Study Reveals Stunning Poverty in Israel

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released a study showing that Israel has the highest poverty rate of any developed country in the world. More than one out of every five people living in Israel is living below the poverty line. And Israelis do not have the same array of social services and safety net that poor people in Europe and America enjoy. (more…)

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Working Poor in Israel Struggling to Get By

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A new economic report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveals how difficult life has become for the working poor of Israel. Unemployment is a widespread problem that has left many in poverty, but even many of those who do have jobs are struggling to get by. According to the study, one quarter of those who are working are “low income”—trying to provide their needs on the equivalent of about $300 per week. As a result, poverty and hunger continue to grow among the People of Israel.

The economic hardship in the Jewish State is partly the result of the government’s intense focus on defending against current and future attacks, and partly the impact of worldwide economic boycotts being promoted by Palestinian groups and their supporters. Though the economy of Israel is in better shape than that of many of its neighbors, there is still a serious problem with providing the social and humanitarian needs of the people.

Our goal is to step into this gap and help meet these needs so that we can minister the Gospel of Yeshua to the Jewish People. Jewish Voice has partnered with more than two dozen ministries on the ground in Israel that are working on the front lines to provide urgently needed help to the poor, sick, and forgotten.

Truly this is what Yeshua did as He walked through Israel—reaching out to help those in need and proclaiming the Good News. Your prayers and financial support make it possible for us to continue His work in our day.

I am asking you today to pray especially for the safety of the People of Israel. There are many threats in the news and others which are not getting attention, but are nonetheless very real. This is an extremely dangerous time for the Jewish People and they need our prayers. Thank you for being part of the work of Jewish Voice as we reach out to the Jewish People in the name of Yeshua. God bless you.

Jewish Voice Ministries International

U.S. Pressuring Israel to Release Palestinian Terrorists From Prison in ‘Goodwill Gesture’

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Members of the Israeli Knesset are reacting with dismay to the pressure from the United States to release a number of Palestinian terrorists convicted of attacking and in some cases killing Jewish People as a “goodwill gesture” to promote the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians. Secretary of State John Kerry followed the recent visit by President Obama to Israel with a round of diplomacy aimed at restarting the stalled peace process.

Among those the United States listed for release are the terrorists who killed Rachel Weiss and her three children, Ephraim, Netanel, and Raphael, in 1993 by burning them to death, as well as soldier David Delarosa, who tried to save them. Knesset Member Orit Struk said, “The demand is shocking . . . not just because of the danger that these terrorists will return to terrorist activity once they are released, but the release of terrorists is an energizing shot of encouragement to terror and terrorists.” (more…)

Fighting Anti-Semitism: April 23rd Webcast

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Join our Live, interactive Jewish Voice webcast on Anti-Semitism – what it is, why you should care, how to stop it. It’s all from a Messianic Jewish perspective.

DATE: April 23, 2013

GUESTS: Host Jonathan Bernis, and guests Shelly and June Volk

TIME: 5-6pm PT / 8-9 pm ET

Please RSVP to this event!

Political Turmoil Continues as No New Israeli Government Formed

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Photo by Andy Frank from the 2012 Jewish Voice Israel Tour.

January’s elections in Israel produced a sharply divided government. With eleven different political parties having seats in the new 120-member Knesset, reaching a majority coalition is proving to be extremely difficult. The deadline for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who received the most votes for Prime Minister even though his party saw a steep decline in representation in the Knesset, to form a new government is next week—March 15. So far he has been unable to put together a program that will attract enough members to reach a majority.

If the government cannot be formed by a week from tomorrow, Netanyahu can petition President Shimon Peres for additional time. Peres also would have the option of giving one of the other party leaders—most likely Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party got the second highest vote total in the new Knesset—a chance. Lapid is some distance to the left of Netanyahu on economic and security issues, and it is unclear what type of coalition he would lead and how that government would function. (more…)

Anti-Semitism Still A Problem?

JVT_MarchApril_coverThe answer is yes!

Anti-Semitism is still prevalent, though today it may take on different forms.

Find out more in our latest March/April Jewish Voice Today magazine.

March/April JVT 2013 magazine

Jewish Voice Ministries International

President Obama Sets First Visit to Israel

703374_10151354792369532_756212979_oAs Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to struggle to try to form a new governing coalition after Israel’s elections last month left the Knesset sharply divided, Mr. Obama has announced his first visit to the Jewish state as U.S. President. The March visit is expected to continue a second term push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The President is expected to also meet with Palestinian leaders, and continue his call for Jerusalem to be divided with the Palestinian portion to serve as the capital of the new state he wants to see established for them.

Mr. Netanyahu has until March 15 to form a new government, but so far little progress has been made toward establishing a governing majority. Different groups have stated conflicting demands, and it is going to be very difficult for the current prime minister or any other political figure to build a lasting government given the election results.

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