JERUSALEM, Israel - The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem presented Christian Broadcasting Network founder Dr. Pat Robertson with its prestigious Nehemiah Award during its annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
Robertson has been a longtime supporter of Israel and the Jewish people.
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"This year we've been really honored, we feel, to present it to none other than Pat Robertson. He deserves it," Rev. Malcom Hedding, executive director of the ICEJ said.
"He has a lifetime of engagement with Israel, Israel's prime ministers, but more than that, he's used CBN, he's used the tools that God has given him to bless Israel, to tell Israel's story and to gather worldwide Christian support for this people and this nation," Hedding said.
The ornate silver chalice is tooled with the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah used his position as cup bearer to the king of Persia to spearhead the restoration of the ancient city.
CBN President Michael Little accepted the award on the CBN founder's behalf.
"Pat receiving the Nehemiah award is a statement once again of the great love that he has for this land and the Jewish people," Little said. "He has maintained a very strong stand for the Jewish state and the Jewish people for many years."
In a pre-taped video presentation, Roberston told the audience the story behind his long-standing support of the Jewish state.
"For me, standing with Israel and Jerusalem started early in my life," Robertson said. "My mother instilled in me a deep love of Israel when I was just a child, and nearly 40 years ago - in 1974 - I stood on the Mount of Olives and looked out over the city of Jerusalem."
"That night," he continued, "having just been with the Prime Minister Rabin, I made a vow to the Lord. I vowed that I would always stand with the Jewish state and that all the organizations I led would do the same. Well, for nearly a generation, I've kept that vow."
"It's been a joy to honor him tonight and to thank God for all that he has done through CBN, through the university, through Operation Blessing and through his life," Hedding said. "It's his life that has become a gift to the world by Jesus and we thank God for that.
This year's Feast of Tabernacles celebration is being broadcast live from International Convention Center in Jerusalem until Sept. 29 from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Israeli and CE time.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem was founded in 1980 by Christians from around the world as an act of solidarity with the Jewish people's 3,000-year-old claim and connection to Jerusalem. Today, the Christian Embassy represents millions of believers from over 125 countries who share a love and concern for Israel and the Jewish people.