Anti-Messianic and Anti-Christian group Jewish Israel announce, to their obvious glee, a Halachic ruling about accepting Gentile (Christian) support, either monetary or volunteer here. This document starts by declaring its desire to be of global application:
פעילותם של נוצרים אדוקים בדתם בארץ ובחו”ל
The religious activities of devote Christians in Israel and abroad.
A document of principles regarding the acceptance of monetary and manpower assistance from Christian organizations or individuals has been formulated by the Committee of Binyamin Region Rabbis. Members of the committee include Rabbis Yechezkiel Kupfeld, Jonathan Blass, Elchanan Bin Nun, Ben Zion Amar, and Yair Frank.
The halachic document which can be read in full in Hebrew is addressed to the residents, rabbis, and community activists and leaders of Judea and Samaria. In addition, it has been disseminated to rabbis throughout Israel.
It goes on to claim that accepting most kinds of support from Christians or even any appreciation of the Christian faith, would be to empower idolatry. As I read this I just imagined the storm caused if this were written by a Christian pastor about Judaism!
… Very sensitive prohibitions with regards to avodah zarah, empowering Christianity, participation in Jewish-Christian gatherings, expressing admiration for Christian belief, and expressing gratitude are addressed in an unequivocal manner by the committee. The rabbis involved express great concern about the blurring of the line between Christianity and the Jewish faith, the dangers of strengthening Christianity in Eretz Yisrael, and problems inherent in becoming dependent on Christian sources.
There is a sense in which we at RPP agree that any money offered to support any cause, must be offered with no strings attached. Religious conviction, worship and service of the Almighty must not be coerced or induced by material gain, or else it is not a genuine religious conviction and defeats the object of true faith. However, that said, the Binyamin Regional Rabbis demonstrate just a tad of hysterical intolerance to Christians and not a little fear that such love and support will be enough to sway many Israelis into being convinced that Jesus might very well be for them if his followers are not the rampant anti-Semites many of their forefathers were!
Sadly such intolerance of other faith convictions demonstrated by this overbearing decree only plays into the hands of those who hate Israel and rub their hands with glee at the prospect of such rabbinic decisions nullifying Christian support of Israel. Such rulings will achieve what anti-Zionist vicar Stephen Sizer and the Christ at the Checkpoint conference has thus far failed to obtain, the alienation of Evangelical Christian supporters of Israel from Israel.