WASHINGTON (JTA) — Pastor John Hagee, the founder of Christians United For Israel, accused President Obama of not being pro-Israel.
"The truth that many Americans do not want to face is President Obama is not pro-Israel," Hagee said Tuesday at the annual Washington meeting of his group, which this year drew more than 5,000 activists.
Hagee, who endorsed Obama’s 2008 opponent, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), accused Obama of "waiting for Iran to extend a friendly hand" and suggested that the president may force Israel to divide Jerusalem and relinquish territory to the Palestinians.
Obama has coupled an offer for dialogue with Iran with an intensified campaign to isolate the Islamic Republic, and has said that final-status decisions involving Israel and the Palestinians are a matter for negotiators.
Also speaking at the event was talk show host Glenn Beck, who spoke about what he said were the ever-present dangers posed by anti-Semitism.
CUFI activists visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to advocate for pro-Israel legislation.