When U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Israel next week, he will be sure to get the royal treatment from government leaders.
It’s no secret, after all, that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was, at least in part, payback to the evangelical Christian community for supporting him during his presidential election. Neither is it a secret that Pence, the former Indiana governor with strong ties to the religious right, played a key role in bringing out that evangelical vote.
Pence – whose planned three-day visit was postponed by several days due to a reported crisis in Trump’s Mideast peace initiative – may want to add an additional stop and visit a place that does a great job of capturing the zeitgeist: a new museum dedicated to Christians who helped Jews fulfill the biblical promise of returning to their ancient homeland and establishing Jerusalem as their capital once again.
Founded two years ago, the Friends of Zion Museum in downtown Jerusalem is essentially a shrine to those evangelicals – specifically the Christian Zionists among them – who have successfully used their clout to influence world opinion about Israel and the Jews.