MembersWho Better Than Bibi to Leverage Christian Support?

Among Israeli politicians, few understand Israel’s Christian supporters like Netanyahu.

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu with influential American pastor John Hagee at a conference in Jerusalem. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/Flash90

Love him or hate him, there is one crucial area in which Benjamin Netanyahu stands head and shoulders above his political rivals–his ability to connect to and leverage Christian support for Israel.

For years, Christian support was appreciated, but not necessarily taken seriously in connection to the political and physical threats facing the Jewish state. As such, Netanyahu’s warm ties to the global Israel-loving Evangelical Christian community was likewise seen as little more than an interesting sideshow. 

All that changed over the past couple of years.

With the election of Donald Trump in the United States, followed by Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, it became abundantly clear that outspoken Bible-believing Christians were more than a mere curiosity in the Western politic arena. They can sway elections. And some are now even steering the ships of some of the world’s largest and most powerful nations.

There remains some question over whether or not Trump himself can be considered a genuine “born again” Christian, but both his vice president, Mike Pence, and his secretary of state,...

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