People often ask me, “what was the ONE thing that stands out most from your trip to DC?” I would answer that: “I learned how easy it is to access our congressional leaders and senators and that they willingly listened to our concerns for Israel as we told them why we biblically stand with Israel!
A replica of the Ark of the Covenant on display.
There were over 5,000 CUFI members in attendance who heard from prominent pro-Israel national and international figures, including a live satellite address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Summit’s Night to Honor Israel featured remarks from Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, Pastor John Hagee, and Glenn Beck. Beck gave an impassioned and stirring speech expressing steadfast support for Israel. “Each of us will be judged as a people and a nation by how we treat Israel,” he said.
Following two days of pro-Israel education and advocacy-training, attendees went to Capitol Hill and held hundreds of meetings with their elected representatives, including the Congressional leadership offices on both sides of the aisle in both houses. We asked our elected officials to oppose the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state at the UN, and to support security aid to Israel and tougher sanctions against Iran.
THE RESULT: We are proud to report that over the last week 17 additional Members of Congress became co-sponsors of The Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 and 9 new Senators signed on as co-sponsors of The Iran, North Korea and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011. In addition, leaders of the House Appropriations Committee announced yesterday that they intend to keep U.S. security aid to Israel at the full level we requested -- $3.075 billion.
I’d say we were heard! Don’t be intimidated to take your concerns about Israel to YOUR Congressman! We learned that Congressman Gary Miller is a Christian and definitely a pro-Israel advocate! What a blessing!