Written by: Ilse Strauss
Article source: www.bridgesforpeace.com

In honor of the holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) published its first annual list of the Jewish state’s 50 foremost Christian allies, honoring Bridges for Peace CEO and International President Rebecca J. Brimmer with one of the top spots on the prestigious list.

According to the IAF, an umbrella organization that coordinates 44 Israel Allies Caucuses in countries around the world to mobilize support for Israel based on shared Judeo–Christian values, the Christian leaders on the list were selected based on their deep love, staunch support and invaluable contribution—flowing from a foundation of faith—to the State of Israel.

The 50 pastors, organization leaders and former politicians, IAF says, comprise “the leading defenders and advocates for Israel worldwide…”

Hailing the list as a nod to Christian advocates’ crucial contribution, president of the IAF and compiler of the list, Josh Reinstein, said: “Recognizing the heroic work of our Christian supporters is an important display of our gratitude towards them. It is only due to the Christian political support for Israel, that Israel is welcoming embassies to Jerusalem and is now in the position to negotiate new peace deals on the basis of peace through strength.

“Faith-based diplomacy has empowered Israel and its leadership to reach new heights, and it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of these 50 unique individuals.”

Brimmer took the 13th spot on the list. “It is a great honor to be selected as one of 50 of Israel’s top Christian Allies,” she said. “This honor is not just about me, it is about the Bridges for Peace team and our worldwide network of Christians supporters who love Israel and show it through their prayers, financial support and advocacy for Israel. We love Israel because we love the God of Israel.”

The list was released to coincide with Sukkot because of the special connection Christians have with the feast. The close association stems from Zechariah 14:16, which prophesies a day when the Gentile nations will gather in Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot. “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” 

In recognition of this verse, the streets of Jerusalem are usually packed to capacity over Sukkot with worshipers from a wide array of tribes, tongues, countries and nationalities flocking to the Israeli capital to bring praises to the Lord.

However, with international tourism grinding to a halt and the borders slamming shut in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, this is one of the first years in decades that the streets of Jerusalem are empty of international worshipers.

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Date published: 14/10/2020
Feature image: Bridges for Peace CEO and International President Rebecca J. Brimmer

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