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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!