“Succot is a very Israeli holiday. When we sit in temporary huts, we can
appreciate the fact that we have a permanent country,” Economy and Trade
Minister Naftali Bennett told a group of Christian legislators on
The lawmakers, from the US, European Union, Canada, Brazil,
Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia, Poland, South Africa, Guatemala,
Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay, are attending the Israel Allies
Foundation Jerusalem Chairman’s Conference.
The Israel Allies Foundation
coordinates the activities of dozens of pro-Israel caucuses in parliaments
around the world, which aim to increase cooperation and communication with
Speaking to the parliamentarians eating their lunch in a succa,
Bennett said that “a people who lives in shacks one week a year for 3,000 years
– and I did just that with my children, for the last three nights – are a people
that will remain forever, because we remember our history.”
raison d’être is so the Jewish people will last for eternity,” he
In reference to Iran and “so-called moderate President
Rouhani,” Bennett said, “Israel can only rely on itself, by itself, and we don’t
recommend anyone test us.”
The Bayit Yehudi leader called on the
parliamentarians to “stand up and speak up. Whenever there’s an opportunity or a
lie being told, don’t be silent.
“We’re being told that right behind this
succa [the Old City of Jerusalem] is occupied territory, and we may be boycotted
as long as we’re there.
Whoever thinks our capital of 3,000 years is
occupied doesn’t understand anything. Stop the lies,” he said.
Mayor Nir Barkat reaffirmed his commitment to freedom of religion in the
“We would never think of, God forbid, dividing our city,” he
said. “Be ambassadors for peace and tell the truth about your visit
MK David Rotem, Knesset Christian Allies Caucus co-chairman, asked
the members of the European Parliament in the group to fight European Union
guidelines sanctioning companies and universities connected to the West
“Our friends in the EP do a lot of good for Israel and the Jewish
nation. We need to make sure they are reelected, because they have the courage
to speak up for what they believe in,” Rotem said.
On Sunday evening, the
lawmakers participated in a Feast of Tabernacles ceremony at the Jerusalem
International Convention Center (Binyenei Ha’uma) together with thousands of