From Charisma magazine:
With more than 1.6 million members, pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has become a powerful force in pro-Israel advocacy in American politics.
…But despite the efforts of Hagee, who is arguably the face of Christian Zionism today, many Jews remain skeptical of evangelical support for Israel.
Can’t think why:
Charisma’s profile of Hagee comes in the wake of “major dinner with Jewish leaders in his honor on Nov. 7 in New York”:
…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the dinner in a video message, spoke about his long friendship with Hagee. Nobel laureate and noted Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, sitting next to Hagee, lamented that if there were more Gentiles like him, history might have turned out differently. In a video message, News Corporation CEO and Chairman Rupert Murdoch praised Hagee for standing up for democracy and freedom.
Murdoch is also listed as a member of the event’s “gala committee”.
As some readers may recall, Hagee was at the centre of controversy in 2008 when it came to light that he had opined that God had sent Hitler as a “hunter” to persuade the Jews to create Israel. Hagee was subsequently repudiated by a hapless John McCain, who against his better instincts had sought support from the evangelist and other Christian Right figures.
Murdoch’s had a busy time with evangelists lately – last week he took a prominent position in a group photo with Billy Graham during the evangelist’s 95th birthday.
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