THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL UPDATE
A Note from Jonathan Bernis
Shalom, my friend!
As we continue to celebrate and thank God for Israel’s 75 years of independence, my attention is turned towards the words of the Psalmist who acknowledges the reality of God strengthening His people – and blessing them with peace.
“The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.” — Psalm 29:11 NIV
The miracle of Israel’s 75th anniversary is a testament to God’s faithfulness to His Chosen People through an ongoing, unflinching and ever-present measure of supernatural strength and peace.
Maybe you’re facing an overwhelming challenge in your own life. I pray over you now that God will pour out upon your heart and mind the strength and peace to overcome.
I hope you’ll also pray for this work of ministry that we share at Jewish Voice – for God to open more doors to share the Good News of Yeshua (Jesus) with the Jewish people.
Thank you for your partnership in this work of ministry.
To the Jew first and also to the Nations,
President & CEO
Jewish Voice Ministries International
On Israel’s 75th Birthday, U.S. “Still Proud” to Be Among Its Top Friends
According to The Times of Israel, the Biden administration released a statement recently congratulating Israel on 75 years of independence – which began at sundown on April 25th.
As part of the statement, characterizing the U.S. as a “lifelong friend and supporter of Israel,” U.S. President Joe Biden highlighted his administration’s ongoing work with the Israeli government to “create a more prosperous, peaceful and integrated Middle East.”
The Times of Israel reports that the White House statement appeared aimed at underscoring that the bilateral relationship transcends brewing differences between the Democratic administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hardline government over the latter’s judicial overhaul and policies.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken put out a similar statement congratulating Israel.
“Over the last 75 years, the United States and Israel have built a partnership that transcends politics and benefits the people of both nations,” Blinken said. “As we seek to promote peace and prosperity in the region, we will also remain unwavering in our commitment to Israel’s security and democracy, endeavoring to strengthen further the decades-old U.S.-Israel bond.”
The messages followed several months of tensions between the two governments.
Update from the Middle East
One Injured in West Bank Shooting Attack
According to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reports, a man was recently injured from a gunfire attack targeting a group of runners who were running in memory of fallen soldiers as part of Israel’s Memorial Day. The unidentified man was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries as security forces began searching the area in an attempt to catch the terrorist – including setting up roadblocks in the area.
Pray with Us This Week
Please pray for:
- God to continue to protect innocent lives from the fighting in Ukraine and to bring a peaceful end to the invasion by Russia
- God to surround His people in Israel, who are constantly facing threats and violence from surrounding enemies
- God to give wisdom and insight to Israel’s leaders to make wise decisions and for there to be unity among the Jewish people in Israel
- Peace in the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and their enemies
- The Jewish people to recognize Yeshua as their Messiah
- God to continue to bless the nation and people of Israel as we celebrate Israel’s 75th anniversary