Prominent U.S. Pastor Says Israel Is Not the ‘Occupier’ but the ‘Owner’ of the Holy Land

Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, tells an Israeli newspaper that Israel is not an “occupier” but is rather the “owner” of the land of Israel, despite its portrayal to the contrary in mainstream media, The Blaze reports.

Pastor John Hagee, Christians United for Israel's founder and national chairman (Image source: Facebook)

On a visit to Israel last week along with 500 members of Christians United for Israel, Hagee spoke with Israel Hayom, a right-wing daily, during which he described the biblical underpinnings of the connection of the Jewish people with the land of Israel – including Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) – calling the Bible “the moral compass for the soul.”

“The Bible does not offer God’s recommendations; these are God’s laws and we keep them, beginning with ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’ (Genesis 1:1),” Hagee told columnist Dror Eydar. “King David said: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof’ (Psalms 24:1). If God owns the earth, and made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give their descendants the right to the land of Israel — then Israel is not an ‘occupier’ as implied by the liberal media in the United States, but the owner of the land by covenant. And the covenant still stands.”


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