The Friends of Zion Museum hosted its fifth annual Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem on Thursday. More than 150 of Israel’s leaders attended, including President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The event was also livestreamed worldwide on multiple international outlets.
The Christian media are a vital way for Israel to reach the world’s Christian community, according to Israel’s Government Press Office. “We’re going to have a dialogue on key topics relevant to Israel and the Christian world. The goal is to foster better understanding and strengthen the friendship between Christians around the world and the State of Israel.
“The government of Israel views the Christian media as a vital and professional channel of information to Christian viewers, readers and internet users across the globe,” said Nitzan Chen, director of the Government Press Office.
In Bennett’s first appearance at the event, he welcomed Christian media leaders, saying “We are united. In the Middle East, there is only one place that fully protects Christian life, where the Christian community is growing, thriving and prospering, and that’s in the State of Israel… And today more than ever, Israel stands united with Christians, we are brothers and sisters, we are united, and we won’t let anyone extinguish our light.”
In Netanyahu’s remarks, he addressed the significance of the Abraham Accords, the theme of the year’s event. “The Abraham Accords are an historic turning point. This is the first time Israel has made peace for peace, peace with four Arab nations: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan. Peace that is benefitting the peoples of both sides in economy, in trade, tourism, in technology – in so many areas,” Netanyahu said.
Herzog’s comments also encouraged Christian media, claiming, “We know we can count on you, dear friends and allies in the Christian world, to stand with us in the fight against terrorism and to be our partners in the efforts to counter the lies and spread the truth of Israel,” he said.
Other speakers included Tourism Minister Ayelet Shaked, Jerusalem Post journalist Maayan Hoffman, former US congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Bishop Glenn Plummer of Israel of the Church of God in Christ, Ward Simpson, founder of God TV, and Mike Evans, founder and chairman of the FOZ Heritage Center.