In honour of Israel
In honour of Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 70 reasons to love Israel!
From technological breakthroughs to ancient wonders, natural beauty and social achievements, there are so many things to thank God for here in Israel.
- It really is a land of milk and honey! Israeli cows are the most productive in the world. An average Israeli cow produces about 25,500 pounds of milk each year, and Israel has been sharing its know-how with other countries like Vietnam to boost milk-production.
- Israelis have literally made the desert bloom, producing vast amounts of fruit, vegetables and flowers in the Negev and the Arava desert areas. Israel exports more than $1.3 billion worth of agricultural products every year, and a record-breaking pepper was grown in the Arava desert!
- Hebrew, one of the two official languages in Israel (the other being Arabic) is the only language in the world that was “dead” but has been brought back to life.
- Every week, the country slows right down for Shabbat, the national day of rest. Transport stops, shops are closed, and families gather for the traditional Shabbat meal.
- Israel has one of the highest standards of living, in terms of education, life expectancy (highest in the world – 82), safety for minorities, and economic prosperity, in the Middle East.
- Israel is home not only to Jewish people from many different countries and cultural backgrounds, but also to Arab Muslims, Christians, Armenians, Druze, Bedouins, refugees from Sudan and other African countries, people of the Bahai faith, and others.
- In times of international crisis and disaster, Israel’s emergency teams are usually among the first there on site to help.
- Albert Einstein was asked to be Israel’s first president! He declined.
- Christians can worship Jesus in safety in Israel – a liberty not available to many in the Middle East.
- Unlike leaders of other nations in the Middle East, Israeli leaders are subject to the rule of law and are even sent to jail when convicted of criminal offences, as ex-President, Moshe Katsav, found out.
- Israel is one of only 2 countries that entered the new century with a net gain of trees.
- Israel has the only theater company in the world that is comprised entirely of deaf and blind actors, and our banknotes have Braille on them for the blind.
- You can see the original wall from the time of Nehemiah in Jerusalem and walk through the water tunnels he constructed in the City of David.
- You can see the remains of the very second temple that Yeshua walked in.
- You can ride a boat on the sea of Galilee, and see ancient boats that are thousands of years old.
- You can swim with dolphins in Eilat, and ski on the top of snowy Mount Hermon.
- The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. Dead Sea mud has minerals that nourish the skin and people flock from all around to try out their healing and health benefits.
- Israel produces the most scientific papers per capita per year in the world.
- There are many problems in Israel, but the population is free to discuss them and protest publicly, and the Israeli press do not hold back at all in their criticism either! This is a fruit of a free and democratic country.
- Thousands of Syrians (technically “enemies” of Israel) have been treated in Israeli hospitals in the last couple of years.
- In fact children from many neighbouring countries – Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Kurdistan, and other places – have received life-saving medical care in Israel.
- The revolutionary “drip irrigation” method invented in Israel has shown the way for many water-deprived nations to improve desperate situations.
- Israel was the first country to ban size 0 models.
- Israeli women have equal rights, and some of the best educational opportunities in the Middle East.
- Golda Meir was the third female prime minister in the world, and 44% of Israel’s registered lawyers are women.
- Israel was legally established four times over: The San Remo Article 22 of 1920 ratified the Balfour Declaration as internationally binding law, the League of Nations 1922 “Mandate for Palestine” was unanimously approved by all 51 states of the League, UN Resolution 181 to partition Palestine was passed in 1947, and the Declaration of Independence in 1948.
- There are 137 official beaches, and the Red Sea has beautiful coral reefs full of exotic fish for fun snorkelling and diving experiences.
- In order to protect its citizens from attack, Israel developed the revolutionary “Iron Dome” defense system, which accurately shoots down missiles fired at Israel – while they are still in the air!
- Studies show that Israel is one of the best places to raise children, and that it is one of the happiest countries in the world.
- For the population size, Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees.
- The Technion University in Haifa was #78 in the best universities in the world, and among the top 25 engineering schools, according to Business Insider magazine 2012.
- Israeli beauty, Linor Abargil, won the title of Miss world in 1988 after having just survived a rape attack abroad. She went on to become a campaigner against sexual violence.
- Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, an Israeli Arab microbiologist from Baqa al-Gharbiyye is Israel’s new “Masterchef” and dreams of opening a Jewish-Arab cooking school.
- Israel ranks 19th among 187 nations on the UN’s Human Development Index, which places it in the category of “Very Highly Developed”.
- The cell phone was developed in Israel.
- Anti-virus software was also developed in Israel.
- Many medical breakthroughs were successfully pioneered and developed in Israel, including treatments that battle HIV and cancer, and help for those with epilepsy, autism and dyslexia, to name a few.
- Israel is ranked first place in the world in the survival of cancer patients.
- Flowers are exported from Israel in vast numbers, and we have become a major player in the global floral industry.
- The percentage of Israelis engaged in scientific and technological inquiry, and the amount spent on research and development in relation to gross domestic product is amongst the highest in the world.
- Israel produces 95% of its own food requirements.
- A company called Biobee breeds and sells insects as a form of pest control, reducing the need for chemical pesticides. Their “good bugs” keep other bugs from harming the crops. They also breed bumble bees to naturally pollinate in the greenhouses and fields.
- The cherry tomato was genetically developed in Israel, and is grown in the desert for a sweeter taste!
- Israeli researchers have successfully cultivated a plant from 2,000 year old seeds from a date palm.
- Israel is on the cutting edge of solar power technology, and 90% of Israeli homes have water heated by solar energy.
- The city of Haifa has the second shortest underground funicular system in the world, going up and down Mount Carmel in just 6 stops!
- The public transportation system is cheap, efficient, and has free wifi.
- A group of Israeli artists started “bus stop libraries”, providing free books at bus stops for people to read and exchange.
- You can read the verse from Leviticus on some buses and stations: “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old”.
- Many of the streets are named after Biblical heroes like King David, Solomon, Samson.
- There is a national Bible quiz, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s son won it one year.
- The Prime Minister goes to a regular Bible study and it is not uncommon from him to quote the Bible in speeches.
- Israel is a country that loves to read – it publishes more books translated from other languages in the world.
- Israel has won a disproportionate number of Nobel prizes for its size and small population, and has won more than all the other Middle Eastern countries combined.
- Many smartphone apps like Whatsapp, Viber and Waze were invented in Israel.
- Israeli company EWA developed the technology to produce drinking water out of thin air. A condenser absorbs the air’s humidity, holds it in silica based gel granules, then condenses it into water. Better still, 85% of energy used is pumped back into the system.
- Israel has one of the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the world, giving it the nickname, “Start-up nation”. It has the highest rate of entrepreneurship among women and people over 55 in the world.
- The city of Beersheba has the highest number of chess grandmasters per capita in the world.
- Eilat and the south of the country are a bird-watchers’ paradise – Israel has one of the highest levels of bird traffic in the world per square kilometer, with more than 500 million migrating birds cross its airspace.
- Stargazing from the Israeli desert is a sight to behold.
- Israel produces many award winning wines.
- Israeli children are 10 times less likely to suffer from peanut allergies due to early introduction to the nationally beloved peanut-puff snacks “Bamba”.
- There are 273 kibbutzim in Israel – where everyone works together, lives communally and shares the benefit of their collective labour. These kibbutzim were particularly important in helping the country get established in the early days of its development.
- Israel has the largest number of museums per capita than anywhere else in the world.
- Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
- Voice mail, instant messaging and USB flash drives all began in Israel.
- Israel was the first country to sign up to the Kimberly process, the international standard that certifies diamonds as being “conflict free”.
- Alexander the Great is said to have entered Israel in 333 BCE via the caves at Rosh Hanikra, and Napoleon and King Richard the Lionheart (the king that was absent in the time of Robin Hood) have also paid visits to the country with hopes of conquest.
- Israel has miraculously won every battle pitched against it, with hostile nations seeking to destroy it since its inception. Although the Israel’s defence forces are strong, many supernatural miracles have helped Israel to avoid annihilation.
- The number of Messianic believers who know Yeshua as their Messiah has trebled every decade since 1948, and is now over 30,000.
Jerusalem Capital of Israel
Jerusalem Capital of Israel
In 1995 I stood with thousands of others in Jerusalem watching the 3000th celebration from when King David declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since then the city has changed hands and been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Jerusalem not only the centre of the Universe but the centre of the battle between good and evil. As satan wanted to be god and take over heaven he also wants to take over Jerusalem the city of the great King. For this city to be declared the capital of Israel is just another nail in his coffin and he is not happy. He has tried to destroy the Jewish people many times throughout history as in the time of Esther, and the Babylonians, the Maccabees, the Greeks and the Romans all have tried and failed. Now like all wars it must come down to the final battle for the prize that determines who wins. And this is the battle for the city of the great King and the prevention of His return. So we have to, yes have to decided where we stand. As Moses said all those for the Lord come over here. At this time it is no time to sit on the fence but decide whom we will serve. The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob or the other side?
Front Page Jeerusalem
Latest news from Jerusalem
Are the Settlements Illegal?
Most criticism of Israel’s settlements revolves around the idea that the settlements are illegal. But there are several reasons why the settlements cannot be viewed as illegal. For one thing, the famous Balfour Declaration of 1917 said nothing about any part of “Palestine” that could not become part of the Jewish home, which the British government “viewed with favor.” Some point to the Fourth Geneva convention which says that an occupying power cannot transfer some of its own population into the occupied territory. But that rule was specifically aimed at the Nazis who were transferring large populations into concentration camps. The special wording of the article makes it clear that it cannot be applied to Israel today. It refers only to territory that is occupied by a “High Contracting Party”, whatever that is. Moreover, Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not threaten the native population and therefore do not violate the Geneva Convention, as others have pointed out.
In addition, these so-called “settlements” have often been the source of help for Palestinians living in the area. When medical help is needed, they go to the Jewish people, to request (and get) help. This is in spite of numerous attacks on these same communities by terrorists. Saving lives is an important part of Jewish culture, and if humanly possible, they never turn away people seeking help. Today no state has laid claim to the West Bank. Jordan annexed it at one time, but later withdrew that annexation and does not claim it today, although they do wish to keep some control over the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, after investing large sums of money to renovate the latter.
There is a biblical mandate for returning to the land, and predictions that the Jewish people will do so. No part of the land is exempted in these predictions. The Trump administration has recently said the settlements “may not be helpful” to peace negotiations, but so far it is just a mild suggestion. President Trump has sent Nicky Haley to the UN as United States ambassador, and she has made a point of declaring that “the days of Israel bashing are over.” God bless her, and all those of like sentiment. “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses… No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life” (Joshua 1:3,5).
Lonnie C. Mings
Christian Friends of Israel -
Jerusalem email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
Jerusalem the City of the Great King
Is Jerusalem ever to be Divided or Undivided?
David conquered this city from the Jebusites [1 Chronicles 11:4-9] and reigned there for 33 years followed by Solomon. Solomon built the First Temple in 957BC, which stood for 400 years before being destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC. Then the Second Temple was built in 535 BC and was completed in 515 BC. This Temple stood until the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. Finally, after once more rising against the Romans in 135AD most of the Jewish people were removed from Jerusalem but some were allowed to stay. Down through the ages there has always been a remnant of Jewish people in this much fought over city. It has been destroyed approximately 20 times and every time rebuilt; rebuilt like no other city on Earth ready for the coming King. The late Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Teddy Kolech, said, “We have to beautify the City if the Messiah is going to come to it.” It was then dirty and run down, today it is a place to behold. So how did it get in such a shape? In a word, neglect, because if a population has no connection to a place they take no interest and the result is that it becomes run down, as it was in 1967. None of the controlling powers over the centuries saw anything special in this city.
When Israel was declared a State in 1948, in line with the Partition voted for in the U.N., the new state of Israel was attacked from all sides by 7 Arab nations involving 5 Arab armies, [Revelation 12] At this stage Jerusalem was not divided with both Jewish and Arab residents living within the walls in their own areas. At the end of the 1948 war, a ceasefire was called by the U.N. between the fledgling Jewish Nation and the Arab armies. The result was that a line was drawn on the map separating what became the West Bank (of Jordan) and Israel. This line split off the Eastern part of the city of Jerusalem and for the first time in history, the city was divided between East and West.
So for the first time in nearly 3000 years of Jewish history, since the time of King David, Jerusalem became a divided city. Jordan took this land and annexed it as part of Jordan; only two countries agreed with this annexation, Britain and Pakistan.
An illegal barrier was created that is now being called legal. So began 19 years of total control of the local people and a destruction of any Jewish connection with Jerusalem and the area. There was no freedom of religion, as all religions came under the control of Jordan. They destroyed 58 Synagogues, including the Hurva Synagogue, which has recently been rebuilt in the Old City. Jordan destroyed hundreds of Jewish graves on the Temple mount and many of the stones were used to build toilet blocks. They used Jordanian money and they stopped Jews going to the Jewish sites contra to what was agreed upon at the ceasefire and they prevented the local Arabs from going to the Mosques on the Temple Mount. In fact all freedom of Religion ceased. Only under Israeli rule has there ever been full freedom of religion.
Jerusalem is the city where the prophet Zechariah, in a dark and lonely cave, prophesied, "I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves." [Zechariah 12:3]
For two thousand years the Jewish people cried out to God, in their exile, to be able to return to their Holy City and in 1967 God miraculously restored them to the Holy City of Jerusalem in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Israel asked King Hussein of Jordan to stay out of the 1967 war and if he did he could keep the West Bank and the Old City. However, his Arab counterparts convinced him that Israel was being destroyed so he attacked and in 6 days he lost all the land Jordan had claimed. In six days God made the heavens and the earth and then he rested. In six days God restored the Jewish people to their land and His Holy City and then He rested.
Jerusalem the City of our Great King, fought over and destroyed so many times throughout history, is once more the centre of Jewish life. Israeli soldiers who lost their sight in the fighting for the restoration of Jerusalem in 1967, said, "We gave our eyes to gain our soul. Jerusalem is our soul."
The prophetic end of the age is described in the Book of Revelation and centres around a small piece of land in Jerusalem called the Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock was not built for some 600 years after the destruction of the second Temple. The rock that lies under the Dome of the Rock is called the rock of Abraham because it was believed to be where Abraham offered up Isaac. Even the Muslims acknowledge it with an inscription in Arabic on the Dome of the Rock, which says: "The Rock of the Temple in the Garden of Eden." As the “peace” process continues thousands of Arabs living in what is known as East Jerusalem are taking out Israeli citizenship. This started as a trickle but has grown over the years so that they can continue to obtain the benefits of living in a Jewish State, the only true democracy in the Middle East.
Jerusalem is mentioned 782 times in the Bible but never mentioned in the Koran. The Jewish people are the only people to pray towards the Temple Mount. The Arabs may pray on the Temple mount but they pray towards Mecca and not Jerusalem as Jews all over the world do. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob put His name there, (1 Kings 9:3) and ever since the world has been trying to remove it. Many empires have tried to place their gods there, from the Greeks, Romans, Moslems and Turks Even the Christians of the city claim it has to be in their hands for the Messiah to return. The True Messiah will return to this place to take up His throne as the King of the Jews. (Acts 1:)So from this we can see it is a Spiritual battle to prevent the return of Jesus, because with the Jews once more in control of the City the Messiah could come at any time. To attempt to remove the Jewish People from Jerusalem is nothing more than an attempt to disprove the Word of God and to prevent the return of Jesus, the King of the Jews returning to this place. (Acts 1:10-11)
The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the Holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. (Zechariah 2:12)
Jerusalem is the only city where God has promised to prosper those who love it. (Psalm 122:6) The Lord has placed “Watchmen upon the walls that will give Him no rest, ’till He establishes and ’till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." (Isaiah 62:6-7)
We are commanded by God to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, not its division. To go against Jerusalem is to go against God Himself. For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye— (Zechariah 2:8).
The greatest miracle in the world in our time is the re-establishment of the State of Israel with Jerusalem as its capital. A city that remained undivided for nearly 3000 years and now, because of just 19 years of division, Israel is being told to give it up; Jerusalem the Holiest City in the World to the Jewish people, the City they have longed to return to since the days of the Romans. At each Passover during all of that time the cry has been “Next Year in Jerusalem.” God has heard their cry and answered their call and today as you walk the streets of Jerusalem you can experience that miracle as prophesied in Zechariah 8:4-5.
[Isaiah 40:8] We give thanks that the Word of God is forever true. [1 Peter 1:23]
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