Evangelical Christian Israel Backers Push Opposition to Chuck Hagel

Despite winning support from Jewish Democratic leaders, Chuck Hagel still faces opposition from evangelical Christians and conservative pro-Israel groups, reports The Forward. Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a Texas-based group founded by Pastor John Hagee, is leading the charge against Hagel with advertisements and rallies. On Monday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who has connections to CUFI, said, “I cannot support a nominee for defense secretary who suggests we should be tougher on Israel and more lenient on Iran.” 

Read at The Forward

© 2011 Religion & Politics