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Knesset members from across the political spectrum will honor two international
Christian leaders for their commitment to Israel at a ceremony Tuesday night at
Jerusalem’s Inbal Hotel.
The annual “Night to Honor Our Christian Allies”
is organized by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus in conjunction with the
World Jewish Congress.
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The 17-MK caucus aims to forge direct lines of
communication between Knesset members and Christian leaders, organizations and
political representatives in Israel and throughout the world.
Daniel Williams, the founding presiding bishop of the Christian Communion
International worldwide network of churches, will receive an award for his
activities for Israel. The second award, given together with the Ministry for
Tourism, will honor Juergen Buehler, the executive-director of the International
Christian Embassy Jerusalem, for his contribution to Israeli
Williams has been given a diplomatic role as apostolic delegate
to Jerusalem by the Christian Communion International, which he presided over
until October. He also founded Go To Nations, which spreads the Christian faith
and provides for humanitarian needs in in 86 countries but does not do
missionary work in Israel. Go To Nations has started more than 1,000 churches in
the former Soviet Union since the Iron Curtain fell and was also involved in
saving Soviet Jews.
“I am not so sure I am worthy of being honored in
Jerusalem,” he said. “I am proud that I helped the caucus advance legislation in
parliaments around the world getting Jerusalem recognized as the eternal capital
He said his advice to the Israeli government was to stay the
course and be as fair as possible to all of its people, while protecting them.
He expressed hope that more Christians around the world would support Israel
“We see this happening not only among evangelicals but also in
pockets where we didn’t see it 10 years ago,” he said.
Josh Reinstein said Williams’s commitment to Israel and the well-being of its
people is “a shining example to Christian leaders around the
Buehler, who took over as International Christian Embassy head
six months ago, is being honored for expanding the Feast of Tabernacles, the
largest and most popular annual tourist event in Israel.
MK Dudu Rotem will address guests on the importance of developing
Judeo-Christian relations based on the two religions’ mutual values as will
fellow caucus member and president of the Israeli branch of the World Jewish
Congress, Kadima MK Shai Hermesh.