|For Immediate Release
March 18, 2016
MANASSAS, Va. – In advance of the upcoming American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, National Religious Broadcasters today re-affirms its support for and solidarity with Israel. Likewise, NRB opposes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement that seeks to gain inroads into Christian communities.
“Not only is Israel America’s most important ally in the Middle East, but the democratic principles embraced by Israel promise Christians and others seeking freedom in the region the most hope for peace and liberty,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB.
Last month the NRB Board of Directors, a body of approximately one hundred leading Christian communicators, unanimously approved a resolution supporting Israel. The Board recognized “the providential hand of God and His commitment to fulfilling His promises in His Holy Word, the Bible,” in Israel’s history. It also highlighted the special relationship of Israel with the U.S. as “nations committed to freedom and democratic governance that respects the rule of law and the rights of minorities.”
Dr. Johnson added, “I admit, I am puzzled by the logic of some religious leaders who could support an arrangement last summer that provides a massive cash infusion to Iran and yet also seriously consider economically harming Israel for ‘human rights’ concerns.”
He continued, “Iran incarcerates and brutalizes Christians, journalists, and others. It is a regime that supports terror and openly wishes death to our people. Israel, on the other hand, is a democracy that seeks to honor the health and freedom of minorities, and, as I have seen firsthand during Hamas rocket attacks, shows incredible restraint in the face of daily terror threats.”
Dr. Johnson, who will be featured as a speaker at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 20-22 in Washington, D.C., concluded, “I urge Christian leaders to reject the false narrative of BDS activists. If you have a concern, I have found democratic leaders in Israel to be eager for conversation. The same cannot be said of all others in that volatile region.”
The NRB Board resolution, found in full here, called on NRB members “to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for God’s protection over all of Israel, and for all people of good will who seek true peace in the Holy Land.” It also urged the U.S. to be a faithful ally to Israel in its time of need.
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