Christians United For Israel Rocks Washington D.C.

bhRecent events have propelled Christians United for Israel (CUFI) to the front row of pro-Israel organizations.

The group advertised last week’s Washington D.C. Summit, held July 21, as a more compact two-day program. Last year’s conclave offered a three-day affair. But if anyone thought the faith-based pro-Israel organization was becoming less relevant, they would think otherwise after attending the latest confab.

At the very moment when the Jewish State was under a crushing vise of global criticism for its involvement in Operation Protective Edge, CUFI (pronounced koo-PHI and not koo-FEE) roused its American heartland membership in loud, rollicking support of Israel. It did so in the pivotal capitol of Washington D.C. at a pivotal time.

Led by firebrand evangelist Pastor John Hagee, some 4,800 foot stomping, shofar-blowing Christian delegates traveled from across the nation and some from overseas to attend the non-stop cavalcade of podium grandiloquence, towering video effects, mesmerizing Israeli music, and special informational sessions. Part tent revival and part political salvo, CUFI’s Washington Summit is patterned after the mega-gatherings staged by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in the same hall. CUFI speakers brought clarity and context to its attendees in the midst of the latest fog of the latest Arab-Israeli war.

Indeed, at the very hour CUFI’s convention gaveled open, the Jewish State was fiercely fighting moment-to-moment terrorist threats scampering over the Gaza border fence, paddling in from the sea, streaking in from the sky, and tunneling beneath the ground. Moreover, Jerusalem was contending with a well-financed highly-politicized adverse humanitarian political machine supported by American tax-deductible 501(c)(3) donations. So every round of CUFI applause and utterance of support was considered a precious gesture to beleaguered Israelis who right now need a friend.

CUFI’s long A-List roster of speakers included media personalities deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens from The Wall Street Journal, Bill Kristol from The Weekly Standard, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer from PBS. No fewer than five members of Congress attended.

Particularly on fire were two speakers: Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of President of Major Jewish Organizations and investigative reporter Erick Stakelbeck from Christian Broadcast Network. Both wowed the crowd with history, insight, and reason as Israel tried to justify its right to exist–free from terrorism robustly financed by Qatari money and others.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took time, via taped message, to thank the evangelical crowd for standing by Israel during its hourglass of need. He spoke from Israel, bunkered in a secure room at the height of the conflict that day. To thunderous applause, Senator Lindsay Graham exhorted the Israelis in their Gaza strategy to “go as far as you need to go, and do what you’ve got to do.”

Ambassador Ron Dermer not only exhilarated the crowd, but felt so comfortable with the audience that when he was heckled on three separate occasions by pro-Hamas Palestinian protestors, he defiantly talked back drowning out the disruptors as they were being hustled from the auditorium. Dermer felt so comfortable with the audience that he openly and repeatedly referred to the hecklers as “moral idiots” as cheering crowds chanted “Israel! Israel!”

Honored special guests were Jewish philanthropists Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam who were lauded with a gold award for helping charitable causes.

More than just lip service and sloganizing, CUFI announced several major initiatives. CUFI’s leadership acknowledged from the podium that there was a distinct disconnect with the younger Christian generation — a group they call “the millennials.” Sons and daughters are increasingly detouring from the path their fathers walked, as is so common in generational divides. Increasingly the millennials are buying into BDS, anti-Israel distortions about international law and a rewriting of Israeli’s history.

Moreover, millennials are adopting wholesale rejection of Israel via a wave of campus teachings called “Replacement Theology,” which maintains God has forsaken Israel and His “covenant” with the Jews has been replaced by a new covenant with the Church. To counter Christianity’s internal upheaval about the Jewish State, the podium proudly acknowledged 800 campus representatives in attendance engaged in a bold new student-led initiative to combat BDS, anti-Jewish agitation, and a rash anti-Israel attacks on campus, from the dorm room to the classroom. This strategy involves talking back to biased professors and the entire notion of Replacement Theology.

The day after the celebration, CUFI’s membership swarmed into the halls of Congress to lobby their representatives from the heartland to stop funding the Palestinian Authority until it ceases paying terrorist salaries, and to stand with Israel’s in its fight against Hamas.

CUFI has proven that it is an expanding organization with a broadening agenda at the precise moment that Israel needs allies in every corner.

Edwin Black is the award-winning author of the international bestseller IBM and the Holocaust. This article is drawn from his just-released newsbook, Financing the Flames: How Tax-Exempt and Public Money Fuel a Culture of Confrontation and Terrorism in Israel.

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  • Viet Vet

    There’s an anti-America, anti-Israel agenda behind this Replacement “Theology” being taught, but the useful idiots who soak up the propaganda, I believe, do it out of cowardice. They’re like europe rolling over for Hitler in the ’30′s.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Is Replacement Theology anything like the Nazi’s Positive Christianity?

      • krinks

        Yes, the same thing. Note that the “Replacement Theology” folks are all in on pretending the God of Islam is the God of the Bible. Funny thing though that they don’t give the God of Israelis in Israel the same consideration.

    • krinks

      I used to listen to the ‘Bible Answer Man’ and noticed the same thing. Replacement Theology is a smoke screen for anti-Semitism. It starts with pretending they have a more proper view of prophecy. They deny the Rapture of the Church and Israel’s importance to prophetic events. All the while it is just another way to attack God’s chosen people through whom the rest of us will be blessed.

  • mollysdad

    “Go as far as you need to go, and do what you’ve got to do.”

    Cleanse, Israel, cleanse!

  • MburuChege

    Still trying to understand the oxymoron that is christian zionism! While zionists are either atheists or religious jews, they say nasty things about Jesus Christ…..how can christians bring themselves to support zionism which is essentially anti-christian !

    • phoebeintheforest

      Please explain how zionism is “essentially anti-christian (sic)”? That assertion makes zero sense and I’m guessing you are no Christian.

      • MburuChege

        What do Jews believe about Jesus! They say he is an impostor! How can christians be in bed with zionists who revile the central figure of christianity?

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          God doesn’t break His Promises to either Christian or Jew. I don’t give a tinker’s d*** in he!! for what Jews say about Christianity. God made Promises to them that He will keep. In the end, Jews and Christians will share the same Paradise.

          Muslims will not …

          • EamonnDublin

            AMEN!! Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland. (I STAND WITH ISRAEL)

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Eamonn, can you give me a phonetic pronunciation of your name? For example, my best guess is “Ay-mohn”. Just curious!

          • EamonnDublin

            Hi “Wolf” ! Thanks for asking! Éamonn is pronounced really exactly as you thought. “Ay-Monn” (the “monn” as in the “mon” in “Solomon”). It is the Irish (Gaelic) word for “Edmund”. The acute accent over the “E” is called (in Irish) a “fada” – pronounced “fodda”. It is only used over the vowels (a,e,o,u,i) The fada turns an E from “Eh” into Ay, an i from “ih” into “eee” and an O from sounding like the “o” in “off” to an “Oh” sound. Also, turns a “U” from the “U” as in “rudder” into the U as in “ooo”. Here endeth today’s Irish language lesson! But something tells me that, with your shrewd surmise, you have a good grasp of languages anyway?
            Anything else, just ask. My pleasure. Best Wishes, Éamonn.

          • EamonnDublin

            “Wolf”. I forgot about the á ! The fada over the “a” turns it from the middle of the “”fodda” sound to an “aw” sound – so it would be “faw-da” instead of “fodda”. Best, Éamonn.

          • Wolfthatknowsall

            Thanks very much, for the Irish lesson! The name I use on this website is the English for my Comanche name – Tsa Hinu Supanaitu Isa. This name was given to me by my great-grandmother, and means “Wise Wolf”. But in the language, there is no word for “wise”. So, I’m “wolf that knows all”.

            By the way, the word Comanche means “those who always fight”. I think we and the Irish are related!

            Best wishes to you!

          • EamonnDublin

            “Tsa Hinu Supanaitu Isa” – terrific! Also, the meaning of “Comanche”. Now I know Comanche! My favourite Indian tribe! Yes, the Comanches and we Irish would make a good battalion (“The ComIre’s”) Something tells me the Comanches would leave us standing! Thank you. Great talking to you. I just have to leave this now, but I will look out for your posts. All the very Best to you and yours. Éamonn.

        • Gee

          Jews don’t believe anything about your Jesus period.

          Leave us alone moron – we don’t care what you believe, we demand you leave us alone

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          Yes Christians should embrace muslimes — their true friends in the Mid-East. Cough, gag, choke.

    • Susan

      Christian Zionism is not an oxymoron at all!! Christians are under the direction of Jesus the Messiah who was and remains a Jew. God is a Zionist…meaning that God wants to bring the Jewish people back to their own homeland ( Israel). God has repeated this in hundreds of prophecies in the Holy Scriptures. Simply stated, Zionism is the understanding that Israel is the rightful homeland of the Jewish people.
      Zionists come from every flavor of Jewish and Christian beliefs. Liberals and Conservatives, Communists and Libertarians, Dems and Republicans, religious and non religious.

      • kertitor

        Jesus was christened by John (the Baptist) in the Jordan river. But today it is irrelevant because the Pope, the Vatican and Muslim religious leaders are working hand in hand to remove every single remainder of the Jewish root of Christianity.

        • Olive Tree

          The job of removing every vestige of the Jewish root of Christianity has a two thousand year history starting somewhere around 165 AD. By the time of Constantine
          ( 325 AD), the job was on its way to being complete. Nothing the pope has done recently has changed this ancient history. Ugly but true.

          • Lanna

            Forget it….Christians and Jews are one…we are fused on the same branch of the fig tree. Paul, a Jew, gave the gospel to the Christians, this is an undeniable fact in Acts. Every word of the Tanakh, the Jewish Bible, was written by the Jewish people. It is the LIght of truth and reason upon which our society and civilization is built. George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. That’s why Islam wants to destroy both Judeasim and Christianity and implement their religion as the Caliphate. The generation of people who saw the blossoming of the fig tree, Israel’s rebirth and establishment in the family of nations, in 1948 is the generation that will see the completion of all these things, the signs of the end recorded in Matthew 24. “As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that summer is near, right at the door.” Matt. 24: 32-34. ” I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. (“This generation”) is the generation of people who see the fig tree putting forth leaves from tender twigs. (The fig tree stands for restored Israel…A state,,the key sign to God’s return……This has been fulfilled and cannot be changed….God controls all things!

      • MburuChege

        What does the Jewish Talmud say about Jesus Christ and virgin Mary?
        Please don’t play taqqiya on christians and muslims …….revolting….Zionists cannot afford to look at christians in the eye let alone ask for their support

        • Gee

          Not a thing. The Talmud (which Jewish already so it doesn’t require the Jewish part) never mentions either of them in any way shape or form

          We can look anybody in the eye and tell you to leave us alone. That is all we want – to be left alone.

    • Rosasolis

      Now is the time, more than ever, that Jews and Christians join together,
      and start learning more about the teachings in BOTH the
      New and Old Testaments, which forms the basis of our entire
      Western Civilization. Christians should remember that most of the devoted
      followers of Jesus when he came to Jerusalem were poor, ordinary Jews.
      Alas his betrayers were a small, corrupt, but influencial group. But Jesus had many more Jewish supporters, who accepted his teachings as the
      way to a less complicated, severe way of life.
      Alas there are still fanatic zionists in Israel, who will not accept anyone,
      except those in their own communities….But, don’t you Americans still
      have very religeous groups like the Amish, and the Jehovahs?
      When I used to be a soloist and member of a choir in a large church,
      I still remember many inspiring services, which ALWAYS had
      reading first from the Old Testament, and then later a reading from
      the New Testament, both from OUR Bible!…
      This is what joins Jews and Christians together!

      • kertitor

        Jesus’ betrayers in the ancient times are not dissimilar to the Chomskys , Alinskys, Soroses etc. of today

    • Webb

      Yeah, Marlburo, and yer not gonna understand it either, so go away and return not.

    • aspacia

      Jesus was Jewish from the tribe of David. Many Jews refused Christianity because Jesus did not fulfill the prophecy of the lion lying with the lamb.

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        When you say “lying” you don’t mean in the biblical sense of the word do you?

    • American Patriot

      Still trying to understand the oxymoron that is the “religion of peace”, Islam. Islamists say nasty things about everyone not like them, aka the infidels. Islamists want to rule the world and it is up to the “infidels” to save the world and defeat the Islamists.

      • sammid

        “Still trying to understand the oxymoron that is the “religion of peace”, Islam.”

        It must be lost in translation – I think it means religion of PIECES!

    • Gee

      You don’t even know what the term Zionist means.

      It means the desire for Jews to live free in their homeland Israel – nothing more and nothing less.

      We do not say anything at all about your Jesus Christ. We have no reason to and don’t.

      If the idea of Jews living free in their homeland is anti-Christian – then you are anti-intellect.

  • Lanna

    Pastor Hagee has formed one of the largest Israel-God support Groups in the World….His booming voice, and strong leadership…are a strong force for God!

  • Rosasolis

    Israel and the Jewish faith, is the cradle of our Western Civilization. Because
    of the rapid esculation of the Islam terrorism, with its goal of ” world domination,
    and forcing their Sharia Law upon all people” — (as written in the Koran), we
    cannot allow Israel fall into the hands of the Jihadists! While the Islam Jihad
    is rapidly taking over the whole Middle-east and Africa, Christians in Egypt
    Libanon, Syria, and Nigeria, are now having to cope with the most terrible
    attacks and discrimination imaginable! Although the current governments of
    Egypt and Libanon are doing their best to protect the Christians, they are
    constantly attack, everyday! Although we do not approve of the extreme
    aggression of Israel, perhaps it is now necessary to keep the growing
    danger of the Jihadists under control!
    Those of you who may be anti-zionists, keep in mind that if Israel should ever
    fall into the hands of the Islam, then there will be nothing left of our
    Western Civilization in the entire Middle-east! I am glad you Christians got
    together in Washington to show support for our Jewish-Christian heritage.
    While the attacks from the Jihadists in many European cities are increasing,
    I hope that our Jewish-Christian communities will soon organize such
    important demonstrations. God Bless you all!

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      “Extreme aggression of Israel”. Pffffffffffftttttttttttttttttt. What would you suggest is a proper level of aggression?

      • krinks

        A proper level of aggression would be for Israel to sit back and all themselves to be attacked by rockets.

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          LOL, the position of practically every talking head in the enemedia today. Maybe they could compose a song about it, maybe something to the tune of Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head with suitably altered lyrics. For example, Qassam Rockets Keep Fallin’ on my Head.

      • Rosasolis

        Perhaps if there COULD be a brief halt in all the aggression,
        even for a few days, then pehaps the military experts could
        get together with politicians to try to reach a solution.
        But the as the Jihad terrorism in the Middle-east esculates
        I expect that this war will only worsen.

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          Are you proposing the islamo-fascist ideal of a one-sided Israeli cease fire?

          • Rosasolis

            No of course not! But if an end to this war does not
            come within a few weeks, then the Jihad violence will only
            worsen and spread to other countries, throughout
            the Middle-east and Africa. Then Asia will be next,
            followed Europe, North and South-America.
            Problems with the Jihad are now increasing daily all over
            Europe.

        • krinks

          Never happen. Note that two hours into a 72 hour cease fire Hamas fired rockets at Israel once again.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            But is there ever any agreement as to how long the cease fires last? It could be Hamas is honestly working within the official temporal limitations of each of the hundreds of cease fires. It could be each cease fire is only to last a couple of hours!

      • C R S

        I would suggest turning Tehran and Qom into glass.

        • IslamDownpressesHumanity

          Seconded.

    • Webb

      You just defied the army of the living G-d, like the Philistine you are. Nice job of making yourself worthy of death in G-d’s eyes. You just had to mouth off, and oops, out came the true thoughts from your evil heart.

      • Rosasolis

        No, I am not a Philistine. But because of the esculation of the
        Islamic terror, I believe that a solution for peace in Israel,
        and the whole Middle-east should be found very quickly now,
        before it’s too late….if it is not already too late. The Jihad
        is now also spreading all over the cities in Europe. It was very
        bad last week-end in The Hague. This wonderful city, which
        has an important world status, as organizers of the trials for the
        International Criminal Court, has several names: 1. officially as
        ‘s-Gravenhage, (where the national government of Netherlands
        is located), 2. the people call this city simply Den Haag, and
        Internationally it is called The Hague. But today our National
        News Service (NOS) announced it’s new name:
        Jihad City! The police in all our cities are now on constant alert because of large demonstrations and aggression against churches,
        synagogues, and shopping centers. Our jails are overfull, and
        our border officials are doing everything possible to prevent
        the Jihad recuits from leaving this country (with false passports),
        and also to prevent them from re-entering!
        What else can we do! Just wait until the Jihadists start
        terrorizing cities in America!…And that it becomes so
        awful, that most folks do not leave their homes in the evening
        hours, unless they really have to.
        Perhaps the EU will have to organize a new Crusade,
        modern-style, if things get even worse in good old Europe!

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    Have always liked Pastor John agee, a real Fire & Brimestoner.

  • Viet Vet

    Christian Anti-Semitism IS an oxymoron. End of article.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      You would certainly think so. I’m certain Yeshua wasn’t antisemitic, after all, most of his time was spent preaching in Jerusalem and I’ll bet his Jerusalem might have had a higher percentage of Jews than present-day Jerusalem. On the flip side it’s surprising how many Christians have denied my assertion that not only Jesus, but all his apostles were Jewish.

  • EamonnDublin

    The present situation vis a vis Islamism reminds me of an old Irish song – “The West’s Asleep” (meaning the West of Ireland). On a positive note, the song finishes with a rousing chorus, changed to “THE WEST’S AWAKE!!!”. Despite the tragedy of the ongoing assault on Israel, it is reassuring to know that one country is wide awake – ISRAEL! As an Irish Catholic Christian, I say “Thank You” to Israel and its people for being wide awake and fighting back against Islamism. If it were not for your courage and resilience, all would be totally lost. With your example, hopefully we can all soon be joining in the chorus of “The West’s Awake”. I STAND WITH ISRAEL. Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    I would like to recommend the video, at the bottom of this article. Although there are predictable satellite difficulties, Dr. Geifman makes one good point, after another.

    The only thing I disagreed with is the notion that H!Tler was elected in Germany. His party received a large portion of the votes, but not enough for him to be elected Chancellor. Other nationalistic parties thought they could use him, and persuaded President Hindenburg to appoint him Chancellor, in April of 1933. He was “elected” in every election after that, however.

    • Gee

      After the 1933 election there were no more elections – just like Arabs.

      One man, one vote, one time

      • IslamDownpressesHumanity

        It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the Erdogan “election”.
        I wonder if they have any betting odds in Vegas on Erdogan’s “winning”.

  • C R S

    When Jews stop voting for communists to govern the US, I’ll start worrying about Israel.
    Obama is descended from Arab slave traders and grew up as a Muslim. Jews, totally regardless of his Muslim name, voted for him because he appears to be black. Brilliant.
    You asked for it, you got it.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg

    TO HAMAS life means nothing. AGREEMENTS MEAN NOTHING. WHEN WILL THE U.N. understand. The U.N. is anti-ISRAEL

    HILLARY = OBAM 3, and 4

    RABBI MEIER KAHANE WAS RIGHT, NEVER AGAIN

    . Where is our President Obama as our foreign policy has turned into a complete disaster.

    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg