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2015 Washington Summit Speakers


Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Via Satellite.

Dr. Charles Stanley
Senior Pastor First Baptist Church in Northern Atlanta, Georgia.

Pastor John Hagee
CUFI Executive Board. Founder and National Chairman of CUFI, Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church, and Best Selling Author.

Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor and an award winning novelist, journalist, and human rights activist.

 


Dr. Massad Barhoum
Medical Director of the Western Galilee Medical Center

David Brog
CUFI Executive Board. Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

Rev. Billye Brim
CUFI’s Region 5 Director and CEO of Billye Brim Ministries.

Governor Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida

 


Elliot Chodoff
Political and military analyst specializing in the Middle East conflict and the global war on terrorists. Major in the IDF reserves.

Senator Cornyn
Senior United States Senator from Texas, serving since 2002

Senator Tom Cotton
United States Senator from Arkansas

Senator Ted Cruz
Texas US Senate

 


Ambassador Ron Dermer
Israeli Ambassador to the United States

Representative Trent Franks
Reagan Republican, and is currently serving in his seventh term in the United States Congress

Representative Louie Gohmert
Serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii's 2nd district

 


Senator Lindsey Graham
Senior United States Senator from South Carolina

Lynne Hammond
National Director of Daughters for Zion, CUFI’s Prayer Network.

Dr. Yoram Hazony
President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem

Malcolm Hoenlein
Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

 


Diana Hagee
Founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas


Governor Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas


Cheryl Morrison
Director of Women’s Ministries and Israel Outreach at Faith Bible Chapel.

Governor George Pataki
Former Three-term Governor of New York

 


Dennis Prager
One of America’s best known nationally syndicated radio talk show hosts


Senator Rick Santorum
Former Pennsylvania US Senator


Senator Tim Scott
Junior United States Senator for South Carolina

Erick Stakelbeck
Host of CBN’s The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck

 


Bret Stephens
Deputy editorial page editor responsible for the international opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal.

 

Dr. Massad Barhoum, Arab Christian, is the medical director of the Western Galilee Medical Center, one of three Israeli hospitals to treat Syrians wounded in that country's civil war.

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.

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.

Jeb Bush served two terms as the governor of Florida from 1998 until 2006. He previously served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and worked in business and real estate. Gov. Bush has traveled to Israel five times and signed a trade deal with Israel in the 1990’s. His foreign policy vision emphasizes American leadership in the world, including standing by American allies and standing up to American foes. Gov. Bush is deeply moved by the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, and has expressed deep concern with reported concessions to Iran during negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

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 is the senior senator from Texas and the Senate Majority Whip his party’s second highest ranking position in the Senate. During his three terms in the Senate, Cornyn has committed himself to strengthening our national defense and the US-Israel relationship. He has been a tireless advocate for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Before being elected to his current position, Cornyn served first as a district judge and later as a member of the Texas Supreme Court and as Texas Attorney General.

Senator Tom Cotton currently represents Arkansas in the United States Senate. The tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 occurred during his final year of law school at Harvard, and he began to reconsider his future plans. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and a short time in a private law practice, Cotton joined the United States Army as an Infantry Officer where he spent nearly 5 years on active duty. He completed combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and between his two combat tours he served as a platoon leader with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Cotton’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Ranger Tab.

Ted Cruz represents Texas in the US Senate. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Sen. Cruz served as Texas solicitor general and worked as an attorney in private practice. His foreign policy viewpoint is informed by his family history. After being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Ted’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. While serving in Washington, Sen. Cruz has been a stalwart defender of the US-Israel relationship, including sponsoring the bill (now law) that banned known-terrorists from becoming UN ambassadors, sponsoring the resolution that condemned Hamas for the use of human shields, and introduced the bill offering a $5 million Rewards for Justice for the capture or kill of the murderers of dual American-Israeli citizen Naftali Fraenkel.

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.

Congressman Trent Franks represents Arizona’s eighth district in the US House of Representatives and has been in Congress since 2003. He is the co-chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus and the Chairman of the National Security Working Group for the Republican Study Committee, where he leads conservative members of Congress on issues relating to national security.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard In 2004, Tulsi voluntarily deployed to Iraq with her fellow Soldiers of the 29th Brigade eventually serving two tours of combat duty in the Middle East. Tulsi was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort McClellan's Officer Candidate School, and was the first woman to ever receive an award of appreciation from the Kuwaiti military on her second overseas tour. Tulsi continues to serve as a Captain in the Hawai'i National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team. In between her two tours, Tulsi worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka, where she advised the senator on energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veterans’ affairs. In 2010, Tulsi ran for the Honolulu City Council and served as Chair of the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee and Vice Chair of the Budget committee. Representing Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, Tulsi is one of the first two female combat veterans and the first Hindu to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.

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."
Graham was elected to the Senate in 2002 and reelected in 2008, garnering over one million votes and becoming the top vote-getter in South Carolina history. In the Senate, he serves on the chamber's most important committees: Appropriations, which oversees the expenditure of every dollar from the Federal Treasury; Armed Services, which is responsible for all areas of our national defense; Budget, which establishes the blueprint for total government revenues and spending, and Judiciary, which has a broad mandate covering multiple issues ranging from the Constitution to criminal justice to intellectual property law.

Representative Louie Gohmert has represented Texas’s first congressional district since 2005. Gohmert is the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

Diana Hagee is the wife of Pastor John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. She coordinates all special events for John Hagee Ministries, Cornerstone Church, Cornerstone Christian Schools, Christians United for Israel and leads the Women's Ministries at Cornerstone Church.

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.

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.

Dr. Yoram Hazony is the President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology. He is author of The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul and The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture.

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.

Governor Mike Huckabee  From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and was recognized nationally for his leadership, having been honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his numerous accomplishments. Governing magazine named him as one of its 'Public Officials of the Year' for 2005, Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America, and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award.  He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. Huckabee became governor in July 1996 when his predecessor resigned. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at the time. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002. Huckabee first was elected lieutenant governor in a 1993 special election and was elected to a full four-year term in 1994. After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas.

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.

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.

George Pataki is the former three-term governor of New York where he brought solutions to a state in crisis, revived the economy and led New York through the worst terrorist attack on American soil. As Governor, he inspired people of all backgrounds to work together and believe in a better future. Gov. Pataki grew up in upstate New York working on the family farm where he learned the power of discipline, community, and hard work. His grandparents were immigrants. His father was a postman and volunteer fire chief. He has been married to his wife Libby Pataki for forty-one years. They have four children; Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen.

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.

Rick Santorum represented Pennsylvania in the US Senate for two terms from 1995 until 2007 and previously served for two terms in the US House of Representatives. During his second term in the Senate, he served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference the third highest ranking position in his party’s Senate leadership. While in office, Sen. Santorum was the author of the Iran Freedom and Support Act which imposed many of the sanctions on Iran now being negotiated. In addition, he was the author of the Syria Accountability Act and was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee for 8 years where he served as the chairman of the subcommittee in charge of transitioning the military from a Cold War fighting force to one prepared to deal with asymmetric (terrorist) threats we face today. During the summer of 2014, Sen. Santorum led a solidarity mission to Israel where he met with top Israeli officials.

Senator Tim Scott was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January 2013. He has launched his Opportunity Agenda, a new way forward including robust initiatives that give our students and workers the greatest chance to succeed. Senator Scott is also working to find ways to help redevelop our poorest areas without pushing current residents out, bring down energy costs that consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less, help young offenders and those aging out of the foster care system to receive the vital opportunity for education, and ensure our kids who want to attend college can do so without incurring debilitating debt. 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.

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.

Dr. Charles Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in northern Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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.

Elie Wiesel is a noted Holocaust survivor and an award winning novelist, journalist, and human rights activist. He is also a Nobel Prize laureate in World Peace.

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