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The Rev. John Hagee, who leads Cornerstone Church, began Christians United For Israel in 2006. (Photo: Associated Press File Photo/AP) The Rev. John Hagee, who leads Cornerstone Church, began Christians United For Israel in 2006. (Photo: Associated Press File Photo/AP)  

Christians United for Israel head: ‘President Obama is not pro-Israel’

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

There is a truth Americans don’t want to face, Pastor John Hagee said at the closing banquet of the annual Christians United for Israel summit in Washington, D.C., and that truth is this: “President Obama is not pro-Israel.”

“Mr. President, go tell Russia what to do. Go tell the Chinese what to do. Go tell Iran to stop building a nuclear bomb,” Hagee said in his speech at the Washington Convention Center, criticizing the president for his handling of the U.S.–Israel relationship since he took office.

“Israel is not a vassal state of the United States,” he added, condemning President Obama’s recent call to use Israel’s pre-1967 borders as the basis for peace negotiations with Palestinian Arabs.

Hagee said those gathered at the conference had one message: “Israel today, Israel tomorrow, and Israel forever.” Hagee, a fifth-generation pastor, founded and leads Christians United for Israel.

“Attention liberal media: The Jewish people are not occupying the land of Israel, they own the land of Israel,” he said. “American should never pressure Israel to give up land for peace, not for any reason, not to anyone, ever.”

Hagee also took on former White House reporter Helen Thomas, who was forced to resign last year from her post as a Hearst Newspapers columnist after she was caught on camera saying Israeli Jews should go back home to Europe.

“You’re wrong, Helen,” Hagee said. “The Jewish people are home.” (Carney: Obama a better leader for not proposing debt ceiling plan)

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Michael Oren also spoke to the attendees earlier in the evening about the devotion and contribution of American Christian Zionists “who believed in the biblical promises and helped fulfill them” over the last century. Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is slated to deliver the keynote address later in the evening.

Before the gala dinner started, attendees waved American and Israeli flags. As a band played and images of Israel were displayed on large screens throughout the convention hall, some in the crowed found room in the pathways between the dinner tables to dance the Jewish Hora.

On Wednesday, members of Christians United for Israel will storm Capitol Hill, lobbying legislators and their staffs to stand firm with Israel.

CUFI, which organized the conference, said over 5,000 people were attending, including roughly 500 hundred pro-Israel Christian college students.

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  • RedneckJim

    Jeremiah 5:
    “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
    and proclaim it in Judah:
    21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,
    who have eyes but do not see,
    who have ears but do not hear:
    22 Should you not fear me?” declares the LORD.
    “Should you not tremble in my presence?
    . . .

    23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts;
    they have turned aside and gone away.
    24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear the LORD our God,
    who gives autumn and spring rains in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’
    25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.

    • Mrs.Dash

      Bravo — but what is it you are trying to say, Jim?

  • Kurtis D. Davis

    The modern Islamists claim right to the ancient “holy land” through the prophet Abraham.

    The Israelies claim same right through Isaac, rather than Ishmael.

    The modern Islamists have held the ancient “temple sight” for well over 1000 years, having built their sacred “dome of the rock” upon it.

    In the book the President swears upon, that is, the “Holy Scripture”, we discover the “new covenant” of Jesus Christ, as did our “Founders”.

    According to Christ, the only way to be “chosen people” is to have baptism in his name, opinions of ancient/modern Israel not withstanding. In other words, true Christians have no obligation to respect exactly who occupies the ancient “Holy land”, whether it be Islamists or so called “Jews”.

    Does Israel, which could fit inside the borders of Texas over 30 times, with only 1/4 that State’s population, possess nuclear weapons, which are being used to blackmail the United States government?

    How much of the United States “national debt” does the country of Israel own? Are the United States taxpayers the ones paying, so that “Jews” are the chosen people of God?

    Did the United States do quite well, up until 1948, at such time as the so called Jews gained their country, through bloody coercion? Has the U.S. gone “downhill”, ever since Truman recognized modern day Israel?

    If the ancient Romans destroyed all hereditary records, as establish Jewish ancestry, how does one nowadays become “chosen”, except throught the baptism of Christ, as extolled by the “Founders”? How does the modern day “Jew” prove
    ancestral relation to an ancient people, if all records are lost?

    What exactly does it matter to a true Christian, insofar as to who exactly occupies the so called “Holy Land”? It seems if you believe what Christ says, it could not matter less—except that if modern day Israel can use “secret” nuclear weapons, to threaten mass destruction, and thus blackmail U.S. government.

    • Mrs.Dash

      Re: “According to Christ, the only way to be ‘chosen people’ is to have baptism in his name…”

      This is replacement theology and is heresy in Christianity.

      P.S. Chabad has clarified its position. They are Zionists! Hallelujah!

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145899

      [I really like Chana Ya'ar's articles.]

    • Mrs.Dash

      Also — I’m going to call your bluff on those words ever being attributed to Jesus until you provide a scripture reference. Thanks.

  • Mrs.Dash

    SZ — perhaps you should step away from the shrooms. And what about $$$’s for the PA? 1/2 a shekel for your thoughts…

    http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2011/07/palestine-worlds-most-economically-and.html

  • shroomzoom

    Down with Israel

    and stop the payments to both israel and Egypt…they both receive 15 billion together….maybe once we stop paying for peace our puppet state (Israel) will commence the ethnic cleansing of the palestinians and the rest of the arab nation.

    I am Sick of the Middle East and our need for its natural and spiritual resources

    Ron Paul in 2012

  • violetcin

    Obviously, there are those who do not have an open God heart or if you do you do not have the wisdom and knowledge necessary to understand biblecal principles set by God. Even in the judging by God, there will be a search for how His people were treated. Yep, His chosen people, the Isrealites. So all you nay sayers and condemers, I’ll pray for you now since God’s court could be, well, condeming.