The Christian Media Summit is an annual event organized by the Israel Government Press Office. The summit brings together 150 top-tier Christian news executives and public opinion leaders from around the world, including founders and CEOs of world-renowned Christian media outlets, for dialogue on key topics relevant to Israel and the Christian world.

The goal of the summit is to foster better understanding and strengthen the friendship between Christians around the world and the State of Israel.

The purpose of this joint gathering is to yield cooperation with the Christian community and strengthen the alliance between Christians and the State of Israel. The government of Israel views the Christian media as a vital and professional channel of information to Christian viewers, readers and internet users across the globe.

The summit features an in-depth encounter with Israel's political, civic, cultural and religious leadership.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel

Nitzan Chen

Director, Israel Government Press Office

Moshe Lion

Mayor of Jerusalem

Netanel Isaac

Director General of the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage

Dr. Juergen Buehler

President of the ICEJ

Rabbi David Rosen

American Jewish Committee's International Director of Interreligious Affairs and former Chief Rabbi of Ireland

Bishop Robert Stearns

Founder and Executive Director, Eagles Wings Ministry

Jonathan Medved

CEO at OurCrowd

Lt. Col. Richard Hecht

IDF International Spokesperson

MK Sharren Haskel

MK Merav Ben Ari

Yesh Atid

Yisrael Campbell

Dr. Meir Javedanfar

Iranian - Israeli lecturer, author, and commentator

Dina Rovner

Legal Advisor for UN Watch

Natasha Kirchuk

I24 Anchor

Calev Ben David

I24 The Rundown Anchor

Gil Hoffman

Executive director of HonestReporting and lecturer on political strategy

Brigadier General (res.) Amir Avivi

Founder and CEO of IDSF

ABBA cover band

Dr. Ruth Pauline Plummer

President and CEO of Covenant Daughters Television Network

Hananya Naftali

Israeli Jewish influencer and human rights activist

Joanna Landau

Founder & CEO Vibe Israel

Itamar Marcus

Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch

Chris Mitchell

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief

Maayan Hoffman

Strategic Marketing Manager, Senior Analyst, The Jerusalem Post

Aviv Ezra

Deputy Head of MASHAV, Israel's agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dov Maisel

Co-founder Director of Operations at United Hatzalah of Israel

Br. General Bentzi Gruber

Vice Commander (Res.) armored division IDF

Gadi Yarkoni

Head of the Eshkol Regional Council

Brian Schrauger

Journalist

Mike Evans II

President, Friends of Zion Museum

Josh Reinstein

Director, Knesset Christian Allies Caucus

Yael Eckstein

President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jew

Alon Zingman

Shtisel TV series director

Ofir Dayan

Activist and Media personality

Talya Lankri

Chief of staff for the establishment of the National Guard and former Head of the Home Front Division in the National Security Council

Sunday, 11 December 2022

14:00 - 17:00
Check in and Registration
Location: Dan Jerusalem Hotel
17:00
Gala Opening Event

Cocktail and Reception

18:30

- Nitzan Chen, Director, Israel Government Press Office
- Director General, Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage
- Dr. Juergen Buehler, President of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
Jews and Christians: Revealing the Interfaith Relationship
Live discussion:
-Bishop Robert Stearns, founder and executive director, Eagle Wings Ministry
-Rabbi David Rosen, AJC’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs
- "It’s Not In Heaven.” The comedy of Yisrael Campbell
-The Disco is Back! A tribute show to one of the most successful bands of all times! A nostalgic and unforgettable performance by ABBA Cover Band
#CMS2022 What should you expect?

19:30
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remarks
20:30
#CMS2022: what should you expect?

Monday, 12 December 2022

09:00 - 09:05
Morning remarks by Nitzan Chen, Government Press Office Director
Location: Shamaim Hall, Dan Jerusalem Hotel
09:05 - 09:30
Israeli Society Between "Shtisel and Fauda”

What should Israel look like as it reaches its first 100 years? How will our strong and vibrant Jewish state give expression to the Jewish ideas that have guided and sustained it for generations?

09:30 - 10:15
"Iran, Iran, Iran": Nuclear deal, protests and its regional effects on Israel

Panel

10:15 - 10:45
Innovation Nation: The latest
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45
From Ukraine to a Hurricane: A Light to the Nations

Panel:
Israel has a long-standing tradition of extending aid to alleviate hunger, disease and poverty, as well as in the wake of natural disasters and wars beyond its borders. Discuss the reasons for it, behind the scenes of such mission and the roots as to why Israel extends its help.

11:45 - 12:30
Hasbara, marketing or public diplomacy: what needs to be explained? The UN vote as a case study

Panel With the developing of new social media platforms and with innumerable information storming above our heads, new digital strategies are becoming increasingly important to fight back against misinformation in the public sphere. One-sided and counterproductive resolutions seem to generate much airtime with enthusiastic anti-Israel promoters. What tactics can be used to produce the right information to the right people? Is this a never-ending battle?

12:30 - 13:15
Security Briefing

Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, IDF Spokesperson for the Foreign media

13:15 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 15:15
5th Time a charm? Understanding Israeli Politics, parties and politicians

Lecture

15:15 - 16:00
Framing Israel, Framing Jews: media coverage of Israel and Anti-Semitism

Panel

16:00 - 17:30
Israel 2050 Mission and Vision: a full dimensional lookup

• Michael Evans: The Humanitarian perspective
• Dr. Ruth Pauline Plummer: The Christian Women Perspective
• Felicia Ferreire, The Media Perspective
• Jeremy Weber, The Global Perspective


19:00 - 21:00
Celebratory Dinner with Mr. Moshe Lion, Mayor of Jerusalem

Luciana Restaurant, Mamila

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

08:00
Depart the hotel and Travel Down south: Get a close look at an Israeli army base and the life on the border

Depart the hotel and travel to the Tzhelim IDF base.

Fifty Days of Life & Death Decisions in 3 Second Windows: Visit the Tze'elim IDF base for a detailed briefing and discussion on the ethical challenges of combat in Gaza from Brigadier General Bentzi Gruber the Vice Commander of Israel’s armored division. Tour the mini-Gaza city including the Hamas tunnels where Israeli soldiers train how to fight in Gaza and Arab cities.

Lunch with the IDF soldiers.

Travel to the South of Israel, which has endured years of bombardment by Palestinian rockets from Gaza.

Vulnerability and Resilience: Israeli Civilian Life on the Gaza Border

Visit Nirim, located only a few dozen meters from the Gaza perimeter
fence, where a huge amount of rockets fell throughout the many Operations. Tour the Kibutz and overlook Gaza from where many of the rockets were fired.

Dinner at the Eshkol Regional Community Center with residents. With Gadi Yarkoni, Head of Eshkol Regional Council who lost his legs from rockets bombarded from Gaza during operation Protective Edge
Hear about their personal experiences living and protecting their homes:
Adele Reamer, A Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip
Ilan Isaacson, Security Officer for Eshkol Regional Council
Merav Vidal, served as head of Eshkol Regional Council resilience
Michal Uziyahu, Head of community Centers in Eshkol Regional Council

Wednesday, 14 December 2022

09:30 - 12:00
City of David Tour pilgrimage road

Guided visit through the City of David, exploring Biblical traditions of political morality and the contemporary issues that arise when archeology, the Bible, and conflicting national claims come together Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims and rebels from the Second Temple Period through the newly opened underground passage that connects the City of David to the Southern Wall Excavations and the Davidson Center.

12:30 - 13:30
Visit the Knesset

The Knesset – the Israeli house of representatives – is the legislative authority and the sole governmental body with the power of legislation. It also has a constituent role in the creation of a constitution for the State of Israel. The Knesset also supervises the work of the government (the executive branch) and carries out several quasi-judicial roles. As an electorate body, the Knesset elects the President of the State and the State Comptroller. The Knesset has 120 members and is located in Jerusalem.

13:30 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 16:00
Interactive Dialogue and conversation with Members of the Knesset
Location: Jerusalem Committee hall

Introductions: Josh Reinstein Director, Knesset Christian Allies Caucus

16:30 - 17:30
Closing Forum
Location: Dan Jerusalem Hotel

By and for summit participants