The US ambassador to Israel recently told the New York Times that Christians are much bigger supporters of Israel than some Jews. In a sperate interview, the Israeli ambassador to the US said that Christian support outweighs Jewish support.
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US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, in an interview with the New York Times, acknowledged and expressed his appreciation for the great support received from American evangelical Christians. In the interview, published on Saturday, Friedman indicated that some Christians “support Israel with much greater fervor and devotion than many in the Jewish community.”
According to the article, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a group of American evangelical pastors and activists a day after the US embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem to discuss the city’s future and the ties between Israel and the United States.
Netanyahu also discussed with them the idea of getting more countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem – countries that also have a strong evangelical presence, such as Brazil and China. Some countries, such as Paraguay, have already said they are planning to follow suit with the US, and Netanyahu expressed his pleasure during the meeting.
Friedman called the two evangelical church leaders, pastor John Hagee and pastor Robert Jeffress, who gave an opening and closing address at the ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday “two of the most followed leaders of the evangelical community” and said he “wanted to honor the community for having been so constructive in helping to move this along.”
In a separate interview, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, spoke about the Christian support and said that Christians have become the backbone of US support for Israel. He told the New York Times that if looked at from a statistical point of view, Christian supporters of Israel outnumber Jews. “It’s got to be a solid quarter of the population, and that is maybe 10, 15, 20 times the Jewish population,” he said.