“We are All Jews Here!”

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Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds – Righteous Among the Nations

In December 2015 I attended a Christian Leaders Seminar at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center in Jerusalem.  In my class was a pastor from Tennessee named Chris Edmonds,  and little did we know what excitement we would experience over the course of those 8 days at Yad Vashem.

We learned early on that Chris’ dad, Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds, had saved the lives of over 200 Jewish-American soldiers in WW2, and that Yad Vashem was nearing completion of the long process of confirming those facts.  While in class one day, word came that it was official: Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds was posthumously designated by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations,” Israel’s highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

The media circus started that day, as Edmonds became one of only a very few Americans to be so honored by Yad Vashem.  Chris was immediately bombarded by media requests, the honoring ceremony happened on January 27 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2016, Chris was invited to share his dad’s story at AIPAC 2016, and attempts to garner a Congressional Medal of Honor ensued.  Most recently, a movie has been produced about Edmonds’ heroism.  Indeed, it is a very fascinating story.

AISH.com just released the 2-minute version (below) of the story.  Click the links above to hear more of the fascinating story!  (My favorite is the AIPAC 2016 video!)  Enjoy!

Israeli Technology Makes America Safer

An illustration of the Trophy active protection system. (Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.)

While it is true that America supplies Israel with F-35 fighter jets and other military equipment, did you know that Israel supplies the US with some of the most advanced technology on the planet in order to keep America and our allies safe?

It’s true.  America benefits greatly from technology developed by Israelis.  Find out about some of that technology here:

Eight Examples of Israeli Technology Making America Safer

Senate Passes Defense Bill with Important Pro-Israel Provisions

AIPAC has announced that the US Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act that includes over $500 million in provision to Israel in accordance with the US-Israel Memorandum of Understanding.

See AIPAC’s Press Release here.

Praise God for men and women in Congress who stand for and support Israel.  Please pray for wisdom as our nation’s leaders consider important decisions every single day.  As tension grows, ask the Lord to send guardian angels to fend off the evil intent of the enemy to sow discord and strife within our halls of government.

AIPAC’s Near East Report – May 2018

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!