Overstated Figures Regarding Israeli Jewish Yeshua-Believers Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Overstated Figures Regarding Israeli Jewish Yeshua-Believers

Many Messianic “Jewish” congregations are filled with foreign Christian tourists and volunteers

Numerous publications and reports originating mostly from Israel give exaggerated numbers about how many Israeli Jewish Yeshua-Believers (IJYB) there are in the Land. Estimates often range from around 10,000 to more than 35,000 Jewish believers living in Israel. Sadly, these intentionally overestimated and fabricated accounts create fake news and are misleading, causing confusion.      How to explain this disturbing phenomenon? In most cases, behind the unrealistic numbers lurk wishful and ambitious aspirations of fundraisers to “impress” supporters and potential donors. Frequently, the guesstimated figures are accompanied by fundraising campaigns during international “Messianic” conferences organized in Israel. At other times,…