For the first time in Israel, a Judeo-Christian party is planning a run to the Knesset come next elections, having been approved by the party registrar as the “Biblical Bloc,” Ma’ariv reported Wednesday. The party was established by Dennis Avi Lipkin, a Flushing, NY-born graduate of Beit Hamidrash Lelimudei Hayadut Conservative seminary, who today lives in the settlement of Kedar in Gush Etzion and lectures in evangelical communities across the United States. (See: There’s No Such Thing as Judeo-Christian Values).
Lipkin’s website claims he has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows worldwide, including FOX & Friends.
Lipkin is married to Rachel, “an Egyptian born Jewess who made Aliyah to Israel in 1969 and worked for Israel’s Radio service in Arabic for the last 30 years monitoring Arabic language broadcasts on radio and TV as well as newspapers.” According to Lipkin’s website, Rachel is now retired, “even though she monitors the Arabic programs privately.”
Lipkin and Rachel have two sons, Aaron and Jacob, as well as nine grandchildren.
The Biblical Bloc founding document reads:
“The Biblical bloc protects everyone who believes in the Bible and opposes the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians from the Land of Israel. The Biblical bloc represents parties all over the world who espouse Judeo-Christian, democratic Western culture.”
The new party says it will work to strengthen Israel by formulating a program to improve public relations around the world, recruiting Jewish and Christian speakers and training them to improve Israel’s image in the world, and protect Western democracy.
According to Lipkin, his target audience includes hundreds of thousands of Christian or a-religious individuals who immigrated to Israel from Russia, as well as Christian Arabs. He expects to receive three or four Knesset seats.
“Our list will consist of Jews and Christians in equal numbers,” explained Lipkin. “My number two will be a Christian from Isfiya (a Druze village in northern Israel). I can be defined as an evangelical Zionist Jew.”
Avi has written seven books, including “Is Fanatic Islam a Global Threat?” “Christian Revival for Israel’s Survival,” “Islamic Threat Updates Almanac #1,” “Israel’s Bible Bloc,” “Islam Prophesied In Genesis,” “Return to Mecca,” and “Islamic Rivalry.”