I have always been incredibly touched by the Jewish zest for life. Regardless of the hardships, it seems the joy and zest for life refuses to be snuffed out. I just came across a short video so moving that I just have to share it! Enjoy!
If you are unfamiliar with AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), I want to give you a very brief overview. AIPAC is the world’s largest public policy and lobbying group on behalf of Israel’s interests. I don’t know how many total members belong to AIPAC, but I can tell you that well over 15,000 attend their annual conference in Washington DC. Israel supporters from every US state gather to discuss policy, listen to world-renown experts on various topics related to Israel, and lobby Congress on the most important issues regarding Israel. For example, AIPAC took a strong stand against the Iranian nuclear deal and a strong stand for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
AIPAC is not a Christian organization. In fact, it is very diverse and bipartisan. Both Democrats and Republicans, male and female, liberal and conservative work together on policies most advantageous to the security and well being of Israel. There are various caucuses (such as a strong Christian caucus) who meet together to discuss their own perspectives of the issues.
With that as the backdrop, I can tell you that AIPAC is very informative when it comes to reporting on what takes place in the Middle East, and they typically have views and policies that resonate well with Israel supporters of all sorts. (Not always, but for the most part!)
They recently published their latest Near East Report and I recommend it for those of you who like to be “in the know” about what’s going on in the Middle East. Enjoy!
The excitement surrounding Israel’s 70th anniversary continues in evangelical circles. Recently, I read a very interesting piece written by former ICEJ Executive Director, Malcolm Hedding. With great insight and understanding of the history and present-day significance of Israel, he penned Understanding Israel at 70. I highly recommend it!
Last week, as many of us celebrated the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Hamas was busy with an agenda of their own. It isn’t a new agenda, but one they have implemented and advanced for decades now. In fact, their charter of 1988 makes their purpose clear:
The Islamic Resistance Movement, also known as the HAMAS, is an extremist fundamentalist Islamic organization operating in the territories under Israeli control. Its Covenant is a comprehensive manifesto comprised of 36 separate articles, all of which promote the basic HAMAS goal of destroying the State of Israel through Jihad (Islamic Holy War).
~The Covenant of Hamas
Hamas recruited Palestinian citizens (mostly jihadist rebels) to riot at Israel’s borders, leading up to Nakba Day, the day Palestinians remember the “catastrophe” of Israel’s rebirth. Thus, we have witnessed significant violence as Hamas ordered Palestinian people to storm the border.
The predominately liberal media has sympathized with Hamas, but is seemingly (though gradually) beginning to see a little more clearly. Even the ultra-liberal Washing Post ran an editorial by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, last week. In it, Dermer exposes the lies perpetrated by Hamas.
The article is informative, and also includes a 3-minute interview with Dermer. You will find the article and video here:
In addition, Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar just admitted that Hamas is coordinating with Hezbollah and Iran! Indeed, it is Iran working the puppet strings of both Hamas and Hezbollah, and Iran who is likely directing the riots at the border between Gaza and Israel. Click here to watch Sinwar’s admission.
Continue praying for truth to be made known, and the lies of Hamas revealed. It is important, during this time of increased respect for Israel, to grow roots of strength in standing for Israel. Ultimately, the day will come when doing so will be more difficult. May your roots grow deep in knowledge and resolve!