The Seventh Step
PM and Mrs. Natanyahu visiting the only site in Machpelah where Jews were allowed to pray for hundreds of years
The Egyptian Mamelukes captured the Holy Land in 1250 A.D., and banned all non-Muslims from entering Machpelah, the Tomb of the Patriarchs. They called it the Mosque of Ibrahim. Non-Muslims were restricted to the seventh step of the side stairway entrance. The only exceptions were a few royals and diplomats who visited the holy site with a special travel permit and an armed guard. Still today, the site favors the Muslim pilgrims. In 2017, the UN Security Council declared the Old Town of Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site, instead of an Israeli or a Jewish site.
IDF soldiers patrolling in Hebron
While visiting Hebron in September, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that his plan to annex the West Bank communities includes the Jewish city of Kiryat Arba and the Jewish enclaves of Hebron. The plan extends Israel’s sovereignty over the communities as a part of the State of Israel. (The Times of Israel)
Let’s pray united for Israel
During the annual UN General Assembly in NY in September, there was an unprecedented focus on religious freedom and religious persecution, including anti-Semitism. In His speech, President Donald Trump urged the world nations and the UN to take a concrete action. The British Secretary of State, Lord Wimbledon, summarized the situation by saying that, “religious persecution around the world is not only a Christian concern, but a human concern.” Let’s pray united for the safety of Jews, Christians and other minorities (Psalm 84:11−12).
President Reuben Rivlin gave Benjamin Netanyahu
the first mandate to form the next government after the September elections. Netanyahu is reported stating that, “Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed to the people of Israel.” Intercede for a national unity government. (Psalm 1:1─6).
Expectation of the Messiah
Referring to the current government situation, The Jerusalem Post published an old prophecy by Rabbi Sasson Hai Shoshani that states, “There will come a day that two ministers win the government in the Land of Israel. Both their names will be Benjamin [Netanyahu and Benjamin Gantz], and neither of them will succeed in establishing their government or kingship. On that day, know and understand that the King Messiah already stands at the doorway, and on the Sabbath afterwards, He will come and be revealed.” (John 4:25)
Happy New Year – Rosh HaShanah 5780
Please pray that Israel will have a year of peace and protection from all her enemies (Psalm 124:1−8).