The existence of the State of Israel, the cultivation of the land's desert, the persistent immigration of Jews to Israel confirm that the Lord, the G-d of the Bible, in whom Jews and Christians believe, is alive.
Cultivation in the northern Negev: Kibbutz Gevulot, founded in 1943, is like a green oasis, built up in the sandy desert, as the pictures are showing: Entrance to kibbutz Gevulot, where the sand begins just in front of the gate (left); inside the kibbutz: blooming flowers, planted into the sand (right).)
Operation Salomo: Great immigration of 14.000 Ethiopian Jews on 24th-25th May 1991: Even the kids are helping: Young Israelis gave the new immigrated kids from Ethiopia their toys and now they are playing together.
Zionism in our days: In 2011 the village of "Shlomit" was founded in the northwestern Negev, 700 m away from the Egyptian border: "'Security is the last thing on our mind. This may sound ridiculous, but it's just the way it is. Developing the community and making it one that has agriculture, quality of life and Zionism is what we care about,' community Secretary Ahikam Getz noted. Zvi, Hila's husband, said the decision to move to Shlomit 'stemmed from the desire to become pioneers – settle in the Negev or the Galilee. Security considerations were not part of the decision.'" (citation from an article of ynetnews: Curiel, Ilana: "Zionism overtakes fear on Egypt border")
This spiritual truth isn't also changed by the fact, that a lot of Israelis aren't observant, aren't practising their Jewish faith. So Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook (1891 - 1982) explains: "The intrinsic value of the State (of Israel) is not dependent on the number of observant Jews who live here. ... the Statehood of Israel is Kadosh (Holy), whatever religious level it has." (Torat Eretz Yisrael (Jerusalem 1991), Pg.344) - "Secularism doesn't lessen the essential Kedusha (Holiness) of the State (of Israel) ... all of the material used in building the Temple became sanctified only after it was set into place. We build with the secular, and sanctify afterward." (Sichot HaRav Tzvi Yehuda, 28th of Iyar, 5727 (1967)) Therefore of course, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda is yearning - in accordance with his father Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak (1865 - 1935), that "an awakening of penitence will arise, ... a spiritual revolution in Eretz Yisrael". (Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, Orot, Orot HaTechiya, 44)
In 2016 Education Minister Naftali Bennett said: "Even though [Israel] is a high-tech superpower, an exporter of knowledge and innovation to the world, we must [also] be a spiritual superpower and export spiritual knowledge to the world. This is the next chapter of our Zionist vision,” Bennett said. “In this way we will return to be a light to the nations. ‘For out of Zion shall go forth Torah and the word of God from Jerusalem.'" (Isaiah 2:3; Micah 4:2) and "Jewish studies without math won’t be able to strengthen the Jewish state. And mathematics without Judaism (in its many forms) will send our mathematicians and scientists to Silicon Valley or Berlin". (Article "Education minister says Torah learning trumps science, math", Times of Israel, 13th Sept 2016)
We Christians who believe in the truth of the Bible, congratulate you,
on Zionism's 120th birthday (29th August 2017: 120th anniversary of the 1st Zionist Congress in Basle/Switzerland)
and on the 70th birthday of the foundation of the State of Israel on 19th April (according to the Jewish calendar) (on 14th May, according to the Christian calendar) 2018.
Happy birthday, Israel!!!!
An Israeli, 75 years old, writes on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Israel: "I hardly recognize the poor country of my childhood, where most people could not speak Hebrew and we depended on donations and lownes for importation of food. Reality is beyond the wildest dreams of the founding fathers. God's miracles are breath taking."
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