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Posted on the 14 April 2015 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Sar Shalom
I'd like to take a break from the usual pattern of blogging being about strongly stating what one says is the state of the world, whether or not one actually has the information to buttress that viewpoint, and ask a question to try to close a gap in my knowledge.
My question is, what were Jewish-Christian relations like in the Islamic world over the past century? The one thing I know is that by the time of the Israeli Independence War, there was an alliance between the Christians and the Muslims against the Jews. This pattern, of the Middle Eastern Christians both allying with the Muslims and antagonizing the Jews, has mostly persisted since then, as can be seen in Tariq Aziz being part of the late Saddam Hussein's government and Hanan Ashrawi being as strident as any Muslim associate of Fatah in attacking Israel. In recent decades, there has been a fraying of the Middle Eastern Christians' alliance with the Muslims, and more recently, fraying in the antagonism between Middle Eastern Christians and Jews, most notably in Father Gabriel Nadaf's efforts to convince his flock to throw their support behind Israel.
I have some speculations about the underlying factors of the aforementioned pattern, but they are merely speculations. Does anyone on this blog know any information that would shed some light on how this pattern emerged or any sources that might provide such information? Barring that, is there any place to disseminate this question where someone would have veritable information?

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