Christians United for Israel presses uncommitted Dems on Iran bill


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Christians United for Israel published full-page newspaper ads in the home states of four Democratic senators urging them to back a bill that would mandate congressional approval of any Iran nuclear deal.

The ads appeared Monday in the Billings Gazette in Montana, the New York Post, The Star-Ledger in New Jersey and the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia. They are targeting Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Mark Warner of Virginia.

CUFI, whose leader, Pastor John Hagee, has been sharply critical of the Obama administration, also canvassed followers in the states to call and email the senators.

President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill, arguing that its passage could scuttle nuclear negotiations now underway between Iran and the major powers.

“Every senator should know that our two million members are speaking for the overwhelming majority of Americans,” Hagee said in a statement. “We will all be paying close attention to the actions these senators take in the coming weeks.”

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