Christians United for Israel (CUFI), America’s largest pro-Israel organization, received more than 10,000 responses within five hours for an action alert that asked CUFI members to email their elected representatives about attending Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress.
“I can think of no issue more important for America, Israel, and the West than our response to Iran’s nuclear efforts. And I can think of no voice on this issue more important than the prime minister of our front-line ally, Israel,” stated the action alert, which was sent to CUFI’s base of more than 2 million members in order for them to convey the message to their House and Senate representatives.
The White House has opposed Netanyahu’s March 3 speech because it contends that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not consult with Obama before inviting Netanyahu. Netanyahu, however, has said he needs to give the speech because a bad nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5+1 powers (a group that includes the U.S.) will threaten Israel’s survival.
Vice President Joe Biden and some Congressional Democrats are skipping Netanyahu’s speech.
“I never make up my mind on an important issue without first listening to a variety of views,” said Pastor John Hagee, CUFI’s founder and national chairman. “I expect the same from my elected officials. Prime Minister Netanyahu is a very important voice on the issue of Iran. Attending his speech is not a partisan statement. It’s a basic requirement of their job.”