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Israel is a Jewish state, but how do Christians play a role in its government? The answer is, actually, a very important one

By Jason Silverman | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, Christian Zionism
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Some of the staunchest support for Israel abroad comes from Bible-believing Christian audiences. Large organizations such as Christians United for Israel founded by Pastor John Hagee, represent thousands of members and set out to defend Israel and fight against antisemitism in their communities, churches, in politics, the media and elsewhere. On the CUFI website, Pastor Hagee is quoted as stating that the organization “reaches millions with its biblical message of support for Israel and communicates the justness of Israel’s cause to church leaders, elected officials and average citizens each-and-every-day.”

The Israeli government in recent years has recognized that Christian support for Israel is not just something that is ‘nice to have’ but it is a strategic asset for the Jewish state.

In 2017, speaking before a crowd of Evangelicals in Washington, then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that they were Israel’s best friends around the world. In his address, Netanyahu specifically highlighted cultural connections between Christian and Jewish tradition. He said, “You stand with us because you stand...

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