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Last update - 18:38 03/04/2006
New Christian pro-Israel lobby aims to be stronger than AIPAC
By Shlomo Shamir

NEW YORK - Televangelist John Hagee told Jewish community leaders over the weekend that the 40 million evangelical Christians in the United States support Israel and that he plans to utilize this power to help Israel by launching a Christian pro-Israel lobby.

The lobby is slated to launch in July, during a Washington conference in which hundreds of American evangelicals are slated to participate, Hagee said at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which represents 52 national Jewish groups. He also discussed the lobby with Israel's consul general in New York, Aryeh Mekel.

Hagee said his group would be a Christian - and more powerful - version of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a large pro-Israel lobby, and would target senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill. A quarter of congressmen are evangelicals, and many American legislators represent regions that include a large evangelical population, he said.

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Hagee - the founder and senior pastor of the evangelical Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, that claims an active membership of more than 18,000 - said the lobby's activities would be a "political earthquake."

In his meeting with Mekel, Hagee said he planned to establish an effective network of key activists across the United States who can be reached within 24 hours if necessary for emergency lobbying efforts. He said he has already appointed 12 regional directors who are to be responsible for lobby activities in their areas and that he plans to appoint representatives in every state and major city.

Hagee also said he would head a delegation of 500 evangelicals slated to visit Israel this summer.

"The evangelical population's support of Israel is very important," said Mekel yesterday.

The Israeli ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon, responded in a similar fashion while discussing the new lobby in February.

"We see Christians in the United States as true friends and important supporters on the basis of shared values, and we welcome their efforts to strengthen the ties between Israel and the U.S.," Ayalon said at the time.

Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman was a bit more cautious. He said Hagee's project should be welcomed, but added that Jews and Israelis should be both respectful and wary. Foxman noted that Hagee told the Conference of Presidents that evangelicals support Israel from a biblical perspective, but did not explain exactly what he meant.

Rabbi James Rudin, author of "The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us," said Sunday that Hagee - one of 20 evangelical leaders who met with Ariel Sharon during his last trip to Washington - has been known for many years as an enthusiastic advocate of Israel, and is a typical right-wing Christian supporter of the country.

Some 400 Christian community leaders met in San Antonio in February to establish the lobby. Other than Hagee, its leaders include evangelist George Morrison; fundamentalist Baptist minister Jerry Falwell; and Gary Bauer, president of the American Values organization aimed at protecting marriage, family and faith. All are well-known supporters of Israel, and considered hawkish.

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  1.   We Need Them. 10:11  |  Eli 03/04/06
  2.   Why does nobody talk about the Arab lobby? 10:39  |  Evan Hewitt 03/04/06
  3.   #1 We need them 11:01  |  Neutral 03/04/06
  4.   War makes strange bedfellows 11:02  |  Yonatan 03/04/06
  5.   @ "Neutral" from Al Quds 11:44  |  René Fries 03/04/06
  6.   That is precisely the mistake Yonatan 11:54  |  sh 03/04/06
  7.   New "Christian Lobby" 11:59  |  Peter 03/04/06
  8.   NEUTRAL.They are proIsrael because they know your Caliphate agend 12:01  |  PETER SM 03/04/06
  9.   To Haaretz 12:08  |  Mark B. 03/04/06
  10.   AIPAC is not the only terror oirganiztion in USA 12:10  |  abedrabbah 03/04/06
  11.   short and controvery free 13:18  |  simon 03/04/06
  12.   ABEDRABBA.You sound nervous.Rightly so. 13:27  |  PETER SM 03/04/06
  13.   I Have Met Pastor Hagee 13:47  |  Johnny Weintraub 03/04/06
  14.   Logical progression 13:48  |  JJ Doyle 03/04/06
  15.   Beware, Israel 14:11  |  Oscar 03/04/06
  16.   #14-I`ll argue with Jesus 14:17  |  Lindsey 03/04/06
  17.   wasn`t it 7 or 8 years ago when... 14:27  |  Dan N 03/04/06
  18.   The Taliban Christians 14:37  |  nehad ismail 03/04/06
  19.   Another right wing lobby against the Kadima 14:38  |  Ruth Cashman 03/04/06
  20.   I have no problem with it 14:57  |  Tulip 03/04/06
  21.   FABULOUS 14:57  |  Nicole 03/04/06
  22.   Sorry Yonathan, you`re wrong 15:02  |  Lucio 03/04/06
  23.   *NEUTRAL 15:11  |  Bill 03/04/06
  24.   Dan N (Post 17) 15:29  |  Johnny Weintraub 03/04/06
  25.   its long overdue 16:09  |  alan 03/04/06
  26.   To JJ Doyle 1348 03/04 16:12  |  Paqid Yirmeyahu 03/04/06
  27.   abedrabbah - AIPAC as terrorists 16:39  |  natan 03/04/06
  28.   The perfect Ally to Israel 16:51  |  PalestinianChristian 03/04/06
  29.   Part 1: Muslims Brought It On Christians Will Finish It! 17:09  |  Sam The Sham 03/04/06
  30.   To Mr Natan 17:12  |  Abedrabbah 03/04/06
  31.   Bible Thumpers Triumphant 17:14  |  Yaakov Sullivan 03/04/06
  32.   Arab lobby is neutralized!! 17:19  |  Joel in Albany 03/04/06
  33.   Part 2: Muslims Brought It On Christians Will Finish It! 17:27  |  Sam The Sham 03/04/06
  34.   Israeli Christians 17:49  |  Rami 03/04/06
  35.   Lucio 18:17  |  Tulip 03/04/06
  36.   #28 Palestinian Christian 19:01  |  Te 03/04/06
  37.   Response to Neutral 20:03  |  Tori 03/04/06
  38.   Palestine Christians / Rami 20:06  |  Bob Wiseman 03/04/06
  39.   I like those people - at least they are truthful and not? 20:09  |  Observer 03/04/06
  40.   TE Dallas 20:11  |  Bob Wiseman 03/04/06
  41.   The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend 20:15  |  Shlomo Patel 03/04/06
  42.   TO PETER SM - NEUTRAL.They are proIsrael because... 20:20  |  Steve Beikirch 03/04/06
  43.   If Jesus is the Messiah? 20:22  |  FOX 03/04/06
  44.   TO Yonatan - War makes strange bedfellows 20:26  |  Steve Beikirch 03/04/06
  45.   we need them 20:38  |  Boris 03/04/06
  46.   Regilion and politics don`t mix. 20:41  |  F.Herbert 03/04/06
  47.   the US christians don`t care about palestinian christians 20:49  |  Shai 03/04/06
  48.   finally 20:50  |  Marvin 03/04/06
  49.   ABEDRABBA - scared that Israel & allies has same goals of Islam 20:51  |  hear`n same oldstory 03/04/06
  50.   Protestants 21:01  |  JJ Doyle 03/04/06
  51.   Sullivan 21:16  |  Tulip 03/04/06
  52.   Typical Jews (that I still love) 21:42  |  David 03/04/06
  53.   Revelations 7:4 21:49  |  Adam Ghaznavi 03/04/06
  54.   tulip and God`s Year 21:50  |  Yaakov Sullivan 03/04/06
  55.   God Bless the American Christians! 22:13  |  Mahathma Gandhi 03/04/06
  56.   Sounds Great to Me! 22:17  |  Bloomfield 03/04/06
  57.   "Christian" pro-Israel lobby 22:20  |  Thomas Haar 03/04/06
  58.   dont worry eli 22:28  |  jose 03/04/06
  59.   What are the first days of Christianity? 22:28  |  Observer 03/04/06
  60.   the end of times 22:29  |  frank 03/04/06
  61.   With friends like David #52... 22:42  |  Typical Jew 03/04/06
  62.   S.BEIKIRCH #42.Omar Ahmad,CAIR`s Chairman July 1998. 22:56  |  PETER SM 03/04/06
  63.   Why is my country always wrong? 23:03  |  Jason Steinberg 03/04/06
  64.   greek orthodox catholic!!! answer to 50 23:18  |  paul 03/04/06
  65.   Christian Zionists, Jewish Zionists, Muslim Zionists 23:21  |  Dovy 03/04/06
  66.   hey johnny weintub 23:26  |  me 03/04/06
  67.   Old story, new wrapping... 23:26  |  Jennie 03/04/06
  68.   Fox has apoint 23:28  |  Danite 03/04/06
  69.   David 23:32  |  Danite 03/04/06
  70.   Pros for Israel 23:38  |  michael Cohen 03/04/06
  71.   New Christian pro-Israel lobby aims to be stronger than AIPAC 23:45  |  Jim V 03/04/06
  72.   Bible knowing Jews! 23:51  |  David 03/04/06
  73.   Danite 00:00  |  David 04/04/06
  74.   the obvious hypocricy of Yaakov Sullivan 00:02  |  SHIMON 04/04/06
  75.   David...you got me! i am converting.....except.. 00:07  |  SHIMON 04/04/06
  76.   u never know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 00:08  |  hakeem 04/04/06
  77.   4 Reasons 00:11  |  David 04/04/06
  78.   With friends like this.... 00:11  |  The Russian 04/04/06
  79.   #22 Lucio. re:Yonatan. ALSO I WISH YOU`D USE YOUR REAL NAME...... 00:28  |  S 04/04/06
  80.   # 28 Palestinian Christian. NOW THEN,NOW THEN!!! 00:37  |  S 04/04/06
  81.   Shimon 00:37  |  David 04/04/06
  82.   God fearing nonsense... 00:52  |  Jennie 04/04/06
  83.   # 54 Yaakov Sullivan. re:tulip and God`s Year. WELL SULLY` 00:54  |  S 04/04/06
  84.   Brave Jason Steinberg 00:59  |  rich 04/04/06
  85.   US support for Israel 01:00  |  Nathaniel 04/04/06
  86.   dovy 01:00  |  rich 04/04/06
  87.   Christian pro-Isreal lobby 01:04  |  Kathy 04/04/06
  88.   haaretz censors 01:05  |  rich 04/04/06
  89.   S 01:07  |  Lucio 04/04/06
  90.   Christian pro-Israel lobby 01:14  |  Joshua 04/04/06
  91.   Tulip 01:18  |  Lucio 04/04/06
  92.   Jesus Loves the Jews and Now we do too! :) 01:20  |  David (Kingish) 04/04/06
  93.   S 01:28  |  Jamie 04/04/06
  94.   THE CONGREGATION OF G-D : PRE-REQUISITES ?? 01:40  |  Bill 04/04/06
  95.   How about a pro-AMERICAN lobby? 01:53  |  Captain John Parker 04/04/06
  96.   Christian pro-Isreal lobby 01:55  |  Jeanne 04/04/06
  97.   evangelical christians= modern day 4th reich.. 02:23  |  Davidson Metalworks 04/04/06
  98.   Bless Our Christian Friends 02:25  |  Jane 04/04/06
  99.   63 Jason Steinberg 02:26  |  Mark of Lewiston 04/04/06
  100.   THE RUSSIAN.They don`t call us descendents of pigs and monkeys 02:34  |  PETER SM 04/04/06
  101.   Bottom line facts 02:39  |  Larry 04/04/06
  102.   Jewish Souls..... 02:50  |  Jeff 04/04/06
  103.   Something pretty fishy here 02:52  |  Abe T 04/04/06
  104.   Hagee a sellout to Arab Christians 03:00  |  proud turkish soldie 04/04/06
  105.   PLEASE PREVENT WWIII 03:09  |  Eric Hermanson 04/04/06
  106.   Hagee 03:12  |  tadchase 04/04/06
  107.   Not what it seems 03:20  |  Miriam 04/04/06
  108.   Evangelicals help keep the Europeans at Bay 03:33  |  Bloomfield 04/04/06
  109.   "christian" pro-israel lobby 03:49  |  Balu 04/04/06
  110.   Zion and zionism belong together 03:56  |  Tulip 04/04/06
  111.   Sullivan, God and the Holocaust 04:03  |  Tulip 04/04/06
  112.   Yes, Fundamentalist Christians the true supporters of settlements 04:30  |  Dameocrat 04/04/06
  113.   The Agenda 04:34  |  Dameocrat 04/04/06
  114.   re 24 sugarland 04:38  |  Dan N 04/04/06
  115.   ISAIAH, WHO IS THIS MAN? 05:04  |  He forgave my sins! 04/04/06
  116.   #107 Miriam 05:06  |  Te 04/04/06
  117.   Give me a Break Proud Turkish Soldier! 05:12  |  Bloomfield 04/04/06
  118.   Congressman Tom DeLay will not run for re-election. 05:59  |  Johnny Weintraub 04/04/06
  119.   Re:War makes strange bedfellows 06:24  |  Roy Galut 04/04/06
  120.   TO Peter SM - Omar Ahmad,CAIR`s Chairman July 1998 06:51  |  Steve Beikirch 04/04/06
  121.   Re:26 To JJ Doyle 1348 03/04 07:47  |  Roy Galut 04/04/06
  122.   Christians May Be Wrong- We`ll See 07:50  |  Rick 04/04/06
  123.   #118 Tom Delay is a felon 08:05  |  Anoosh 04/04/06
  124.   Israeli Christians 08:08  |  Roy Galut 04/04/06
  125.   RE:Revelations 7:4 Adam Ghaznavi 08:42  |  Roy Galut 04/04/06
  126.   Re:With friends like David #52 09:01  |  Roy Galut 04/04/06
  127.   Tom Delay should rot in Hell 09:21  |  bbl 04/04/06
  128.   Rick 120 -- I may be wrong 09:52  |  bbl 04/04/06
  129.   israel 12:05  |  richard 04/04/06
  130.   Arab Christians 17:31  |  Onerva 04/04/06
  131.   Weintraub # 118 20:15  |  Oscar 04/04/06
  132.   #97."the new world order" 21:18  |  Roy Galut 04/04/06
  133.   # 55 Mahathma Gandhi. re:God Bless the American Christians...... 21:21  |  S 04/04/06
  134.   # 92 David (Kingish) re:Jesus Loves the Jews and Now we do too!:) 21:47  |  S 04/04/06
  135.   David, you are both angry and cluless, how come? 02:21  |  bbl 05/04/06
  136.   David, you are both angry and cluless, how come? 03:59  |  Roy Galut 05/04/06
  137.   TO Johnny Weintraub - Congressman Tom DeLay will not run 08:46  |  Steve Beikirch 05/04/06
  138.   JEWISH HATRED OF CHRITIANITY 18:26  |  BOB 05/04/06
  139.   Re:JEWISH HATRED OF CHRITIANITY 20:23  |  Roy Galut 05/04/06
  140.   Israel`s chosen special by 40 million christians 23:40  |  laura 05/04/06
  141.   Evangelical lobby 00:11  |  Susan 06/04/06
  142.   Hagee`s own money scandal 03:37  |  Bernie Dehler 06/04/06
  143.   Daystar 07:31  |  Linda 06/04/06
  144.   AIPAC 04:43  |  Elizabeth Hanna 07/04/06
  145.   Remember... 20:33  |  Roy Galut 07/04/06
  146.   Do the math 17:02  |  Lee Underwood 09/04/06
  147.   www.proisraelforever.com 07:33  |  Israel,kohn 10/04/06
  148.   Hagee`s own money scandal 07:40  |  Roy Galut 11/04/06
  149.   look up and be not of this world 20:05  |  dennis 11/04/06
  150.   The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend 12:58  |  Msaki D. T. 12/04/06
  151.   look up and be not of this world 06:48  |  Roy Galut 13/04/06
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