Top Trump officials to speak to Christians United for Israel

Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo, NSA John Bolton, and Ambassador David Friedman to address Christian pro-Israeli group.

Ron Kampeas, JTA ,

Pastor John Hagee shaking hands with Vice President Mike Pence
Pastor John Hagee shaking hands with Vice President Mike Pence
Kasim Hafeez/CUFI

Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton are set to address the annual Christians United for Israel conference, a sign of how much President Donald Trump values pro-Israel evangelicals.

Pence, Pompeo, Bolton as well as ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, the top U.S. Middle East negotiator, will speak Monday and Tuesday at the conference taking place in Washington D.C. Such a broad array of top senior foreign policy and security officials is rare for pro-Israel groups.

Trump has on multiple occasions noted that the pro-Israel evangelical community has shown the most appreciation for his Israel-related actions, including moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. He routinely gets applause at his rallies when he mentions the Jerusalem move.

Other notable speakers at the CUFI conference are Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Mariano Rivera, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who is now an ordained pastor; and an array of Republican lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. No Democrats appear on the schedule.