This week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington, D.C., and was welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Donald Trump. In a joint press conference in the East Room, President Trump affirmed America’s “unbreakable bond” with Israel, and he said, “The partnership between our two countries built on our shared values has advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity, and peace. These are the building blocks of democracy.”
President Trump took particular aim in his remarks at the Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran and the “unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations.” The two national leaders also discussed efforts against ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorists.
Prime Minister Netanyahu concluded his prepared remarks, “Let us seize this moment together. Let us bolster security. Let us seek new avenues of peace. And let us bring the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States to even greater heights.”
At Proclaim 16, last year’s NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, the NRB Board of Directors, which includes approximately 100 leaders in Christian media ministries, issued a resolution highlighting Israel’s “longstanding, special relationship with the United States as nations committed to freedom and democratic governance that respects the rule of law and the rights of minorities.” The Board then unanimously declared, “While other nations and international bodies may alienate or abandon Israel, NRB calls on the United States to continue to stand steadfast by Israel in its time of need.” Notably, when the Board meets again later this month, another resolution renewing NRB’s commitment to Israel is expected to be considered.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: February 17, 2017