Prominent pro-Israel Evangelical Pastor John Hagee Tests Positive for COVID-19

The 80-year-old conservative, whose organization Christians United for Israel has a millions-strong membership in the U.S., was diagnosed on Friday

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Pastor John Hagee.
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Texas Pastor John Hagee, the founder of the largest pro-Israel evangelical organization in the United States, Christians United for Israel, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his son announced Tuesday.

The 80-year-old conservative activist, whose organization has a millions-strong membership in the United States, was diagnosed on Friday and was recovering after the illness was detected early, said his son Matt Hagee during a Sunday morning service at Cornerstone Church. 

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Hagee is also a prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was also diagnosed with the coronavirus on Friday and discharged on Monday from Walter Reed Military Medical Center to continue treatment at the White House.  

Hagee's organization hosts what some consider the largest annual gathering of evangelical Christian supporters of Israel.

Earlier in June, amid growing talk of Israeli annexation of parts of the Jordan Valley in both Jerusalem and Washington, Christians United For Israel held its annual conference virtually in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The event included remote addresses by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz, as well as by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

Netanyahu has spoken many times at Christians United for Israel events. Last year, he told the organization’s supporters in a video message that Israel has no better friends than evangelical Christians. 

Hagee gave a speech at the ceremony in 2018 where Trump celebrated moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. He has said that “there has never been a more pro-Israeli president than Donald Trump.”

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