Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel, famously said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Since President Trump announced the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, world leaders have stood united in opposition to America’s recognition of Jerusalem. The UK would perhaps claim neutrality in the matter. The Prime Minister has repeatedly voiced support for the State of Israel, yet has disapproved Trump’s decision. The UK’s denial that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel is the same position as every EU nation, as PM Netanyahu discovered this week in Brussels. Meanwhile 57 Islamic countries voted to reject America’s recognition of Jerusalem and declared East Jerusalem “capital of Palestine”.
Britain has to realise that neutrality is not an option in this matter. Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas was quoted as saying that “Trump gave Jerusalem to the Zionist movement as if it as an American city, but for the first time the entire world stood against him, even BRITAIN, Canada and Australia.”
This should send shock-waves through political leaders that say they support Israel, but are refusing to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This statement from Abbas highlight’s how Britain has taken the wrong side on this issue and aligned itself with those who seek the destruction of the Jewish state and those who make the false claim that Jerusalem “was, still is and will always be the capital of the State of Palestine” – a statement that we (and history) wholeheartedly reject. Abbas was also quoted as saying this week that Jews “are really excellent in faking and counterfeiting history and religion”.
At CUFI we have taken the side that declares that Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital of Israel has been the capital for the Jewish people for over 3,000 years. We are thankful to the Lord for you and your commitment to join us in taking the Lord’s side in this matter. Let us pray that at this pivotal time, Britain and other nations will take the side of truth, the side of righteousness and the side of blessing.
The following prayer points are to assist you as you pray. For the stories behind these prayer points, please view the CUFI Weekly News Round-up, by clicking here.
May God bless you as you pray.
- Pray for the Jewish community in Sweden following fire-bomb attacks two synagogues and the anti-Semitic protests that included the calling to kill Jews. May the Lord surround His people at this time. Pray against the vile anti-Semitism that has take root in Sweden.
- Pray for the Jewish community in Israel, in the UK and throughout the world during Hanukkah. Pray that families around the world will be blessed during this time.
- Praise the Lord that the CUFI petition calling upon Britain to recognise Jerusalem as capital is now approaching 14,000. Pray that this will increase even further.
- Pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu, who this week had to defend Israel at the EU in Brussels. Pray for wisdom and blessing upon him and his family. Pray that as he travels the world representing Israel, that his words will cut through the opposition and hatred that exists towards the Jewish State.
- The Bible says that those that bless Israel will be blessed. We pray for the United Kingdom and that it will be blessed by blessing Israel. Pray against the opposition that exists to Israel. Pray that those that aim to stir up hatred and accusations against Israel will be silenced.
- Pray for Prime Minister May and her Cabinet. Pray for the opposition parties also. Pray that the voices of those that support Israel will be heard. Pray that the UK will take a strong, unwavering stand for Israel.
- Praise the Lord that the terrorist, who attempted to explode a device in New York this week, failed to detonate properly.
- Pray against the threat released by ISIS this week to target the United States.
- Praise the Lord that rockets fired into Israel from Gaza this week have failed
And “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”