Hagee: Jimmy Carter is Israel's 'enemy in America'

Monday, July 23, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

American Christian leader Pastor John Hagee this month labeled Jimmy Carter as Israel's “enemy in America,” and demanded the former president reveal the anti-Israel sources of funding for his foreign policy research center.

“I call on former president Carter to publicly disclose how much of the Carter Center's funding is coming from anti-Israel sources in the Middle East,” Hagee demanded during an address to the annual Washington, DC gathering of his new organization, Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Hagee cited a recent article in the conservative magazine National Review that revealed Carter receives the bulk of his funding from Saudi Arabia.

Carter has raised the ire of American Evangelical Christians with his recent attacks on Israel's settlement policy, defensive measures and isolation of the Hamas terrorist organization. He has long been an outspoken advocate of Israel surrendering to all Arab demands in the name of “peace.”

Hagee hopes to use CUFI to harness Christian support into an effective counterbalance to the influence of Carter and like-minded enemies of the Jewish state in the American capital.

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