An evangelical organization claiming to represent millions of "born again" Christians throughout the world today announced plans to establish a "Christian embassy" in Jerusalem to support the Israeli government's stand against a redivision of the capital.
The group called the Almond Branch Association, has convened a seven-day international celebration of the Feast of the Tabernacles to launch its pro-Israel project.
The self-described "Christian Zionists," said in a press conference that their movement is religious and not political, although they said they intend to include in the "embassy" an economic affairs office to promote trade in Israel, and a media center to defend Israel's position on the Jerusalem issue.
The embassy project is a pointed reminder of the 13 Latin American embassies that moved out of Jerusalem in the last month in reaction to the Israeli parliament's adoption of a law perpetuating Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, including the Arab sector that was annexed by Israel after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The group, founded by Christian clergy and lay activists living here, said it will "express publicly the desire of millions . . . that Jerusalem shall remain the united capital of Israel and that she shall live in her land that God has promised to her."