For the sake of the Scriptures
On every Independence Day, Israel holds the annual Bible Contest. This year 15-year old Sagiv Lugasi from northern Israel was the winner. He made history by being the first winner from a non-religious school in 30 years. Maria Shpilowitz, a girl from Belarus, came in third place. She had prepared for the quiz by teaching herself since she does not study in a Jewish school. Shlomo Helfgot, who was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, came in fourth place. The quiz event included also high-ranking guests such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and the Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. Please pray for Israeli children and teenagers by declaring over their lives:
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Deuteronomy 6:5).
No Apology for Balfour Declaration
In 2017, the Balfour Declaration, which helped pave the way for the establishment of the State of Israel, has its 100th anniversary. Referring to the anniversary, the Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, has threatened to sue the British government unless they apologize for the Balfour Declaration and promise to recognize a “Palestinian [Arab/Muslim] State”! The Balfour Declaration was a letter sent on November 2, 1917, by then-British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to a leader in the British Jewish community. In the letter Mr. Balfour said:
“His Majesty’s government views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object…”
(See the middle paragraph of the letter below.)
In the response to Abbas, the British Foreign Office has issued a reply, stating that “The Balfour Declaration is a historic statement for which Her Majesty’s [Queen Elizabeth II] Government has no regrets. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel.” (The Times of Israel)
An image of the original letter sent by Earl Arthur Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild in 1917
Israel with Statistics
In May 2017, Israel’s population reached 8.6 million with 6.4 million Jews and 1,9 million Arabs. Christians, Baha’i and other minorities make the rest, about 400,000. Out of 14.3 million world Jewry, 43% reside in Israel. The country welcomed 36,000 new immigrants in 2016, mainly from France, Ukraine, and Russia. About 28% of the population is children under 14-years of age. Children are Israel’s future!
Outdoor market shopping for Shabbat