Michael Oren Calls CUFI "Righteous Gentiles"
Excerpt from Arutza Sheva
at “The Night to Honor Israel” banquet Tuesday at the Christians United for
Israel 6th National Summit in Washington, Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to
the United States, compared the CUFI’s accomplishments with the phenomenon of
righteous gentiles such as Major-General Orde Charles Wingate, British Army
officer and creator of special Jewish military units
in British mandated Palestine in the 1930s and in World War II.
Oren said that as a devoutly religious Christian, Wingate became an ardent
supporter of Zionism, seeing it as his religious duty to help the Jewish
community in Palestine form an independent Jewish state.
comparable righteous gentile, Oren said, was the late Washington state senator,
Henry “Scoop” Jackson. “As a child Senator Jackson was taught to respect Jews
in the Christian home he grew up in,” he noted and credited him with sponsoring
legislation aimed at freeing Jews from the former Soviet Union.
1974, while in the Senate, Jackson co-sponsored what has come to be known as
the Jackson-Vanik amendment with Charles Vanik sponsoring it in the House. The
amendment was intended to help refugees, specifically Jews, to emigrate from
the former USSR. Oren recalled that Soviet prisoner of conscience Natan
(Anatoly) Sharansky, currently chairman of the Jewish Agency in Israel, praised
Jackson for helping free Soviet Jewry and called him a “defender of Israel; a
torch bearer of faith.”