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LAKE CHARLES, La. – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins spoke at The Jerusalem Call, a pro-Israel conference, that kicked off in Lake Charles, Louisiana yesterday.
The Jerusalem Call’s purpose is “is to mobilize a grassroots movement of faith-based political advocacy for an undivided Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel. The Jerusalem Call is a call to engagement, a call to advocacy, a call to stand with God’s promises to the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.”
Perkins spoke on a panel discussion and then again in a keynote address today.
The text of Perkins’ keynote speech is, in part, below:
“What’s always a little mystifying to me personally is that Israel is not an expansionist state. It’s not as though Israel is seeking to conquer any of its surrounding neighbors or convert them to Judaism.
“Israel, like most evangelicals in this country, simply wants to be left alone to live in peace and safety or, to borrow a phrase from the book of Micah, to be a place where every person ‘will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid.’
“Yet the policies of our President are eroding Israel’s capacity for the safety and liberty it deserves.
“Let me be clear about something: I don’t know President Obama’s motives. He claims to be Israel’s friend and, in his words, ‘the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat’ in the Oval Office of the White House.
“All I can say is that his policies don’t reflect it,” concluded Perkins.
To read Perkins’ full speech, please see: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF15K32.pdf