Zion's Glory Update
June 22 2015
The following is a Zion's Glory prayer update from Eddie and Jackie Santoro in Israel. We encourage you to forward it to whomever you think might be interested in the following information. It is sent out in conjunction with a monthly newsletter. If you are currently not receiving this information and would like to become a regular subscriber, please forward your name, email and address to us at email@example.com
Dear Faithful Friend,
The Power of Prayer
In Israel, the ancient promises of God to Abraham and his descendants are being fulfilled. Israel is perhaps the single greatest testimony of God's faithfulness, mercy and forgiveness and so not surprisingly, Israel is also on the front line of all spiritual warfare. The enemies of God continually attack this nation to undermine those same promises and prove God a liar.
In the midst of this spiritual and physical battle, God calls on those who are called by His name to "give him no rest until he makes Jerusalem the praise of the earth." It is "the fervent prayer of the righteous that avails much" and so it must be the prayers of the saints that will loose the power of God and push back the plans of the enemy.
The Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions Movement
One of the front lines in the battle against Israel today is the international "Boycott, Disinvest and Sanctions" movement. According to the home page of the BDS movement; "In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call." Recently, the BDS movement called on the world to "make Israel accountable for its war crimes in Gaza."
This movement is increasingly gaining favor as governments, universities and businesses throughout the world are aligning themselves with the lies it is proclaiming. Over the past several weeks, Partner Communications, a huge cell phone company seemingly embraced the BDS movement and threatened to end its long time involvement with Israel. At the same time a national student university group in England voted in favor of joining the international boycott of Israel. Several months ago, the Dutch pension fund, PGGM announced that "it was divesting tens of millions of euros from five of Israel's biggest banks due to their deep involvement in Israel's crimes against Palestinians." And these are just a few of the many examples that exist today.
The BDS movement's two primary accusations that Israel is an "apartheid state" and that it is guilty of "war crimes" against the Palestinian people are based on a long list of lies.
Israel is not an apartheid state! Anyone who understands the meaning of apartheid and has taken a moment to examine life in Israel would reject this claim. In Israel, Palestinians, Muslims, Jews and Christians live and share in the life of this nation. Muslims vote and have the third largest party in the Israeli Knesset (Congress). Jews and Muslims shop in the same stores, eat in the same restaurants, go to the same universities, travel in the same trains and buses, receive the same health care and enjoy the same parks on holidays. This is not apartheid!
Israel is not guilty of oppressing the Palestinian people!
During the second intifada, Israel built a physical barrier between towns in Judea and Samaria in order to prevent terrorists from entering its towns and cities and murdering innocent Israelis civilians. The wall has been instrumental in reducing the number of terror attacks.
According to the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism; 1,137 Israelis were killed in Arab terrorist attacks from September 2000 - 2005. Another 8,341 Israelis were wounded during this period. The majority of these casualties were caused by suicide bombings. The "oppression" according to the BDS movement being suffered by Palestinians is not oppression at all but it is the legitimate right of a nation to protect itself against terrorists.
The accusation of "war crimes" is also unfounded. Last summer, this nation endured hundreds of unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist group that rules Gaza. For over a month Israel did not respond but earnestly sought a cease fire. Finally, on July 8th after hundreds of missile attacks, Israel launched its "Operation Protective Edge" to end the conflict.
The fifty day battle that followed was a legitimate response to unprovoked aggression by Hamas and in no way constituted "war crimes". The Israeli army went above and beyond in their efforts to protect Gazan civilians.
Israel is not an apartheid nation. Israel is not guilty of oppressing the Palestinian people and Israel is not guilty of war crimes.
The BDS movement is just another tactic of Satan in his campaign against the Jewish people. Its anti-Israel or anti-Zionist stand is just another manifestation of the same ancient demonic spirit of anti semitism. The hatred of the Jews and the delegitimization of the nation of Israel are all a part of the enemy's plan to destroy Israel and thus prevent the return of Yeshua.
Please join us in praying against the growing influence of BDS and the power of the lies that are the essence of this movement. Join us as we battle against this demonic strategy to delegitimize and ultimately destroy Israel. Pray that nations and organizations throughout the world would see the truth and stand against this total misrepresentation of reality.
Pray also that the economy of Israel would be blessed. Pray that this "Start Up Nation" would continue to manifest the miraculous grace of God as it blesses the world with its cutting edge technology and science.
We thank you for standing with us as we align ourselves with God's promises to bless the nation of Israel. We know that as we bless Israel there is a promised blessing that will be poured out within our own lives and throughout the world.
We thank you for your willingness to take these matters to prayer. We are confident that in the end the powers of darkness will soon be overcome by the all surpassing glory of the love and truth of God.
We send you our love from Zion,
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