Behind the Throne
        This essay contains lists of Jews holding positions in the US Federal government, with accompanying discussion as to the extent and nature of the control Jews possess and exercise over US domestic and foreign policy. The information here is presented in the hope of giving readers a better understanding of the social forces shaping our world.

        https://www.bluemoonofshanghai.com/politics/11277/

        “ This overload of Jews in all US Administrations seriously affects the US position in all foreign relations, not the least of which involves the 70-year-long Jewish atrocity in Palestine. The Jerusalem Post wrote that with so many Jews in the upper echelons of American government, “Arabs have repeatedly complained that the United States has not acted as an honest broker” in Middle East peace negotiations.”

        “ In examining the distribution in the US government, Jews concentrate heavily in the White House to control the President, in the State Department (including Ambassadors and Consuls-General) for control of all US foreign policy, in the Treasury Department and financial areas for control of the economy and spending priorities in the US Federal budget, in the military areas of Defense and Intelligence to control the wars and color revolutions, and in the Judiciary. Their control of Congress is already legendary, with many observers stating that the US Congress is “Israeli-occupied territory”.

        Here is a speech I listened to today from Professor Norman Finklestein about the Gaza concentration camp. Finklestein is Jewish.

        https://youtu.be/v-GK1lKmexE?si=DGXGKvBGtJsrckGv

        • RE: “America is tied to the Federal Reserve.” Not anymore!

          A similar case could be made by (and about) the underdogs, e.g. the Palestinians, Ukrainians, illegal aliens, blacks, LGBTQ, etc. They, too, wield great power over America beyond what makes sense.

          Ideas are also powerful motivators. If someone says the word “democracy” we feel it’s our obligation to fight for it, even though we don’t have one. The word communism has the exact opposite effect.

          Lobbyists and NGOs have a profoundly negative effect on our country, as do the globalists and industries like Big Pharma, Technology, Education, and Banking.

          At the end of the day, the institutions you mentioned are not living up to expectations set by law or the constitution AND/OR they’re run by compromised individuals. If you removed every Jew in our nation, this would still be the case.

          The American People are coming in dead last. We need to put America first and be serious about it.

        • George Michalopulos says

          Jane, we must remember that the Judaism of today is based on the Talmud, not the Tanakh (i.e. Old Testament). The people you mention are in league with the Yankee/Brahmin elite that have ruled this country since the War Between the States. Indeed, it was this demographic that imbibed political Zionism as well and enabled Talmudists to climb the socio-political ladder here in America.

        • As I have read through lots of ‘stuff’ these last few years, I have noted that both Islam and Judaism are out to rule the world. Meanwhile, Christianity teaches that Jesus is King of kings and we are His people and the sheep of his pasture. And I understand that sheep aren’t very smart.

          Somehow we Christians must learn to follow Him and live and thrive and be persecuted in this milieu. Very challenging!

  2. Radical proposals, George – and commonsensical too!
    And therefore unlikely to be adopted by the powers that be.

    • Of course, I do not mean to suggest giving up hope.
      We can only improve our world from the bottom up.
      We must strive each day to make the part we inhabit
      a little bit cleaner than it was; perhaps inspiring others
      to do likewise; and thereby keep some areas fit for life
      until our Lord returns.

      Even if this is all we can achieve,
      it will still be a great work of Faith,
      compared to the nihilism around us.

  3. Who controls Congress? Why isn’t Congress doing their job?
    America works according to the dictates of Jewish power which controls the global economy. Romanoff s article is on point as far as I am concerned.

    Who controls the news media, Big Pharma, and funds think tanks? Lest we forget, our military works for Jewish power. Endless wars are created to enrich the few. We are nearly 34 trillion in debt. Bye bye Miss American pie. We ain’t going back to the good old patriot days.

  4. Philip Giraldi states:

    “Israel’s love of the United States is only skin deep, if it as much as that. Recall for a moment the comments by Israeli prime ministers on the nature of the relationship. Consider Ariel Sharon’s 2001 comment: “Every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it… I don’t care what the American people think, I own the congress!” Or Netanyahu’s famous quip also in 2001: “America is a thing you can move very easily!” So that is what “America’s best friend’s” leadership actually thinks about the United States and its people! It is a cash cow to be milked and otherwise exploited for political cover before being disposed of when its usefulness is gone.”

    https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/the-israel-exception-to-free-speech/

  5. Yes, the Talmud followers. I have not had a chance yet to read your thesis. I am looking forward .to reading it this weekend.

  6. “On Zionism”. Great post on a potentially thorny topic. This was very well considered and charitably delivered. We need more wise analysis like this in such times of crisis. Thank you so much for taking the time to gather this helpful information and edifying thoughts to share!

    Looking forward to more!

  7. George, I just finished reading your article on the Jewish question and feel quite overwhelmed. You presented many historical facts I did not know. Then I found an article ( see link below) from a rabbi which brought to the surface what ails my mind about the Jewish lobbies in our government. Israel wants it all. They want to suck the marrow out of the bone. They never stop wailing about what they want for themselves and Israel.

    I am a fourth generation American who grew up dreaming about Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier. I love America. I respected what I thought America stood for. But there always was this mosquito buzzing in my ear about what Israel and the Jews want.

    As an American student, I was taught to live and let live. And I lived my entire life embracing all people as my friend and neighbor unless they harmed me or another. I was taught a lie. I was naive’. The internet has made it possible to open my aging eyes. That’s why, I keep returning to Monomakhos to read what you and Gail have to say. So your article opened my eyes to the fact how little I know about Zionism.

    The rabbi stated, “Ask the organized Jewish lobbies, and most of our institutional leaders, and the answers are simple: Israel, Israel and Israel. I want to make a brash, perhaps hyperbolic, suggestion: that not only is this agenda wrong, but it also threatens the very Judaism it hopes to preserve.

    Most Jews, polls say, care about a wide variety of issues: Iraq, the economy, Israel, the environment. Yet many Jewish organizations (not all, of course) base their policy choices only on what they perceive as “good for the Jews,” which usually means supporting Israel, fighting antisemitism and maybe a smattering of other issues, like the separation between church and state.”

    https://forward.com/culture/14029/what-are-the-jewish-issues-02383/

    The internet has made it possible for me to personally bear witness to the shedding of human blood in wars far away from home. The videos and photos of human suffering is horrendous. Once upon a time, I lived in a trance state believing in a kind benevolent America that led the world to freedom. Ha ha. I have reframed my thinking. Jewish power runs America. Genocide is taking place in Palestine. Endless wars mean endless riches for a “select” few. Bombs and missiles fly all over the earth without any consequence to the Jewish power behind the American throne.

    I am going to read your thesis next! I have a lot to think about from your three in one blog post! Whew!

  8. Hilber Nelson says

    To Jane’s concern regarding an “overload” of powerful Jews in the upper echelons of US government: I urge you to become familiar with the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset, the United Nations Agenda 2030, technocracy at http://www.technocracy.news. And these books: “Controligarchs: Exposing the Billionaire Class, the Secret Deals, and the Globalist Plot to Dominate the World.” “The Puppeteers: The People Who Control the People Who Control America.” Yes, Jews are pulling the strings, right along side Germans, Chinese, Democrats, RINO Republicans, liberal Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox — all with the common goal of replacing our constitutional republic with a global technocratic oligarchy run by self-appointed experts (them). Our danger isn’t race, but dangerous ideas, a religion, if you will, that sees Christianity, the nuclear family and our Constitution as obstacles to ushering in their brand of a technocratic utopia. All who stand in their way are the carbon they want to get rid of.

    • Hilber, I just read this article today, “Israel is Not Our Ally.” https://www.unz.com/article/israel-is-not-our-ally/

      It’s a MUST read!

      Thank you for the names of books to read. I am familiar with technocracy news and the WEF!

      Isn’t it refreshing that we can discuss this right here? It’s been a great relief for me to speak my thoughts freely.

    • Michael Martin says

      Our danger isn’t race, but dangerous ideas, a religion, if you will, that sees Christianity, the nuclear family and our Constitution as obstacles to ushering in their brand of a technocratic utopia.

      Actually, the real danger is the nature of our leaders. More and more people are becoming aware that our ruling class is deeply pathological and is “not quite fully human.” Specifically, the upper echelons of power are dominated by conscienceless psychopaths, schizoid ideological fanatics, and a host of people with other psycho-pathologies (e.g., borderline and histrionic personality disorder, paranoia, etc.).

      A good, short introduction to this topic has been posted by Chris Rufo. It is about 12 minutes long.

      A more in-depth resource is the Ponerology Substack, maintained by Harrison Koehli.

    • Satire is definitely dying. Killary is killing it…

      Tucker Carlson Tonight November 24, 2023

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY-ChYZh6TI

      [Video – 39:32]

  9. George Michalopulos says

    There’s another angle here about Gaza that people who support Israeli people (as do I) need to consider: it’s very possible that the present conflict could very well lead to the extinction of Israel. Even among Western nations, the moral high ground that Israel has possessed is being quickly eroded. In their eyes, Israel is already a pariah state.

    In the meantime, for the rest of the world (i.e. the global majority), Israel has already lost the moral high ground. Taken together, this does not bode well for their future.

    • I have to comment, to respond to the reference to “the moral high ground that Israel has possessed.” You assume that Israel has possessed the moral high ground but is now starting to lose it. I know you probably will not agree with a different point of view but here it is:

      I just recently (within the last few hours so it’s fresh in my mind) had a conversation with an American Jew who had lived for several years in Israel, and had come back to the U.S. to work for a while but with the intention of returning to Israel, whose “dream job” at the time was to work in some capacity for the Israeli state.

      When “Kyle” (a pseudonym) returned to Israel, he started to notice certain things, how Palestinians who were not doing anything out of the ordinary, who were minding their own business, would be harassed or abused by the police. Kyle saw that houses that had clearly belonged to Arabs were “stolen” (Kyle’s word) and now inhabited by Israeli Jews. Kyle saw in many other ways how Palestinians were badly treated. The Kibbutzes, which are presented as communal Jewish enterprises, would hire at low wages Palestinians to do the really dirty or nasty work. “Settlers” would set up shop in the middle of Arab-populated areas in the West Bank with the full support of the Israeli military.

      At first these observations and others bothered Kyle but not in a definitive way. What led to Kyle’s epiphany about the nature of the Israeli state happened one day, listening to a speech nearby being given by Ariel Sharon. Kyle, who is fluent in Hebrew, listened as Sharon described the Palestinians as “dogs,” as less than human. This was when Kyle understood that the state of Israel was not what it was represented to be, and that everything Kyle had observed were not exceptions to the rule but part of an overarching attitude.

      Kyle said that every Israeli leader from the very beginning until the very present has embraced a policy that the Palestinians eventually must be expelled so as to create a greater Israel. Kyle said this is true even for those Israeli leaders who claimed to support a “two-state solution.” They would say one thing to outsiders, to the West, but amongst themselves they spoke and thought differently.

      I can understand why Americans believe that, at least until now, Israel possessed the moral high ground. Unceasing propaganda, from Israel, from the U.S. government, from the media, from Hollywood, from every conceivable source, along with alliances of convenience with “Christian” Zionists, has shaped a view that, according to people like Kyle, completely deviates from reality.

      Then, again, Kyle may be completely wrong. But if not, then what does this mean for those of us trying to understand current events?

      • George Michalopulos says

        Blimbax, thank you for this thoughtful response. The picture you paint is starkly different from that which Christian Zionists here in America paint. As for myself, having never been to Israel, I was ignorant of the Arab-Jewish dynamic within Israel.

        In boning up more on Israel, I have come to the conclusion that things have gotten steadily worse for the Arabs.

  10. I finished reading George’s thesis. I will have to reread this a few times to digest everything I read and take some notes for my own further study. I am grateful to have seen this. I cannot imagine the work involved to put this paper together. I perused on line a bit and found an article from 2021 which states how the US feels about six countries that committed genocide. Interestingly, Israel is not memtioned.

    https://www.voanews.com/a/usa_us-calls-out-genocide-atrocities-committed-6-countries/6208177.html

    • Believe it or not, George can sit down and write about most anything. He keeps it all in his head.

      • His writing is impeccable. God bless. I could not accomplish that but certainly admire anyone that can do that.

        • Yes! And thank you.

        • Years ago, having read the autobiography of Golda Meir and learned that Israel was set up as a Godless secular state, I wondered how long God would allow it to last. He is not overly kind to people misusing his Name and not following His ways, especially when they should know better.
          From the OT we learn that God has allowed Israel to be destroyed time and again for faithlessness.
          And now it seems that he is also allowing this to happen to other lands which abandon his teachings.
          Our concept of the role of God in His world has so shrunk that we think we can do anything we want and get away with it. And as He is a merciful God, he will always forgive us.

          When we thumb our nose at His ways, gentleman that He is, He allows us to go our own way. A way which usually ends in disaster.

          God kept telling the old israel to rely on Him for safety. They were not to rely on help from other states. I doubt if He has changed His mind.

          I have rarely seen in the musings here any reference to what the Maker of this world is trying to tell us about what is happening around us and how we need to be listening to Him.

          Russia knows what it is like to descend into hell. We think that this couldn’t happen to us but we are slowly being boiled alive. Our salvation is not in armaments but in the Word of God.

          Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Only by practicing Kingdom ways will be saved. And it starts with each one of us to do what He has called us to do, to be.

          For instance, I look at the people who have fought Roe vs Wade. How many years did it take and is still taking, to overthrow this genocide that is still in our own midst. And yet they struggle on faithful to God’s calling on them.

          We Christians have basically turned Christianity into a comfy quilt on a cold day. Reading the lives of the saints it was no such thing. Often we go to church on Sunday and leave God behind as we depart. We have little sense of being sent out to be something in the world.

          Years ago I heard a sermon about John the Baptist. The priest, RC, asked us what we wanted from God when we went to church. He paused. Mentally I began my list. Then the priest said, “John the Baptist got beheaded!”
          Well God, I thought, that is not what I had in mind.

          But that is our God.

    • Here is a consideration by a rabbi of:

      The Virtue of Hate | Meir Y. Soloveichik
      https://www.firstthings.com/article/2003/02/the-virtue-of-hate

      ‘ In his classic Holocaust text, The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal recounts the following experience. As a concentration camp prisoner, the monotony of his work detail is suddenly broken when he is brought to the bedside of a dying Nazi. The German delineates the gruesome details of his career, describing how he participated in the murder and torture of hundreds of Jews. Exhibiting, or perhaps feigning, regret and remorse, he explains that he sought a Jew—any Jew—to whom to confess, and from whom to beseech forgiveness. Wiesenthal silently contemplates the wretched creature lying before him, and then, unable to comply but unable to condemn, walks out of the room. Tortured by his experience, wondering whether he did the right thing, Wiesenthal submitted this story as the subject of a symposium, including respondents of every religious stripe. An examination of the respective replies of Christians and Jews reveals a remarkable contrast. “When the first edition of The Sunflower was published,” writes Dennis Prager, “I was intrigued by the fact that all the Jewish respondents thought Simon Wiesenthal was right in not forgiving the repentant Nazi mass murderer, and that the Christians thought he was wrong.”

      Indeed, the Christian symposiasts did sound a more sympathetic note. “I can well understand Simon’s refusal [to forgive],” reflects Fr. Edward Flannery, “but I find it impossible to defend it.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu cites the crucifixion as his source. Arguing that the newly empowered South African blacks readily forgave their white tormentors, Tutu explains that they followed “the Jewish rabbi who, when he was crucified, said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” If we look only to retributive justice, argues Tutu, “then we could just as well close up shop. Forgiveness is not some nebulous thing. It is practical politics. Without forgiveness, there is no future.”

      And yet, many Jews would respond to Tutu’s scriptural source by citing another verse, one that also describes a Jew strung up by his enemies, yet who responds to his enemies in a very different, perhaps less Christian, way:

      So the Philistines seized [Samson] and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. . . . They made him stand between the pillars. . . . Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one act of revenge I may pay back the Philistines for my two eyes.”

      And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, . . . [and] then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines.” He strained with all his might; and the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So those he killed at his death were more than those he had killed during his life.

      The symposiasts’ varying theological responses, Prager suggests, reflect “the nature of the Jewish and Christian responses to evil, which are related to their differing understandings of forgiveness.” Indeed, the contrast between the two Testaments indicates that this is the case: Jesus’ words could not be more different than Samson’s. … ‘

      It seems to me that, whereas Christian look to the Light,
      Jews dwell on the dark side of a zero-sum game.

  11. Veras Coltroupis says

    A few months ago I downloaded the Rodkinson (from a century ago) English Babylonian Talmud from archive.org and skimmed through it, making notes. Nothing you claim is applicable. I am Orthodox Christian, born in USA of Greek parents. The talmud compares to the Philokalia. Please find the full Greek Philakalia online or order it from Eleftheroudakis books.gr not the heavily redacted Faber edition. We have some pretty scurrilous Orthodox monastic writings if you bother to look at them honestly.

    • I have to laugh here. Your whole comment is about what George doesn’t know and yet you know nothing about him!

      George has been Orthodox all his life. Michalopulos is a Greek name, his parents were Greek immigrants, and guess what? He also speaks Greek.

      George is cradle Orthodox. He is the founder (and builder) of a thriving parish and we (we’re married) helped birth one of the largest monasteries in the country. We also have a leather bound copy of the Philokalia sitting on one of our 6 bookcases filled with the Holy Fathers.

      For all your research and notes, you know nothing about George or that what he claims isn’t applicable. Reading the other comments should tell you that you’re incredibly misinformed.

    • Mr Coultroupis, the Talmud is a mixed bag. There’s a lot of wisdom, folklore, and common-sense advice in there. There’s also horrible racism, perversion and worse, utter blasphemy contained therein. It cannot possibly compare to the Philokalia.

  12. Great history, and I concur wholeheartedly with your ideas and perspective on what America should do now. Thanks for putting this research together!

  13. The Dark Deal not revealed in the mainstream news:

    “Israel is set to become a major exporter of gas and some oil, “If All Goes to Plan”.
    In the current context, Israel’s “All Goes to Plan” option consists in bypassing Palestine and “Wiping Gaza off the Map”, as well confiscating ALL Gaza’s maritime offshore gas reserves, worth billions of dollars.

    The ultimate objective is not only to exclude Palestinians from their homeland, it consists in confiscating the multi-billion dollar Gaza offshore Natural Gas reserves, namely those pertaining to the BG (BG Group) in 1999, as well the Levant discoveries of 2013. “

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-gas-oil-and-trouble-in-the-levant/5362955

  14. Anonymous II says

    What do you make of this:

    See: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/11/27/photos-argentinas-javier-milei-visits-the-ohel-gravesite-of-lubavitcher-rebbe-before-meeting-u-s-officials/

    If politicians donned Saudi dress and visited Mecca and prayed there, and then were installed in various cabinets, governments and tech organizations we’d be blowing a whistle. But this…is normal?

  15. The Wizard of the West is dead.

    Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger
    played a key role in escalating the Vietnam War.
    After, he said, there were ‘not very many lessons’

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-30/henry-kissinger-vietnam-war-legacy/103172192

    ‘ [President] Ford said: “Henry in his mind never made a mistake.
    He had the thinnest skin of any public figure I ever knew.” …

    In the lead up to his 100th birthday he was asked
    during a CBS interview about those who viewed
    his foreign policy as its own kind of “criminality”.

    “That’s a reflection of their ignorance,”
    he said. “It wasn’t conceived that way.
    It wasn’t conducted that way.” … ‘

    So farewell then, Dr Kissinger.
    You will not be much missed.

    • I can’t even repeat what he has been credited with the last 10 years or so. He’s one who will shove things in place if it suits him and doesn’t care who he has to sacrifice to do it.