Reform Jewish leader calls Hagee 'extremist' unworthy of support
Different views on what it means to support Israel
May 06, 2008
The president of the 1.5-million-member Reform Judaism movement called controversial Texas pastor John Hagee an “extremist” and urged fellow rabbis to shun his high-profile support of Israel.
Eric Yoffie, head of the Union for Reform Judaism, denounced Hagee, head of the Christians United for Israel, at an April 2 meeting of Reform rabbis in Cincinnati.
The rabbi accused Hagee of fostering religious intolerance between evangelical Christians and people of other faiths, as well as exacerbating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by vigorously opposing a two-state solution.
What Hagee and his allies “mean by support of Israel and what we mean by support of Israel are two very different things,” Yoffie said. “Their vision of Israel rejects a two-state solution, rejects the possibility of a democratic Israel, and supports the permanent occupation of all Arab [territory] now controlled by Israel.”