Jerusalem, God’s city
In his speech at CFI’s April 2018 Conference, former Israeli Ambassador to the US, Danny Ayalon, spoke about Jerusalem and Israel’s existence in the light of the years of the “peace talks” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Mr. Ayalon noted that starting with Yasser Arafat, the PA leaders have never agreed to a settlement that would have allowed them their own Palestinian State. Ayalon stated that “Just as God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, he has hardened the PA leaders’ hearts. If the PA had accepted any of Israel’s offers to divide the land for the favor of the Palestinians, Israel would no longer exist. It is not up to Israel to give up Jerusalem, God’s city,” Ayalon concluded. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted stating in June that, “The Bible is the basis for why we are here, why we have returned here and why we stay here!”
Pray for wisdom to Israel’s political and military leadership to hold on to their God-given land and the city of Jerusalem. “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob” (Psalm 87:2).
Financial action in the fight against terrorism
A law requiring deductions from Palestinian Authority’s tax coffers to offset their terror salaries passed in the Israeli Knesset at the end of June. Israel collects tax monies on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and transfers the funds to the PA. The new law allows Israel to deduct part of the funds that the PA regularly uses to make payments to the families of terrorists. Israel’s Defense Ministry reported in May that the PA pays over $330,000 annually as rewards for terror attacks. The more the terrorists kill Israelis, the higher their salaries are, according to the PA pay scale.
Intercede to the Almighty to touch the hearts of Palestinian Arabs to turn away from the teaching of hate and destruction. “Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:6−7).
World largest Jewish community in Israel
According to the official numbers collected by the Israeli Government, some 6.6 million Jews now live in Israel, compared to 5.7 million Jews in the United States. The Pew Research study in 2013, found that only 4.2 million Americans identified with Judaism as a religion, but an additional 1.5 million considered themselves either Jewish or “partly Jewish.”
Pray for God’s protection to the world Jewry as many Jews are making plans to move to Israel.