Israeli Christian leader Father Gabriel Nadaf told a group of 51 Evangelical pastors from the U.S. that it is “your responsibility” to help end the slaughter of Mideast Christians.
“The silence [in the West] to what is happening in the Middle East to Christians is an enormous sin,” Nadaf said.
The pastors, who hail from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia, are touring Israel as part of a three-day solidarity mission organized by Christians United for Israel (CUFI). The mission intends to show “support for the Jewish people at a time when the nations of the world have expressed unilateral condemnation for Israel’s choice to defend her citizens from terrorists’ attacks,” according to a pre-trip letter to the pastors by CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee.
Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest and the leader of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, has been an outspoken proponent of Christian integration into Israeli society by encouraging young Christians to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. He told the U.S. pastors that Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians are safe, and that Israeli Christians want to “serve the country that protects us.”