The Christians Who Protect Israel (FrontPageMagazine.com) by Giulio Meotti 08/01/12)
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Thousands of evangelical Christians descended on Washington for the
annual Christians United for Israel conference. They showed
enthusiastic support for the Jewish State, grounded in a deep
attachment to the Bible. The horrific attacks of September 11 have
reinforced their fatalistic sense of identification with the Israeli
citizens. They are natural friends in a dangerous world.
In previous years, US Evangelicals invested million of dollars in
school equipment, playgrounds, medical supplies and bulletproof buses
to protect the Jews in Judea and Samaria, Israel’s first line of
defense. Other groups, such as Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s International
Fellowship of Christians and Jews, played a crucial role in
protecting Sderot’s residents from Hamas’ rockets.
The group “Christian Friends of Israeli communities,” based in
Samaria, is now appealing to Evangelicals to fund different security
projects: binoculars and ambulances in Neve Tzuf ($ 7.500), night
security guards in Bat Ayin ($12.500) and cameras and fences in
Maaleh Shomron ($ 22.500).
Very few people know the Christian role in defending Israel against
chemical threats (Syria just threatened to use lethal gas and germs
against “external forces.”)
The Beit El’s (Hebrew for “House of God”) air filtration systems,
installed in the Israeli hospitals, schools and homes, will protect
Jews against chemical or biological attacks. Today, the Beit El
Christian factory, based in Zichron Yaakov, is the country’s only
producer of complete NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical)
filtration systems for communal shelters.
These Christians work far from the glare of publicity, but are
motivated by the haunting legacy of the Second World War. As self-
styled “Christian Zionist,” the tiny community seeks to keep Israelis
safe from harm to aid what they believe is the biblical prophecy of
the ingathering of Jews in the Holy Land.
The first community members, under the leadership of Emma Berger,
arrived in Israel in the 1960s, and some who have come are children
of members of the German resistance against the Nazis. Berger wasn’t
welcomed favorably by the local Israelis. It could not be otherwise,
among those who survived the Holocaust, and among those fierce
peasants who could not bear to see their land sold to the Germans.
The Christians were also accused by ultra-Orthodox Jews, who even
stoned them, of being missionaries.
In Beit El they learned engineering to develop the filtration system,
and released the initial versions in 1980. No official standards then
existed in Israel for civilian protection from non-conventional
warfare, only for military facilities.
Beit El Industries became a great success when the Israeli government
enacted rules in 1995 requiring all new hospitals, kindergartens and
nursing homes to be fitted with air filtering systems. The system is
designed to protect people sitting in a shelter from nuclear,
biological or chemical attack.
After gas masks, the Beit El’s system has become the most widely used
protection device by Israeli civilians. In 1991, during Iraqi missile
attacks in the Gulf War, the Christian group ushered Israeli
residents into their factory shelters. Their invention will be used
again in case of war against Iran.
It’s astonishing and sad that very few Israelis know about those
strangers who ensure their survival. (Copyright © 2012
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