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Pastor John Hagee at AIPAC Conference Warns Iran it Could Suddenly Vanish

Christian Zionist Leader Keynotes at American Israel Public Affairs Committee Annual Conference

March 11, 2007

Pastor John Hagee, currently the most visible Christian Zionist leader in the US, garnered many rounds of applause for the keynote speech he gave attendees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference last week. AIPAC is Israel's lobbyist organization. Hagee leads Christians United for Israel, which boasts on its leadership bodies the nation's highest profile Christian right leaders.

Hagee's speech was cleaned up for the AIPAC audience. As Sarah Posner writes in the American Prospect, he was "primed with his most innocuous talking points and stripped of his most outlandish Armageddon rhetoric." Nevertheless, at least one Jewish organization official at the conference found it disturbing, according to the New York Jewish Week.

Below links to AIPAC's website, the Jewish Week report and Posner's report, we have posted links to two different video recordings -- one from Jerusalem Online and another posted in three parts on YouTube that includes audience pans and comments.

U.S.-Israel Bond is Deep and Wide, Conference Speakers Say

American Israel Public Affairs Committee website, March 16, 2007

American support for Israel didn't start with President Truman's 1948 recognition of the Jewish state, historian and author Michael Oren told AIPAC's Policy Conference. And it won't end if millions of American Christians continue to hold political clout in Washington, according to a subsequent address by Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church. Oren, who traced the U.S.-Israel bond to colonial times, and Hagee, who delivered a stirring explanation of Christian Zionism, were featured speakers at the Policy Conference's Sunday night plenary session. Continue.

Apocalypse Now: Iran Threat Dominates AIPAC Confab
Evangelicals offer their hand; path to military action smoothed in bill.

Larry Cohler-Esses And James D. Besser, New York Jewish Week, March 16, 2007

Cohler-Esses and Besser report from AIPAC's annual policy conference that "Rev. Hagee and other Evangelical Christians attending the conference were the objects of a virtual love-fest. At a Sunday night session that aroused many delegates and angered some others, AIPAC highlighted Christian Zionists whom, lobby leaders believe, will be a critical new partner for the pro-Israel movement."

The report continues, saying "A senior Jewish communal leader witnessing the scene termed it 'disturbing. Donít these people realize what this man stands for, in terms of church-state separation, in terms of what his followers see as Israelís role in the apocalypse?' said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid being identified with criticism of AIPAC." Click here.

The Goy Who Cried Wolf
The Israel lobby gives America's leading Christian right warmonger a warm welcome.

By Sarah Posner, The American Prospect, March 12, 2007

Delegates at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference were treated to an air-brushed John Hagee last night, primed with his most innocuous talking points and stripped of his most outlandish Armageddon rhetoric. Hagee, the founder of the America's leading Christian Zionist lobby, Christians United for Israel, left his clumsy exegeses of Biblical prophecy back home in San Antonio. He is well-versed in bringing an audience of several thousand people to its feet, and he knew he didn't need his slide show of mushroom clouds and world-ending wars to work this crowd. Continue.

This is the video of Hagee's speech posted JerusalemOnline along with other highlights of the AIPAC conference.

Here are links to the three-part video recorded by an audience member and posted on YouTube.. It pans the crowd and picks up audience comments.

Part 1.

Part 2

Part 3