Area: 20,700 sq km
A further 7,540 sq km of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights have been controlled by Israel since 1967.
Population: 7,285,033 Annual Growth: 1.71%
Official language: Hebrew, Arabic. Numerous immigrant languages from all over the world are spoken Languages: 48 All languages
Largest Religion: Jewish
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The return of Jews to Israel was a watershed period in Jewish history; it is finally likely that Israel is the nation with the worlds largest population of Jews. Many see this as a fulfilment of prophecy (Ezekiel 20:32-34, 36:16-24). The majority returned to their ancient land in unbelief, but a movement to Messiah Jesus is occurring mostly among returnees from Eastern Europe, Russia and Ethiopia. Pray for the nations spiritual restoration (Romans 11:25-31). There is currently an increased intensity in Israels spiritual life. Many thousands of Jews are turning to God, fervently praying and turning to Scripture.
Israeli-Arab conflict in the Holy Land moved to a new level over a century ago, intensifying since 1948. Resolution is elusive due to competing claims and agendas. Both sides lay claim to the land, and all human efforts to resolve this conflict have failed. Pray that both sides will find true reconciliation and genuine Shalom through Jesus the Messiah.
a) The threat of violence and war from outside persists. Between the 2005 withdrawal of settlers and soldiers from Gaza and the controversial 2009 invasion, over 3,500 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. Hezbollahs growing strength, Al Qaedas threats and Irans increasingly strident rhetoric all point to potential trouble on the horizon.
b) The as-yet-unfinished security barrier is planned to effectively separate Palestinian and Jewish areas, making movement and access very difficult and exacerbating tensions. Pray that it would not unduly restrict free movement of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Pray that Jesus, who destroyed the wall of separation of hostility between God and man, might also bring reconciliation between Israeli Jew and Palestinian Arab.
For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Israel.