2380_53969225969_9583_nBy Katy Sorsher Smith

Terror. Tragic Event Ruthlessly Ransacking Our Reality. It rages randomly, and, in most cases, it’s unpredictable.

I first encountered terror when my family immigrated to Israel in 1990. I was twelve, and I remember commercials on Israel’s only TV channel warning viewers not to touch “suspicious” objects on the street.  By “suspicious,” they meant, really, anything – a wallet, a teddy bear – practically everything that looks like it doesn’t belong.  Why were these seemingly innocent objects so dangerous?

Real life example… A man tried picking up a wallet on the beach here in my home town of Herzeliya.  It was just lying there, with some bills sticking out… Moments later that man was in an ambulance after the wallet exploded in his hand.  He lived, but the doctors couldn’t save his hand. Continue Reading…

George Washington, a Founding Father and First President of the United States of America. A man of God. A man of prayer.

George Washington, a Founding Father and First President of the United States of America. A man of God. A man of prayer.

The April Maoz Israel Report features a series of articles by Ron Cantor, a leader at Congregation Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv.

In his articles, Ron analyzes the current situation in the United States of America, Europe and the Middle East, focusing on history, current events and the state of Christianity.

He also addresses the support for the State of Israel, and how it plays a role in God’s plan for America.

The Report also features an article about Ari Sorko-Ram’s recent trip to the Far East and the strengthening bonds between Israel and Far-Eastern believers and businessmen.

Read the April issue of the Maoz Israel Report

Shira-for-blogby Shira Sorko Ram

Today 34 people were murdered by Islamic terrorists in Brussels.
198 were injured.

Since October, during the knife/car-rammings, etc. 33 people were killed in Israel.
355 were injured, 37 seriously.

Brussels is considered the capital of the European Union – and continually castigates Israel – their latest project has been to label Israeli goods made in Judea and Samaria as made in Occupied Palestine – to discourage people from buying Israeli products, thus damaging Israel’s economy.

Brussels demands Israel make peace with Fatah in “Occupied Palestine” (Judea and Samaria) and Hamas in Gaza.

That might be a good idea. But since Europe is stronger and not yet in danger of extinction, let’s let them lead the way.

Europe should make peace with ISIS. Maybe give them a little country of their own in Europe. Of course we know Islamic “radicals” would never be satisfied…their plan is to conquer the world. Continue Reading…

Two hundred new immigrants from war-torn Ukraine gathered in Congregation Beit Hallel pastored by Israel Pochtar in Ashdod.

They each received a radiator heater from IstandwithIsrael.com together with blankets from the Joseph Project.

It is wonderful to partner with other ministries in Israel in order to serve our people whom the Lord is still gathering back to His Promised Land.

Thank you, IstandwithIsrael supporters, for allowing us to bless the needy in Israel!

This is video number five in our series featuring Israeli pastors and congregational leaders, people in whose congregations received help from I Stand with Israel, the humanitarian outreach of Maoz.

In this video, Pastor Joseph Haddad, a leader of an Arab congregation in northern Israel shares how your gifts to I Stand With Israel impacted his family and the congregation in a very practical way.

Thank you, I Stand With Israel supporters, for enabling us to make a real impact on the Messianic Jewish and Christian Arab community in Israel!

For more go to www.istandwithisrael.com

2380_53969225969_9583_nby Katy Sorsher Smith

War is horrific. It is unfair. It is sad.

It is still hard for me to understand, why people have been choosing violence as path to conflict resolution ever since the days of Abel and Cain. Why is the human heart so wicked (without God, of course)? Why does it have to be “me or him/her” in situations that, over time, might seem so insignificant?

Of course, I understand the reason why. This war started long before you and me, or any of our predecessors, stepped foot on this wonderful planet. This calamity, this torment… it is bigger than we are.

But war is now part of our reality. In the last six months, it has become a daily routine in Israel – all over Israel! In addition to the “singles intifada,” AKA “knives intifada,” rocket fire has been trickling from time to time into southern Israel from Gaza. Continue Reading…

Map of Palestine created in 1873.

Map of Palestine created in 1873. Note that most names on the map are from Biblical times
when the People of Israel lived in Israel. Almost no areas of habitation originated during
the Ottoman Empire’s occupation of the Holy Land.

The March Maoz Israel Report provides answers to many questions being discussed these days on the international scene. As the BDS movement continues to grow and be a noticeable player on the stage, Shira wanted to remind our readers about some facts that many today are simply ignoring.

In the lead article, Where Did the Palestinian People Come From?, Shira gives a brief history that explains the origins of “Palestine,” including a cultural insight that explains today’s situation in the Middle East.

The Report’s second article Shira recounts two previous peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, which failed, and expands on the demands Palestinians have from Israel. She also addresses the current violence and how it is used to further the Palestinian agenda.

In the second part of the Maoz Israel Report we give you an account of a special istandwithisrael project – distributing heaters and blankets to new immigrants, and introduce you to three wonderful books we are beginning to translate into Hebrew.

Read the March Maoz Israel Report online.

2380_53969225969_9583_nby Katy Sorsher Smith

Egypt and Israel signed a peace agreement in 1979.

The two countries officially agreed to recognize each other (making Egypt the first Arab state to officially recognize Israel), cease the state of war which existed since 1948, and normalize relations.

Israel let go of the Sinai Peninsula it captured during the Six-Day War, while Egypt agreed to leave it demilitarized. Israel also received a free passage through the Suez Canal.

In the years followed and until today, a rather “cold” official peace exists between us.

It is very refreshing, therefore, to see a Member of the Egyptian Parliament, to not only speak out in favor of Israel, but also, against all conventions, establish relationships with Israeli officials in his country.

Tawfiq Okasha is an Egyptian TV presenter and lawmaker. His “liberal” views are a known thing both in Egypt and around the world, as he expresses them openly on his TV show. Continue Reading…

This is video number four in our series featuring Israeli pastors and congregational leaders, people in whose congregations received help from I Stand with Israel, the humanitarian outreach of Maoz.

In this video, leader of Poriya Congregation near the Sea of Galilee, Eric Morey, shares how I Stand With Israel helped a couple from his congregation who were in need.

Thank you, I Stand With Israel supporters, for enabling us to make a real impact on the Messianic Jewish community in Israel!

For more go to www.istandwithisrael.com

Chancellor Angela Merkel and PM Benjamin Netanyahu

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a news conference at the Chancellery on February 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo: Emmanuele Contini / Shutterstock.com)

2380_53969225969_9583_nby Katy Sorsher Smith

At the weekly service at Congregation Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv last Friday, we were blessed to have a group of guests from Germany, who came to show their support for Israel and the Messianic Jewish community here.

For many older Israelis, especially those, whose families suffered in the Holocaust, Germany remains somewhat a problematic subject.

For me, though part of my family (my great grandparents) disappeared during WWII and we do not know what happened to them, Germany is quite fascinating.

Yes. Hitler is responsible for many atrocities. The German people of that time, who watched silently as entire populations disappeared from their society, are responsible for the Holocaust, as well. Continue Reading…