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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).

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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.)

Had it not been the Lord…

Golda Meir, Israel’s 4th Prime Minister (1969−1974) is recorded statement about the many conflicts and wars in the Middle East: “The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we [Israelis] could run was into the sea, and before we did that, we might as well fight.”  

As Israel celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the modern State of Israel this year, we can confidently say that Israelis have never run, withdrawn or escaped to a more peaceful place. Instead, they have cultivated the land from north to south and east to west, built the cities and villages, cared for and educated the next generation, and risen to world prominence in technology, trade, and other areas. Here are a few of the top Israeli inventions:

Iron Dome: The only missile and rocket interceptor system of its kind, the Iron Dome was developed in 2007 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential Israeli inventions born out of necessity. The Iron Dome system has intercepted more than 1,700 rockets and missiles fired at Israel from various regions. The success rate of the system during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 was 90%.

GPS Road Navigation: Waze is an Israeli application developed in 2006 for GPS road navigation which provides turn-by-turn navigation while simultaneously providing real-time user-based information regarding the chosen route such as traffic and speed traps. Google acquired the system in 2013.

Flash Drive: M-Systems Ltd. was responsible for the original production of the flash memory storage products in 1989. Marketed as DiskOnChip, IBM eventually purchased the flash drives that later evolved into the world-wide know Flash Drive.

Drip Irrigation: Netafim developed and is producing drippers, dripper lines, sprinklers and micro-emitters for growing crops in desert soil. In conjunction with these products, Netafim manufactures and distributes crop management technologies including monitoring systems, controlling 30% of the global drip irrigation market.

Clean drinking water: Watergen invented cutting-edge technology to provide a low-cost solution for creating a renewable source of fresh and clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere. Watergen’s solution is a game changer that will improve quality of life and health, as well as save lives. This invention has the capacity to serve billions of people around the world by providing a basic human biological need, water.

Take time to pray

Intercede for protection over northern Israel.
On May 10th, Iran fired at Israeli military bases tens of missiles from southern Syria. Israel’s Iron Dome intercepted many of them and no Israeli casualties were reported.
“I 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 121:1−2)
Pray for peace and calm over Gaza
For weeks, Palestinians from Gaza have attacked  Israel’s border area. Their plan is to invade Israel through illegal entry, mass demonstrations and violence. “For the scepter or wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous” (Psalm 125:3).
Pray for protection over Gaza Christians
The small Christian community lives under severe stress in the terror-ruled Gaza Strip. Pray also for Pastor Steven Khoury who ministers in the Palestinian communities. “Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive (Psalm 124:2−3).
Praise God for a new beginning
Recently representatives of the Christian community in Israel were invited to a first-time Bible study in the Knesset (Parliament). Pray for an increasing unity. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1).
Give thanks for the US Embassy in the capital “May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6)

This way to the Embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood!

CFI’s assistance projects were introduced and several recipients of help were honored and celebrated from Holocaust survivors to soldiers and new immigrants from Ethiopia and other countries. CFI Jerusalem staff members speak multiple languages to serve the needy in their own languages to ease adjustment in the country.

To the delight of seven international participants, their conference week’s birthdays were recognized with songs and greetings. It was a memorable moment for Stanislav, Cheryl, Rocio and others to celebrate their own lives in Israel’s 70th birthday. Mazal tov ad mea v’esrim – Happy Birthday till 120 years of age!

A Holocaust survivor from Ukraine (middle) with CFI’s Stacey
Howard, Sharon Sanders and Olga Kopilova (from left to right).

Conference week’s birthdays recognized.

Conference participants visiting Yad HaShmona

Stacey Howard (International Director) and Kevin Howard (Director of Technology) hosted the 2018 Conference

An excursion to the Judean Mountain Yad HaShmona Moshav was arranged with the teaching of its history and archaeological finds such as the pictured threshing floor.

Conference session recordings: Follow news in the coming Newsletters, emails and by visiting

Main speakers of timely topics

Steven Khoury
Rabbi Yehuda Glick
Jonathan Spyer
Rick Ridings
Chris Mitchell
Sharon Sanders

 Israela beacon of light and hope

CFI celebrating 70 years of the miracle of the State of Israel

The April 16─19 conference in Jerusalem was a gathering of visitors from 22 countries─including Africa, Europe, Far East, as well as North and South America. It was a delight to hear reports of CFI’s national directors from Hong Kong, Ghana, South Africa and other nations, and realize that there are true friends of Israel in all parts of the world who lead the ways of Christian support for the Jewish state.

We had the honor to hear Danny Ayalon, a former Israeli Ambassador to the US (2002−2006). His message “The Geopolitical Arena Israel’s Position to Shine” lifted and blessed us all. Stephen Khoury spoke about the Middle East Christians and how they shine against persecution. Pastor Khoury’s father was killed by a Muslim mob in their home village. Jonathan Spyer brought us the larger picture of the region with its current power players of Iran and Russia, and how Israel is the beacon of light and hopes to the world.

Chris Mitchell (CBN News) reported about the daily realities of life under regimes like Syria and ISIS. His video interviews helped us to understand the peoples suffering and the importance of practical help and intercession. (“ISIS, IRAN and ISRAEL” by Chris Mitchell, a book published in 2016.)

Ambassador Danny and Anna Ayalon (middle couple) with Hannele Pardain and a visiting rabbi

Celebrations in Jerusalem