Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Christians United for Israel
"For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet." (Isaiah 62:1)
President Obama is bound and determined to stick it to Israel every chance he gets. But, the real question is: Are the American people behind him in his anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian agenda?
American Jews for the large part sold out the Jewish nation when they overwhelmingly voted for Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Sadly, liberalism seems to be their religion.
Evangelical Christians, on the other hand, are the strongest supporters of Israel. As a preteen living in the Middle East, I grew up with a pro-Palestinian mindset. Only after becoming a Bible-believing Christian in my 20’s did I see the error of my ways. Over the years I have made a 180 degree turn and now am a strong advocate for the Jewish nation and a member of Christians United for Israel.
Read from CBN News about the recent Christians United for Israel conference held in Washington, D.C. to show support for the Israeli people.
Christians, Jews Stand Together for Israel
WASHINGTON -- “For centuries, Christians and Jews had a rocky relationship that was frequently marred by anti-Semitism.
But times have changed.
Today, America's largest pro-Israel organization is run by evangelical Christians.
That group -- Christians United for Israel -- holds its annual conference in Washington this week.
The event has featured scenes that would have been unthinkable not too long ago: from Christians and Jews dancing side-by-side to the Hebrew folk song ‘Hava Nagila,’ to a crowd of over 4,000 people -- overwhelmingly Christian -- proudly waving the flag of the Jewish state.
Pastor John Hagee founded Christians United for Israel in 2006 as a way for Christians and Jews to come together in support of Israel. Judging by the group's annual conference -- which is being held at the Washington Convention Center -- his vision is being realized.
Several prominent Christian and Jewish lawmakers, journalists and media personalities have taken the stage to stand for Israel. Sen. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., received the groups' Defender of Israel award, while Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., Fox News's Fred Barnes, and talk radio hosts Michael Medved and Dennis Prager also delivered addresses. A highlight Tuesday was a live satellite appearance by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
‘Today, millions of Christians stand with Israel because they stand for freedom,’ Netanyahu said. ‘Millions of Christians stand with Israel because they stand for truth. And millions of Christians stand for Israel because they want to see a genuine peace in the Holy Land.’
The Christians United for Israel conference is always a very festive occasion. You'll see people blowing into ancient biblical shofars, singing traditional Hebrew songs, dancing, and praising God. But there is also a serious message. Attendees say the threats gathering against Israel -- including increased U.S. Pressure -- have never been greater. And leading those threats is Iran."
Also, read from the Jerusalem Post:
'50 million US Christians back Israel'
"For two days, the participants learned about Israel, its history, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, how to effectively defend Israel, what America's government should do, how to deal with Iran and how to lobby elected officials. On Wednesday participants met with their elected officials in Congress to voice their support for Israel.
‘We're here to tell you and the people of Israel that there are 50 million Christians in this nation who support you and the State of Israel,’ said CUFI founder John Hagee to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who joined the conference via satellite.
‘Your unwavering friendship strengthens us,’ said Netanyahu, noting that CUFI is helping open a new chapter in Jewish-Christian relations.
‘What drives us is the biblical mandate to stand with Israel and the Jewish people,’ said Western Regional Coordinator Randy Neal.
Founded in 2006, CUFI now claims over 220,000 followers throughout the US.
Recurring themes brought up by most of the conference speakers were the many aspects of Israel's right to exist and expand, a sense that the Obama administration was unfairly pressuring Israel to stop expanding and an urgent need to address Iran.
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, joined in criticizing Obama's Middle East policy. He said he did not believe in Obama's theory that sowing some discord between America and Israel will give America legitimacy to negotiate with Arab states.
While CUFI is still confident of its ability to advocate for Israel under the Obama administration and a heavily Democratic Congress, some experts and CUFI leaders expressed concerns that with the current political climate, advocating CUFI's position might become slightly more difficult. However, there was no doubt that Congress remains a strong ally of Israel.”