Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Israel’s Prime Minister re-elected

 My old friend wins re-election as Israel’s Prime Minister- update by Mike Evans
Jerusalem Prayer Team
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"Benjamin Netanyahu has been re-elected as Prime Minister of Israel. Many Jerusalem Prayer Team members have asked me questions about him. Let me share this information with you.
I have known Benjamin Netanyahu since he was thirty years of age. He is now sixty-four. When I first met him on July 4, 1980, he was selling furniture. It was the anniversary of the death of his brother, Yoni. Yoni was serving as a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces and was killed during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, during a counter-terrorism hostage rescue mission. His unit had flown there to rescue more than one hundred Israeli hostages who had been hijacked by Palestinian terrorists.

I had gone to the home of Benzion Netanyahu, Yoni’s father, to express my deep condolences on the anniversary of his son’s death. He was very gracious and invited me in for a cup of tea. A few moments later, Benjamin walked into the room. I could see the pain and sadness in his eyes. Before leaving, I asked him if I could pray with him. He said yes. I took his hands in mine and as we prayed, tears ran down my face. The words that came forth from my mouth were prophetic: “Jonathan loved David. You loved Jonathan. Out of the ashes of your despair will come strength from God, and you will be the prime minister of Israel.” I had a small bottle of oil that I had purchased at the Garden Tomb. As I ended my prayer, I removed the cap and touched his head with the oil. He was completely surprised and said, “No. I’m not going into politics.”

The following day, I requested a second meeting that week with Prime Minister Menachem Begin. During our meeting, I told him what had happened when I met with the Netanyahu family. I asked him to give Benjamin a position in his government. He did not know who Benjamin was, but his senior advisor, Reuven Hecht, informed him by reminding the prime minister of Benjamin’s father and brother.

Menachem Begin was such a God-fearing man that he took my words very seriously. He told Reuven to have dinner with Benjamin. Reuven complied and Benjamin was offered his first position as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, under Ambassador Moshe Aron. He held that position from 1982-1984. From 1984-1988, he served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. He went on to become a Knesset member in Israel and was a member of the Israeli delegation under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir at the Madrid Peace Conference. I remember it well as I was in attendance for the conference defending Israel—one of only sixty in the world outside the delegations permitted to attend.

In 1996, Benjamin became prime minister, and in 2009 was elected for a second time to serve in that capacity. Yesterday, he was re-elected as prime minister. I believe God has set him in this office “for such a time as this” as Israel faces such grave threats and challenges. Today I am asking you to stand with me and support the Jerusalem Prayer Team as we support Israel.

I am also asking for your help today so that we can reach out to the poor of the house of Israel in love and help meet their urgent needs. Today they are suffering greatly from the cold of winter. There is no good time to be poor. But during the winter the problem is even worse as cold adds to the suffering of hunger and sickness for those who do not have enough money to buy food, medicine and housing and also pay for heat.

Together we can tell them—and more importantly show them—that they are not alone! My heart is breaking over this suffering. Because you love Israel and the Jewish people, I am asking you today to join me in helping us meet these urgent needs. Together we can provide urgently needed food, as well as warm blankets, coats and hats to the poor of Israel. Your gift today will be God’s arms of love wrapped around a shivering Jewish man, woman or child.
When you send your gift to bless the poor of Israel, we will send you these beautiful “Comfort Ye My People” note cards.    

If you are able to send a gift of $40 or more, we will send you the note cards and this special plate designed especially for members of the Jerusalem Prayer Team.    
If you are able to send a gift of $100 or more, we will send you the note cards and this lovely color “Comfort Ye My People” afghan.
It’s a great prayer reminder as well as a way to share your support for Israel with everyone who sees it.    

The Bible says, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD—and he will repay you!” (Proverbs 19:17, NLT) Today I am asking you to join with me in lending back to God part of the resources He has provided to you by helping the poor of Israel. It is brutally cold this winter, especially for those who cannot afford heat and warm water…but together we can show them that they are not forgotten or forsaken.

Your support of the Jerusalem Prayer Team allows us to meet urgent humanitarian needs of the poor of Israel, particularly for the elderly Holocaust survivors. These dear people have suffered so much, and most of them have no living family members to help care for them. Most have never seen an act of love from a Christian—and that must change!

Your gift today could literally be the difference between life and death for these poor people. The bitter winter places great strain on their weakened bodies. They need warm clothing, nutritious food and other basic necessities of life. We must respond to these urgent needs. Now that we have the Jerusalem World Center in operation we can do so much more—but only with your help. I am asking you today to send your best gift so that we can help as many people as possible.
When you give to support the Jerusalem Prayer Team, you are blessing what God wants to bless, and when you do, you will receive His favor and blessing. Thank you so much for being part of this vital effort to defend, support, and bless the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Barukh attah Adonai, melekh m’hulal batishbachot.
Blessed are you Lord, a King to be praised in adoration.
Your ambassador to Jerusalem,
Dr. Mike Evans"

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