By Jacob Kamaras/JNS.org
Having spent a decade growing into America’s largest pro-Israel organization, with 2.2 million members, the journey of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) arrived at a historic crossroads on Monday morning.
While a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was expected to be announced at any minute, CUFI kicked off its 10th Washington Summit and prepared to deploy thousands of Christian Zionists the next day to lobby members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support Israel against the Iranian nuclear threat.
“The mantra of this 10th CUFI anniversary is to compel the members of the U.S. Congress, when you have the chance to vote on this deal, vote it down. Stop the bomb. Do not let it happen,” Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and national chairman, told an enthusiastic crowd.
“Isn’t it remarkable that God brings us to DC at just the appointed time to make the difference?” said Diana Hagee, the pastor’s wife. “All we have to do is be obedient and stand where God stands.”
CUFI Executive Director David Brog said, “We knew this day would come. We knew this fight would come.” The best-case scenario of a nuclear deal with Iran, said Brog, is the release of billions of dollars into Iranian bank accounts to fund Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorism around the world.
“We may well be on the cusp of the worst diplomatic error ever of our generation,” he said. “And when errors of this scale are made, people pay, and pay with blood.”
“If our hypocritical leaders in Washington had a spine,” Hagee said, before re-emphasizing the word “if,” then they would craft a letter to Iran stating that an attack on Israel would be an attack on the U.S.
“Together, let us do everything in our power to once again bring some wisdom to this town, to bring some love to this town,” Brog said, adding, “Let us go boldly and proudly to take this stand for peace, for Israel and America.”