Bible Bloc Party Wants to Put Christians, Messianic Jews in Knesset
Party made up of Jews, Christians and Messianic Jews publishes its election commercial ahead of April 9 vote
Israel's general election is less than two weeks away, and few expect that the nearly-unknown Bible Bloc party has any chance of winning seats in the next Knesset.
Even so, the fact that this party finally exists and is standing in a national election is a major step forward for the local Christian and Messianic Jewish communities.
Established by Dennis Lipkin, the Bible Bloc's official Knesset list consists of observant Jews, Christians and a Messianic Jew, David Friedman, who was interviewed in the latest issue of Israel Today Magazine (go here to read it now >>).
Like all of the 47 parties registered to run in the election, the Bible Bloc was allotted a small budget and one minute of air time to get their message out to the public.
Here's a translation of the Hebrew-language commercial, in which Lipkin says that it's about time to get Christians and even Messianic Jews into the Knesset.
"After 2,000 years, Christians and Jews march side-by-side down the streets of Jerusalem. A new Christian-Jewish party called the Bible Bloc seeks to give representation to both Jewish and Christian citizens, all those who believe in God's promises to the people of Israel found in the Bible.
"The party will give equal voice to Jews and Christians. The Jews [in the party] will consist of those who are religious, traditional and secular. The Christians [in the party] will be from all denominations, as well as Messianic believers.
"Eight percent of Israel's population is made up of non-Jews, including Christians, and they are not properly represented. This is not right.
"Our goal is to establish a strategic Jewish-Christian alliance to stand up for all Jews and Christians around the world who are facing the threat of terrorism, as well as to preserve Judeo-Christian culture around the world and in the State of Israel."