Israel and the American Evangelical Movement | J Street | February 3, 2021
In decades past and especially under the Trump Administration, the American Christian Evangelical movement has played a significant role in influencing US policymaking related to Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wider Middle East. After contributing a substantial show of electoral support for Trump during the 2016 election, evangelicals were among those pushing for and celebrating controversial actions like the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the administration’s many steps to legitimize and support the Israeli settlement movement. Why does this movement have such a vested interest in Israel’s political fate, and what are the beliefs, motivations and goals behind their advocacy efforts? This discussion will assess how the Evangelical movement has impacted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date - and what their involvement may look like going forward. The panel will be moderated by journalist Arianna Skibell and will feature Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, and Greg Khalil, President and Co-Founder of Telos.