Pandering to Christian Zionism: Trump Outreach on Display in Washington

Philip Giraldi – Strategic Review July 18, 2019

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu at the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In Washington on the weekend after the Fourth of July, Israel was praised and Iran was condemned in the strongest terms, with a bit of a call to arms thrown in to prepare the nation for an inevitable war. It might just seem like a normal work week in the nation’s capital, but this time around there was a difference. The rhetoric came from no less than five senior officials in the Trump Administration and the audience consisted of 5,000 cheering members from the Christian Zionist evangelical group called Christians United for Israel (CUFI).

Christian Zionism is not a religion per se, but rather a set of beliefs based on interpretations of specific parts of the Bible – notably the book of Revelations and parts of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah – that has made the return of the Jews to the Holy Land a precondition for the Second Coming of Christ. The belief that Israel is essential to the process has led to the fusion of Christianity with Zionism, hence the name of the movement. The political significance of this viewpoint is enormous, meaning that a large block of Christians promotes and votes for a non-reality based foreign policy based on a controversial interpretation of the Bible that it embraces with considerable passion.

It would be a mistake to dismiss CUFI as just another group of bible-thumpers whose brains have long since ceased to function when the subject is Israel. It claims to have seven million members and it serves as a mechanism for uniting evangelicals around the issue of Israel. Given its numbers alone and concentration is certain states, it therefore constitutes a formidable voting bloc that can be counted on to cast its ballots nearly 100% Republican, as long as the Republican in question is reliably pro-Israel. Beyond that, there are an estimated 60 million evangelical voters throughout the country and they will likely follow the lead of groups like CUFI and vote reflecting their religious beliefs, to include Trump’s highly visible support for the Jewish state.

Trump’s reelection campaign is reported to be already “…developing an aggressive, state-by-state plan to mobilize even more evangelical voters than supported him last time.” This will include, “voter registration drives at churches in battleground states such as Ohio, Nevada and Florida.” Without overwhelming evangelical support, Trump reelection in 2020 is unlikely, hence the dispatch of all available White House heavyweights to CUFI’s annual summit at the Washington Convention Center.

Though it is an organization that defines itself as Christian, CUFI makes no effort to support surviving Christian communities in the Middle East as most of them are hostile to Israel. The group also supports war against Iran as a precursor to total global conflict. Hagee has explained that “The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.”

CUFI operates out of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio Texas. It was founded at the church in 2006 and is headed by John Hagee, a leading evangelical who has been courted both by the Trump Administration and by Israel itself, which presented him with a Lear business jet complete with a crew so he would be able to do his proselytizing in some comfort. He frequently appears at commemorations in Israel, is a regular at the annual AIPAC meeting and has been a guest at the White House. He was present at the Trump administration’s ceremony last year when it moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem and gave a speech. He has said that “there has never been a more pro-Israeli president than Donald Trump.”

Present at the CUFI summit were Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and US negotiator in the Middle East Jason Greenblatt. Lest there be any confusion, the White House was represented by two Christian Zionists, two Jewish Zionists and John Bolton, who has been variously described. All five have been urging a military response against Iran for its alleged “aggression” in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister also addressed the conference via videolink, with his similar “analysis” of the Iranian threat. There were also a number of Republican Senators present, to include Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt and Tim Scott.

Mike Pompeo

The speeches were all pretty much the same but perhaps the most suggestive was the 2,000 word plus exhortation delivered by Pompeo. His presentation was entitled “The US and Israel: a Friendship for Freedom.” He asked, in a speech full of religious metaphors and biblical references, his audience to “compare Israel’s reverence for liberty with the restrictions on religious freedom facing Christians and people of all faiths throughout the rest of the Middle East,” where “if a Muslim leaves Islam it is considered an apostasy, and it is punishable indeed by death.”

Pompeo was more interested in stirring up his audience than he was in historical fact. He said “In Iraq, Syria, and other countries in the region, the last remnants of ancient Christian communities are at near-extinction because of persecution from ISIS and other malign actors. And just one example: before 2003, there were an estimated 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Today, sadly, almost a quarter of a million.”

Pompeo, whose grasp of current events appears to be a bit shaky, did not mention two of the principal reasons that Christianity has been declining in the region. First and foremost is the Iraq War, started by the United States for no good reason, which unleashed forces that led to the destruction of religious minorities. Second, he did not note the constant punishment delivered by Israel on the Palestinians, which has led to the departure of many Christians in that community. Nor did he say anything about the reverse of the coin, Syria, where Christians are well integrated and protected by the al-Assad government which Pompeo and Bolton are seeking to destroy to benefit Israel.

The Secretary of State also delivered the expected pitch for four more years of Donald Trump, saying “But thank God. Thank God we have a leader in President Trump – an immovable friend of Israel. His commitment, his commitment – President Trump’s commitment is the strongest in history, and it’s been one of the best parts of my job to turn that commitment into real action.”

But it has to be Pompeo’s conclusion that perhaps should be regarded as a joke, though it appears that no one in the audience was laughing. He said “Our country is intended to do all it can, in cooperating with other nations, to help create peace and preserve peace [throughout] the world. It is given to defend the spiritual values – the moral code – against the vast forces of evil that seek to destroy them.”

It was a reiteration of Pompeo’s earlier “America is a force for good” speech delivered in Cairo in January. Nobody believed it then and nobody believes it now, given what has been actually occurring over the past 18 years. It would be interesting to know if Pompeo himself actually thinks it to be true. If he does, he should be selling hot dogs from a food truck rather than presiding as Secretary of State.

So, the bottom line is that the Trump Administration pandering to Hagee and company is shameful. Christian Zionist involvement in American politics on behalf of the Washington’s relationship with Israel does not serve any conceivable US national interests unless one assumes that Israel and the United States are essentially the same polity, which is unsustainable. On the contrary, the Christian Zionist politicizing has been a major element in supporting the generally obtuse US foreign policy in the Middle East region and vis-à-vis other Muslim countries, a policy that has contributed to at least four wars while making the world a more dangerous place for all Americans. Christian Zionist promoted foreign policy serves a particularly narrowly construed parochial interest that, ironically, is intended to do whatever it takes to bring about the end of the world, possibly a victory for gentlemen like Pastor John Hagee if his interpretation of the bible is correct, but undeniably a disaster for the rest of us.

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Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

5 responses to “Pandering to Christian Zionism: Trump Outreach on Display in Washington”

  1. The most important alignment with Israel are the Christian Zionists, of which Mike Pence is the tip of the Evangelical spear that wants to gouge Iran. If Trump won’t do it little “true believer” Mikey Pence will. It would not surprise me is Trump is JFKed and Mikey launches the attack on Iran. They want Iran taken down, and they want it bad. Proof of this is Netanyahu at the UN lying his ass off about Iran and it’s non-existent nuclear program. What other leader gets up in front of the world and singles out another nation for attack and destruction based on total lies? Only Israel.

    Israel knows that it can not dominate the Middle East so long as Iran stands. They’ve tried many times to get a false flag on and get the war started. Remember those hijacked B-52s that Cheney was setting up back in 2007? It was no accident, slipup, or mistake, it was intentional because nuclear procedures are rigorous and complex.

    2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_United_States_Air_Force_nuclear_weapons_incident

    “On August 29, 2007, six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield nuclear warhead, were mistakenly loaded onto a United States Air Force (USAF) B-52H heavy bomber at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and transported to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.”

    Make no mistake about all this Iran meddling, they are going to maneuver the United States into a position in which it has to attack Iran. Trump appointed the worst of the worst Neocons to his staff, he is either part of it or really stupid. Trump is just a confused actor on the Zionist stage, either he plays ball or he’s out.

  2. Christians who are deceived by Zionist Jews and their religious puppets like John Hagee are exactly who Jesus is talking about at verses like Matt 24:24 and Mark 13:22 –
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+13:22&version=NIV

    The coming of the evil one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. – 2 Thess 2:9-12

    Those who refuse the truth at verse 10 above are Judaism Jews because they utterly reject Jesus.

    The elect who are deceived at Mark 13:22 above are blind sheep, blind Christians. If the blind lead the blind they all fall into a ditch.

  3. Mr Giraldi Sir,

    I would like to thank you for the steady stream of rational, insightful, honest and unbiased articles you write including this one – we need more like you Sir.

    Seb

    UK

  4. ” CUFI operates out of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio Texas. It was founded at the church in 2006 and is headed by John Hagee….Present at the CUFI summit were Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and US negotiator in the Middle East Jason Greenblatt.”

    OUTLINE THE END TIME PROPHECIES OF THE PSALMS:
    The SIXTH TRUMPET(1984) Read Psalm 84:9, the year the Son of man started his prophecy, the chapter has 12 verses, the month that the prophecy started.

    The prophecy spoken of in the book of Revelation Chapter 11 took place in America(San Antonio) from the 1st of December 1984, and came to an end on the 13th of May 1988. During this time I carried the new testament (written word) in my top shirt pocket, I was clothed in sackcloth(black).
    We are now in the time of judgment, the time to bring in the harvest.

    Hagee: “The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God’s plan for both Israel and the West… a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation, and Second Coming of Christ.”

    I have a special message for John Hagee and all his followers:
    There is no need to wait for the antichrist to make his appearance, all that is required is to look in the mirror, and you will see him.
    1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

    The faithful witness one

    ” Believers Information Network “

  5. “The US and Israel: a Friendship for Freedom” Bwahahaha classic 1984. friendship for freedom?!? I think they meant Freedumb. Anyone who would believe such bullshit is moronic beyond hope.

    My first thought upon opening this piece was regarding the photo at the top. Those Marines should have honored their oath to protect the country from enemies, both foreign and domestic, by immediately strangling that pig-fucking terrorist Netanyahu and his criminal whore wife with their bare hands, then seizing Trump the traitorous stooge-of-Israel buffoon, dragging him to the closest tree, hanging him by his ankles, and using him as a human pinata. Those Marines should be tossed in the brig for dereliction of duty.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Christian Zionists are some of THE stupidest, most gullible fucking morons on the face of the earth. Frankly, they’re traitors to their country and should be dealt with as such. To base their absurdly misguided beliefs on warped interpretations of a book of nonsense is like basing one’s faith on an interpretation of a Bazooka Joe comic from an old bubble gum wrapper. The difference being the Bazooka Joe comic probably has a firmer foundation of reality than the Jew authored book of nonsense.

    John Hagee is one of the most disgustingly vile creatures to slither onto the scene. Hagee is truly a demonic shit-stain on the fabric of humanity. I certainly recommend the same course of action for Hagee as I recommend for most satanic criminal scum, which involves floggings and pig shit and nails…