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%