MembersPersonal Account of Early Christian Missions to the Jews in Israel

“I asked God to raise up a spiritual remnant from among the physical seed of Abraham now returning to this city of their forefather.”

By Gershon Nerel | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, Missionaries
Front of the CMA Mission House in Beer-Sheva, 1952.
Front of the CMA Mission House in Beer-Sheva, 1952. Photo: Gershon Nerel

This is Part 4 in our look at American missionary efforts in the south of Israel. See Part 3

The November 1947 map of the UN Partition Resolution placed Be’er-Sheva, with its Muslim population, within the ‘envisioned’ Arab state. However, the entire Muslim world, including the Arab neighboring nations, fiercely rejected the dividing of Eretz-Israel, the Land of Israel, into one large Arab state beside a much smaller Jewish state.

The Arabs unanimously opposed the original UN two-state solution.

 

Israel’s War of Independence

Half a year later, in May 1948 the reborn State of Israel was declared by David Ben-Gurion. In the Fall of the same year, during Israel’s War of Independence, also known as the War of Liberation, the Egyptian army, together with other nearby countries, invaded the young Jewish state and occupied Be’er-Sheva.

As a result, Arab Be’er-Sheva was attacked...

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