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Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Friends Of Israel Newsletter – February 2012

Dear Friend:
          After considering several reports from U.S. and European officials demanding Israel make even more painful concessions to the Palestinians to restart peace talks, I gathered some facts I think you’ll appreciate that tell the real story.
          To mark the 24th anniversary of the founding of the Hamas terror organization, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared, “The armed resistance and the armed struggle are the path and the strategic choice for liberating the Palestinian land, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river, and for the expulsion of the invaders and usurpers [Israel].”
          Furthermore, Hamas makes no bones about the fact that a two-state agreement is only a first phase in the eradication of Israel.  This stand coincides with the “one piece at a time” strategy of the late Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat.  Nothing has changed or will change, no matter what gullible Western leaders tell us.  As Palestinian Media Watch reported, senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki recently said annihilating Israel in stages remains the goal of Fatah and Hamas; but, he said, “You can’t say it to the world.  You can say it to yourself.”
          Whenever I am with Israeli leaders, either in America or Israel, I am told how much Israel needs and appreciates its new Christian friends.  I say “new” because the Jewish perception of what was for centuries understood to be “Christian” hatred for Jewish people is changing.  There is a remnant of Christians who differ significantly from the majority of people in mainline denominations that claim the church is spiritual Israel and that God is finished with literal Israel.  This view, called Replacement Theology, justifies the growing—yet false—belief that  Israel is occupying land rightly belonging to the Arabs and consequently is an obstacle to peace and the root cause of trouble for the region and the West.
          Such is the unbridgeable gulf between pro- and anti-Israel segments within Christianity.  The differences are basically threefold:
1.    Differing views of the Bible.  We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, accurate in every detail and applicable to every life situation.  It is not an uncoordinated collection of stories and allegories.
2.    Differing views of God.  We believe God is the immutable, omnipotent Sovereign of the universe, the Creator of a consistent whole from Genesis to Revelation in which there is clarity, coordination, and a predictable and positive consummation.  He is not impulsive or unpredictable and did not act one way in the Old Testament and another way in the New.
3.    Differing views of Israel and the Jewish people.  We believe the Jewish people are God’s Chosen People, destined to be a central factor in the achievement of His prophetic plans and dramatically impacting eternity.  They are not a castoff people or a troublesome accident of history.
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          Because they are beginning to perceive the differences between Christians like us and those who hold to Replacement Theology, many Jewish people are relating to us in new ways.  I experience this trend personally every day through invitations to speak and participate in Jewish events and meet with Jewish leaders.  Many of these opportunities involve question-and-answer sessions with those who have had little or no previous exposure to The Friends of Israel or Bible-believing Christians.  Jewish attendance at our “Thank God for Israel” programs is increasing dramatically.  And of utmost importance are the growing one-on-one relationships blossoming throughout all areas of our ministry.
          Thank you for standing with The Friends of Israel for eternal truth.  As you support our mission, we would be blessed to have you remember us in prayer and encouraged to have you send a gift at this time.
In His marvelous grace,
William E. Sutter
Executive Director

From The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Inc.  For more information about F.O.I. write to: P.O. Box 908 – Bellmawr, NJ  08099 or call 1-800-257-7843.  You can also reach F.O.I. online at: foi.org