CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Member of Knesset (MK) David Rotem, newly appointed chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC), hopes to expand the work of the five-year-old committee.
The late MK Dr. Yuri Stern established the KCAC in January 2004 at a time when evangelical Christians expressed their solidarity with the Jewish state during the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising), which decimated the country's tourism industry.
Since its inception, the caucus has helped initiate "sister caucuses" in 14 nations worldwide. Rotem hopes to double that number this year.
"This is indeed part of Yuri's vision that I will strive to fulfill," Rotem said.
Rotem, who has been a member of the caucus since its inception, replaced outgoing chairman and former tourism minister MK Benny Elon.
Elon stepped down from Israeli politics to serve as international chairman of the U.S.-based Israeli Allies Caucus Foundation.
KCAC director Josh Reinstein welcomed Rotem's appointment.
"Like the late Dr. Yuri Stern and Rabbi Benny Elon, MK David Rotem possesses the vision and understanding needed to chair the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus," Reinstein said.
"His unique ability to lead and inspire, coupled with his unflinching determination, is exactly what the caucus needs if we are to continue to forge this new relationship between Jews and Christians in the 21st century," he said.
Source: The Jerusalem Post