written by Gary Bauer, President of American Values
July 1, 2002

His Excellency Ariel Sharon
Prime Minister
State of Israel
Jerusalem, Israel

Your Excellency:

We hope this letter, written to you and the people of the great nation of Israel from your friends in the United States, will be an
encouragement.  We want to remind the Israeli people that they are not alone in their hour of need.

On September 11, 2001 the United States suffered a horrendous attack.  As we mourned our losses we were shocked to see
dancing in the streets, in celebration of our pain, in some parts of the Middle East. But in Israel you cried with us and lowered
your flag and shared our grief.  On September 11th many Americans came to understand for the first time what it is like to be
Israeli and to face barbaric terrorism that targets innocent civilians
. We know that in the face of this evil the free people of the
world who believe in human dignity, the sanctity of life  and in free institutions must stand together.

We know you have been America's reliable friend and ally and we understand that our friendship is natural because both of our nations are built on Western Civilzation, and its foundation of
Judeo-Christian values.

Please know that we are committed, as are millions of Christians in America, to praying for Israel and for the
"peace of Jerusalem". We also are committed to working to ensure that the great evil that threatens America and Israel does not prevail.

We believe Israel has the same right of self-defense that all sovereign nations enjoy.  We believe you have shown incredible
restraint in the face of the wanton violence aimed at innocent Israeli civilians.  We reject the notion that America or Israel should
be passive in the face of such violence.
We know that just as our country has the right to track down the terrorists who have
declared war on America that you too have the right to pursue those who are dedicated to destroying you.

We believe terrorists cannot be appeased and we reject all pressure on Israel to do so.

We believe the suffering of Palestinian Arabs is due to the failure of thier leaders to provide any vision for the future, other
than hatred of Israel and self-destruction.

We believe no peace conference or piece of paper can safeguard your people unless the nations and people who surround you
concede that you have a right to exist.  We know peace is impossible until the Palestinian leadership ends the indoctrination of Palestinian children with "blood libels" and stops teaching their children that they will be rewarded in eternity for killing Jews.

We believe no Palestinian state is possible with an end to terrorist attacks on Israel and democratic reform in the Palestinian

We know who the war criminals are and it is not the dedicated members of the IDF who have gone to great lengths to avoid
unnecessary death and injury to civilians.  We condemn the moral relativism that confuses those being murdered with those
doing the murdering.  We demand that the United Nations and other international bodies end their silence on the atrocities
committed against civilian men and women, young and old, in Israel.

We are disgusted with the rising tide of anti-Semitism that has swept the streets of Western Europe and the "fashionable"
anti-Semitism that now seeks respectability in some international bodies and among certain elites.  We will speak out forcibly
against such evil wherever it appears.

Finally, like you, we pray for a world where free people can live in safety and in peace, able to observe their own faith and to
honor their traditions.  As our two nations work toward that goal you have our commitment that American Christians will
stand with Israel.


Gary L. Bauer

Dr. James C. Dobson
Focus on the Familly

Charles W. Colson
Prison Fellowship Ministries

Reverend Jerry Falwell
Liberty University

Honorable Steve Baldwin
Council for National Policy

Dr. Negiel Bigpond. Sr.
Two Rivers Native American Training Center
Bixby, OK

David Blewett
President/National Director
National Christian Leadership
Conference for Israel

Richard Bott, Sr.
Bott Radio Network

Sandra Sheskin Brotman
Messianic Jewish
Concert Singer

Pastor Gary W. Burrows, Sr.
Sovereign Grace Bible Church
Front Royal, VA

Ronald A. Crews
Massachusetts Family Institute

Duke Duvall
Director of Development
Light of the World Ministries

Janet Folger
National Director
Center for Reclaiming America

Polly Grimes
Through The Book

Reverend John Hagee
Cornerstone Church

Dr. Reverend David Hudson
Riverside Apostolic Church
Morgantown, WV

Alvin B. Lfone
Independent Community Church

Marlin Maddoux
USA Radio Network

Ed McAteer
National Religious Round Table

William J. Murray
Religious Freedom Coalition

Reverend Reuben A. Parlier
Pastor Bethel Chapel
Huntingdon, PA

Janet Parshall
Nationally Syndicated
Talk Show Host
Salem Radio Network

Dr. Paige Patterson
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Glenn R. Plummer
Chairman & CEO
National Religious Broadcasters Association

Sandy Rios
Concerned Women for America

Nina Shea
Center for Religious Freedom
Freedom House

James Showers
Director of Finance
The Friends of Israel

Ruth Simms
SOR International
Broad Run, VA

Dr. Ron Susek
Susek Evangelistic Association

Dr. Joe Van Koevering
G-D's News Behind the News

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