January 20, 2005


Legislators take 'Christianity 101' (Etgar Lefkovits, Jan. 20, 2005, THE JERUSALEM POST)

In the latest sign of the ever-warming Israeli-Christian relations, Knesset members from the 'Christian Allies Caucus' and representatives of the Chief Rabbinate on Thursday took a snap course in Christianity, and then visited the heads of different Christian denominations represented in the Holy Land in an effort to bolster the cooperation between the two faiths. [...]

"We must understand and internalize that the Christians represent a strategic interest for the State of Israel," said caucus co-chairman MK Yuri Shtern (National Union) at the event, adding that "it is incumbent upon us not just to look out at the Christian world with preconceived notions based on relations in the past."

The Knesset's increasingly influential Christian Allies Caucus, which was established last year with 12 MKs from six parties, aims to garner the support of, and work with, pro-Israel Christians around the world.

The meeting Thursday, attended by nearly all of the Chief Rabbinate's delegation for relations with the Catholic Church, was indicative of the growing awareness Israel is placing on the Christian world at large, and the Evangelical Christian community in particular.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2005 8:44 PM
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