Hagee questions Carter funding

A leading pro-Israel evangelical Christian pastor called on Jimmy Carter to reveal the sources of funding for his peace center.

The former U.S. president is Israel’s “enemy in America,” Pastor John Hagee, who heads Christians United For Israel, told CUFI’s Washington conference this week.

He slammed Carter for his book last year likening Israel’s settlement policy to apartheid and for calling the isolation of the Hamas-led Gaza Strip “criminal.”

Hagee cited a report in a conservative journal, National Review, that alleged the Carter Center, which combats poverty, defends human rights and promotes peace, had received funding from Saudis who seek to influence U.S. Middle East policy.

“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 said.

The National Review report said the information was from the Carter Center’s annual reports.

The Carter Center did not respond by press time.

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