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Evangelicals and Israel by Stephen Spector

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As international pressure mounted in late December for Israel to cease its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza, a major pro-Israel group issued an urgent action alert. “It is important that we express our appreciation to President Bush for standing with Israel in this crisis,” the message said. “It is also important that we encourage President Bush to continue to support Israel in its effort to end the rocket fire from Gaza. He is hearing from the critics of Israel. He must also hear from us.”

These could have been the words of any of the traditional, mainstream Jewish or Zionist organizations in the United States—AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, or the Zionist Organization of America. Instead, they came from the national chairman and founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), Pastor John Hagee, and his call went out to some 100,000 leaders across America, whom CUFI says helped spread the message to millions more.

About the Author

Jonathan Gurwitz, a new contributor, is a columnist at the San Antonio Express-News.