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May 29, 2013 3:05 pm
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Israeli and Jewish Delegations Reach Out to Russian Christians

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In center, Russian President Vladimir Putin sits between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and President Shimon Peres at a dedication ceremony for a monument in Netanya commemorating the Red Army's victory over the Nazis. Photo: GPO.

JNS.org Delegations from Israel’s Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the World Jewish Congress (WJC), with support of the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, traveled to Moscow to celebrate Israel’s 65th anniversary and to meet with Russian Christian leaders.

The event, which was hosted by Senior Pastor Mats Ola Ishoel of the Word of Life Church, a Swedish-based international church formed by Ulf Ekman in 1995, urged closer bonds between Israel and Russia and explored the formation of a Russian Israel Allies Caucus in the Knesset.

“The World Jewish Congress is committed to strengthening ties between Christians around the world who share our commitment to Israel and defend it against unfair attacks in their home countries. Our visit to Moscow has strengthened the bond between our people, and we were able to tell the Christians in Russia that Israel will help protect their communities and holy places in the Middle East,” WJC-Israel Chairman Shai Hermesh said in a statement.

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