This question, which we often hear, reflects a misunderstanding of Israel’s role. While Israel is vital to Jewish Americans and Jews around the world, it is not exclusively a Jewish concern. Israel and the Jewish people are very important to American and other Christians because our faith is grounded in the Jewish scriptures, practices and indeed in the whole culture, geography, agriculture, even the annual weather patterns of Israel. Therefore Israel is not solely a Jewish concern.
Having said that, American Jews have attempted, in various ways, to be very supportive of Israel. AIPAC founded sixty years ago, became a strong American lobby for the military support and resupply of Israel when it was attacked by all the neighboring states during its early years of modern existence. However, in recent years it has become clear that only CIPAC has a biblical or spiritual underpinning to the work that we do. Therefore Jerusalem, for example, is much more central to CIPAC’s consciousness than to that of any other organization, most of which are secular. Regardless CIPAC attempts to enlist like-minded Jewish Americans in the activities and lobby campaigns we are undertaking. Most notably, we have made common cause with Americans for a Safe Israel (ASFI) and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). While these are secular 501(c) (3) organizations, not registered lobbies, they support a number of the issues that CIPAC advocates.