On Monday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, kicked off its annual Washington DC Summit. The gathering, which brings together a host of government officials and experts, is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees.  

At the event’s opening session, attendees will hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (live via satellite) and CUFI’s founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee, among others. At this Monday evening’s Night to Honor Israel speakers include Amb. Nikki Haley, Amb. Ron Dermer, and Hagee.

“For years CUFI was at odds with the previous administration on a wide range of issues, but since Pres. Trump took office we’ve seen one victory after another. We are here in Washington advocating for issues that will strengthen the US-Israel relationship, during a time when the White House is keenly interested in doing just that,” Hagee, the group’s founder and Chairman, said.

On Monday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, kicked off its annual Washington DC Summit. The gathering, which brings together a host of government officials and experts, is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees.

At the event’s opening session, attendees heard from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (live via satellite) and CUFI’s founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee, among others. At this Monday evening’s Night to Honor Israel speakers included Amb. Nikki Haley, Amb. Ron Dermer, and Hagee.

“For years CUFI was at odds with the previous administration on a wide range of issues, but since Pres. Trump took office we’ve seen one victory after another. We are here in Washington advocating for issues that will strengthen the US-Israel relationship, during a time when the White House is keenly interested in doing just that,” Hagee, the group’s founder and Chairman, said.

On Tuesday morning, prior to the Summit’s attendees heading up to Capitol Hill for lobbying appointments, seven Members of Congress, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), as well as Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, delivered remarks.

Other speakers at the event include, Holocaust survivor Irving Roth, nationally syndicated radio host Dennis Prager, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, several officers representing different elements of the Israel Defense Forces, and Stuart Force, the father of American veteran Taylor force who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in 2016.

“We are firing on all cylinders like never before. Our membership is growing faster and our members are acting with greater intensity than we’ve ever seen. From advancing the Taylor Force Act to seeing the US Embassy moved to Jerusalem, the US-Israel relationship has entered a new and exciting chapter and we feel extremely blessed to be a part of that,” added CUFI co-Executive Director Shari Dollinger.

With more than 4.3 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.

CUFI is urging members of Congress to support three pieces of legislation that will save tax dollars while bolstering Israel and addressing terrorism. The legislation includes the UNRWA Reform and Refugee Support Act (H.R. 6451). Because Palestinians have a unique definition for their status as “refugees,” CUFI maintains that their numbers have been inflated significantly. Palestinians' refugee status is passed on to succeeding generations and remains unaffected by citizenship granted by other countries, which is in contrast to the definition of refugee status for every other refugee population in the world. For example, the majority of so-called refugees in Jordan (2 million+) are citizens of the country who identify as Palestinian. Their status as refugees ensures an endless flow of international aid and other financial ramifications, according to CUFI. The UNRWA Reform and Refugee Support Act would shift American aid for the Palestinians to the U.S. Agency for International Development. "This legislation is the path forward to correct UNRWA’s inflated refugee problem. Descendants of refugees are simply not refugees. This bill will ensure that US tax dollars only go to helping true refugees,” said GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado, a bill co-sponsor.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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