The Christian Coalition – long associated with positions opposing abortion, the homosexual agenda and other domestic social issues – is taking on foreign policy at its annual Road To Victory convention in Washington this year.
Coinciding with the convention on Oct. 11, the group is sponsoring a “Christian Support for Israel” rally opposing the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Occurring at the Ellipse near the White House, the event expects to draw over 100,000 “Christian friends” of Israel. WorldNetDaily columnist Alan Keyes, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas, Pat Robertson and WorldNetDaily columnist Jerry Falwell are a few of the invited speakers. Jewish leaders were not invited to speak at the gathering to show that it was Christians and not Jews behind the rally.
“They want to make this clear that this is serious Christians who support the Israelis’ war against Arab terror and that this is an unequivocal Christian rally. Christians are doing it because of their own interests, their own concerns, their own belief in the Bible and their own love for Israel,” said Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America.
“I think it is most appropriate, and I am very gratified that Christians are fighting for their Jewish brothers and sisters,” he said.
The Christian Coalition plans to ask for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem immediately and that Jerusalem remain the “undivided” capital of Israel. Calling Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority “terrorists,” the organization doesn’t want the U.S. to enter into any negotiations with them and asks that the Bush administration let Israel fight its enemies as the U.S. is fighting its own.
Roberta Combs, president of the Christian Coalition, announced in a press release, “Israel cannot negotiate with terrorism. Terrorism cannot be rewarded with statehood. Now or in the future, a Palestinian state would sound the death knell of Israel.”
“This is real political muscle,” Herb Zweibon, chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel, said about the upcoming rally.
He says over 100,000 Jews assembled in Washington in April to urge support for Israel from the White House.
“The bottom line seemed to be no reaction from the administration. That will not be the case if the Christian Coalition delivers,” Zweibon said.
Since the Christian group played such an important part in Bush’s election, he says, Bush has to respond. They are his “basic constituency” and are the ones who’ll preserve his seat in the White House, he adds.
“I think [the rally] will have a great impact … on the way President Bush views the situation,” Klein told WND.
Another concern the Christian Coalition has and plans to address, Klein says, is how the Christians in Palestinian territories are being brutalized. He says Christians aren’t allowed to build churches or renovate their churches and are being harassed in jail simply because of their religion.
A spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations, who refused to identify himself, wouldn’t comment on the rally except to say, “It’s a free country; they can do what they want.”
The Christian Coalition said in a statement that it is “committed to Israel’s survival.” The organization does not believe Israel can survive if a Palestinian state is built.
“You can have a Palestinian state or you can have a Jewish state,” Combs stated. “You cannot have both.”
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