July 27, 2022

Christians United for Israel 2022 Washington DC National Summit

By:  Paul Guisande

Paul Guisande (Photo Credit: Paul Guisande)
This year’s summit was highlighted by some of the nation’s most influential and prominent representatives from the United States congress, community leaders and supporters of Israel and the Jewish people.  For me it proved to be one of the most inspirational, educational and motivating summits to this date.
A few of the highlights came from former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as she delivered a clear and unambiguous quote about what she thinks of any Iran deal signed by President Biden when she said from the stage, “No deal is better than a bad deal.  And if this president signs any sort of deal, I’ll make you a promise.  The next president will shred it on her first day in office.”

Haley’s assessment of Bidens approach to Iran was echoed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he made it very clear to the Iranian officials that the deal signed by President Obama was not a legislative agreement made by the US congress.  America has no obligation to Obama’s agreement.  Senator Cruz is leading the fight to stop Biden’s effort for a new deal with Iran and to stop the Palestinian consulate from being opened in Jerusalem.  He also forced a vote to keep Iran on the list as a terrorist nation.

Senator Tom Cotten (R-AR) concisely summed up numerous elected officials’ attitude towards Biden’s dealings with Iran when he said, “Joe Biden is sitting down and negotiating with and trying to give away the farm to the ayatollahs.”  A host of speakers at the CUFI summit expressed strong concern about the current state of Iran’s nuclear program and the associated U.S. policy.  These concerns were amplified last week when the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, not known for always having the courage to speak bluntly – said that Iran’s nuclear program was “galloping ahead,” and his agency really doesn’t know much about what Iran is doing.

Unfortunately, Victoria Nuland, the Biden administration’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, isn’t listening.  Durning a recent interview with CNN, Nuland said, “The deal is sitting there on the table for the taking, if the Iranian’s want it.”  Surprise, they don’t want a deal.  They want to drag out negotiations until they’ve achieved their nuclear ambitions.

One of the most memorable panels during the summit came when Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NY) and James Lankford (R-OK) joined CUFI Action Chairwomen Sandra Parker on stage for a discussion about antisemitism.  The two Senators are the co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, and they delivered a powerful and united message on the importance of combating the world’s oldest hatred.

Ambassador David Freedman (U.S. Ambassador to Israel) delivered an inspiring message; how on May 14, 2018, 70 years to the day of Israel’s founding as a nation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the opening of the United States Embuses in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the state of Israel.  Isaiah 2: 3-4 says, “Many people will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us is ways, so that we may walk in His path.’ The law will go out of Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

On Tuesday, we descended on our nation’s capital to meet up with 89% of the nation’s legislators to discuss and encourage support for three Pro-Israel pieces of legislation:

The House and Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bills, providing funding in American military assistance to Israel as outlined by the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Israel.

The Defend Act.  The Abraham Accords, S.4366 H.R.7987.  The Abraham Accords which were signed on September 15, 2020, brought forward normalization agreements between Israel and several Arab and North African states.  The agreement not only enhanced Israel’s security but created an opportunity for a regional approach to critical security threats – chief among them, Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East.

COI Elimination Act, S. 4389 H.R. 7223 Restricts American taxpayers’ dollars from funding UNHRC’s anti-Israel Commission.  The funds would be withheld until the U.S. Secretary of State certifies that the UNHRC has abolished its Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Israel.

The summit overall was a great success, providing ample inspiration and enthusiasm to continue the ongoing fight against antisemitism in our communities, colleges and universities campuses.  The evidence shows that antisemitism has increased to levels never before seen.  According to the annual Antisemitism Report published by the World Zionist Organization and The Jewish Agency. Christians United for Israel is dedicated to fighting against antisemitism wherever it may be found.

We are fortunate we live in a community where people live together in harmony, but the need is ongoing to educate to the facts concerning Israel and the Jewish people.  The internet is a riff with anti-Zionism and anti-Israel propaganda, speaking out outrageous lies and misinformation to slander the only Jewish nation

Isaiah 62: 1 “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.”

Editor’s Note:  Paul Guisande is a CUFI Congressional Liaison for Idaho and the Idaho District 2 Director.

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