Urgent Call to Prayer as ‘Iran Aims to Wipe Israel Off the Map’

The Fellowship  |  January 10, 2020

JERUSALEM — As war drums beat across the Middle East, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is calling for Christians around the world to urgently pray for the security of the Jewish people and their American friends. Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, stated yesterday that he does not see “any difference between America and Israel in this conflict” referring to the killing by the United States Armed Forces of Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was the chief exporter of the Iranian revolution through Iran’s International Revolutionary Guards Corps/Quds Force. Quds is the Arabic name for “Jerusalem;” the purpose of the organization led by Soleimani was to destroy the state of Israel, removing every Jew from Jerusalem.

Mrs. Yael Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, issues the following statement: “Iran has made it clear again and again that their goal is to wipe Israel off the map. In Israel, we know something about Iranian rockets and missiles. Their rockets come from Gaza into southern Israel on a regular basis, and their missiles are pointed toward Israel most days, but yesterday over 15 Iranian ballistic missiles were shot toward U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The Iranians also stated that if the United States retaliated, then they would shoot missiles toward Tel Aviv and Haifa as well as the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Thank God the United States government has killed the foremost terrorist from the world’s leading sponsor of terror, and thank God no U.S. casualties were reported in the Iranian air strikes, but this remains an emergency situation that could lead to a regional war with Israel in its bullseye. I’m calling upon Christians and Jews everywhere to unite together in prayer for peace, and—if there is war—to pray for a swift and decisive victory.”

Due to the generous contributions of Christian friends of Israel, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will be prepared to provide emergency services in the event of a regional, military escalation. The ministry has already deployed thousands of mobile bomb shelters and has a network of volunteers stretching throughout the state of Israel.

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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