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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Feast of Tabernacles~Jerusalem Parade 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Annual Feast of Tabernacles, Christian Celebration, in Jerusalem, Israel!

Enjoy the celebrations of many nations and "participate" in the  2018 Jerusalem March along with 6500 visitors from 100 nations. Watch as they wave their country's flags while wearing their national colors and creating a joyous sound with their instruments. 

You can also witness the "Israeli Guest Evening" as many Holocaust survivors enjoyed the international dancers and local Israeli music. They heard and saw the inspirational reports about the work of the host organization, The International Christian Embassy~Jerusalem. 

Sit back and relax~Enjoy the happiness that decended from the four corners of the earth to the Holy City of Jerusalem. You will be blessed for sure!

Thousands of Christians from Around the World March Through Jerusalem in Support of Israel

Thursday, September 06, 2018

We wish you a sweet and blessed Jewish New Year!

To our Jerusalem Vistas Partners and Friends:

We in Jerusalem are wishing you and your loved ones a sweet and blessed Jewish New Year.

We join with our Jewish family in marking this last month of Elul with sincere soul-searching accompanied with repentance. The path always seems to get narrower and steeper but blessed. 

The only hope for Israel, with Iranian forces amassing on our Northern Border in Syria, is Divine intervention. We all know that Israel’s enemies will continue to expand until they are stopped once and for all and that apparently is what the United States and Russia hope to do.  Do you believe it? I hope not. Man is only man. 

Our God who sits in the heavens shall laugh at the folly of men...Psalm 2

Do not for a moment be tempted to think that your prayers and support are not important! Thank you.

John Bolton, US National Security Advisor said recently in a press briefing in Jerusalem; “Putin has told Trump that he “would like to see the withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria, but he is not able to do it himself.” As the scriptures below forecast, we are living to witness this end time military build up “from the land of the north.”

"Thus says the LORD God, Behold I am against you O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Mehech, and Tubal. I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws, and lead you out with all your army…Persia, (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya…they will come to a land that dwells safely to take a booty…Ezekiel 38:3,5. ”  (Booty-Israel has discovered one of the largest natural gas finds in the world today in their offshore gas wells)

It will be 50 years (as of Oct 2019) that we have been set as “Watchmen on the Walls of Jerusalem,” proclaiming Biblical events in the media as they have unfolded for over half of Israel’s modern lifetime. As you probably know we have been struggling financially for the last six months. We realize that many of our partners are elderly and are on fixed incomes. We are sensitive to these facts so we work to create a new support base, which is difficult because now that we are appealing to internet-based audience, people feel little compulsion to support Jerusalem Vistas.

How well I remember Dr. James Dobson, Founder of ‘Focus on the Family’ and what he did when the ministry was in dire financial need. After seeking the LORD, he wrote to his partners and said: “IF this ministry is no longer supported by its partners, I will have to close it.” 

It was just that simple, and that is exactly the situation that we at Jerusalem Vistas/Israel Vision find ourselves today.  I know that we are not afraid to change. Meridel and I feel very badly that none of our team have been paid their small salaries for the last three months. This has caused tremendous stress, piled upon the added stress of just living here. We cannot carry on in this manner. We have never shirked from ‘following hard after God’ and this crisis is absolutely no different. The truth is, the future of this work lies in your blessed hands.  

If you have any way of helping us to go on, we pray that you will find a way to do so and do it immediately.
In His Love,
Jay and Meridel and team

Monday, July 30, 2018

PM Netanyahu's Message to Every Mother and Father

We Face This Daily In Israel~What Would You Do If This Was Your Child's School?



Text of Video:
This is a message to every parent, to every mother and to every father: 

The other day, Israeli preschoolers were playing in their yard. Out of nowhere, an innocent looking balloon descended upon them. Yet this was no ordinary balloon. Palestinian terrorists attached burning flames to it. 

They turned a child's toy into a weapon of terror. “We smelled a fire,” one preschooler shouted, standing between a sand pit and a red slide. And these beautiful children were nearly burned alive. Their brave teacher led the terrified children to safety just in time. Thankfully, their precious lives were spared. 

Now think about this. What does it say about the terrorists that run Gaza that they try to burn Israeli preschoolers alive? 

And so when you drop your son or daughter off at school today, I want you to hug them. Hug them especially tight. Tell them you love them. Tell them you'll always protect them. Then call up another mother or father and tell them this story.
This is What Israel Defends Itself Against Every Single Day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Israel Did Assist In The Rescue of White Helmet Volunteers

Picture Captured from the Video Below
There have been varying reports, many saying nothing about Israel's assistance in the covert evacuation that took place over the weekend.

In fact, Israel did assist in transporting approximately ninety-eight Syrian White Helmet Volunteers along with three hundred-twenty-four of their family members to a safe location in Jordan. 

The four hundred twenty-two refugees will be resettled in Canada, Germany, the UK and several other countries who have agreed to take them in and assist in re-homing them and starting them off in their new life.

The secret operation was carried out in the middle of the night. The Syrian refugees, whose lives were under threat of death, were met at different locations, and brought across the border into Israel. Once they were all accounted for they were taken to buses and then escorted safely to Jordon.

One report stated that a pregnant woman went into labor. When they feared she would not be able to make it, an emergency Cesarean Section was performed on the Syrian side of the border resulting in the delivery a baby boy. The mother and son were then both transported to Israel. 
 
"Standing on the border and receiving the families, mostly women and children, was an emotional experience,” said the commander in charge of Operation Good Neighbor. “Families that arrived were fearful, but when they reached the border with Israel, their eyes were filled with tears of happiness, knowing that they have gotten their lives back. I'm proud to be an officer in an army and a country that carries out an operation filled with values of humanity and compassion...This is the essence of our work, and this moment is invaluable."  

Israel is a very tiny country, but, Her Heart is Huge. We pray for Israel and the men and women of the IDF who devote their lives to their mission of protecting and assisting all people while defending our borders.


Israel Assists With Humanitarian Evacuation of White Helmet Volunteers and Their Families


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jerusalem Vistas Online Learning Centre Project

Dear Friends and Partners

Last week I made some long distance phone calls to our friends and partners in Canada and the USA, HOPING to raise support.  We did have fellowship, I prayed for each one~But~I was shocked and saddened at how many were in health crisis and in desperate need of prayer for their physical conditions. What is happening to our army of helpers?

Many of our long term prayer partners were nearly incapacitated. This made me realize two things. First that we must keep up our morning prayer watch for these sickly saints to be made well. Second, we must reach and inspire the younger generation to partner in our faith based media work.

For forty-nine years, Meridel, myself, our sons and co-workers have done our very best to publish the "Good News" from Zion to a worldwide audience.

Yes, we have regularly changed our format from 16mm film to various video standards to now "digital" materials on the Internet.   We must make these changes to keep current. Thank God we still have the same message.
"TO TELL THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD CONCERNING ISRAEL TODAY.
HELP US TO SHINE THE LIGHT OF BIBLE PROPHECY INTO OUR DARK WORLD.

TO ACHIEVE THIS WE HAVE CREATED THE JERUSALEM VISTAS ONLINE LEARNING CENTRE. 
Our sons are busy creating programming for the younger generation. Its time! 

Each program will feature GEMS of Biblical truth in the back ground of the folly of 'fake news'.  We will separate the facts from the fantasy. You can make it possible for our team to film on location in ISRAEL and GREECE.  These topical, snappy and easy to digest portions are for the internet and social media that aim to educate and inspire!

YOU CAN BE a part of this new venture!  What topics would you like us to highlight? You can help to sponsor us~see below for how you can join. Summer is brutally hot here in the Middle East and the crops could not survive without the dew. Likewise, we need daily, weekly, and monthly "dew" support to keep our studio up and running in this "dry season".

The budget for this project is $50,000. We have just received a $5,000 gift toward it. Praise God!

Please take a few minutes right now to send your gift and become a JVOLC Sponsor! We Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Together we can move forward!

For out of Zion shall go forth the Teaching (Torah)
and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem...Isaiah 2:3b  


Thank You, In His love, Jay and Meridel and sons 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Harvest in Mid-July!

We have had great weather in Israel this year. From well-needed rain coming at unexpected times to the glorious sun that we almost always have above us. This not only makes life pleasant, but it causes fruits, vegetables and all plant life to grow and thrive.

Jay and Meridel have always planted, and planted some more, in their small garden. They utilize the borders around the yard, and every little corner that a spade of earth can occupy.

The varieties of things that sprout and grow is amazing. Apart from beautiful flowers and trees one can find bushes of herbal tea to olives, pomegranates and clementines~there is always something to find and enjoy.


This week the grapes along the arbor and around the fence are more than ready to be harvested. The birds have already noticed and begun their own picking. Early in the morning, Jay and Meridel pulled out the ladders and clippers to began bringing in the luscious clusters of sweet, beautiful grapes to munch on and make into juice.





Enjoying the fruits of one's labours is very satisfying. When the "harvest" takes place in the early morning, when the dew is barely dry, the air fresh and cool, it adds to the overall joy of the event. A time of laughter and joy and fellowship!




...Here it is!


The first glass of freshly pressed grape juice!

Pure, Natural Goodness from God's Own Land!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gates of Brass~A Timeless Film Everyone Should See

In 1984, four Canadians took a film crew to Moscow and Leningrad to obtain secret interviews with Jews who had been denied the right to immigrate to Israel. When the KGB became aware of their intentions, they confiscated the film footage and interrogated the filmmakers. Unknown to the KGB, the Rawlings/Allen film team made two copies of the film, and three months later, through a complex network of cooperation, they were able to get the footage out of the Soviet Union.

The resulting 54-minute documentary, Gates of Brass, had it's Canadian premiere in Ottawa in October 1985. The film provides footage of the Russian revolution, World War II and the Six Day War, as well as dramatic recreations of scenes of oppression, and interviews with a number of Refuseniks (those Russian and Ukrainian Jews refused visas to Israel by the Soviet authorities), some of whom now reside in Israel, and with with the (then),recently released Anatoly Shcharansky, who for the previous nine years had been considered the symbol of Jews not allowed to leave the Soviet Union.

Gates of Brass was shown by Canadian producers Jay and Meridel Rawlings in fifty cities on an international tour. In a written statement about Gates of Brass, Meridel Rawlings stated: "To our knowledge, this is the first time that footage of this nature has reached the West. Having visited the Soviet Union three times...we were inspired to make a film giving a voice to these unfortunate people who are trapped inside of the Soviet Union.

At the time, the Rawlings hoped the film would serve to educate the general public that it was not just the Jews that were victims in the Soviet Union, but in fact, all people seeking basic human rights and religious freedom.

This film, produced by World Vistas / Israel Vision, won the First Production Award from the Canadian Film and Television Association. The Jewish Community worldwide used this film to educate and stir people into action. Consequently Jewish activists and Christian supporters joined together (often after viewing the film) and went into the streets and marched in front of Soviet Embassies worldwide crying out "Let My People Go".

We must never forget that the Lord has answered the daily "Amida" prayers of centuries of faithful Jewish people crying out for the "ingathering of the exiles". The pleas of the suffering Refuseniks were also heard from within the Soviet Union, and slowly, the Iron Curtain began to crumble.

Christians prayed and gave generously for flights and buses to bring them home. As Jews and Christians found a way to agree to a common purpose, then miracles took place. Over 1,000,000 former Soviet Jews were released home to Israel between 1991 and 2005.

Jerusalem Vistas/Israel Vision is Very Proud of their Award Winning Film...Gates of Brass

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Poor "Palestinians" Are No Worse Off Than Anybody Else...

We all know that there are starving people all over the world. Some countries suffer more than others. In most cases, those that have, try to give a bit to those that don't.

Since the announcement by the USA that funds to the PA were being cut off, the news is full of the cries for the rest of the world to make up the much needed money for the "starving Palestinians".  There are indeed those that are less off, as in every country and culture, but the outcry that they are being "starved" is far from the truth.

Below is a video that you will not see in the mainstream media. Contrary to popular belief, Gaza is actually a thriving area~and they are not the most heavily populated in the world. According to information taken from the UN, they weren't even listed in the top ten and Wikipedia's latest indication on cities does not list them at all, but interestingly, Bnei Brak in Israel is number six on the Wikipedia list.

"The European Union and other foreign aid projects pour streams of cash (often yours) into the pockets of thousands. The UNWRA provides more workers and aid per person to the PA than to all the other "refugees"  combined in the world"

So, before you fall for the calls to immediately send money, take a look at the video below from beginning to end and remember that their leaders are all "multi"  billionaires.

Gaza’s Thriving Economy: Al Jazeera Shows a Side to Gaza that Western Media Won't

Monday, February 05, 2018

You C.A.N. Make a Difference~Part II

Recently we posted Part I of  "You C.A.N. Make a Difference", the amazing story of the battle against human trafficking and child sex slavery in Nepal. 

The Rawlings family first traveled to Nepal in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the gentle people who were filled with kindness despite living in abject poverty. 

When Meridel saw the countless numbers of young girls and boys who had suffered and been abused at the hands of ruthless traffickers, she immediately recognized that they desperately needed help. She felt their pain and knew she must take steps to find a way to help with the healing process. 

Thus began the long journey to form a non-profit organization, C.A.N. (Change Action Nepal) dedicated to helping Nepal and to "give a voice to the voiceless".  

Israel Vision TV produced this documentary film for C.A.N. (Change Action Nepal) with Indira Ghale to help educate people about the problems of human trafficking of children in Nepal. With Change Action Nepal YOU TOO, can help to stop human trafficking and child sex slavery today.

You C.A.N. Make a Difference~Part II (English with Norwegian Subtitles)
 

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Remembering Israel's "Tentifada"~Part II

On 15 January 2018, we re-posted part I of a film on the 2011 "Tentifada" Protests that took part across Israel.

David and Daniel Rawlings traveled from Be'er Sheva to Tel Aviv and on to Kiryat Shmona to speak to Israelis of all ages who had set up an impromptu protest against the government.

In locations from north to south there were tents, lawn chairs, snacks, drinks and Bar-B-Qs set up. There were many complaints. One of the biggest was the fact that rents were so intolerably high and wages so intolerably low.

In Part 1~David spoke to protesters in Be'er Sheva and Tel Aviv. In Part II the traveled to Kiryat Shmona and back to Jerusalem. The overall mood was surprisingly mellow. Yes, people were frustrated~they camped out in protest, but they did it peacefully!

Israel is not a perfect country, her citizens are not shy about making their frustration known, but for the most part they remain steadfast and loyal.

Remembering Israel's "Tentifada"~Part II

You C.A.N. Help Abused and Trafficked Children!

In March of 2016, we posted a trailer and story of a new production on Nepal that the Rawlings family were working on called, "You CAN make a Difference".

The project focuses on the plight of sexually abused and trafficked children in Nepal.

Meridel Rawlings (Still Small Voice) has made it her life's work to comfort, and help rehabilitate all those who have been victims of horrible abuse. In December 2017, we posted Part I of Meridel's own "life journey" and her "battle to overcome"  in "Speaking Out." In this amazing story, Meridel tells us:

“In childhood I was silenced by control, fear, shame and conflict.
It took decades for my voice to be sounded”...Meridel Rawlings

Now, Meridel is speaking out and acting to "give a voice to the voiceless". Both Jay and Meridel Rawlings have been working for several years to assist in setting up a non-profit organization to aid the tremendous work taking place in Nepal. Below is Part I, in English with Norwegian sub-titles.

For More Information on How You Can Help Go To:   Change Action Nepal  website

Here is Part I of C.A.N (Change Action Nepal) With Norwegian Subtitles

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Super Moon~Blue Moon~Blood Moon Over Israel!

Photo Credit:  Daniel V. Rawlings
Shalom Dear Friends,

The 30th~31st of January 2018, is the New Year of the Trees here in Israel. In Hebrew it is called, Tu B'Shvat. So what, you may say.

On Wednesday, 31 January 2018, we were able to experiencing a once in a life time happening right here inside of Israel! On this night, over Jerusalem, there arose a Super Moon, A Blue Moon, A Blood Moon and a Lunar Eclipse moon.

It is the biggest lunar spectacle we will ever witness and it can't be a coincidence that this moon rose over Israel in celebration tonight. The last time it happened was in 1866.

* A blue moon appears to be an extra full moon.
* A lunar eclipse is rarer,
it was visible here as it rose above Jerusalem.
* A blood moon takes place when sun light reflects from the setting moon through the earth's atmosphere. It causes the moon to appear blood red. The Book of Revelation mentions the blood moon as a sign.

The amazing thing is this entire lunar event looks more spectacular to the naked eye! The moon tonight is also a super moon because it is approaching closer to the earth than usual. As mentioned, the last time we had the five moons ALL at once was 150 years ago.

It is no accident that this amazing phenomenon is taking place on Israel's lunar holiday of the trees. God is speaking clearly.

We gathered at the synagogue tonight to celebrate, sing songs and taste a very colorful selection of fruit and nuts. What a perfect time to say "thank you" for the many blessings brought to us by the trees. I am also thinking of how they faithfully cleanse the air we breathe and provide us with fresh oxygen day and night.

Modern Israel has planted 250 million trees; creating a carbon foot print offset much larger than many nations much greater in size than tiny Israel!

One day Jay said:
   "Meridel, I want to you to promise me something"
   "Well, what is it?"
I asked.
   "Promise me." he said.
   "What is it?"
   "Promise me that you won't plant any more tree in our garden!"
Without a moments hesitation I replied, "I couldn't possibly make such a promise!"

Since 1976 I have encouraged my husband and sons to plant 537 trees in Israel. (14 in our small garden)
But friends, that is not why I am writing...It is time to favour Zion! The Word clearly shows this.

I am zealous for Jerusalem
And for Zion with great zeal.
I am exceedingly angry with
the nations at ease;
For I was a little angry, and
they helped, but with evil intent.

I am returning to Jeusalem with mercy;
My house shall be built in it,
says the LORD of hosts...Zechariah 1:15, 16a.



Every Blessing to you and your family~Happy New Year of the Trees,

The Rawlings Family

ICEJ's Original Founders Stand Shoulder to Shoulder with Israel

In 2017 President Donald Trump Recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. Even though this has always been the case, the "world embassies" have long refused to acknowledge this fact. 

One embassy would be different from all the others. ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) was founded by a group of faithful lovers of Israel to show the world that they did believe in Israel and Jerusalem as her eternal capitol.

Jay and Meridel Rawlings were a part of this undertaking more than thirty-five years ago. As they have made their mark in media, they decided that this great event should be documented for all to remember.

Below is a short clip of the original founders remembering this momentous occasion
 
Jay and Meridel Rawlings helped found the ICEJ Which is Now Stronger than Ever in Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Olive Harvest in Israel

In Israel, during the latter part of every year the olive trees are laden with fruit. All over the country there are olives trees along the sides of the roads, on isolated patches of dirt, or in beautiful orchards.

When they ripen you will see people up in the trees with canvas bags over their shoulders picking the ripe fruit.

A more common way to gather the olives is to lay canvas or plastic sheets on the ground and "beat" the branches to bring the olives down.

Jay and Meridel Rawlings planted olive trees in their back yard many years ago. While olive trees take a long time to grow, they also can last for hundreds of years. As the trees have matured, the olives have become more and more plentiful and the harvest has turned into an annual event for the family.

Now, each year they harvest their small crop and take it to the Olive Press to be made into beautiful, pure, Israeli Olive Oil~how wonderful it is to enjoy the "fruits of our labours".
   
The LORD replied to them:
“I am sending you grain, new wine and Olive Oil, enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations"...Joel 2:19 (NIV)

Join with the Rawlings this year, in their backyard as they celebrate life; and bring in the harvest during the last days of the year before the heavy rains begin!

Jay and Meridel Rawlings Harvest their Olives to be Pressed into Pure Olive Oil

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Save the Christians: The Forgotten Refugees

This film is a first access look into the lives of Iraqi Christians who, under threat of death from ISIS, were forced to flee their ancestral homeland.

While the international community has opened its doors to Syrian (muslim) refugees, it ignores the Christian genocide happening right before its eyes. 

The few who make it to refugee camps, are targeted for violence. Those seeking a safe haven are routinely shunned by Western governments~just check the immigration figures. The suffering Christians of Iraq have nowhere left to run to.

Why is the world ignoring these refugees? Why are the Christians of the world remaining silent to their suffering at they same time they open churches to be used a mosques? Why?

Remember the often repeated statement: “First the Saturday People (Jews), then the Sunday People (Christians),” which means “first we kill the Jews, then we kill the Christians.” Take a good hard, honest look at the Middle East now. The Jews have already been driven out of every country except Israel and now the Christians are facing the same fate. The choices are convert or die. Those who still have the means and ability are trying to flee. 

Even resettlement is being denied them now, as the muslim populations are rapidly growing across Europe and the west and the government elites seem to have chosen sides. Check the immigration records of each country and compare the numbers of muslim and Christians allowed in. There is an appalling lack of Christians.

Ask yourself this:

   1)  What will you do in the west when you are eventually faced with the choices (convert or die)?  

   2)  What are you prepared to do NOW to help your suffering Christian brothers and sisters?

To read more about the making of the move go to Rebel Media. Those of you interested in attending the movie screening can find all the information at Eventbrite


Note: Facebook Refused To Allow an Ad for This Film~Tell Everyone to Go See It!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Remember the Tentifada in 2011?

“Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth.
Among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and the one who labours with child together,A great throng shall return there. They shall come with weeping…”Jeremiah 31:8,9a.

In spite of her neighbours with their ongoing lies and continuous attacks, paradoxically, Israel IS Noah's Arc for Jews according to the Almighty. They began to return home in the 1880's. No nation wanted Jews. If you doubt this, do a little checking, (Canada included!) The situation only grew worse during WWII. Poor Jews returned to Biblical Zion with weeping weakened by disease and malnutrition just as the Prophets perceived and faithfully penned. This is what makes Israel absolutely unique! Oh, how we love to work to encourage any we meet, to come and take their rightful place here in history...this has always been an underlying goal of our original call, which sent us to Jewish Communities world wide.

Wanting now to focus on inside of Israel, we at Israel Vision are re-posting this production from the summer of 2011. Israelis of all ages were out in protest, locally known as the Tentifada, living in tents and trying to tell the government that they must keep their promises to their citizens. Did these protests bring significant change?

Israel is not a perfect country, but it is the only Democracy in the Middle East and our people for the most part remain steadfast and loyal. However, many people, young and old alike, have reached the breaking point. Today, in 2018 is again one of those times.

Anyone who has lived in Israel can attest to the fact that the rents and cost of living are extremely high, and wages are low. Compared to the USA, we pay 23% more in our "cost of living index".  At the same time, the wages are disgracefully low...so low in fact that a large sector of society can barely afford to rent the meanest of places. The idea of owning an apartment is now, "pie in the sky”, to say nothing of ever owning a house.

To buy a very small apartment will cost about 1.5 to 2 million shekels (between 4-5 hundred thousand dollars). The banks do not give mortgages easily. You must have at least 25% down, and an income of about 20,000 shekels per month, (US 6,000). The long and short of it is: most ordinary people barely earn above minimum wage of 5,000 shekels or US 1,500 dollars per month.

As for rentals, if you live around Jerusalem you will be lucky to find something for under 5,000 shekels (about $1,500) per month. In Israel you must also add property taxes (yes, the renter pays the taxes), building upkeep, and Insurance in addition to the on going monthly expenses of electricity, water, gas and phone/internet/cable. All this for a tiny place with no closets, cupboards, appliances and in most cases no light fixtures. Of course, there are always "good deals" but they are few and far in between and there will be dozens of people wanting them. No wonder people are up in arms. We are a hungry country with 1 in 3 children in Israel living in poverty. Can you believe that? Its a shocker!

So…in frustration and desperation people set up tents and protest. Today, almost seven years on we must ask, "are things any better?" To be honest, there have been improvements for the disabled which everyone is happy about, but the high cost of living~as in most countries~continues and more and more Israelis are falling through the cracks.

Tentifada in Israel (2011) Part I

Friday, January 12, 2018

Revisiting Sderot on the Gaza Border


School in Sderot Reinforced Against Rocket Fire
Yes, this is an old film, but, we are re-posting it for a reason. In recent weeks Iran has become even more antagonistic towards Israel. As a result, the ruling elite in the Gaza strip have begun to once again rear their heads with threats to annihilate the state of Israel. 

When the IDF went into Gaza in 2009, Jay, David and Daniel drove to Sderot, a small town on the border of Gaza to see what the people were going through. They heard the explosions, spoke to the citizens and toured the spots where rockets had struck. The idea that citizens had "15 Seconds" to find shelter was sobering. How do you even teach young children to run for a bomb shelter??

During this time, Earl Cox, an international broadcaster and journalist was also in Sderot. He was there to support the people. One evening he even purchased pizzas and drinks for the soldiers of the IDF who were on active duty along the border.

Mr. Cox invited David Rawlings and the Mayor of Sderot to Washington. David was able to record the Mayor as he gave his thoughts on the situation in Israel and thanked the American people for their support.

Now, in 2018 as you watch this, please take note~time has indeed passed, but nothing has really changed~Israel's enemies continue to surround her and threaten the annihilation of the world's only Jewish State.

Jay, David and Daniel Rawlings Drove to Sderot to Give a First Hand Report...

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Facts on Hevron That You Should Know

There are many, many stories about the city of Hevron. There are also claims of oppression and apartheid~that the arab citizens are starving and can hardly make a living because the Jews have closed their shops and all kinds of other horror stories.

Here is a short video that will give the clear facts. Please watch to the end and make note of the figures presented and the facts on the ground.

Israel has always wanted peace and prosperity for all of her citizens, whatever religion they are. 

This can only happen if outside agitators stop interfering and spreading false stories. Perhaps, if people would let us resolve our own problems there could be a livable truce between those of us who actually live here.

Please Listen Carefully to the Whole Video~You May Be Surprised!

Monday, January 01, 2018

A Blessed New Year in 2018!

We at Jerusalem Vistas / Israel Vision would like to wish
All of Our Readers, Friends and Family a
Very Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year.

May the Blessings Continue to Flow Each and Every Day!