National Union MK Arye Eldad called for the annexation of Judea and Samaria in a speech to a large group of Christian Zionists who came to the Knesset on Tuesday for the fourth Jerusalem Assembly.

In cooperation with the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, the assembly brought together 115 pastors and lay leaders from around the world who represent tens of thousands of churches and hundreds of millions of Christians. Over two days, they heard many lectures from MKs, academics and pastors about the Middle East conflict and the biblical attachment of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, but Eldad’s speech especially enthralled them.

“The entire world wants two states for two peoples and to end the occupation,” Eldad said. “I am in favor of ending the Muslim occupation that began in the seventh century and establishing a Palestinian state in Jordan. This might have been questioned a few years ago but after what is called the Arab Spring, it is becoming increasingly likely. After Bashar Assad falls in Syria, Jordan will be next and it will become the Palestinian state it already is.”

Eldad said the help of Christian Zionists was more important than ever, because there are too many Jews in Israel for whom Israel has become mere real estate and not a homeland. The group was also addressed by MK David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu), who heads the caucus.

Pastor Charlotte Phillips of Glory Center Ministries in Maryland said she hoped Israel would hold on to all of the land of Israel, citing the Biblical comparisons between Israel and a tree.

“We need the boundaries of God,” she said. “We know there is talk of land for peace. We say hold fast, steadfast, and unmovable.”

Bishop Quintin Moore, who represents a communion of 80,000 churches all over the world, said he would advise US President Barack Obama “to open his heart for the right of Israel to govern herself.”

Former congressman Mike Sodrel (RGeorgia) spoke about the role of Hyam Solomon in founding the United States in 1776 and America’s role in recognizing Israel when it was established in 1948.

“Maybe the United States was established for the purpose of recognizing His nation,” Sodrel said. “America has blessed Israel, America needs Israel, and America will continue to be blessed as long as it blesses Israel.”

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