by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 | “Never again will nations stand silent in the face of boycotts against the Jewish people.”
Representatives from 25 nations on Monday stood behind a banner-sized declaration bearing those words, proclaiming their support for the Jewish state in the wake of a recent European Union court ruling that products coming from contested territory in Israel must be labeled.
“There are two kinds of friends—friends of interest and friends of values,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the delegation at his residence in Jerusalem yesterday. “Sometimes they intersect as well. What is important about this group is that it is, first of all, based on common values.”
The group comprised lawmakers and government leaders from around the world under the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF), an organization that garners faith-based support in international governments for the Jewish state. The delegation—many of them evangelical Christians—focused on combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, specifically in the form of the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) movement that seeks to delegitimize the Jewish state.
“Even though Israel is denigrated and vilified, you know the truth,” Netanyahu added. “There is no substitute for speaking the truth in the face of lies.”
While attending the IAF’s annual conference, the international delegation visited the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, including a visit with the family of a terror victim murdered last year. These lawmakers will take what they have seen and heard during their time in Israel back to their home countries and join the fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel legislation.
“We are not occupiers in a foreign land,” Netanyahu declared. “This is our homeland since Abraham the patriarch came here 3,500 years ago. The word ‘Jew’ comes from ‘Judea.’”
A delegation from Bridges for Peace joined the group visiting the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday. Bridges for Peace International President and CEO Rebecca Brimmer said Netanyahu spent a relaxed hour answering questions.
“He charmed us with stories from his childhood, sobered us with information regarding the worldwide threat from Iran, and exuded confidence and strength,” Brimmer recalled.
“Personally I was most blessed to hear him say that he reads the Torah [Gen.–Deut.] portion every week,” she added. “A leader who studies the Bible is a leader who will receive wisdom from on High.”
Posted on December 10, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, December 10, 2019)
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