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September 2018 Project:  IDF soldiers 

  Air defense in action   

In July, Israel used its David Sling interceptor system ─for the first time─firing two missiles against Syrian  tactical ballistic missiles. Those missiles carried a half-ton warhead and were detected by Israel’s aerial defense system when they were fired from south-eastern Syria. The decision to intercept them was made by the IDF when it was believed that their trajectory would see them fall near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Both Syrian missiles landed inside Syrian territory, one of them a kilometer from Israel’s border.

Incoming rocket sirens sounded across in northern Israel, first in Safed and later in the Golan Heights and Galilee. Bomb shelters were opened in Safed to provide a sense of security for the residents. David’s Sling is a joint Israeli-US defense project as is also the Patriot Missile System.

Conflict expands

Israel, concerned that Iran’s growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its security, has escalated strikes on suspected Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria. Therefore, one of Israel’s strikes targeted a major chemical arms production center, causing material damage, but no fatalities. Some of Iran’s military bases are located next to Syria’s own military compounds.

On July 24, Israeli news outlets reported that the Israeli Patriot system had shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it had entered two kilometers into Israeli airspace. As the jet’s remains crashed in Syrian territory, their official statement claimed that the jet had been only on the Syrian side of the border. The IDF is protecting Israel’s territory according to its mission statement:

“To defend the existence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of Israel. To protect the inhabitants of Israel and to combat all forms of terrorism which threaten the daily life.”

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Syrians are still fleeing in the thousands to Israel’s border as President Assad continues battling for control of the country. For decades, Syrians have been raised on a steady diet of anti-Israel propaganda. However, because of Israel’s humanitarian efforts, Syrian people express their gratitude.

A Syria mother wrote to an IDF officer, “I hope the borders between us will one day be only geographical.” One of the IDF officers─who has served in the West Bank─said that he had not encountered such expressions of gratitude from the many Palestinians who receive humanitarian assistance.

As the Syrian families escape to save themselves, the children show their appreciation and respect to Israelis. One nine-year-old girl even drew the Star of David to thank one of the army officers. As always in wars and conflicts, children are the most innocent victims in need of help and comfort. “And through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed, all because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18, NTL). Reference: Lonnie C. Mings’ Israel News Digest Weekly, July 23.) 

Operation White Helmets

In late July, IDF reported that it had successfully completed an “irregular humanitarian effort” to save Syrian civil defense volunteers who faced immediate risk to their lives due to fighting. Israel transported the White Helmet workers and their families from southwest Syria to Jordan. Jordan’s Petra State News outlet stated that the evacuation included 800 White Helmets personnel and their families. The rescue operation that took place from Quneitra in the Golan Heights had been requested by the United States and European countries. Evacuees were transported by bus to Israel for immediate medical needs and meals before the convoy continued to Jordan.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees is coordinating the resettlement of about 400 of the workers and their families in Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada. The White Helmets thanked countries who assisted in the rescue operation but did not mention. Israel. Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations, praised IDF for the rescue. He thanked also David Freedman, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, for his assistance. As expected, the Syrian state TV condemned the operation, calling it a “scandal.” (Reference: The Times of Israel and other online news.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Defining the Jewish nation

In late July, the Israeli Knesset approved the new Jewish Nation-State Law. For the past seventy years, Israel has had the Basic Law but not a constitution that defines the identity and purpose of the state.

The Jewish Nation-State Law includes:

  1. Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people.
  2. Israel is the name of the state.
  3. The Star of David flag is the flag of the state.
  4. The Menorah is the symbol of the state.
  5. “HaTikah” is the national anthem.
  6. The unified city of Jerusalem is the capital.
  7. Hebrew is the language of the state.
  8. The Arabic language has a special status in the state.
  9. Israel will assist the Jewish people who are in danger or captivity due to their Jewishness or citizenship.
  10. Israel is open for Jewish immigration and to the ingathering of the exiled.
  11. Israel has the right to national self-determination.
    (References: Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel.)


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]In February 2017, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the US to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. Yair Lapid of the Yesha Atid Party has actively lobbied for an international recognition. The possibility of recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights was discussed in a subcommittee of the US Congress in July 2018. However, the Trump Administration has not given the indication that it supports the move.

Israel’s Golan Heights is bordered by the Yarmouk River in the south, the Sea of Galilee in the west and the Mount Hermon in the north. In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law that extended Israeli laws, jurisdiction and administration over the Golan Heights region. The Law does not specify a formal annexation and the international community, such as the UN, does not recognize it. 8Today thousands of Jews live in the Golan Jewish communities, sharing the region with Druze and Arab residents.

Due to the Syrian Civil War, Israeli Government is endorsing plans to further develop the region and increase its Jewish population from the current 20,000 to 100,000. The Golan Heights is in the biblical Bashan and in the territory of the tribe of Menashe, therefore, it belongs to the state of Israel, not to Syria. (Online news posts.)[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The Golan war history is captured in DVD documentaries:
D06 The Story of the Six-Day War (1967) $18 D07
The Story of Yom Kippur War (1973) $18 D19
Israel’s War History (1917─2006) $23[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]We thank you, friends and intercessors, for committing time and effort to pray Israel’s needs. As you are a temple of the Holy Spirit, your prayers are heard in Heaven (1 Corinthians 6:19−20).

Threats from Iran’s direction

The Iranian leaders are determined to destroy Israel and her people. They do not realize that Israel with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a challenging target to any enemy. Intercede for Israel, proclaiming: “Rescue me, and deliver me out of the hand of aliens, whose mouth speaks deceit and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood” (Psalm 144:11).

Circle of enemies

Since the Romans besieged and destroyed the ancient Jewish city of Gamla on the Golan Heights, the current enemies of Syria, Iran and Russia may find it tempting to attack Israel by capturing first Gamla, the Northern Masadanamed after the Dead Sea Masada fortress.

Sincerely intercede for Israeli leaders and recall that,

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water” (Jeremiah 17:7−8).

Gaza border challenges

Israeli soldiers of the age of your sons and grandsons face daily dangers from thousands of hateful Gazan Arabs who run to the border in order to rush through to kill any Jewish man, woman or child they find. Soldiers must stop the invaders and keep them on the Gaza side. Take your prayer shawl and fervently pray for peace and calm over the Gaza-Israel border.

“I cried out to Thee, O LORD, I said, ‘Thou art my refuge, my portion in the land of the living’” (Psalm 142:5).

Reporting fabrications

Hardly a day goes by without the UN condemning Israel or the international media broadcasting outright lies to damage Israel, yet to promote Hamas and other Arab groups’ violence. Go to your prayer closet and pray for God’s promises over Israel.

“Do not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you” (Deuteronomy 20:1).

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Regathering of the Tribes

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They will remember Me in far countries…                                   

“The number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together” (Hosea 1:10−11). “And I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people,’ and they will say, ‘Thou art my God!’” (Hosea 2:23).

 “And His sons will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria, and I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD (Hosea 11:1011).

 Much has been written and debated about the ten northern tribes of the ancient Israel─Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun─who are believed to have been deported from the Kingdom of Israel after its conquest by the Neo-Assyrian Empire in 722 B.C. Those tribes were lost, perished and never to be found again.

The book of Hosea records that the tribes lose their identity and remain in that state for many daysactually for about 2,500 years─before a miraculous change in their history. Zechariah 10:9 records, “They will remember Me in far countries and they with their children will live and come back.” The Lord God Himself is searching and seeking out His lost sheep which have been scattered among the gentile nations and He will bring them to their own land. God will “feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel” (Ezekiel 34:11−16).

The history of the ten tribes did not end in 722 B.C. Their descendants have been forgotten and hidden from the outside world─until the existence of their own state. In the late 1800s and right after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, mass aliyah of the descendants of Judah took place.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Their return (Jewish immigration) has continued in large numbers from all corners of the world. Because of the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together (Hosea 1:11), the return of the rest of the tribes will happen and very soon. Already reports of recent immigrants to Israel tell stories of individuals whose ancestors are known to have belonged to tribes other than Judah. The number of the

descendants of the ancient ten tribes is estimated to be several million.

Are they the dry bones whose parents for generations had forgotten their ancestry, and, therefore, assimilated to their host countries? “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.’ Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ And I will put My Spirit within you, and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land.” (Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1−28). This is God’s promise to the whole house of Israel─the House of Judah and the House of Israel, for its restoration and return to their ancestral home.         ─ Hannele Pardain

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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.

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Golan Heights border area

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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]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


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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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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.)

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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.


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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.”

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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).


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.)

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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.

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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 www.cfi-usa.org or email to cfiusa@cfi-usa.org.                   ─Hannele Pardain[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]