Looking to the past, Monday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a day set aside to remember the six million Jewish people and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis in World War II. It is held on January 27 because that is the day, in 1945, the vile Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of that event – literally a lifetime has passed since those dark days. But I think you’ll agree that 75 years is still too short a time to forget this tragedy. Unfortunately, that is just what is happening among younger generations. I’ll talk about what we can do about that in a moment.
Looking to the future, on Tuesday, President Trump unveiled his “Deal of the Century” plan for Middle East peace. The proposal faces an uphill battle, but this one does have a few unique features from past attempts that might make a difference, including a level of detail never seen before in a plan.
WHAT MAKES A “DEAL OF THE CENTURY”?
If the President’s peace plan were to be accepted by both sides right now, here are some of the major impacts:
- Israel would keep full control of an undivided Jerusalem
- Israel would oversee security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea
- Israel would annex 20 percent of the land in Judea and Samaria but give up some of its land in the Negev on the Gaza-Egyptian border
- Existing Israeli settlements in the West Bank would be retained but would not be able to expand for four years
- A state of Palestine would be created that comprises 80% of the land of Judea and Samara, and the new land in the Negev
- The Palestinian state could establish a capital in East Jerusalem outside the Israeli security fence
- The U.S. would open an embassy for Palestine and provide up to $50 billion in economic aid
- The Palestinians would recognize Israel’s right to exist, stop inciting terrorism, stop paying families of terrorists, and disarm the terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad
The last point is where past peace plans fell apart. However, in the past, the plans were also vague about what Palestinians could expect in the deal. President Trump’s plan is very specific, including a detailed map of the potential new Israeli-Palestinian borders.
The plan is also good for Israel because, unlike past plans, it recognizes the reality of Israel’s sovereignty and need for security. In his speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made this point.
“For too long, the heart of Israel has been outrageously branded as illegally occupied territory,” he said. “Today, Mr. President, you are puncturing this big lie. You are recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – large and small alike."
NEXT STEPS IN THE PEACE PROCESS
Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister candidate Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party are on board with the plan. Also, unlike proposals in the past, several Muslim nations, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, have offered support for the plan.
One surprising source of opposition is coming from Israeli Arabs whose villages and cities would be moved to the Palestinian state’s territory. They say they want to remain citizens of Israel no matter what. That’s not the attitude usually painted by the media of Arabs living in those areas.
But what it comes down to, as always, is the response from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. So far, the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas hasn’t weighed in on the plan, but it is doubtful he will agree. Past leaders have even used the peace process to launch new attacks against Israel.
Even if he does agree, the task of disarming and removing Hamas from Gaza, as well as disarming Islamic Jihad and other terrorists groups, will not be easy.
Thankfully, no matter the outcome of this peace plan, we know that Israel will continue to thrive. It’s economy, culture, technological advancements and military are second to none in the region. Even more importantly, it will remain a safe haven for the Jewish people as anti-Semitism continues to grow around the world.
WE MUST NEVER FORGET THE HOLOCAUST
As I said at the beginning, Monday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was a powerful moment at a forum in Jerusalem as world leaders from 49 countries stood together to speak out in one powerful voice against anti-Semitism and to remember the Holocaust. It fit perfectly with the official subject of the forum: “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Anti-Semitism.”
Unfortunately, younger generations aren’t being taught the horrors of this event. Many don’t know even know the name “Auschwitz.” They can’t recognize the very real dangers of growing anti-Semitism.
This is a heartbreaking problem that we at Jewish Voice – with your support – are doing something about. It’s part of our mission to educate and engage our world about Israel and the Jewish people.
It’s also part of our mission to reach out to Holocaust survivors. Israel is home to around 192,000 survivors, most over 85 years old and many over 100. Sadly, 48,000 of these survivors – who have already endured unimaginable suffering – live below the poverty line. Many need dental care and eyeglasses, but can’t afford them.
Jewish Voice, through your partnership, helps meet these important physical needs and shares the hope of Yeshua (Jesus). Together we are letting them know they matter. They are not forgotten. We remember.
LET US PRAY TOGETHER
I am thankful that I can come to you with specific prayer requests on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people because I know you will be faithful to lift them up before our Lord. The events of this week – from Holocaust Remembrance Day to President Trump unveiling his Middle East peace proposal — provide us with the opportunity to pray for:
- Our world to never forget the Holocaust and for young people, especially, to learn about and understand this unspeakable horror that took place during World War II – that it may never happen again
- A spirit of openness and understanding for everyone involved in the conversations and meetings around President Trump’s peace proposal
- Preparation and protection for Israel should her enemies attack in response to the events of the past few weeks
- These latest developments to open the eyes of the Jewish people to their Messiah, in Whom they can find encouragement, peace and hope in the midst of troubled times
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And best of all, your support will help share the Good News of Yeshua (Jesus) with Jewish people in Israel and around the world.
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Six million Jewish people died in the Holocaust. Each one of them, and each survivor, is a unique story. During the Holocaust, the worst of the human race had free expression. The possibility that mankind is capable of such ideology and brutality is sobering. That’s why we can never forget the Holocaust.
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