Christians United For Israel

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Christians United For Israel (CUFI) is among the largest evangelical Christian Zionist organizations in the U.S. It is committed to support a Jewish homeland in Israel, with its purpose being defined as providing "a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues." The organization was formed in 2006 by John Hagee.[1]

It has used the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as an organizational model. Abraham Foxman, of the Anti-Defamation League has asked “What does supporting Israel in matters related to biblical issues mean in today’s world? Does it mean [supporting Israel] on both banks of the Jordan River?” "Some Jewish communal leaders questioned how such an umbrella organization would respond to Israeli withdrawals from land in the West Bank that evangelicals believe was given by God to the Jewish people."[2] In 2005, the current CUFI Executive Director, David Brog wrote a Wall Street Journal opinion piece opposing the position taken by Foxman, who had said "we are facing an emerging Christian Right leadership that intends to 'Christianize' all aspects of American life, from the halls of government to the libraries, to the movies, to recording studios, to the playing fields and locker room of professional, collegiate and amateur sports, from the military to SpongeBob SquarePants."[3]

References

  1. About CUFI, Christians United For Israel]]
  2. Ori Nir (7 April 2006), "Christian Pro-Israel Lobby Gets a Boost", Jewish Daily Forward
  3. David Brog (25 November 2005), "Biting the Hand: Why is the ADL going after evangelical Christians?", Wall Street Journal