Thousands of Christians, along with lawmakers from around the world, will
participate in an Israel Allies Foundation conference beginning on
The 25 visiting lawmakers are leaders of pro-Israel caucuses in
their countries, affiliated with the Israel Allies Foundation, founded by former
tourism minister Rabbi Benny Elon, and the Knesset Christian Allies
“The arrival of parliamentarians and congressmen representing
hundreds of lawmakers around the world presents a picture of the great
international support we have,” Elon said. “This is a great show of
Legislators from the US, European Union, Canada, Brazil,
Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia, Poland, South Africa, Guatemala,
Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay will meet with Economy and Trade Minister
Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday and discuss their
countries’ activities relating to Israel.
The group will discuss ways to
battle European sanctions against Judea and Samaria and tour the Old City of
Jerusalem and the West Bank.
“From my personal experience with the
parliamentarians, I’m sure they’ll know how to translate their admiration and
friendship with Israel to a practical war against sanctions against Israel and
its economy,” Elon said.
The Israel Allies Foundation is an umbrella
organization that coordinates the activities of dozens of pro- Israel caucuses
in parliaments around the world, which aim to increase cooperation and
communication with Israel.
In addition, almost 3,000 Christians will
participate in an Israel Allies Foundation event in Jerusalem on Sunday night,
and approximately 2,000 more plan to visit Israel this week for the Feast of
Tabernacles, organized by the International Christian Embassy
“The Succot event shows, not for the first time, the
unconditional love hundreds of millions of people around the world have for
Israel and their solidarity with the state,” International Christian Embassy
Jerusalem director-general Dr. Jürgen Bühler said. “Not even tension [in Syria]
can prevent our guests from coming.”
The ICEJ was concerned that there
would be cancelations because of the security situation, but “love of Israel
conquered all and thousands of Christian tourists are arriving with a message of
love and support,” Bühler said.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S.
Lauder is scheduled to address the ICEJ gathering at the Jerusalem International
Convention Hall on Sunday, the WJC announced.
Lauder hailed the event in
the Israeli capital as an important sign that Israel does not stand alone in the
“This conference is ample proof that Israel has strong Christian
allies in parliaments and governments around the world on which it can rely. The
World Jewish Congress will continue to work on widening this important coalition
and increase cooperation with our Christian friends,” he said.
Post staff contributed to this report.