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Gaza-Israeli Conflict is Stereotypical
Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten
Dear Friends,

The war is Gaza has become a stereotype.

Hateful Moslems pour violence upon Israel and the Jews.

The world does nothing.

Israel attempts to secure peace for its citizens.

The world is first alarmed then condemning.

How many times have we seen this? How many times does the violence take a rest so the defeated side can rearm?

What we are seeing is nothing less than what is called for in the words of the Koran:  "Make war on them until  idolatry  is  no more  and  Allah's  religion  reigns supreme. If they desist Allah is cognizant of all their actions; but  if  they give no heed, know then that Allah will protect you. He is the noblest  Helper and Protector."

In another place is reads:  "When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their  heads  and, when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them  their freedom or take ransom from them until War shall lay down her armour. Thus shall you do.  Had Allah willed, He could Himself have punished them;  but He has ordained it thus that He might test  you,  the  one  by  the  other."

It is shocking to me that Hamas wants civilian casualties on both sides.  They aim for Israeli civilians and intentionally put their rocket launchers among civilians hoping for civilian casualties among Palestinians so they can get good TV pictures to sway an uninformed world

Israel goes to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties but inevitably incurs some.

Hamas goes to great lengths to inflict them and celebrates when they kill civilians.

How does one come to a compromise with such ideas of relationship? You can't. This kind of spirit must be defeated and rendered harmless.

I have appreciated the President's apparent steadfastness in our support of Israel and fixing the blame firmly on Hamas rockets and hatred.  I hope I am not seeing a weakening of that by means of our State Department.

The world in general and Israel in particular cannot afford another peace like the one with Hizballah in Lebanon. My hope is that the U.S. will not pressure Israel into stopping until the cancer of Hamas is removed from Gaza. I worry that Hamas will try to hold out until a new Administration comes into power with the hope of striking a better deal through that Administration.

Israel has faced this kind of hatred and violence almost without interruption since the very first day they became a nation again. Personally, I think the hatred is demonic in origin.  It manifests itself in a lot of political, military, and cultural facades but at its core the hatred of the Jews is nothing less than demonic.

Further, the same spirit that hates the Jews also hates those who believe in Jesus. Jews and Christians face a common threat. We should appreciate the fact that Israel is helping in this world-wide battle.

If you are inclined to want to help Israel, I have a few suggestions:
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

I have had the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces present programs at our church and we have supported them. Their local address is PO Box 3086, Kirkland, WA  98083.  You can visit their website at http://israelsoldiers.org.
Friends of Israel Defense Forces
They help Israel's soldiers by operating Field Rest Tents where soldiers can relax and gather strength. They distribute warm clothing and heating devices, deliver thousands of Personal Care Packages, provide cell phone chargers so soldiers can contact their loved-ones, assist wounded soldiers during the rehabilitation process, sponsor R&R days and SPIRIT weeks for the soldiers, and support families of fallen soldiers.
American Friends of Magen David Adom

American Friends of Magen David AdomAnother good group is American Friends of Magen David Adom. Magen David Adom is Israel's emergency first responders and blood service. They respond to every call for help, stabilizing the wounded and evacuating them to the hospital. They have sent an additional 200 ambulances, an armored ambulance and paramedic teams to the southern region which is being hit by Qassam, Grad and Katyusha rockets. MDA's paramedics are in need of bullet proof vests, helmets, and portable bomb  shelters and have asked for help with these.

To help fund this effort, please go to www.afmda.org to make a donation online. The people of Israel have the right to live in peace without the constant barrage of rockets into their homes and schools. 
Bridges for Peace

Bridges for Peace Another organization that I respect greatly is Bridges for Peace. They are  a Jerusalem-based, Bible-believing Christian organization supporting Isr.ael and building relationships between Christians and Jews worldwide through education and practical deeds expressing God's love and mercy. Their local representative is Reverend Ed Smelser, a long time friend.  Their website is www.bridgesforpeace.com.

Even though we can't solve all the problems, I do believe a gift to one of these organizations would go a long ways toward supporting Israel. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Yours for the Kingdom,

Pastor Joe
Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten is the senior pastor of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington, and he is the former president of Positive Christian Agenda. Currently, Pastor Fuiten serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, an associate organization of Focus on the Family.