Bob in Israel

Bob in Israel

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This post will be a running commentary about my trip to Israel to demonstrate our solidarity with Israel.  You can also follow me on Twitter @bobvanderplaats, or follow Rick Santorum’s Prayer Team page on Facebook.

August 20 —

August 19 —
I may be on Simon Conway tonight at 4:30 pm, WHO Radio, 1040 AM, depending on several factors relating to the escalating situation here in Israel.
Please pray for this solidarity mission, as Israel just cut off all negotiations with Egypt earlier today.

Four rockets went right over where some of these pictures were taken into Israel. We are now in Jerusalem, safer there.

August 18 —

I just landed in Israel a few hours ago with former U.S. Senator and former Republican presidential candidate, and now Chairman of Patriot Voices, Rick Santorum, for a 3-day mission with prominent conservative and business leaders.
The trip will focus on three goals:
• To pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all who live in the Middle East.
• To show solidarity with the State of Israel — with her courageous people and leaders — who are engaged in a fight for their lives and their freedom against the twin evils of radical Islam and repugnant anti-Semitism.
• To reaffirm the moral and strategic imperative of maintaining a strong, close, enduring U.S.-Israeli alliance.

This photo was tweeted by Rev. Cary Gordon this morning:

“Just landed. We’re on our chartered bus to Jerusalem where we will go to pray with a Rabbi, and intercede at the Wailing Wall. Then we will visit the church of the Holy Sepulchre before checking into our hotel.”

The trip will be mainly in Jerusalem, including a visit to an Iron Dome facility. The delegation will make visits to the Mount of Olives, the City of David, the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery and other sites.

While in Israel, we will meet with religious leaders, Israeli government and military leaders, Israeli soldiers, local residents directly affected by the violence, and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer.

The delegation includes:
•Douglas M. Bankson, Pastor (Florida)
•Dr. Mark T. Barclay, Pastor (Michigan)
•Former Congressman Gresham Barrett (South Carolina)
•Simon Conway, WHO radio host (Iowa)
•Foster Friess, businessman (Wyoming)
•Pastor Cary Gordon, Cornerstone World Outreach (Iowa)
•Quin Hillyer, nationwide columnist and writer (Alabama)
•Greg Rothman, businessman (Pennsylvania)
•Bob Vander Plaats, President of The Family Leader (Iowa)
•Joel C. Rosenberg, author, who joined us upon arrival in Israel.

I am thrilled and honored to be representing you, to show our solidarity with the people of Israel. My goal is to tell Israel’s leaders and citizens that we support them, no matter what mixed messages may be coming from Washington.