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Christians United for Israel (CUFI)

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Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is a Christian Zionist advocacy organization that promotes the idea that Christians "have a biblical obligation to defend Israel." It was founded in 2006 by Christian Right leader John Hagee, the influential evangelical pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Describing itself as a “national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel,” CUFI is in essence a coalition of churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and individuals.

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  • CUFI holds an annual summit to enable delegates to personally speak with their representatives on behalf of Israel. In response to particular current events, CUFI also mobilizes its members through Rapid Response Alerts to raise popular support for Israel and lobby the U.S. Congress in support of Israel.



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  • Among CUFI’s core activities are its “Nights to Honor Israel” events, which take place at the local and national levels. During these events, members express “solidarity with the State of Israel and the Jewish people.” There is also an annual summit in Washington, D.C., which typically features high-profile elected officials.



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  • CUFI runs a magazine, “The Torch”; produces actions alerts to mobilize its “over one million members to contact their members of Congress or the Administration on critical policy issues”; and has a presence on university campuses through its “CUFI ON CAMPUS” program, which “equips and trains Christian students to become effective pro-Israel advocates.”



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  • Acting like a foreign agent, In July 2015, CUFI launched a lobbying arm, CUFI Action Fund. Gary Bauer, a CUFI board member and former Republican presidential candidate was appointed as the organization’s director. He said at the time of CUFI Action’s launch: "You can't just bomb Washington, D.C. three days per year. You have got to actually occupy territory.”



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  • Observers have noted that the Israel Collective is attempting to attract younger evangelicals who do not share the same unabashed “pro-Israel” worldview of CUFI through a “kindler, gentler” approach on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Though this rhetoric might be attractive to young people, CUFI’s claims about a loving Israel do not reconcile with the reality on the ground,” one writer has said.



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  • Supporters in the hawkish pro-Israel community have included the Zionist Organization for America (ZOA), which gave Hagee its ZOA Service Award and Israel Award (reportedly presented to him by former UN ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick).



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  • According to One Jerusalem, during the call, Hagee said CUFI had three main functions: "To provide a rapid response team of tens of millions of Christians to contact Washington, on a moment's notice, on issues pertaining to Israel; to organize an annual Washington Summit that would bring thousands of Christians to Capitol Hill with the sole purpose of advocating for Israel; to host a Night to Honor Israel in every major U.S.



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