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January 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, World Jewish Congress Honor Israeli Christian Leader

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Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Prime Minister's Office of Communication.

Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and spiritual leader of a forum for the enlistment of Christian youth in the IDF, meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Prime Minister's Office of Communication.

JNS.org – The Israeli Knesset’s Christian allies caucus and the World Jewish Congress honored Greek Orthodox Father Gabriel Nadaf at a special ceremony on Wednesday night in Jerusalem.

“Christians have to be a part of the State of Israel. They are citizens and so they have to be partners in everything that happens in the state. We have to encourage and adore you,” Likud MK David Rotem, a member of the Christian allies caucus, said at the dinner, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Father Nadaf has been an outspoken proponent of Christian integration into Israeli society. He has encouraged Christians in Israel to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces through setting up the “Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum.”

But Nadaf has also received significant criticize from some in the Israeli Arab community. Late last year, his son was allegedly attacked over his father’s views.

“We are Israeli Christians living as a minority among a minority of Arabs,” Nadaf said.

“We have good relations with the Jewish community,” he said. “This is a cause of great pride for me. I am here to open the eyes of the [Christian] community. It is up to us to say ‘enough.’ The Christian community wants to integrate into Israeli society and opposes the stances of its leadership, which is not interested in doing so.”

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  • Walter Bingham Isr.National Radio

    I’m sorry to have to say this to DACON9, above, but you are either naive or not well enough informed about Israel’s standing in the outside world.

    The support of Christians who speak for Israel is worth more than all the speeches against the boycotts, divestments and sanctions by Jewish leaders.

    I suggest you listen to ‘Walter’s World’ week beginning 9th Feb. on Israel National Radio Arutz 7 in English.
    There you will learn about the value of Christian support

  • ISN’T IT AMAZING.
    when Israel does these things for “political reasons”
    …it always comes back like the satan to kill the giver.

    AMAZING ISN’T IT.
    They cant find a Jew in Israel to honor…
    is it politics and stupidity.

    ISRAEL MAKES MONSTERS OF IRRELEVANCY.
    WHAT ISRAEL DOES THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO IMPROVING SOCIETY ISRAEL IS SILENT.
    ISRAEL MUST *LEAD TO TESHUVA(repentance)BEFORE ANY OF US.

  • INSTEAD OF HONORING G-D AND ITS JEWISH CITIZENS.
    they remove JEWS from their home
    honor homosexual parades and slave trade and prostitution and gangsters….
    AND THEY WILL
    honor what is forbidden
    and eat porkchops.

    XTIANINTY IDOL WORSHIPPERS WHO WILL WAR AGAINST ISRAEL AS THE PROPHETS TELL US.
    I dont believe in stalling off what is inevitable.
    xtains want JERUSALEM as much as the arabs.
    arabs make noise about it
    xtians are deceptive in all they do.

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