CUFI : les “chrétiens sionistes” à la droite de GW et à la droite de Dieu

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La documentation s’amoncelle sur le poids et le rôle de l’organisation de lobbying CUFI (Christians United For Israel), dont les membres se disent eux-mêmes “chrétiens sionistes”. Menée par le pasteur télévangéliste et milliardaire John Hagee, cette organisation a pour programme la Bible et pour but de favoriser Armageddon et la seconde venue du Messie. Elle est à 100% pro-israélienne, favorable à la droite israélienne la plus dure, à une politique expansionniste d’Israël et à une attaque (si possible nucléaire) de l’Iran.

Ce n’est évidemment pas une plaisanterie. CUFI a l’oreille (la droite) de GW, et éventuellement les deux. Il ne faut pas se dissimuler le fait que la politique israélienne de GW est largement inspirée par CUFI. Lisez par exemple le texte de Sarah Posner, sur Alternet le 4 août, ou celui de Max Blumenthal dans The Nation, le 8 août.

Extrait du texte de Blumenthal : « Over the past months, the White House has convened a series of off-the-record meetings about its policies in the Middle East with leaders of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a newly formed political organization that tells its members that supporting Israel's expansionist policies is “a biblical imperative.” CUFI's Washington lobbyist, David Brog, told me that during the meetings, CUFI representatives pressed White House officials to adopt a more confrontational posture toward Iran, refuse aid to the Palestinians and give Israel a free hand as it ramped up its military conflict with Hezbollah.

» The White House instructed Brog not to reveal the names of officials he met with, Brog said.

» CUFI's advice to the Bush Administration reflects the Armageddon-based foreign-policy views of its founder, John Hagee. Hagee is a fire-and-brimstone preacher from San Antonio who commands the nearly 18,000-member Cornerstone Church and hosts a major TV ministry where he explains to millions of viewers how the end times will unfold. He is also the author of numerous bestselling pulp-prophecy books, like his recent Jerusalem Countdown, in which he cites various unnamed Israeli intelligence sources to claim that Iran is producing nuclear “suitcase bombs.” The only way to defeat the Iranian evildoers, he says, is a full-scale military assault.

» “The coming nuclear showdown with Iran is a certainty,” Hagee wrote this year in the Pentecostal magazine Charisma. “Israel and America must confront Iran's nuclear ability and willingness to destroy Israel with nuclear weapons. For Israel to wait is to risk committing national suicide.”

» Despite his penchant for extreme rhetoric, or perhaps because of it, Hagee endeared himself to key members of the Israeli right. With the help of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who once spoke at a massive pro-Israel fundraiser at Cornerstone Church, Hagee has raised at least $8.5 million for Israeli social work projects. And as a result of Hagee's influence in the Lone Star State, reflected by his enormous wealth--he reportedly rakes in more than $1 million a year from his television ministry--and his close relationship with the previously omnipotent and now disgraced former House majority leader Tom DeLay, Washington's Republican leadership is just a phone call away. »


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