Israel Allies Foundation: Networking Worldwide with an ‘Iron Dome of Truth’

Israeli Minister of Intelligence, Gila Gamliel 
May 17, 2023 Speaking on Capitol Hill at Congressional Israel Allies Cauucus 
Photo Credit: Israel Allies Foundation
Israeli Minister of Intelligence, Gila Gamliel May 17, 2023 Speaking on Capitol Hill at Congressional Israel Allies Cauucus Photo Credit: Israel Allies Foundation

Six hundred million evangelicals worldwide claim their support for the world’s only Jewish state. I am one of them, a Christian Zionist.

Israel’s 75th modern anniversary is giving us many occasions in many locations to celebrate in Christian-sponsored events also attended by Jewish friends. International Christian Embassy Jerusalem USA (ICEJUSA) hosted two Galas, first in Nashville, TN, then on May 17 in Washington, D.C. I attended the Washington event where hundreds of us celebrated and listened to excellent speakers including Michael Herzog, Jason Greenblatt, Israel Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, Brig. General Amir Avivi, founder and chairman of IDSF, and ICEJ’s Dr.Juergen Buehler. It resembled a family reunion of Christians and Jews who have networked together for decades to advocate for Israel in countless ways.

Before the Gala, we followed the lead of the Israeli cabinet which held its weekly meeting in the Western Wall tunnels to mark Jerusalem Day. On May 17, we joined in celebrating Jerusalem Day on Capitol Hill at the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus Foundation Reception.(CIAC) Psalm 122:3 proclaims an ancient (now modern)fact, “The built-up Jerusalem is like a city that was joined together within itself.”

I became better acquainted with Israel Allies’ significant mission. Israel’s parliament first created the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC) in 2004. KCAC has expanded under the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) into a network of 51 parliaments and congresses globally. From Brazil to Botswana, Canada to Croatia, and South Korea to South Africa, IAF’s faith-based diplomacy is upheld by their expressed, eternal fact that “the State of Israel has the right to exist in peace within secure borders with Jerusalem as its indivisible, eternal capital.” They educate and empower pro-Israel, faith-based legislators worldwide.

The United States caucus was the first one founded in 2006 after the Knesset caucus. CIAC is a bipartisan, pro-Israel working group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hundreds of guests celebrated the two-party pledge with both co-chairs—Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL)—speaking in one voice of support. More than 70 members of the U.S. Congress are in the pro-Israel caucus. Repeated cheers and applause from Israelis, Americans, Christians, and Jews saturated the room.

Jordanna McMillan, USA Director of Israel Allies Foundation emcees Capital Hill Reception May 17, 2023
Photo Credit: Israel Allies Foundation

Jordanna McMillan, newly appointed as U.S. Director for Israel Allies Foundation, emceed the program, observing: “In one of the most divisive political times that I remember, it’s nothing short of a miracle how Israel brings members together from opposite ends of the spectrum amid the rise of bold anti-Israel forces.” She adds that for legislators in the U.S. or the 51 IAF caucuses worldwide, their “biblical faith compels them to support the Jewish people and the State of Israel. The Judeo-Christian values that bind our nations together will not be broken.”

Josh Reinstein, Director of Knesset Christian Allies Caucus since its inception, is now president of the Israel Allies Foundation. He observed, “The Congressional Israel Allies Caucus plays an important role in stressing the nonpartisan nature of the U.S.-Israel alliance. Faith-based diplomacy unites congressmen across the political divide based on shared values, which includes support for Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel.”

Gilad Erdan, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, previously commented about the Israel Allies Foundation, “We can count on you to be our Iron Dome of truth.”

Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, Gila Gamliel, gave the keynote address. “I am honored to be here together with the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus to celebrate our capital, Jerusalem, on this historic occasion. She went on to observe that “the prophets promised that Jerusalem would become a house of prayer for all nations and in today’s times we have seen that prophecy materialize.” She hailed the role of Persian King Cyrus who “freed her ancesters and helped them rebuild the Temple.” Minister Gamliel grabbed my attention when she spoke two words, CYRUS ACCORDS and went on to say, “Just recently, as a Minister of the State of Israel, I had the privilege to invite the son of the last Shah of Iran to visit the site of that very Temple.” She ended declaring, “It is Israel’s turn to repay the favor.”

The room broke out in applause. Although the exiled crown prince Reza Pahlavi did not speak he was seated on the front row with the audience. Afterward, a long line formed to shake the hands of Minister Gamliel and Crown Prince Pahlavi. Gamliel also asserted that any division of Jerusalem would have a chilling effect on freedom of religion that encompasses billions of people in the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. To amplify her statement I add, between 1948 and 1967, Jordan occupied east Jerusalem with oppressive policies barring Jews from their holiest sites and destroying synagogues in the Old City. That is, until IDF liberated and united their 3,000-year-old capital in the 1967 Six-Day War. For the first time in 2,000 years, Jews controlled their holiest sites—freely touching and praying at their Western Wall and hearing the IDF General/Chief Chaplain sounding his shofar in victory. Israel enshrined religious freedom in their Basic Laws in 1948 guaranteeing freedom of worship for the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Israel’s religious freedom remains the oposite of Jordanian rule.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s President, Dr. Juergen Buehler, always speaking with eloquence, summed up a fact we would do well to recall: “What happens in the United States Congress saves lives in Israel.” If you think that nothing good happens in the U.S. Congress or 51 other parliaments across the globe, take time to learn that the Israel Allies Foundation is a ray of proIsrael political light!

Friends, let us make sure that we in the Christian community live up to Ambassador Erdan’s Iron Dome description, by shooting down rockets of lies endlessly aimed at the world’s only Jewish state. After all, Israel is our spiritual homeland and worth defending!

About the Author
Arlene Bridges Samuels is a pioneer in pro-Israel Christian advocacy for more than two decades in positions with Israel Always and Earl Cox, Israel's Goodwill Ambassador to Christians and Jews, SE Region Outreach Director at American Israel Public Affairs Committee, (AIPAC) and International Christian Embassy Jerusalem USA's project, American Christian Leaders for Israel. Since 2020, she is the weekley featured columnist at The Christian Broadcasting Network Israel, and frequent Guest Columnist for Allisrael News and The Jerusalem Connection Report. Arlene co-edited The Auschwitz Album Revisited. Traveling to Israel since 1990, by invitation she attends the GPO Christian Media Summit and serves on the board of Violins of Hope South Carolina.
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