â€œIf it hadn’t been for George Bush between 2001 and 2005, I’m not sure the Jewish state would have survived,â€ Oren said. â€œBecause when the bombs started going off at the end of the Clinton administration, Israel was not given much latitude to respond to Palestinian terror. A year into the Bush administration, after 9/11, Bush started giving an unqualified green light to the IDF to go in and smash terror. By doing that, they created a situation where the tourists came back, foreign investment came back. The fact that you could walk down the street as a tourist in Jerusalem today owes a lot to the Bush administration. But the Bush administration owes a lot, in turn, to evangelical backing. So how am I to gainsay that this particular community helped save the lives of my family?â€
Pretty unequivocal support for both Bush and the source of much of his grass-roots support which comes from evangelical Christians. For those who don’t know, Oren’s latest book addresses the historical support in America, going back centuries, for the idea of a Jewish return to the Land of Israel.
Let’s see…Bush received about 20 percent of the Jewish vote in ’04 and the Republicans received 13% of the Jewish vote in 2006. Anybody else receive the impression that Jewish voters either see things differently from Oren or that Iraq and other factors in the Bush/Republican House years have taken a more prominent role in defining Jewish support?