14 October 2006

Israel update October


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Nearly 5,000 Evangelical Christian supporters of Israel from around the world have decended on Jerusalem for the annual Feast of Tabernacles celebrations. It is estimated that one in every three tourists to Israel is an Evangelical Christian.

The 27th annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration, which is sponsored by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, is expected to pump $15 million into the economy, in what has been billed as the single largest tourism event of the year.

Israeli Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog said. "The Evangelical Christian community is a major pillar of the tourism industry in Israel, and they are true friends of Israel wherever they are. As radical extremist forces in the region call for the annihilation and eradication of the Jewish state, we should join forces with anyone that supports Israel," Herzog said.
Source: Jerusalem Post

What Israeli wouldn't welcome the financial 'good news' that Christians are to the state of Israel? Even if they come with baggage, it's welcome at this time, wouldn't you think?

News Australia reports that Prime Minister John Howard gave a keynote speech recently to a security conference in Canberra in which he said the Arab world must recognize Israel's right to exist and Israel must accept the establishment of a Palestinian state if the world is to ever live in peace and move forward.

"There must be unconditional acceptance throughout the entire Arab world, without exception, of Israel's right to exist in peace and security behind recognized borders," he said. "The entire Arab world - including Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas and in addition Iran - must give up forever the idea that the Israelis can be driven into the sea" Mr Howard said
Source: News Australia

Now is in fact a good time for believers to stand with Israel. That doesn't mean you have to endorse everything the country does, and 'bless' everything the politicians do (nor should you in any country). But it means to pray for Israel and for peace and love between all peoples. It means to help Jewish people find eternal life in Y'shua. It means speaking well of Jews and thanking God for making such a people as us.

I'm not choosing political "sides", but asking people of good will to support the rights of Jewish people in the Land to live in peace.

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