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Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked about the recent "divestment / boycott" from Israel and Israeli products by the Presbyterian Church.
He responded with two pieces of advice:
1) Fly to Israel...visit the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
2) ...Take a bus and tour Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc....but make sure it's an
armoured bus~and don't say that you are Christians.
It has also been posted that this church is now planning to remove the word "Israel" from its prayer books.
One must ask if they also plan to change the Bible to insure comlete removal of "Israel"? (Don't even ask about banning the medical and technical innovations that Israel has given the world)
The picture above is scan taken from the "Original, 1611 King James Version of the Bible", telling us that nothing (...not one jot or tittle) in the Bible shall be changed. Here are the original words...
For verily I say vnto you, Till heauen and earth passe, one iote or one title, shall in no wise passe from the law, till all be fulfilled...Matthew 5:18 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
Those who read scripture are familiar with this commandment, and surely, a "church" would be even more aware. The idea that they feel they have the right to erase Israel for any reason smacks of chutzpah!
The church needs to examine the middle east, with "honest" eyes. In every country Christians are being persecuted, and Muslims are being killed by other Muslims. Women have no rights, the press is stifled. Only in tiny Israel are the Christian and Muslim communities free to grow and practice their faith. Only in Israel do they have full voting rights. Only in Israel are women free to choose their occupation and lifestyle.
Calling a divestment or boycott, because Israel defends her people from another genocide, speaks of the willfull blindness of those who do think in this way. Again, in the words taken from the original source...
Heare now this, O foolish people, and without vnderstanding, which haue eyes and see not, which haue eares and heare not...Jeremiah 5:21 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
Yes, Israel has many problems and makes many mistakes, but to choose to divestment, boycott, and attempting to ban Israel from the world is equivalent to demanding euthanization of all "mini-poodles" because a "bull-mastiff" attacked the kid next door.
If the Presbyterian Church truly wants to change things, and truly desires to better the situation in the Middle East, perhaps they should call for and end to the persecution of Christians in Arab countries? Forget about the Jews~how about your fellow Christians who are being slaughtered on a daily basis?
To really bring about change, one has to believe in God and prayer. One must pray to God and ask for change...But the prayers must be made with complete, deep, faith and obedience. In today's world, people are very good at reciting the words with great theatrical aplomb, but God knows what is really in their hearts. Only prayer can rescue our broken world, but that prayer will only be answered if it is given up humbly and sincerely to the Lord and King of All.
And I will blesse them that blesse thee, and curse him, that curseth thee: and in thee shal all families of the earth be blessed...Genesis 12:3 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu