Max Blumenthal
This is a landmark moment in the cracking of the artificially manufactured pro-Israel consensus in the US. It’s reflective not only of Tucker’s evolution on foreign policy, but of the erosion of Israel’s fortress of support in conservative circles. GOP approval for Israel’s assault on Gaza has dropped over 10 points in the past month, and younger evangelicals are far less likely to support Israel than their parents and pastors.
There are three major factors behind the shift: first, many on the right have begun to share the same sense of disgust and indignation with Israel that progressives have. Who can suppress the pangs of outrage when confronted with the live-streamed industrial level Israeli butchering of children each day for the past 6 months?

Second, more American Christians recognize the threat Zionism poses to Palestinian Christians, whether in Gaza, Bethlehem or Jerusalem. The Christ at the Checkpoint Initiative Munther Isaac helps to lead and US groups like Sabeel have provided a critical network for connecting US churches to Palestine.

Finally, American conservatives are recognizing that the Israel lobby’s influence runs counter to the ethos of America First, and that many of the most heavily promoted right wing influencers are just controlled opposition projects whose careers were astroturfed by pro-Israel billionaires. They now correctly denigrate Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire as “the Israeli Wire,” and look back with contempt at the founding of Breitbart after a meeting between its eponymous dead founder and Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

And they cannot ignore the hypocrisy of pundits who built their brand on opposing woke cancel culture, cheering on the cancellation of Candace Owens for offending Shapiro’s fragile ethno-religious identity. It’s hard to say whether this phenomenon will lead to a concrete policy shift, but one thing is clear: the lobby can do nothing but throw more money at the problem.

Tucker Carlson
Ep. 91 How does the government of Israel treat Christians? In the West, Christian leaders don’t seem interested in knowing the answer. They should be. Here’s the view of a pastor from Bethlehem.