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Ron Cantor —  November 16, 2018 — Leave a comment

100 Things I love About Living in Israel #003

The average Israeli taxi driver could be a history professor in a university. Others could be stand up comedians. And still others could lecture on how Israel’s original socialistic economy nearly sunk the nation. My point is that when you get into an Israeli taxi, be prepared to get an education. 

I think we have the most intelligent, entertaining taxi drivers in the world. Once, in the middle of our GOD TV Israel tour, our taxi driver gave us a thrilling retelling of the Six Day War. Another time, our driver was so funny, that Elana and I were laughing uncontrollably. And then, he offered us food and coffee…all in a ten- minute trip!

The Israeli taxi driver is nothing like the New York taxi driver, who is often a struggling immigrant. The Israeli is native. He has fought in wars for his country. He will not allow you to look down upon him, no matter how important you think you are. He will talk back to you, correct you and make it clear that he is every bit your equal—and then some.

“I hope it is not the same woman!”

Today, I was coming home from filming in Jaffa. Elana had the car (one difference between life here and in the US is that most families can only afford one car!). My taxi driver was talkative. I shared with him about making Aliyah (moving to Israel) and learning Hebrew. Then, I told him that my wife was Moroccan. (To be clear, Elana is full Israeli, but her background is Moroccan. Most Israelis, or at least their families, came from other countries. Moroccans are one of the largest ethnic groups here.) He told me that he was married to a Moroccan, too!

We talked more and I mentioned that Elana grew up in Ashkelon (on the southwest coast, just above Gaza) and he said, “My wife grew up in Ashkelon.” Then I asked what neighborhood, and it was the same. Then he said, “I hope it is not the same woman!”

Cursing with Joy!

Another time, I was with two friends from America. I started sharing with the driver in Hebrew about Yeshua. We had a great conversation. When we got to our destination, I asked if we could pray for him. The Spirit of God touched him and he yelled in English, “Jesus was Jewish. Jesus was the [blank-ing] Jewish!” It is not the normal response you expect from someone who has just had revelation. But if God had ever chosen to be blessed through foul language, this was it. 

I have never met a taxi driver in Israel who didn’t think he was smarter than me! I have had some of the most stimulating conversations with taxis drivers. From politics to religion, I love to engage them. 

“That Guy Believes that Yeshua is the Messiah”

My favorite taxi story of all happened not long ago. I am the regional director for GOD TV in Israel. Our CEO Ward Simpson, who is also my best friend and a Jewish believer, was here for the week. We were on our way to meet a colleague for lunch. 

I noticed the driver was not talkative. So, I said to him Hebrew, “That guy behind me is a Jew who believes Yeshua is the Messiah!”referring to Ward. I wanted to see how he would react. Suddenly, he yelled in a thick Hebrew accent, “Oh my God! Oh my God! Are you CRAZY?” 

We were all laughing after I told Ward what I had told him (since I was speaking Hebrew). Then he started singing a very famous Hebrew song called “Mashiach, Mashiach, Mashiach.” It is a song about the coming of the Messiah. The words are so powerful that he was laughing.

And even though he may tarry,
nonetheless I will wait for him
I will wait every day for him to come.
I believe with perfect faith
in the coming of the Messiah, I believe.
Mashiach, Mashiach, Mashiach oyooyooyooyooyoo
Messiah, Messiah, Messiah oyooyooyooyooyoo

I started singing with him and videoed the last bit as we arrived at the restaurant. And, yes, I have the video to prove it. 

With taxis in Israel, you can learn so much and you never know what to expect. If you find yourself in a taxi here, make an effort to engage. You will be better for it!


During Hanukkah, the winter holiday that commemorates the Hebrew victory over the Syrian dictator, Antiochus Epiphanes, we say, “nes godal kara poe,”which means, “a great miracle happened here.” It is fitting that 50 Israelis soldiers were singing one of the great Hanukkah songs, when they encountered a miracle of their own. 

Many of you have seen the carcass of the burning bus that took a direct hit from an anti-tank missile from Hamas. This is a severe escalation. Not since 2014 has Hamas used one of their Russian-made, anti-tank missiles. For the most part, Israel has had to contend with tens of thousands of horribly inaccurate rockets. They have no guiding system beyond point and shoot. And when one is actually on target, our Iron Dome has a 90% accuracy rate of taking them down before they can cause damage. 

Miracle of Timing

However, an anti-tank missile is much more accurate and the video of it hitting the bus is chilling. No one inside could have survived. However, here is what you may not have heard. 

Minutes before the missile hit its mark, the bus was full,with 30 barely-passed-their-teens, IDF soldiers. They had no idea that any minute, their bus would become an inferno. They began to sing the famous Hanukkah song that speaks of the miracles that took place as God protected Israel. It boldly proclaims: “Jerusalem, our capital, the heart of Israel.”

Moments after all 50 had exited the bus, a Hamas missile hit it, turning it instantly into a ball of fire. One soldier, who was standing close to the bus, was seriously injured. Fortunately, doctors expect him to survive. Had they been in the bus at the time, all of them would have surely died or have been seriously burned. Of course, Hamas aired a video of the explosion, declaring that they killed and injured many soldiers. In fact, it was the Arab bus driver who set the record straight. 

“God loves [Israel]. I just let off 50 soldiers from the bus. A minute later the bus was hit. 60 seconds earlier and you would have had 50 dead soldiers.”

—Arab Bus Driver

A Blessing for Both Sides

I cannot even imagine the response from Israel, if the soldiers were still on the bus. This miracle not only benefited Israel, but Gaza as well. Many Palestinian lives were saved. It makes one wonder if Hamas waited until the bus was empty, before firing. They know full well that the only thing restraining the IDF is the fact that, with all their rockets, they have caused only a few deaths. 

The situation is still tense. Israel and Hamas have agreed on a ceasefire. This caused our Hawkish Defense Minister to resign from the government—taking his party with him—bringing Netanyahu’s coalition to the smallest number possible, just 61 members. We will surely have new elections soon. 

Other Concerns

One thing that is troubling is how Israel’s army allowed an unarmored bus carrying soldiers to get within the scopes of Hamas. This was extremely reckless and, no doubt, it is being discussed amongst the senior leaders of the IDF. 


Middle East Update

Ron Cantor —  November 7, 2018 — Leave a comment

Iran accuses Israel of attacking networks with ‘violent’ virus 

Iran has indirectly accused Israel for a cyber attack on its strategic networks and infrastructure with a computer virus “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated” than Stuxnet.

Israeli officials have not admitted any role in this operation, but the report came in hours after Israel’s Mossad thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark and days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s phone was found to be bugged.

Hadashot, an Israeli TV show, reported the incident last week.

“Remember Stuxnet, the virus that penetrated the computers of the Iranian nuclear industry?” the Hadashot news asked. Iran “has admitted in the past few days that it is again facing a similar attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and strategic networks.”

The Iranians, the TV report said, are “not admitting, of course, how much damage has been caused.” Iran said it has neutralized the computer attack.

Several Iranian officials made reference to “the occupying regime” and “the regime – with a notorious background in using cyber weapons in cases such as Stuxnet,” as being responsible for the attack. 

Last week Israel announced that its intelligence agency Mossad had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark. In addition, Iran acknowledged that Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged for weeks. 

Though Israel won’t say whether it had a role in the attack, the TV report noted that “behind the scenes lately, the Mossad … has been fighting a real shadow war.”

Last week, Israeli officials said the Mossad provided Denmark with information concerning an alleged plot by Tehran to assassinate three Iranian opposition figures living there. Denmark on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Iran over the incident.

“What Iran hides, Israel will find,” Netanyahu declared in his speech at the United Nations in September.

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Students from Gaza border towns march to Knesset

Israeli teenagers who have been living under the threat of rockets and arson attacks by Palestinians are taking their plight to the highest level of government with a five-day march from their school near the Gaza border to the Knesset in Jerusalem. 

The teens say they are tired of the current security situation and they want change. 

“Since we were born, we’ve been living from one war to the next. We want to grow up on the Gaza border in peace,” said Roei Rahaf, a senior at the Shaar HaNegev regional high school. 

The students embarked on this 90-kilometer (56-mile) march and are expected to reach the Knesset by Thursday. They will be joined along the way by students from other areas of the country. 

This is the biggest protest by Israelis since the Palestinians in Gaza began their “March of Return” in March. The weekly protests at the border, intermittent rocket fire and daily threat of arson terrorism coming from the Gaza border have traumatized the residents in the towns surrounding the coastal enclave.

“The change is in the hands of the leadership in Israel, and that is why we are marching to the Knesset,” Rahaf said. “This is a journey to raise awareness of what’s going on here, on the Gaza border; to tell our story, of the teenagers who deal with the difficult security situation.”

The students are wearing shirts that say, “Let us grow up in peace.” 

The students will be posting updates on social media. Meanwhile several adult protesters blocked the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Sunday morning, preventing trucks with supplies from entering the Gaza Strip.

Footnote: When Israel evacuated Gaza in 2005, Israelis were very divided, but the feeling was, if we were going to forcibly removed 10,000 Israelis from their homes in Gaza, we should then respond as if we have been attacked by another nation, when Hamas sends its rockets. Sadly, we have not, and it has only encouraged belligerence.

Israel welcomes restored US sanctions on Iran

Israel’s Defense minister Avigdor Lieberman welcomed newly implemented American sanctions against Iran and said they will deal a “critical blow” to the Islamic regime’s military presence in the Middle East. 

This decision by the Trump administration “is the sea of change the Middle East has been waiting for,” Lieberman said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump said the original agreement negotiated by former President Barack Obama was the “worst ever” deal and announced in May that his administration was withdrawing from it. Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia have said they will not leave.

Israel has fiercely opposed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal saying it did little to halt Iran’s progress on developing an atomic bomb.

The United States reimposed oil and financial sanctions against Iran on Monday.

Ben & Jerry’s new anti-Trump flavor won’t make it to Israel

Israel has rejected Ben & Jerry’s new anti-Donald Trump ice cream not for its taste, but for its political ingredients and anti-Semitic flavor.

Stunning! Ben and Jerry stand with Palestinian’ terror supporter named Linda Sarsour. Boycott Ben and Jerry’s!

“Ben and Jerry’s, the American Jewish ice cream producers, decided to name their new ice cream after a ‘Palestinian’ terror supporter named Linda Sarsour, who has become a symbol of anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel (a darling of the media and the American left),” Israeli Facebook personality Yoav Eliasi wrote.

Eliasi called for a boycott of all Ben & Jerry’s products until the company retracts its decision and, in the meantime, urged his followers to check out Haagen-Dazs ice cream instead. His post was shared over 1,400 times.

According to Ben & Jerry’s, proceeds from the new flavor — called “PeCAN Resist!” — will go to four groups that rally against the policies of President Donald Trump, including the Women’s March, whose co-leaders support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

“Who knew that Ben & Jerry’s would align the company with people who idolize the bigot Louis Farrakhan and seek the destruction of Israel,” another Twitter user said. “This is just so offensive and hurtful.”

Here, Linda Sarsour embraces Palestinian terrorist, Rasmea Odeh, who was complicit in the murdering of two Israelis. She was sentenced to life in prison after she not only confessed to the crimes, but investigators found “extensive bomb-making materials and explosives” and “explosive bricks in her room”. She was released in a prisoner exchange. She then fraudulently immigrated to America. When here identity was discovered, she was deported to Jordan.

Israelis and Jews around the world say this social activism has forayed too far into the realm of anti-Semitism.

“Just days after the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, you honor (Linda Sarsour) a racist and anti-Semite who publicly told people not to ‘humanize’ Israelis, and who stated that she was honored to share a stage with a convicted murderer of Jews? Are you crazy?” Joseph Steinberg said in a Tweet referring to the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Oct. 27.

The Israeli Ben & Jerry’s franchise said it will not import Pecan Resist.

“Ben & Jerry’s Israel is not involved in local or global politics and we have no connection to the move made by the Ben & Jerry’s company in the U.S.,” it said. “We do not intend to market in Israel the flavor discussed.”
Trump is popular among Israelis who appreciate his pro-Israel policies and his Jewish daughter and son in law. 

In response to changes of anti-Semitism, the liberal Ben & Jerry’s defended the “controversial” nature of the selected groups. 

“We’re comfortable with the idea that the people and the causes we partner with may have a point of view different from our own on some issues,” the statement said.


I had just landed several days before in the U.S. Elana and I were in Israel leading our second Israel tour. It was only my third visit to the place I have called home for the past 15 years and I was wild-eyed and dreamy. I could not wait to move! I was intoxicated on all things Israel! It was Saturday night in the Holy Land, and about 4pm in Maryland, when I turned on the T.V. 

Yitzhak Rabin, the ninth Prime Minister of Israel, had been shot dead! Despite not being a fan of Rabin’s risky policies and overtures to the PLO—I burst into tears and did not stop crying for a week. 

Peace Process

While in Israel on the tour, many questions came up about the peace process. The right-wing political party Likud had been ousted from power because of the Intifada (the violent Palestinian uprising). Israelis wanted peace with their Arab neighbors and they didn’t think Likud had the willingness to negotiate. Shimon Peres, as foreign minister, had already persuaded King Hussein to agree to a set of principles. 

In a secret meeting in a London home, the two met and got along so well that the King suggested that he and Peres do the dishes together after the meal. What a sight that would have been—the king of an Arab enemy nation doing dishes with the foreign minister of Israel. Of course, their host would have none of it. 

But when Peres presented the set of principles to the prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir (of the Likud party), he was cold to the idea. Peres was stunned. 

A couple years later, after the fall of the Soviet empire and the turmoil between Middle Eastern Arab nations (when Iraq conquered Kuwait), there was a feeling that peace was achievable. Rabin defeated Peres in the Labor party primaries and, once again, became prime minister of Israel (he had been prime minister in the 1970s).

Arafat comes to Israel

He set an agenda for peace with the Palestinians and the Arab nations. Arafat, a man with Jewish blood on his hands, was brought from Tunisia (he had been kicked out of Jordan and the Israelis forced him to flee Lebanon) to rule in Gaza. The PLO, a terrorist organization, was named the sole representative (as opposed to Islamic terrorist groups like Hamas) of the Palestinian people. 

The feeling, around the world, was that Arafat could be rehabilitated into a statesman; that, yes, a leopard could, in fact, change his spots. It was wishful thinking. He would speak peace in English, wowing the masses, and war and terror in Arabic, appeasing the Arab world. The west said that he had to do that to save face, while the Arabs said that he was just lying to Israel. Israel put up with it because there was no one else with whom to make peace. 

Who can forget the most awkward of handshakes:  President Clinton in the middle, Prime Minister Rabin, with a somber face, embracing the hand of the murderer, Arafat, as he (the father of modern day terrorism) smiled.

Terror Continues

Despite all the overtures to Arafat, terror increased. Arafat claimed he could not control the Islamic extremists, but we know that the PLO was complicit in many attacks. Israelis were starting to lose faith. Those in middle, who brought Rabin to power, were fleeing to the right, with the realization that it simply did not matter how much we wanted peace—the PLO had no interest. 

A Peace Rally

In an effort to shore up support, a peace rally was announced to take place in Tel Aviv next to City Hall—at what we now called, Kikar Rabin – Rabin Square. This very square is where most demonstrations—often against Prime Minister Netanyahu—take place today. It is minutes from my house. 

They came in droves and Shimon Peres said, “It was the happiest I’d ever seen him—possibly the happiest day of his life.”[i]He said he heard Rabin sing for the first time in his life. The anthem of the event was a song called Shir l’Shalom—A Song for Peace. 

Three shots!

As the prime minister and foreign minister were about to leave, the security teams were informed of a threat against the leaders. This was nothing new. The political environment had gotten out of control. Far-right activists portrayed Rabin as a Nazi. They would have pictures of him dressed as Hitler. 

They left separately and, as Peres was getting into his car, he heard three shots. Before he could find out what happened, he was pushed into his car and whisked away by security forces. Rabin was rushed to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter. 

If his death were not enough, another gut punch soon followed. It was announced that it was not an “evil, bloodthirsty Arab terrorist” who shot him, but a Orthodox Jewish man. Yigal Amir was part of a group of fanatical Jews who felt it was their duty to stop the peace process at all costs. And that they did. They believed that Jewish law allowed for this. Amir felt he was doing a mitzvah—a righteous act.

In truth, it would only have been a matter of time before it became clear that the Palestinian leadership was not serious about peace. Labor would have lost power in the next election, for sure. It was only the outpouring of compassion, because of the death of Rabin, which caused the election to be close. 

A Kiss Goodbye

When Peres found out what happened he was stunned, speechless. He demanded to be taken to the hospital. His security detail refused—it was not safe. He told them that if they did not take him, he would go alone. It was only there that he found out that the shots were fatal. 

“Mr. Peres,” [the doctor] said, with a crack in his voice, “I am sorry to have to say, the prime minister is dead.” It was like someone had attacked me with a knife, my chest laid bare, my heart punctured. I had forgotten how to breathe. I had just seen Rabin’s face, smiling like I’d never seen before. There was so much life in him, so much hope and promise. And now “Shir l’shalom,” our song for peace, was quite literally stained with blood—in the pages of the songbook Rabin was holding when attacked.[ii]

These bloodstained lyrics were taken from Rabin’s jacket pocket, near where he was shot. 

He walked into the room with Leah Rabin and the two of them of kissed him goodbye—the wife of his youth, and the man who was his political rival for decades, now his best friend. 

Peres was sworn in as prime minister and he was urged by his party to call for early elections. He knew that he would win in the wake of the murder, but he also knew that “to call an early election was to choose to win power using the spilled blood of Rabin.”[iii]So, a year later, he lost to Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Over the next few years, Arafat rejected peace deal after peace deal. It is much easier to be a freedom fighter than to actually govern your people, oversee an economy and take care of things like electricity and water. 

Shalom Haver

At his funeral, President Clinton, who had become close with Rabin, ended his remarks with the phrase, Shalom Haver…Goodbye friend. For the next several years, you could see those words on bumper stickers all across the nation. 

The anniversary of Rabin’s death was yesterday. I just happened, by chance, to read an account about it today as I was finishing a book (during my workout). To this day, his death affects me greatly. I could not hold back the tears—even while exercising on the elliptical machine—as I read Peres’ account of the tragedy. Suddenly, it was 23 years ago in my bedroom. I turned on the TV. “Prime Minster Yitzhak Rabin has been shot.”

[i]Peres, Shimon. No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel (p. 207). Custom House. Kindle Edition.




One Hundred Things I Love About Israel #001

Many of you have heard about Israel’s “Start-Up Nation”reputation. Israel has more start-ups (new cutting-edge businesses designed to grow rapidly) per capita than almost any other nation. Why are we so successful? Simple: Because when you are fighting for survival, losing is not an option. 

The Loser?

I have to be honest. I have never been a fan of Shimon Peres. In my lifetime, he was known as a leftwing dov—even nicknamed “loser”because of number of political campaigns helost. However, I decided to read his appropriately titled autobiography, No Room for Small Dreams, published just after his death. I was stunned to find out how crucial his contribution had been to Israel’s survival. 

In 1960, Shimon Peres was a civil servant. Prime Minister Ben Gurion kept him out of politics, so he could use him as he wished. Already in his twenties, Shimon proved himself indispensable. When the first leader of the Israeli army told Ben Gurion it was impossible to arm the military,  because it was illegal for other nations to sell Israel weapons, Peres was tasked with the job. With no experience, the “dreamer” found a way and made secret deals that resulted in Israel winning the War of Independence.

Dare to Dream

Next, he teamed up with an American pilot to create Israel’s aviation industry. Israel had no money and Peres had many detractors. But the dreamer dreamed on, and with the Prime Minister’s blessing, he succeeded.

When everyone told him that it would be impossible to rescue the hostages at Entebbe in 1976, he kept looking for a military option—so that there would be no negotiations with terrorists. He remembered his mentor, Prime Minister Ben Gurion, saying, “If an expert says it can’t be done, get another expert.” In the end, the hostages were rescued and a movie was made about it. 

Peres goes Nuclear

However, I was deeply moved by how his tenacity and never-say-never mentality resulted in the acquisition of nuclear power for Israel. On a whim, one day in France, he asked the Prime Minister if he could have permission to speak to the French about helping Israel obtain nuclear power—for energy. It was preposterous.  As a nation, we were a mere twelve years old. But after just a few moments, the French leaders came back and said they would help. Peres was stunned.

Once back in Israel, more senior politicians ridiculed him. 

“Golda Meir [who would become Prime Minister] insisted that such a project would hurt Israel’s relationship with the United States, while Isser Harel, the Mossad chief, raised fears of a Soviet response. Some predicted an invasion by ground forces, while others envisioned an attack from the air. The head of the foreign relations committee said he feared the project would be ‘so expensive that we shall be left without bread and even without rice’.”[i]

Not to be Dissuaded

Peres pushed on, looking for scientists and engineers. Despite the rejection from top officials, he had the confidence of the prime minister. I have always found that, in ministry, if I have the backing of leadership, I can face any critic or opposition. However, even the scientists thought he was nuts. Even if the French helped, how could they learn nuclear science in a matter of months?

“Innovation, I have come to understand, is always an uphill climb. But rarely does it find so many obstacles arrayed against it at all once. We had no money, no engineers, no support from the physics community or the cabinet or the military leadership or the opposition.”[ii]

Because the government would not give this “fantasy” a budget, Peres went around the world and raised millions of dollars. He then approached the physcist that Albert Einsteinsaid was the best and he joined the cause. In short order, Peres assembled a team and they went to France to study. 

The Desert Blossoms (Is. 35)

Next, they would start building the reactor in Dimona. You have to understand—Dimona is in the middle of the desert. His team lived in upscale Haifa and Tel Aviv. Who wants to raise their kids in sand and dirt? But, the dreamer sold his vision and they came. He explained to them, and to their French counterparts, that he would build a city for them—and he did!

Shimon Peres and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion visit Israel’s the Dimona nuclear reactor.

When we think of the prophetic passages in Isaiah about the desert bursting into bloom, we think of the fact that Israel grow roses in the desert, has a highly successful dairy farm and has learned how to grow root vegetables in the wilderness heat (Normally these vegetables grow in colder climates like Russia.). But building a nuclear reactor in the middle of the desert is just as prophetic—if not more.

Near Disaster!

However, everything nearly fell apart when the French Prime Minister was about to be voted out of office. Peres needed his signature, and that of his foreign minister, to ensure that the relationship would continue with the next administration. Panicked, he hopped on a plane to Paris. First, he met with the foreign minister who was against the proposal. 

“I wanted to be sure he understood the power he held in his hands, and the consequence of his decision, one way or the other. This was not a moment that would be forgotten; it was one upon which history would hinge.”[iii]

Peres persuaded him. Stunned by his good fortune, he now sought an audience with the prime minister, who was in parliament, fighting for his job. He took time out to meet with Peres and told him to wait for him in his office, but he never came back to sign the document. By the end of the day, he was ousted from office. 

The next day, Peres met with him, downcast, knowing that they had failed. Finally, the dreamer had come face to face with reality. There would be no nuclear Israel. But then…

“[The former prime minister] took a piece of stationery from a desk that was no longer his and drafted a letter to the chairman of the French Atomic Energy Commission. The French government had approved the deal, he confirmed, and the chairman should fully cooperate in its execution. He signed it as France’s prime minister. At the top of the page, he wrote the previous day’s date.”[iv]

Maybe this was one reason why Peres did not allow this book to be published until after his death—Israel obtained nuclear power through a forged document! 

Peres goes on to say, being careful not to reveal if we actually have nuclear weapons, (psst…we do) that the idea that we mighthave them, served as the greatest deterrent to war. 

As a believer, I have learned that the biggest miracles come when you dare to dream big. 

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24)

Footnote: Recently Prime Minister Netanyahu, once a bitter political enemy of Shimon Peres, announced that the Dimona nuclear reactor would be named after Peres. 

[i]Peres, Shimon. No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel (p. 85). Custom House. Kindle Edition.

[ii]Ibid pg. 86

[iii]Ibid pg. 92

[iv]Ibid pg. 94