Christian-Jewish group bringing dozens of Iranian Jews to Israel

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October 22, 2007 06:59

 
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Evangelical Christians in the US have brought dozens of Iranian Jews to Israel in recent months, offering cash incentives and claiming that Iran's tiny Jewish community is in grave danger. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity that funnels millions of dollars in evangelical donations to Israel every year, is promising US$10,000 (€7,000) to every Iranian Jew who comes to Israel, said the group's director, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The project is another example of the alliance between the Jewish state and evangelical American Christians, many of whom see the existence of Israel and the return of Jews to the Holy Land as a realization of Biblical prophesy that will culminate with Christ's Second Coming. Eckstein said his group has helped bring 82 Jews to Israel from Iran since the project began this year, and hopes to bring 60 more by year's end.

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