"Thus says the LORD: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, 
and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain." (Zehariah 8:3) 

Spiritual Diplomacy

Israel Empowerment Lobby aspires to strengthen and empower Israel from inside and outside.
 
God said to the prophets of old: “I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land”. Israel’s existence can be seen as the fulfillment of ancient prophecies and this generation has seen the return of the Jewish people from all over the world. The last big wave of return or Aliyah brought more than a million Jews from the Former Soviet Union; among whom are many Holocaust survivors, Holocaust victims and army veterans who need help. While the younger generation was successfully absorbed into the Israeli society and are on the cutting edge of Israeli innovation revolution, the elderly can hardly speak the language and are struggling with their daily existence.
 
Outside, in the international arena, Israel is under constant attacks of delegitimization, systematic diplomatic isolation, and terrorism. Israel needs to be strengthened both on the inside and from the outside.
Therefore the Israel Empowerment Lobby promotes projects to help the remaining Israeli Holocaust victims and survivors and works to strengthen Israel internationally through the concerted work of Israel advocacy. Israel needs friends – let us together be the hands of blessing that empower Israel! 

Meeting with the President of Israel

June 2018, 
Meeting with the President of Israel






Meetings in Knesset

June 2018, 
Meetings in Knesset





Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast

June 2018
Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast










 

Israel delegation to Moscow for the 9th of May 









Christian Media Summit, Jerusalem 2017

Christian Media Summit, Jerusalem 2017






 

Meeting Ukrainia pastors







IEL in Europe Parliament

FEBRUARY 2017
Eli Nacht, CEO of Israel Empowerment lobby representing the position of Israel in Israeli-Palestinian delegation

Visit of Israel Parliamentary delegation to Baku
Visit of Israel Parliamentary delegation to Baku. With M.K Hamad Amar and M.K Robert Ilatov


Israel delegation to Azerbaidjan

Israel commemorating Israel memorial day with the Israeli Embassador to Azerbaidjan, General major Uzi Dayan, Prof. Daniel Hershkovits, adv. Ei Nacht


IEL in Europe Parliament

FEBRUARY 2017
Eli Nacht, CEO of Israel Empowerment lobby representing the position of Israel in Israeli-Palestinian delegation







 

Visit to Moscow

MAY 2017
Visit to Moscow. Meeting with Chairman of foreign committee of Duma, Mr. Leonid Slutskiy


Visit of Israel Parliamentary delegation to Baku

Visit of Israel Parliamentary delegation to Baku. With M.K Hamad Amar and M.K Robert Ilatov


Meeting with the Russian Ambassador to Israel

DECEMBER 2017
Meeting with the Russian Ambassador to Israel and the President of FIDE 


IEL Celebrating the Taiwan independence in Moscow 

September 2017
Eli Nacht the CEO of IEL was invited by the embassador of Taiwan to Celebrate the Taiwan independence in Moscow


 

Jerusalem

OCTOBER 11, 2016
 
Just before the onset of Yom Kippur, the CEO of the IEL, Dr Eli Nacht met with a group of Christians who love Israel. He spoke to them about the complex relationship that that exists between Jews and Christians, the fears Jews have and their suspicions regarding their contributions to Israel. This is a group that came to pray, to give and to do beneficial work. This visit included donations to Hadassah Hospital.  It was a fun and productive time.


 
 

Spiritual Diplomacy

JUNE 19, 2016
 
First they came for the Communists,
  and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
  and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
  and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
  and by that time there was no one
    left to speak up for me.
by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
 
Pastor Niemöller’s quote applies more today than ever before.
As the is world becoming more and more hostile to Israel, we must aspire to unite the efforts and fight against the delegitimization of Israel world wide.
We must become an united front of all forces that support Israel and stand with Israel. God’s promise to Abraham – “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” extends a multiplied blessing to all those who bless Abraham and his Seed.
Elie Wiesel has decried the dangers of indifference by saying the following: “Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end. And therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor – never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees – not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from the human memory. And in denying their humanity, we betray our own”.
Many times in the history when the persecution started with the Jewish people the outcome was disastrous as the persecution never did stop with us.
For these reasons the Israel Empowerment Lobby facilitates meetings between Israeli politicians and their counterparts worldwide to promote understanding, friendship and cooperation.


CFI Holland

JUNE 14, 2016
Dr. Eli Nacht, Director IEL in the Knesset was invited to participate in CFI(Christians For Israel) summit in Holland. Dr. Nacht met with Sara Van Oordt from CFI, Holland  –  Christenen voor Israel, Pas. Jan Barendse from CGI and M.P. Drs. J.S. Joel Voordewind, member of Holland Parliament, Christian Union Party.






An inside scoop – The activities of Messianic Jews in Petach Tikva

JUNE 1, 2016
 
*Scroll down to see what the CEO of the IEL has to say on this very important matter*
 
The Hebrew online news site of Yediot Aharonot published an article in their Petakh Tikva division where Haredi leaders had been extremely vocal against those they call missionaries.  The journalists interviewed individual Messianic Jews and representatives of the Jehovah’s Witness community and Jews for Jesus in an attempt to give a balanced view of the story.
 
According to Mynet, Haredi sources claim that the activities of Messianic and Missionary organizations in Petach Tikva have been on the rise in recent weeks.  The Acting Mayor, Uriel Boso called the public to “beware of the propaganda that is spreading”.  In conversation with the members of the accused organizations a different and complex picture came to light.
 
Messianic Believers in Israel know, neither the conflict nor objections raised by some Haredim are new.  In fact, this has been seen in different cities throughout the country over the years.  The Orthodox however say that in the past few weeks it has been increasing on the streets of Petakh Tikva.  The news site says that on one side there is the activity of the Messianic Jews that belong to different cults, some of which try to proselytize and convert and hand out missionary material; and on the other side there are those who are alarmed by this activity and are afraid it is drawing hundreds of new adherents – mainly the members of the Haredi community in the city.
 
The journalists are asking if the impact of organizations like Jews for Jesus or the Jehovah’s Witnesses far-reaching, or is it a harmless scarecrow that the Haredi community likes to use to unify its people against them.  Word on the street is that this time there is a real conflict that might even reach a point of violence.
 

Believers in Yeshua

 
According to Acting Mayor Uriel Boso from the Religious Shas party, he has been dealing with this “dire phenomenon of the handing out of missionary material which preaches against any tenet of Judaism for the last few months” and since the material is “disguised” in vague language people fall prey to these organizations.”
 
Boso apparently has conducted an inquiry into the Jehovah’s Witness organization and found that the local branch located in Katz street in the city is rented from the Histadrut .  He says the head of the Histadrut is looking at the option of canceling the contract with this missionary body legally.  His own personal feeling is that the public be aware and exercise caution.  He encourages them to report this missionary material so no more people will be hurt.
 
Another rabbi from the city is happy to report that people are averse to the missionary work but he has concerns for the teenagers.  Parents have apparently approached him with fears that their children will turn to these dark ways and not find their way back.  He even used an example of a father who approached him in tears because his 16 year old daughter attended a messianic activity because of a boy she met.
 
A new immigrant who works against said missionary activities says that he does it following his own apparent vast experience on the other side. “I wasn’t born a Jew, I was connected to the Evangelistic church abroad where I received missionary training on how to preach and draw people from other churches to us.  In time I converted to Judaism and today I am busy opening people’s eyes to missionary-related activity in Petakh Tikva and other places.”
 
When asked how exactly he “opens the eyes” of adherents to the missionaries, his response was, “I quote facts to them about these organizations because they don’t tell them everything.  For example the Jehovah’s Witness missionaries say that they are not part of Christianity.  I show them authoritative material from France that shows how they fight to be recognized as a 5th branch of Christianity”.
 
The anonymous informant says that in Petakh Tikva he has encountered a few guys from the Ethiopian community who have participated in the Messianic Jews’ activities as well as new immigrants from the Former Soviet Union who have taken part in Jehovah’s Witness activities.  I have met single mothers, wealthy people, young couples and also quite a few elderly people who are unfortunately an easily exploited population.  He says that they are looking for hope and these ‘missionaries’ offer false hope.
 
The journalists spoke to Yoav from Yad L’Achim.  This is an organization that works against assimilation using controversial methods.  He claims that missionary activity is exploitative and conceals the real goal.  “Whoever gets there doesn’t get there because he wants to believe and pray to “Yeshu” (a derogatory acronym in Hebrew for the name of Jesus). People think they are coming to a nice communal group and by the time they realise the truth it is too late.”
 

Pray without judging


Yediot Petakh Tikva spoke to the Messianic Jewish organization Jews for Jesus.  According to the representative there are around 35000 Believers across the country in 200 different congregations – a few of these in Petakh Tikvah.  “The name is Yeshua and not Yeshu” explains the representative on the line. “Yeshua will redeem the people of Israel at the end of the world and will take us to live with Him forever. Unfortunately the people of Israel back at that time rejected faith in Him and in the New Testament that was written mostly by Jews.  The Gentiles took faith in Yeshua to an extreme and made faith in Yeshua into a religion because people tend to turn everything into an organization.  People want to control people.”
 
The journalists asked, “Do you define yourselves as a religion or a cult?”  The representative said, “Neither, we are a Faith! Faith doesn’t change the fact that we are Jews.  Only God can say who is Jewish and who is not.  We don’t have capes and bells and symbols, it’s purely faith in the heart.  As far as faith is concerned, we are like the Evangelistic Christians only we are Jews”.  When asked if they have synagogues, he said, “We use the word congregation as the connotation of synagogue can sometimes deter people who want to attend.  Unlike synagogues, we do not erect fancy buildings where people come to gain honour.  We don’t pray repetitive prayers out of a special prayer book.  We read from the Tanakh and New Testament and each person prays according to what is on his heart without judging others and without being forced to pray.”
 
When the newspaper asked the representative to meet at the congregation which is in Petakh Tikva, they encountered hesitation.  “You are welcome to come on Friday or Shabbat and we will arrange for someone to meet with you personally so you don’t feel alone but maybe it is best if you come to Tel Aviv.”  When asked why not in Petakh Tikva, the response was, “It is best that we meet with you personally.  I want to see that you are not a group of 10 people coming to beat us up”. The journalists note the fear of religious organizations that persecute the active members of the congregation in the city.
 
A conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness representative yielded slightly different answers.  He said that the number of adherents in Israel is smaller. “We have close to 1000 people across the country, maybe 100 in Petakh Tikva” says the representative.  When the journalists said it is unclear from their pamphlet if they are a religion or not, the representative said, ”Correct! The pamphlet is too short.  You can read about it on our website, we are not a cult.  A cult functions under a main religion.  We are Jehovah’s Witnesses and we hold meetings with congregation leaders in which we read our writings and the New Testament and find solutions for different issues.  We meet twice a week, listen to lectures, it’s not only prayer.  Would you like to meet?”  In response to the question of meeting at the congregation in Petakh Tikva, the representative said, “I don’t know if it will be possible in Petakh Tikva but we can arrange a time in the next few days.”
 
The journalists then spoke to Dr Eli Nacht who is the CEO of the Israel Empowerment Lobby (IEL) and has a law office in Petakh Tikva.  He knows the Messianic community personally.  “In spite of the tendency to classify these under one umbrella, it is important to distinguish between communities of Messianic Jews and the Jehovah’s Witness organization.  They hold to different beliefs.”
 
When asked to explain his connection to them he says, “I have given them legal representation in a few cases and the IEL is responsible for the connection between the Christian world and Israel.  As a part of extensive international activities, we relate to many delegations of business men and women, Knesset members and delegations of evangelistic ministers in the country.  In addition we give speeches in congress and parliament.  Because Messianic Jews have good connections with the Christian world abroad, they have opened up doors to me into these circles.”
 
From Dr Nacht’s point of view, Messianic Jewish activity does not cause damage in the city. “I don’t see any damage from them.  If they engage in illegal activity that’s one thing but if they are causing religious discomfort to a certain sector in the community it is another.  I have not encountered complaints against them for any illegal activity.  On the contrary, I have heard complaints of the harassment by Haredi representatives and there have been complaints to the police that I am personally aware of. As far as the Messianic Jews are concerned; as long as they are not trying to convert people – something that I am diametrically opposed to – if they continue to engage in humanitarian projects, help people and holocaust survivors and help me personally in my connections with the Christian world, I think it is welcome activity and should continue.  Thanks to them, there are congregations that donate millions to the country.”
 
The journalists then spoke to Itai Meron (60) who has defined himself as a Messianic Jew for the past 40 years or so out of a conscious personal choice.  “I came to the faith through a friend in the army,” he recalls.  “I believe first every person must have a desire to speak the truth.  Secondly I believe God works in the heart of man”.
 
When asked if he belongs to a certain organization, he responds “Messianic Jews do not have a National Governing Body or something like that.  There is no official organization but every congregation acts pretty much independently.  Some congregations have similar identities but in general, Messianic Judaism is open in that aspect, everybody holds to the same basic belief.  We believe that Yeshua is the Messiah and that He is the continuation of the Tanakh.
 
“So you accept the New Testament but you define yourself as a Jew as far as religion goes?” the journalists ask.  “Yeah, sure.  When I got into the faith, there was no such term as Messianic Jew.  Only later this name developed.  We used to call ourselves “Believers”.  I see myself as much more Jewish now than I was before.  I keep the Chagim (Biblical Holidays) and I keep certain aspects of Shabbat – it is a day of rest where you don’t work and there are meetings of the congregations of Believers.”
 
When asked if he was baptized, he says, “Yes, one of the principles is baptism but it is not that we are being baptized into Christianity.  Part of the faith is being baptized.  It means you are reborn, born from above.  It is a symbolic act.  A person declares that he accepts Yeshua and follows Him”
 
The writers asked, “Claims have been made that there has been more aggressive missionary activity like handing out pamphlets and visitations to houses by Messianic organizations.  What do you think about that?”  Meron replied, “It is a minority that believes this is the way to spread the faith but it is not that the Messianic Jews as a whole disperse pamphlets.  It can be a certain group within the Messianic community that does it.  There are some who stop people in the streets.  I personally don’t do it but if anyone believes this is the way, I don’t have a problem with it as long as he does it within the law and doesn’t hurt anyone.”
 
The journalists ask, “Can you understand why religious organizations are coming against you?  His response, “They are against us no matter what we do.  Once a person believes in Yeshua, he is already considered by many as an enemy – a dangerous enemy which must be uprooted.  Some religious people do not accept us but not all of them because some of them accept us once they know us.  I personally have religious friends that do accept me.”
 

Responses

 
The Jehovah’s Witness organization had this to say: “Jehovah’s Witnesses are peaceful and law-abiding citizens of Israel that share their ideas in the positive message of their writings.  We have no interest to respond to unfounded and misleading slander whose main aim is to incite the public and serve the narrow interest of pressure groups.”
 
The Jews for Jesus organization gave this statement: “We have been a registered non-profit organization (amuta) since we were founded 15 years ago and we have received official approval from the body that controls non-profit organizations.  Like every amuta in the country we receive donations from people who believe in the causes of the amuta.  We do not demand money from anyone.  We approach any adult (over 18) who would like to hear about our faith.  We work throughout the country but since our office is in Tel Aviv our main activity is in the Gush-Dan area.  On Yom HaAtsmaut in which we celebrated the independence of our democratic country, we handed out some pamphlets across Gush-Dan and in Petakh Tikva.  This was not the first time and will not be the last time.”


International Christian Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 8, 2016
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, Director of the Israel Empowerment Lobby met Mr. Gunnar Olson.  Mr Olson is the chairman and founder of the INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ICCC ), The ICCC conference  took place at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem. After a very nice and fruitful conversation Eli was asked to present the ideas of the IEL for cooperation with ICCC in June to their international board of directors.


Chinese Cyprus Institute

DECEMBER 19, 2014

 
Chinese Christian delegation, “Chinese Cyprus Institute” visited Israel looking for business investments.
 
Chinese and Singaporean Christian businessmen Were hosted by ‘Israel Empowerment lobby’ in Israel, during their visit they’ve been in the Parliament, Ariel University, Arad municipality and met with distinguished Israeli politicians and local businesses.
 
The purpose of this business-christian delegation was to develop business relationship between Asia and Israel and look for potential investments.
 
Dr.Eli Nacht, chairman of Israel Empowerment Lobby summarized this trip as very successful and educational for both sides. I am sure that the next delegation that suppose to visit Israel in the spring of the next year will be bigger and even more business will be done, for the sake of the economic growth of both our nations”, said Dr. Nacht.




China and Cyprus

DECEMBER 11, 2014
 
A city-wide conference in Beijing was held with Dr. Eli Nacht, chairman of Israel Empowerment Lobby. During the conference was teaching on the Jewish Roots of Christianity and more practical business initiatives.
 
A group of Chinese and Singaporean Christian business people hosted by Israel Empowerment Lobby, Maoz, Raffles Air Singapore and China Cyprus Leader Dr. Zhao Xiao visited Israel seeking to invest in Israeli hi-tech businesses. Israel’s Channel 2 came to report on the visit as the group was visiting Arad municipality and the Mayor was encouraging the Chinese Believers to invest.
 
The Chinese Christian business people prayed at the Great Wall of China for a great revival in China and Israel.
 
They then visited a place called Heaven’s Temple with Ari and again interceded intensely for their nation and for Israel. 







Russia

OCTOBER 19, 2014
 
Dr.Eli Nacht, chairman of the Israel Empowerment Lobby was invited to Russia to take part in the 20th year anniversary celebration of the biggest chain of rehabilitation centers in Russia-  “New Life” founded by Sergey Matevosyan.
Another key speaker, Bishop Sergei Riahovskii, member of the civic chamber of the Russian Federation, member of the council for coordinating with religious organizations under the President of Russia Federation.



 

South Korea

OCTOBER 15, 2014
 

THE 5TH MINISTRY FORUM OF YOUTH

Dr. Eli Nacht, Chairman of the Israel Empowerment lobby took part in a ministerial delegation to South Korea by the invitation of Pastor Park. The delegates were 16 ministers mostly from Africa and Asia as well as Dr. Eli Nacht from Israel. The delegation’s goal was to strengthen formal and informal relationships between the countries and initiate mutual projects and fruitful cooperation for the benefit of the nations of the country’s members.










USA

OCTOBER 14, 2014

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF THE NEW ISRAELI GOVERNMENT


Dr. Eli Nacht chairman of the Israel Empowerment lobby spoke at a conference in USA about “challenges and opportunities of the new Israeli government”.
Other key speakers at the conference are well-known pastor Jim Garlow and his lovely wife Rosemary Schindler, the grand niece of Oscar Schindler(the righteous of the nations), who is continuing the great work on behalf of Schindler’s family. Also in attendance was Danny Ayalon, former Israeli ambassador to the USA and Deputy Minister of foreign affairs.
 





Poland

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
 
Speaking to Christians in Katowice, Poland, at the evangelistic campaign organised by David Hathaway’s Eurovision ministry this September, Dr. Eli Nacht, chairman of Israel Empowerment Lobby, brought sobering information.
 
Communities that had survived for thousands of years have vanished from history. If not for the existence of Israel, the Jews who once lived there would have vanished, too.”
 
Christians are now suffering the same fate as the Jews, bearing out the truth of the Islamists’ slogan, “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people” to describe how they will first kill the Saturday worshippers, the Jews, then the Sunday worshippers, the Christians.
 
Since the state of Israel was born again in 1948, Jews have not been allowed to live in most Islamic nations. But Christian minorities remained – until recently.
 
The global conquest envisioned by radical Islam depends on their disappearance. Now Christian communities’ suffering in the Muslim world is worse than ever before. Scholars estimate that every three minutes a Christian is being tortured there. In 2009 more than 165,000 Christians were killed in Muslim countries because of their faith.”




CUFI – USA

AUGUST 14, 2014
 
Dr. Eli Nacht of the IEL escorted 51 pastors from 50 different States on a visit at the Knesset.  They have come to Israel to comfort, encourage and stand with the nation’s leaders and citizen defence force.  The CUFI Pastor’s solidarity trip is definitely very important and strategic for Israel.




USA/Palestinian Authority

MARCH 2, 2014
 
During Eli Nacht’s visit to USA, in one of the churches he met a Palestinian girl who loves Israel and speaks bravely about her family who turned against her in Jerusalem. She spoke about the Palestinian people who taught her to hate Israel and to hate Israeli’s. Now, after finding a loving God she is also in love with Israel and wants to visit Israel.

 

National Prayer Breakfast

MARCH 1, 2014
 
Eli Nacht, Chairman of IEL met Ron Proser, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, at the National Prayer Breakfast during his visit to Washington DC. The conversation was about the active roll of Israel in the Middle East and the relationship between Israel and the Christian world.




Canada

FEBRUARY 22, 2014
 
The IEL led another parliamentarian delegation to the Canadian prayer Breakfast, at the invitation of M.P David Sweet, Canada-Israel parliamentarian group leader.
 
During the visit in Canada, the delegates: M.K Hamad Amar, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, M.K Robert Ilatov, Dr. Eli Nacht, the IEL chairman, Richard(Ari) Sorko Ram, board member and Albert Veksler IEL CEO had very important meeting of collaboration with Canadian politicians, CIJA leading team, local christian pastors and businessmen.
 
The purpose of the delegation was to create even more strength in the relationship between the Canadian and Israeli decision-makers on the political, business and spiritual level. Among many suggestions discussed by IEL and CIJA was the idea of bringing Christian Israeli high rank speaker to Canada for Hasbara efforts. It was agreed that this experiment could be much more efficient than the Jewish self explanation Jewish.
IEL also arranged a modest Canadian/Israel reception in the parliament, hosted by M.P David Sweet. The reception was attended by Israeli Ambassador, Rafi Barak, M.P Harold Albrecht, M.P Colin Mayes, M.P James Lunney, and many others.










Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign

FEBRUARY 22, 2014
 
The IEL joined hands with CIPAC, Evangelical Church Alliance (ECA) and Religious Freedom Coalition and organized a private event in Capitol Hill Club in Washington DC. Participating in the event was Israeli M.K Shula Mualem and Deputy minister M.K Faina Kirshenbaum, many Christian leaders from around the world, Congressman Doug Lamborn, Congressman Paul Broun, Congresswomam Jackie Walorski, Member of U.S House of Representatives Trent Franks and many other distinguished guests who showed their support and discussed Israel-USA relationship.










Washington D.C.

FEBRUARY 22, 2014
 
Annual National Prayer Breakfast
During the event a series of meetings were organized between the M.K’s who took part -M.K Ofer Shelah, M.K Omer Bar Lev, M.K Shula Mualem, Deputy minister M.K Faina Kirshenbaum and M.K Ahmad Tibi and U.S congressmen who support Israel. M.K’s also had an opportunity to meet and speak to Pastors, Christian congregation leaders and other spiritual leaders who stand with Israel.










Cyprus – Israel Day

FEBRUARY 22, 2014
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, CEO of IEL participated in “Israel day” in Cyprus organized by Stavrus Ignatio, the head of local Christian congregation supporting Israel.




MJAA

FEBRUARY 22, 2014
 
Israeli Member of Knesset Omer Barlev, keynote speaker, was invited by the MJAA together with the Israel Empowerment Lobby CEO Dr. Eli Nacht and Pastor Ari Sorko Ram, the founder of “Maoz” organization to speak at the annual MJAA gathering in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
M.K. Barlev commended the outstanding humanitarian work the MJAA is doing through the Joseph Project in Israel.




Seattle

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Pastor Jerry Theckston from Jesus Christ Salt and Light church in Seattle and one of the organizers of National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC Visiting Israel. During his visit in the Knesset he met with Deputy speaker of the Knesset, M.K Hamad Amar.
 
They spoke about future cooperation, Hamad’s visit to the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast event in Washington DC and the importance of friendship between the Christian political leaders and the Israeli ones.
 



Kiryat Yam

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Visit of young Believers from United States to Israel and meeting with Deputy Mayor of Kiryat Yam, Mr. Adam Amilov.


 

European Prayer Breakfast

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
IEL’s CEO Eli Nacht participated in the European Prayer Breakfast. Among many meetings that took place, there were meetings with M.P’s of the European Parliaments such as Tunne Kelam and Alojz Peterle. Friends from Bulgaria: M.P and former minister Lilyana Pavlova and former vice minister Svetlana Boyanova.
M.P’s from Bosnia Herzegovina: Lazar Prodanovic and Mladen Ivankovic-Lijanovic.
And many many more.










Poland

DECEMBER 17, 2013

 
The Israel Empowerment Lobby organized a meeting with Israeli ambassador in Poland, Mr. Zvi Rav-Ner and Director General of the Knesset, Mr. Ronen Plot
 
The purpose of the meeting is to connect with and show appreciation for all the blessed work the Christian pastors all over Poland have been doing for the sake of Israel.  Nearly 30 pastors participated in the meeting.

 







Russia

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
The CEO of the IEL escorted 24 Russian pastors and heads of Evangelical churches from all over Russia. During their visit in he Knesset they had the opportunity to meet with Minister of Welfare, M.K Meir Cohen, M.K Rina Frenkel, M.K Jamal Zahalka, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset M.K Hamad Amar and an official meeting with Director General of the Knesset was held where he expressed his gratitude for their work and their help to the State of Israel.
 
During the meetings they discussed a few projects that are about to be lunched in the near future.




 

Netherlands

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht at his Visit in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Eli Nacht met with big supporter of Israel M.P Joel Voordewind from Christian Union Party in Holland. M.P Voordewind spoke about the changes in Syria and the fear of the local Christian population there from Islamic radical organizations taking over and the implication of this on Israel.




South Africa

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Escorting friends from South Africa and USA, who are managing a christian Aid Fund to help Israelis. During our visit Dr. Eli Nacht arrange a meeting with M.K Shimon Solomon, where they were discussing their wish is to help Israel in general and their next project – To rehabilitate the bomb shelters in Jerusalem.




Kosovo and Balkans

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, Director of the IEL in the Knesset invited and arranged for Ruzvelt Frrokaj official from Ministry foreign Affairs of Kosovo a series of meetings with Israeli governmental Colleagues from the Knesset and from Ministry of foreign affairs.
 
Among the meetings which were held:
1. Meeting with Yitzhak Aharonovich currently serves as a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu, and as the country’s Minister of Internal Security.
 
2.Meeting with Oded Ben Hur -Policy Advisor to the Knesset. Previously Ambassador to the Vatican, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
3. Meeting with M.K Avraham Michaeli
4. Meeting with M.K Hamad Amar – Deputy speaker of the Knesset
 
5. meeting with M.K Ronen Hofman – chairman of Foreign and Defense Affairs’ Subcommittee on Public Diplomacy
 
6. Meeting with M.K Omer Bar Lev -Previously Brigade Commander in the IDF
 
7. Meeting in the ministry of forreign affairs with Deputy General, Anna Azari
And with Dan Oryan – responsible for the Balkan region in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Greece

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Stavrus and Lois Ignatiou from Greece visited Israel for the preparation of the Holocoust Memorial day arranged by them in Cyprus.  Every year Stavrus as the head of the Evangelic community in Cyprus and Greece organizes together with the Israeli Embassy the Holocoust Memorial day. During their last visit in Israel they were greeted by the Minister of Absorption, M.K Sofa Landver.




International Fellowship

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
The Caleb company together with dozens of Believers from 16 different countries were making a tour in the Knesset and getting a lecture from Dr. Eli Nacht, the director of the IEL in the Knesset, about the political and economic situation in Israel. At the end of the day a meeting  was arranged with the Director General of the Knesset, Mr. Ronen Plot.





Ukraine

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, director of IEL in the Knesset was invited to Ukraine to speak about Israel-Ukraine relationship, future opportunities for the both nations and the current situation of Christian-Jewish people in Ukraine and where it is headed.




African Leaders Summit

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht and Mr. Albert Veksler were a key speakers on an African leaders summit 2013 in Jerusalem, where they presented the activity of the Israel Empowerment Lobby and offered to serve the distinguished guests in their mission. Among the African leaders were government ministers, Members of Parliament, businessmen and spiritual leaders.
 
IEL welcomed the distinguished guests in Israel and explain them more about the uniqueness of Jerusalem as a holy city, capital of Israel and the place of Israel in the testimonies.
 
From now on the guests know the best address for any question or request, concerning doing business in Israel, promoting political interests and just visiting the holy land.










Nashville, Tennessee

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, director of IEL in the Knesset speaking in a church in Nashville, Tennessee with the legendary Pastor Don Finto.




Christian Business Leader’s Seminar

DECEMBER 17, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, Director of the IEL in the Knesset took part in organizing the Christian Businessmen leaders Seminar in Israel. Its purpose was to help and guide dozens of Believing businessmen from all around the world to understand better the Israel bureaucracy, the business sector, regulation and the general political/economic atmosphere in Israel.




Estonia

AUGUST 1, 2013
 
DR. ELI NACHT MEETS WITH PEETER VÕSU, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHRISTIAN PARTY OF ESTONIA IN THE KNESSET, TO DISCUSS THE OPTIONS FOR FUTURE COOPERATION




Finland Foreign Ministry


 
The Israel Empowerment Lobby decided to write an explanatory letter to the foreign ministries of Finland and Denmark, after their decision to upgrade the Palestinian Authority representatives in their countries into embassies.
 
Dear Mr. Tuomioja
 
The IEL (Israel Empowerment Lobby) is an organization supported by the parliamentarian lobby in the Knesset, together with many Members of the Knesset. We promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel and for other shared concerns. Our vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, respect, and cooperation.
 
As the chairman of IEL and being deeply involved in the issues concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict, I personally believe that Finland is making a terrible mistake by upgrading the relationship between your country and the Palestinian Authority. Negotiations with the Palestinian Authority must be completed and agreed upon by both sides before other nations decide to interfere with the Palestinian Authority.
 
It was a pleasure meeting you a month ago in the Parliament in Helsinki and I truly enjoyed our conversation. The Israeli ambassador in Finland spoke highly of you and of your relationship and I believe that you are an open-minded and reasonable gentleman by showing your willingness to come to Israel and to see the conflict with your own eyes. It is very important that you make your own personal decisions about the conflict and do not make the decisions based upon the news headlines and opinion polls which can sabotage the fragile situation in the Middle East.
 
In 2009, the Finnish Foreign Ministry provided 731 million euros in development funds worldwide via Finnish NGOs and government agencies, 84 million euros of which was channeled to the political NGOs involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict in the region. Finnish funding supports politicized NGOs based in Israel, including the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and HaMoked, as well as Palestinian groups such as the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER), and the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA).
 
Unfortunately, the funding goes to the NGOs that are active participants in the BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) campaign to isolate Israel internationally, employ “apartheid” rhetoric, and pursue anti-Israel agendas in other ways.
 
Such activities are inconsistent with the Finnish government’s stated goal of promoting Middle East peace. Nevertheless, Finnish government development funds still support several NGOs involved in BDS and similar anti-Israel activities.
 
The stated Finnish focus in the “Palestinian Territories” is to support the peace process and to set the groundwork for a future Palestinian state. Funding groups that utilize apartheid rhetoric, advance the Palestinian narrative regarding Jerusalem and distort the context of the conflict does not advance such goals.
 
Nowadays, I personally believe that Finland is making a terrible mistake by upgrading the relationship between your country and the Palestinian Authority. Negotiations with the Palestinian Authority must be completed and agreed upon by both sides before other nations decide to interfere with the Palestinian Authority. Palestine is not yet a state and hopefully, one day, it will become a fully functional and legally recognized state. By upgrading the diplomatic mission of the Palestinian Authority to embassy level hijacks the delicate peace process and further undermines the trust Israel feels toward the Palestinian Authority and toward the world’s support for the peace process.
 
I hope you will take heed to this letter and in the future, your government will act more carefully and responsibly vis a vis the Palestinian Authority and the peace process. I hope you will have a good time in Israel in June.
 
Sincerely, Eli Nacht
Dr. Eli Nacht Chairman of IEL  


Germany

MAY 12, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, director of the IEL met with a ‘Christians For Israel’ group from Germany. Dr. Nacht spoke with them about the importance of their support in Israel in these days, thanked them for their friendship and emphasized the importance of connecting the younger generation to Israel and exposing them to the real Israel, not to the one they see in TV.




Vicar of Baghdad

MAY 6, 2013
 
Caleb Company from Nashville and Dr. Eli Nacht met a very special guest, known as ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’. Andrew White is the president of The Foundation for Relief  and Reconciliation in the Middle East. He is the Anglican chaplain to Iraq, based at St George’s Church, Baghdad, and he is the Anglican Episcopal  chaplain to its International Zone.
 
Andrew is often in danger from bombs and bullets as he works tirelessly for peace and reconciliation in Iraq. We hope to cooperate with him on his Middle East mission.




Finland/ICEJ

APRIL 21, 2013
 
Dr. Eli Nacht, director of the IEL in the Knesset, together with the former Vice Speaker of the Knesset, Mrs. Lia Shemtov and Finnish pastor Seppo Kosonen were speaking of the importance of supporting Israel. The meeting was organized by the International Christian Embassy.




Finland

APRIL 21, 2013
 
The Finnish branch of the International Christian Embassy organized for Dr. Eli Nacht, the Chairman of Israel Empowerment Lobby in the Knesset to meet and to speak on behalf of Israel in the Finnish Churches.




Italy

MARCH 26, 2013
 
Mrs. Edda Fogarollo and Mrs. Chiara Canciani, representatives of CFI (Christian Friends of Israel) from Italy were escorted in the Knesset by Eli Nacht, director of the IEL.
During their visit, they met with the minister of agriculture from “Likud Beytenu” fraction, MK Yair Shamir.
The topic of the conversation was the possible cooperation of the Christian world with the nation of Israel.




Knesset

MARCH 17, 2013
 
eliandalbert2013Eli Nacht and Albert Veksler from the IEL met with Roar Sørensen, Director for Word of Life and with 30 students studying in Israel from 12 different nations in the Knesset. Dr. Eli Nacht lectured about the Israeli political system.




Cyprus

FEBRUARY 1, 2013
 
PASTOR ISRAEL POCHTAR AT A DINNER IN MICHAEL HARARI’S HOUSE.  ISRAEL POCHTAR IS THE AMBASSADOR TO CYPRUS. ELI NACHT PARTICIPATED IN THE OFFICIAL COMMEMORATION OF THE HOLOCAUST IN CYPRUS.
 
Pastor Israel Pochtar is from Beit Hallel Messianic Congregation in Ashdod and the founder of Voice of Judah Ministries.