Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the World Jewish Congress will give
awards to Christian supporters of Israel Monday night at the seventh annual
“Night to Honor Our Christian Allies.”
Knesset members from across the
political spectrum and government leaders will join both Jews and Christians at
the King David Hotel for a reception in honor of Christians who have been
steadfast in their commitment to Israel.
One award will go to Dr. Petra
Heldt, director of the the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel,
who recently established the Protestant Consultation on Israel and the Middle
The caucus, together with the Tourism Ministry, will also honor
Apostolate Renê Terra Nova, leader of the International Restoration Ministries
in Manaus, Brazil, for his contribution to Israeli tourism.
has brought tens of thousands of Christians to Israel over the past 10
For the first time, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will address the
mixed audience of Christian and Jewish leaders.
The Knesset Christian
Allies Caucus is a multi-partisan caucus comprised of 17 MKs that aims to forge
direct lines of communication between Knesset members and Christian leaders,
organizations and political representatives in Israel and throughout the
Several current key members of the caucus were not reelected,
including Einat Wilf (Independence), Shai Hermesh (Kadima) and Yoel Hasson
(Tzipi Livni Party). Caucus director Josh Reinstein will soon replace the
departing MKs with newcomers.
“We will give new incoming MKs a chance to
come and contribute to improving relations between Israel and the Christian
world,” Reinstein said. “We are confident that we will continue to be the
largest and most influential caucus in the Knesset once we get started with the
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