Congress, Netanyahu and Purim (March 3 – 4)
On Tuesday, March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program. We cannot think of a more important issue for the United States, Israel, and the entire West. Standing with Israel is imperative for Israel, the global Jewish communities, and for our nation. The Jewish people and Israel are surrounded by nations calling for their complete destruction. Iran is positioned to use all their force against not only Israel, but also against America.
On Wednesday, March 4, the Festival of Purim begins when Jews around the world will celebrate a victory from the Book of Esther. More than 2,000 years ago, the Jewish people were delivered in Persia (modern day Iran) from an evil anti-Semite — Haman — who had manipulated the king into issuing a decree that would annihilate the Jews.
Today, like in the days of old, the Jewish people and Israel are surrounded by nations calling for their complete destruction. Plus, Iran is positioned to use all their force against not only Israel, but also against America.
Just hours before the Purim holiday begins, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.S. Congress, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, to explain why his country cannot tolerate the threat from another group of evil anti-Semites in Iran to annihilate the Jews: the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the Ayatollah Khamenei and his government.
Millions of Americans, and others around the world are grateful to the nation of Israel, to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and to Speaker Boehner and the lawmakers of both parties who welcome him. Netanyahu is willing to speak the truth on the world stage when the spirit of hatred and murder is on the loose, radiating from the Middle East to every continent.
We invite you to join with those who will pray and intercede, and fast with the Jewish people, as Esther and her people did in biblical times. Pray for Israel, for Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s leaders, for wisdom for our own leaders, and for discernment to navigate the dangerous waters ahead. Who knows whether, as in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the address wasn’t appointed “for such a time as this”?
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