The sky is the limit…
“We have been waiting for you for a long time, actually for 70 years,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when welcoming Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India on July 4. The three-day visit was the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister to the independent Jewish State. The two leaders spoke about an economic partnership, immigration and centuries’ old links between their countries. Prime Minister Modi, representing 1.3 billion Indians, is reported stating that the sky is the limit in future economic cooperation with Israel. An estimated 90,000 Jews of Indian origin have made Aliyah to Israel. Today the southern city of Be’ersheva has the largest Indian Jewish community.
Lights off in Gaza
Since Gaza Strip’s sole power plant stopped operating in late April this year, the Strip’s population of close to 2 million Palestinians relies almost entirely on electricity imported from Israel. Due to the political struggle in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority has asked Israel to reduce the amount of power it transfers daily to Gaza. In 2007, the terrorist group Hamas won the Palestinian elections making the PA very unhappy about it. By reducing Israel’s power supply, the PA is fighting Hamas for control over the Strip. Israel has its own struggle with the PA because, for years, the PA has carried overdue electric bills, accumulating to hundreds of millions of Israeli shekels. For the sake of the people in Gaza, Israel continues supplying electricity, even with reduced daily hours.
Crises with segregated prayers
In June, prayer at Judaism’s holiest site was the subject of serious disagreements between Jews in the US and in Israel. Women in both countries demanded mixed men and women’s prayer at the wall. In 2016, Israel had approved a plan to officially recognize a special prayer area at the Western Wall in a compromise reached after years of negotiations by liberal Israeli and American Jewish groups and the Israeli authorities. It was seen as a significant step in promoting religious pluralism in Israel. However, the program was never implemented due to the demands by the ultra-Orthodox members of the government. Appealing to his coalition partners and wealthy American Jewish donors, PM Netanyahu has promised a new mixed gender prayer area under the Robinson’s Arch of the Wall plaza.
United in Prayer
- Intercede for rain in Israel and the entire region. Also, about 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon need water from Israel.
- Beseech the Lord for the restoration of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), greatly reduced due to years of drought. Pumping water for agricultural needs has stopped.
- Pray wisdom for Israel’s government with the illegal immigrant situation. It is estimated that 100,000 economic migrants and asylum-seekers of African origin are now living in the southern neighborhoods of Tel Aviv. Most of them remain in the country illegally.
- Cover with daily prayers PM Netanyahu, President Rivlin and their families, Israeli military and first responders, firefighters, and police force.
- Intercede God’s protection for all the borders, cities, communities, and neighborhoods. Include in your prayers all men, women, and children of Israel─their safety
- In prayer, hasten the time when all Israel will acknowledge the Lord and say:
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD (Ps 118:26).
<img class=”size-full wp-image-4816″ src=”http://cfi-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/wailing-wall.jpg” alt=”” width=”447″ height=”173″ /> Citizens and visitors of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome at the Western Wall.