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Exchange of Letters with Pastor John Hagee on Jews and the Holocaust


  June 13, 2008


Abraham Foxman
National Director
Anti-Defamation League
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158


Dear Abe:

I am writing to clarify my view on Jews, the Holocaust and the state of Israel, which have recently been the subject of news accounts.

I have devoted much of my adult life to combating anti-Semitism and supporting the state of Israel.  My commitment to eradicating anti-Semitism, including its historic antecedents in the Christian community, has been central to my ministry.

Also central to my faith is a belief in an omnipotent, sovereign God.  In a sermon in 1999, I grappled with the vexing question of why a loving God would allow the evil of the Holocaust to occur.  I know how sensitive the issue of the Holocaust is and should be to the Jewish community and I regret if my Jewish friends felt any pain as a result. I have always believed that the Holocaust was a tragedy unique in its evil and horror and I pledge to you that I will always work with the Jewish community and others of good will in fulfilling the words, “Never again.”

I cannot deny the tenets of my faith.  However, I will work to express my faith in a way that is sensitive to and respectful of others, including the Jewish community.  This includes acknowledging the limits of our understanding in seeking to comprehend the mind of God.

In the heat of a campaign season, some have attempted to use my words to divide us.  The stakes for Israel and its allies are too great for us to allow this to happen.  So please accept this heartfelt expression as the first step towards our working together to promote a dialogue between Christians and Jews based on reconciliation and mutual respect.

Abe, I appreciate your leadership combating anti-Semitism and bigotry so very much.  Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my love for the Jewish community.


  Sincerely,

Pastor John Hagee




  June 13, 2008


Pastor John Hagee
Cornerstone Church and John Hagee Ministries
18755 Stone Oak Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78258


Dear Pastor Hagee:

Thank you for your letter clarifying your views on Jews and the Holocaust.

We are grateful that you have devoted your life to combating anti-Semitism and supporting the State of Israel. We wholeheartedly support your efforts to eradicate anti-Semitism, including its historic antecedents in the Christian community. We especially appreciate your extraordinary efforts to rally so many in the Christian community to stand with Israel.

We appreciate your regret over the pain caused to any in the Jewish community by your statements. We value your acknowledgement that the Holocaust was a tragedy unique in its evil and horror and the limits of our understanding in seeking to comprehend the mind of God. We mortals sometimes get into trouble fathoming God's ways.

We look forward to meeting with you to promote a dialogue between Christians and Jews based on mutual respect, reconciliation and the recognition of God's eternal covenant with the Jewish people.


  Sincerely,

Abraham H. Foxman
National Director


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