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The Joshua Fund’s board appoints Dr. Carl A. Moeller as new executive director. Veteran CEO will lead effort to strengthen the church in Israel and the Arab world.

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JERUSALEM — The board of directors of The Joshua Fund today announced the appointment of Dr. Carl A. Moeller as the organization’s new executive director, effective June 1, 2020. 

Dr. Moeller was unanimously elected by the board in March to lead The Joshua Fund, an organization founded in 2006 by New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg and his wife Lynn. The mission of The Joshua Fund is to “bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus,” according to Genesis 12:1-3, and to strengthen the Church to help fulfill the Great Commission.

To that end, The Joshua Fund educates and mobilizes Christians around the world to pray for and invest in God’s work — including relief — in the “Epicenter” of the Middle East where potential conflicts prophesized in the Old Testament are expected to take place. 

“I have known Carl for many years and have been deeply impressed with his passion to strengthen followers of Jesus Christ to fulfill the Great Commission wherever they are, even when they face hardship and outright persecution,” said Rosenberg, the organization’s co-founder and chairman. “I believe that Carl is the right man at the right time to help The Joshua Fund continue to be a trusted resource for any Christian who wants to help advance the Kingdom of Christ in the very birthplace of the Church.” 

Dr. Moeller is a well-known and trusted leader in the global evangelical ministry world. His experience includes staff responsibilities with Cru (previously Campus Crusade for Christ) and Saddleback Church. He previously served as president and CEO of Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) from 2014 to 2017 and in the same role at Open Doors, USA from 2003 to 2012. Most recently, he held the position of executive pastor at Northland Church just outside Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Moeller earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Utah.

As executive director, Dr. Moeller will utilize his skills in motivational speaking, strategic planning, administration and fundraising to advance the cause of the Gospel in Israel and surrounding countries.

“Israel and the Middle East are perhaps the most important area to the future of the world,” Dr. Moeller said. “I believe that to fulfill the Great Commission and Great Commandment in region, we must walk in full obedience to Christ and seek peace, justice and healing by being the hands and feet of Jesus, regardless of the risk or the cost to us. The Joshua Fund is selflessly modeling and leading the way, which is why I am thrilled to join this amazing team.”

The Joshua Fund has invested more than $50 million in congregations and ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and five neighboring Arab countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, and has assisted in the establishment of 17 food and relief distribution centers in Israel.

Additionally, The Joshua Fund leads “Prayer & Vision Tours” to Israel; has hosted “Epicenter Conferences” in the U.S., Israel, Germany and the Philippines; and taken delegations of American evangelical leaders to meet with senior Arab leaders throughout the region. 

“Carl Moeller’s global experience, speaking ability, and positive, creative forward-looking worldview are ideally suited for the current season of The Joshua Fund,” said Wayne Pederson, senior vice chairman of the organization’s board and chair of the search team. “Wonderful opportunities for the Gospel are opening up in the Epicenter following disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Joshua Fund is poised to move forward positively with strong passion and leadership that Carl will provide. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

The Joshua Fund board enlisted the expertise of the Slingshot Group during its search process before unanimously approving Dr. Moeller. As he assumes his responsibilities as president on June 1, Dr. Moeller succeeds Tim Lugbill who has faithfully and humbly served in various roles with The Joshua Fund since its inception in 2006, first as board chair and subsequently as executive director, beginning in 2014.

For more information about The Joshua Fund, visit JoshuaFund.com.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: To schedule a print or broadcast interview with Dr. Carl Moeller or Mr. Joel C. Rosenberg, contact Wayne Pederson at wpederson@me.com

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Saudi newspaper publishes rare interview with Israeli citizen. Here’s what I said to “Al-Riyadh” about Iran and MBS’s vision for moderation, reform and peace.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — It is not every day that a Saudi newspaper publishes an interview with an Israeli Jewish citizen from an Evangelical faith, especially one discussing some of the most important and controversial matters in the Kingdom and region.

Yet to their credit, Al-Riyadh, a newspaper located in the capital of Saudi Arabia, published just such an interview with me yesterday. Indeed, it was their reporter who initiated the conversation.

It should be noted that the article never mentions that I am an Israeli, or that I did the interview by phone from my home in Jerusalem. The article also carefully avoids using the word “Israel,” even though I mentioned Israel repeatedly during the interview.

That said, overall, I regard this as a very positive development.

I am deeply grateful to three Arab friends in the region who translated the article from Arabic for me. I have synthesized their translations together — and spent a good deal of time on the phone with one of them — to provide a good and fair English translation. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it below. Then, please feel free to send me your comments via Twitter or my “Epicenter Team” page on Facebook. Thanks.

JOEL ROSENBERG TO AL-RIYADH: DIPLOMACY OF CROWN PRINCE IS LEADING TO PEACE AND MODERATION IN THE REGION

By Hadeel Oueiss, Al-Riyadh newspaper, May 21, 2020

The reforms that Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman are making are historic and having positive and dramatic effects on the Saudi kingdom and the region, says Joel Rosenberg, who is president of an association of Evangelical Christian leaders [that has met with numerous Arab leaders throughout the region, including MBS].

Such reforms show that Saudi Arabia wants to lead on initiatives regarding peace and moderation that will change the path of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East towards a better future, guided by young leadership and a new vision.

Rosenberg told the Al-Riyadh newspaper that the Iranian threat is the main danger that the Middle East must work to confront, and he praised the strategy of the Crown Prince towards Iran.

This strategy is based on strengthening the Kingdom’s stability and diversifying diplomatic relationships with other countries that would join Saudi Arabia in stopping Iran from exporting its evil and terrorism and who are willing to stand on common ground with the Saudis against Iran.

The strategy also involves not compromising towards Iran or removing the pressure on Iran that has led to internal struggle within the mullahs’ regime. Iran is facing collapse due to a serious economic crisis and the rejection of their own people. 

Rosenberg also added, “I see that Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Crown Prince, is making important strides in its ability to expand Saudi alliances and partnerships. This will bring about strategic and economic gains for the country, especially since two-thirds of the Saudi people are young, under the age of 30. They are looking to take advantage of the full potential of Saudi Arabia.”

“The aspirations of this generation – and the challenges they face – are different from what the previous generation experienced. The Saudi youth of today did not grow up experiencing the traditional conflicts of the region and have not been personally affected by them. They did not witness the wars of 1948, 1967 and 1973. It is a new generation with different experiences and new needs that the Crown Prince is dealing with as he builds new international relationships and plans that provide for the needs of these young people and a different vision of the future.”

“At its core, this is a thoroughly Saudi vision, more than ever before, and it concerns Saudi youth, their economic future, and how to change policies in order to serve the economy and to improve the quality of lives of individuals in Saudi Arabia.”

Rosenberg said that improving the standard of living and diversifying the economy is what all modern and stable countries seek and countries must draw their foreign policy accordingly, seeking to maintain good relationships with countries on all sides and dealing with other people regardless of their ideologies.

These goals are the focus of the Crown Prince’s vision, which is to create a future with a promising economy and political environment that is in harmony with the aspiration of the youth, rather than certain ideologies that would not be helpful for their future. 

Rosenberg also revealed a new opinion poll that he conducted in partnership with a company run by the American pollster, John McLaughlin. It found that more than 50% of the American people will support the Crown Prince and Saudi Arabia if they open to the world and work for peace in the region. [See note below.]

Rosenberg concluded, “My personal experience in meeting the Crown Prince was very positive, and perhaps a small example of the future of Saudi Arabia – a country that is open to welcoming others, that has the goal of deepening Saudi relations with the rest of the world. It is definitely in the national interest of the Saudis to diversify their economy and achieve this by diversifying relations with every country in the world and making Saudi Arabia a country that leads the efforts towards peace and moderation in the Middle East.”

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NOTE: It should be noted that the poll question cited in the article was not specifically about Saudi Crown Prince MBS. It was a question about whether the American people would view more favorably any Arab leader who chooses to sign a peace treaty with Israel in the near future. I will publish the exact question and poll results soon.

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BREAKING: New Israeli national unity government sworn in after 18-months of political paralysis. And Israeli society begins to re-open. Here’s the latest.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — After three national elections and a political crisis that left the country without a duly-elected government for nearly 18 months, Israel finally has a national unity government.

The Knesset voted 73 to 46 to establishment the new government, and its members were officially sworn in today.

  • Benjamin Netanyahu will be Prime Minister for the fifth time. However, he will only serve until November 17, 2021. 
  • Benny Gantz, the former IDF chief of staff, will serve first as Defense Minister while also holding the title of “Alternate Prime Minister.” On November 17, 2021, he will then switch with Netanyahu and becomes the nation’s full Prime Minister.

I’ll provide analysis of the new government in the days and weeks ahead.

For now, however, there is more good news.

Please join me in thanking the Lord that the COVID-19 crisis hasn’t been as deadly here as in other countries. Because Israel was one of the first countries to go into lock-down mode, the virus was impressively contained — and the country is beginning to reopen.

  • As of this weekend, we have had nearly 17,000 cases, yet only 265 people have died.
  • While each of those deaths is very sad, compare that number to Belgium which has roughly the same population as Israel yet as of this morning has experienced 8,903 deaths.
  • Or compare with the State of Georgia in the U.S., which also has a similar population to Israel but as of this morning has had 1,517 deaths.
  • Very few new cases have been reported in Israel in the past few weeks, so the country is beginning to re-open.
  • Almost all schools re-opened today Sunday.
  • Beaches will re-open on Wednesday.
  • Malls and many stores are re-opening, as are factories and other businesses. And airlines are beginning to schedule more flights to and from Israel.

The government is phasing everything in, and monitoring closely to make sure there aren’t significant spikes in new infections. It’s not clear when church congregations can begin meeting again — our congregation has been webcasting sermons and having social times via Zoom for the past few months — but overall we are feeling cautiously optimistic over here. We even invited some dear family friends over for a barbeque this week, the first family we’ve had in our home in months.

What’s more, modern Israel turned 72 last week — a modern miracle.

Please continue praying for all Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones during this pandemic, for those who are still sick and for the many who have lost their jobs or their businesses. And please pray for our leaders to have wisdom to know how to proceed from this point forward. Thanks so much.

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On #GivingTuesday, would you help The Joshua Fund assist struggling Israelis and Palestinians, encourage pastors, teach the Word and strengthen the Church? We would be so grateful for your help!

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — As today is #GivingTuesday, would you consider making a tax deductible donation to the work of The Joshua Fund?

Your support is most appreciated — and more needed during this pandemic and economic crisis than ever.

Many of you know that in 2006, my wife, Lynn, and I founded The Joshua Fund, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit ministry to educate and mobilize Christians to “bless Israel and her Arab neighbors in the name of Jesus.”

Specifically, TJF works to strengthen the Church in Israel and surrounding Arab nations so they can….

  • preach the Word of God
  • shepherd the flock
  • proclaim the Good News
  • care for the poor and needy
  • comfort widows and orphans, refugees and Holocaust survivors
  • assist single mothers and their newborn children
  • encourage pastors and their wives, and
  • train future ministry leaders

From the perspective of our board and staff, The Joshua Fund (TJF) is like a spiritual venture capital fund. TJF comes alongside small but growing and promising congregations and ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza), and five neighboring Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt) to invest in them with encouragement, prayer, and financial resources, allowing them to plant more seeds of God’s Word and bear more eternal fruit.

0E9021FC-758F-4429-A040-FEF91CAD3029From the perspective of donors, TJF is like a ministry mutual fund. Many Christians want to help proclaim the Gospel and grow the Church in the Epicenter, but few have the time to crisscross through the region getting to know hundreds of pastors and their ministries, assessing which ones are theologically on track and walking closely with the Lord and stewarding their resources wisely and bearing real fruit and truly in need of assistance. That makes it hard for individual Christians and even some Christian foundations to know where to invest and how much to invest.

That’s where The Joshua Fund comes in. Our team of experienced and faithful pastors and ministry leaders does careful, prayerful and continual vetting of ministries in Israel and the Arab world and makes recommendations to our senior leadership on where we should invest the precious funds that our donors entrust to us. 

In this way, TJF endeavors to act as a trusted resource, helping you maximize the immediate and eternal impact of your charitable giving. 

Whether you’re a regular donor, or someone just learning about The Joshua Fund, please read our “2019 Impact Report” to learn more about what we do and the fruit the Lord is bearing through your prayers and financial support.

Would you also make a generous donation to work of The Joshua Fund? You can give securely online by clicking here, and your gift is tax deductible.

On behalf of our board and staff, Lynn and I want to thank you so much for you gracious prayers and generous giving. We are deeply humbled and honored to be engaged in this exciting and eternal work together, and we look forward to working side by side throughout this pandemic crisis and throughout 2020!

(Please share this report with friends and family on social media so they also can get involved with The Joshua Fund, blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus — thanks so much!)

“How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?” Did you miss the special webcast we did from Jerusalem? Watch the 55 minute video online for free. Here are the details. (Please share with family and friends.)

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Thanks so much to everyone around North America and the world who watched the webcast. And thanks to everyone who has sent me notes and comments. Hope you found the event helpful.

If you missed it, here’s the link to the site. The moment you register, you’ll be allowed to watch the recorded video for free. It’s not available on YouTube — only here. 

(Please share this message and the link with family and friends on social media so they can watch as well.) 

DETAILS OF THE WEBCAST FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT

Join Joel Rosenberg for an exclusive webcast from Jerusalem, where he will share a message of hope and encouragement from the Scriptures that will help bring peace to you during these difficult global situations. Joel will share with you from his own life experiences, and answer your questions.

Register today – and encourage others on social media to register, as well – for this unique event in an unprecedented time.

Joel C. Rosenberg is not simply a New York Times best-selling author with some 5 million copies of his novels and non-fiction books in print. He’s an author known around the world for writing about – sometimes even seeming to predict – worst case scenarios. And creating characters forced to operate in times of grave danger and distress.

Joel is no stranger to the subject – he and his family live in the Middle East, he runs a ministry that has invested more than $50 million in strengthening the Church in Israel and the Arab world, and he’s traveled to and ministered in war zones, from the borders of Gaza to Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Joel travels across the U.S. and around the world, he regularly speaks to audiences and meets with religious leaders and heads of state.

Click here to watch for free.

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As Israel celebrates its 72nd modern birthday, only 40% of American Jews see Israel as the Biblical “promised land,” compared to 80% of American Evangelicals. Why? A few thoughts on another very special Independence Day.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Happy birthday, Israel!

Yes, today marks 72 years since the rebirth of the modern State of Israel in 1948 (Israelis go by the lunar calendar; on the Western calendar, Independence Day is May 14th.)  

Today, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Israelis are joyfully celebrating our freedom and security. Not everyone is happy, though. Too many in this region and the world despise Israel and seek our isolation, demise, and even annihilation.

That said, I don’t want to focus on geopolitical issues today.

Rather, I’d like to draw your attention to two curious numbers:

Set aside, for a moment, questions of how to make peace with the Palestinians, and with other Arabs in the region. Important topics. But let’s discuss those later.

Right now, just take a moment to consider how bizarre this is that twice as many American Evangelicals see Israel as the Biblical “promised land” than American Jews.

Why?

There are a number of reasons, but here’s the central one: Most American Jews do not spend much time reading, studying or memorizing the Bible. Few consider the Hebrew Scriptures the authoritative, inspired, inerrant Word of God. Thus, what the Bible teaches about God’s love and plan for Israel and the Jewish people is not something they spend much time thinking about, much less believe.

For most Evangelicals, just the opposite is true.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying on this topic, specifically about how to help Jews, Christians, Muslims and others better understand Israel’s place in the region, the world, in history and in the Bible. I’ve been talking with a wide range of leaders. As a result, I’ve got some thoughts that I’d like to share with you. But not right now.

At the moment, I’m going out to our grill in the backyard of our Jerusalem apartment to make dinner for my family and celebrate the Lord’s unfailing love and mercy for my family and my people. Shalom from the City of the King!

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BREAKING: U.S. coronavirus death toll now exceeds Americans killed in Vietnam War. Total U.S. infections tops 1 million. Here’s the latest. And please join me tonight for a special webcast from Jerusalem, “How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?”

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — As someone born and raised in the United States, and still an American citizen, and deeply in love with “the land of the free and home of the brave,” it grieves me to see how hard the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the American people.

Understandably, frustration with the lockdowns is building — people want this to be over and to go back to their lives.

But fear is growing, too — so many have lost their lives, many more may still die, tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many businesses are increasingly in danger of going bankrupt, devastating their owners and throwing more out of work.

The latest figures I read this morning hit me hard — “The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday exceeded the 58,220 American lives lost during the Vietnam War as cases topped 1 million,” reported Reuters.

Below, I’ve posted important excerpts from the Reuters report.

First, a reminder: I hope you’ll join me tonight for a free webcast from Jerusalem. You need to register while there’s still space available — you can do so by clicking here.

  • Topic: “How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?”
  • Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
  • Duration: 45 minutes

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Excerpts from the Reuters report:

  • U.S. cases have doubled in 18 days and make up one-third of all infections in the world, according to the tally.
  • The actual number of cases is thought to be higher, with state public health officials cautioning that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity.
  • About 30% of the cases have occurred in New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania….
  • The outbreak could take more than 74,000 U.S. lives by Aug. 4, compared with an April 22 forecast of over 67,600, according to the University of Washington’s predictive model….
  • Globally, coronavirus cases top 3 million since the outbreak began in China late last year. The United States, with the world’s third-largest population, has five times as many cases as the next hardest-hit countries of Italy, Spain and France.
  • Of the 20 most severely affected countries, the United States ranks fifth based on cases per capita, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has about 30 cases per 10,000 people. Spain ranks first at over 48 cases per 10,000 people, followed by Belgium, Switzerland and Italy….
  • The coronavirus deaths in the United States fall short of the approximately 100,000 Americans killed by seasonal flu in 1967, according to the CDC. It is also far less deadly than the Spanish flu, which began in 1918 and killed 675,000 Americans.
  • Unprecedented stay-at-home orders to try to curb the spread of the virus have hammered the economy, with the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the last five weeks soaring to 26.5 million….

Please continue praying:

  • for all those who are suffering in Israel, the U.S. and all over the world that the Lord would heal and comfort them
  • for all those who have lost a loved one, that the Lord would comfort them
  • for all those struggling with fear and anxiety to turn to the Lord for comfort and the Bible for answers
  • for protection and strength for all health care workers and first responders
  • for wisdom for our national leaders to know how best to contain/defeat the virus
  • for pastors to continue teaching the Word of God with clarity and compassion, and to know how best to minister to people with church doors closed
  • for all those who have lost their jobs and all who are struggling financially, and for the economy to recover quickly
  • for The Joshua Fund team to have both the wisdom and financial resources to continue investing in, strengthening and encouraging vital ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the neighboring Arab countries

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Join me for an exclusive Webcast from Jerusalem this Wednesday: “How can I live by faith, not fear, during worst case scenarios?” Please register today (and invite family & friends to watch, as well).

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Please join me this Wednesday for a special webinar that I’m quite excited about. You have to register, which you can do by clicking here.

Here are the details from LifeWay and Tyndale House Publishers: 

  • Title: How Can I Live By Faith, Not Fear, Amidst Worst Case Scenarios?
  • Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • Time: 08:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
  • Duration: 45 minutes

Join Joel Rosenberg for an exclusive webcast from Jerusalem, where he will share a message of hope and encouragement from the Scriptures that will help bring peace to you during these difficult global situations. Joel will share with you from his own life experiences, and answer your questions.

Register today – and encourage others on social media to register, as well – for this unique event in an unprecedented time.

Joel C. Rosenberg is not simply a New York Times best-selling author with some 5 million copies of his novels and non-fiction books in print. He’s an author known around the world for writing about – sometimes even seeming to predict – worst case scenarios. And creating characters forced to operate in times of grave danger and distress.

Joel is no stranger to the subject – he and his family live in the Middle East, he runs a ministry that has invested more than $50 million in strengthening the Church in Israel and the Arab world, and he’s traveled to and ministered in war zones, from the borders of Gaza to Iraq and Afghanistan.

As Joel travels across the U.S. and around the world, he regularly speaks to audiences and meets with religious leaders and heads of state.

Register here.

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Israel leading the league in battling pandemic. With far lower death toll than comparably-sized countries, Israel begins to cautiously re-boot the economy, re-open society. Here’s the latest.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — April has been a bitter month, but there are signs of hope.

  • Worldwide, nearly three million people have contracted COVID-19.
  • Of these, 203,332 people have died as of Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
  • One in four were in the U.S., which tragically has seen some 54,265 deaths.
  • The economic toll has been devastating, and social and political pressure is building on governments to re-open society rather than risk total economic collapse.

That said, Israel is faring far better than most countries — indeed, one might say it is leading the league in terms of containing the virus and saving lives.

Compare, for example, Israel and Belgium.

Why does is Israel’s death toll 35 times smaller than Belgium’s? An analysis published this morning by The Jerusalem Post notes the reasonis in large part because Israel’s government responded to the threat much faster, imposing an escalating series of ever-tighter lockdowns, quarantines, business closures and restrictions on social interaction than Belgium or most other countries.

Based on the early trends experts were seeing, if Israel hadn’t acted fast, “today we’d have over 600,000 people [sick], over 10,000 on ventilators, and many thousands who would have ended their lives,” noted Moshe Bar Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, specifically comparing the situation with Belgium.

Consider another comparison.

Thank God, the number of recoveries in Israel is growing. The number of Israelis on ventilators is dropping. The crisis isn’t over, but authorities believe they’ve been successful in containing it. Therefore, they’re beginning to allow a growing number of sectors of society to re-open, and preparing for a full reboot of the economy, even  requiring masks and other protective measures and closely monitoring the situation to guard against new spikes.

Please continue praying:

  • for all those who are suffering in Israel, the U.S. and all over the world that the Lord would heal and comfort them
  • for all those who have lost a loved one, that the Lord would comfort them
  • for all those struggling with fear and anxiety to turn to the Lord for comfort and the Bible for answers
  • for protection and strength for all health care workers and first responders
  • for wisdom for our national leaders to know how best to contain/defeat the virus
  • for pastors to continue teaching the Word of God with clarity and compassion, and to know how best to minister to people with church doors closed
  • for all those who have lost their jobs and all who are struggling financially, and for the economy to recover quickly
  • for The Joshua Fund team to have both the wisdom and financial resources to continue investing in, strengthening and encouraging vital ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the neighboring Arab countries

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New poll finds Israelis very supportive of new “unity government,” even as Gantz’s former allies eviscerate him.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — To put it mildly, some of the political allies that were once closest and most loyal to Benny Gantz are livid that he has formed a national unity government with their mortal enemy, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Yair Lapid, for example, charges that Gantz is perpetrating “the worst act of fraud in the history of this country” by agreeing to work with Netanyahu.

Lapid apologized “to all those people who I convinced to vote for Benny Gantz and Blue and White this past year. I didn’t believe that they would steal your vote and give it to Netanyahu, that they would use your vote to form the fifth Netanyahu government.”

That said, frustrated and exhausted by three national elections in one year, most Israelis are very supportive of the deal and want it to work.

“Sixty-two percent of Israelis support the newly agreed upon Likud-Blue and White unity government, while just 22% oppose it, according to a survey released Tuesday,” reported the Times of Israel.

Other key findings:

  • “The coalition deal inked Monday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chief Benny Gantz was supported by 80% of Likud voters and 57% of Blue and White voters, the Channel 13 poll found….
  • “However, only 31% of respondents believed Netanyahu would honor the rotation deal requiring him vacate the Prime Minister’s Office; 41% believe he won’t do so and 23% said they don’t know.
  • “Finally, 48% believe Gantz gave up more to strike the deal, while 25% said Netanyahu made greater concessions.
  • “Channel 13 polled 710 Israelis and the survey had a 3.7% margin of error.”

I have no idea if this new government can work. But I certainly hope so. The country needs unity right now, not more partisan division.

Please continue to pray for Israel’s leaders to know best how to help Israel defeat the coronavirus, reboot the economy, and to effectively deal with a range of other threats, including from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas. Thanks.

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