About 3,000 Christians from around the world attended on Tuesday a huge event in support of Israel. The participants included members of pro-Israel lobbies from the U.S. Congress and from parliaments around the world.
The event is an annual conference held every year during the holiday of Sukkot and hosted by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. The event was planned by the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation, headed by former MK Rabbi Benny Elon, as well as the World Jewish Congress and the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.
Participants included members of the U.S. Congress and parliamentarians from Canada, Brazil, Finland, Macedonia, the Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Spain, Uruguay, Portugal and the UK.
The event was also attended by Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein and World Jewish Congress Secretary-General Dan Dicker. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a video greeting.
U.S. Congressman Trent Franks told Arutz Sheva that “there are many of us in the United States Congress that are deeply committed to Israel because we believe that Israel is the tripwire in the world for the cause of human freedom.”
“One of the greatest challenges facing the human family is this jihadist threat and their first target, of course, is Israel,” he added. “So it’s very important for the free people of the world to stand with Israel in these critical days.”
Franks said that when he is in the U.S. he tries “to make the American people understand that Israel is our most critical ally and it’s not just important to Israel that the U.S. and Israel stand firmly together. It’s important to the United States.”
Israel, he emphasized, “does so many things that many people in America don’t even understand that is so critical to the cause of freedom in general. If we can help both our nations truly realize that our alliances together are vitally important to both nations and to the cause of freedom in the world, then I think we’ll take it a little more seriously.”