Eric Yoffie's been at it again. Apparently it's not enough to be a pro-Israeli Christian. Yes, believing in Israel's right to all the land that it was legally promised decades ago and opposing the creating of a Islamofascist terror state is apparently not enlightened, not progressive, and not Reform.
John Hagee and the Chrisians United For Israel are one of the strongest non-Jewish pro-Israel groups in the United States. Certainly one cannot embrace them wholeheartedly. After all, their desire for Jewish control of Israel is so that their End-o-days scenario can play out, one in which we don't fare favourably. But when you're hard up for allies you make do with what you can.
Unfortunately, Hagee holds some beliefs that Yoffie finds offensive:
Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said Hagee and his group, Christians United For Israel, reject any Israeli land concessions to achieve peace with the Palestinians.
As a result, Yoffie feels Reform synagogues should not cooperate with this group. After all, their belief in a strong, safe Israel runs against established Reform policy:
Reform Judaism supports creating a Palestinian state;
Yes, what goes around, comes around. In 1947 the Reforms lobbied against the creation of the State of Israel. In 2007 they're lobbying for the creation of a state who's reason for existing is to cause harm to our State. And they call the Orthodox stubborn and unwilling to change?
In the end, I don't think Yoffie's boycott will matter much. After all, considering Hagee's followers all hold strong religious beliefs in one God (although they accept substitutes) and don't change them when it is politically correct to. They probably put their beliefs and sense of community over their personal feelings in many areas and allow their religion to give them a sense of direction and moral compass.
In other words, they have nothing in common with Reform.