Shared February 12, 2020
For an influential group of American Christians, support for Israel -- and hatred of Iran -- are based in a biblical prophecy.
Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab
When President Trump authorized the drone strike that killed the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, he wasn't just flexing America's muscle in the Middle East.
He was also acting on the advice of a politically powerful group of evangelical Christians who believe that the US and Israel are part of the Bible's plan to bring about the second coming of Jesus.
Once considered a fringe element of the religious right, evangelical Christian Zionists are playing an increasingly visible role in Republican politics. Today, unprecedented access to the Trump administration has given them an opportunity to reshape the Middle East.
A previous version of this video misstated, at 1:40, the percentage of Americans who are Christian but neither Evangelical nor Catholic. The error has been corrected.
The headline on this piece has also been updated. Previous headline: How the Bible shapes Trump's foreign policy
Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.
Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE
Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
Google and Amazon are now in the oil business
Why so many suburbs look the same
The collapse of Venezuela, explained
The lost neighborhood under New York's Central Park
Why Evangelical Christians Love Israel | VICE on HBO
How American CEOs got so rich
How China Tracks Everyone | VICE on HBO
USMCA vs NAFTA, explained with a toy car
The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit
How Does the Internet Work? - Glad You Asked S1
NYT Reveals President Donald Trump's Elaborate Tax Con | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
The In-depth Story Behind a Climate Fraud
How the Republican Party went from Lincoln to Trump
Prof. Wolff on Trump's Economic Shell Game
Tucker: Trump calls Democrats' bluff on illegal immigrants
Former Obama admin predicts Trump 2020 victory with election model
Krystal Ball: Why Bloomberg would surely lose to Trump
Why the U.S. Is Vulnerable to an Iranian Cyberattack | WSJ
From the "60 Minutes" archives: Nancy Pelosi