November/December 2005

Disengagement

A look at the aftermath of Israel’s disengagement from Gaza


In August 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip. Thousands of Israelis were uprooted from their homes, and the move cost Israel an estimated $2 billion. This issue discusses the devastating effects of the disengagement.

Features

Never Miss an Opportunity

Was Gaza enough? Not on your life. Now Abbas is beating the drum for a move on Jerusalem, while archaeologists uncover something wonderful.

Israel: Inside the International Pressure Cooker

Years ago, few thought Ariel Sharon would ever give up Gaza. The reasons for his dramatic U-turn, however, aren’t that difficult to understand.

The New Wall of Jerusalem

A top Jerusalem Post writer gives you an insider’s look at Jewish life in Israel’s City
of Gold and what many feel is the only viable way to protect it.

A Lawyer Looks at God’s ‘Contract’ With Israel

What do words like inheritance, descendants, and forever mean to you? They mean a great deal to God. More, in fact, than most people realize.

Islam? Which Kind?

You’ve got your Sunnis and your Shiis
and your Fivers and your Seveners. And the list goes on. All are Muslims. Yet all are not alike.

More In This Issue

From Bill Sutter’s Desk Nov/Dec 2005

So said Dr. Yuri Shtern, cochairman of the Israeli Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus, an organization of historic proportions that underscores the growing friendship between the Jewish and evangelical communities.

Myths/Facts: Israel & the Middle East Nov/Dec 2005

In Gaza, Israel’s intent was always to withdraw completely, and no settlements were viewed as vital to Israel for economic, security, or demographic reasons. The situation in the West Bank is completely different.

What’s So Special About Christmas?

When it comes to the holidays, and I’m asked to name a favorite, it’s not difficult. Thanksgiving is the day. It’s a time when the air is crisp and clear...

They Must Start Over—Again

Nisanit was the second largest of the 21 Gaza Strip Jewish communities destroyed in August. The oldest was Kfar Darom, erected in 1946, two years before Israel became a state.

Traveling the Fence Route

On a hot, dry, Friday morning in July, my wife, Lisa, and I traveled the entire length of the route of the fence that will envelop metropolitan Jerusalem. Starting in Gilo, we headed east toward...

O Jewish Town of Bethlehem

This time of year these are the thoughts most often associated with the birth of the Lord Jesus. Pastoral little Bethlehem, in the midst of shepherds and their sheep, peaceful and tranquil before the appearance...

What I’d Tell My Dad

I’ve never known a time when there was not an Israel. As a child I’d look up at the big map on my Hebrew School wall and knew it was the country that belonged to...

Jordan’s Disengagement Connection

As the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in August forcibly evacuated Jewish settlers and their families from the communities where they had lived, many of them for more than 30 years...

They Cry in Silence Nov/Dec 2005

Good news and bad news are coming out of Indonesia. As you may know, this is a country dominated by Muslims (88 percent), many of whom are radically opposed to Christians...

The Staggering Cost of Disengagement

The cost of family relocation alone is estimated to be nearly $1 billion of the country’s annual $59 million state budget. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces will spend some $500 million to remove military...

Israel’s Messianic King

Zechariah 9:9–17: When Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East, he did not lay siege to Jerusalem. The Jewish people survived his conquest because God kept His promise to protect the city (9:8).

God is Moral Part Two

The previous article concerning God presented implications for mankind concerning the fact that God is a moral being. It indicated that God created humans in His image as moral beings.

Eye on the Middle East Nov/Dec 2005

For Israelis, Gaza is history—it’s over. The tears have been shed, and lingering, bitter memories still distress many of the displaced. For example, the evacuees from Kfar Darom will not forget the heavy price exacted...

Just Like Jezebel Conclusion

What does it take to convince someone that he believes a lie? Cold, hard facts? A visible, bona fide, supernatural occurrence? Sometimes even these don’t work. They didn’t work with Jezebel even after the greatest

Israel in the News Nov/Dec 2005

ARUTZ-7—As the Israeli flag was being lowered over Gaza to mark the end of Israel’s 38-year-presence in the area, teenaged Arabs threw rocks at Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops near the demolished Neveh Dekalim community.

Zvi Nov/Dec 2005

This time of year Christians think about the birth of the Messiah. We know what the Bible teaches, and we understand who He is. But in Israel there is great confusion about the Messiah.

Daily News from Israel

Kushner Middle East Meeting

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran Tuesday (12th) that Israeli missiles can travel “very far,” on the eve of a conference in Poland about peace and security in the Middle East. Speaking during a visit to a...

Cancer Sniffing Dogs

In recent days Israel’s medical research has come very close to discovering a cure for cancer. In a similar story, Israel has dogs that can, incredibly, sniff out cancer in its earliest stages. “The name of the laboratory is...

News Digest — 2/13/19

The prime suspect in the brutal rape and death of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was arraigned in a Jerusalem court on Monday (11th) and charged with murder.  Arafat Irfayia, 29, showed no signs of remorse and appeared...

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Israeli security forces early Saturday (9th) arrested a Palestinian man suspected in the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher who was found dead on Thursday (7th) in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Shin...

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Alert sirens sounded Wednesday evening (6th) in a number of Gaza border communities as a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field in southern Israel. The projectile reportedly fell in the area of...

News Digest — 2/8/19

US President Donald Trump tackled anti-Semitism in the midst of his second State of the Union address, Tuesday night (5th). Not only did the American president underscore America’s strong ties with Israel, but he...

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