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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein Congratulates the House of Representatives for Passing Bills Sanctioning Iran and Its Terrorist Proxy Hezbollah

"For nearly four decades, Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah have maintained one sworn ambition: destroying Israel. To think that, if left alone, they would be deterred or even delayed from this obsession is the height of folly."

JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), issues the following statement commending the House of Representatives for the passage of two critical bills:

  • H.R. 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act.
  • H.R. 3329, the Hizballah (or “Hezbollah”) International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017.

“For nearly four decades, Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah have maintained one sworn ambition: destroying Israel. To think that, if left alone, they would be deterred or even delayed from this obsession is the height of folly. Even in the face of international sanctions and explicit warnings, Iran continues to test and expand its ballistic missile arsenal, which the regime has already proven can reach Israeli soil. For its part, Hezbollah has executed the Iranian regime’s campaign of terror on the ground, murdering Israeli citizens, and even using sleeper cells to export anti-Semitism and terror throughout the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. And in fighting alongside Syria’s Assad regime, Hezbollah aims to establish a wider front surrounding the Jewish state.

“I applaud Reps. Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, Kevin McCarthy and Steny Hoyer for proactively setting hedges against Iran and Hezbollah — evil, indeed, doesn't sleep. Without question, fighting terrorism and anti-Semitism should always be a bipartisan issue.”

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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 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 $1.4 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul.

For further details, contact: Chip Brown, IFCJ, Chicago: (312) 641-8522; [email protected]

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