Shabbat Shalom, my friends!
The UN seems to never turn down an opportunity to disparage Israel. On Israel’s Independence Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to deny Israel’s historic and legal sovereignty in Jerusalem.
Arab countries, on behalf of the Palestinians, claim “Any action taken by Israel, the occupying power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the city of Jerusalem, are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.” Voting members of UNESCO (including many Arab members) agreed.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded:
“We deny UNESCO and uphold our truth, which is the truth. Throughout Jewish history, Jerusalem was the heart of the nation. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem and the 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress.”
The latest UNESCO resolution is the 19th against Israel. Other recent resolutions include:
- A June 2016 resolution declaring that Temple Mount will be known as “Al-Aqsa” (the Arab name) in all official reference and documents.
- A few weeks later, a resolution proclaiming the return of the holy site to the “historical status quo” before the 1967 war.
- In late-2016, a UNESCO resolution claimed Temple Mount to be sacred only to Muslims.
Meanwhile, following New Zealand’s co-sponsorship of a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israel recalled her ambassador, curtailing diplomatic relations with New Zealand. However, newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee of New Zealand contacted Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to restore relations.
“I’ve sent a letter to Mr. Netanyahu yesterday firstly congratulating them on their national day but expressing a desire for the Israeli-New Zealand relationship to get back on track and to do that by recognizing that we’ve got synergies and innovation and agriculture and various other things like that.”
~New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee
Kudos to New Zealand for attempting to “right a wrong,” and for seeing the value in standing with Israel! Join me in thanking God for the great citizens and pro-Israel leadership of New Zealand. May they stand firm…and be blessed, as they bless Israel!
On that note, I also send my blessings to those of you from New Zealand who follow this blog! As we join together as a worldwide family of God, our joint responsibility is to stand firm with God’s chosen land and God’s chosen people. It is a privilege to stand with you!