An overview of where most Americans stand towards Israel.

1) Evangelical Christian Zionists believe that the modern state of Israel is the same as the "Israel" referred to in the bible, i.e., the collective body of Jews, or alternately one of the ancient kingdoms of Jews. They believe that Jesus or "god" will give them a special reward if they blindly support the modern state of Israel.

2) American Jewish Zionists are a collection of several groups, ranging from older people who believe that a Jewish state is the best protection against a future holocaust to younger people whose primary motivator is loyalty to "their" perceived state.

3) Secular Apolitical American Jews will generally give extra consideration to Israel but the support is conditional and limited. Jews have a strong history of both involvement in politics and anti Nationalism. This group personifies that tradition. The first emphasis is on values and issues rather than "teams" (i.e., countries).


4) Anti Zionist American Jews are mostly individuals who oppose the Israeli state for religious reasons. They are sometimes mocked, even persecuted by hardcore political Zionists but their arguments are strong.

5) Pro Israel Nationalist Americans are individuals whose primary motive is "patriotism". They will support any country or group they perceive as "pro American", ignoring any judgment or value issues. These are generally people whose first interest is personal success, but they have never fully developed as individuals so they must hitch their wagon to a group, being certain the group will always be going in a good direction.

6) Anti Israel Nationalist Americans are the hillbilly crowd. They have a vague sense that Israel is a country, but they're not entirely clear what a country is. For many it is a racial group that has political power. Their primary drives revolve around "us" and "them". This group strongly overlaps in many ways with group 1, Evangelical Zionists, though they seem at first to have opposite sentiments about Israel.

7) Secular Apolitical Americans include quasi religious people who vaguely follow a religion but are not especially drawn to politics or religion. These people are cannon fodder for the various other groups. An argument or event that is able to mobilize this group is worth a lot to any of the other groups.