'Jerusalem Call' event urges grassroots support for Israel

'Jerusalem Call' event urges grassroots support for Israel

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this week in an effort to find common ground on a wide range of issues, including the rise of ISIS, tension between Israel and Palestine and the Iran Nuclear deal.

A two-day meeting in Lake Charles Monday and Tuesday is aimed at mustering more support for Israel in America. Close to 1,000 people attended  Monday's meeting aimed at educating and seeking out advocates for Israel. Concerns include the threat from Isis, the Iran Nuclear deal and an undivided Jerusalem.

Speakers included Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

"The United States of America has been the biggest betrayer of Israel over the last eight years," he said. "Someone who loves Israel and will work to ensure Israel's safety and will strike down this Iran deal the first day in office. "We owe that to Israel."

Many of those who attended came from out-of-state and some speakers came from as far away as Israel.

Ran Ichay of Israel is the deputy director general in the prime minister's office and a former ambassador of Kazakhstan.

"We became quite cautious now and quite suspicious. If another leader expresses his will to see Jews eliminated and even suggests that he will do something, his action will do something proactively to  promote this kind of goal, we are suspicious. And we do think he may be serious and we can't take this risk," he said.

Ichay urged Christians to visit the Holy Land.

"Judaism, we were born, created in the desert, the Sinai desert. And the Muslims, they were created or formed in the Arabian desert, Saudi Arabia of today. The only religion that was actually formed in Jerusalem was Christianity. So I think, for Christians, it's very important for Christians to visit the source of their religion the source of their faith," he said.

The program also included music and prayer, since faithful here believe supporting Israel is firmly rooted in the Bible.

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