In the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Reverend Franklin Graham recently met and prayed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, shared his experience in a statement with CBN Digital, emphasizing the significance of supporting the Prime Minister during this challenging period.
Describing the meeting as “a privilege,” Graham expressed deep concern for Prime Minister Netanyahu, noting that he is currently facing one of the most trying times in the history of the nation. With over 1,200 people killed and more than 240 individuals, including men, women, and children, taken as hostages in the Hamas attack, the gravity of the situation is evident.
During his time with Netanyahu, Graham encountered a woman whose husband had been taken hostage. He conveyed the overwhelming fear and heartache experienced by families affected by the conflict. Urging for prayers, Graham stated, “Pray for these hostages and their families, pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”
Reverend Graham’s meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu followed a historic rally in Washington, D.C., where nearly 300,000 people gathered to express their support for Israel and condemn antisemitism. The event aimed to demonstrate to the world, the United States Congress, and the White House that the majority of Americans stand with Israel. William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, highlighted the purpose of the rally, emphasizing that it sought to counter the views of those sympathizing with Hamas and downplaying the terror experienced by Israel.
“A lot of what we’re doing with this event on Tuesday is to show the world, to show America, to show Congress, and to show the White House that the vast, vast majority of Americans stand with Israel and not with these Hamas sympathizers who are dressing like terrorists and minimizing and rationalizing the terror that has befallen Israel,” Daroff stated in an interview with CBN News.
The rally underscored the widespread support for Israel among the American population, with participants expressing solidarity and rejecting any endorsement of terrorism. The event served as a platform for voices united against antisemitism and in favor of peace.
In light of the ongoing conflict, Reverend Graham’s call for prayers and his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu reflect the deep concern and empathy felt by many towards those affected by the violence. The situation, marked by a significant loss of life and the taking of hostages, has prompted a global response, with individuals and organizations coming together to show support for Israel and advocate for peace in the region.
As the conflict continues, the prayers and support offered by Reverend Franklin Graham and those who joined the historic rally in Washington convey a collective hope for resolution, peace, and stability in the midst of a challenging and distressing period for the people of Israel.