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Friday, August 22, 2003

A Letter from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

President and Founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
August, 21, 2003

Dear Friends,

I write in the wake of terrible destruction in our beloved State of Israel. Twenty Jewish lives were lost and ever so many more people were cruelly injured yesterday as yet another suicide bomber destroyed innocent lives in a sick attempt to eliminate any prospect of peace for the Middle East.

And even in the midst of this horror, Israel has few friends in this world outside our own United States. Because you are among the wonderful Christians who truly love and support Israel and the Jewish people, I am privileged to tell you about my new mission on behalf of the Holy Land.

Working with Keren Hayesod, an arm of the Israeli government, I have accepted the position of liaison to all pro-Israel Christian communities outside the United States. During the past year, I have made trips to Holland and Germany, meeting with wonderful pastors and welcoming Christian communities. We talked and we shared, exploring ways to spread the word about Israel’s plight as the lone democracy in a terror-ridden Middle East. We spoke about tourism, advocacy and, of course, about financial support for this small nation with so many terror-inflicted burdens.

This week I returned from a similar trip to Latin America, home to a burgeoning population of evangelical Christians who love Israel. I traveled to Chile, Panama and Peru, meeting people with Biblical ties to the Holy Land and a strong willingness to learn what is happening there today. Their love and devotion infused me with warmth and hope for the future.

It is my prayer that righteous supporters of Israel, with the help of the Almighty, will succeed in bringing peace and security to Israel and the Jewish people, as we are promised in Isaiah 32:18: “For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”

Shalom,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
President and Founder
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

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