(JNS.org) The pro-Israel Christian group Christians United for Israel (CUFI) brought more than 400 Christian leaders to Washington, DC, to lobby against President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
CUFI is the largest pro-Israel group in the U.S. with 1.2 million members. On Monday, the group held a summit that included Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee, CUFI board member and President of American Values Gary Bauer, and CUFI executive director David Brog.
According to the CUFI Facebook page, more than 400 CUFI leaders headed to Capitol Hill to hold meetings with all 100 senators.
The latest push by CUFI follows an action alert last week that prompted more than 21,000 individuals to email their senators urging them to vote against the nomination, according to a CUFI press release.
Hagee acknowledged Hagel’s record as a Vietnam veteran and senator “with all due respect,” but stressed that the positions the former senator has taken on Iran and Israel make him unsuitable as Secretary of Defense.
“The biggest threat to the security and safety of our front line ally, Israel, is an aggressive Iran in pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional domination… Hagel is not the man for this job: not now and not in the future!” Hagee said.
Hagee suggested Iran “is so excited about Chuck Hagel’s nomination that they have endorsed him.”
Hagel chairs the Atlantic Council think tank, which in December published a column titled “Israel’s Apartheid Policy” as well as a policy paper predicting that Iran “should be viewed as a potential natural partner” for the U.S.