“For Zion’s sake will I not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her triumph go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a torch that burneth.” (Isaiah 62:1)
As Israel faces a wave of terror the likes of which has not been seen in years, Netherlands-based Christians for Israel (Christenen Voor Israel) has offered its support to the beleaguered Jewish State. In an open letter sent to Israel’s three leading newspapers Sunday, the group declared: “The world is silent, but we will not keep silent!”
Established in 1979 in Holland and Jerusalem, Christians for Israel became an international organization in 1998. The group currently operates in over 40 countries across all continents. According to the movement’s website, its mission is “to bring Biblical understanding in the Church and among the nations concerning God’s purposes for Israel and to promote comfort of Israel through prayer and action.”
Israel can certainly use that comfort now. Since October 1, over 100 terror attacks have taken place, including stabbings, shootings and bombings. Some are worried the country is facing a Third Intifada.
Just Monday morning, a Palestinian assailant attacked a border policeman and was killed. The officer who killed the terrorist was quoted by Ynet as saying, “I told him, ‘Come here, I want to check you.’ We got closer to him, and I had my hand on my gun. He came up to us and…pulled a knife. After I told him again, he started running towards me and managed to stab one of the officer’s vests. We approached him while firing until he fell.”
The Christians for Israel movement condemns the recent surge in violence. “We are deeply shocked by the recent rise in terror attacks in Israel,” the letter reads. “Yet again the world is silent, deafeningly silent. Christians for Israel has supported Israel in the past 35 years. We will not be silent!”
Opening with a quote from Isaiah 62 committing to station guards on Jerusalem’s walls, it continues by describing the movement’s work in combatting “lies and misinformation about Israel in the media” and its opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
In a show of solidarity, the letter concludes, 250 singers of the Holland Choir are visiting Israel to “sing praises to the Almighty, in support of Israel and the Jewish people.”
The organization has helped 125,000 Jews make aliyah (move to Israel) over the past 20 years, and works in close cooperation with the Jewish Agency, Keren Hayesod, the Jerusalem Foundation, Hineni and other Jewish and Israeli organizations.