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Israeli Prime Minister will address Congress Next Month

bibi congressPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accepted an invitation to address the US Congress next month on the threat posed by Iran and radical Islam. Netanyahu is also exploring the possibility of meeting with President Barack Obama during his visit, Reuters reported.

US Speaker of the House John Boehner said the “invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of [the Israeli] people.”

In a statement posted on his website, Boehner said he had asked Netanyahu to comment on the threats stemming from radical Islam as well as the Iranian regime.

“Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again,” he wrote. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Terror in Tel AvivPalestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour in Tel Aviv Wednesday morning, injuring some 17 people, several seriously, police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police believe it was a “terror attack.”

Four of the victims were hospitalized in serious condition, another five were left in a moderate condition, and the remaining were lightly injured according to media reports.

The attacker was identified as a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, 23.  He was shot after a short chase and taken into police custody. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Prayer Alert for two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State

japaneseJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded Tuesday that the Islamic State group immediately free two Japanese hostages unharmed after the jihadists posted a video threat to kill them.

“I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately released,” he said at a news conference during a visit to Jerusalem. “I am extremely indignant at such an act.”

“Their lives are the top priority,” he said.

Earlier in the day the radical Islamist group controlling large swaths of Syria and Iraq released a video demanding $200 million in ransom money for the lives of two Japanese hostages it claims to have. Read more at The Times of Israel.

The Israel Collective

Israel Collective LogoAs most of you know, some of the largest mainline Protestant denominations have turned on Israel.  When the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) or the United Methodist Church take action relating to the Middle East, it’s to debate divesting their funds from Israel; and it is from Israel — not Iran — that they divest.  This betrayal did not happen overnight; it’s over a generation in the making.  For decades,anti-Israel activists have targeted these churches.  They have exploited Christian morality and language to make the case that Christianity demands opposition to Israel.  Today they are reaping the toxic harvest of these years of lies.

Now the anti-Israel crowd is working hard to repeat this success in the evangelical world.  They are trying to turn our young people against the Jewish state.  And they are doing so by exploiting the high-minded values and spirit of love that characterize our millennial generation.

We cannot let this pattern be repeated.  We cannot let these attacks go unanswered. We cannot, and we will not.

We are proud to announce the launch of an official movement to push back against these lies called The Israel Collective (www.IsraelCollective.org).  This new effort is being run by millennial Christians for millennial Christians. Their goal is to demonstrate that Christian values demand that our young people stand with the Jewish state.  Millennials are focused on Jesus’ love and compassion.  And Israel is the only country in the Middle East living out this love — including the love of one’s enemies — on a daily basis.  Millennials stand with the oppressed.  And Israel provides the only safe haven for oppressed Arab Christians and Muslims in the entire region.  Millennials love diversity.  And Israel is the most diverse country in the Middle East, if not the planet.

The time has come to tell the truth about Israel.  The time has come for The Israel Collective.