Rick Perry: ‘As a Christian . . . I stand with Israel’

Mary Altaffer AP The Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate spoke in New York on Tuesday during a press conference … Continued

Mary Altaffer


The Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate spoke in New York on Tuesday during a press conference on Israel and Palestine.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said during a New York press conference Tuesday that his Christian faith requires his strong support of Israel.

“I also as a Christian have a clear directive to support Israel, so from my perspective it’s pretty easy,” Perry said when a reporter asked if Perry’s faith was driving his views, according to the Associated Press. “Both as an American and as a Christian, I am going to stand with Israel.”

Perry, surrounded by what he called “a diverse group of Jewish leaders from here and abroad,”characterized President Obama’s approach to the Middle East as “naive and arrogant, misguided and dangerous.” Perry also outlined the policy stance he would take toward Israel as president. You can read Perry’s proposal here.

A June 2011 Pew Forum poll of American evangelicals showed that nearly half “say the state of Israel is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the Second Coming of Jesus” Many point to Genesis 12:3, which reads, “And I will bless them that bless (Israel), and curse him that curseth (Israel),” as scriptural evidence of the need to support the Jewish state.

In a 2009 video interview with The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn, Texas pastor John Hagee, one of Christian Zionism’s most prominent leaders, explains the theological roots of Christian support for Israel. Hagee was an official endorser of and participant in ‘The Response,’ Rick Perry’s Aug 6 prayer revival.


Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • johnnyk1

    Rick Perry is no Christian. He is more of a Satan follower. He has nothing in common with Jesus. Jesus said many will come in my name. Some people are so gullible…..

  • The15thRound

    Christians should stand with Israel because Christianity is the continuation of Judism. Christians believe in the same God and they honor Moses and the Jewish prophets. Its important to remember that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were Jewish.

    The bottom line is that Christians should always support Israel since they are preserving the land where Jesus preached and the other historical places mentioned in the Bible. I think all Christians should try to visit the Holy Land at least once in their lives.

  • The15thRound

    …continuation of Judaism…

  • IDoCare

    WHY do Christians support Israel, but not the ‘dying man without insurance’?

  • socaler

    $3 billion a year, our foreign aid to Israel, a well-of country. What a racket! Think of the good we could do with that money, here at home! Why has our Congress sold out to these foreigners? Why?

  • twilson3

    And those who do not stand with Israel are not Christian?

  • fmjk

    As a Jew, Governor Perry, I say thanks, but no thanks. Your Messianic view of yourself and your consistent mixing of church and state scare me to death. This is not a “Christian nation,” and if you want to be a religious leader, be my guest, go be one, but stay out of my White House with your prayer breakfasts and your God speaks through me nonsense. Moreover, like Glen Beck, your support of Israel has nothing to do with the need for a Jewish homeland after the Holocaust, and it’s all about the second coming of Christ. Israel can do better in the friend department.

  • twilson3

    If Palestine belongs to the Jews, why not give America back to the native American Indians?

  • twilson3

    Lots of anti-Perry comments. I hope you people are fired up enought ot vote in Nov 2012

  • jimjohnd

    With one statement he proves himself UNFIT for the office of President of the United States of America. The thought of him with access to the ‘little red button’ should instill crippling fear at the very prospect.

  • jp1943

    Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has been, without question, the most violent country.The Korean War, Vietnam, two invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other military adventures in Latin America indicate a country out of control. How many hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians are we responsible for killing and injuring. Not to mention the casualities from all the proxy wars we fought.

  • gfoster56

    Mr. Perry you should also remind us that Jesus was crucified because of the Jews.

  • jp1943

    Count on it!

  • jp1943

    At last, a rational thought.

  • tcmsols1

    As far as we are concerned God was born in America

  • jp1943

    Perry should go far. As far away as possible!

  • gurudev16

    With bells on!

  • djmolter

    And, as a Christian he will stand against Jews getting into heaven.

  • James10

    Someone needs to ask Perry is he shares Hagee’s view on Catholics.

  • Kingofkings1

    Rick Perry can stand with Israel for every muder it commits or the suffering of every orphan – till eternity, but unfortunat ely, Israel is not the one who will judge his actions in life. Rick Perry, can you guess Who that Someone is?

  • Kingofkings1

    By your own reasoning, christians need to support palestine because islam is a continuation of christianity

  • Chops2

    same god except that Jesus is that same god, the holy trinity and they dont believe in him so…..

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