Jewish 100, 2015: Gabriel Nadaf – Innovation and Activism
Father Gabriel Nadaf, along with several other Israeli Christian leaders, have been outspoken in their support for their communities’ enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces.
The Greek Orthodox priest, whose own son has served in the IDF, wrote in 2015 in The Algemeiner, “I have become a controversial figure in Israel for the simple reason that I embrace Zionism, Jewish sovereignty in Israel, and the tolerance, respect and opportunity that has grown out of that sovereignty for all. I believe that our youth … should fully integrate into Israeli society.”
He also recognizes Israel’s unique role in the Middle East, stating, “As Christians in Israel survey the situation of our brethren in the wider Middle East, we are appalled by the persecution that so many have experienced in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, among others. Truly, it has only been in Israel where Christians can fully practice our faith and be productive members of society.”