March 21, 2019 WASHINGTON – On Thursday, leaders of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, issued a statement welcoming President Trump’s comment that, “… it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights…” The President’s comment comes after a month long CUFI lobbying campaign in support of the position and just one week after the group released a statement backing associated legislation.
“In our meetings with Administration and Capitol Hill officials there’s been a clear understanding of the Golan Heights’ importance to Israel’s security. We are very grateful to the President for having the courage to express that position and look forward to the US formally recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” said CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee.
“When it was under Syrian control, the Golan Heights was used to attack Israeli civilians in the region below. During the Syrian civil war we saw all too well the brutality of the Assad regime, including the willingness of Damascus to use chemical weapons. Recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights is the right policy and the time to enact that policy has come,” Hagee added.
“We welcome the President taking such an unambiguous stance on Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. And we also would like to thank those Members of Congress, in particular Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Gallagher, who elevated this issue by sponsoring S. 567/H.R. 1372. It’s now clear that the consensus among Israel’s allies in Washington is that the U.S. should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and we look forward to that consensus being reflected in U.S. policy,” said CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker.
The original cosponsors of legislation, “clarifying that it is United States policy to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights” (S. 567, H.R. 1372), are Senators Ted Cruz (author), Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Kevin Cramer, and Lindsey Graham, as well as Representatives Mike Gallagher (author), Brian Mast, Doug Lamborn, Jim Banks, Elise Stefanik, Tom Cole, Mark Meadows, Bill Johnson, Scott Perry, Roger Marshall, Mark Green, Lee Zeldin, Ted Budd, and Jody Hice.
With more than 5 million members, 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.
The CUFI Action Fund, a non-profit 501 (c) (4), nonpartisan organization, serves as the public policy arm of the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, Christians United for Israel. The Action Fund is dedicated to ensuring the millions of Christian Zionists across the country have their voices heard in our nation’s capital each and every day.