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Evangelicals Head to Jerusalem to Rally Behind Israel

It is no surprise to friends of The Fellowship that Christian support for Israel is strong. But now it's made the news, as Bloomberg's Jonathan Ferziger reports on the growing number of evangelicals who support the Jewish state:

As the Jewish High Holiday season moves in, Israel is getting set to welcome a throng of religious visitors -- evangelical Christians.

Thousands will pour in from more than 80 countries to the streets of Jerusalem in early October for an annual march celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, or the Jewish festival of Sukkot. As they follow in the footsteps of Jesus, whose holiday visit to the city is described in the Book of John, they’ll also be rallying behind the modern state of Israel.

Evangelicals from the U.S. alone pump more than half a billion dollars a year into Israeli tourism and charity, while endorsing the country’s conservative politics in a controversial alliance. Donald Trump’s recent visit to the Jewish state has energized fundraising efforts as evangelicals try to ramp up support for a land many see as God-given...

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is the heavyweight champ in raising money from evangelicals. His International Fellowship of Christians and Jews collected $132 million in 2015 -- the last year for which records were publicly available -- much of it going to the poor in Israel and other Jewish communities, according to Internal Revenue Service records.

“I demonstrated that there was this group out there that is growing in numbers and influence and that it’s important for the Jewish community to reach out to them, and that it could be done with integrity by a Jewish rabbi,” Eckstein said...

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