Despite Turmoil, Christians, Jews 'Honor' Israel

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With all of the turmoil shaking the Arab world, Israel is the nation most sensitive to all the shifts and changes.

While nations and boycott groups try to isolate the Jewish state, another type of gathering took place Sunday to honor Israel.

Egypt's recent revolt could lead to Israel being surrounded by hostile forces, including:

  • Hamas in Gaza and Egypt to the South.
  • Hezbollah and 60,000 missiles in the North.
  • Syria with its chemical weapons to the East.
  • Iran, whose government wants to wipe out the Jewish state.

"We as Jews have never felt more isolated, nor more threatened by the world abroad since perhaps the founding of the State of Israel in 1948," said Lonny Sarfan, president of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Va.

In the middle of the hostility against the Jewish people, Christians United for Israel, the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, is holding a number of gatherings called "A Night to Honor Israel."

The theme is based on Isaiah 62:1, which says, "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent."

Hundreds of people attended one of those events Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va., and voices rang out clearly in support of the Jewish state.

"I'm hoping that Jews and Christians will find their voice and that tonight's event will help that to happen," said Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel in Norfolk, Va.

"For God will save Zion, and rebuild the cities of Judah," said Michael Little, chief operations officer of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"There's so much hatred against the Jews," Dr. Pat Robertson, CBN founder and chairman, said during his address at the event. "And I think if the Christians in this country can stand solidly with Israel, it would make a huge amount of difference."

Gary Bauer, the president of American Values, pointed out that Americans must change the federal government's world view.

"Why do politicians, including diplomats in our own State Department, get more angry at the news that the Israeli government is building apartments for its citizens in its capital, than they do when they find out that the Holocaust denier Ahmadinejad is attempting to build nuclear weapons?" asked Bauer.

"While an event like this one tonight is always a good thing to do, it seems particularly timely tonight when Israel is facing greater challenges and potential dangers in the Middle East," he added. "The day of Christians worshipping the Jewish carpenter, while we ignore the plight of our Jewish neighbors is over!"

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