That’s the question the Rosh Pina Project is posing tonight.
Would you trust Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, further than you could throw him?
JewishIsrael wouldn’t, and neither would we.
With the anti-missionary organisations like Yad L’Achim and jewishisrael.com you at least know where you stand.
With Rabbi Eckstein, however, there is plenty of twisting and turning as he attempts to milk the evangelical world for all its worth.
Not known for his modesty, Eckstein boasts that:
to this day I am the only Jew in the world working full-time and more to reach out to this huge constituency and encourage their support for Israel.
And don’t believe for a second that Eckstein has any real love for Christians:
The bottom line is that Evangelical Christians are a tremendous reservoir of potential support for Israel that remains essentially untapped. They are strategic allies of Israel.
Got that? Evangelical Christians are ‘strategic allies.’
Which brings us to our next point.
Here’s Eckstein speaking about Messianic Jews and evangelicals:
What I’m sensing now, and I’m concerned about it, is a deliberate effort on the part of some evangelical groups to affirm their messianic components,”[...]
“Until now, evangelicals “have realized that if they want to have relations with the Jewish community and Israel they have to put messianic groups aside because they know people like myself aren’t going to work with them.”
So not only does Eckstein seek the support of evangelical Christians, he also has the chutzpah to tell them which groups they may or may not associate with! Evangelical Christians should seriously think about withdrawing their funding from the IFCJ, or alternatively holding their leadership to account.
If Messianic Jews aren’t welcome, then what’s the point of the IFCJ?
Evangelical Christians genuinely wanting to help Israel would do far better donating to the nation’s indigenous messianic community and those protecting them such as the Hate Crimes Prevention Fund, rather than corrupt organisations like the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Want more proof?
Here’s Rabbi Eckstein speaking on his ICFJ blog about serial murderer Yaakov ‘Jack’ Teitel:
It is very telling that, among the condemnation and soul-searching, are comparisons between Teitel and the terrorist masterminds of organizations like Hamas: Israel’s leading daily, Ha’aretz, called Teitel “the Jewish counterpart of ‘The Engineer,’ Yehiya Ayyash.”
What a comparison.
Ayyash was a master bomb-maker who, in the mid 1990s, transformed the effectiveness of Hamas suicide bombing campaigns. He was personally responsible for the deaths of more than 125 Israelis and left more than 500 maimed before being killed in 1996 by a booby-trapped cellphone planted by the IDF. Arab newspapers mourned that “one of the nation’s most beloved and respected sons has left this world” and more than 100,000 Palestinians attended his funeral. He continues to be lionized by many Palestinian and Muslim leaders and Syrian TV even ran a mini-series memorializing his “life and work” during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
The comparison shows the near-impossibility of there being a Jewish counterpart to Ayyash.
In other words, Eckstein has chosen the one example he could find of someone who caused more damage than Teitel, and used it to push the line that Teitel isn’t the Jewish counterpart to Ayyash.
He is though.
As if the terrorism of Jack Teitel is dependent on public sympathy or numbers killed! Teitel is a terrorist and a murderer: plain and simple.
Teitel is on record as having told Israeli investigators:
But instead of using his blog as a platform to call for greater tolerance and some soul-searching within Israel, Eckstein uses the forum to try to turn this into an issue of Zionism and anti-Zionism.
Eckstein is a thoroughly unscrupulous man who has bullied and guilt-tripped the evangelical community for decades into near-braindead support for his Orwellian outfit. And surprise, surprise, he’s turning on Orthodox Jews as well.
All in all, best not to have any dealings with Yechiel Eckstein.
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