Gainesville, GA — Leading Evangelical Pastor and Christian Zionist, Pastor Jentezen Franklin, issues the following statement on the occasion of the formation of Israel’s new government:
I want to congratulate the State of Israel on the formation of its new government, and I call on Christians around the world to pray for God’s help as they fulfill their responsibility, especially in ensuring the security of the State of Israel.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, along with Yair Lapid, have formed a coalition unique in Israel’s history and in its diversity.
I want to make it clear: our community looks forward to enjoying an open and congenial relationship with the new government in Israel as we have enjoyed an open relationship with its preceding administration.
I also congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu who deserves credit for his extraordinary efforts which have strengthened the Israeli economy, built expansive friendships around the world, and forged peace and security throughout the Middle East. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic also became the envy of the world. Bibi has not only been one of Israel’s longest-serving prime ministers but one of its historic leaders. Evangelicals are proud of our friendship with Netanyahu, a friendship that will continue.
We hope the same will be true for the new government and that Israel’s robust democracy will ensure, as King Solomon wisely advised, that “iron will sharpen iron” as Israel’s government and opposition work together to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all Israelis.
As former Prime Minister Netanyahu knows best, Israel can always count upon the unconditional support of her evangelical friends around the world during this new era of Jewish-Christian friendship.