While Judaism is not an evangelical religion, God always looks at the heart. At the time of the Great Exodus from Egypt, led by Moses and Aaron, many Egyptians joined Am Israel and were welcomed as fellow travelers along the path to the Promised Land. Ruth the Moabitess spoke these immortal words to her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi: "Your people will be my people and your God my God", and became an ancestor of Yeshua HaMashiach.
The Muslim holy month of fasting, Ramadan, commenced last Wednesday at the sighting of the moon, heralding a number of Israeli Defense Force concessions for Palestinians living in the West Bank.
A war of words rages daily beyond Israel's borders, and sometimes within them, as the debate continues - to defend or destroy? Young people in mainsteam Jewish organizations in the diaspora are very used to taking up rhetorical arms in defense of the Holy Land - in high schools, youth organizations, on College campuses, even on Facebook. There is a loud international voice against Israel's existence but also a very strong impetus to defend the Jewish state.