With only a few days’ notice, over 250 Christians from across the country placed their lives on hold and answered what many described as a “calling” to come to Washington D.C. and lobby support for Israel.
The “marching orders” came from Pastor John Hagee, chairman of Christians United for Israel. To give his 3.3 million members a more active voice in Washington, CUFI recently launched the CUFI Action Fund. Hagee declared:
Millions of Christian Zionists across the country are incensed at the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel, and we will make our voices heard both in the halls of Congress and at the ballot box. The days of appeasing Israel’s enemies and undermining the US-Israel alliance are over.
Christian leaders gathered Tuesday evening at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill for what Hagee characterized as a “pep rally” before the “big game.”
Gary Bauer, CUFI Action Fund Washington Director, offered opening remarks, explaining why everyone was asked to come in for what CUFI describes as a “fly-in.”
“We are going to Capitol Hill to deliver a very specific message to both sides of the aisle: Use US leverage to end Israel-bashing at the UN; support moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem; and confirm David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump’s excellent choice to be US Ambassador to Israel,” explained Bauer. “The American people stand with the Jewish state, and we expect our leaders in Washington to reflect that position in every relevant vote they cast.”
In a show of bipartisan support, attendees received words of gratitude and encouragement from Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).