Jews and Christians
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|Edwin Black||July 18th 2012|
Malcolm Hoenlein rocked CUFI on Tuesday.
Christianson United for Israel held their annual policy conference July 16-18, 2012 in Washington's gargantuan Convention Center.
Hoenlein, the long-time executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, was one of the central keynotes for the Tuesday session of the conference. On fire, Hoenlein spoke of the historic ties Christians and Jews have to Israel and the persistent efforts by Arab and Palestinian apologists to erase, reinvent, and transmogrify that history. Citing the Bible, held sacred to both Christians and Jews, punctuated with the latest archeological findings that validate ancient Jewish presence, Hoenlein thundered down a checklist of recent attempts to rewrite the history of Israel and Palestine. Thousands of CUFI attendees repeatedly jumped to their feet to interrupt Hoenlein with cheers and ovations. Shofar blasts from across the grand hall punctuated his presentation.
Officials of the Palestinian Authority and various synchronous agencies of the United Nations have mounted a campaign to deny the historic connection between Jews and Christians. A simultaneous Palestinian campaign has been waged to undercut the Jewish and Christian Bibles as works of fiction. In this vein, a well-orchestrated boycott and delegitimization campaign has claimed the Jewish Temple never existed, that Jewish Holy sites are in fact mosques, and has even postulated that Jesus was a Palestinian martyr.
The Koran, in Chapter 4, verse 157, states that Jesus was never crucified, and that an imposter was employed. The verse reads: "And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. … And they did not kill him, for certain."
At one point, Hoenlein dramatically put it to the audience: If there there was no Jewish Temple, what was Jesus doing up there? Hoenlein added that the best way to steal the Jewish future was to erase the Jewish history.
In rebutting the calumny of apartheid, Hoenlein rattled off a high-speed demographic list of all the countries that had contributed citizens to Israel, from Canada to Tunisia to Ethiopia to Yemen to Uzbekistan and all points in between. He pointedly included a nation-by-nation call out to the 800,000 Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries. A growing movement worldwide has taken notice of the forgotten refugees of the Middle East--hundreds of thousands who were expelled penniless in post-Holocaust Nazi-like purges.
The session was launched by a live video link to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. Netanyahu thanked the thousands assembled and their constituencies back home for their steadfast support of Israel and the Jewish people. His remarks were followed by protracted applause and shofar blasts.
Also speaking at the session was Senator Joseph Lieberman, now in his fourth and final term as Connecticut's independent U.S. Senator. Lieberman, who now chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, extolled the adhesion of Christians and Jews in the struggle to perserve religious history and forge a secure peace in the Middle East.
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was another speaker. He gave personal and emotional context to his experience as White House spokesman during the days following September 11, 2001, including the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Fleischer recounted the conflict between his duty to the White House during a crisis and the injunction to observe the holiest day of the Jewish calender.
It was left to Christian Broadcasting Network terrorism analyst Erick Stakelbeck to bring the audience over the cup's rim. Fresh from a series spotlighting the Muslim Brotherhood, Stakelbeck expressed chagrin that leaders of the Brotherhood were now welcome in the White House. Stakelbeck's point was that a culminating showdown was coming with Islamic fanatics who would never come to the peace table and were only interested in achieving a world caliphate under Sharia law. Stakelbeck repeatedly described the Muslim Brotherhood as polished men in natty suits who were the soft edge of the spear. The audience stopped Stakelbeck with applause and shofar blasts.
The high-energy session positioned CUFI as a dramatic player in the Mideast policy community. Over a period of days, conferees heard from such speakers as CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee, Foundation for Defense of Democracies president Cliff May, Minnesota Senator Michelle Bachmann, security analyst Frank Gaffney, and a slate of other luminaries. The next annual conference has already been announced for July 16-18, 2013.
Edwin Black is the New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust--The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation, newly released in the Expanded Edition, and the bestselling history of the Mideast, The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust. He can be found at www.edwinblack.com.