How To ‘Shine A Light’ Against The Growing Darkness Of Anti-Semitism

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Vice President Pence was part of the all-star line-up of speakers at CUFI (timesofisrael.com).

“Why Israel, From Why Should I Care to What Can I Do?” was the multi-part question asked and answered this week, as more than 5,000 members of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) braved biblically bad rain to gather in Washington, D.C., and stand with Israel.

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Paul Teller all visited. They were greeted by countless standing ovations and periodic, enthusiastic chants of “USA!” and “Four more years!”

At the summit, significant time was devoted to exciting new archaeological discoveries like the pilgrimage road and biblical kings’ seals, as well as security threats posed by Hamas and Hezbollah’s terror tunnels and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But a non-trivial amount of time was also devoted to domestic anti-Semitism and the urgency of opposing it, whether it’s found on campus or in Congress.

Several speakers reminded the overwhelmingly Christian audience (with a smattering of observant Jews) that anti-Semitism is a cancer, and it’s everybody’s problem. Sen. Ted Cruz listed the Senate’s unanimously condemning anti-Semitism among five recent pro-Israel victories, and CUFI showcased a video urging attendees to “shine a light” on anti-Semitism wherever they find it, whether on the right, the left, or among Islamists.

Multiple speakers alluded to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments about dual loyalty and American support for Israel’s being cash-fueled, offering them as examples of anti-Semitism to vigorously oppose. In fact, CUFI’s top legislative priority this year is Sen. Tim Scott’s Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which combats campus anti-Semitism.

So, why do these Americans—who heard calls to emulate Joshua, Caleb, and Esther—support Israel? Sen. Marco Rubio, noting that 70 years of bipartisan consensus on Israel are now being challenged, urged the audience to explain that the alliance with Israel is in our strategic and national interest, in addition to being a moral imperative.

The upshot? The UN actually condemned anti-Semitism. He was also proud of persuading 87 member states to join a resolution condemning Hamas and the Security Council adopting its first-ever resolution on people missing in armed conflict last month.

Tasked with representing the United Nations’ most criticized nation, Danon exudes optimism. During our interview, I asked Danon, who describes himself as “heavily involved with opening doors and building bridges” how he does it.

He replied, “Anti-Semitism is a problem at the UN, but if you’re determined enough, you can win even in a place like the UN. Every day you wake up for another fight, but when you have moral clarity you can bring others to work with you.” Danon also observed, “When we respect our religion, others will respect us as well.”

Asked if he had any advice for readers, Danon shared: “Be proud of standing with Israel, don’t be shy or hide it. Be more vocal and more active. Once you do it, you become stronger. That’s what happened to me the last four years in a hostile environment. It gave me tools and techniques I apply on many other challenges. I’m optimistic about the future of Israel. What we’ve built in 71 years is a miracle, that we have diplomatic relations with more than 160 countries is a miracle. We have a very bright future ahead of us.”

This article appeared in The Federalist.

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