Christian Zionist Summit Draws Thousands of Participants

PNN – Palestine News Network – 20.07.11 – 12:22

Washington DC – PNN – Thousands of Christian Zionists gathered in Washington DC this week to attend the annual Christians United for Israel summit.

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Keynote Speaker Glenn Beck

The organization, founded by Texas megachurch Pastor John Hagee in 2006, seeks to unite all pro-Israel Christian church organizations in the US behind a single voice in support of Israel.

This year’s conference brought 5,000 attendees to hear speeches by Pastor Hagee, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, as well as a keynote speech by the controversial political pundit Glenn Beck.

Much of the summit is focused on the May 19 speech by US president Barack Obama, in which he called for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority based on 1967 borders, with mutually agreed upon land swaps.

“President Obama is not pro-Israel,” Hagee said, in an apparent response to the speech.

“Attention liberal media: The Jewish people are not occupying the land of Israel, they own the land of Israel … America should never pressure Israel to give up land for peace, not for any reason, not to anyone, ever.”

Land for peace is a reference to the foundation of the Oslo Accords, in which a Palestinian state would be formed in the West Bank based on negotiations between the two parties. Because such negotiations have stalled, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has decided to seek United Nations recognition for the Palestinian state in September.

In response to Abbas’ move, Glenn Beck, the keynote speaker at this year’s Christians United for Israel summit said, “When has a state been declared a state by a global body?”

Beck’s assertion was not in reference to the 1947 United Nations resolution that recommended the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, but rather irritation directed at the Palestinian Authority for shifting tactics in their push for a Palestinian state.

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