Recently I was privileged to attend the Christian Media Summit sponsored by the Israeli government. A fantastic initiative inviting the Christian media from around the world to Israel. The interest shown, and the response from so many media outlets answering the call to Israel demonstrates that there are real, true friends of Israel in the international media. I believe that cooperation between the different government offices, the Prime Minister’s office, and the spokesmen of the various media outlets is vital for Israel and is a much-welcomed partnership. The international Christian media has shown its interest and willingness to stand vocally with Israel.
L-R: Ron Cantor (God TV), Ward Simpson (God TV), Gordon Robertson (CBN), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tzipi Hotovely, Matt Crouch (TBN), Samuel Smajda, Moshe Bar Zvi, Chris Mitchell (CBN)
During a luncheon with the deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely and leading Christian television companies, agreed that both the Israeli government and Christian media need to strengthen their relationship. There was a clear message from the deputy minister that Israel is willing to provide any sources, information and reaction to different issues as well as coordination of spokesmen to the Christian media outlets. In turn, the major channels will invite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to use the Christian media outlets more.
I believe that it is time for this collaboration to work more closely. Over 500 million people, Christians of different denominations from all around the world, are reached through Christian media; an instrument that was not used by the government of Israel until now. Israel has a message that the secular media is not interested in sharing. That message is the heart of the message of the Christian media: the right of Israel to the land, the return of the Jewish people from the nations to the Land as fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, and the future of Israel as the only democratic state in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu in his address at the press conference emphasized that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that gives total freedom of religion, freedom to worship and freedom of speech. He shared his concern for the Christians in neighboring countries including Iran, who are being persecuted for their Christian faith. I believe that the words of the Prime Minister and the topics discussed throughout the summit were taken to heart and have motivated the Christian media outlets to do even more than they were already doing and to see themselves as true partners in representing Israel.
I would like to personally thank these friends of Israel, may God bless them for standing in the gap, for standing with us, and for blessing Israel.
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