Christians to lobby against Hagel
A Christian group is bringing over 200 Christian leaders to Washington to lobby every single Senator to stop Chuck Hagel
from being confirmed as Secretary of Defense of the United States.
[Christians United For Israel] CUFI, which is organizing the effort through its 501(c)4 offshoot, is
arranging meetings with every one of the one hundred Senate offices.
"We're concerned not only that Hagel is a poor choice when it comes
to Israel--frankly, we believe he's a poor choice when it comes to
America and American security," CUFI executive director David Brog told
"The number one security threat to America today is an ascendant and
potentially nuclear Iran. And Hagel has demonstrated a consistent
pattern of opposing economic sanctions on Iran, opposing diplomatic
pressure on Iran, opposing the further isolation of Hizbollah, opposing
recognizing Iran's Revolutionary Guard as the terrorists they are. As
much as he's trying to walk away from his record in recent days, we
believe his consistent record of action is far more important than his
recent words," Brog said.
"And as far as we are concerned, if you don't recognize the number
one security threat to America, how can you defend agains it?"
CUFI's aggressive approach stands in stark contrast to that of other
pro-Israel groups, including the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC), which has remained silent and inactive on the Hagel nomination. Jewish groups in particular, aside from the Republican Jewish Coalition, have been reluctant to oppose Hagel actively, though some have voiced criticisms and concerns. Hagel met with AIPAC and several Jewish groups last week.
The diversity of the pro-Israel community is relevant to the controversy
over Hagel's 2006 remark that the "Jewish lobby" was responsible for
"intimidating people." CUFI is, by far, the largest pro-Israel
organization in the country, with more than 1.2 million members across
fifty states, according to officials. AIPAC, by contrast, has 100,000
members, according to its website. Hagel has since expressed regret for
his choice of words.
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