Day 16

DECEMBER | 2022

Israel

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

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).

Source:

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/the-return-of-benjamin-netanyahu-reliance-on-extremist-alliances-may-cast-a-dark-shadow-over-israels-democracy-8253505/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Israel is a republic with a president as head of state. However, the president’s powers are largely ceremonial; the prime minister holds the executive power. The incumbent president is Isaac Herzog, who took office on 7 July 2021, and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid is the prime minister from 1 July 2022. A densely-populated country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population. It has been locked in conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors over ownership of land considered holy by many Jews, Christians, and Muslims since its creation in 1948. The militant Islamic group Hamas reinforced its power in Gaza in June 2007. Hamas, frustrated with the restrictions placed on them by Israel, fired rockets close to Jerusalem. Israel retaliated. Violent clashes over Jerusalem escalated dramatically with Gaza, and many were killed by Israeli airstrikes launched after Palestinian militant groups fired rockets close to Jerusalem.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Isaac Herzog
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu
POPULATION
8,049,000
CHRISTIANS
1.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Judaism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
45,284
LIFE EXPECTANCY
81.38 yrs
LITERACY RATE
97.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
21%

Day 16

DECEMBER | 2022

Tajikistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

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).

Source: Tajikistan: Helpless Kyrgyz communities isolated and stranded by border tension (Eurasianet)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Central Asia’s poorest nation, Tajikistan has never recovered from the Soviet era. After five years of civil war following the 1991 Soviet collapse, an UN-brokered peace deal resulted. Secular forces dominate, but economic stability hasn’t returned. Tajikistan voted to allow its president to rule indefinitely. Each year greater legislative restrictions oppress the Tajik masses. Secular forces also dictate religious law. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom, oppression is widespread. Literature confiscation is a primary tool the government uses against Christians. Churches must register to be legal, a near impossible task. However, both registered and unregistered church gatherings continue to take place.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Emomalii Rahmon
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Kokhir Rasulzoda
POPULATION
8,192,000
CHRISTIANS
1.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
33
REFUGEES
3,590
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.39 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
35.6%