2014 Washington Summit Speakers
Senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in President George W. Bush’s Administration.
Veteran and combat reservist in the Israeli Defense Forces, specializing as a heavy machine gunner. Founder of Our Soldiers Speak a non-profit, non-governmental organization that brings the proud truth of Israel’s soldiers.
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President of American Values. Previously served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee.
Rev. Billye Brim is CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries which includes Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and the Hebrew Study Centry in Migdal, Israel. A renowned teacher on prayer, Billye has authored The Blood and the Glory and The Road to Prayer Mountain.
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Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Before joining CUFI, Brog worked in the US Senate for seven years, as chief-of-staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Major in the IDF reserves.
Senior United States Senator for Texas, serving since 2002. He is a member of the Republican Party and the current Senate Minority Whip for the 113th Congress. Previously served as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee from 2007 to 2011.
34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.
Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Prior to this post, Ambassador Dermer served as Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC and later as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He writes a regular column for the Jerusalem Post, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.
United States Senator from South Carolina, serving in office since 2003. Graham is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense.
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Founder and National Chairman of CUFI, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church, and Best Selling Author. Birthed in 2006, CUFI has grown to Become the largest pro-Israel organization In the United States and one of the largest Christian grassroots movements in the world.
Lynne Hammond is the National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network. Lynne is a teacher and author on prayer. Lynne and her husband Mac pastor Living Word Christian Center and are CUFI Region 3 Directors and members of CUFI’s Executive Board.
Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations - the coordinating body for 50 national Jewish organizations.
American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and physician as well as a contributor to the Fox News Channel, contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a weekly panelist on PBS’s Inside Washington.
Editor of The Weekly Standard, one of the nation’s leading conservative news magazines. Widely recognized as a top political analyst, Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.
Cheryl Morrison is the Director of Women’s Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel. Cheryl and her husband George pastor in Arvada, CO and are CUFI Region 3 Directors and members of CUFI’s Executive Board.
Host of CBN’s The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck where he discusses national security-related issues with a focus on the global war on terror, the Middle East, and the growth of radical Islam.
One of America’s best known nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts and has appeared on numerous national television programs. Since 1992, Prager has been teaching the Bible verse-by-verse at the University of Judaism.
Deputy editorial page editor responsible for the international opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal. He also writes “Global View,” the paper’s weekly foreign-affairs column, and is a member of the Journal’s editorial board.
Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in President George W. Bush’s Administration. Abrams supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the Bush White House. Abrams was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration and received the secretary of state's Distinguished Service Award. He was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. until joining the White House staff. Abrams was a member and chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and is a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Abrams teaches US foreign policy at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
Sgt. Benjamin Anthony is a veteran and combat reservist in the Israeli Defense Forces. Specializing as a heavy machine gunner, Sgt. Anthony has participated in recent campaigns by the IDF to defend Israeli citizens in the face of new age terrorist activity. In 2007, he founded Our Soldiers Speak a non-profit, non-governmental organization that brings the proud truth of Israel’s soldiers from the front lines of military service to the campuses and communities of the English speaking world. Sgt. Anthony has often spoken at CUFI events including at those put together by our college students, and we are honored to have him join us today. Please welcome a brave and unwavering defender of Israel, Sgt. Benjamin Anthony.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.
Gary Bauer is the President of American Values. Bauer previously served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. While serving at the Education Department, Bauer was named Chairman of President Reagan’s Special Working Group on the Family. Bauer writes a weekly column at Human Events and co-hosts a weekend talk show on Sirius/XM Radio.
David Brog is the Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Before joining CUFI, Brog worked in the US Senate for seven years, rising to be chief-of-staff to SenatorArlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Brog also served as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv and Philadelphia. Brog is the author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006) and In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the struggle for Humanity (2010). In 2007, the Forward newspaper listed Brog in its “Forward 50” most influential Jews in America. Brog is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Elliot Chodoff is a political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Elliot is a major in the IDF reserves and is a graduate of the Home Front Command Senior Commanders Course. He presently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Population for the Northern Region of Israel in Home Front Command. In that capacity, he served on active duty in the North for five weeks during the Lebanon War of 2006. He also served in Gush Katif during the Gaza Disengagement in the summer of 2005 and in 2004 he was a member of the rescue team in the aftermath of the bombing of the Taba Hilton. In addition, he is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics, and teaches courses in field craft and small unit tactics to infantry and paratroop officers. He was selected for the IDF Home Front Command Outstanding Officer Award in 2006.
Senator Cornyn was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General. During his first term in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Cornyn distinguished himself as a leader in the Senate on a variety of issues important to Texans and has earned a national reputation as an articulate and powerful voice for conservative values in Washington. Sen. Cornyn served as a member of the Deputy Whip team after just one year in office, and has been a member of the Republican Senate leadership since 2006. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. In 2012, Senate Republicans elected him to serve as Minority Whip for the 113th Congress. Sen. Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee.
Senator Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas in 2012. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution. In the Senate, Ted serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Ambassador Ron Dermer is the Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Prior to this post, Ambassador Dermer served as Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC and later as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ambassador Dermer co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book, The Case For Democracy; The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, which has been translated into ten languages. Ambassador Dermer also previously worked as a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
Dr. Dror Eydar is a leading columnist in Israel Hayom (Israel Today) Israel's most popular daily newspaper. Prior to that he was the editor of the art and literature supplement of Nativ, a journal of politics and the art. He published two books on Hebrew literature and Jewish mysticism - both deal with chosen parts of Israel's history in the twentieth century. Eydar has a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish literature from Bar Ilan University.
Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. He writes a regular column for the Jerusalem Post, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Gordis is the author of numerous books and is a winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism. His writings have appeared in numerous top tier magazines and newspapers.
Senator Lindsey O. Graham is an American politician who serves as the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, serving in office since 2003. Graham is widely viewed as one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense and considered a loyal friend to our men and women serving in uniform. A frequent visitor to the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq for on-the-ground assessments, Graham has consistently pushed for outcomes in the War on Terror which defend our own long-term national security interests. Closer to home, Graham has been a leader in balancing the federal budget and reforming entitlements to get our nation's fiscal house in order. For his work, a prominent national conservative organization labeled him a 'Taxpayer Hero' who puts, "the interests of the taxpayer ahead of politics by consistently voting to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers."
Pastor John Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members. Pastor Hagee is also founder and President of John Hagee Ministries (JHM), which telecasts his national radio and television teachings throughout America and around the world. In 2006, Pastor Hagee founded, and is the National Chairman of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) which has grown to become the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States with over 1.6 million members and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. Pastor Hagee is the author of 34 books including five New York Times best sellers.
Malcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations - the coordinating body for 50 national Jewish organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York, and as the Executive Director of the Greater New York conference on Soviet Jewry. Hoenlein has traveled throughout the world meeting with and advising world leaders and Jewish communities. He has written and lectured across the U.S. and abroad on a host of issues of concern to the Jewish and pro-Israel community.
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is a U.S. Army Veteran. He is the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
An avid pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, Inhofe became the only member of Congress to fly an airplane around the world when he recreated Wiley Post's legendary trip around the globe.
The conservative publication, Human Events, in editorializing on a recent “Top 10 Most Outstanding Conservative Senators,” ranked Inhofe number one saying he is an “unabashed conservative” and noted that “he’s unafraid to speak his mind.”
In 2013, National Journal magazine ranked Inhofe among the top five most conservative members of the Senate.
Jim has been married to his wife, Kay, for 54 years. They have 20 kids and grandkids.
Dr. Charles Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and physician as well as a contributor to the Fox News Channel, contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a weekly panelist on PBS's Inside Washington. Krauthammer began his journalism career at The New Republic and joined The Washington Post in 1984, where he continues to write a one of the nation’s most influential political columns. Since the Cold War, Krauthammer has framed and influenced American foreign policy like few other journalists.
Bill Kristol serves as editor of The Weekly Standard, one of the nation’s leading conservative news magazines. Widely recognized as a top political analyst, Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.. Kristol previously served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Ronald Reagan. Before coming to Washington, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Jerusalem. In 1993 Mr. Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as leader of the opposition until being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996. After the completion of his term as Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu served as a business consultant to Israeli hi-tech companies and was a popular speaker on the global lecture circuit. In 2002 Mr. Netanyahu returned to politics, first as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then, in the course of 2003, as Minister of Finance. In 2009, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the second time.
Dennis Prager is one of America’s best known nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts and has appeared on numerous national television programs. Since 1992, Prager has been teaching the Bible verse-by-verse at the University of Judaism. He has written several books including The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, which is the most widely used introduction to Judaism in the world. His new book Still the Best Hope: Why American Values Must Triumph was published in April. His latest venture, Prager University, is a virtual university on the Internet with five minute courses on political science, economics, history, religion, and life. Prager was previously a Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords.
Senator Tim Scott grew up in a poor single parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina, and learned the importance of faith, hard work, and living within your means. An unbridled optimist, Senator Scott believes that despite our current challenges, our nation’s brightest days are ahead of us. Senator Scott was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January 2013. Prior to being sworn in to the Senate, Senator Scott served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011-2013, where he was a member of House leadership and sat on the influential House Rules Committee. Tim also served on Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as Chair and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He was the owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.
Dr. Schanzer worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. A former research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dr. Schanzer has studied Middle East history in four countries. He earned his Ph.D. from Kings College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the U.S. Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism in the 20th century.
Erick Stakelbeck is the host of CBN’s The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck where he discusses national security-related issues with a focus on the global war on terror, the Middle East, and the growth of radical Islam. Stakelbeck has interviewed numerous lawmakers and world leaders as well as radical Islamic terrorists. Stakelbeck has authored two critically acclaimed books on radical Islam including The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy. Stakelbeck has made hundreds of appearances as a commentator on leading national television and radio programs and his writings have appeared in numerous publications.
Bret Stephens is the deputy editorial page editor responsible for the international opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal. He also writes "Global View," the paper’s weekly foreign-affairs column, and is a member of the Journal’s editorial board. From 2002-2004 Stephens served as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at just 28 years of age. During his tenure there, he oversaw the paper's most extensive redesign in its then 70-year history and also wrote a weekly column. In January 2005, Stephens was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has won numerous journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
James Woolsey is the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and presently serves as Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC. He also Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Woolsey has held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. During his 12 years of government service, Woolsey held several positions including Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, Under Secretary of the Navy, and General Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. As an officer in the US Army, Woolsey was an adviser on the American Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks in Helsinki and Vienna.