On Nov. 29, 1947 (70 years ago) the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for Palestine to be partitioned between Arabs and Jews. The vote was 33 in favor (including the USSR), 13 against, 10 abstentions and 1 absent. That momentous vote led to the established of the modern State of Israel. [Since then there hasn’t been much celebrating by Israel at the UN.]
The partition plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency for Palestine, which represented the Jewish community. The Arab leaders rejected the plan. Civil war broke out between Arabs and Jews right after the UN resolution was passed. When the British withdrew from the country, the State of Israel declared its independence on May 15, 1948. Then the Arab nations invaded, were defeated and … here we are.
To read more about the details of the partition plan and the breakdown of the voting by country, click here.
Yesterday, US VP Mike Pence spoke at an event at Israel’s Mission to the United Nations in Queens, NY, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ vote calling for the establishment of a Jewish state. At that time the UN was located in Flushing, Queens. In his remarks Pence said, “President Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
He added, “America stands with Israel because her cause is our cause, her values are our values and her fight is our fight,” added Pence. “The days of Israel-bashing at the United Nations are over.”
The VP was greeting with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
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During his one day visit to Kenya, PM Netanyahu met with the leaders of several African nations including Rwanda, Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia. In his talks with the President of Rwanda, the PM discussed a plan to transfer over 10,000 illegal African infiltrators from Israel to Rwanda, in exchange for a payment per head. He also announced the upcoming opening of a new Israeli embassy in the Rwandan capital. The PM also spoke with all the leaders about issues related to cooperation in energy, agriculture, technology and security.
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Most Promising Startups
Globes.com, the Israeli business news outlet, has named its top 10 most promising startups in Israel. The number one spot goes to a project management software company, monday.com. The number two company is minutemedia.com, a sports fans content platform.
To see the entire list and learn more about each company click here.
Last week we published a call for prayers for the recovery of the sage Rabbi Shteinman, who’s condition has since improved slightly. That got us thinking about the power of prayer, especially when done by an entire community.
So we’ve decided to launch a new project to give people the opportunity to send us the name(s) of individuals that are ill and desperately need our prayers. We’ll publish those names at the end of each IsraelAM issue, so that everyone can see and add them to their own prayers. We will start the list fresh at the beginning of each week.
So please take this opportunity to email us the names you want included in our “healing list”. The traditional Jewish custom is to include the person’s Hebrew name and mother’s name, like “Moshe ben Sarah”. But if you don’t know the Hebrew name or the person isn’t Jewish, just send in the person’s name in English.
We’re excited and honored to be able to provide this platform to unite thousands of people in prayer for the benefit of those who need healing.