President Biden Visits Israel
United States President Joe Biden spent two days in Israel this week, from July 13th to 14th. During Biden’s tenth visit to Israel, he toured Israeli security systems with Defense Minister Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, including the Iron Dome.
During an emotional visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Biden spent a significant amount of time speaking to two women who were survivors of the Holocaust. Biden also travelled to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, announcing steps to help strengthen Abbas’ organisation, including economically.
Israeli Prime Minister, Yair Lapid made joint statements with President Biden on the final day of his visit. Both leaders condemned Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns, and unfair discrimination against Israel in the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.
Praise God that the US leadership has joined in condemning discriminatory practice against Israel, and please pray the UK Government will follow through their announcement in response to the Queen’s speech this year, to ban local councils and other public bodies from participating in boycott and divestment campaigns.
Israel Sends Condolences to Japan
Israeli leaders expressed shock and extended condolences following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid said, “On behalf of the government and people of Israel, I send my condolences to the Japanese people and their government on the tragic death of former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Abe was one of the most important leaders of modern Japan, and a true friend of Israel who brought about flourishing and prosperous relations between Israel and Japan . . . His heinous murder will not change his distinguished legacy.”
Today, Israel bows its head and mourns the loss of Abe together with the people of Japan.” Abe died on Friday after he was shot from behind while giving a speech. He was airlifted to a hospital but died upon arrival.
Please pray God’s comfort upon Mr Shinzo Abe’s family, and peace for the nation of Japan.
Recent Gathering of Young Israeli Believers
Our team in Israel recently gathered some young Israeli believers for a weekend of teaching and fellowship. It was a wonderful opportunity to make connections, pray, and worship together. Most importantly, we spent many hours studying the Word together and hearing testimonies of ways that God has been opening doors for ministry. Each young adult who came is involved in their congregation and local ministry to young people, soldiers, children, and students. It was extraordinary to hear all that was happening throughout the land in honor and service to the Lord. You would be overjoyed to hear as well!
Praise God and please keep these young people in your prayers as they grow in strength and service to Him!