Israel's biggest enemy is passive support, says Christian leader

Israel's biggest enemy is not their known opponents but the passive support among many Christians who are afraid to voice out what is in their hearts, a European Christian leader has warned.

(REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun)An Israeli soldier stands guard under an Israeli national flag during a tour made by Israeli parliament members in the Jordan Valley near the Jewish settlement of Maale Efrayim. January 2, 2014.

Over the weekend, the European Coalition for Israel held its second National Conference in London with the theme "Britain, Europe and Israel --- after Brexit." During the gathering, ECI Brussels Representative Ruth Isaac spoke about the biggest challenge for Israel, which did not concern gathering support but voicing out that support, The Jerusalem Post detailed.

"It is not our enemies that we need to worry about but rather the passivity and fear among many Christians who support Israel in their hearts but do not dare to express this support publicly," said Isaac.

In light of the United Kingdom's foreign policy which has leaned toward the stance of the European Union, Isaac said Christians who support Israel must not assume that the British government will also do the same forever. She said this support has to be renewed every now and then.

ECI founding director Tomas Sandell highlighted the importance of knowing Israel's history and legal foundations in order to gather more support for the Jewish state. He also acknowledged that there could be conflicting historical narratives as the Jewish state turns 70 this year.

Despite these perceived challenges, British pastor Alistair Scott expressed optimism in European Christians' "rock solid" support for Israel. He said the commitment to stand with the Jewish state will remain the same even though the U.K. is now poised for a Brexit.

Meanwhile, U.K. Labour Party chief and the British Parliament's Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn has expressed his worry over Israel's ban on members of groups that support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. His comments came after the Jewish state released its "BDS blacklist" of 20 anti-Israel organizations that cannot gain entry into the country, Arutz Sheva reported.

Code Pink and the Jewish Voice for Peace were among the far-left American organizations included in Israel's BDS blacklist.