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A select group of Russian parliament members will soon be urging their
colleagues to say “da” to Israel after a delegation of Israelis took steps to
initiate the formation of a pro-Israel caucus in the Duma in meetings last week
The delegation from the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC)
and the World Jewish Congress met with influential Christian leaders from across
Russia. Talks focused on garnering support for the State of Israel and forming a
Russian Israel Allies Caucus in the Duma, which is the Russian parliament’s
KCAC co-chairman MKs David Rotem (Likud Beytenu) and Yoel
Razbozov (Yesh Atid), KCAC director Josh Reinstein and former MK Shai Hermesh,
who is WJC-Israel’s chairman, worked with the organizers of the caucus, who will
soon select its members. A formal request for the caucus’s formation will be
issued this week.
“Russia is an integral player in the Middle East and
has the power to influence the nations that threaten Israel,” Reinstein
“The formation of a Russian Israel Allies Caucus will be an
important addition to the 20 pro-Israel caucuses around the world run by the
Israel Allies Foundation.
The Israeli delegation was welcomed with a
large Christian celebration of Israel event hosted by Senior Pastor Mats Ola
Ishoel of the Word of Life Church that was attended by thousands of Russian
Christians. Jewish and Christian leaders urged a closer bond between Israel and
Russia at the event, which celebrated the 65th anniversary of Israel’s
“The World Jewish Congress is committed to strengthening
ties between Christians around the world who share our commitment to Israel and
defend it against unfair attacks in their home countries,” Hermesh said at the
“Our visit to Moscow has strengthened the bond between our people,
and we were able to tell the Christians in Russia that Israel will help protect
their communities and holy places in the Middle East,” he said.
at the event were interspersed with a celebration of Israeli culture, showcasing
Israeli song and dance. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem helped
organize the event, which ended with a shared blessing for the State of
The WJC is the international organization representing Jewish
communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international
organizations. The KCAC – which consists of 17 MKs from six political parties
across the political spectrum – aims to open formal and direct lines of
communication between Knesset members and Christian leaders, organizations and
political representatives around the world.