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October 29, 2013 9:16 am

Thank You Pastor John Hagee

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John Hagee. Photo: Paul Wharton.

The Jewish community owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Pastor John and Diana Hagee. On November 7, at the Grand Hyatt in New York, notable community leaders and friends of Israel will gather to say thank you. Professor Elie Wiesel, Ari Fleischer, Malcolm Hoenlein, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and others will add their voices to the chorus of praise.

In addition to raising more than $70 million for humanitarian causes in Israel, Pastor Hagee has created a tremendously powerful grassroots pro-Israel force. Many Evangelical Christians – estimated at more than 50 million Americans – join groups like Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI), or groups started by other Christian leaders like Jay Sekulow.

Every summer, thousands upon thousands of CUFI’s members descend on Washington D.C. They are given in-depth briefings on Israel and the threats it faces, and then they fan out across Capitol Hill sending one clear message to Congress and the White House: “Stand with Israel in its time of need and we will stand with you with our votes.”

AIPAC, ZOA, and other organizations are able to muster the support of a significant portion of the American Jewish population – but Christians can do a lot to help Israel, with their movement that is 10 times the size and is more widespread in the American heartland.

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The night before their Capitol Hill ‘assault’, the CUFI stalwarts gather at the Washington D.C. convention center. This is a sight to behold! Five to six thousand men and women waving American and Israeli flags and cheering speakers – both Jewish leaders and political representatives like Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz who tell the unvarnished truth about the threats faced by Israel and its Jewish citizens.

A new group – “CUFI on Campus” – highlights the verbal assaults directed against Israel supporters on college campuses. With words and facts, these students confront the increasing torrent of abuse directed at Israel, and the glorification of Palestinian terrorists (called “freedom” fighters.) Think about the power of these non-Jewish, brave young people who tell the truth for all to hear and blunt the attacks.

What’s so interesting for the Jewish observer of this evening is the lack of Christian references. It’s our Tanach that is quoted, and G-d’s promise to Avraham to bless those who bless us and curse those who curse us. That alone is the motivator. Love and protection of Israel is the message. And for the few Jews in the room, there is great comfort in these words.

Here are the words of one of the Pastor’s oldest friends in San Antonio – the Senior Rabbi for more than 40 years of the largest Orthodox congregation in that city – Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg:

“For many years, Pastor Hagee has lived and labored selflessly for the people of Israel. In 1981, when the world condemned Israel for bombing a nuclear reactor in Iraq, Pastor Hagee’s response to world critics … was to start ‘A Night to Honor Israel.'”

“That night Pastor Hagee proclaimed, ‘Israel, you are not alone; Christians support you, and America supports you. We love you and we shall stand by you.’ Since then, ‘A Night to Honor Israel’ has given encouragement, inspiration, and comfort to people who often felt alone, and has raised millions of dollars to support charities and resettlement of world Jewry in Israel.”

As Israel often stands alone, it is vital to say “thank you” to express the mitzvah of Hakarat Hatov (showing gratitude).

Thank you Pastor John Hagee.

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  • Rick O.

    My family joyfully has made a contribution to CUFI in appreciation of Jay Sekulow’s work to expose Hamas. Thank you Pastor Hagee for your tireless outspoken support of our friends in Israel.

  • ATT HADDASAH, by the way the quote OF ISAIAH you offer up is of the future timie not present.

  • jon fox

    As the son of Holocaust Survivors, I echo the sentiment and wonder when we will get beyond the knee-jerk reactions of self-loathing Jews to the support of our true friends. Hasn’t the racist agenda of this administration and the likes of Al Sharpton been lesson enough? Or will the majority of our co-religionists continue to sleepwalk towards a new genocide?

  • you quote Tanach: It’s our Tanach that is quoted, and G-d’s promise to Avraham to bless those who bless us and curse those who curse us.
    WHY DID YOU LEAVE OUT AND “THOSE WHO CURSE ISRAEL WILL BE CURSED?”

    Your interpretation of blessing is wrong.
    A blessing is not to preach blessing the state, but to bless the nation…to believe and pray as MOSES BROUGHT DOWN TO THE NATION not as xtian replacement theology and distorting TORAH.Hagee beleives in Israel only for a home for his jesux who he believes will come back when the Jews come back.

    TORAH SPEAKS LOUD
    “HAVE NO G-Ds OF OTHERS BEFORE ME”
    “I AM YOUR G-D”
    “I AM ‘ONE”
    “I AM NOT OF FLESH”

    If you need hagee then you certainly forgot about G-D.
    “I NEED G-D WHO BROUGHT US OUT OF EGYPT”
    I need G-D who saved Israel in spite of the greeks, romans,british,german,spain,portegues,and all other nations for 4000 years trying to convert JEWS and ISRAEL or wipe us out.

    YOU, NEED A REFRESHER COURSE ON TANACH.
    MY THANKS GOES TO HASHEM..CERTAINLY NEVER TO HAGEE.
    These people are tests and tools to JEWS.

    WHO DO YOU NEED?
    WHO SPLIT THE SEA?
    MOSES OR G-D?

    • Get over yourself.What about Rabbi Ecksteins International Fellowship of Christians and Jews who have for the last 30 years have given Millions of dollars of help the Rabbi to help the needy of Israel and In all countries.This also includes paying for the Aliyah of the Rest of the Ethiopian Jews to Israel.You have forgotten that our G-d stated that He would bring back the exiled of Israel on the wings of the Gentiles and that His Temple would be a House of Prayer of all Nations. You need to read Isaish.

      • EVERY AID PACKAGES COMES WITH CDs CROSSES AND ASSORTED OTHER XTIAN LITERATURE.
        Nothing comes free. There is a price for every ‘so called generous donation’
        Eventually it will be your first born.

        Do not be so naive to think anyone but
        G-D cares for you.
        G-D dictated to MOSES ‘HIS’ LAWS.
        “separate from other nations.”
        G-D does not waste words. There is a purpose for every word Torah teaches…
        YOU GET OVER YOUR SELF..AND OPEN YOUR EYES AND EARS TO WHAT XTIANS ARE DOING TO JEWS AND ISRAEL.
        GO TO THE LINK YAD L’ACHIM AND SEE SOME STORIES OF THE HORRORS XTIANS DO IN ISRAEL AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.I’LL GIVE YOU DOZENS OF STORRIES IN BROOKLYN NY
        Founded by Rabbi ZT’L Lipshitz
        http://www.yadlachimusa.org.il/
        Dont be so full of your arrogance.

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