Hagee's Week in Israel
Pastor Spoke at Restoring Courage, Met with Israeli Prime Minister, Nigerian Pastor and Palestinian Sheikh
SAN ANTONIO – In late August,
Pastor John Hagee, founder and Chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI),
the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, helped to kick off Glenn Beck’s
Restoring Courage rallies with a keynote speech at the Caesarea amphitheater.
Please click here to view Hagee’s speech.
In addition to attending the
Restoring Courage events, Hagee participated in several high level meetings
during the week.
On Thursday, Hagee met with Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and introduced the Israeli leader to Pastor Enoch
Adeboye, of Nigeria’s Redeemed Christian Church of God. Adeboye is a spiritual
leader to millions and was named in 2008 to Newsweek’s
list of the most powerful people in the world.
“I have been blessed with the
opportunity to address Pastor Adeboye’s conferences – with literally
millions of Christians in attendance – on several occasions. As our
relationship deepened, I invited him to my home in Texas and we spoke about the
Biblical and moral reasons for standing with the Jewish people and the State of
Israel,” Hagee said. “The Pastor has warmly embraced Christian Zionism, and I am
proud to have had the opportunity to introduce this important new ally to Prime
In addition to meeting with Netanyahu and Adeboye, Hagee
welcomed Sheikh Abu-Khader Ja'abari of Hebron to his suite in Jerusalem
for a meeting facilitated by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.
“I was very honored to have had the opportunity to meet and
speak with Sheikh Ja'abari. The Shiekh, Rabbi Riskin and I spoke for nearly two
hours, about the need to reject violence and develop greater tolerance between
religious communities. This conversation was illuminating and in many ways
inspired my hopes for peace. I pray that is only the first of many such
meetings.” Hagee said.
“It is critical that the clergy of the three major
religions of the world – Judaism, Christianity and Islam declare together their
united belief in a God of love, morality and compassion,” Riskin remarked. He
added that “we dare not allow the forces of fanaticism and Jihadism to speak
for God and to take over the religious message. Sheikh Ja’abari is an important
and refreshing voice in a Religion for Peace. I am proud that my Center for
Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation has partnered with the
Interfaith Encounter Association, led by Yehuda Stolov, in bringing together
Pastor Hagee and Shiekh Ja’abari.”
During Beck’s final restoring Courage event in Jerusalem,
David Brog, CUFI’s executive director, read aloud Ja'abari’s letter in support
of Beck’s efforts.
“I Sheikh Ja'abari greet you this evening with the courage
of a loving friend. So does my Koran ask me to look upon you and so does
my heart and soul feel connected to you. Israel and Moslem are both children of
Abraham and we are all children of one God. May we truly walk arm in arm
in peace together and bring our united God, the God of the universe, to the
entire world in peace,” the letter concluded.
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