Wonderful events demonstrating God’s overflowing blessings

Eddie Santoro 

Feb 15, 2018

As we trust in God and lay hold of his infinite power, our lives are filled with overflowing blessings. Here are just a few of the many wonderful events that have filled the past few weeks and allowed us to be “The light of the world”!

Touching the Lost
We had just locked the gate to our house and were about to get into our car. We were heading to Jerusalem for an appointment. A young man we had never seen was walking along the road in front of our house. I felt the Lord say, “Offer him a ride.” I smiled and asked him where he was going. He was indeed heading in the same direction as we were so I offered to take him. For the next ten minutes that we were together, we poured the love of God upon him. We shared our testimony of the amazing and overcoming power of the life of God within us and God’s desire to be in intimate relationship with him. He seemed open and responded to our testimony with interest. As I dropped him off, I took his phone number and will be in touch with him over the next few days.

The other night, we went to a small Thai restaurant. The owner knows us as we really enjoy the food and have been there many times. We have established a warm connection and as often as the situation permits, I try to mention something of the Lord. This time as I went to say goodbye to him, we started to talk. Within a few minutes I began to share my testimony. He was very open and involved in the conversation and I felt that his time had just about come. I spoke with him about the simple yet amazing reality of inviting Yeshua into his life. I asked him if he was ready to pray and he said very sincerely that he was progressing but that he was not quite ready. We both agreed that my words and my life were touching him in a positive way. Before I lelt, I laid my hands upon Nir and blessed him and prayed that his heart would continue to be open.

Last week, we went to the Dead Sea for two nights in celebration of my birthday.  We were blessed with many opportunities to share Yeshua with Israelis, both secular and religious. We had some wonderful conversations including one very special one with a rabbi from Tel Aviv. The walls we come up against when we share are high and strong but we are not discouraged. The reality that we walk in is that “one plants, another waters, but God brings the increase.”

That verse is life for me as we touch many with the love of Yeshua. It frees me from feeling that I have failed. I will plant and I will water. This is what God has given me to do. The miracle of bringing forth life is God’s responsibility, not mine.

Other Events
Last Friday night, over thirty-five people from several different congregations attended our “Third Season” gathering. In the midst of a warm and loving atmosphere in which we welcome the Shabbat, there is a time of praise and a precious time of food and fellowship. Our non believing neighbor has come to each event for the last year and she won’t miss! Everyone loves this group and the requests to attend are more than we can accommodate at this time!

Below are pictures from some other events in the last few weeks.

From left to right they are:
1. A reunion photo of some of those who were with us in our Tel Aviv congregation “young adults” group and are now with us in Ahavat Yeshua, Jerusalem.

2. The circumcision of the son of a young couple in our congregation.

3. A  non believing Israeli couple whom we met at the Dead Sea and with whom we shared Yeshua.

4. A birthday dinner at our home where 5 of us celebrated birthdays all within two weeks of each other.

5. Dinner with the Korean home group. They are faithful members of our congregation.


Our congregation is flourishing. It is hard to believe that it was almost 12 years ago that Asher and I along with fifteen others from Revive Israel started the work that now has a weekly attendance of about two hundred. And today, a team of young Israelis that we have helped raise up for this very moment are carrying the responsibility for the daily operation of the congregation. It is so gratifying to see them operate with such a high level of maturity, energy, vision and most importantly, love.

It is with much love in our hearts that we declare to you that God blesses those who bless Israel and so in return, we loose the blessing of God in every area of your life.

This article originally appeared in Zion’s Glory Update, February 5, 2018, and reposted with permission.



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Ingen arabere har det bedre enn de som bor i Israel

Af Arve 06. January 2018

Med hensyn til forventet levetid og spedbarnsdødelighet ligger den arabiske israelske befolkningen høyest i den arabiske og muslimske verden, skriver organisasjonen United With Israel 

Arabere i arbeide i Israel

Norsk-israelsk handelskammer / Ole Bernhard Sørbøe

Arabisk israelere har den høyeste forventede levetiden i Midtøsten sammenlignet med befolkningen i 21 muslimske og arabiske land viser en ny undersøkelse. 
Undersøkelsen er foretatt av Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. I 2015 var forventet levealder for israelske arabere 79 år, høyere enn rike land som Qatar, De forente arabiske emirater (UAE) og Bahrain, og lik den vanlige amerikanske befolkningen.

Alle arabiske og muslimske land har hatt en betydelig nedgang i nedgang i spedbarnsdødelighet mellom 1995 og 2015. Det er imidlertid store forskjeller mellom landene. Bahrain har den laveste spedbarnsdødeligheten med 5,3 dødsfall per 1.000 levendefødte. På den andre siden ligger Pakistan med en barnedødelighet på 65,8 per 1000 levendefødte. Arabiske israelere har den fjerde laveste barnedødeligheten i den arabiske verden, etter Bahrain, UAE og Malaysia.

Israels arabere har tilgang til et av de mest avanserte medisinske systemene i regionen, og nyte alle tjenester som tilbys av den jødiske staten, skriver United With Israel. En fersk meningsmåling viser at araberne som bor i Israel er stolte over å være israelere (60 prosent), og føler seg som israelere (73 prosent).
Arabere er ansatt ved og mottar tjenester fra alle regjeringskontorer. De studerer på alle universiteter, inkludert Ariel University i Samaria, og fungerer som dommere, leger, IDF-offiserer og parlamentarikere.



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***God will never forsake us***

God will never forsake us in times of trouble

CBN Israel 

Feb 12, 2018

I have worked and served at CBN Israel with widows, single mothers and families in economic crisis for many years. Throughout this time, I have come across many difficult stories, but I can honestly say that I have never seen even one of these righteous ones abandoned or forsaken by God in their time of trouble.

I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His descendants begging for bread.“- Psalm 37:25.

People always feel they are on the edge of their circumstances, but God always has a hope and a future in mind for us.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

When I see people willing to change their attitudes and decide to take responsibility for their life, I see the hand of God reaching out to help them.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:4-7

When people choose to look beyond their circumstances, at their full life and not just the missing parts of it, they discover that there is always something to be thankful for.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”- 1 Corinthians 10:13

Nowhere is it said that we will not undergo trials and tribulations, but yet, God promises to make a way for those who trust in Him.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” –Habakkuk 3:17-19

When everything is difficult and you feel frustrated, the way to fight it is to come closer to God, being thankful and worshiping, and to rejoice in what you do have. Focusing on the negative pulls you down, but a positive attitude and thankfulness builds hope.

This article originally appeared on CBN Isael, January 18, 2018, and reposted with permission.



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***Zion is not a dirty word***

Zion is not a dirty word

One For Israel Staff 

Feb 2, 2018

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
    in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

Beautiful in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,
    the city of the Great King. (Psalm 48:1-2)


How did the word Zion become so sullied? The Psalms talk of Zion in glorious terms, but today it has a very different connotations. Many people who are angry with the state of Israel insist that they are not anti-Semitic, but that their gripe is with Zionism.

We are warned not to conflate Judaism with Zionism, and are assured that they are completely different. We are told that one can hate Zionism without being in any way anti-Semitic. Some even see Zionism on a par with Nazi ideology – violent, racist, bent on colonialism and an ever-expanding empire. However, this way of thinking is riddled with mistakes. Here are a few of them.

Judaism is not what you think it is

It is often said that wherever you have two Jewish people, you will have three different opinions. Certainly not all Jewish people adhere to the same “Judaism” as if it were a simple and singular thing. Broadly speaking, to be Jewish is a matter of birth more than belief. There are many atheist Jews, hippy Jews, Buddhist Jews, Messianic Jews who follow Yeshua, Jews who think the Messiah was from Brooklyn and Jews who think there is no Messiah.

There are kibbutznik Jews who prefer to leave God out of the picture, and others into New Age practices and even witchcraft, as well as religious Jews of all kinds and varieties – Orthodox and Reform, Ashkenazi and Sephardic, with beliefs, superstitions and cultures as diverse as the nations among whole they were scattered.

Some Jewish people in other countries couldn’t care less about the Promised Land, and may feel distinctly uncomfortable about the Middle East conflict. Some campaign on behalf of Palestinian rights, while others are love-blind in their passion for Israel, and see none of its shortcomings at all. Some Orthodox Jews think that the modern state of Israel is an abomination, while others are actively planning how to resurrect a third temple in the place of the Dome of the Rock mosque the minute it falls. And there are many shades in between all these extremes. So let’s bear that in mind, first and foremost.

People of the Book

However, there are a few things that unite Jewish people. First and foremost is their ancestry, and the God-ordained way that they became a people, starting with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Then there is Jewish tradition that has developed – Jewish wedding traditions, liturgy and prayers said at Jewish feasts, and so on. These are all pretty much across the board. And of course, there’s the Bible itself, their history book as a people.

We have so much archeological evidence now that points to the veracity of the Biblical accounts of Israel’s history that it is becoming harder and harder to dismiss it as a book of fairy tales. There really was a King David – we have found his house with verifying seals. Hebrew script has been found on many ancient items in the land right back to King David’s time, testifying to Jewish presence in Zion, the City of David, and the whole land of Israel. There really was a temple – many of the original stones are still there to be seen today. The Jews really did go to Babylon and come back – the original decree of King Cyrus permitting the Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem can be viewed in the British Museum in London.

The Bible is full not only of Jewish history, but also of promises, covenants – layer upon layer of them – that the Land of Israel was promised to them. Yes, there were punishing exiles, but Scripture is quite adamant that an eventual and permanent return of the Jews to the land would happen. Not because of Israel’s faithfulness, but because God is faithful to his promises.

If Jewish people consider Israel their homeland, it’s not just because of deals made by the powers that be in the early twentieth century – it’s a longstanding matter within Judaism and inscribed in the Jewish scriptures, in covenants made personally with all of their patriarchs; Abraham, with Isaac, with Jacob.

When Jewish people yearn for the Holy City and wish each year that their next Passover meal will be in Jerusalem, this is Judaism. This love of Zion, and belief that it is the home of the people of Israel is straight out of the Bible.

Colonial, racist and violent?

Conspiracy theorists concerned about a “Zionist takeover of the Middle East” can relax. There is no mandate in the Bible for land beyond the borders of Israel, and no evidence that the modern state of Israel has any desire for land in the surrounding area. Expansionist and world domination enterprises are more the domain of Islam than Judaism. Similarly, Israel is far more tolerant of different religions, backgrounds and lifestyles than most of her neighbors. It’s true that there is racism, as there is in every country, but minorities in the state of Israel are flourishing none the less.

Far from being colonial, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says, the reestablishment of Israel was actually anti-colonial, taking land back from the Turks after their 400 year long occupation and giving it to the original inhabitants – the people of Israel who have returned from all over the world. It was because of great persecution in Europe with the Holocaust, Eastern Europe with the pogroms and expulsions from the Arab world that Jewish people were forced to flee and find refuge in the land of their fathers. There has been much war and  violence, but Israel has been forced to fight for its very survival in a rough part of the world that does not want a Jewish state. Contrary to popular assumption, over half of the Jews in Israel have come from Middle Eastern backgrounds rather than Western countries, and they cannot go back.

The people of Israel are bound up with the land of Israel

The Jewish religion has a standard set of prayers to replace the morning, noon and evening sacrifices prescribed in the Torah. They are called the “18 Blessings” or the “Amida”, which means standing, because the prayers must be said standing. Standing and facing Jerusalem.

Blessing number 10 reads:

“Sound the great shofar for our freedom and raise a banner to gather our exiles and unite us together from the four corners of the earth. Blessed are You, LORD, who regathers the scattered of His people Israel.”

Blessing 14 says,

“Return in compassion to Your city, Jerusalem, and rest within it as You have said. Rebuild it speedily, and in our days, a structure forever. And may You establish the throne of David within Jerusalem speedily. Blessed are You, Lord, the Builder of Jerusalem.”

Since the time of the destruction of the second temple, Jewish people have been saying these prayers, morning noon and night. The longing to return to Israel and restore Jerusalem is inextricable from Judaism. You could abandon it, of course, but you would also need to throw out the Bible; the backbone of Judaism itself. Even if you don’t believe that those promises still count for today, you can see that the Bible along with its connection between the people of Israel and the land of Israel is pretty foundational to the Jewish religion.

However, it is also a reality that many Jewish people would love to throw out the Bible – some religious Jews consider it too complex to study and so stick with the trusty Talmud and rabbinic writings to interpret it for them instead. Others find it distasteful and barbaric, and I even met religious Jewish men agreeing that the Bible was their least favourite book, and indicating that they were not alone in this. But even on an atheist kibbutz the Passover Haggadah (order of service) contains many Bible passages about leaving Egypt and coming to Israel. There is a national Bible quiz, and the Prime Minister leads Bible studies for those in government who are interested to attend.

It might not be an easy relationship, but the Bible cannot be extracted from Judaism any more than baseball from American culture, or tea from the Brits. Maybe not everyone is a die hard fan, but it’s just integral.

There’s no getting away from it. It’s the story of the journey to the Promised Land, the story of the pain of exile, their stories, and their promises.

You cannot ban Jewish people from considering Israel their homeland, and Jerusalem as the center of Judaism. In the Jewish holidays and rituals these concepts appear again and again, in the 18 blessings that religious Jews pray three times a day, and also in every Jewish wedding is the promise never to forget Jerusalem, and to consider it their highest joy, from Psalm 137. All sounds a bit Zionist to me.

Time to be honest

Each religion, if we’re honest, has intentions that sound a bit alarming to others.

Disciples of Jesus would love to see the entire world following the Messiah. They (we) are determined to get the message absolutely everywhere, to everything that breathes, and are quite systematic about making sure that this is done. Not by compulsion, but by giving everyone the option to receive the forgiveness and new life that the Messiah bought for them. It is a command from the One we follow. This doesn’t greatly please people who don’t know and love Yeshua – it sounds very colonial and pushy. But we rejoice with heaven with each and every one we know of who turns their life over to Yeshua, and decides to follow him.

Similarly, Muslims would (or should, if they follow Islam) want to see the whole world under Sharia Law, following the teachings of Muhammad. Muslims seek to see every country that had once been under Islam must be reclaimed as soon as possible (including Israel, Spain, and other countries that are no longer Muslim) as part of the Caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital. That’s the plan. And just as Christians take the Great Commission seriously, so there are practical plans in place to accomplish this goal.

And Jewish people would (or should) want to see the people of Israel back in the land of Israel, with a centre of worship in Jerusalem, as promised in the Bible, following the God of Israel. Obviously, not everyone is going to get everything they want here, but wanting Jewish people to stop caring about Zion is basically asking Jewish people to let go of Judaism.

Failing to see God’s passionate heart for Zion, his choice of that city in particular, and his plans for the future is letting go of trust in the word of God. It is the centre of much pain and controversy in our days, but we have not yet reached the end of God’s glorious story, or his dealings with his chosen people. There’s nothing wrong with criticising Israel’s government, and sometimes it is the right thing to do, but bear in mind that we haven’t finished the story yet. Redemption will come to Zion, and God’s glory will flow from the City of the Great King. It is not a mistake that the Jewish people are back in the land of Israel. It’s all part of God’s plan in progress to bless not just Israel, but the whole world.

“Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” (Psalm 53:6)

This article originally appeared on One for Israel and is reposted with permission.



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Ezekiel’s dry bones prophecy about Israel coming back to life

One For Israel Staff 

Jan 28, 2018

Photo by Thomas Serer on Unsplash

“There was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them.

But there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”

So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (Ez 37:7-10)

On the eve of 2018, Israel’s population reached a new height of 8.8 million, the vast majority of whom are Jewish [1]. The restoration of the people of Israel to their biblical homeland is one of the events most frequently prophesied about in the Bible. In his earnest studies of biblical prophecy back in the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton wrote that it was foretold in “all ye prophets” [2].

But as in Ezekiel’s vision, the physical resurrection precedes the spiritual.

Israel may be reestablished, the dry bones of the post Holocaust people may have been restored, but the second stage of spiritual revival is not yet done.

“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel… And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.” (Ez 37:11-14)

The story of Israel’s restoration is both physical and spiritual. Body and breath.

The foretold re-establishment of the Jewish state has risen out of the ashes of the Holocaust, and the promised spiritual revival is starting to take place.

Just as the physical restoration of Israel has happened in stages (Balfour Declaration 1917, San Remo 1920, League of Nations 1922, UN Resolution 1947 and declaration of independence 1948 [3]), so we see spiritual life breathed back into the people due to several significant and observable developments.

Just as the inevitable moment came when the largest Jewish population in the world finally moved from the US to Israel, so the center of gravity for the Messianic world is shifting. The exponential growth of Messianic believers in Israel is no longer only by immigration, but now more than ever, homegrown Israelis are accepting Yeshua as the Messiah in unprecedented numbers. God is reviving the people of Israel.

Growth since 1948

  • In 1948, there were approximately ten million Jewish people around the world who had survived the Holocaust, and about 600,000 were living in Israel. Of those, only 23 of them believed in Yeshua as their Messiah. There were some churches led by denominations and missionaries in Israel, but there were no messianic congregations at all.

  • In 1989 Israel’s Jewish population had grown to 3.5 million, and by this point the estimated number of believers had reached 1200, and there were now 30 congregations.

  • By 1999 there were 4.8 million Jews living in Israel, 81 Messianic congregations, and an estimated 5000 believers.

  • In 2017, 300 congregations were counted in a survey conducted by Israel College of the Bible, undertaken to get a clearer picture of the body of Messiah in Israel [4]. It has become increasingly difficult to accurately identify the number of Jewish believers in Israel, but a conservative estimate is now 30,000.

The growth has not been linear, but exponential.

Today almost everyone we talk to have heard of this growing movement of Messianic Jews in Israel. Testimonies of Jewish believers and answers to common objections to faith can all be easily found as soon as someone starts searching for the Messiah. This has proved wildly successful. Of the 8.8 million Israelis, seven million are Jewish, yet our evangelistic videos in the Hebrew language have been viewed more than fourteen million times!

“Come from the four winds, O breath!”

Just as Ezekiel was told by God to command breath to come from the ‘four winds’ to breathe life back into the resurrected physical bodies of Israel, so the gospel has come from all corners of the earth, back to the place of its origin. The nations have had a part to play in restoring Israel both physically and spiritually, and as God promises, the nations will also be greatly blessed by Israel’s eventual restoration which is to come. As Paul writes in Romans 11:11,

“Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!”

Scholars back in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries could say with confidence that God’s promise to restore Israel would certainly come to pass, and similarly, we can know today that according to the Bible, God has not finished with Israel. Not one word of God’s will fall to the ground. We are in the very privileged position to witness so much of prophecy coming to pass in our days and in recent history, and such exciting developments happening in the expanding Messianic Jewish body in Israel, but there is more to come. Much more.

“I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
“and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”

…For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

[1] At the end of 2017, the population of Israel reached 8.793 million according to Israel’s Central Bureau of statistics reports.

[2] S. Snobelen, “The Mystery of This Restitution of All Things”: Isaac Newton on the Return of the Jews. p.99 https://isaacnewtonstheology.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/isaac-newton-on-the-return-of-the-jews.pdf

[3] There were several key stages to the legal reformation of the state of Israel:

a) The Balfour Declaration, 1917: the UK with support of four other nations declared a homeland for the Jews in Palestine after defeating the Turks

b) The San Remo Article 22, April 1920: Ratified the Balfour Declaration as internationally binding law

c) The League of Nations 1922: A legal document titled “Mandate for Palestine” was unanimously approved by all 51 states of the League laying down the Jewish legal rights in Palestine: “Recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.”

d) UN Resolution 181: UN member states voted to partition Palestine in 1947, although with a smaller share for the Jews. The original Mandate for Palestine had given the area east of the Jordan river to the Arabs and west to the Jews, but the UN resolution allotted 77% of that area as a Jewish homeland.

e) The 1948 invasion by the surrounding Arab nations and their surprising defeat led to Israel declaring independence in May that year.

[4] “The Messianic Jewish Movement in Modern Israel” 2017

This article originally appeared on One for Israel and is reposted with permission.



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Flere israelske arabere utdanner seg

Andelen som tar høyere utdanning har økt med nesten 80 prosent i løpet av sju år.

Av Bjarte Bjellås

29. januar 2018 kl. 13.44

Både israelske jøder og arabere er stolt over å være israelere. (Foto: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/Flickr)Stadig flere israelske arabere tar høyere utdanning ved høyskoler og universiteter. (Foto: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)

Antallet israelske arabere som tar bachelorgrad ved israelske universitet og høyskoler har økt med 60 prosent de siste sju årene, viser en undersøkelse fra Rådet for høyere utdanning. 47.000 israelske arabere tok bachelor i fjor.

I 2017 var 16,1% av studentene på bachelorprogrammet arabere, en økning fra 10,2% i 2010. På masterprogrammet er det nå 13% av studentene som er arabere, mens det samme tallet var 6,2% i 2010. 6,3% av alle studenter som tar doktorgrad i Israel er israelske arabere, en økning fra 3,9% i 2010.

Antallet arabiske studenter har økt med 78,5% i løpet av de siste sju årene.

– De siste årene har vi sett imponerende framskritt i å integrere arabere inn i høyere utdanning takket være et helhetlig program og investering av store ressurser, sier Yaffa Zilbershats, universitetsprofessor og medlem av Rådet for høyere utdanning, i et intervju med den israelske avisen Ha’aretz.

Likevel, selv på bachelornivå, er israelske arabere fortsatt underrepresentert i høyere utdanning. Israelske arabere utgjør omlag 21% av befolkningen, og hele 26% hvis en skiller ut dem som er i aldersgruppen for slik utdanning.

Den eneste utdanning hvor antallet israelsk-arabiske studenter reflekterer andelen av befolkningen er innenfor læreryrket og enkelte medisinske yrker.

Selv om andelen israelske arabere i høyere utdanning har økt kraftig de siste sju årene, er det fortsatt en jobb å gjøre. Spesielt blant israelske beduiner. I 2016 var det bare 850 beduiner som tok høyere utdanning i Israel. Nå er det satt av 250 millioner kroner til å øke andelen med 75% de neste fem årene.

– En høyskoleutdanning er nøkkelen for å redusere lønnsforskjeller, for sysselsetting og for å bli integrert i det israelske samfunnet, sier Zilbershats.

Mellom 2012 og 2016 brukte Rådet for høyere utdanning 680 millioner kroner på å oppmuntre israelske arabere til å ta høyere utdanning. Nå er programmet utvidet med seks nye år og nesten 2,2 milliarder kroner til.

Universitet i Haifa har den største andelen israelsk-arabiske studenter, hele 41,1%. Technion teknologiske institutt, som også ligger i Haifa, har nest størst andel israelsk-arabiske studenter. Der er andelen 22,2%.



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Dr. Erez Soref, President of ONE FOR ISRAEL 

Acts is a very exciting book to read. It is full of miracles, tremendous growth, and powerful stories of love, devotion and fellowship among the disciples of Yeshua. However, there was also severe persecution happening at the same time. Persecution of God's people often accompanies great strides forward in the Kingdom of God, as we are currently experiencing. 


Our media team members who are very much in the public eye have been experiencing a significant amount of trouble from some Orthodox Jews incensed by the videos we are making. Eitan, Moti and Anastasia have all received threatening phone calls, and Eitan in particular has been singled out for attack, along with his wife and family. Eitan explains the situation in the video below:



Amazingly, a news channel in Israel saw this video and got in touch with Eitan. They loved the video and want to make a news item with us on the matter. That's great news and another opportunity for more gospel exposure!

Indeed, just as the persecution that scattered the early believers only served to take the gospel further afield, so this attempt to silence our evangelism is just bringing the message of Yeshua to an even wider audience. Praise God!









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Mike Pence hyldes og kritiseres efter »messiansk tale«

Af Anders Hjorth Vindum 23. January 2018

"Det er en historie om eksodus," sagde Pence om jødernes og amerikanernes historie, da han i gårsdagens politiske tale i Knesset benyttede adskillige bibelske referencer

Som den første amerikanske vicepræsident talte Mike Pence i går i det israelske parlament, Knesset. Her fik han en velkomst, som var både varm og hed. Langt de fleste israelske politikere gav ham en varm velkomst med klapsalver før, under og efter hans tale. Og så var der de arabiske medlemmer fra Fælleslisten. Da Pence skulle begynde sin tale, kom de ind i salen med skilte med skriften ”Jerusalem er hovedstad i Palæstina”, mens de buhede. Pence tog det hele med ro og indledte sin tale med at sige, at han var ydmyg over at befinde sig i ”dette livlige demokrati”.

Gennemsyret af bibelske referencer

”Jødernes historie minder om Amerikas. Det er en historie om en eksodus, en rejse fra forfølgelse til frihed.” Med denne bibelske sprogbrug satte Pence tonen for resten af talen. Han talte om ”det lovede land”, om at ”søge visdom i den hebraiske bibel”, om ”Abrahams børn” og om ”det jødiske folks længsel efter at vende hjem til forfædrenes land”. Han understregede det jødiske folks historiske og bibelske forbindelse til landet, da han mindedes ”det 2000 år lange eksil”.

Mike Pence og Benjamin Netanayhu giver håndtryk i 2014 i forbindelse med et besøg i Jerusalem. (Foto: GPO/Amos Ben Gershom)

Om Abraham sagde han: ”For næsten 4000 år siden forlod en mand sit hjem i Ur for at rejse hertil, til Israel. Han regerede ikke over noget rige, han bar ingen krone, han befalede ikke over nogen hær, han udførte ingen mirakler og profeterede ikke. Alligevel blev løftet givet til ham om efterkommere så talrige som stjernerne på himlen.”

Den tidligere palæstinensiske chefforhandler Saeb Erekat kritiserede efterfølgende Pence for sin ”messianske tale”. Han mente, at talen og anerkendelsen af Jerusalem er ”en gave til ekstremister”.

Der lyder også kritik fra flere kristne palæstinensere. De mener nemlig ikke – ligesom Pence og mange såkaldte ”kristne zionister” – at oprettelsen af staten Israel har noget med de bibelske profetier at gøre. ”For mig er det en syg ideologi … de vil have min Jesus til at være en politisk Jesus,” sagde Munib Younan, som for nylig trådte tilbage som biskop for ”Den Evangeliske Lutherske Kirke i Jordan og Det Hellige Land”.

På den anden side står en gruppe af kristne, som er zionister og støtter staten Israel. Mange af dem mener, at oprettelsen i 1948 skal ses i sammenhæng med de bibelske profetier og Guds løfte til det jødiske folk om at få et land. Sidste år talte Mike Pence til organisationen Christians United for Israel. Her sagde han, at ”selvom Israel er bygget af menneskehænder, er det umuligt ikke at fornemme, at Himlens hånd ligger lige under landets historie”.

Vil du læse mere om forholdet mellem mange kristne palæstinensere/arabere og messianske jøder? Så læs Ole Andersens artikel fra februar 2017 her.

Hvad er planen for fred?

Pence fik Knesset til at føle historiens vingesus, og det var historisk, da han som den første udenlandske gæst kunne erklære, at Jerusalem er Israels hovedstad.

Hans tale adskilte sig også fra tidligere amerikanske præsidenters, ved at han ikke talte om bosættelser og i det hele taget ikke kom med en løftet pegefinger. ”Vi ved, at fred kræver kompromiser. Men I kan være sikre på dette: USA vil aldrig gå på kompromis med Israels sikkerhed. Enhver fredsaftale må garantere Israels evne til selv at forsvare sig,” sagde han til stor applaus fra salen.

Pence opfordrede palæstinenserne til at komme til forhandlingsbordet, samtidig med at han værdsatte Israels vilje til direkte forhandlinger. Palæstinenserne har afbrudt al kontakt til USA efter anerkendelsen af Jerusalem, og de ønsker ikke USA som forhandlingsmægler.

Samtidig venter man på, at Trump kommer med en konkret plan for en fredsløsning. Palæstinenserne har sagt, at Trump vil tilbyde dem Jerusalem-forstaden Abu Dis som hovedstad i en palæstinensisk stat. De har også sagt, at de ifølge Trumps plan vil få 90 procent af Vestbredden samt Gaza, og at Israel vil annektere de store bosættelsesblokke, hvoraf mange af dem ligger i nærheden af Jerusalem. USA har dog afvist rygterne.

Muligvis kan rygterne presse Trump til snart selv at løfte sløret for sin plan. Når det sker, bliver det spændende at se, hvordan han i så fald vil lægge pres på palæstinenserne, og hvor meget han vil kræve af Israel.

Allerede nu har han tilbageholdt et stort beløb til UNRWA, som er FN’s organ for palæstinensiske flygtninge. Det er sandsynligt, at det vil få flere konsekvenser for palæstinenserne, hvis de ikke viser en vilje til at forhandle fred, når Trump – som forventet – konkretiserer sine planer på et tidspunkt.

Samtidig med Pences tale var palæstinensernes leder, Mahmoud Abbas i Bruxelles, hvor han forsøgte at overbevise EU om, at de skal anerkende ”Palæstina”. Det lykkedes ham ikke. Men Federica Mogherini, EU’s udenrigschef, sagde, at EU støtter palæstinensernes ønske om en stat med Østjerusalem som hovedstad.



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 Luk de palestinske flyktningleirene

– Menneskelig degradering å holde folk fast i en flyktningstatus i så mange år, sier Nick Hækkerup fra Socialdemokratiet.


Conrad Myrland

23. januar 2018 kl. 8.49

Skjermdump fra b.dk 22. januar 2018.Skjermdump fra b.dk 22. januar 2018.

Den danske avisen Berlingske meldte mandag 22. januar:

«FNs omfattende program til støtte for nesten fem millioner palestinske flyktninger i Midtøsten bør nedlegges. Det mener fire av Folketingets partier – V, S, K og DF – som til sammen utgjør et komfortabelt flertall.»

Socialdemokratiet (46), Dansk Folkeparti (37) og Venstre (34) er de tre største partiene i Folketinget. Det Konservative Folkeparti er et av de mindre partiene med seks representanter.

– UNRWA bør avvikles, og så bør palestinerne, som virkelig har behov [for hjelp] som flyktninger, få hjelp av FNs høykommisær for flyktninger UNHRCR, sier Naser Khader (K). Han begrunnet sitt standspunkt i en kronikk i Berlingske Tidende 22. januar.

Khaders kritikk av UNRWA og hvordan etterkommere av palestinske 1948-flyktninger blir brukt som et politisk våpen mot Israel finner støtte i flere partier.

Nick Hækkerup, utenrikspolitiske talsmann for Socialdemokratiet, mener «det er en menneskelig degradering å fastholde folk i en flyktningstatus i så mange år».

– Det er ikke holdbart at flyktningene «blir brukt i et politisk spill», mener Michael Aastrup Jensen, utenrikspolitisk talsmann for Venstre.

– De kommer jo ikke tilbake neste år eller innen for overskuelig framtid. Kanskje aldri, og derfor skal vi finne en løsning for flyktningene utenfor leirene og på hvem som har reelt behov. På den måte tar Naser Khader opp noe riktig, sier Aastrup Jensen.

Dansk Folkeparti erklærer seg helt enig med Khader.

– Palestinerne får mat, medisin, utdannelse med mer av UNRWA i leirene. Slik har det vært i seks, syv tiår, og derfor har de ingen tilskyndelse til å komme ut og leve et normalt liv. Forestill deg at vi i Danmark hadde hatt en 70 år gammel flyktningleir, hvor det år etter år kom flere og flere til på grunn av nye generasjoner. Hadde det ikke kommet sterke protester og en kritikk av at dette er umenneskelig fra humanitære organisasjoner, sier Søren Espersen, utenrikspolitisk talsmann for Dansk Folkeparti.

Danmarks bistandsminister Ulla Tørnæs (V) er også enig «langt på vei».

  • Det fungerer på ingen måte optimalt med UNRWA, sier hun. Samtidig som hun tar til orde for reformer, advarer hun mot å skru av pengekranen over natten.




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USA vil aldri la Iran få atombomben

USAs visepresident Mike Pence sier atomavtalen med Iran er en katastrofe.


Bjarte Bjellås

22. januar 2018 kl. 22.51

USAs visepresident Mike Pence talte foran israelske politikere i Knesset. (Foto: Amos Ben Gershom/Flickr)USAs visepresident Mike Pence høstet stor applaus for sin tale i Knesset. (Foto: Amos Ben Gershom/Flickr)

USAs visepresident Mike Pence sa i sin tale i Knesset 22. januar at USA vil trekke seg ut av den «katastrofale» atomavtalen med Iran med mindre den ble «fikset». Pence sa at avtalen bare utsetter Irans utvikling av atomvåpen.

– Atomavtalen med Iran var en katastrofe og USA vil ikke lenger sertifisere denne lite gjennomtenkte avtalen, fortalte visepresidenten i talen sin.

USAs president Donald Trump valgte i oktober i fjor å fortsette atomavtalen, men Pence sa det bare var for å kjøpe tid hos den amerikanske kongressen «og våre europeiske allierte».

– Dette er siste gang vi gjør det: Hvis ikke atomavtalen med Iran blir fikset, vil president Trump og USA trekke seg fra avtalen øyeblikkelig, sa Pence og fikk en enorm applaus fra de israelske politikerne i Knesset.

Israelske politikere har vært svært skeptiske til den omstridte atomavtalen.

Den amerikanske visepresidenten snakket også om Irans undertrykkelse av egen befolkning, Irans støtte til terrorgrupper og Irans drøm om atomvåpen.

– USA vil aldri tillate at Iran skaffer seg atomvåpen, understreket Pence.

Han er den første visepresidenten som taler i det israelske parlamentet.

– Det er passende at du er den første amerikanske visepresidenten til å tale til Knesset i Jerusalem. Det er passende fordi ingen andre amerikanske visepresidenter har hatt et større engasjement for Israel og dets folk, sa Israels statsminister Benjamin Netanyahu fra talerstolen i Knesset.

I talen sa Pence også at USA flytter ambassaden til Jerusalem innen 2019.



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