At the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea we can find the country which is of so much importance for us. The small country with a relatively diverse topography has often been negatively in the news with the continuous fighting between them and Palestine.
The desire for a Jewish homeland by the People of God, prompted a small number of Jews to immigrate to Palestine, a migration that grew dramatically during the second quarter of the 20th century with the increased persecution of Jews worldwide and subsequent Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany .At that time, this led to deteriorating relations with Arabs and brought forward many uprisings, among Palestinians of the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Being the world’s 31st-largest economy by nominal GDP it is the most developed country currently in conflict. Efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have not yet resulted in a final peace agreement.
One would expect that those people wanting to come to live in what they call the Holy Land, being holy for all Abrahamic religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Baháʼí Faith, would do their best to spread peace. Though the territory which was known trough the centuries, by a variety of other names, including Canaan, Djahy, Samaria, Judea, Yehud (Jehud), Iudaea (Judea), Syria Palaestina and Southern Syria still seems to be a battleground and a place to be disputed about.
As a matter of religious people, today three-fourths of the total population of Israel can be considered Jew.
It is striking that among the various Jewish groups there are also Jewish brothers and sisters, who in many cases are afraid to make known to others their acceptance of Yeshua / Jeshua (Jesus Christ) as the Messiah. These are Jeshuaists who have fled Belgium and France in recent years because of the many expressions of hatred in those Western European countries.
The Jeshuaists in Israel do not meet with our other brothers and sisters in Christ, because they prefer to keep to the traditional Jewish holy days, and often also to the major Jewish customs or Judaic tradition.
Some of the brothers and sisters were able to meet up between lockdowns but sadly most have not been able to have much fellowship. The ecclesia seemed reluctant to use online video conferencing partly due to the older age of some of the members. However, the recording brother was provided with details for joining the Russian Zoom meetings since the brothers and sisters in the ecclesia speak Russian, in the hope that they would be able in time to make use of this. There was some encouraging email correspondence during the year about a potential baptism.