Evangelist Franklin Graham met and prayed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday in Tel Aviv.
Graham, the president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, went to the Jewish state to offer much-needed supplies for Israelis amid the war with Hamas and meet families of the hostages taken by Hamas.
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“The fact that you’re coming here, standing with Israel in Israel is mightily important and gives us a lot of strength, a lot of encouragement,” Netanyahu told Graham Wednesday afternoon.
He told the “Through My Father’s Eyes” author the world seems to be divided into two groups: those who support Israel and its fight against terror and those who support Hamas terrorism.
“I think, Reverend Graham, your many followers around the world understand that Israel is fighting a just war, fighting according to international law, trying to minimize civilian casualties, and root out the terrorists,” Netanyahu explained. “And I think that’s our common battle, the battle of civilization against barbarism.”
The Israeli leader pointed to the massive “March for Israel” as an encouragement amid a rise in antisemitism around the world.
“We stand with those who stand for justice and truth, like Reverend Graham, our many Christian friends around the world, but also so many others. We saw that yesterday in a mass demonstration in Washington of Jewish leaders and non-Jewish leaders – leaders of the Senate, leaders of the House. They stood for Israel. They stood for truth. They stood for justice. That’s the forces of civilization that will ultimately win the day.”
Graham called on his millions of followers on social media to pray for Netanyahu.
“This man needs our prayers,” he said. “He is facing the most trying time since the birth of their nation with 1,200 people killed, more than 240 men, women, and children taken as hostages, and many injured in the Hamas attack. As I spoke with a woman whose husband was taken hostage, the fear and heartache is overwhelming. Pray for these hostages and their families, pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”