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Israeli Jewish Residents Appreciate Thousands of Christians Who Paraded in Jerusalem March

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Israelis came out in the thousands to cheer on international Christian groups who showed up in their thousands to take part in the Jerusalem March.   It was one of several ways these Christians showed their support for Israel and its people during the Feast of Tabernacles holy days.

Udi Dvorkin, a rabbi at a Jerusalem school, and several small children surrounding him shouted to the marching groups as they paraded past.

"This is heartwarming.  Unbelievable.  Truly heartwarming," Dvorkin told CBN News.   Pointing to the children, he added, "And the kids are happy to see all these people from all around the world.  They're not Jewish and still come to say 'We love Israel.'   It's amazing."

Rabbi Yehuda Glick, one of Jerusalem's more boisterous Orthodox rabbis, jumped into the middle of many of the international marchers, taking photos with them and handing them Israeli flags.

Asking to speak through the camera to Christian Broadcasting Network viewers, he said, "We love you.  We love the love with which you love the Jewish people.   And I want to thank all our Christian friends all around the world."

He encouraged Christians, saying, Come to Israel, come to Jerusalem, come to Zion.  And if you read in the press that there are some people that are attacking Christians in Israel...well, everybody in Israel condemns it.  Our best friends in the world are the Christian world."

Katherine Snyder, a Jerusalem resident, said as she looked out on the groups marching past and singing praises to the Lord, "It's just uplifting to see this prophetic fulfillment of Zechariah 14 when all the nations come up to Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles.   Here they are!"

Snyder continued, "I feel it touches many Israelis who come and see this and see that there's support out there and that we're not alone.  I feel it's a beautiful Christian witness to Israel.  And we need more of it."

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Jerusalem resident Ashley Jacob said of the international presence in the Jerusalem March, "I think it's really beautiful. I think it's amazing when people come together and show joy and love for each other. So this is one of my favorite things of the year."

Joseph Scutts is a financial advisor who splits his time between New York and Israel. He also advocates for the Jewish nation in a number of publications and organizations. 

Scutts told CBN News, "With all of the antisemitism that we have to fight and all the hatred and attacks that are happening to both the Jewish and the Christian community, I think that this is something that is a – as we say in Hebrew, a 'dougma,' an example – of what we should live by, saying that we can live in peace and that we can have nations come to the greatest democracy in the Middle East and the greatest outpost of democracy in the world, Israel."

Magnus Jacobsson is the first Swedish parliamentarian to advocate for moving the Swedish embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said of the march, "For me as a Christian and also for me as a politician, I think this is amazing. It's a part of the prophecy, but it's also a way of showing that Israel is not alone in the struggling."

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As a freelance reporter for CBN's Jerusalem bureau and during 27 years as senior correspondent in CBN's Washington bureau, Paul Strand has covered a variety of political and social issues, with an emphasis on defense, justice, government, and God’s providential involvement in our world. Strand began his tenure at CBN News in 1985 as an evening assignment editor in Washington, D.C. After a year, he worked with CBN Radio News for three years, returning to the television newsroom to accept a position as a senior editor in 1990. Strand moved back to the nation's capital in 1995 and then to