“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.” Isa. 9:2
WARMEST HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM OUR VISION FOR ISRAEL TEAM: Jews and Christians across the world will join in times of celebration this month as we usher in Hanukkah at dusk on Sunday 2 Dec., and Christmas on 24 Dec. 2018. As we light the first candle of Hanukkah in Israel Sunday evening, we extend love and appreciation to all of our faithful friends near and far. May your holidays be lavish with blessings of love, joy and miracles.
MOST JEWS IN ISRAEL LIGHT THE MENORAH CANDLES EVERY NIGHT DURING HANUKKAH: There are very few Jews in Israel who do not light Hanukkah candles. These numbers are from a research project called "Israeli Jewry" by the Institute for the Policy of Jewish People. The survey was based on an extensive survey of Jews in Israel. The data shows that almost three out of every four Jews in Israel (73%) say they light Hanukkah candles "every evening". One in four Jews in Israel light Hanukkah candles "some evenings". That is to say, they do not light them on all eight days, but on six or even three days. In fact, there is a significant competition among the major Jewish population groups in Israel. The numbers show that of these groups, 97% among the religious, 86% among the traditional and 71% of the secular-traditional light candles every night. The only group that most of its members light Hanukkah candles "some evenings" are those who call themselves "completely secular". Hanukkah is a holiday in which the majority of Israeli Jews observe a number of its customs. Such customs are: Eating donuts and latkes (79%), and giving presents to children (64%, a prominent practice among the hareidim at 89%) are particularly popular among Jews living in Israel. While three out of every four Israelis light Hanukkah candles "every evening," less than two of every three Jews (60%) in the States do so. This disparity in the Jewish practices exists in many holidays, when in almost every custom examined, Jews in Israel practice more Jewish tradition than Americans. (Arutz-7)
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ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGIST DISCOVER RING BELONGED TO PONTIUS PILATE: Archaeologists have discovered that a ring found 50 years ago near Bethlehem belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Jerusalem who ordered Yeshua to be crucified. Professor Gideon Foerster from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem led the dig that discovered the ring at the site of the Herodion fortress shortly after the Six Day War in 1967. Archaeologists were only recently able to decipher the name in Greek writing on the ring. The Israel Antiquities Authority labs deciphered the name, after a meticulous cleansing of the ring and use of a special camera, as “Pilatus,” linking it to the Roman governor who ruled in Judah from 26 A.D. to 36 A.D. “I don’t know of any other Pilatus from the period and the ring shows he was a person of stature and wealth,” said professor Danny Schwartz. Researchers said the ring’s style indicates that it was a stamping ring, likely used by Pilate or one of his officials for signing Pilate’s name in day-to-day work, and that such rings were often carried by the Roman cavalry, in which Pilate served. Archaeologists say that the Herodion fortress, where the ring was found, was not only used as a burial site but also likely used by Pilate as a government administrative headquarters. (Daily Caller)
REPORT: SISI, SAUDIS PUSH ARAB NATIONS TO TRADE WITH ISRAEL: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who met last week, resolved to encourage Arab nations to establish economic relations with Israel, the Al-Arabi Al-Jadid newspaper reported Thur. 29 Nov. 2018. Sisi and bin Salman also discussed the possibility of establishing an Arab Quartet with the participation of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority. However, a proposal to establish such a quartet was rejected last August by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who felt that the Egyptian president was urging him to make too many concessions to reach an agreement with Israel. (J.Post)
BRITISH MINISTER PROMOTES POST-BREXIT TRADE IN ISRAEL: British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox met Israel's PM Netanyahu last week as his country prepares to leave the European Union and pursue an independent trade policy. Britain's exports to Israel already grew by 75% in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year. Last year saw more than $9 billion in trade between the two nations, a record high. "And as we leave the EU and Britain takes up its place as an independent state of (the World Trade Organization), we want to push our concept of free trade even further," Fox told Netanyahu ahead of their meeting. "In a world where the siren calls of protectionism are rising, two free-trade nations like ours need to make the case for global free trade because trade spreads prosperity." Netanyahu said: "Britain is in fact our largest trade partner in Europe -- one of our most important trading partners in the world -- and we value the friendship." Israel is notably an import market for British cars. Other leading British exports to Israel have included mineral products and machinery and electrical equipment, as well as chemical industry products. (Arutz-7)
TRUMP: ISRAEL IS ONE REASON WE’RE STAYING IN THE MIDDLE EAST: USA President Donald Trump hinted last week that Israel is one of the reasons that he is keeping USA military forces in the Middle East. Trump’s comments were made during a media interview and came in response to a broader question on USA-Saudi relations in the wake of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “It’s very important to have Saudi Arabia as an ally, if we’re going to stay in that part of the world. One reason to remain is Israel,” said Trump, who added that “Oil is becoming less and less of a reason because we’re producing more oil now than we’ve ever produced". Trump also justified USA relations with Saudi Arabia, despite the murder which has been blamed on the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, saying “it’s a rough part of the world. It’s a dangerous, rough part of the world. But they’ve been a great ally. Without them, Israel would be in a lot more trouble. We need to have a counterbalance to Iran. The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region. It is our paramount goal to fully eliminate the threat of terrorism throughout the world”! (Arutz-7)
DUTCH RAIL COMPANY TO PAY REPARATIONS FOR WWII DEPORTATIONS: The Dutch national railway company is setting up a commission to investigate how it can pay individual reparations for its role in mass deportations of Jews by Nazi occupiers during World War II. In a written statement, the rail company, NS, said that its involvement in the deportations "is a black page in the history of our country and our company." Company spokesman Erik Kroeze said last week that the commission will look at making payments to Dutch Holocaust survivors and direct family members of Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis. He said it is not yet clear how many people could be eligible. More than 100,000 Jews — 70% of the Dutch Jewish community — did not survive the war. Most were deported from the Netherlands and killed in Nazi concentration camps. Most of the Dutch victims were rounded up in cities and taken by train to camps in the Netherlands before being sent to the border and put on German trains to concentration camps. (ABC)
HUNGARY PLEDGES $3.4 MILLION TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE: In addition to the establishment of at least one hotline for reporting anti-Semitic incidents, the funding will go to initiatives in the fields of justice and education. Leading the implementation of projects will be the Action and Protection Foundation, or TEV, of Hungarian Jewry – a watchdog group set up in 2012. “Hungary is contributing in a fairly significant way to the battle against anti-Semitism, and I express my appreciation to the government for this,” said Rabbi Shlomo Koves, founder of TEV. (JTA) Continue to pray that many from endangered Jewish communities in Europe – due to mounting political and violent anti-Semitism – will make the decision to immigrate to Israel.
HAMAS SEEKS ASSISTANCE FROM THE UN: Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of the Hamas terrorist organization, last week wrote a letter to the UN General Assembly president, Maria Fernanda Spinosa, in response to the USA and Israel's efforts against Hamas in the UN. The United States has been leading a push at the United Nations to win backing from European countries for a resolution condemning Hamas. The General Assembly is expected to vote in the coming days on the proposed resolution which will condemn rocket firings into Israel and demand that Hamas end its use of violence. In his letter, Haniyeh claimed he is "following up with great anger the ongoing and miserable efforts by the United States of America, not only by adopting the Israeli narrative of the conflict, but also by providing all the necessary material and moral support for the Israeli occupation to continue its aggression against our people." Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said in response that "Hamas speaks about international law while it fires rockets into civilian populations, holds the bodies of IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens, and uses its own people as human shields. A terrorist organization going to the UN for assistance is like a serial killer asking the police for assistance. Israel and the United States will continue to mobilize the countries of the world into a united front against the terrorism that Hamas engages in on behalf of Iran." (INN) “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” Job. 4:8
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