Christian supporters of Israel marched in Jerusalem to celebrate 40 years since the city’s unification.
An estimated 6,000 to 7,000 Christians from more than 90 countries staged the annual Feast of the Tabernacles parade in the Israeli capital Tuesday.
They were joined by thousands of Israelis who flocked to Jerusalem as part of additional celebrations of the Old City’s liberation in the1967 Middle East war.
The annual Tabernacles gathering sponsored by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem is among Israel’s biggest tourist events, bringing as much as $18 million to the local economy. Israeli politicians further note its importance in fostering goodwill among the country’s non-Jewish backers abroad.