Johannesburg - The Embassy of Israel, in partnership with South African Friends of Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Thursday that a delegation of prominent Christian and communal leaders in South Africa had visited Israel.
"The tour consisted of five days of intense biblical tours, cultural experiences, holy sites and meetings with Akiva Tor, Head of Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the embassy said in a statement.
According to the statement, the delegation consisted of some of South Africa's leading Christian figures, including His Majesty King Mthimkhulu III, Bishop Phakama Shembe, Bishop Mutula, Prince Skekhune, Barry Isaacs, Pastor Ratau, Kgosi Pilane and Inkosi Mahlangu.
The embassy described Israel as a multi-faceted society with ancient roots for many ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds.
"Christians regard Israel as their biblical Holy Land and is one of the only Middle Eastern countries where the Christian population is not diminishing."