Shift in Policy: Israel Halts Visa Issuance to Evangelical Preachers

Huge shift in policy as Israel Halts Visa Issuance. Media reports from Israel say the government has stopped issuing visas to evangelical Christian preachers.

Although nothing has been confirmed by the government, journalists in Israel claim evangelical Christian organizations are no longer able to obtain visas for staff working in the country, even those that are pro-Israel.

Vice president and senior spokesperson of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), David Parsons, told newsmen, “We are slowly being squeezed out of existence by the interior ministry.

“We cannot continue our vital work to build global Christian support for Israel under these strict new rules.”

According to the group, a crackdown on work visas first occurred in the Covid pandemic, and Evangelicals have struggled to obtain one ever since.

The ICEJ had, until the new government came to power, “routinely” been given work visas for clergy, but has since been told that their organization does not count as a “religious institution” in a letter from the interior minister.

YOU NEED TO READ THIS NOW  Dr. D.K. Olukoya Challenges Pastors on their Forecasts for the General Election Results 2023

The government is believed to be largely distrustful of Christians over fears of proselytizing to the Jewish community. In 2020, authorities took a Christian TV station off air.

However, ICEJ warns that the “squeezing out” of Christians is affecting church-based charity work, including working with survivors of the Holocaust.

The group’s attorney is threatening to bring the case to court.