Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Christians United For Israel conference Monday, affirming the American Christian Zionists as Israel’s best supporters.
Netanyahu addressed the 2017 CUFI summit in Washington, D.C., in a live stream as he was on a diplomatic visit to Budapest, Hungary. He praised Christian evangelicals for their ardent support of Israel. Though Netanyahu has addressed the summit in years past, this year’s summit marked the 50th year since the reunification of Jerusalem, which Zionists mark as the year of Jubilee — a divinely appointed time of celebration and rest.
“And you, the supporters of Israel, the many thousands who are in that hall, and the millions, the many millions in the United States and elsewhere, Christian friends of Israel, you are always there for us,” Netanyahu said. “We have no better friends on earth than you.”
The summit also coincided with current efforts to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that has proved contentious among Palestinian supporters. Netanyahu addressed the issue of the U.S. embassy and of other embassies in Israel, calling once again for the move of embassies to Jerusalem.
“We have a great city called Tel Aviv,” Netanyahu said. “Tel Aviv is a cosmopolitan city. It’s a city of high tech. It’s a city of great energy, commerce, energy, of many things. But Tel Aviv is not Jerusalem. Los Angeles is a great city. Chicago is a great city. But they’re not Washington, D.C. The capitol of Israel is Jerusalem, and the embassies of the world should be in Jerusalem.”
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Thousands of Christians descended on the nation’s capital Monday for Christians United for Israel’s 12th annual summit.
Mike Pence addressed the crowd, assuring that not only he, but President Donald Trump are proud supporters of the Jewish state.
“And under President Donald Trump, if the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel. Now and always,” he said.
The Vice President also revealed where his love for Israel comes from: not from Capitol Hill, but from the very Word of God.
“To look at Israel is to see that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob keeps his promises,” he said. “Like all of you, my passion for Israel springs from my Christian faith. The songs of the land and the people of Israel were the anthems of my youth. As for me and my house, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all who call her home. It’s really the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who cares so deeply for our most cherished ally.”
It was also very clear the alliance between Israel and America’s leaders was not just founded on faith, but common values like freedom and democracy.
“President Trump has made it clear: America stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel, as together we confront those enemies who threaten our people, our freedom, and our very way of life,” he said.
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WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives passed a massive $696 billion defense policy bill on Friday that designates $705 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation.
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed 344 to 81, increases spending on these programs by $105 million more than in last year’s budget. The total figure also reflects a $558 million increase from US President Donald Trump’s original defense budget request, which asked for $603 billion in total funding.
Trump has vowed to slash spending on various governmental agencies and programs he deems unnecessary, while pumping more money into the military. Pushing forsweeping cuts in his budget blueprint, he specifically called for defense aid to Israel to remain untouched.
The document committed to honoring the $3.1 billion in foreign military funding granted to Israel in accordance with a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.
The aid to Israel expires in 2018, when the historic MOU struck between the Obama administration and Israel will go into effect.
That package, signed by the two parties in September 2016, will grant Israel $3.8 billion annually — up from the $3.1 billion pledged under the previous agreed-upon MOU — starting in 2018 and through 2028. That deal between Washington and Jerusalem is the United States’ largest defense aid package to any country in history.
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