Author and political commentator Ann Coulter ruffed some feathers recently when she said during a CNBC interview that Jews needed to be perfected.
Coulter was describing what her dream America would look like and listed Christian as one of the attributes of her perfect country.
You said we should throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians, recapped Donny Deutsch, host of CNBCs The Big Idea and self-professed Jew, following Coulters comments last week.
Yes, Coulter replied firmly.
The outspoken conservative whose most recent book is titled, If Democrats Had Any Brains, Theyd Be Republicans denied, however, holding the same view as the Iranian president who said he wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.
Instead, she said Christians just wanted Jews to be perfected.
But that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews, Coulter said.
Christians believe in the Old Testament like Jews, but God was constantly getting fed up with man for not being able to obey all the laws, she explained. As a result, Coulter added, Christians believe Jesus Christ came and died on the cross for mans sins.
Christians believe the Old Testament. You dont believe our testament, said the opinionated and often times controversial author .
We consider ourselves perfected Christians.
For me to say that for you to become a Christian is to become a perfected Christian is not offensive at all, she told Deutsch after he said he was offended by her comment.
This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament.
Coulter, along with most Christians, believes that Jews like any other person need to accept Jesus Christ as their savior in order to gain salvation.
However, some Christian Zionist leaders have taught what is referred to as the Two Covenant or Dual Covenant theory on the salvation of Jews. These leaders claim there is another way to salvation for the Jews other than Jesus.
Pastor John Hagee, a staunch Christian Zionist who supports bombing Iran, for example, believes that Jews have a special covenant with God and do not need the cross or Jesus to come to God.
Hagee said converting Jews is a waste of time.
The Jewish person who has his roots in Judaism is not going to convert to Christianity. There is no form of Christian evangelism that has failed so miserably as evangelizing the Jewish people, Hagee contends, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle in 1988. They [already] have a faith structure.
Buddhist, Bahai and everyone else need to believe in Jesus but not Jews, he continued, adding that Jews already have a covenant with God that was never replaced by Christianity.
More recently, on CNNs special Gods Warriors program, Hagee reaffirmed that he believes Jews do not need to believe in Jesus to be saved.
While Christian leaders debate the salvation of Jews, some of Israels top rabbis have been trying to prevent Jews from being evangelized by Christians.
During a massive annual march in Jerusalem earlier this month, the chief rabbinate of Israel, for the first time in 27 years, banned Jews from participating in the parade for fear they would fall prey to Christian missionaries.
The chief rabbinate was informed that there were participants taking part in the gathering to celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacle who would try to convert Jews to Christianity.
Israel has also escalated its crackdown on evangelicals suspected of missionary activities. An American evangelical pastor and his wife who have lived in Israel for nearly two decades and the Christian TV network Daystar are among the latest victims of Israels no evangelism law.
Daystars contract was terminated for broadcasting 15-minute infomercials from a ministry accused of trying to convert Jews through the TV ads.
Over the past 20 years, Christian Zionists have poured billions of dollars into Israel. Annually, evangelical Christians make up one-third of American tourists that visit Israel second only to American Jews, according to the countrys Minister of Tourism.