Christian Zionists gather at Israel's Knesset

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Hundreds of Christian supporters of Israel gathered at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the fourth Jerusalem Assembly, an event hosted by the parliament's Christian Allies Caucus. In attendance were 115 church leaders representing tens of thousands of churches and hundreds of millions of Christians from around the world.

The highlight of the gathering was a speech delivered by Israeli lawmaker Arye Eldad (National Union), who told the Christians it is time for Israel to annex Judea and Samaria and put a halt to the dangerous and ultimately doomed land-for-peace process.

"The entire world wants two states for two peoples and to end the occupation,” Eldad said. “I am in favor of ending the Muslim occupation that began in the seventh century and establishing a Palestinian state in Jordan."

What is today known as "Jordan" was originally part of the territory of the British Mandate for Palestine, all of which was promised to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration and at the San Remo Conference in 1920. In historical and legal terms, all of what is today Jordan, Israel and the so-called "West Bank" forms a single territorial unity, and the Arabs who live in those various territories are of one ethnic and cultural background. The "Jordanian" and "Palestinian" national identities are modern inventions.

Eldad and a handful of other Israeli politicians have for years tried to make this the starting point of peace negotiations, but have been consistently sidelined by those who accept the "Palestinian" narrative of the land. Eldad believes that with the Arab Spring revolutions threatening the current ruling regime in Jordan, it is only a matter of time before the Palestinian majority there takes over and Jordan "will become the Palestinian state it already is."

Eldad ended by thanking the Christians for their enduring and unwavering support, noting sadly that it has become ever more necessary by the fact that many Jews still view Israel as merely a place to buy property, rather than a homeland worth fighting for.

The Jerusalem Assembly was inaugurated in 2007 as an initiative of the Christian Allies Caucus and the Christian ministry Covenant Alliances, an umbrella group dedicated to "advancing and enhancing Christian-Israeli understanding, communication, and solidarity."

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