“Our mouths shall be filled with laughter, our tongues, with songs of joy. Then shall they say among the nations, “Hashem has done great things for them!” Psalms 126:2 (The Israel Bible™)
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein speaks at the “A Salute to Christian Zionist Volunteers in Israel” event at the Knesset, November 6, 2017. (Eliana Rudee/Breaking Israel News)
The “first step” of the prophesied redemption for the Jewish people starts with Christian supporters of Israel, said Speaker of Knesset Yuli Edelstein at a government celebration of Christian Zionist volunteers in Israel on Monday.
Edelstein spoke of the privilege Israel has in seeing the “first step” of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies, stating that the first sign of the redemption “starts with good people from all over the world joining us in one desire- to worship our mutual God and to work the holy land.”
The November 6th event held at Israel’s Knesset, “A Salute to Christian Zionist Volunteers in Israel”, marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration according to the Jewish calendar (17 Cheshvan, 5678). The event included speeches by Speaker of the Knesset MK Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein, MK Sharren Haskel, and a special segment of the internationally acclaimed film “I Am Israel” as well as representation by the film’s director and producers.
Specially honored at the event was the Christian organization HaYovel. Over 1,700 Christians from 20 countries have volunteered in Judea and Samaria over the past ten years as a part of HaYovel’s mission to provide hands-on advocacy for Israel by strengthening the country’s small, independent farms.
Tommy Waller, President and Founder of HaYovel, said that it is the responsibility of every Christian to “bring more feet to Israel and keep the restoration moving in the right direction.”
HaYovel founder Tommy Waller speaks at the Knesset, November 6, 2017. (Eliana Rudee/Breaking Israel News)
As with the approaching redemption, so too does Waller see the relationship between Israel and Christian Zionists as moving forward. “There is a new presentation being made of Christianity in Israel today,” said Waller at the event.
The event further encouraged understanding and cooperation between Israel and Christian Zionists, a relationship that has shown significant growth in the past 70 years. The Israeli Knesset has especially welcomed the trend, honoring Christian organizations and forming a caucus focused on Israeli-Christian relations.
Member of Knesset Sharren Haskel told Breaking Israel News that Christian support of Israel is an amazing, growing phenomenon.
“Throughout the last 70 years, and even beforehand, it was really a minority of individuals that would go out and support Israel in the open. Slowly we see this movement growing. It comes from the United States, from Canada, from Brazil, from Africa…it’s absolutely a fascinating and amazing time to see it growing, and I’m grateful to be a part of it,” she told Breaking Israel News.
Likewise, MK Yehudah Glick, a Temple Mount activist and advocate for interfaith relations, praised Christian friends around the world as “a miracle.”
MK Robert Ilatov, Chairman of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, highlighted the importance of Christian support of Israel in the face of a largely anti-Israel international community. “We highly appreciate the love and support Israel receives from its Christian friends and allies around the world. It is not only a blessing, but an imperative in these trying times. Thank you for your prayers and thank you for standing with Israel,” he told the volunteers in attendance.
Rabbi Yonadav Zar, Har Bracha’s Head of the Higher Yeshiva Program, said, “With the nations here, the building of Knesset Yisrael, the gathering of Israel, is complete. Without you, we can’t be complete.”
Likewise, Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander, an outspoken advocate for the relationship between Jews and Christians, voiced his hope that “more meetings like this will occur all over the Jewish and Christian world.”
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/97425/first-step-redemption-begins-christian-support-affirms-knesset-speaker/#EvS0jHYez7Py100q.99
The UN Security Council. Photo: Twitter.
American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital should serve as a “reality check” for the Palestinians, the Jewish state’s UN envoy said on Friday, ahead of the start of a special Security Council session on the issue.
“President Trump’s declaration marks a milestone — for Israel, for peace and for the world,” Ambassador Danny Danon said.
The Palestinians, Danon further noted, “can choose violence as they have always done, or they can choose to join us at the negotiating table.”
“The Security Council must send a clear message that there is never an excuse for violence,” he declared. “Violence must never be used as a threat.”
The UN agency is currently dominated by the most oppressive regimes on education and culture. There is China, which recently let writer, poet and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo die an agonizing death in prison, where he was serving an 11-year jail sentence for his support of human rights and democracy.
Then there is Iran, where a dean of journalism, Siamak Pourzand, committed suicide to avoid more persecution by the regime.”UNESCO has been hijacked and abused as a tool for the persecution of Israel and the Jewish people, while concocting fake facts and fake history, meant to… rewrite global history.” — Carmel Shama Hacohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO.
Prague Old Town Square, Czech Republic. (Shutterstock)
In a sign of Biblical prophecy that the nations will gaze upon a unified Jerusalem with joy, and following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday night, the Czech Republic has said that it also recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
“The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967,” said a statement issued by the Czech foreign ministry.
A Palestinian protester holds stones during clashes with Israeli troops as Palestinians call for a “day of rage” in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 8, 2017.
The next few days will show whether the Palestinian Authority (PA) is headed toward the kind of chaos that could result in the collapse of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ government, or whether the Palestinians will manage to contain their outrage over President Donald Trump’s announcement that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Afghan protesters shout slogans during a protest againstÊU.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in Kabul, Afghanistan December 8, 2017. (photo credit: OMAR SCOBHANI / REUTERS)
JERUSALEM – Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the West Bank, Gaza and in east Jerusalem against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital.
Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the US move.
The real national camp—and no, I’m not referring to Likud but to the camp pursuing a Jewish, democratic and incorrupt state—has an actual chance of returning to power.
About one-third of Likud voters are presumably fed up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s way. It’s true that he’s made achievements. It’s true that the attacks on him were often vile, exaggerated hypocritical and filled with lies, mistakes, and manipulations. But no more. What could have been argued two or three or five years ago, quite rightfully, can no longer be argued today. Something has changed..
Over the last five hundred years, famous rabbinic leaders have called to limit the overwhelming authority of Rabbi Yosef Karo’s Shulchan Aruch and Rambam’s Mishne Torah. (1) They felt that these works do not reflect authentic Judaism and its halachic tradition. (2) The reason is obvious. These great codes of Jewish Law are very un-Jewish in spirit. They present Halacha in ways which oppose the heart and soul of the Talmud, and therefore of Judaism itself. They deprived Judaism of its multifaceted halachic tradition and its inherent music. It is not the works themselves which are the problem, but the ideology which they represent: The ethos of codifying and finalizing Jewish Law.
The New York Times published the Palestinian response to an alleged Saudi peace plan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly presented it to PLO chief and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas last month.
According to the Times’ report, Mohammed told Abbas he has two months to either accept the Saudi proposal or leave office to make way for a new Palestinian leader who will accept it.
Israel is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the historic visit of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem, that led to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. The move by Egypt, the largest and strongest Arab state, changed the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Sadat violated the Arab taboo against good neighborly relations with the Jewish state and opened the way for additional peace agreements. The defection of Egypt from the Arab military coalition eliminated the option of a two-front conventional war against Israel and saved the Israeli taxpayer billions of dollars. The heavy price paid by Israel to Egypt was total withdrawal from the Sinai and removal of settlements. But, in retrospect, it worked out well, turning Israel into “the land had peace
Islamic world more than fifty years ago, when I became fascinated by the classes taught by my Arabic teacher, the late Dov Iron, in Tel Aviv’s Zeitleen high school. From the very first class in early September 1066, I realized that we are being exposed to a culture that differs in every respect from the one upon which I was raised. I realized that the Arabic language is the key to a whole new world, one that thinks, feels and behaves in a way that must be studied perceptively in order to be understood.