Caucus Group Rallies Worldwide Support for Israel

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HONG KONG -- Boycotts, demonstrations and worldwide criticism are some of the public relations battles the nation of Israel faces on a regular basis.

However, the Jewish state is finding allies in some surprising places.

A meeting between Israelis and Chinese Christians may not seem unusual.  But this growing relationship with Christians around the world has led some Israeli officials to the Far East and to Hong Kong - one of the crossroads of the world and a major gateway into China.

Josh Reinstein directs the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.

"One of the reasons we're here in Hong Kong and then later in Beijing is because there are a 100 million Christians here who love Israel," Reinstein told CBN News.

"These aren't Christians in name only. These are people who believe in the Bible and stand with Israel, and we are seeing that all over the world," he said.

According to its chairman, the caucus has two goals.

"One is to bring the people to love Israel, to go in the footsteps of the Bible, and to understand that there is a religious obligation to love Israel. The second one is to try to influence political leaders," Reinstein said.

Since it began in 2004, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus has established 17 sister groups around the world. The largest and maybe most influential is a U.S. bipartisan effort led by Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Eliot Angle, D-N.Y.

"You know Israel traditionally has been isolated by the world -- except for the United States and Canada there hasn't been much support for Israel," Reinstein explained.

"But we found a new vibrant source of political support for Israel, and those are Christian members of parliament and government who are standing by God's covenant with Israel," he said. 

The caucus works with Christians like Marisa Albert who set up the Hong Kong conference to strengthen ties between Israel and the church.

"It's so important right now because Asia is really emerging as a power in the nations," she said.

"And it's a time where it's becoming much more clear faith and politics do meet," Albert continued.

"It's been able to mobilize the Christian contingency in Asia to be a voice and a force for our faith which connects to the destiny of Israel and to the destiny of the church," she said. 

Reinstein calls it a worldwide phenomenon.

"All over the world Christians are standing up and saying, 'Wait a minute, God is doing something in Israel. The covenant between God and Abraham which is an everlasting covenant, is being fulfilled before our eyes, and we need to stand up and do something about it,'" he said.

"Whether it be politically, spiritually, or public relations-wise, we're seeing Christians come out and do things that we have never seen them do before in decades past," he said. 

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