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Monday marked the start of the Christians United for Israel’s (CUFI) Washington Summit. (CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States.) The conference saw some 5,000 pro-Israel activists in attendance. Members of CUFI gathered in Washington DC to show their support for Israel and to plot next steps in their mission to help in building Israel and protecting her from her enemies. In celebrating 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification, John Hagee, the San Antonio pastor and founder of CUFI, told the audience how Israel’s enemies constantly changed their tactics, going from conventional war, to guerrilla fighting, to terrorists planting bombs in buses, to suicide bombers blowing themselves up in cafes, to firing rockets and trying to infiltrate Israel via terrorist tunnels. Mentioning the newest front – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – Hagee said that the threats will continue.
“BDS is a manifesto void of any ideology, other than hatred with the sole mission of total and complete destruction of the economy of the State Israel,” he said.
“[The war on BDS] will yield less bloodshed, but the same result [as a conventional war is what the enemy is trying to achieve]: the destruction of Israel,” he said. “BDS is economic antisemitism, and it must be stopped in every state of the United States of America.”
As part of their ongoing effort to support Israel and defend her against her enemies, CUFI will push a measure that expands anti-boycott laws to target the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Among the states in the US that have passed anti-BDS legislation in recent months are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was patched into the conference, via satellite, to give his remarks to the attendees of the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) conference. To a crowd of cheering Israel supporters in attendance of the CUFI Washington Summit, Netanyahu said, “the Christian friends of Israel, you are always there for us, we have no better friends than you. Thank you!”