When we met, Eli Nacht told me almost immediately, "I know, I also asked myself this question. When I became the director of the Israel Empowerment Lobby (IEL), a caucus in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, how could I as a Jew be the bridge between us and the Christians in the whole world?"
This caucus is one of the main ways for the Israeli Knesset to promote better and stronger relationships between the Jews in the state of Israel and the Christians, and Eli Nacht is indeed the person for the job. Immigrating with his parents to Israel from the former USSR at age eight, young Eli grew up in Israel and over the years he became a lawyer and a businessman but the most important feat of his career was becoming a parliament adviser to some of the leading Knesset members (MKs) and government officials in Israel. Soon after Deputy Speaker MK Amar Hamad initiated the establishment of the caucus in 2010, Eli was nominated to be the director. His contacts with high officials, mayors and well known businessmen in Israel gave him the advantage to build a very strong and successful lobby both to the State of Israel and to the Evangelical movement worldwide.
The Evangelicals believe that the Nation of Israel is chosen by God for a purpose and this is the reason why they should support Israel. In 1980 they established the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem as an official recognition of the sovereignty of Israel in Jerusalem, while all the other embassies are located in Tel Aviv.
Many times, Christians coming to support Israel to fund projects or looking for business opportunities have faced some bureaucracy problems. Eli became their go-to person and by using his good contacts and familiarity of the Israeli administration system he has succeeded to solve their problems thereby earning their trust and building his good reputation.
"Some of my friends or newcomers from Russia or the other states of the former USSR think that I'm an oligarch, I'm not. I'm just doing my best for my state, the State of Israel and for the Christian organizations because I really believe that after more than 2,000 years, Judaism and Christianity should find the path to cooperation and leave behind their uneasy past by seeking unity together for a better future."
For this reason, IEL is building direct links between Christian philanthropists and businessmen and Israeli nonprofit organizations or Israeli businessmen and companies who are looking for investors. Whenever any Christian delegation, pastors or other, come to Israel they ask for Eli's help and Eli helps them. When you observe social media networks, you'll find Eli's photos on many events which raises the question if he has any private life. With a supporting wife and two children he concludes: "My family comes first but I'm also dedicated to my mission."