November 30, 2023

The National Mall saw several prominent Evangelical Christian voices on Tuesday, supporting the Jewish State after the October 7 Hamas massacre. The lineup included Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson and Christians United for Israel (CUFI) founder Pastor John Hagee, with around 700 Christian college students in attendance. Johnson, along with other political leaders, called the conflict between Israel and Hamas a fight between good and evil, civilization and barbarism, pledging unwavering support for Israel.

Hagee, speaking at the rally, emphasized the significance of the current threat to Israel and called for unity among Christians and Jews. He also stated that the leaders of Israel should be the ones determining how to fight the war against Hamas. Evangelicals have been strong supporters of Israel, especially during Donald Trump’s presidency, as shown in a 2022 Pew Research Center study.

While Hagee’s presence sparked controversy among more liberal Jewish groups due to past statements, the event also saw the participation of 700 Christian college students brought by Passages, reflecting their support for Israel. Passages, which mobilized after the October 7 massacre, has been holding solidarity events and supporting the Jewish community and Israel.

The event aimed to send a message of solidarity and support for Israel during a challenging time, with Evangelical Christian voices playing a significant role in the rally.