Israel warmly embraces Christian Zionists who want them converted

Christians United for Israel are a fundamentalist organisation that is led by a man, John Hagee, who once said that God sent Hitler to… force Jews to Israel.

Very classy.

It therefore makes sense that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed their recent Jerusalem conference. A mutual loathing of Arabs joins them together:

Welcome to Jerusalem, the undivided, eternal capital of the Jewish state and the Jewish people.

Your presence here today represents a profound transformation in the relationship between Christians and Jews.…  This transformation has its roots in the 19th century when the early Christian Zionists came to the Land Israel and when they began exploring the land of the Bible, when they began to yearn for the Jewish restoration in this land, the restoration of our numbers, the restoration of our sovereignty.

In fact, Christian Zionism preceded modern Jewish Zionism, and I think enabled it.…  But it received a tremendous impetus several decades ago when leading American clergymen, among them most notably, Pastor John Hagee, a dynamic pastor and leader from Texas, began to say to their congregations and to anyone who listened, it’s time to take a stand with Israel.…  It was time to take a stand with the sole democracy in the Middle East.…  It was time to take a stand against the lies and the slander and the vilifications.…  It was time to defend the Jewish state’s right to defend itself.

Today, Christians by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, by the hundreds of thousands, by the millions, by the tens of millions – today they have heard this call, and they stand with Israel.…  I salute you, the people of Israel salute you, the Jewish people salute you.

Time after time, through thick and thin, you have stood shoulder to shoulder with our state, and I have come here tonight to thank you for your unwavering friendship.…  And today that friendship is more important than ever because Israel faces unprecedented challenges to its security and its legitimacy.

I said that we face great challenges to our security, but we also face unprecedented challenges to our legitimacy.…  Now this assault on our legitimacy comes in many forms – it comes from the so-called human rights bodies in the UN which would deny Israel its legitimate right of self-defense, it comes by falsely charging Israel’s political and military leaders with imaginary war crimes, and it comes by the outrageous waging campaigns to boycott, divest and sanction Israel.…  You are all familiar with that.

Let me tell you how I remind foreign officials of this connection of the Jewish people to our history and to this land.…  You see, they visit my office.…  And I say, Would you come and look at this little signet ring that I was given on loan from the Department of Antiquities?…  It was found next to the Wall of the Second Temple, but it dates back to the First Temple.…  It goes back some 2800 years ago, to the period of the Kings.…  It is a signet seal of a Jewish official, and it has a name written in ancient Hebrew, which I can read.…  The name is: Netanyahu.…  Netanyahu Ben-Yoash.…  I say, that’s my last name.…  My first name, Benjamin, dates back 1000 years earlier, to Benjamin the son of Jacob, who also walked these hills.…  That is our connection.…  And nobody can deny the connection of the Jewish people to the Jewish land.

Israel faces great challenges.…  We must prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.…  We must repel the assault on our legitimacy.…  We must find a way to achieve peace with our neighbors.…  We must all pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

After centuries in exile, I have come here to assure you, the people of Israel have come home and no force on earth will ever make us leave our home again.