Lawmakers from around the world gather in J'lem
Two-day conference of Christian parliamentarians aims to send a message to Iran about Israel's longevity.
Knesset building. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
Dozens of Christian parliament members from 18 countries around the world will
come to Jerusalem on Tuesday for a two-day conference in which they intend to
send Iran a message about Israel’s longevity.
The parliament members will
hold a press conference with Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein and former
tourism minister Benny Elon, who serves as president of the Israel Allies
Foundation, an umbrella group of pro- Israel parliament members across the globe
that has offices in Jerusalem, Washington and Brussels.
participation of dozens of MP’s from around the world is a show of strength and
sends a strong message of identification with the Israeli government’s struggle
to end the Iranian nuclear program,” Elon said.
“The representatives that
come to Jerusalem are true ambassadors of Israel and the Jewish people to
nations around the world. The partnership between the Jewish people and
representatives of the free world is the only way to ensure that we will
overcome all the threats that jeopardize Israel’s security and risk world
Even organizers said that during the press conference the caucus
representatives will present a solution to combat the Iranian nuclear threat. A
formal resolution will be presented to the Israeli
Congressmen will come from the US and members of parliament
from Canada, Brazil, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Germany, Italy,
Macedonia, the Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Uruguay, Portugal, United
Kingdom, Estonia, Hungary and Spain.
During the conference, the visiting
politicians will discuss ways to strengthen their support for Israel and will
meet with Israeli officials.
Besides Iran, the conference will focus on
Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and the issue of Jewish and Arab
The foundation was an outgrowth of the movement launched in
2004 in the Knesset when MKs from across the political spectrum formed the
Knesset Christian Allies Caucus. The Caucus was formed to develop better ties
between Knesset Members and pro-Israel leaders worldwide.
As a result of
the relationships fostered by these pioneers in the Knesset, in 2006 the US
House of Representatives formed the first governmental caucus, the Congressional
Israel Allies Caucus.
Since then additional caucuses have been formed in
Uruguay, Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Britain, Japan, the Philippines, South
Korea, Canada and Malawi, and the list continues to grow.