Rep. Fallah Wants Gov’t Strengthen Liberia-Israel Relations
Monrovia – Montserrado County District 5 Representative Thomas Fallah wants the George Weah-led administration to improve Liberia’s relationship with Israel.
Report by Willie N. Tokpah, [email protected]
Rep Fallah said Liberia has lost its close relationship with Israel since the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the decision to vote against Jerusalem becoming the Capital of Israel.
Speaking Sunday on Jamaica Road Community, Fallah said the decision to vote against Israel was not appropriate based on the country’s Christian foundation.
“I don’t know for any reason what reason, be it political, I was not a part of that and Liberia the government of Weah should rethink and find a way to strengthen Liberia’s relationship with Israel,” Representative Fallah said.
He was speaking when the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) inducted him as ICEJ-Ambassador. Receiving the honor, Representative Fallah said is obligated to embarking on series of Christian programs, including the establishment of ICEJ Caucus.
“Serving a title for 13 years as honorable and an ambassador title being conferred on me, I feel that it is alright, because this ambassador title from the church supersedes the political title I am bearing,” Fallah averred
During the administration of ex-President William Richard Tolbert, Liberia severed diplomatic relations with Israel but ties was restored during the administration of Sirleaf.
It was based on this backdrop that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Liberia during Sirleaf administration.
However, since Liberia’s voted against Jerusalem becoming Israel’s capital, the two countries have had a soar relationship, he said. Fallah is afraid that countries that do not want to see Israel are bound to fall in trouble..
“If great nations can succumb to this great nation call Israel, why our nation or others cannot emulate… If we were colonized on the basis of Christian principles, I think our government must rethink and find a way to strengthen Liberia’s relationship with Israel,” he said.
He promised to lobby with his colleagues at the Legislature to engage President Weah in order to re-establish the good relationship that existed between the two countries.
The Montserrado County Lawmaker also emphasized the need to fund delegates from the Christian community to pay annually visit to the Holy Land.
“If other nations can converge in Jerusalem, Mr. President, we need to do it. The Christian faith should be sponsored,” Fallah added, expressing optimism that the government “will do all it can to sponsor Christians who will be attending the Feast of the Tabernacle by 2019”.
Fallah is also calling for students exchange program between the two nations.