European Christians voice support for Israel [p.5]

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
November 5, 2006 00:19
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A delegation of European Christian leaders from the Pentecostal European Fellowship has voiced their unflinching support for the State of Israel. "We regret that certain churches are considering divesting from Israel, while we've also seen some nations in Europe stepping away from Israel," said PEF Chairman Rev. Ingolf Ellssel during a solidarity trip to Israel hosted by the pro-Israel International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem. The umbrella organization represents over 40 denominations across Europe and has nearly five million members. Most Pentecostals are Evangelicals. "Pentecostal and Charismatic churches in Europe have a tradition of praying for and engaging with Israel, but we are determined to harness our rapidly growing movement to do even more for the Jewish people and their embattled nation," he added. Ellssel estimates that there are now as many as 34 million Christians on the European continent who identify themselves as Pentecostals or Charismatics, the fasting growing segment of Christianity, with some 625 million followers worldwide. Ellssel's group is seeking to organize this expanding constituency into a lobbying force in Europe that will also be able to positively impact European relations with Israel. "Our agenda will include more than prayer and words of support, but practical measures such as encouraging business investment in Israel and Christian tourism to the Holy Land," Ellssel said.

Related Content

Tamir Naaman-Pery, an 18-year-old cellist from the Kamon moshav, in Young Musicians Eurovision 2018
August 19, 2018
Israel takes a shot at another Eurovision title

By AMY SPIRO