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Elie Wiesel Interviewed by a Fiery Evangelical

By Nathan Guttman

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During the 2008 presidential campaign fiery evangelical leader John Hagee got into trouble after a sermon had surfaced in which he suggested that the Holocaust was a divine act meant to drive the Jews to the land of Israel.

This sermon led Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject Hagee’s endorsement and distance himself from the controversial pastor.

Hagee, the leader of Christians United for Israel, has since worked to explain his views and prove his credentials to the Jewish community.

This week, Hagee invited Nobel laureate Ellie Wiesel to be his guest for an hour-long interview on his TV show.

The highlight of the interview: Hagee repeatedly attempts to make a tie between the Holocaust era and the current threats facing Israel from Iran. Wiesel stresses there is no comparison you can make to the Holocaust, although he is also alarmed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

And more on Hagee and the Holocaust remembrance: Last month his group sponsored a two week trip for Christian students to Poland and Israel, similar to the March of the Living trips taken by many Jewish teens.



Comments
Michael Levin Mon. Oct 26, 2009

View: Max Blumenthal's 2007 video -- Rapture Ready: The Christians United for Israel Tour

"Max Blumenthal's latest takes us on a shocking and at times bizarre tour of right-wing Pastor John Hagee's annual Washington-Israel Summit, blowing the cover off the Christian Zionist movement in the process. Starring Joe Lieberman, Tom DeLay, Pastor John Hagee, Ambassador Dore Gold and a host of rapture-ready evangelicals praying for Armaggedon."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjMRgT5o-Ig

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