Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from Pastor Hagee’s address earlier this month to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual Policy Conference. The founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, which has more than 18,000 active members, Pastor Hagee is also president and CEO of John Hagee Ministries.

Good evening dear friends of Israel; thank you for the privilege and pleasure of speaking to this distinguished AIPAC gathering.


On September 10, 1981, we conducted our First Night to Honor Israel in San Antonio and there are two people with me tonight that made that First Night to Honor Israel possible – my wife Diana, the love of my life, and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, without whose courage there would never have been the First Night to Honor Israel nor the birth of Christians United for Israel.

We meet tonight at a dangerous and difficult time in world history. To anyone with eyes to see and ears that hear, it is clear that Israel is in the gravest danger she has faced since six Arab armies tried to strangle the Jewish state in the birth canal in 1948. I know that during difficult days such as this, when it seems that the whole world is against Israel, many in the Jewish community nervously scan the globe searching for friends.

You look toward the United Nations, which Dore Gold calls The Tower of Babble. You look at Europe where the ghost of Hitler is again walking across the stage of history. You open your newspapers and read about American universities where Israel is being viciously vilified by students taught by professors whose Middle Eastern chairs are sponsored by Saudi Arabia. You look to America’s mainline churches and their initiatives to divest from Israel. You go to the bookstore and see slanderous titles by the former president of the United States and you feel very much alone.

I came here tonight to speak about Christians United for Israel and millions of evangelicals in America who have a deep-seated faith-based belief to love Israel, to speak up for Israel, to stand up for Israel, to pray for Israel and to financially support Israel until Israel achieves a just and lasting peace.

I came here tonight to deliver a message to you from those millions of evangelicals in America and I want to say this as clearly and plainly as I can possibly say it: Israel, you are not alone.

There are millions of evangelical Christians across America who consider the Jewish people the apple of God’s eye, who see you as the chosen people, a cherished people and a covenant people with an eternal covenant that will stand forever. Ladies and gentlemen of AIPAC, it’s a new day in America. The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened; there are 50 million Christian standing up and applauding the State of Israel.

If a line has to be drawn, draw the line around both Christians and Jews; we are united; we are indivisible; we are bound together by the Torah – the roots of Christianity are Jewish. We are spiritual brothers and what we have in common is far greater than the things we’ve allowed to separate us over the years.

As you know, Iran poses a threat to the State of Israel that promises nothing less than a nuclear holocaust. I have been saying on national television, in churches and auditoriums across America, it is 1938; Iran is Germany and Ahmadinejad is the new Hitler. Ladies and gentlemen, we must stop Iran’s nuclear threat and stop it now and stand boldly with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. The only way to win a nuclear war is to make certain it never starts. Iran’s president has not limited his maniacal threats to Israel. He has also asked his fellow Iranians to imagine a world without America. This is a clear threat to destroy the United States of America.

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