From the Wall Street Journal:
"Standing on a stage bedecked with a huge Israeli flag, Mr. Hagee drew rapturous applause and shouts of "amen" as he hailed Israel for doing God's work in a "war of good versus evil." Calls for Israel to show restraint violate "God's foreign-policy statement" toward Jews, he said, citing a verse from the Old Testament that promises to "bless those who bless you" and curse "the one who curses you."
...Mr. Hagee is a leading figure in the so-called Christian-Zionist movement. This evangelical political philosophy is rooted in biblical prophecies and a belief that Israel's struggles signal a prelude to Armageddon. Its followers staunchly support the Bush administration's unequivocal backing of Israel in its current battle with Hezbollah in Lebanon."
The Catholic position, of course, is very different. The relevant Second Vatican Council document (Nostra Aetate) states: "Nevertheless, according to the apostle, because of their ancestors the Jews still remain very dear to God, whose gift and call are without regret." But this does not mean that the Jewish people are divinely entitled to a land grant-- that is seen as purely provisional and no longer in force. Of course, the secular state of Israel, and its citizens, and worthy of respect and protection, but it is not (as a territorial entity) favored by God above others.
Once you start going down the road of Hagee, you can get into very dangerous territory. In the Old Testament, you will find the notion of the herem, the curse of destruction, that ancient Israelites believed was mandated by God: this meant annihilating enemies completely. In city after city as the Israelites conquered Canaan, every single person (sometimes even the animals) were killed. Underlying this genocide was not only the idea of a divine land grant, but also the collective guilt of the enemy. Note that this bad theology has been applied elsewhere: just look at how America was seen by the Calvinists as the "Promised Land" and how these Old Testament passages affected their relations with the native Americans.
Back to Hagee. The article makes another interesting point:
"President Bush sent a message to the gathering praising Mr. Hagee and his supporters for "spreading the hope of God's love and the universal gift of freedom." The Israeli prime minister also sent words of thanks. Israel's ambassador, its former military chief and a host of U.S. political heavyweights, mostly Republican, attended."So now we know, don't we, what really motivates Bush in this conflict? And it should scare the hell out of us all. And where will we go from here? Again, Hagee is quite clear about this:
"Mr. Hagee wrote in a recent book, "Jerusalem Countdown," which focuses on what he says is a coming nuclear showdown with Iran."