Tue Jul 9, 2019, 12:29 AM

Trump Rolls Out the Big Guns for pro-Israel Evangelicals' Confab Ahead of 2020

In a sign of evangelical voters’ importance to his campaign, the U.S. president is sending five senior advisers to a Christian pro-Israel gathering

Amir Tibon Washington
Jul 07, 2019 6:38 PM

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump attracted thousands of supporters to the National Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July. The event generated lots of media coverage, but it won’t be the most important gathering of Trump supporters in Washington this summer.

That title is more appropriate for the annual Washington D.C. Summit of the group Christians United for Israel, which takes place Monday and Tuesday. Thousands of evangelical Christians from across the country are expected to attend the event, which will include speeches by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (both evangelicals), as well as by Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, his special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, and his ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.

Christians United for Israel describes itself as a bipartisan organization and the largest pro-Israel group in America. Its founder, Texas pastor John Hagee, gave a speech at the Trump administration’s ceremony last year when it moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. He has said that “there has never been a more pro-Israeli president than Donald Trump.”

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According to the organization’s website, also speaking at the event will be Republican senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Tim Scott of South Carolina. As of early Saturday morning Washington time, no Democratic senators were listed as speakers. The group is promoting this year’s summit as “the most exciting” since its foundation in 2006.

It’s no coincidence that Trump plans to send at least five senior administration officials to the two-day summit. Evangelicals, the backbone of Christians United for Israel, are a key voting bloc for Trump and the Republicans. Around 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump in 2016, helping him secure victories in several swing states. The consensus among U.S. political analysts is that the president will need similar or greater support among evangelicals to win a second term next year.



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Tue Jul 9, 2019, 07:16 AM

1. This must be frightening to anti-Semites.

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