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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein says David Friedman will ‘play a vital role in strengthening the US-Israel bond’

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), which represents tens of millions of Christians across the U.S. and around the world in support of Israel, issued the following statement tonight on the naming of David Friedman, a close advisor to President-elect Donald Trump and a bankruptcy attorney, as the nominee to be the new Ambassador of the United States to Israel.

“On behalf of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, I wish David Friedman our warmest congratulations and am confident he will play a vital role in strengthening the timeless U.S.-Israel bond,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of The Fellowship.

“David is truly a great American and a loyal ally of Israel, and we look forward to working with him to enhance joint U.S. and Israeli interests while seeking to promote peace and stability for the people of Israel and all of her neighbors.”

About The Fellowship:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.3 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit

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