At Historic Knesset Speech, Pence Offers ‘realistic Vision’ for Peace

The Fellowship  |  January 22, 2018

Yael Eckstein, the executive vice president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), which was founded 35 years ago to build bridges between Jews and evangelical Christians and unite the two communities in support of Israel, was among the invited guests at the Knesset today to hear Vice President Mike Pence’s historic speech to Israel’s parliament. In response to the vice president’s stirring remarks, Eckstein issued the following statement:

“With a realistic vision of the strength required for peace, the vice president affirmed what makes the State of Israel unique in the world and showed a sure path to hope in an unsteady time,” said Eckstein. “He demonstrated the timeless bond that unites Israel and the United States and transcends the politics of the moment.”

Of the friendship between Christians and Jews, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship, added: “It was unthinkable 35 years ago, when I founded The Fellowship, that after so many centuries of mistrust and animosity, adherents of these two great Abrahamic faiths could become such true and faithful friends. Today, I cannot imagine what the state of Israel would do without the support of its Christian friends around the world.

“Chief among those Christian friends is Vice President Mike Pence, but joining him are countless millions of Christians, pastors, and leaders of organizations who’ve made the security and prosperity of Israel their priority. Some of them even consider Israel their second home.”

Principally supported by evangelical Christians around the world, The Fellowship provides lifesaving aid to Holocaust survivors, needy Jews in Israel and the former Soviet Union, and impoverished Arab Christians, and has tirelessly advocated for those who face anti-Semitism or persecution for their faith.

The Fellowship has been active in aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel) for 25 years, partnering with other organizations initially, including the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh which The Fellowship helped found, and has brought and cared for nearly 750,000 new olim (immigrants). Since starting its own global aliyah program in late 2014, The Fellowship has brought nearly 12,000 new immigrants to Israel from 26 countries, many of whom are facing an alarming rise in anti-Semitism.


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. Founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $120 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.8 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto and Seoul. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.

Yael Eckstein is the President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. In this role, Eckstein oversees all ministry programs and serves as the organization’s international spokesperson. She can be heard on The Fellowship’s daily radio program airing on 1,500 stations worldwide. Before her present duties, Yael served as global executive vice president, senior vice president, and director of program development and ministry outreach. Based in Jerusalem, Yael is a published writer, leading international advocate for persecuted religious minorities, and a respected social services professional. As President and CEO of The Fellowship, she also holds the rare distinction of being a woman leading one of America’s largest religious not-for-profit organizations.

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