Dais at the International Christian Chamber of Commerce Conference in Jerusalem. (Credit: Eliana Rudee/Breaking Israel News)
As the Genesis maxim relates that those who exalt Israel will be exalted, blessings were in abundance at this year’s International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) conference in Jerusalem, themed “The Commonwealth of Israel – Becoming a Blessing to the Nations.”
Chock full of plenary sessions, workshops, panels, seminar breakouts and business matchmaking in collaboration with Israeli partners, the conference from November 3-7 aimed to “inspire, equip, serve and challenge each other to take the calling of God seriously.”
It brought people together from all over the world whose businesses and working lives have become a manifestation of an inward walk of faith. Timo Plutschinski of the WEA Business Coalition, spoke about business as a way to express God’s characteristics and Biblical principles such as accountability, trust, forgiveness for mistakes, excellence, responsibility, goodness and love.
Business, he posed, can act to expand the covenant between God and the Jewish people, but as business is all about relationships, this aim cannot be reached alone.
Knesset Member Robert Ilatov similarly commented on the intertwined destiny of the Jewish and Christian peoples, maintaining that when the world attempts to rewrite history, declare facts that never existed, promote the racist labeling of products made in Judea and Samaria and claim that the Jewish people have no connection to their holy sites, so too are they undermining the Christian faith – and all foundations of monotheistic religions for that matter.
Jan Sturesson, Chairman of International Board of the ICCC, told Breaking Israel News, “God chose Israel and the Jewish people and the ensuing question for all Christians is ‘What is my country’s contribution to support Israel?’” He declared, “Being blessed by blessing Israel is a spiritual reality impacting businesses, government relations and people groups.” In order to be blessed, voiced Sturesson, the Christian community “needs to come and support this nation and get the countries around the globe in connection with Israel.”
Sturesson further explained that Jews and Christians “have a common history and dialogue, and most importantly, a common future.” He thus called on Christians to stand up for their Jewish roots and Judeo-Christian values by “promoting business between Christians and Jews” and “standing together” in strategic partnerships.
One of the conference participants doing just that, Kerstin Ekholm from Finland, has been to Israel more than 50 times in the past 30 years. After becoming inspired by the ICCC conference in previous years, she started her import company, Tabita Products, to support Israel and “spread Israel’s light.” The company imports cosmetics, shampoos and anointing oil from Israel to Finland. Dedicating her life to this cause, Ekholm previously raised money in her Swedish-speaking Pentecostal church called “Sion” to bring a whole flight of immigrants from Russia to Israel. She and her husband began to bring others from their church with them to Israel as well, and Ekholm continues to participate in the ICCC conference, calling it a “prophetic organization,” and looking forward every year to meeting like-minded business people who stand with Israel.
“We know that we need to stand with Israel,” she told Breaking Israel News. “When I read the Bible, I know for sure that God has called Israel to be a light to the nations.”
Israel 365’s Rabbi Tuly Weisz speaks at the International Christian Chamber of Commerce Conference in Jerusalem. (Credit: Eliana Rudee/Breaking Israel News)
So too was this one of the conclusions related by Rabbi Tuly Weisz, Director of Israel365 and publisher of The Israel Bible and Breaking Israel News, in his address to the conference. Weisz associated three lessons from the story of Abraham to Abraham’s great descendants, the people of Israel as manifested through the state of Israel.
Similar to Ekholm’s takeaway of Israel as a light unto the nations, Weisz expressed that as is true with Abraham’s wealth, the Jewish people’s wealth is not measured by dollars, but by impact. “We are a tiny nation whose GDP is smaller than some American states. Our blessings are not measured in dollars and shekels but in the fact that we are now back in our homeland after 2,000 years and we are the only democracy in this tough neighborhood.”
He continued, “We provide equal rights to all our citizens, Jewish, Christian or Muslim and we are creating technology not to improve our lives, but to be used all over the world and to increase the quality of life in developing nations so that we don’t become the richest nation, but a light unto the nations.”
Second, he said, as all of Abraham’s riches came from God, so too, Weisz explained, Israel’s blessings come from God. “All of Israel’s success and innovation in high tech and agriculture – everything is a miracle,” he said. “The return of the people of Israel to the land of Israel over the last 100 years and the incredible economic success that occurred and is occurring here is a miracle, promised and outlined in the bible, and comes not from our economic or trade partners, nor our own smarts, but from God.”
Finally, relating God’s promise that those who bless the descendants of Abraham will be blessed, Weisz maintained, “the countries that stand with Israel will be protected, nations that stand against Israel will be cursed. And that goes for individuals as well. Investors who want to bless the Jewish people will see great blessing from those investments and I pray that each of you here today will be abundantly blessed by your blessings upon Israel.”
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration — is nothing more or less than a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration, and to bolster the idea that people claiming to be refugees enjoy a panoply of rights in countries where they have never before set foot.
One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
Top Jewish groups have welcomed a Chilean government decision made earlier this week to ban municipalities across the country from boycotting Israel.
The ruling — issued by the Comptroller General of Chile – stemmed from a complaint filed by the Chilean Jewish community over a move of the Valdivia municipality to ban the city from signing contracts with Israel-linked companies.
Spurred by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s resignation and the realization that elections will likely be moved to early 2019, the leaders of the Druze community are determined to fight against the Nationality Law.
Leaders from the Druze minority and others take part in a rally to protest the Jewish nation-state law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 4, 2018
It certainly seems like Israel is headed toward early elections. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who resigned Nov. 14, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett were both part of the current right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, competing over which of them was its most right-wing member
Israel has started uncovering and destroying Hezbollah’s attack tunnels under the Lebanese border, but destroying the group’s ambitious precision missile project will be much more difficult.
The Israel Defense Forces placed a camera into Hezbollah’s secret cross-border attack tunnel before sunrise on Dec. 4. They pushed it into the Lebanese side, under the Blue Line that separates the two countries. At dawn, two Hezbollah operatives reached the spot on their morning rounds. In the video disseminated by the IDF on Tuesday evening, one of the operatives is seen approaching the camera with suspicion. He stuck his nose in its direction and started to sniff around until something exploded in his face and he ran back the way he’d comVisibilitye.
The timing of Operation Northern Shield, to destroy Hezbollah tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israel, suggests that considerations other than security were behind the decision to launch it.
An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
This week, for the first time, Israel made public its discovery of the tunnel constructed by Hezbollah and reaching into Israel’s sovereign territory. This brought to an end a long period during which a large number of Israelis living in communities adjacent to the Lebanese border reported hearing sounds of digging as well as feeling tremors in the walls of their homes.
Attack tunnels are intended to allow for significant numbers of armed infantry bearing weapons, artillery and supplies, to traverse them within a minimal time span, avoiding Israeli lookouts and thereby gaining the element of surprise.
Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.
Rouhani’s fellow speakers included deputy Hezbollah chief Naim Qassem and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Both terror bosses called for the destruction of the “cancerous tumor.”
With the predictability of a Swiss clock, the Europeans rushed to condemn Rouhani. The EU in Brussels condemned Rouhani. The German Foreign Ministry condemned Rouhani. And so on and so forth.
We could have done without their statements.
It was clear that with the onset of Operation Northern Shield—meant to neutralize terror tunnels Hezbollah has constructed along the Israel-Lebanon border—some would call it a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who believe the timing of the police’s recommendations in Case 4000—announced on the last day of Roni Alsheikh’s tenure as the police commissioner—was reasonable, somehow complain about the timing of the operation.
On Sunday evening, December 2, the people of Sderot, Israel – a town located a mere kilometer from the Gaza border – gathered to light the first candle of the town’s menorah to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah. Jews around the world celebrate this holiday, which marks the time some two millennia ago when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.
What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
This is obviously a short-lived honeymoon that will end the day after the UN General Assembly vote on the anti-Hamas resolution. The morning after the vote, Abbas will wake up to the realization that Hamas was a strange bedfellow indeed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)