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The Fervent EmbraceLiberal Protestants, Evangelicals, and Israel$
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Caitlin Carenen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741047

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741047.001.0001

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The Challenges of Statehood, 1948–1953

The Challenges of Statehood, 1948–1953

(p.59) 3 The Challenges of Statehood, 1948–1953
The Fervent Embrace

Caitlin Carenen

NYU Press

This chapter chronicles the mixed reactions following Israel's establishment in May 1948 and Truman's recognition of Israeli statehood. Far from believing that their support for Israel was no longer necessary, in the first five years of Israel's existence pro-Israel Protestants continued their public relations efforts to reach grass-roots organizations and lobbied on behalf of Israel. Politically pro-Israel mainline Protestants outmaneuvered the anti-Zionist liberal Protestants. Mainline Protestants were less divided, however, over the importance of increased ecumenism in the Cold War atmosphere and reevaluations of traditional theology toward Judaism. Meanwhile fundamentalists, excited about the establishment of Israel, began to take an active interest in determining how and in what ways its establishment fulfilled prophecy.

Keywords:   Israeli statehood, Israeli independence, pro-Israel Protestants, mainline Protestants, fundamentalists, liberal Protestants, Cold War

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