Christians, Jews Honor Israel's Long-time Supporters

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A group of Christians and Jews gathered in New York City to honor those who have stood with Israel and support the country's right to exist.

CBN Founder Dr. Pat Robertson was also honored for his long-time commitment to the Jewish state.

At the gathering, hosted by Eagles Wings, Robertson recalled a meeting he had in 1974 with then Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin. After sensing the weight of the world on the prime minister's shoulders, Robertson made a covenant with God while over-looking Jerusalem.

"That whatever happened, however unpleasant it might be, whatever enemies may arise, whatever the cost, that I and the ministries that I was in charge of, would stand with Israel. And ladies and gentlemen, after 30 years, I am pleased to say, I have kept that pledge. We've stood with Israel," he said.

Robertson put his words into action. In 2000, he established the CBN News bureau in Jerusalem. In 2006, during the war between Israel and Hezbollah, he did not just give analysis from behind a desk. He stood on the front lines and experienced the war firsthand.

Jay Sekulow, who serves as chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, also spoke at the reward ceremony. 

"And in 2010, the law firm he founded that I have the pleasure of serving as chief counsel, the ACLJ walked into the International Criminal Court in the Hague, defending Israel's right to engage in self-defense as it was being attacked," Sekulow said.

Robertson has also defended Israel's right to build on its own land.

"Recently, the U.S. State Department complained because the Jews want to build apartment buildings in their capital," he explained. "Can you imagine anything as outrageous as this? This is the Jewish capital. Of course, they can build apartment buildings. It belongs to them."

"It was bought and paid for by King David," Robertson added. "And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and it shall not be taken away from them."

Several of the Christian and Jewish leaders in attendance said there has never been a more important time to stand together on Israels' behalf.

"Let's not mince words, the Judeo-Christian civilization, Western civilization, is under attack and we are literally fighting for our lives and for the future of our communities and our faiths," Rabbi Dr. Gerald Meister said.

"Israel's under assault. In fact there's no country in the world that's under assault as Israel is," Daniel Pipes, with the Middle East Forum, said. "And therefore, its important for all of those who support Israel, its right to exist, its security, and its welfare to work together."

Because of Robertson's continuing stand for Israel, Eagles Wings has named a scholarship in his name. The Israel Experience College Scholarship, named after Robertson, will fund a trip to Israel every year to a young Christian.

"He has always had in his heart a special love for Israel and the Jewish people. So we could think of no better honoree to recognize at our banquet this year," Robert Sterns, who founded Eagles Wings, said.

Many believe educating the next generation is critical to securing Israel's future.

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