|Excerpt from "Israel, An Evangelist Pastor, and A reform Rabbi"
Letter from Ruth Matar (Women in Green) Jerusalem, April 10, 2008
|PASTOR JOHN HAGEE
Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in America on 160 TV stations, fifty radio stations and eight networks including The Inspiration Network (INSP) and Trinity Broadcasting Network. The ministries can be seen and heard weekly in 99 million homes. John Hagee Ministries is in Canada on the Miracle Channel and the CTS and can be seen in Africa, Europe, Australia, New Sealand and is in most third world nations.
He is also the president and CEO of Global Evangelism Television, which telecasts his radio and television ministry. Hagee has received numerous honors and accolades from national Jewish organizations for his unwavering support of Israel. In pursuit of
his support of Israel, Hagee, along with 400 leaders from the Christian and Jewish communities, formed Christians United for
Israel (CUFI) on February 7, 2006. This organization is focused on communicating the need to defend Israel, in light of Biblically based matters, with members of the United States Congress.
Hagee has denounced replacement theology; he believes the Bible commands Christians to support Israel and the Jewish people.
Because the territory of what is now Israel, Gaza and the West Bank was ruled by the Ottoman Turks prior to World War I; then controlled by the British, and later partitioned under United Nations mandate, Hagee argues that the land does not belong to the Arabs. The Name Palestine (deriving from the ancient Philistines) was imposed by the Roman emperor Hadrian to punish the Jews for their revolt against Rome. Hagee maintains there is no Palestinian language, no historic Palestinian nation: most people claiming to be Palestinians immigrated from other Arab states.
Hagee says that Iran will never respond favorably to diplomacy and is a threat to Western civilization. To eliminate Iran's alleged nuclear programme, he supports an American-Israeli pre-emptive military strike. Hagee supports the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States.
The San Antonio B'nai B'rith Council awarded Hagee with its "Humanitarian of the Year" award. It was the first time ths award was given to a gentile. Hagee was presented the ZOA Israel Award by the U.N. Ambassador Jeawn Kirkpatrick. This award was given by the Jewish Community of Dallas, Texas. He was presented the ZOA Service Award by the Texas Governor Mark White. Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire issued a special proclamation in his honor declaring Pastor John C. Hagee Day.
Hagee has been to Israel twenty-two times and has met with every Prime Minister since Menachem Begin. John Hagee Ministries has given more than $8.5 million to bring Soviet Jews from the former Soviet Union to Israel. Hagee is the Founder and Executive Director of "A Night to Honor Israel", an event which expresses solidarity between Christians and Jews on behalf of Jerusalem, the State of Israel and the United States.
ERICK H. YOFFIE
Eric Yoffie is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform Jewish movement in North America.
On August 31, 2007, Rabbi Yoffie gave remarks at the Islamic Society of North America's 44th annual convention in Chicago, Illinois. He states that, "the time has come to listen to our Muslim neighbors speak, from their heart and in their own words, about the spiritual power of Islam and their own religion."
Yoffie urged Jewish organizations not to cooperate with Hagee's Christian Zionists arguing that they hurt Israel's interests. Yoffie claimed that Hagee and his followers are opposed to a two state solution, thereby diminishing chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Pastor Hagee's answer to Rabbi Yoffie was as follows: "Our opinions aside, Israel is a free country. CUFI's fundamental philosophy from day one has been that Israelis and Israelis alone have the right to make existential decisions about the land and peace. The only lobbying I did on that issue was to try to persuade the US government not to pressure Israel into adopting policies it was reluctant to carry out."
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