Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power as the prime minister of Israel. His election victory underlines his canny political skills in coalition building. Having won a significant majority for his coalition in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, Netanyahu is in a position to offer a more stable government. But Netanyahu’s success, riding on an alliances with extremist forces, casts a dark shadow over Israel’s democracy and its relations with the Middle East and the world. Netanyahu’s electoral triumph is rooted in the failure of the left-of-center parties. Israel’s friends and partners are warily watching the consequences of Netanyahu’s regrettable alliance with a formation called the “Religious Zionism”. Pray for the new government in Israel. Pray that the King of kings rules and reigns in this land as royal power belongs to the Lord (The Bible, Psalm 22:28).
Ethnic Kyrgyz living in Tajikistan used to be able to cross the border into Kyrgyzstan on the Tajik passports to visit relatives. But declining border security has meant this is no longer possible. Ethnic Kyrgyz are marginalized within Tajikistan causing unrest, and many are wanting to leave Tajikistan even though they were born there. Speak out over these nations, that their identity can be found in Jesus Christ. He is a solid foundation and the giver of life (The Bible, Isaiah 33:6).