To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

Netanyahu Condemns Iran for Persecuting Christians: Uses Bible to Explain Why Israel Helps Others

Stephen Little : Oct 16, 2017  CBN News

"Israel is a light unto the nations." -Benjamin Netanyahu

(Israel)—[CBN News] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on a group of Christian journalists to put a spotlight on the persecution of Christians under Iran's Islamic regime. (Screengrab via CBN News)

Speaking at the first Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said it's time to speak out for suffering Christians in Iran. (Click here to watch the video)

He cited pastors who are jailed for no other reason than being a Christian leader and Believers who have been brutally tortured just for practicing their faith.

"Christians have been lashed, do you hear this, lashed for sipping wine during prayer services," he said.

Netanyahu has been warning the world about Iran's terrorist activities and nuclear ambitions, but he said on this night that he wanted to turn his attention to the persecuted.

"Some world leaders are willing to ignore this repression and seek to appease Iran, but I am not one of them. I think that how a country treats religious minorities is a very good indicator of how it will treat its fellow citizens and its neighbors."

He then encouraged the Christian journalists to highlight Iran's suffering Believers.

"Dedicate this week to outlining the plight of the countless Christians suffering under Iran. Profile the brave Christian leaders jailed for practicing their faith. Sit with the families, the schoolteachers jailed for years merely for converting to Christianity ... Call out the lies of President Rouhani, who promised in 2013 that all religions would, quote, "feel justice" in Iran while so many Christians live there in constant terror," he said.

Sponsored by the Government Press Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office, the summit has brought more than 100 Christian journalists and speakers from around the world to learn about Israel's Biblical and modern history, and its security challenges. Netanyahu's address at the Israel Museum kicked off the summit.

The Israeli leader praised President Trump for his action this week seeking to impose changes to tighten the nuclear deal with Iran signed by the Obama administration.

"It made a big impression on America's allies here. And it made a big impression on Iran. They should be worried, justly so," he said.

He noted that the Iranian threat is two-fold: the possibility of gaining a "vast arsenal" of nuclear weapons and its aim to create a "Shiite Arc" of influence in the Middle East.

"It wants to build the Shiite Arc—Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon—and it's working. They want a Shiite arc to colonize and control. It is an act of unadulterated aggression," he said.

At the end of his speech, the prime minister took questions from some members of the press.

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell cited Israel's relief efforts to victims of natural disasters around world and asked Netanyahu why, with all the dangers and struggles the tiny Jewish state faces, it rushes to help others.

"Because we're a light unto the nations, that's the fulfillment of that great prophecy. That's what Israel is doing," he said.

In recent months, Israel has sent relief goods and rescue teams to victims of the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the U.S. and the Mexican earthquakes.

"People say, 'Well what are you doing? What is it that you get out of it?' And the answer is we're not getting out of it anything. We're fulfilling our deepest values. Israel is a light unto the nations."







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

'We've Been Silent Too Long': Texas Towns Take a Stand, Become Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn

'He's Completely Remarkable': Boy Born With No Brain Makes Incredible Progress after Parents Urged to Abort

'This Is a Truly Historic and Important Moment for Jewish Americans': President Trump to Sign Executive Order Addressing Anti-Semitism in US Education

Israeli Researchers Develop Technique That Could Lead to Less Electrical Energy Usage

This Company's Founder Just Gave His Employees the Christmas Surprise of Their Lives

'Zuzu' and 'Tommy' from 'It's A Wonderful Life' Reflect on the Iconic Movie and James Stewart: 'He was a wonderful man, He touched a lot of lives, just being him. He was George Bailey in real life'

Sean Hannity Opens Up about His Faith: 'I'm An Aspiring Christian'

President Trump Tells the Incredible Story behind the Prayer and Song, 'God Bless America'

President Trump Scores Big Win for American Workers as Dems Sign On to USMCA Deal Replacing NAFTA

Democrats Unveil 2 'Articles of Impeachment' against President Trump

Attorney General Bill Barr Just Issued a Translation of the DOJ IG Report & It's a Red-Hot Rebuke of 'Intrusive' Spying on Trump

Anti-Religion Group Asks Alabama Sheriff to Stop Referencing Prayer after Tragedies

Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans Want Abortion Industry Held to Higher Medical Standards

HEALTH Breakthrough: These Micro Implants in the Spinal Column Could Restore Standing and Walking, Possibly Within a Decade

Louie Giglio's New Children's Devotional Works to Close the Gap between Faith and Science

Remembering 'God's General' Reinhard Bonnke: 'Jesus Did Not Call Us to Deliver Sermons, He Called Us to Deliver People'

Pro-Life Win: Supreme Court Upholds Kentucky Ultrasound Law

Guatemala's New President to Designate Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization: 'The Friends of Israel Are Our Friends and the Enemies of Israel Are Our Enemies'

CEO Pays for Military Members to Fly Home for Christmas, Sparking Generous Trend: 'Anybody Could Do This'

[Watch] The Moment This Deaf Baby Hears Her Mum's Voice after Her Hearing Aids Are Switched On: 'Her Face Lights Up'



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com