Thousands of sympathetic Christians from around the world are visiting the Holy Land this week to show uncompromising support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians.

The International Christian Embassy, a Christian Zionist group based in Jerusalem, has organized the annual gathering of pilgrims during Sukkot (soo-KOHT') -- the Feast of Tabernacles -- since 1980.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was cheered as he addressed the group on Sunday. The group is holding religious seminars, tours and a march in Jerusalem.

Their Zionism is based on the belief that Scripture has foretold the Jews returning to Israel. Some believe that Biblical prophecy also says Jews, after their return, will one day accept Jesus as their Messiah.