Benjamin Netanyahu is hard on the campaign trail with less than two weeks to go until Israel’s fifth national election in four years. And among those he’s courting are people who can’t even vote in Israel, namely American Evangelical Christians.
Perhaps more than any other Israeli leader, Netanyahu understands the importance of American Christian support, and the political leverage it can provide a prime minister of the Jewish state.
He knows that while Israel must deal with the White House, the US President is still somewhat restrained in what he can do by the US Congress. And many members of Congress rely on Christian voters. And a large percentage of those Christian voters care very much how America treats Israel.
Similarly, Israelis believe that it was Evangelical Christians who put Donald Trump in the White House, that they are a powerful enough bloc to elect a president, and that they did so because of his pro-Israel positions.
Netanyahu is also cognizant of the weight Israelis rightly place on relations with the US, and that they will see him as more competent as a leader if he can effectively nurture those relations.
And so Bibi, to use his nickname, was happy to appear this week on the popular Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) program The 700 Club, even with all the demands on his time at home.
In the interview, Netanyahu thanked Evangelical Christians for their support of Israel, and reminded them that the Jewish state’s rebirth is a “fulfillment of biblical prophecy.”
He stressed, however, that it is now up to Israel and her friends to secure that prophetic fulfillment:
“While my father’s generation was charged with founding the state, my generation was charged with securing its future.”
Even so, the Israeli acknowledged that achieving that goal has required divine assistance:
“A tiny state on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean is now ranked as the world’s eighth power with one-tenth of 1 percent of the world’s population. That’s not something that you can explain away. It’s a miracle of faith and fortitude.”
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