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70 Evangelical Leaders Meet with U.S. Ambassador to Israel

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Feb 02
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A group of 70 evangelical leaders met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel nominee David Friedman to discuss the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

According to Charisma News, attendees at the meeting included Joseph Sabag, U.S. National Director for Israel Allies Foundation, Mario Bramnick, President of Hispanic Leadership Coalition and Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition, Bill Dallas, CEO of United in Purpose, and Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church.

After meeting for over an hour with Friedman, the evangelical leaders reaffirmed their support of Friedman and issued a letter to President Trump, which includes their support of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Dear President Trump,” the letter begins, “We write today as evangelical leaders and lovers of Israel, offering the blessings and support of the many millions of Americans whom we collectively represent. We wish to applaud your nomination of David Friedman to be the United States ambassador to the state of Israel and call upon all members of the United States Senate to vote in favor of his confirmation. Furthermore, we wish to express our support should your administration decide to move our U.S. Embassy to the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish nation, the holy city of Jerusalem.”

The letter continues, explaining why the leaders support Israel:

“Our support for Israel is first and foremost rooted in the Bible, in which it is clearly established that God gave the land of Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital, to the Jewish people as an eternal covenant. Indeed, the claim and presence of Jewish people in Israel and Jerusalem has remained constant for more than 3000 years.

Additionally, it is in America's best interest to have a democratic and pluralistic ally like Israel in the Middle East, a nation that shares our values.”


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Publication date: February 2, 2017