Haley, Hagee show solidarity in visit to Israel, warn against revitalized Iran


“Israel, you are not alone. … We represent 10 million-plus people in America and these people say to you Israel, we have your back.”

That was the message of Pastor John Hagee, chairman and founder of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States. Hagee was in Israel on a June 13-14 solidarity mission that included former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley, who served in that role from January 2017 to December 2018, stood out for her consistent defense of the Jewish state at the world body. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations at the time, Danny Danon, said her support led to a “change in Israel’s status in the U.N.”

Hagee and Haley met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their trip.

The group visited Israel’s south, viewing the damage in Ashkelon and Sderot, both of which suffered casualties during the 11-day conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip that began on May 10 and ended with a ceasefire on May 21. During that time, more than 4,000 rockets were launched towards Israeli population centers.

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