AUSTRALIAN  PRAYER  NETWORK  NEWSLETTER – ISRAEL NEWS 12th OCTOBER 2013

  • NEW ARAB CHRISTIAN PARTY ANNOUNCED IN ISRAEL
  • EUROPEAN UNION TURNS ITS BACK ON ISRAEL
  • EVEN PALESTINIANS OPPOSE EUROPEAN SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL
     

NEW ARAB CHRISTIAN PARTY ANNOUNCED IN ISRAEL

Arab Christians from northern Israel who are tired of being lumped in with other Arabs who are antagonistic toward the Jewish state, have launched a new political party that aims to make a positive contribution to the Jewish state. Under the banner “Sons of the New Covenant – the Israeli Christian Party,” the faction hopes to take part in future Knesset elections. In an interview party founder Bishara Shlayan said that after encountering difficulties in helping his son and nephew join the Israeli army, he and other like-minded Christians established a forum to encourage Christian enlistment in the IDF. 

That forum has significantly boosted the number of young local Christians joining the Israeli Defence Force over the past year, and resulted in the Israeli army appointing a dedicated coordinator for the Arab Christian sector. But Shlayan knew they had to go a step further. “We saw that we needed to establish a political party, so we advertised in local Arab newspapers and the initiative took off attracting Christians who recognize that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews,” Shlayan explained to the newspaper. He lamented that for 65 years the Christian community has allowed anti-Israel Arab parties to represent it in the Knesset. 

Shlayan noted that these parties are working for a Muslim agenda that holds no benefit for the Christians. Shlayan insisted that even if one does not agree with every political decision, “a man belongs to his state. This is integrity. You must be a true citizen…and the first requirement of a citizen of Israel, and I support this, is the need to understand that this is the land of the Jewish people.”

Source: Israel Hayom

 

EUROPEAN UNION TURNS ITS BACK ON ISRAEL

The European Union (EU) recently announced a new policy of boycotting Jews and Israelis in areas of Israel liberated in the 1967 Six Day War, including Judea, Samaria and most of Jerusalem. Given the current state of affairs in the Middle East, this controversial move by the EU is poised to have devastating effects. Starting in 2014, contracts and agreements between EU businesses and individuals from those newly outlawed areas will no longer be legally recognized by EU courts. Israeli experts say the implications will have a major impact. Israeli MP Tzachi Hanegbi said that the new EU policy is far more radical that what the U.S., or even Europe itself, was accustomed to in the past. 

British reporter Melanie Phillips, wrote in the U.K.’s Daily Mail: “There is consternation in Israel over the EU’s malicious decision to boycott individuals or institutions situated over the ‘Green Line’ between Israel and the disputed territories. This would presumably include boycotting, for example, the Hebrew University which is just over that line or, even more grotesquely, Jewish residents in Jerusalem’s Old City—where ancient Jewish settlement far predated the arrival of a single Arab, dating as it does since King David who built it as the capital of the kingdom of the Jewish people. 

Source: Israel National News

 

EVEN PALESTINIANS OPPOSE EUROPEAN SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL

Now even the Palestinians are fighting back against the decision by the European Union to boycott any Israeli businesses with a presence in the so-called “occupied territories.”  A senior Palestinian Authority official who spoke on condition of anonymity told Israeli media that the European decision was not all that popular in Ramallah, despite ostensibly being made in service to the Palestinian nationalist cause. “We have a number of officials at the European Union who are trying to reverse the decision,” the unnamed source said. 

The new directive, which forbids nations in the euro zone from doing business with “Jewish settlers,” will not only weaken those Israeli companies, but will have a major negative impact on the Palestinian economy, as many thousands of Palestinian Arabs work for those very same companies. Expressing the concerns of many, Sammer Darawsha, a Palestinian employee of at a Jewish-owned greenhouse near the settlement of Halamish, said, “The decision affects everyone, whether Jew or Arab. If the EU take away our livelihood, what kind of peace will then prevail here?” 

Source: Israel Today