Outreach Group Urges Prayer for Israel

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One group rushing emergency aid to the people of Israel is the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

They've also recently launched a campaign explaining why Israel is waging war in Gaza and suggesting ways Christians can help.

Just prior to the current Gaza conflict, IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visited Sderot, Israel. He experienced just a small taste of what many Israelis have suffered for eight years.

"That is a missile coming in," Eckstein said. "You don't know where it is going to land. The siren goes off which roughly gives you fifteen seconds."

A rocket launched from Gaza by Hamas terrorists hit just yards from Eckstein and his team. It was a close call for them, but other Israelis have been less fortunate.

"For eight years, families, children elderly people, everyone going to work, to the supermarket, going to school, sending your children on a bus and fearing that siren," he said. "The time has come when Israel is bringing this to a halt."

Eckstein says Israelis are counting on America and Christian friends to stand with them at this time--a time when condemnation and international pressure against Israel is intense.

"I believe in the power of prayer, so the first thing I would urge you to do is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem," he said. "Pray for the brave, young Israeli soldiers

who are out their and fighting, risking their lives today. Pray that there will be little civilian casualties on both sides."

The IFCJ is asking people to help support efforts to provide shelters, trauma centers and provisions needed by Israelis directly in harms way.

Eckstein is confident Israel will get through the current crisis, but only with help from God and caring Christians and Jews.

"We trust in the God, the Guardian of Israel and we trust and rely on those people--Jews and Xhristians alike who join us and stand in solidarity with us to protect and to guard the people of Israel," he said.

Jewish and evangelical leaders in New York collaborated this week to deliver a spent qassam rocket to the United Nations.

The rocket was fired at the town of Sderot in the fall.

The religious leaders took the rocket to the main gate of the U.N. where they read a letter to a representative of the general assembly.

They claim U.N. criticism of Israel is unfair, because it has not raised its voice to protest Hamas rocket attacks over the past eight years.

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