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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and no less than five top US officials addressed the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) confab in Washington D.C. as the largest grassroots pro-Israel conference in America kicked off Monday.
A common theme running through the evening's heavyweight speeches: soaring tensions with Iran and the Islamic Republic's nuclear capabilities.
Netanyahu kicked off the evening, appearing via satellite link the 14th Annual CUFI Summit, an event which draws thousands of pro-Israel Evangelical Christians from across the United States each year.
The Israeli leader dedicated a portion of his remarks to tensions with Iran, slamming the "terrible" 2015 nuclear deal with world powers which he claimed had paved the way for Tehran to develop a nuclear bomb.
Signalling Evangelical voters’ importance to President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, no fewer than five senior administration officials addressed the event.
Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (both Evangelical Christians themselves) addressed the confab on Monday, along with Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, Special Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
In his remarks, Pence spoke of the White House's dedication to their Israeli allies, claiming the Trump administration "will always support our Jewish brothers and will always stand with the State of Israel."
But the vice president also zeroed in on Iran, warning that the USA and its military are prepared to protect American interests as tensions continue to spiral with Iran.
And Iran-hawk John Bolton said the United States “will continue pressuring Iran until it abandons its nuclear weapons program and stops its violent operations throughout the Middle East, including its support for global terrorism.”