Netanyahu thanks Christians for supporting Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked thousands of Christians meeting in Washington for supporting the Jewish state.

In a live satellite broadcast to Christians United for Israel, Netanyahu said he's an avid reader of the Bible, and that he and his son read their weekly Torah portion together every Saturday.

Israel's prime minister said rabbis and their students also hold Bible classes in his official residence.

Netanyahu said that in addition to containing lessons for people everywhere, the Bible tells the story of the Jewish people — a story he insisted "is not over."

Christians at the conference were urged to help the Jewish state survive amid turmoil in Egypt, civil war in Syria and Iran's nuclear threat.

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