The Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Primers are a vital component of CUFI’s educational strategy. The primers, which are made available through our website, social media, and direct mail pieces, provide focused information on current and relevant topics in a clear and concise fashion to inform our member base.
As the situation in the Middle East is constantly developing with various factors that impact the security of both Israel and the United States at once directly and indirectly, we seek to drive the narrative and be a thought-leader for our members. To ensure CUFI stakeholders are educated on highly significant issues, we have identified topics and distributed timely primers on topics such as the deteriorating relationship between the US and Turkey as well as the ongoing conflicts over the Straits of Hormuz. Thus, we equip our members with the tools they need to speak on these topics within their sphere of influence with both knowledge and clarity.
Our primers cover topics that are foundational such as the biblical foundation of Christian Zionism, US security assistance to Israel, and the rising tide of anti-Semitism, as well as time-sensitive issues such as the S-400 SAM system, and even current interest pieces such as the true story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen.
CUFI’s primers, as well as our other educational materials, are part of a diligent effort to provide up-to-date and relevant tools to our member base. As the largest pro-Israel organization in America, our mission and vision is foremost to educate our members before motivating and activating them, ensuring that our organization does not sacrifice depth while it grows in size and influence.
From 1945, when Turkey entered World War II aligned with the Allies, relations between the U.S. and the Republic of Turkey were friendly. In 1947, due to difficulties in Greece repressing a communist rebellion and the Soviet Union’s demands for military bases in the Turkish Straits, the U.S. declared the Truman Doctrine. In that document, the U.S. delineated its intentions to ensure Greece and Turkey’s security which resulted in significant military and economic support from the U.S. to both countries.
Israel’s story begins with one man and his obedience to a faithful God: Abraham. Genesis 12 describes God’s call to Abraham to leave his family and country, Ur, and travel to a land which God would show him. In return, God promises Abraham blessings, innumerable descendants, and land. As Abraham’s story develops, God reveals the boundaries of this promised land, Israel (Genesis 13:14-18). Miraculously, Abraham and Sarah have a son, Isaac, and their line continues through his son, Jacob. From Jacob emerge twelve sons which become the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
From their vantage point atop the Golan Heights from 1948 to 1967, Syrian troops terrorized Israelis in the upper Galilee by raining mortar shells down upon homes, farms and communi7es. For 19 long years, those in Israel’s northern region lived in the shadow of Syrian mortars. When the IDF captured the Golan Heights in 1967, the threat to Israeli communi7es was removed. Much credit for Israel’s defeat of Syria and capture of the Golan Heights must go to Eli Cohen, Israel’s greatest spy.
BDS is an acronym for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement which targets Israel’s political and economic stability. To accomplish their destructive goal, this movement employs thinly-veiled anti-Semitic rhetoric and the well-coordinated presentation of false narratives about Israel. BDS is a global propaganda campaign designed to single out Israel as an outcast among nations and deteriorate support for Israel especially among the next generation. The primary aim of the BDS movement is to bring about the economic destruction o f the state of Israel by gradually defaming the Jewish state until the international community is convinced that Israel has no right to exist or defend herself from her enemies.
Iran’s New Terrorist-in-Chief: Esmail Ghani
In January, a US strike killed Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian military officer who oversaw the Islamic Republic’s efforts to spread terror and mayhem throughout the Middle East. Check out this primer to learn about his protégé turned replacement: Esmail Ghaani.
One of the world’s oldest cities, Jerusalem has been the most treasured city of the Jewish people for centuries. Learn the Biblical and historical connection and yearning the Jewish people have for the City of Peace.
After nearly two millennia in exile, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a new movement for Jewish sovereignty began to gain worldwide traction: Zionism. In 1896, Theodor Herzl’s Zionist pamphlet, The Jewish State, laid out a vision that would eventually culminate in the rebirth of the state of Israel.
The S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a Russian-made mobile surface-to-air missile system. It is designed to engage aircraft, UAV’s, cruise missiles and includes terminal ballistic missile defense capabilities. The fourth generation system of long-range Russian SAMs, the S-400 missile system is the successor to the S-200 and S-300 systems.
Christians who support Israel do so because they acknowledge this truth: Judaism did not come to an end with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ—nor was it displaced by the birth of Christianity. Without Jesus who was a Jewish Rabbi, nor the apostles who were Jewish disciples of Jesus, nor the writings which God’s Spirit inspired and wrote through Jewish men that became the Bible, Christians would have no foundation for their faith at all.
Replacement Theology, also called “supersessionism,” is the dangerous view that the church has superseded or replaced Israel in God’s plan as His Chosen People, the recipients of God’s blessings, and the heirs of His Covenants. This belief system is rooted in the idea that God voided covenants He described as “everlasting” because the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah and condemns the Jews for His death.
The Golan Heights is a plateau controlled by Israel that borders Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. The area is of great strategic importance as it is effectively the high ground in the area. The Golan Heights overlooks Israeli towns and agricultural centers, and its topography – specifically to where Israel’s line of control extends – would significantly hamper the ability of modern conventional armed forces to invade Israel. In addition, the territory overlooks the Sea of Galilee, a significant water source for Israel.
Israel is governed by a parliamentary democracy system. Israel has three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. While the country does not have a written constitution, its Declaration of Independence and Basic Laws serve in that function, thereby guaranteeing that Israel will flourish as a free and democratic nation.
The phrase literally means to repair the world, but what does that mean in the modern context and how does it relate to Israel? The Talmud, a central text of Rabbinical Judaism, says “If you save one life, it is as if you have saved the world.” Tikkun Olam is a concept in Judaism to behave and act constructively and beneficially. In the modern era, it is the idea that Jews bear responsibility not only for their own moral, spiritual, and material welfare, but also for the welfare of society at large. Contemporary Rabbis view the term as meaning “the establishment of Godly qualities throughout the world”
The alliance between Iran and Syria began to flourish in the years following the Islamic Revolution in Iran that overthrew the Shah in 1979. Syria was the first Arab state and the third in general to recognize the newly established Islamic Republic; it also had the distinction of being the only Arab country that explicitly stood by Iran during the bloody Iran–Iraq War (1980–88). While Syria under the Assad regime is supposedly secular and Iran is a Shiite Islamic Republic, the alliance is driven by common political and strategic goals. Most importantly, both sides declare themselves as fully committed to “resistance” against Israel.
The Palestinian people are indeed oppressed but not by Israel. Rather, the Palestinians are subject to tragic living conditions, their basic human security often denied, and their children indoctrinated to terror by their own leadership: Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
The Middle East has long been called the “cradle of Christianity.” The apostles began to be Jesus’s witnesses in Jerusalem before moving out further and further in the ancient world with the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Today, Christianity has all but disappeared from the Middle East as it has become increasingly more dangerous to be a Chris6an in that region..
On October 27, 2018, a gunman opened fire in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 worshippers and wounding two others, while shouting, “All Jews must die.” It was deadliest attack against Jews on US soil, ever. That day, the United States watched in horror, at a loss to pinpoint what precipitated such a heinous and atrocious occasion of murder. Yet, however shocked Americans were, this was not an isolated incident; the world’s oldest hatred had simply reared its ugly head yet again.
As tensions between Iran and the United States surge, there has been a dramatic increase in confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the most important waterways on Earth. The regime in Tehran has threatened closure of the Strait in retaliation to the United States withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and the accompanying US decision to end sanction waivers on Iranian oil imports, but as yet has not carried out this threat. Nearly 20 percent of the world’s oil travels through this waterway. If the Strait was closed to shipping by Iran, there would be serious ramifications.
Hamas is the acronym of al-Harakat al-Muqawwama al-Islamiyya—the name of the Islamic Resistance Movement, a Palestinian Sunni-Islamist terror organization that is legally banned by the United States, Canada, the EU and Israel. The second wealthiest terrorist organization in the world and the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, it poses a direct and immediate threat to the safety and security of Israeli civilians.
Since 2005 the United States has provided over $2 billion in aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). These taxpayer dollars enable the LAF to procure American military weapons and training. Recent estimates from the LAF suggest that as much as 80% of its military hardware comes from the Unites States. The reasoning behind this support is explained as follows: U.S. assistance for the LAF is a key component of our policy to reinforce Lebanon’s sovereignty and secure its borders, counter internal threats, and build up its legitimate state institutions.
For decades, the United States and Israel have maintained strong bilateral relations based on a number of factors, including robust domestic US support for Israel and its security, shared strategic goals in the Middle East, a mutual commitment to democratic values, and historical ties dating from US support for the creation of Israel in 1948.
While CUFI does not generally engage on issues outside the Middle East, there are times when issues relevant to Israel take place well outside that region. The alliance between two of the world’s most leading sponsors of terror and weapons proliferators, North Korea and Iran, is highly relevant to anyone concerned with American and Israelisecurity.