When wildfires threatened Israel recently, The Fellowship and our faithful friends were there to offer aid and love to those in harm's way and those who lost everything. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Tuly Weisz voices Israel's gratitude for her caring Christian friends:
One of the terrible tragedies of the Carmel forest fire in 2010 was that the Interior Ministry rejected a number of essential fire trucks prior to the crisis, since they were donated by Evangelical Christians. As a result of the country’s lack of preparedness, 44 people died and over 5,000 hectares of precious land was burned in the worst natural disaster in Israel’s history. Instead of thanking our Christian friends, our utter lack of hakarat hatov or gratitude, perhaps contributed to the unnecessary loss of life.
Undeterred, Christian Zionists once again leaped forward with an outpouring of love and support in response to the recent wave of forest fires and arson attacks that ravaged Israel last week...
The best-known leader of Christian Zionist fund-raising efforts is Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
It was his International Fellowship of Christians and Jews that offered the fire trucks in 2010, which MK Eli Yishai (Shas) rejected since he refused to take a photograph with Eckstein. Nonetheless, in response to the recent fires, the IFCJ told me, “Rabbi Eckstein has approved funding of more than one-quarter million dollars to help repair the damage caused by huge wildfires that swept through northern Israel late last week...”
Thankfully, over the past several years Israel has learned valuable lessons from the Carmel Forest fire. The country upgraded its fire-fighting capabilities so that even though hundreds of separate fires were raging throughout the country at the same time, not one Israeli lost their life.
Hopefully, we can also learn another lesson, that it is time for all of us to say thank you to our Christian friends. We have hundreds of thousands of reasons to appreciate what Christian Zionists have done for Israel in this past week alone.