Day 31

DECEMBER | 2022

West Bank

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Benjamin Netanyahu, currently tasked with forming a new Israeli government after his coalition won elections earlier this month, has pledged to legalize dozens of illegal settler outposts in the occupied West Bank, after a meeting with a far-right, controversial figure. The two met on Wednesday, during which they agreed to retroactively legalize the outposts within 60 days of the government being sworn in, according to Israeli media. Among the outposts to be legalised under the plan is Homesh, a controversial settlement located between the Palestinian cities of Nablus and Jenin. It lies on Route 60 – the main north-south highway in the occupied West Bank, which is used by both Palestinians and Jewish settlers. Pray for Palestinians in Nablus worrying about settler attacks and resettlement. Pray for them to earnestly seek God and find refuge in Him (The Bible, Jeremiah 29:13).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/17/netanyahu-ben-gvir-vow-to-legalize-west-bank-settler-outposts

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Mahmoud Abbas is the president and Mohammad Shtayyeh is the Prime Minister of the West bank. The West Bank lies on the west bank of the Jordan River. Since 1967 most of the West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation. To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with mainland Israel. The West Bank also contains a significant coastline along the western bank of the Dead Sea. The Palestinian population of around ten or eleven million people is divided between historic Palestine and a diaspora, mainly in neighboring Arab countries. Efforts to create a Palestinian state on the West Bank of the River Jordan and Gaza on the Mediterranean coast have been frustrated by the continuing conflict with Israel and disputes over the status of diaspora Palestinians. Islamic oppression is the main source of persecution. Islamic extremist militants cause Christians to fear being attacked, and the persecution is particularly brutal for converts to Christianity.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mahmoud Abbas
HEAD OF GOV.
POPULATION
2,785,000
CHRISTIANS
1.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
750,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.87 yrs
LITERACY RATE
96.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18%