3/9/08

McCain, Hagee and the Jews

The Forward's Jennifer Siegel writes about how an Evangelical’s Endorsement Spurs Debate.

Not really. She reaches pretty far out on a limb for this one. 99% of our leaders and laypeople know that this is none of our business. Jennifer does find one feller, Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of CLAL (that is to say, a leader with no defined constituency or political mission) who thinks that Hagee is like Farrakahn. But we know this comparison is bogus. Kula seems to have missed David Brog's book, Standing With Israel, which makes lucid the case for Christian support for Israel. He also seems to have missed Hagee's own and current book, In Defense of Israel: The Bible's Mandate for Supporting the Jewish State. Hagee has been our friend for 27 years, each year doing more to support the Jewish State in order to fulfill as he sees it, Isaiah 62:1, "For Zion's sake I will not be silent."

I can't say that nobody agrees with Kula on his comparison. I just hope that is the case. In any case, I believe even those Jewish leaders who are critical or suspicious of Hagee will agree with Foxman that, "It's not our agenda" to be critical of him vis a vis the McCain kerfuffle (a favorite word of the Forward).

For more on Hagee, Brog and company, and on Abe Foxman on the subject of Hagee, see my cover story in the Jewish Standard from August, 2006 in which I review Brog's book.
  1. Are they your friends?
  2. ‘Christians are hearing the message’: An interview with David Brog
  3. ‘It’s not our agenda’: An interview with Abraham Foxman

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