Christian Zionists are often criticized for endorsing everything and anything done by Israel or in the name of Israel.
Interestingly, I've never met a Jewish Zionist who is that naive. Jewish Zionists will almost certainly be critical of something.
But increasingly, the response to Christian Zionists who see nothing wrong in anything Israel ever does, is the illogical response that nothing Israel does could possibly be any good and that the country should never be given the benefit of the doubt in any situation. Every Israeli is a villain and every Palestinian is a victim.
How do I feel about Christian Zionists-evangelicals who out-Jew me? Sometimes I am amused, sometimes I am annoyed, sometimes I feel patronized. Mostly, however, I am deeply grateful. I appreciate the support of a Christian Zionists, although I think theological basis for supporting Israel need not be based on their particular brand of premillennial dispensationalism. A simple acknowledgement that there is a link between the Jews and the land would be quite enough, theologically more sustainable and wouldn't require ignoring the rights of Palestinians. Similarly, those who reject dispensationalism need not champion its opposite: replacement theology - which, in effect, is theological anti-Judaism, rejecting Jewish legitimacy in the religious as well as the political spheres. That, in effect, declares that the Jews somehow deserve any abuse thrown in their direction-that the church is the New Israel, that Christians are better than Jews and in a position to judge them. It plays to stereotypes. One finds this sort of theological intolerance not only on the Christian right, but on the left. Those on the left will unusually deny this triumphalism, but it is a factor in their world view.
Jewish Zionists have many (sometimes contradictory) theological and secular justifications for their positions. But what has been called "Christian Zionism" isn't synonymous with Christian support for Israel - there are plenty of Christians who are very deeply committed to Israel who don't embrace premillennial dispensationalism and, strictly speaking, are not what is generally termed "Christian Zionists."
I would ask Christians who are uncomfortable with end-of-days apocalyptic drama to understand that rejection of that theology need not mean rejection of Israel.
There was a time, not all that long ago, when liberal Christians would pen defenses of Israel. The fact that Israel has wielded power imperfectly - like all other countries - should not be a justification for abandoning the Jewish people (yet again) in a manner not is not all that uncommon and with a malevolence which is decidedly illiberal and most "unChristian."