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Alone with a child   

The process of leaving your own country and immigrating to Israel can be challenging, daunting and sometimes just plain overwhelming. While there are many hurdles for couples, the enormity of the process can be even more difficult when children are involved. Thinking of all that entails, imagine making that life change as a single mother with a child that has a challenging disability to deal with. Not long ago, CFI had an opportunity to assist a strong and virtuous Ukrainian woman who had met the challenges of making aliyah with her son. The young boy suffers from serious health problems that are a tremendous weight on daily life functions alone, not to mention the difficulty of changing the entire surroundings of the child.

After discussions with the mother, it became obvious that while she was doing well in adjusting to life in Israel, some of the necessary immigrant benefits were taking longer than anticipated. As it was clear that her finances were going to be in jeopardy, CFI Jerusalem stepped in to assist this beautiful family of two. Today, she has a good employment and is progressing in her   Hebrew studies─living in the land of her ancestors. It is such a tremendous honor for us to be able to stand alongside the wonderful people of Israel in their time of desperate needs. We thank for the ongoing support of donors in the US who pray, encourage and share in their generosity as Christians and friends of Israel.

We thank you and bless you. (Based on Stacey Howard’s article in the 1stQ2018 FZS Magazine.)

Golan Heights border area

Refugees and more Syrian refugees                        

At the end of June, Israel raised its alert level on the Golan Heights due to the recent escalation in the fighting in southern Syria between the Assad regime and rebel militias, and the Syrian Army’s increasing proximity to the Israeli border. Israel is not expecting a direct confrontation with the Syrian army but is preparing for the possibility of spillover effects from the regime’s attacks.

The city of Daraa in Syria has come under heavy Syrian and Russian bombing. It is located only 27 miles from Israel’s border. According to the UN and regional reports, about 140,000 Syrian civilians have been displaced following the recent military operations. Estimated 70,000 have clustered along the Syria-Jordanian border and thousands are expected to make their way to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In the recent years, Jordan has accepted about 600,000 refugees mostly from Syria. Despite the current wave of refugees, Jordan has closed their border, announcing that they cannot receive any more Syrians into the country.

In late June and early July, the Israeli military made large transfers of humanitarian aid to the refugees who have gathered near the Israeli border. They come to be as close to Israel as possible. Israel shipped food, baby formula, medicine and medical equipment, tents, clothing, and footwear to the makeshift refugee camps. Israeli authorities in the Golan Heights have launched a campaign encouraging residents to donate toys, candy, and clothes to give displaced refugee children a moment of joy.

While the Israeli military (IDF) is providing aid to the refugees, the IDF will not permit refugees to enter the Israeli territory for security reasons. Israel is monitoring the situation and is ready to increase humanitarian aid distribution as needed.

Over the past few years, Israel has already transferred food, medicine, and clothing to Syrian refugees near the border, and has brought thousands of wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals for treatment. Israel and Syria remain technically at war, and seeking treatment from the enemy is something that could earn them retribution at home. However, in their desperation wounded Syrians─ including opposition fighters make their way to several known locations along the Israeli border. Israeli soldiers on lookout or patrol spot them waiting by the fence and then quickly transport them to a hospital for treatment.

The Ziv Medical Center in Safed serves the northern region of Israel. Patients from Syria are in a special ward guarded by Israeli intelligence agents. The majority are severely injured, bomb-blast victims. For the last four years, doctors have put their hearts and souls into a program that has provided free medical care for over 3,000 wounded Syrians.  After treatment and recovery, patients are transported back to the Syrian border for the return home. (Online resources)

Young children are among the Syrian war victims

Israel’s legal rights and international law          

Israel’s legal rights to the land in the Middle East are enshrined in international law. Why is it that her legitimacy is continually questioned? The United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council have for years passed resolutions, not only condemning Israel for violating the rights of the Palestinians but also, denying the Jewish rights to their capital city of Jerusalem. Dividing Judea and Samaria with the Palestinian Authority and “returning” the Golan Heights to Syria is also in the list of the UN demands. Let’s look at the historical documents leading to Israel’s nationhood:

Balfour Declaration (1917) stated the British support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. It was made in a letter from Arthur James Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, to Lionel Walter Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish community.

San Remo Conference Resolution (1920) confirmed the basic documents upon which the British Mandate of Palestine was constructed to allocate Palestine as a national home to the Jews. The rights of the Jews and the Arabs (in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon) of the area are historically based on the San Remo Resolution.

League of Nations Resolution (1922) uphold the Balfour Declaration, acknowledging the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine, and the grounds for reconstituting their national home in Palestine.

United Nations Partition Plan (1947) approved to separate the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and other Arab. The Jews accepted it, the Arabs rejected it. 

Israel’s Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on 14 May 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, on the day when the British Mandate of Palestine expired and the British forces returned home.

The creation and proclamation of the Jewish State was the fulfillment of the Balfour Declaration and the provisions of the San Remo Resolution. Therefore, from the start, Palestine was legally a Jewish state and allocated to the Jewish people─while protecting also the rights of the non-Jewish population, mainly the Arabs.

Anglo-American Convention on Palestine (1924) was convened for the United States to recognize and sign the Mandate of Palestine treaty, making it a law for both the British and the Americans. Since the United States was neither one of the Principal Allied Powers of WW1 nor a member of the League of Nations, the US was not initially obligated to sign the treaty.

However, “The Arabs of the Land of Israel have ignited a terrorist war against Israel to recover what they consider to be their occupied homeland. Their aim is a fantasy based on a gross myth and lie that can never be satisfied since that would mean the conversion of the Land of Israel into an Arab country. It is up to the government of Israel to take the necessary steps to remedy what has become an intolerable situation that threatens the Jewish people with the loss of their immutable right to their one and only homeland”
─ Howard Grief (1940─2013)

Coins, seals, and scrolls prove the Jewish people’s ancient connection with the Land of Israel.

(Mr. Grief was a Jerusalem-based attorney, born in Canada, who served as the adviser on Israel under international law during Yitzhak Shamir’s government.)

For further studies, order our July book by Jay Sekulow: JerusalemA Biblical and Historical Case for the Jewish Capital” (Published in 2018).

The Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem has a large display of the ancient Jewish manuscripts which were stored in earthenware vessels and buried in the Dead Sea Caves. The scrolls are from the era of 300 B.C. to 100 A.D. The first scrolls were discovered in 1947.

Jerusalem, God’s city

In his speech at CFI’s April 2018 Conference, former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Danny Ayalon, spoke about Jerusalem and Israel’s existence in the light of the years of the “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Mr. Ayalon noted that starting with Yasser Arafat, the PA leaders have never agreed to a settlement that would have allowed them their own Palestinian State. Ayalon stated that “Just as God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, he has hardened the PA leaders’ hearts. If the PA had accepted any of Israel’s offers to divide the land for the favor of the Palestinians, Israel would no longer exist. It is not up to Israel to give up Jerusalem, God’s city,” Ayalon concluded.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted stating in June that, “The Bible is the basis for why we are here, why we have returned here and why we stay here!”

Pray for wisdom to Israel’s political and military leadership to hold on to their God-given land and the city of Jerusalem. “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob” (Psalm 87:2).

Financial action in the fight against terrorism

A law requiring deductions from Palestinian Authority’s tax coffers to offset their terror salaries passed in the Israeli Knesset at the end of June. Israel collects tax monies on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and transfers the funds to the PA. The new law allows Israel to deduct part of the funds that the PA regularly uses to make payments to the families of terrorists. Israel’s Defense Ministry reported in May that the PA pays over $330,000 annually as rewards for terror attacks. The more the terrorists kill Israelis, the higher their salaries are, according to the PA pay scale.

Intercede to the Almighty to touch the hearts of Palestinian Arabs to turn away from the teaching of hate and destruction. “Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:6−7).

World largest Jewish community in Israel

According to the official numbers collected by the Israeli Government, some 6.6 million Jews now live in Israel, compared to 5.7 million Jews in the United States. The Pew Research study in 2013, found that only 4.2 million Americans identified with Judaism as a religion, but an additional 1.5 million considered themselves either Jewish or “partly Jewish.”

Pray for God’s protection to the world Jewry as many Jews are making plans to move to Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces remain vigilant to the ever-changing tactics and warfare strategies of the enemies around them.

Enemies around Israel

This time the Golan Heights is the most critical region to guard. Nations such as Russia, Iran, and Syria are looking for the chance to strike also the Jewish homeland.

Fervently pray for a shield of protection over Israel.

“O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, and I am stationed every night at my guard post” (Isaiah 21:8)

Jerusalem: “May peace be within your walls” (Psalm 122:7)

Western nations and Israel’s borders

Israelis live in the midst of violent conflicts. They are targeted by international campaigns of isolation and boycotting. Thousands of enemy rockets and missiles are aimed at Israel’s population centers. Western nations such as Canada, Australia, and Switzerland do not have any of the mentioned threats to their existence. And yet, Israel is the most hated country in the world! “The Western consensus is post-borders and we are witnesses to a new conflict about their necessity, once taken for granted from Mexico to the Mediterranean and from Calais in France to Lesbo in Greece” says Giulio Meotti (Arutz Sheva, June 28, 2018).  Today all Israeli borders are protected by walls, fences, barriers or the IDF soldiers. This is the main reason why the West hates the Jewish State.

 Intercede for God’s favor to Israel as a special nation among world nations. Recall Psalm 140:8 “Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts” (Psalm 125:4).

CFI 2018 Conference Messages
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The landmark for an atmosphere of peace                            

When the YMCA West in Jerusalem was dedicated in 1933, British General Lord Edmund Allenby had the following words inscribed on the entrance declaration stone, “Here is a place whose atmosphere is peace where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fostered and developed.” Details of the building with its elegant arches, domes, and tower were described in the world press as “a wellspring of cultural, athletic, social and intellectual life.”

Before the termination of the British Mandate of Palestine, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) was created in 1947 to make recommendations for the future government in Palestine. The Committee with its eleven nations’ representation gathered testimonies from Zionist organizations in Palestine and in the US. The Arab Higher Committee did not participate in the process.

They explained that the Palestinian Arabs’ natural rights were self-evident and that they could not be subject to investigation. In September 1947, the Committee presented a report including the Plan of Partition of Palestine into two independent states. The Zionist side accepted the plan while the Arab side rejected it. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted Resolution 181 for the Partition of Palestine. The YMCA hosted most of the UNSCOP meetings where the fate of Palestine was decided.

The YMCA housed Jerusalem’s first heated swimming pool and the first gymnasium with a wooden floor. Until 1991, the YMCA stadium was the only soccer stadium in Jerusalem. The building was designed by architect Arthur Loomis Harmon, who designed also the Empire State Building. (Photos by CFI−USA: An arched walkway, the declaration by Lord Allenby and a newspaper stand of the YMCA.)

Policies and their consequences

A group with special privileges                      

For the past seventy years since the 1948−1949 Arab-Israeli War, hundreds of thousands of refugees have streamed in and out of the Middle East countries. An estimated 900,000 Jews were expelled from Iran, Iraq, Syria and other Arab nations. An estimated 600,000 Arabs left Israel wanting to settle in neighboring Arab countries─until returning back to Israel. The resettlement of most of these Arabs has never taken place for the reason that their brothers in the Arab World have rejected them.

The leading Arab dictators saw that keeping Palestinians in refugee camps in Jordan and in the West Bank of the Jordan River was going to be beneficial. Since those large camps still host Palestinians─for political reasons─we know that the Arab World has no interest in resolving their refugee problem and improving their life in any measure.

What about the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees? What did happen to them? In general, there are no longer Jewish refugees from the same era. About 600,000 settled in the newly established state of Israel, 230,000 arrived in Franc, and 70,000 settled in other European countries and the United States. No United Nations agency was created to deal with the Jewish refugees.

World War II created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. In Europe alone, more than 16 million refugees and displaced persons searched for a place to establish a new life.

These massive refugee problems were handled by the International Refugee Organization (IRO), established by the UN in 1946. A few years later, the Arab refugees of the 1948−1949 War received their very own relief agency that later was titled as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The history of the finances used for the direct relief and work programs shows that in the early years, the Palestinian refugees received 110 times the money allocated to all other refugees throughout the world! In 2016, financial assistance to the Palestinian “refugees” was still ten (10) times the resources compared to their less fortunate counterparts anywhere in the world, and 34 times the humanitarian support extended to displaced persons worldwide..

The word “refugee” has to be put in quotes with regard to the current Palestinian generation. The UNRWA was initially planned to be a short-lived agency. However, it quickly had its mandate changed, making the Palestinian “refugee status” hereditary as to allow its indefinite application to descendants of the original refugees.

The UNRWA assistance has not helped to resolve the Palestinian refugee problem. It has amplified it.

Greetings from the Headquarters

Board members Patricia, Brian, Mark, Jeanette and Jack at a quarterly meeting. When you are in Charlotte, NC, we welcome you for a visit.

Hannele (executive director) at the May 2018 “Messianic Faith Conference” which was sponsored by the local Israel ministries.

Updating Privacy Policy

On May 25, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable in the European Union countries. This law regulates how businesses and ministries use the personal data of the people located in the EU.

Since organizations in the United States may have contacts also in the EU countries, we have updated our Privacy Policy that applies to all interested parties around the world.

Christian Friends of Israel is the sole user of your name, address and other data you have voluntarily given to us via contacts with the ministry. We never share with or sell or rent your information to any third party outside of the ministry of Christian Friends of Israel.

Your data is in good hands as your privacy is very important to us. For the full Privacy Policy, visit or email to                   ─Hannele Pardain

He Who made heaven and earth…

Southern Israel targeted again

In May, southern Israel experienced the worst rocket and mortar fire from Gaza since 2014. At the height of the attacks, one hundred rockets hit residential areas and a kindergarten. Children were safe but a few of the adult residents suffered shrapnel wounds. Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted mortar shells. Along with the rockets, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip opened heavy fire with machine guns at the southern town of Sderot, causing property damage. During the days of violence, an Israeli soldier died from injuries after been hit with a chunk of marble as Palestinians use all means to attack the IDF.

The US, European Union and United Nations condemned the wave of Palestinian military forces’ attacks. This condemnation came right after the UN Security Council attempted to pass a resolution against Israel for defending its citizens. Amb. Nikki Haley blocked the statement.

Terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians will stop only when the international community adopts a consistent policy of zero tolerance concerning all terror attacks against Israel. So far the attackers have been rewarded with sympathetic media coverage and immediate calls for independent investigations into the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces” says Tomas Sandell, director of European Coalition for Israel.

Environmental terrorism

The Jewish National Fund (KKl-JNF) has threatened to sue Hamas in an international court for severe damages caused to land it owns in the Gaza border area. Since the end of March, hundreds of kites and helium balloons outfitted with Molotov cocktails and containers of burning fuel have been flown into Israel. The international community refuses to hold Hamas accountable for these criminal acts ─not only against Israeli citizens, but also against the environment. (Photo: JNF firefighter by Yehudah Perez, The Times of Israel online news.)

Praying united for critical needs

Pray for law and order over Gaza Strip and protection over Israeli communities and farms. Hundreds of acres of Be’eri Crater Nature Reserve with most of its wildlife near the Gaza border have been destroyed by the cross-border kites.

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains, from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1).

Intercede for the Jewish community (900) and the entire nation of Guatemala after the devastating volcanic eruption in early June. Israel AID sent a team of aid workers to help to care for the injured and misplaced. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

 Fervently pray that eyes of many will open to see the true nature of Hamas leaders for refusing medical supplies and food from Israel. The recent Gaza riot victims are in need of supplies.

“I am for peace but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:7).

Continue praying for Israel in the United Nations. Most of the member nations are united against Israel in any situation. Include in your prayers our Ambassador Nikki Haley to be protected as she speaks the truth. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4)

Proclaim God’s peace to every heart, home, and community in the Land. Pray that Israel trusts only in the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

“The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble. He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!  The LORD is great in Zion” (Psalm 99:1-2).

Goodbye Marjorie

In May, Marjorie Carlson (80) from Marlborough, MA, went to be with the Lord after a long illness. Marjorie was a dear friend of Israel and the ministry of CFI. For Marjorie’s memory:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6).

Ministering with God’s Word

Maggie visiting Sderot to see thousands of rocket shells that were fired from Gaza to damage the city and cause chaos

CFI’s Project Communities under Attack coordinator Maggie Huang, has served a large number of hurting  Israelis. Throughout the years of ministering to the suffering victims of rocket and terror attacks, she has experienced that the most effective way of ministry is by using the Word of God with the leading of the Holy Spirit. ”For the word of God is living and Powerful (Hebrews 4:12a). May the Lord lead us all deeper into His Word.

Israelis whose lives have been touched by this project, express their gratitude for being helped in situations of trauma and fear. We sincerely thank you for your support so that we may assist the southern communities which are again struggling to survive under multiple attacks.

Life to cherish  

We at CFI believe that it is very important to know the history of the past and to preserve the memories of the horrific events of the Holocaust. While we will never be able to fully comprehend what precious survivors went through, or to understand their pain, we can and we must be their voice in our days when some doubt that the Holocaust even happened.

Hosting Holocaust survivors in Hedera, Israel

Now is the time to record the memories of the survivors for the future generations of Jews and Christians. As long as we know what happened, we can keep their history accurate and alive. We have to do our part to be their voice to challenge political opinions such as the recent anti-Jewish statements by the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. He argued that the extermination of Jews (Holocaust) was caused by the social behavior of European Jews, not Nazi anti-Semitism.

“Remembering the bitter past, my desire is that nobody would experience such distress and grief as we did, who grew up without a father’s love and affection. Please, people, be sober and live in peace. Love each other and  remember to do kindness.” – Efim (Leader of the Kfar Saba Holocaust Survivors Organization in Israel.) “Never Again” (a quotation from a sign in Dachau Concentration Camp.) We sincerely thank you for your support as together with you we extend care and comfort to these precious survivors. Their era as living witnesses is passing away. (Reference: Project Forsake Them Not, Olga Kopilova.)