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Israeli Christian Leader: “We Must Unite Against Terror”

Leader of Arab Christian community in Israel calls for support for IDF, diplomatic support for Israel from international community.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Greek Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Nadaf  of Bethlehem

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Greek Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Nadaf of Bethlehem
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Father Gabriel Nadaf, one of the heads of the Greek-Orthodox church in Israel and a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, called on the international community Monday to support Israel’s government and Operation Protective Edge, and to unite against terrorism “in order to safeguard the Holy Land.”

In a letter to ambassadors from various countries stationed in Israel, Nadaf called for support both on for the IDF as it engages in military conflict, and also for diplomatic support for Israel.

“Edmond Burke, the 18th century Irish philosopher and political theorist, said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to win is for good men to do nothing.’ Therefore, we are all brothers in the face of evil, with no regard to religion, race, and faith. The outcry about the atrocities we are crying out together. As the spiritual father of the Israeli Christians Forum, who encourages the recruitment of Israel Christians to the IDF and  full integration of Christians into the Israeli society, I would like to turn to you with a plea to support and back Israel, our Holy land, and its defense forces. The country is under fire and our soldiers are fighting against terrorist organizations, whose sole purpose and goal is to destroy the State of Israel.”

“In the name of the Israeli Christians, I am crying out to the whole world: Wake up! Terrorism acts don’t allow any chance for peace. If Hamas doesn’t safeguard its own people, Israel cannot be held responsible for their safety. Hamas is supposed to be protecting its own people but unfortunately, like all the terrorist organizations, it does the opposite, takes advantage of the Civilian Gazan population, and sacrifices its people (women and children). Therefore, the death of the Palestinian civilians in Gaza is the sole responsibility of Hamas. They are the only ones to blame, ” said Father Nadaf.

“Israel complied with Egypt’s offer of a cease fire, but Hamas refused. Israel cannot sit idle while the barrages of rockets are being fired on its civilians and it cannot allow the infiltration of terrorists into its space through tunnels whose sole purpose is killing Israeli civilians. The one big difference between Hamas and Israel is that the lives of Israeli civilians are very precious to the State and it will do everything in its power to protect them, regardless of religion.”

The letter continues to describe the plight of Christians in Gaza: “Since the takeover of Hamas of Gaza, it has done everything to force the Christians to disappear and flee from Gaza. They hate the Christians no less than they hate the Jews. Hamas is part of the Al-Qaida ideology and resolutions cannot be reached with them. Their refusal of the cease fire is a clear testimony to that.”

Father Nadaf criticizes the world’s response to Hamas aggression: “Instead of reinforcing the State of Israel and the security it provides for the Christians and all of its citizens, it’s being boycotted and there are continued attempts to weaken it, which will lead to us becoming an easy prey like all the countries around us. The State of Israel is at the forefront of the battle against the terrorism that is trying to swallow the whole world. The flame of terrorism is going to reach every corner of the world and no country will be immune from the terrorist attacks. What is happening in Syria, Iraq, and Gaza will be happening in your country if you continue to do nothing.”

Father Nadaf finally relays a call for action: “Therefore, we all have to come together in unity and uproot terrorism. We should not be complacent and accept terrorism as a fact of life. We have to stop being indifferent about terrorists, who are exploiting our freedom and good spirit. I am calling on you, on behalf of the Israeli Christians, to support the IDF and the State of Israel in Operation ‘Protective Edge’ and to fight terrorism with us, in order to protect the Holy Land. For, if God forbid, our country falls in the hand of terrorists, a catastrophe will befall the entire world. May God bless you and bring justice and peace to the world. Amen!”

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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25 Responses to “Israeli Christian Leader: “We Must Unite Against Terror””

  1. God Almighty bless, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu. Israel holds a strong defense with the bravest and best educated soldiers in the world. You defeat your evil enemies and with all your knowledge of living daily with those evil enemies. Save the world from this evilness. Amen

  2. It’s about time Israel defended themselves.

  3. i pray that they (Jews and Christians alike) would be one as WE are ONE.

  4. What choice was there?

  5. Marcy Pollak says:

    TtHIS is the only way for the world to win this battle against the evil that is terrorism! Join forces together! Wake up you other Christians around the world. This is real. Wake up and join in saving our peaceful way of life for your children and their children!

  6. Christians and Jews are not one any more than fleas on Jews in concentration camps were one with them.

  7. David Ring says:

    We’ll do or say anything to try to justify the killing of women and children. This is a slaughter, nothing more.

  8. Courageous Israelis are doing it for the entire planet <3 Bless them and keep all safe, the will for Peace has always been there and the terror must end for good.

  9. This is true from house to house search! And to find those tunnels!

  10. Shemaya, I am sorry you feel that way, but we love you just the same, May the G_d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob send you a shalom only He can give through Yeshua Hamashiach. We are, gentile and jew, one new man in Messiah. Nothing can separate us from the love of the LORD.

  11. Stop saying that women and children are innocent victims. How bout a new spin and say that the men in Gaza are terrorists?

  12. The Christians of the past used to hate & persecute us. But, modern day Christians are the best friends and allies we have.

  13. Praying for Israel and Jerusalem

  14. Never mind. You’re not the only one .

  15. Israel murderer’s , boycott Israel .

  16. Marie , what a dumb statement , when did Israel not defend them selves , name just one , i think you are part of Hamas

  17. Israel had to defend itself always!

  18. that’s true, there was no other choice …

  19. All the Christians must support Israel if the believe in our Lord Jesuchrist, amen.

  20. Father Gabriel must be thinking about the Christians living in Iraq right now – ” convert to Islam, pay-up or die by the sword! He rather live in Israel!

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