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Israeli Knesset welcomes attendees of the First Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast
By Annabel Foery, Special to ASSIST News Service

Knesset speakerJERUSALEM, ISRAEL (ANS-June 6, 2017) -- The first Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast attendees were hosted at the Israeli Knesset on Tuesday (June 6, 2017) morning by the Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and MK Robert Ilatov, chairman of the Beiteinu party and MK Rabbi Yahuda Glick.

More than 550 delegates from 56 countries were in attendance, among whom were politicians, pastors and leaders, together with business people from all walks of life. The two day event is taking place principally at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem.

Outside the KnessetInspired by the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC that is hosted by the Senate and Congressional Prayer Groups, the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast Movement has been coordinated by Albert Veksler who says he is “focused on building an atmosphere of unity and mutual understanding. The invitation stated that the Bible's call to pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 'they shall prosper that love thee’ (Ps. 122:6) is the cornerstone of this gathering, which carries the purpose of building bridges of blessing between Christians and Jewish leaders around the world.

At the reception in the Knesset commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the reunification of the ancient city of Jerusalem, Mr. Ilatov, who is also chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, spoke of the need to stand together to promote the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that Jerusalem is the undivided Capital and “eternal home” of the people of Israel. That is why, he emphasized, people had come from the four corners of the world to realign us to God’s Covenant and “now is the time to put prayer into action” and put pressure on our governments to relocate their Embassies to Jerusalem, he said.

Michele BackmanMichele Backmann, former US Congresswoman, and head of the US Christian Allies Caucus, received a standing ovation as she gave her commitment on behalf of the United States to stand with Israel, reminding us that those that bless Israel will be blessed. She explained that there is a mural in the US House of Representatives that features at the center Moses who carried the founding Laws given to us by God. It is mural to which all speakers, including Presidents, face when addressing Congress reminding us of our ultimate law giver and upon which the laws of our civil society are based.

South African speakerMK Rabbi Glick, Juergen Buhler head of the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem), Rebecca Brimmer of Bridges for Peace, Woo-Yea Hwang, former Vice-Prime Minister S. Korea and Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the Christian Allies Caucus in South African Parliament also addressed the participants before Speaker of the Knesset Yule Edelstein stood to thank each person for their support. He pointed out that despite celebrating that momentous achievement of 50 years ago when “David triumphed over Goliath -- again” there are still many against Israel “Victory is not yet complete” he said; “some still doubt that Jerusalem is the eternal Capital of Israel, some think the ‘wheel can turn back’ -- so please don't forget that it has only been 50 years that each and every faith has been welcome to worship at the holy sites in the city -- supporting Jerusalem is not just supporting Israel but also is supporting freedom and a better future for the world, ... so let's keep our prayers united, for Israel, Jerusalem, for mankind and all of humanity.”

The event continues through to June 7th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem.

Photo captions: 1) Knesset Speaker Yule-Yoel Edelstein addressing attendees. 2) Priscilla Flory of Virginia with Maria Cristina Benzi, parliament member from Argentina and founder and host of the Argentinian Prayer Breakfast. 3) Former US Rep. Michele Backmann (R.) 4) Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, MP from South African Parliament, addresses the visitors to the Knesset. 5) Annabel Foery.

AnabelAbout the writer: Annabel Foery, an English transplant to the USA, has been a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach) learning to know the heart of God and encouraging others to do likewise. She lives in Alexandria Virginia and helps volunteer with hosting overseas guests at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.

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