Christian Leaders Urge Presidential Candidates to Stand with Israel 

USA and Israeli flagsNRB members are among the hundreds of Christian leaders across the United States who have signed their names to a letter asking the nation’s next President to stand with Israel. 

“Representing tens of millions of American Christians, we ask that you adopt the following Statement of Principles which we believe is a great benefit to the United States of America and provides critical assistance to our close ally Israel,” states the letter to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

Initiated by American Christian Leaders for Israel – the U.S. Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem – the letter highlights five actions that the White House hopefuls are called on to take in order to fortify the relationship between the United States and Israel: 

  • recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there;
  • renew the ten-year Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Israel, which provides aid in response to Israel’s growing security needs;
  • oppose the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel;
  • sanction Iran’s relentless actions as the world’s leading sponsor of terror; and
  • reject third-party solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict not negotiated by the two parties.

“We respectfully urge you to commit to pursuing and enacting these policies which will result in strengthening the mutually beneficial friendship between the United States and Israel,” the letter states. 

Among the letter’s signatories are Dr. Jerry A. Johnson (NRB), Dr. Ted Baehr (Movieguide®), Rich Bott (Bott Radio Network), Dr. James Dobson (Family Talk), Mark Dreistadt (Infinity Concepts), Joseph Farah (WorldNetDaily), Dean Haun (First Baptist Church, Morristown TN), Michael Little (Christian Broadcasting Network), Robert McFarland (McFarland Messaging), Janet Parshall (Janet Parshall’s America), Mark Tooley (Institute of Religion & Democracy), Jim West (The Walk TV), and Jackie Yockey (High Adventure Ministries).

“Israel is a friend of Christians and the United States,” noted Dr. Johnson. “Even if others on the world stage abandon her, we must not. American officials at the federal, state, and local level need to know that we stand with firm resolve for Israel. I urge NRB members to join me in signing this important letter.”

While the letter is intended for ministry and organizational leaders to sign, there is also a grassroots petition being circulated at www.takeactionforisrael.info

The hope is to present the leaders’ letter in person to both candidates once it has been signed by 1,000 leaders. A similar effort related to Iran last year gathered around 750 names. 

To sign the grassroots petition, visit www.takeactionforisrael.info. For the letter from leaders, visit aclforisrael.com/presidential-campaign.

By NRB Staff

Published: August 25, 2016

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