Protesters rally as Christian-Zionist leaders heap praise on Trump for Israel support

Around 100 protesters stood in the rain to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. (photo: Azad Essa / MEE)
Human rights advocates are bringing attention to the role of Christian Zionist organizations on US foreign policy.

By Azad Essa | Middle East Eye | Jul 8, 2019

‘The pro-Israel bias of the US Congress, especially on the Republican side, is more due to Christian Zionism among evangelicals than it has to do with appealing to the Jewish community in the US.’
— Jonathan Brenneman, a Palestinian-American Christian working with the Mennonite Church USA.

US-Israel relations are at the strongest point they have ever been in the two countries’ history.

That was the overwhelming message heard on Monday as the two-day, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit kicked off at the Washington Convention Centre.

The annual Christian Zionist summit, attended by thousands of delegates from across the United States, as well as other countries around the world, is one of the most feverish platforms of support for the Israeli state.

According to the organizers, the first day was “packed with special guests who are top pro-Israel leaders and are prominently shaping the relationship between the US and Israel”.

US Vice President Mike Pence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and senior White House security adviser John Bolton were in attendance, while Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the attendees via video link from Israel.

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