'High hopes': Evangelical leaders react to Israel's new prime minister

Christian Zionists call for prayer, support of new gov't

Johnnie Moore

USCIRF Commissioner Johnnie Moore (M) speaks during a meeting with Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 5, 2019. He is flanked by USCIRF Vice Chair Gayle Manchin (R) and USCIRF's director of international law and policy Elizabeth Cassidy (L). | USCIRF

Johnnie Moore, the president of the Congress of Christian Leaders and a former commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, encouraged Christians not to allow their friendship with Israel to be hindered by politics after the announcement of the new prime minister. 

The public relations executive and former Liberty University vice president advised evangelicals to support Israel regardless of the change in the political party.

“It is unwise for American evangelicals to meddle in internal, Israeli politics beyond praising the power of Israel’s democracy and if Evangelicals do it anyhow then they should be circumspect and respectful,” Moore said in a statement.

“Even though most evangelical leaders have enjoyed a tremendous friendship with Netanyahu— which will continue — their friendship with Israel transcends the machinations of Israel’s politics and its political parties,” he continued. 

“Evangelicals will stand with Israel whomever is the Prime Minister, always,” Moore continued. “We look forward to a close relationship with all future Israeli governments. As soon as this all settles, I’ll —  for instance —  be on a plane to Israel. Until then, I am watching and praying.”

Emily Wood is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be reached at:

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