'Millions Worldwide Love Zion'

MPs from across the globe speak to Arutz Sheva on Israel and solidarity, in honor of ICEJ-WJC joint conference.

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A group of 20 parliamentarians from Israel Allies Caucuses from 16 countries met in Jerusalem on Monday, to express solidarity with Israel. 

Arutz Sheva spoke to several MPs and dignitaries at the event, which was co-sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

“The hundreds of Congressmen and parliamentarians around the world who are active in our network of caucuses represent millions of Israel supporters around the world,” said Rabbi Benny Elon, President of the Israel Allies Foundation. “While the anti-Israel crowd is often more raucous and vocal, it is imperative to know that there are millions of lovers of Zion whose voices can be channeled for political support for the State of Israel.”

"Our challenge is to locate them, to locate their representatives in the parliaments," he added.

Rabbi Elon also connected the conference with the holiday of Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles), which traditionally saw the convergence of the world's nations in Jerusalem.

"It in written in the words of the Sages that the nations will come to the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem," he explained. "And the nation who does not do it will not be blessed." 

"They want to be blessed," he added. "Believe me, all the sophisticated parliamentarians here believe in the words written in the Book of Genesis: 'I will bless those that bless you, I will curse those that curse you." 

Arutz Sheva also spoke to several parliamentarians at the conference, who noted their solidarity with the Jewish state. 

They came from an array of countries around the world, including the UK, Canada, Holland, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Uruguay, Poland, South Africa, Italy, Suriname, Guatemala, Brazil, and Sweden, as well as from the European Parliament.

"We sure stand alongside whatever faith or religion to recognize that Israel is a beacon of democracy and liberty," David Burrowes, Parliamentary Chair of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, UK, stated. "Therefore, it's important for all moderates who stand for peace to recognize that they should stand alongside Israel as well." 

"There are many people who change their position when they hear the truth," Kenneth Meshow, MP in the Republic of South Africa and President of the African Christian Democratic Party, explained. "Because truth is always stronger and better than lies, and light, as you know, is always stronger than darkness." 

"Because of the success of truth to change people, we are planning next month to bring 25 university students from South Africa to see for themselves that there is no apartheid in Israel, and to see the inventions Israel has made that can help Africa," he added. 

The issue of anti-Semitism was discussed, as well. 

"My personal view is that we still have, throughout the Western world, a problem with anti-Semitism," Ruperto Long, a member of the Ministro Uruguay Tribunal, stated. 

MP Kent Ekeroth, member of the Swedish Parliament, agreed. 

"Anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiments are an important problem to me," Ekeroth said. "We have huge immigration, record immigration into Sweden today [. . .] that bring with them hatred against Jews. Even the Jewish communities in Sweden have now officially and publicly said that anti-Semitism is an important problem for them, unfortunately."