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October 31, 2012 5:18 pm

Thousands of Texas Christians Rally for Israel

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John Hagee. Photo: Paul Wharton.

Thousands of Christian Zionists came together at a Texas megachurch on Sunday night to rally in support for Israel, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI)—which seeks to rally evangelical Christians in support of Israel for biblical and moral reasons—organized the event. With more than one million members, CUFI is America’s largest pro-Israel organization, according to its website.

Sunday’s “Night to Honor Israel” marked the 31st year the event was held at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church. CUFI brought together rabbis, Christian ministers and Israeli representatives in an event that included a number of speeches, songs and prayers as well as calls on political candidates to protect Israel.

“The day America turns its back on Israel, that day God will turn his back on the United States of America,” Hagee told the audience.

Also, the event raised nearly $3 million to support Jewish and Israeli charities.

“Such donations and commitment to seek favorable political leadership are reasons to hope,” said Meir Shlomo, consul general of Israel to the Southwest.

“We all know you have our back covered,” he said, prompting a prolonged standing ovation.

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