AMERICANS FOR A SAFE ISRAEL (AFSI)
CHRISTIAN  "PRAY FOR GAZA DAY" 
THROUGHOUT THE U.S.
APRIL 9, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CHRISTIANS PRAYING FOR GAZA THROUGHOUT THE U.S.



Herbert Zweibon,  Chairman of Americans For a Safe Israel /AFSI has  turned to  the  Christian  Evangelical community who number in the tens of millions in the U.S., and considered to be one of President Bush's core constituencies, to institute a "PRAY FOR GAZA DAY," Zweibon notes, "Churches  across the country will observe a day of prayer for  Gaza before April 14,  in  anticipation of  Prime  Minister Sharon's  visit to Presi-
dent Bush at the White House.  It is their hope  to prevent the  surrender of 21 Jewish communities in Gaza to
the terrorists who are now in the area.  In addition,  all  Bible  believing Christians  and  Jews recognize that a
give away of  Holy  Land  is a violation of G-D's Covenant with the Jewish People.  References  to Joshua 13:
1-3, and Judges 1:18, are cited as specifically naming Gaza as part of the biblical entitlement."

AFSI's Chairman continues,  "There are also historic, strategic  and moral reasons for holding onto Gaza. The 1967 U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff  report,  which has never been revised, declared  Gaza a strategic requirement
for Israel's defense.  President  Bush's March 19  assertion that "Any sign of weakness or retreat simply  vali- dates terrorist violence, and invites more  violence for all nations"  would be negated if  Israel would withdraw from Gaza.  America's war on  terror in Iraq would  become more difficult and dangerous as we discover that terrorists by  any name  are  all the same.  This is  borne out in  the words of  Moqtada  al  Sadr  who told his followers:  'I am  the striking  arm for  Hizbullah  and Hamas  in Iraq because  the fate of Iraq and Palestine is
the same."

Quoting Pat Robertson in his address at the Herziliya Conference last December, Zwiebon echoes Robertson's pleas to the Israelis, "Please don't commit national suicide.  The slogan 'land for peace' is a cruel chimera. The Sinai was given up.  Did  that bring lasting  peace?  No.  Southern Lebanon was given up.  Did that bring last- ing peace?  No.
The world's  Christians ask that you do not give away the treasured symbols of your spiritual patrimony. Those political leaders who dismiss the spiritual  dimension of Israel's existence will find that they receive the mess of pottage of Esau rather than the inheritance of Jacob."
AMERICANS FOR A SAFE ISRAEL /AFSI
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