Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to attendees of the Christian Media Summit [Photo Credit: Government Press Office]
As the keynote speaker at the recent Christian Media Summit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed representatives from about 70 countries and participants from approximately 140 Christian media associates. The event is a first-of-its-kind summit.
“You know, you are joining us as we celebrate 50 years since the holy city was liberated and united; 50 years of religious freedom for all,” Netanyahu said at the Israel Museum.
“You know that because you walk around, you go to the holy sites, you go to the churches, others go to the mosques, and you know this is a free city,” he said, adding he looked forward “to the day when the embassies of all your countries move to Jerusalem.”
“Israel has no better friends – I mean that – no better friends in the world than the Christian communities around the world. And Israel is the one country in a vast region where Christians not only survive, they thrive,” Netanyahu remarked to the summit members.
Throughout the event, a number of leading Israeli politicians met with members of the summit. Part of the agenda for the Christian Media Summit included engaging in conference sessions on topics related to news coverage of the Jewish state, and was set to include visits to various sites including Gush Etzion (Judea), Bethlehem and Jerusalem’s Friends of Zion Museum. The four-day summit, that went from Sunday-Wednesday brought together a select group of top Christian media broadcasters, publishers, journalists and communicators from around the world for an intensive study mission and dialogue on key topics related to Israel and the Christian world. The Christian Media Summit was sponsored by Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO), Foreign Ministry and the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry.
The event evoked a variety of warm and positive emotions among members of the Israeli government and the Christian media representatives. In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Education Minister Naftali Bennett said, “I was astounded by the warmth and support from Christians from around the world, understanding that Israel is on the right side of things.”
Gordon Robertson, chief executive of CBN said, “there needs to be a voice that’s independent from Israel, saying, ‘wait a minute, Israel is actually doing the right thing… we really truly stand with Israel, and we really truly want to be dear friends,” he said.
Back in July, Netanyahu was patched into a Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington Summit conference, via satellite, to give his remarks to the attendees. To a crowd of cheering Israel supporters in attendance of the CUFI Washington Summit, Netanyahu said, “the Christian friends of Israel, you are always there for us, we have no better friends than you. Thank you!”