Israel has been surrounded for years since her inception with fierce hatred by the nations surrounding her and by many of the Palestinians as well.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Fight the good fight of faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)
We were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. (2 Corinthians 7:5)
Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. (2 Kings 6:16)
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
"I think that anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state today and evacuate lands is giving attack grounds to radical Islam against the state of Israel." - Benjamin Netanyahu' actual, documented pre-election statement that has been blatantly misreported by the media as the prime minister's rejection of a two state solution, a falsification deliberately perpetuated by Barack Obama.
With the rash of recent recriminations concerning the ostensible flip-flop of Israel's prime minister, conveyed through the disseminated misrepresentation of his pre-election remark (above), that he will not agree to the creation of a Palestinian state on his watch, and
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20)
The vile person shall no more be called: liberal. (Isaiah 32:5)
As someone once said, an undue mixture of ethics and statistics prevails in our day - and more often the statistics influence ethical standards rather than the other way around. What it means is that no objective standard exists with which to measure moral or ethical values.
By Jewish Virtual Library
More than one million people, comprising 18.8 percent of Israel's population, are non-Jews. Although defined collectively as Arab citizens of Israel, they include a number of different, primarily Arabic-speaking, groups, each with distinct characteristics.
Muslim Arabs, numbering some 780,000, most of whom are Sunni, constitute 76 percent of the non-Jewish population.
By Jewish Virtual Library
The Christian communities in the Holy Land can be divided into two main groups, those living in the State of Israel, and those living under the control of the Palestinian Authority. United by a common history and religion, the conditions under which these two groups currently live is vastly different.
Christians in Israel have a well-established history of participation in the development of a pluralistic society.
Israel is the Jewish homeland, and its identity as such is both a biblical mandate (Genesis 48:3-4) and a present-day reality which must not and, we believe will not, be changed. At the same time, the country is home to a number of groups of non-Jews.
As a state, Israel has laws and structures in place to ensure protection of the equal rights and dignity of all its citizens, Jew and non-Jew.
Farming and agricultural production in Israel, which is an industrial country, accounts for about 2 to 3 percent of the GNP. Major produce includes vegetables, cotton, beef, poultry and dairy products, and citrus and other fruits. Citrus fruits are the country's main export crops. Israel's soil and climate give the fruit an appearance and flavor that commands a high price on the world market.
Israel's total exports for 1999, in US dollars, was over $25 billion.
Israel has managed, in a mere 50 years, to build a robust, prosperous economy full of future potential. Israel's industrial sector is diverse and full of talent. Israeli industries have grown at a steady pace for over 50 years and in many areas have become market leaders.
The primary branches of industry in Israel are:
Israeli agriculture is a story of great success against impossible odds. When the Jews began to immigrate back to Israel over 100 years ago, they found an arid wasteland.