April 27, 2017
“An unidentified guest uses a Trump Hotel branded umbrella as she walks into the West Wing of the White House,” read the caption of an Associated Press photo in the Washington Examiner. The photo was of an attractive young woman, whose face is becoming increasingly familiar in Washington political circles.
Sandy Hagee Parker is the chairwoman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI)’s Action Fund, the lobbying arm of the largest pro-Israel organization in the country. An accomplished attorney, she is also the daughter of Pastor John Hagee, the founder and chairman of CUFI, the influential Israel advocacy group.
February 28, 2017
The White House is signaling its support for a new congressional effort to cut all U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority due to its continued support of terrorism against Israelis and Americans, according to senior lawmakers and senior White House officials.
Leading lawmakers in the House and Senate gathered Tuesday on Capitol Hill to introduce legislation that would cut all U.S. funding to the Palestinian government, which has been criticized for providing financial incentives to terrorists who kill American and Israeli civilians.
February 15, 2017
With the Trump administration’s supportive position on Israel, members of the House and Senate are finding themselves at a crossroads: Will they bear left and continue down the road of appeasing violence and opposing Israel’s right to build homes in Israel? Or will they bear right and demand the cessation of Palestinian terror and incitement as well as the United Nations’ irrational and obsessive condemnation of Israel?
February 7, 2017
I am writing to you on behalf of Christians United for Israel Action Fund. We are the public policy arm of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI was founded in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee to give voice to the millions of Christians who stand with Israel and support the U.S.-Israel alliance in defense of Western Civilization. CUFI has enjoyed spectacular growth. It now has 3.3 million members across the country. We are in every state as well as dozens of countries worldwide.
CUFI Action Fund is writing you today to let you know that we are launching a new nationwide effort to educate millions of Americans on the voting records of members of Congress on issues related to Israel.
We will immediately begin compiling a congressional scorecard ranking every member on their votes impacting Israel. We will monitor public statements on Israel. We will identify those senators who are using Senate rules to prevent pro-Israel legislation from coming to the floor for up or down votes.
Our voter scorecard will examine votes on BDS, aid to entities that support terror, restraining an increasingly belligerent Iran, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem - the eternal undivided capital of Israel - and a host of other issues.
We want to bring to your attention another upcoming vote that we will score: the up or down vote on confirming David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador-designate to Israel. Mr. Friedman’s record as an articulate advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel alliance in defense of Western civilization is clear.
Ambassador-designate Friedman will diligently work to overcome the damage done to the U.S.-Israel alliance in recent years. He is the ideal person to reassure the Israeli people that support for them among the American public is strong and bipartisan. His confirmation before the United States Senate should not become a political football in the current hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, D.C.
CUFI Action Fund is committed to working on a bipartisan basis on a wide variety of issues related to the U.S.-Israel alliance and to the safety and security of the only Jewish state in the world. We will energetically continue to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, whose sole purpose is to isolate and demonize the democratic state of Israel. At its core, BDS is anti-Semitic, holding Israel to a standard that is not applied to any other state – let alone the thugs and authoritarian regimes that threaten the Jewish state. We hope you will join us in our efforts to expose and stop BDS.
We insist on an immediate end to U.S. taxpayer funds being used to subsidize organizations that promote or enable terror attacks on Israel or the United States. We trust you agree that this is unacceptable.
We are aggressively fighting back against the raw anti-Semitism that is increasingly evident in international organizations, including the United Nations, and incredibly in institutions of higher learning in the United States where Jewish students have been harassed and threatened.
We will support efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program and to end its aggressive actions throughout the Middle East that threaten the United States, Israel and other allies.
We believe in the right of the Israeli people to make their own sovereign decisions through their duly elected government officials on all matters impacting the well-being of the Israeli people. Israel is not the obstacle to peace in the Middle East. We reject any attempt by a U.S. administration, Democrat or Republican, to impose on Israel policies that are not consistent with the views of the majority of the Israeli people.
Over the last decade, we have become increasingly concerned about growing hostility to Israel in the European Union and in certain quarters of the United States. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the failure of the Obama Administration to veto U.N. Security Council resolution number 2334. That resolution declared Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem as illegally occupied territories to which Israel has no claim. But Jews have lived in those communities for thousands of years. Denying the Jewish connection to the Jewish heartland is bigotry. Yet the Obama Administration abandoned 40 years of U.S. policy under both Democrat and Republican presidents and allowed Israel’s enemies to undermine its security. History will not judge this betrayal kindly.
We look forward to working with you in 2017 and in the years ahead to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance, fight anti-Semitism, counter radical Islam, and help safeguard the national security of the United States and Israel.
Gary L. Bauer
CUFI Action Fund
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
New US Ambassador to the United Nations meets with Israeli counterpart Danny Danon in New York.
The new US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley attempted to underscore the Trump administration's position on ties with Israel during a weekend meeting with Jerusalem's envoy to the UN, Danny Danon.
The top US diplomat took to Twitter on Saturday to hail the "great meeting" with Danon in New York to "discuss our strong relationship."
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
While there is no comparison with its neighbors, Israel does score lower than most other nations in the free world, by the measures of this report.
WASHINGTON – Civil liberties and political freedoms are under threat worldwide and have been rolled back in the world’s founding democracies, Freedom House declared on Wednesday in its annual report.
Israel remains the only free country in the Middle East, scoring 80 on a scale of 100. That compares favorably with partly free countries in the region such as Turkey (38), Jordan (37) and Kuwait (36), and with countries deemed “not free” by the nonprofit: Iraq (27), Iran (17), Saudi Arabia (10) and Syria (-1), among all other Mideast nations.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Democrats and Republicans are coming together on Capitol Hill to denounce President Obama's failure last month to defend Israel at the United Nations Security Council.
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced that they are supporting a resolution sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) condemning the U.N. vote against Israeli settlements.
The Rubio/Cardin resolution demands that the U.N. vote be repealed or "fundamentally altered" so that it is not biased against Israel. It also calls on the administration to ensure that the upcoming Paris conference does not attempt to impose any terms on Israel and it rejects unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood.
In total, 16 Senate Democrats signed on as co-sponsors of this resolution. No doubt many more will support it on the Senate floor, delivering a stinging rebuke to President Obama for, as one Senate Democrat described it, "a disappointing lack of leadership."
ACTION ITEM: Please call your senators right now at (202) 224-3121. Urge them to support the Rubio/Cardin resolution, S. Res. 6. We want an overwhelming vote so that the Obama Administration and the United Nations are put on notice that the American people stand with Israel!
Can you imagine how you would feel if you saw Islamic extremists dancing in the streets of half of Jerusalem? What about watching scenes of Jewish refugees fleeing for their lives from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria?
During World War II, millions of Jews were hunted down and murdered. If they were "lucky," they became refugees without a home. In the aftermath of the horror, the world declared, "Never Again."
But just a few weeks ago, the United Nations Security Council, with the collusion of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, passed a resolution which, among other things, asserts that half of Jerusalem is an illegal settlement that must be turned over to "Palestinians" for a future state, along with Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria in which 400,000 Israelis live.
Religious sites sacred to both Christians and Jews would be turned over to the tender mercies of a Palestinian society that treats suicide bombers as national heroes. The flags of ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad would fly over the cradle of Judeo-Christian civilization.
President-elect Trump has said he will do whatever he can to reverse this disaster, but it won't be easy. Here are a few suggestions:
The Trump Administration must stop funding the United Nations, which obsesses over Israel while it ignores ethnic cleansing and genocide in other regions of the world.
Moving the U.S. Embassy to East Jerusalem would also send a strong message to the world that the Holy City will never be divided again, let alone turned over to the death worshippers who are on a rampage all over the Middle East.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Speaking to Breitbart Jerusalem, one senior Palestinian official confirmed -- just as we warned yesterday -- that the Obama Administration and European Union nations are planning to push for additional U.N. actions against Israel, including another Security Council resolution. The State Department refused to comment on this claim. Instead, it referred reporters to a previous remark by Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner, who said, "Certainly this administration is going to continue to work until January 20th."
The urgency, according to the Palestinian official, is "bypassing the Mideast policies of the incoming Donald Trump Administration by establishing binding guidelines for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. . . "
This shouldn't come as a great surprise. The Obama Administration bypassed the Constitution on the Iranian nuclear deal and it has done everything it can to prevent Trump from dismantling that terrible deal. But no U.S. president, certainly not Trump, should feel bound by bad agreements. If anything, I suspect Obama's actions have only strengthened Trump's resolve to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
But the Palestinian official also had this to say about last week's U.N. vote:
"The settlements have been designated as the main obstacle to the peace process and now it's up for the world to make clear that, in the event of failure, the side that would refuse to comply with the will of the international community, as codified in the U.N. resolution, is the guilty side. . . now the U.S. recognizes that it's Israel that sabotages the peace talks, and does so through its settlement enterprise."
I hope everyone fully appreciates that statement. A Palestinian official just conceded that Obama, Kerry and the thugs at the U.N. have done exactly what all their critics have been objecting to: They made Jewish homes, not Palestinian terrorism, "the main obstacle to the peace process."
Those aren't my words or a right-wing talking point, but the words of a Palestinian official.
As we have often argued, misguided pressure on Israel only rewards Palestinian extremism and whets the appetite of those who refuse to negotiate. If there was any doubt about the true obstacle to peace, just consider the comments of Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the PLO's Executive Committee and a former Palestinian presidential candidate.
Dr. Barghouti said that Kerry's "concluding principles were not something we could agree with." He added that "recognition of Israel as a Jewish state . . . is totally unacceptable."
Lastly, Barghouti laid claim to all of Jerusalem, saying, "[Kerry's] formula about Jerusalem is absolutely something that the Palestinians cannot accept. It must be clear that Jerusalem is East Jerusalem according to 1967 lines. East Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine. How can it be a capital of two states?"
Clearly, the Palestinians have not renounced terrorism and they are no closer to recognizing the Jewish state. So what exactly did Obama and Kerry get for humiliating our ally Israel?
Christians United for Israel Action Fund will continue to expose and oppose the misguided and one-sided policies being pushed by a lame duck president. This administration has not advanced peace. It has only isolated Israel and, as incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer put it, "emboldened extremists."
Please share these reports with friends and family members so that they may better understand the events making headlines. Encourage them to join us as we stand with Israel.
December 4, 2016, 1:21 pm
Many Americans are wondering what a Trump presidency will mean for America’s relationship with Israel. I’d like to break through the media chatter and innuendo and offer some clarity.
Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump made it clear that he supports the Israeli people and Israel’s right to exist as a safe and prosperous Jewish state.
Jason Greenblatt who has worked for the Trump Organization for nearly 20 years is a top advisor to the president-elect on Middle East policy. Contrary to the Obama Administration’s constant haranguing, Greenblatt recently told the Jerusalem Post that Trump does not believe Israeli settlements are an obstacle to peace.
This contrasts with Hillary Clinton, who, as Obama’s secretary of state, said she wanted to “see a stop to Israeli settlement construction, additions, natural growth – any kind of settlement activity. That is what the president has called for.” In 2013, Hillary Clinton declared that additional settlement construction in East Jerusalem was “insulting.”
Greenblatt also said that Trump supports relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, adding, “He is going to do it. [Donald Trump] is a man who keeps his word.”
Trump further believes Israel has a right to defend itself, something that was sometimes in question during the Obama presidency. This belief is most evident in Trump’s repeated calls to alter the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has called dismantling “the disastrous” deal “my number one priority.”
On the United Nations, Trump has said “The U.N. is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom, it’s not a friend even to the United States…and it’s surely not a friend to Israel.” He has vowed to “veto any attempt by the U.N. to impose its will on the Jewish State.”
A statement issued after the election by two chairmen of Trump’s Israel advisory committee stated, among other things, that the U.S. should veto any U.N. resolutions that unfairly single out Israel and any efforts to delegitimize Israel, “impose discriminatory double standards against Israel, or to impose special labeling requirements on Israeli products or boycotts on Israeli goods.”
When it comes to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Trump has said the Palestinians must realize that Israel is a Jewish state and that it must remain so. This is something the Palestinians have been willing to do, and that remains one of the chief obstacles to peace.
After Trump won the election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has known Trump for years and that the president-elect is “a true friend of the State of Israel.” Bibi also said he believes a Trump Administration “will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.”
Those last three words — “ever greater heights” — were a clear signal that the Israeli prime minister feels our relationship over the past eight years has not necessarily been the best it could have been. It also suggests that Donald Trump may be an even greater friend to Israel than past Republican presidents.
Days after the election, Trump said, “I love and respect Israel and its citizens. I look forward to strengthening the unbreakable bond between our two great peoples. I know well that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and that it is the only one that defends human rights, and that it is a ray of hope for many people.”
President-elect Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke the day after the election. Their conversation was described as “warm and heartfelt” and Trump invited Netanyahu to meet with him at the White House “at the first opportunity.” This contrasts with what can at best be described as an “icy” relationship between Obama and Netanyahu.
Likewise, Isaac Herzog, who leads Israel’s Zionist Union Party, sounded an optimistic note after Trump was elected. He said that with Trump’s win, “I am convinced that the security and economic alliance between Israel, and our strongest ally in the United States, will continue to strengthen under your presidency.”
All of this helps explain why Trump enjoyed such strong support among Israeli citizens. A March poll in Israel found that Trump was Israel’s favorite Republican candidate. A plurality also said that Trump would be the best candidate at “representing Israel’s interests.”
Trump advisors have also stated that his administration will ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.
It is also revealing that Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence had a strong pro-Israel record during his years in Congress, and he traveled with Christians United for Israel to the Holy Land in 2014.
I have known Mike Pence for many years and consider him a close, personal friend. His support for Israel derives from his strong, evangelical faith. He once said, “Let me say emphatically, like the overwhelming majority of my constituents, my Christian faith compels me to cherish the state of Israel.”
Many journalists and pundits have said that Trump’s position on Israel is “unclear.” But on multiple fronts, the transition between President Obama and President Trump is revealing major differences in policy and politics. The biggest may be on America’s relationship with Israel.
America’s millions of Christian Zionists look forward to working with the new administration and Congress to strengthen the US-Israel alliance and defend Judeo-Christian civilization.
— Gary Bauer is the Washington Director of the Christians United for Israel Action Fund.
Posted on July 11, 2016 by Sean Savage/JNS.org and filed under Israel, News, U.S..
The Republican Party has reportedly reinstated language endorsing an “undivided” Jerusalem into the party’s platform ahead of its national convention in Cleveland later this month.
According to CNN, which cited a first draft of the party platform that it obtained, the Republicans would reinstate a reference to an “undivided” Jerusalem while removing a reference to “Palestine” in support for a two-state solution.
The Republicans’ move comes in the aftermath of advocacy on the issue by the lobbying affiliate of Pastor John Hagee’s influential Christians United for Israel (CUFI) non-profit. In a letter obtained by JNS.org that was sent to Republican convention delegates on July 6, former Ronald Reagan administration official Gary Bauer, director of the CUFI Action Fund lobby, called for the Republican Party platform to “strengthen its language in support for Israel with Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘undivided, eternal’ capital.”
The CUFI Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization, meaning that it has more leeway on political activities than the 501(c)(3)-status CUFI. The Action Fund’s call stems from a small, yet significant change in the Republican Party’s platform language on Jerusalem from 2008 to 2012.
In 2008, the GOP platform included the sentence, “We support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to that undivided capital of Israel.” But in the 2012 platform, that sentence was missing, and the platform instead mentioned “Israel with Jerusalem as its capital”—without the word “undivided.”
“Many analysts in the Middle East saw this as a signal that even the pro-Israel Republican Party was in favor of the division of Jerusalem and supported awarding half of the city as a capital to a new Palestinian state,” stated the letter from the CUFI Action Fund.
Before the Republicans reinstated the language invoking an “undivided” Jerusalem, Bauer told JNS.org that he did not understand the GOP’s decision in 2012 to alter the language on the Israeli capital.
“It didn’t make any sense to do it,” said Bauer. “Certainly the current government in Israel has no intention of dividing Jerusalem, and from what I have seen in public opinion polls, there’s no real sentiment among the Israeli people to do it either.”
As such, Bauer said the CUFI Action Fund considers it important that at least one of the major American political parties “make it clear that no part of Jerusalem is a settlement.”
“It is a city with roots in Judaism that goes back well before any current competitor could lay claim on it,” Bauer said, referring to the Palestinians’ demands to divide Jerusalem and establish their own capital in the eastern half of the city.
While the CUFI Action Fund pushed for changes on the Republican side, the Democratic Party is facing its own questions over its platform’s support for Israel. The Democrats are also holding their convention later this month.
There is growing concern over the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee members who have been appointed by presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). The committee members include pro-Palestinian activist James Zogby, who is pushing to insert language that is critical of Israel in the platform, such as “occupation.” Such language would break from the party’s longstanding pro-Israel stance. Another committee member appointed by Sanders is Cornel West, an activist in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The Action Fund’s Bauer told JNS.org that while the Democratic Party is a “tougher nut to crack for us” as a lobby, there are “many members of the Democratic Party who are very pro-Israel and we may try to work through them to make sure that their platform is pro-Israel, too.”
While there is a growing divide among more moderate and liberal leaders on the Democratic side, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is also facing the challenge of uniting his own deeply divided party at its convention.
Bauer said he understood that this year’s Republican convention has its own “worries and challenges,” but that he felt there was a “solid majority in favor of this change” on the Jerusalem language.
June 16, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Christians United for Israel Action Fund is deeply disappointed by President Obama’s opposition to the Congressional plan to increase support for Israel’s missile defense programs. As the threats to Israel mount, and as President Obama's Iran deal enriches and emboldens Israel's most determined enemies, Israel's need for missile defense has increased exponentially. The least we can do to protect our ally from these threats -- and to improve our own defense infrastructure in the process -- is to provide this modest increase in missile defense funding.
The CUFI Action Fund is a non-profit 501 (c) (4), bipartisan organization dedicated to ensuring the millions of Christian Zionists across the country have their voices heard in our nation’s capital each-and-every day.
March 17th, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Action Fund has hired longtime political operative Jason Stverak to lead its legislative efforts in Washington and state capitals around the country.
Stverak, who will serve as the Action Fund’s Legislative Director, most recently worked as Communications Director for Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and previously served as the Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party and later as the founder and President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.
“The year ahead promises to be full of challenges for the U.S.-Israel alliance and Middle East peace. But given Jason's stellar record and astute understanding of Washington’s inner workings, I know he will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Gary Bauer, Washington Director of the CUFI Action Fund.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Action Fund at this pivotal time. With an ascendant Iran, near daily Palestinian terror attacks, relentless persecution of Christians at the hands of radical Islamic extremists, and the rise of the BDS movement across the United States, now more than ever America’s Christian Zionists need to ensure our elected officials know exactly where we stand,” said Stverak.
February 18th, 2016
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Action Fund expressed its intention to actively support the Combating BDS Act of 2016 (S. 2531, H.R. 4514). This bipartisan bill is intended to “authorize State and local governments to divest from entities that engage in commerce or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions activities targeting Israel...”
“We’ve seen local legislatures across the country move towards preventing BDS from tarnishing there states and the time has come for the federal government to ensure states are able to combat the BDS scourge. The full weight of the American Christian Zionist community will be brought to bear in support of this legislation,” said Gary Bauer, Washington Director of the CUFI Action Fund.
By Gary Bauer • 1/15/16 12:01 AM
At the same time President Obama was delivering his State of the Union address, assuring Congress and the American people that America's standing in the world is stronger than ever, the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran were sending a different, less-soothing message: the Middle East belongs to them.
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