Larry Huch of New Beginnings ranks among the top Christian allies of Israel in the world

Pastor Larry Huch of the Texas-based New Beginnings megachurch topped the third annual list of Israel’s top 50 Christian allies, released Sunday by the Israel Allies Foundation in honor of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot that begins that evening.

In second place is media personality Mike Huckabee, while former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper moved up one spot from 2021 and now ranks as Israel’s third-leading Christian ally.

Former UN envoy Nikki Haley, who tirelessly defended Israel at the world body, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was instrumental in implementing a number of pro-Israel policies in the US, are both included in the first ten. list.

The list includes high-profile Hollywood figures such as Pat Boone and Chuck Norris as well as lesser-known leaders such as Japan’s Reverend Otsuka, a Presbyterian pastor who heads the Holocaust Education Center that educates thousands of Japanese children about the Jewish genocide . from the Nazis.

The IAF is an umbrella organization that coordinates the work of 50 Israeli Allies around the world to mobilize political support for Israel based on shared Judeo-Christian values, a statement from the group said.

The network, which includes approximately 1200 legislative bodies, includes the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus, the Congressional Allies of Israel Caucus and the European Union’s Parliamentary Caucus of Israel’s Allies.

“Christians, not countries, are the ones standing with Israel,” IAF President Josh Reinstein told Breitbart News.

File/Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“Faith-based diplomacy is Israel’s most effective diplomatic weapon. The men and women on this list represent Israel’s greatest allies around the world,” he added.

According to the IAE, the direct transfer of the US, Guatemalan and Honduran embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem resulted from the lobbying efforts of Christian lawmakers as well as Christian voters.

Pastor Sandor Nemeth, founder and Senior Pastor of Faith Church in Hungary, who ranked 13th on the list, said support for the modern state of Israel “comes naturally” and should be “reflected in the life of every Bible-reading Christian , God-fearing believer worldwide, a self-evident reality.”

“What a blessing it is to see the fulfillment of the Zionist dream, the prosperity of Jerusalem and the mutual benefit these relationships bring to nations worldwide,” Nemeth said.

Congressional candidate Tre Pennie, number 48 on the list, explained that his love for Israel and the Jewish people has been “woven into the fabric of my being since I was a child.”

Pennie recalled that his grandmother, a Southern Baptist, admired Jews for their support of Blacks during the Civil Rights Movement.

“She thought I’d never forget and I never did,” Penny said.

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