I just got back from a press conference earlier today at the National Press Club, of Christian and Jewish leaders responding to Obama's attack on Israel. This coalition of leadership, representing millions of Americans, is kicking off a media campaign across the country to proudly stand with Israel. I will write it up and post snaps later, but clearly Obama has galvanized the right, the righteous and the non-Muslim world.
Christian and Jewish leaders have gone on the offense and announced an ad campaign. Obama has no idea of the unified movement he just created.
"ISRAEL YOU'RE NOT ALONE" TELEVISION CAMPAIGN BEGINS THIS WEEK
The television commercial responding to the attack on Israel:
VO: "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN ISRAEL WHEN THEY GIVE AWAY LAND FOR "PEACE."
The video shows children running for shelter as the rockets explode around them.
"DON'T LET HAMAS MOVE THEIR ROCKETS ANY CLOSER TO INNOCENT ISRAELI FAMILIES."
Graphic shows the words, "Trading land for Peace?" Israel, We Stand With You. www.IsraelYoureNotAlone.com "
"The Prime Minister will know that millions stand with him and against Obama's pressure to give half of their nation over to those who don't even recognize their right to exist." said Janet Porter.
Fifty leaders also ran full page ads to encourage Israel in the Wall Street Journal and Jerusalem Post last week, including: Dr. James Dobson, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, Bill McCartney of Promise Keepers, Governor Mike Huckabee, Judge Roy Moore, Jimmy Draper of LifeWay, James Robison, Rick Joyner, and Bishop Earl Jackson.
The television commercial and full print ad can be seen at: www.IsraelYoureNotAlone.com.
Among those present were General "Jerry" Boykin, Mike Gottfried, Janet Porter of Faith2Action (who sent Prime Minister Netanyahu 30,000 yellow "friendship" roses last year in a show of support), William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition, Pastor Paul Blair of Reclaiming America for Christ, Bishop E.W. Jackson, the head of STAND for America (Staying True to America's National Destiny), Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, Pastor Aaron Fruh of Knollwood Church, Rabbi Aryeh Spero, and Dr. Rick Scarborough of Vision America, among others.
In concert with the media offensive, Pastory Hagee mobilized his righteous army:
Christian Zionists Send More Than 50,000 Emails of Support to Netanyahu
WASHINGTON – Since late Friday evening, more than 50,000 members of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, sent emails of support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Israelis are concerned that the pre-1967 borders are indefensible. I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu is right to stress this point,” said CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee. “CUFI believes strongly in supporting the democratically elected government of Israel as it seeks to deliver peace and security to its people.”
“The response of the Christian Zionist community has been overwhelming. America’s Christian Zionists are firmly behind Israel’s right to determine for itself how best to achieve peace and security,” Hagee said.
“Given Israel’s repeated risks for peace over the years, we believe America must respect Israel’s democratically elected government and the will of the Israeli people,” said David Brog, CUFI’s executive director. “We believe that this outpouring of support makes clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that Christians across America are standing firmly with Israel.”
Christians United for Israel is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. CUFI spans all fifty states and reaches millions with its message. Each year CUFI holds hundreds of pro-Israel events in cities around the country. And each July, thousands of pro-Israel Christians gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in the CUFI Washington Summit and make their voices heard in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
CUFI’s mission is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel.
UPDATE: Here is a statement from Pastor E.W. Jackson, the head of STAND for America (Staying True to America's National Destiny), opposing President Obama's call for Israel to return to her 1967 borders. Bishop Jackson is a candidate for the United States Senate in Virginia.
Last Thursday the President of the United States broke with 50 years of American foreign policy and betrayed our closest ally in the Middle East. Presidents Johnson, Carter and Reagan opposed what President Obama now supports. More importantly, the American people oppose President Obama’s new Middle East peace policy. He made the unilateral declaration that negotiations for peace should begin with the 1967 borders of Israel - which would leave Israel again vulnerable to a fatal attack; which would allow an invading Army to reach Tel Aviv after traveling only 9 miles into Israeli territory; and which would leave a divided Jerusalem. He made this radical shift in policy on the eve of the visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu without consulting either the Prime Minister of Israel or the Congress of the United States. The 1967 borders of Israel are carte blanch to Israel’s enemies to accomplish what they have long sought – the destruction of Israel. Why the President would give aid and comfort to those who want Israel destroyed is beyond comprehension.
What is even more shocking and incomprehensible is that the President would do this immediately following the merging of Hamas - a terrorist organization - and Fatah, the Palestinian Authority. This new unification of the Palestinian leadership reaffirms what everyone except the President seems to know. Palestinian leaders do not want peace. They want Israel destroyed. Therefore, America must be unwavering in support of our vital ally. No American President or government has the right to dictate Israel’s surrender or demand Israel’s suicide. The security of Israel is nonnegotiable. While President Obama has broken America’s trust and betrayed Israel, we are here to say that as citizens and Christians and clergy, we remain committed to Israel’s security and to making sure that American foreign policy and the leaders we elect in the future will uphold this historic commitment. We stand with the Israel and the Jewish people in saying, “never again.”