State of Israel
Some situations in Israel tell that poverty is universal condition of people beyond distinction of religion.
Christians Help Israel's Poor by Practicing the Biblical Mandate of Gleaning
Pilgrims get to know the land where Christ walked — and help provide meals.
Janara Walker, 30, wanted her first-ever visit to the Holy Land to be about giving, not receiving. So last October she and 11 other members of the non-denominational Vineyard Columbus Church in Ohio flew to Israel and drove just over an hour to the Palestinian-ruled West Bank....
She admitted that, prior to her arrival, "I thought Palestinians were terrorists. Now I know they're human beings … and I have a greater heart for finding peaceful solutions between Palestinians and Israelis..."
For decades Christians, especially from Germany, have volunteered on kibbutzes — Israeli collective farms — for months at a time, in part to make amends for their countries' role in the Holocaust. More recently, Holy Land Trust began offering social-justice-based experiences that attract Christian groups, among others.It is also interesting that Christians are increasing in Israel.
In Israel, Jewish Christians Are Sprouting
They have been baptized into the Catholic Church, but speak and live like the Jews.
They resemble the primitive community of Jerusalem. They are on the rise, but feel overlooked, as in a ghetto
by Sandro Magister
First of all, the number of Christians within the borders of Israel has not been falling, but in absolute terms it has risen year after year: from 34,000 in 1949 to 150,000 in 2008, the last official figure.
One can speak only of a slight reduction in percentage terms – from 3 to 2 percent – because in the same span of time the number of Jewish citizens has grown from one million to 5.5 million, thanks to immigration from abroad, and the number of Muslims from 111,000 to 1.2 million.
Most of the Christians in Israel live in Galilee, while there are 15,000 of them in Jerusalem.
The exodus of Christians that has set off alarms therefore does not regard Israel, but rather the Holy Land, a geographically flexible term that extends to the Palestinian Territories and parts of the neighboring Arab countries, all the way to Turkey and Cyprus.
The news of greatest interest, within the borders of Israel, concerns the Hebrew-speaking Catholics.
The Latin patriarchate of Jerusalem has a specific vicariate dedicated to them, and entrusted today to Jesuit Fr. David Neuhaus, an Israeli Jew who converted to Christianity.
Until a few years ago, there were just a few hundred Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel. But they are growing steadily, and today number at least seven communities: in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Be'er Sheva, Haifa, Tiberias, Latrun, and Nazareth.It is also interesting that poverty in Israel has been expanding.
Number of poor in Israel highest in West
New report reveals number of poor families in Israel increased dramatically in last three years, since Bibi's first cutback plan
Published: 06.11.06, 14:09 / Israel Business
The number of poor families in Israel constituted 17.9 percent of the population in 2004, exceeding figures in any other Western country in the world, a report compiled by a Caesarea Forum team revealed Sunday. Dr. Momi Dahan of The Israel Democracy Institute headed the team that conducted the study.
According to the report, the increase in poverty rates in Israel in the last three years was accompanied by a rise in the depth of poverty...
In the three years that have passed since former Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first cutback plan, the number of poor people in Israel rose by an astounding 300,000.
123,000 fall below poverty line in Israel in 2009
By RUTH EGLASHLAST UPDATED: 11/08/2010 12:55
Herzog says poverty one of the main dangers to the State of Israel: "We like to talk about poverty, but not about the poor."
...The report pointed to a sharp increase in the number of Israeli families joining the poverty cycle, with more than 15,000 families – or 123,500 individuals – joining the growing ranks of poor people in this country in 2009, following the global economic crisis that set in at the tail-end of 2008....
While he focused on the country's minorities, Herzog said it was not just haredim and Arabs who had joined the poverty cycle in the past year and a half, but also single parents, new immigrants and many working-class Israelis who had lost their jobs or been forced to significantly reduce their incomes...
"This report is not surprising and shows the government's impotence in dealing with problems of poverty in Israel," agreed Kadima MK Shlomo Molla. "The current government continues to rely on the pillars of the capitalist system. There is no doubt that in the absence of social and economic policy, social gaps will continue to strengthen and deepen poverty."
The wisest country in the world must be Israel, since the richest country in the world the US respects the religion that was founded in Israel 2000 years ago. And the oldest authority in Europe the Vatican respects Israel as the holy land so much. And all the Muslims know the founder of Islam respected Jerusalem so much. And the present state of Israel is so disappointing.
So, how does the God regards Israel of today? How will He bless Israel?
Or has the God decided to love the US more than Israel?
If Israel has lost salty taste, it might be cast out as it is useless even for eradication of poverty.
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Dan 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Dan 7:28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.