10 May 2018

Israel’s radical right rises – with help of Trump’s evangelical base

Israel called the Trump pull-out of the Iran deal a “historic move” even as the decision ramped up tensions across the Middle East.

Next week another shock looms, the official – and controversial – opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, a contested city whose status quo has not been decided. For Prime Minister Netanyahu this is a big victory.

It’s also being celebrated by President Trump’s evangelical base flocking to Israel in growing numbers, who see this as fulfilling a divine prophecy.

Inigo Gilmore has been exploring a very potent mix of politics and religion and the new voices on the radical right in Israel – both on TV and online- trying to drown out those calling for moderation and a negotiated solution.

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