06 Feb Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili Honored At Friends Of Zion Heritage Center
In a special opening event for the 5th World Holocaust Forum and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, Georgian President Zourabichvili was honored with the ‘Friends of Zion’ Award on behalf of the Georgian people’s fight against Antisemitism and for calling for the establishment of a cultural center in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
Upon accepting FOZHC’s highest honor that is given to world leaders who have gone ‘above and beyond’ for the State of Israel and the Jewish people, President Zourabichvili said “I am very proud to represent Georgia in these ceremonies of remembrance and resistance that are being held for the 75 Anniversary of the Holocaust. It is a privilege to be here in this beautiful city of Jerusalem… It is an honor to be received here and to receive the Friends of Zion Award… It is an honor that is linked to late President Shimon Peres, who will forever be remembered for his service to the cause of peace.”
Since diplomatic relations have been established between Georgia and Israel in 1992, the two countries have been developing stronger ties. Over the years, there have been multiple jointly signed bilateral agreements in relation to strategy, security, tourism, and economic ties. The country of Georgia has tens-of-thousands of tourists traveling between the two countries, as well as a thriving Jewish community living in Israel. These developments have set Georgia to become the 8th country to have a mission to Israel in Jerusalem with the announced plans to open a cultural center.
Dr. Mike Evans, Founder and Chairman of FOZHC, flew in specially for the Georgian presidential welcoming ceremony with “We are here for a wonderful president and a wonderful country who has been a friend of the Jewish people when no one else was friends… This is a very important week and this is a very important president.”
The event was attended by over 100 esteemed guests, which included Aryeh Lightstone, Senior Advisor to US Ambassador Frieman, Honorary Georgian Consul Mr. Meni Benish, Honary Georgian Consul Mr. Yigal Amedi, and Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev.
Minister Regev, who also awarded President Zourabishvili with the ‘Jerusalem of Gold’ Award at the ceremony, stated “Anti-Semitism has not disappeared and the new anti-Semitism of the BDS movement must be acknowledged” and called for continued growing relations between Georgia and Israel.
FOZHC is a $100 million project that was founded by Dr. Mike Evans, who is also a founding member of the Trump Evangelical Faith Initiative. FOZHC has recently inaugurated its 21st-century communication center by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador to Israel Friedman, and Dr. Evans in a gala event. This communication center has been named to be one of the official press hubs and communication centers for the State of Israel’s hosting of the 5th World Holocaust Forum and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of German Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz.
In addition, FOZHC is building an educational center, a think tank, and an online institute. This think tank, in cooperation with other Christian think tanks from around the world, will in joint effort build a road map for decision-makers and enlighten the epicenters of politics, economy and the media for hundreds of millions. The online institute partnered with “Blackboard” – the world’s largest educational platform that is worth $2.3 billion – will prepare millions to fight antisemitism and inspire them to defend the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
The Friends of Zion Heritage Center has become one of the central institutions in the State of Israel, influencing the world and strengthening Israel’s relations globally while fortifying the pillars of the State of Israel.
Dr. Mike Evans is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author with 100 published books. He is the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem, of which the late Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president, was chairman. He also serves as a founding member of the Trump Evangelical Faith Initiative and has 70 million global followers and supporters.