STANDING FOR A JEWISH STATE AT THE INTERNATIONAL LATINO ISRAEL SUMMIT
It is not difficult to understand why so many people are unsure about the truth behind the P5+1’s nuclear deal with Iran. The varied opinions in the news and on the myriad social media sites reveal just how embroiled both sides of the debate are in their opinions; deciphering the varied arguments is a daunting task in itself.
There could not be a better time for a direct exposition of the facts concerning an unstable Middle East than at the upcoming International Latino Israel Summit taking place Aug. 30 and 31 in South Florida. The Philos Project sat down with Pastor Mario Bramnick, the president of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, to discuss the event.
The HILC – the new international Hispanic evangelical pro-Israel organization under the NHCLC, which is the largest evangelical pro-Israel group – will host the upcoming event in conjunction with AIPAC and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. While the upcoming summit had originally been planned for March, the timing of the Israeli elections would have kept many Israeli government officials from attending.
“It was definitely God’s timing, seeing that we have the summit a week and a half before Congress votes on the Iranian deal, which is by far the worst foreign policy that I know of that the United States has ever embarked on,” Bramnick said. “We have the opportunity … for a veto-proof vote in Congress to overturn the P5+1 agreement, which basically is giving Iran a free pass toward nuclear capabilities. There are actual side agreements where the United States will possibly come in protection of Iranian’s nuclear capability against Israel, America’s greatest ally.”
The pastor said that this summit’s expected attendees include many in the Hispanic evangelical community, the non-evangelical community, the Jewish community, the Israeli Community and the Haitian community. “Together, we can stand in solidarity in support of America’s greatest ally, the nation of Israel,” he said.
The event’s keynote speaker, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, will address the current situation in Israel, including the country’s security risks and the hazards associated with the Iranian deal. Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul will present Dermer with a special award to acknowledge Israel’s humanitarian efforts during the Haitian earthquake crisis five years ago.
Several members of Congress – including Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida’s 27th district and Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida’s 20th district – have confirmed their attendance at the International Latino Israel Summit. Malcolm Hoenlein, the vice-chairman of the Conference of Jewish Presidents and a key Jewish leader, will travel from New York City to sit in on the summit, which will also be attended by the speaker of the Florida Senate.
The summit will feature an address from Pastor Alberto Delgado and a speech from Bramnick himself. Included in the events are sessions geared toward young adults, who will be challenged with topics such as activating the next evangelical Latino generation, and educating non-Latino youth and young adults in the pro-Israel movement.
“One thing that’s very important to us is bridging the evangelical Latino community and Israel,” Bramnick said. “God, I believe, is awakening the Hispanic evangelical community here and also in Central and South America, and we are being positioned very strategically to help in that awakening. It is important as believers to seek God. We need a revival – a third-grade awakening here in America – but I believe that the third-grade awakening is going to come through our alignment to bless Israel. As much as we want God to move and he wants to move in our nation as we repent, turn from our wicked ways, and seek his face, we need to align with God and God’s plan for Israel and the Jewish people.”
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3
While part of the goal of the upcoming summit is to support Israel, the event will also serve to build a team to help secure both Israel and America. “Our main vision as Hispanic evangelicals is to build a firewall of protection for Israel and the Jewish people against this rise of anti-Semitism and to combat the deligitimization of the nation of Israel,” the pastor told The Philos Project. “We believe that God is strategically raising us up as the army of God for this position.”
Those at the event will also be discussing Florida’s advancement of an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions bill, which has already been adopted by the state of South Carolina. If passed, this legislation would keep the state of Florida from investing its pension funds in companies that boycott Israel, while ensuring that taxpayer money does not go toward supporting companies that unite with any movement seeking to destroy the Jewish State.
More about this bill and other imperative information in support of Israel will be given to all those attending the free International Latino Israel Summit, which will take place from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, and from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31. It will be held at the Don Taft Center in Nova Southeastern University.