Mat Staver Speaks at Israeli Embassy for Israel Solidarity Event

May 3, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, Mat Staver spoke at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the twelfth annual Israel Solidarity Event. Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, and Rev. Malcom Hedding also delivered addresses. The Israel Solidarity Event celebrates Israel’s independence when it became a sovereign nation in 1948 and encourages people to stand in solidarity with Israel to support its right to exist. This is the 65th year of Israel’s independence.

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, urged Christians and Jews to stand in solidarity to one another and for the nation of Israel. “Israel and America share a common bond through our history, heritage, and faith. Christians and Jews must stand in solidarity to one another and together must stand in solidarity with Israel and its right to exist as a sovereign nation. Along with our shared common values, Israel and America also share common threats. We are comforted and assured by the Scriptures that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is not intimidated by adversity,” said Staver.

In 2011, Liberty Counsel launched the Liberty Ambassador Counsel (LAC) program which is designed to strengthen ties between Israel and the United States. Among other things, the LAC provides tours to Israel with the twin goals to strengthen the Christian faith of the attendees and equip them to become Goodwill Ambassadors for Israel. The tours visit the Biblical and historical sites, but, unlike other tours, the LAC provides the attendees the opportunity to visit and hear from leaders in government, the military, business, academia, and the religious community. “A trip to Israel is a life-changing experience. You will never be the same. Your faith will be strengthened and you cannot help but be a lifelong Goodwill Ambassador for Israel,” Staver said.

Staver, who serves on the Board of Trustees for The Timothy Plan, a New York Stock Exchange listed family of morally screened mutual funds, noted that in 2011 The Timothy Plan launched the Israel Common Values Fund. This fund is listed on the New York and Tel Aviv Stock Exchanges. The Israel Common Values Fund buys shares only in Israeli companies doing business in Israel. “While some foreign companies have divested their holdings, the Israel Common Values Fund allows those who support Israel to invest in Israel,” said Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.



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