(JNS.org) Pat Boone, an American entertainer and evangelical Christian, is visiting Israel with a delegation led by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
As part of his visit, Boone attended a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem on Wednesday, where he presented the managing director of the museum’s International Relations Division a Christmas card with the lyrics to “This Land Is Mine.”
Boone, who was a hugely successful singer in the 1950s, wrote the lyrics to the song, a melody originally featured in the soundtrack of the 1960 film “Exodus” with Paul Newman. The film was based on a novel by U.S. author Leon Uris about the founding of the state of Israel.
The 78-year-old has also recently revealed plans to sell land in the Galilee to American Christian Zionists, and he told the Jerusalem Post that, although he was raised Christian, he has developed a connection with the Jewish people.
“I think that this is a sure way for Christians by the millions, evangelicals, who do believe God’s promises—that God has brought the people of Israel back, never to be removed again—to make a commitment. That’s what we’re doing and are urging others to do,” he said.