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In part to Televangelist Dr. John Hagee a Hellfire & Brimstone evangelical pastor from San Antonio, Texas: that has had on Hell of a Year...

In February, 2006, Pastor John Hagee decided the time had come to create a national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. He called upon Christian leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative. Over 400 Christian leaders – each with his own megachurch, television ministry, or publishing company – answered the call. Christians United for Israel was born.

Within a few short months, CUFI emerged as one of the most important Christian grassroots organizations in America. In four short months we rallied over 3500 constituents to Washington D.C for the first Summit in July 2006. Thousands more are expected this July and tens of thousands have signed up to participate in CUFI’s e-mail network. CUFI has only just begun.
CUFI

...more after the fold

Pastor John Hagee spearheads Christians United for Israel
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Although charismatic televangelist Pastor John Hagee thinks that the Rev. Pat Robertson's suggestion that Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was payback from God for withdrawing from Gaza was "insensitive and unnecessary," he nevertheless appears to share Robertson's concern that Israel may be giving up too much land to the Palestinians.

To prevent the Bush Administration from ramrodding the Israelis into turning over even more land, Hagee, the pastor of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church, and the head of a multi-million dollar evangelical enterprise, recently brought together 400 Christian evangelical leaders -- representing as many as 30 million Christians -- for an invitation-only "Summit on Israel." The result was the launching of a new pro-Israeli lobbying group called Christians United for Israel

Although not as well known on the national political scene as some of his evangelical counterparts, Hagee has built an impressive evangelical empire and developed strong political ties to the Republican Party. Since his 1978 "conversion" to Zionism, he has emphasized establishing and maintaining good relations with Israeli leaders and certain sectors of the American Jewish community. Over the years he has met with Israeli heads of state and he's carving out a special relationship with former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is once again seeking that office in the upcoming election in Israel. Hagee is also a longtime supporter of Rep. Tom DeLay, the embattled and indicted Texas congressman who recently handily won the Republican Party primary in his district.

"Think of CUFI as a Christian version of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)," the powerful pro-Israel lobby, Hagee told The Jerusalem Post in an interview a few days before the early February summit. "We need to be able to respond instantly to Washington with our concerns about Israel. We must join forces to speak as one group and move as one body to [respond to] the crisis Israel will be facing in the near future."

In fairness to Dr. Hagee he didn't just wake-up a year ago and decided to support Israel. For 25years he held an annual   "Night to Honor Israel" dinner at his church. He is the CEO of Global Evangelism Television GET that broadcasts his sermons by radio and television into approximately 100 million homes. One of his telethons "Exodus II," raised
$3.7 million and helped over 6,000 Russian Jews relocate to Israel.

Dr. John Hagee is the Author of 16 books a number of them are about the end of times. Which he believes are near. He preaches that Islam is a Threat to Western Civilization and  diplomacy is impossible. Dr. Hagee backs the Neo-Conservative agenda and supports a pre-emptive strike on Iran by American-Israeli.

"All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." Hagee on NPR

Articles on John Hagee

  1. The American Prospect "Pastor Strangelove" by Sarah Posner
  1. THE JERUSALEM POST "Evangelicals seeing the error of 'replacement theology" by David Horovitz
  1. PETITION Pastor Hagee to Repent: very critical
  1. The Nation "Birth Pangs of a New Christian Zionism" by MAX BLUMENTHAL
  1. NPR "Pro-Israel Christians Lobby in Washington" by Guy Raz
  1. Hear a Sermon you tube Search: John Hagee World War
  1. AIPAC "Christian Ties to Israel Strong" David Brog*

{David Brog is the author of Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State and Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a group dedicated to mobilizing Christians on behalf of the U.S.-Israel relationship.  Near East Report recently spoke to Brog about Christian Zionism}

DR Hagee will be one of the Speaker Sunday: AIPAC Conference
"The U.S. and Israel: Tradition and Transcendence"

Pastor John Hagee Dream of a network spread across all 50 states, becoming the Christian AIPAC. His goal is coming closer to being fulfilled. As CUFI members from across the country make their way to Washington, to learn how to lobby Congress. At AIPAC 3day Policy Conference...

...A Focus of AIPAC this year Lobbying

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The National Jewish Democratic Council wrote a great blog about this... thanks Phoenix Woman

Originally posted to npbeachfun on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 06:54 AM PST.

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  •  Tips.. Cream or Sugar for your Coffee? (14+ / 0-)

    "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

    by npbeachfun on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 06:51:53 AM PST

  •  AIPAC and Evangelicals together... (2+ / 0-)
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    npbeachfun, Eric S

    Oh, sheesh.

    Let the Bash Israel Thread begin...

    •  So you back Hagee's bashing Jews, then? (2+ / 0-)
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      Come on -- don't you think that American Jews should be aware that the folks like Hagee calling themselves their "friends" really aren't?

      •  I don't think... (4+ / 0-)

        ...ANY American Jews would consider Hagee a friend.

        Then again, I don't even know what percentage of American Jews would consider themselves supporters of the AIPAC.

        •  Why, (2+ / 0-)
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          it kinda just supports itself!

          When the camel stumbles, the knives come out. (Arab proverb)

          by Ptah the Great on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 07:59:17 AM PST

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          •  American Jews?? (0+ / 0-)

            we know these ***;*

            what this supports is the Military Industrial Complex and what it shows is people with power will do anything to keep it?

            It makes me sad, I have a Jewish grandma... once my friends found out they would say.

            "Oh that why your cheep" and laugh

            I know this just plays into that- But Bush I dont think Bush is really a Christian... I think he plays one 4 the Votes

            "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

            by npbeachfun on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 08:07:46 AM PST

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            •  Excuse me? (1+ / 0-)
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              When the camel stumbles, the knives come out. (Arab proverb)

              by Ptah the Great on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 12:45:15 PM PST

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              •  Sorry, I will try this again. (0+ / 0-)

                Americans know what the conservative Christian agenda is... and that they dont care about Jews they care about "The end of day's"

                In my opinion...

                The Fact that AIPAC has gotten into bed with this group  reflects poorly on the Jewish community  it feeds the worst stereotypes: "Jews are greedy or Cheep Jew"

                I feel the truth is more complicated: It shows that AIPAC is a-moral caring only about: "Power, Money, Influence, for Military Might"  

                Now that AIPAC has welcomed evangelicals Christians to this years Policy Conference (that has a focus on lobbying- AIPAC's own web site states that 1/2 of the Senators and 1/3 of the house will be available.) proves how short side AIPAC have become.

                1. AIPACs willingness to teach evangelicals Christians how to lobby because today they are "friends" proves AIPAC no longer cares about the future of Israel and American Jewish Support.
                1. No more then 2 generations ago these same Christians preached that Jews had horns and tails-
                1. AIPAC is completely political

                -just like Bush's born again conversion.

                "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

                by npbeachfun on Wed Mar 07, 2007 at 09:06:02 AM PST

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                •  Great, but you seem to be implying (0+ / 0-)
                  that I am one of said villains. Which of course, if that is what you intended, would rather annoy me.

                  When the camel stumbles, the knives come out. (Arab proverb)

                  by Ptah the Great on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 11:54:37 AM PST

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                  •  I dont understand y u think that???? (1+ / 0-)
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                    But perhaps I lost more then you with that comment-

                    I don't think... (4+ / 0-)
                    ...ANY American Jews would consider Hagee a friend.

                    Then again, I don't even know what percentage of American Jews would consider themselves supporters of the AIPAC.

                    by dennisl
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                    Why, (2+ / 0-)
                     
                    it kinda just supports itself!

                    When the camel stumbles, the knives come out. (Arab proverb)

                    by Ptah the Great

                    My answer was to your question.. Why?

                    I have never seen you as a villain or an antagonist... I see the Christian Right as the down fall of the Republican party, I am also working an two other diaries about AIPAC Regarding how AIPAC have left Jewish Americans Behind.

                    I hope you read it- it is a shame you would think I have anything but respect for your opion... it is to easy to write something in hast and hurt people. I am sorry.

                    "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

                    by npbeachfun on Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 01:22:56 PM PST

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      •  What, my Bubbi would go nuts if she lived see... (0+ / 0-)

        this...I dont think like it!

        "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

        by npbeachfun on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 07:07:33 AM PST

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  •  Let the NJDC know about this! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  We'll see (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure how long AIPAC is really going to try to ride this storm.  They are certain to get burned before too long, and not just because their new best friends are really hoping to see them all die horribly.  Right-wing evangelicals are not the most powerful force in town anymore.  AIPAC, by linking to them, actually stands to lose a lot more influence that they stand to gain.

    •  I agree this can only hurt them.... (0+ / 0-)

      I think Bush took down the Christian Right with him...

      "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

      by npbeachfun on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 07:25:59 AM PST

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    •  weasel, i just posted that very question. (0+ / 0-)

      thanks for your post.

    •  It's time right now for a renegotiation (3+ / 0-)

      of Israel's aid package, and it's big business. The new push is anti-missile technology.

      U.S. Intends to Put Anti-Missile Shield Around the World
      By Joseph Fitchett International Herald Tribune

      Monday, February 5, 2001
      The Bush administration will move ahead with a controversial missile defense system, one that is even more ambitious and far reaching than the proposal put on hold by Bill Clinton in the last year of his presidency.
      .
      The confirmation of the Bush administration's determination — its first major initiative on international security — was delivered by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at a weekend conference on security in Munich.
      .

      Mr. Rumsfeld, speaking at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, an annual meeting attended by a score of defense ministers and 200 other specialists, said Saturday, "The United States intends to develop and deploy a missile defense designed to defend our people and our forces against a limited missile attack and is prepared to assist friends and allies threatened by missile attack to deploy such defenses."
      .
      The Clinton administration's plan had been called "national missile defense," but Mr. Rumsfeld pointedly did not use the word "national" when describing the Bush team's approach.

      Underlining the new approach in Washington, Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president last year, said at the conference that U.S. missile defense was "not a question of whether, only when and how."
      .
      Russia and China, which have threatened to build more weapons if the United States adopts missile defenses, were not mentioned by Mr. Rumsfeld in his speech.
      .
      http://www.iht.com/...

      Lieberman:

      More recently he has called for the early construction of an anti-missile defense system. His enthusiasm for military expenditures has ingratiated him with such Connecticut-based aerospace companies as the United Technologies subsidiary Pratt & Whitney.

      http://www.wsws.org/...

      AIPAC=Billions in anti-missile contracts.

      by mattes on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 07:52:10 AM PST

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  •  let me see! these fundies think everyone is (5+ / 0-)

    going to hell except them. that inclues the airpac members! certain calculating politicos in israel use these fundies for their own purposes certainly knowing what their real attitude is. that is not exactly a match made in heaven. my question is when and how will it blow up? i am not trying to be ugly or rude here, i have often wondered to myself about the question i posed.

    •  The Evangelicals are fickel (0+ / 0-)

      when I was a kid they were Find with Roe vs Wade

      Interracial marriage and the ERA where BAD

      Lest then 10years Interracial marriage is fine abortion The end of the world!

      Now half dont believe in any Birth Control?

      ... but now with the mega church and all that money?

      I dont want them to become a power lobby

      "A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen" James Madison (-6.88, -6.26)

      by npbeachfun on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 07:44:27 AM PST

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      •  i think they already are a powerful lobby. (0+ / 0-)

        i was leaving lunch today and saw one of those mega churhes. i commented to my dinner companion that it isn't christian to give for big buildings and then sit on your butt while people hurt. but that's me. funny, i should come back and find a comment on that very topic. thanks!

  •  to hold on to the dream of Zionism (0+ / 0-)

    AIPAC Jews find themselves making an alliance with people working toward Armageddon; you know, the event where God kills all the Jews.

    If you are interested in the politics of Proviso Township in Cook County, Illinois, visit Proviso Probe.

    by Carl Nyberg on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 07:52:35 AM PST

  •  Evangelicals support Israel (2+ / 0-)
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    as does AIPAC.  What's your point?

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