Bomb Shelters Needed in Israel to Help Save Lives

Israel’s surrounding enemies have acquired sophisticated long-range missiles and are capable of reaching any location within the Israeli borders. Today the Jewish people face annihilation from radical Muslims, including Palestinians and Hezbollah, who continually launch missiles from Gaza to attack towns in southern Israel. The violence escalated sharply since Israel withdrew from Gaza in the summer of 2005. Often, when the air-raid sirens sound in towns such as Sderot or Askelon, there is nowhere for innocent civilians to run for cover. Unfortunately, many do not survive. Because we believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in Israel, Song For Israel believes they have a right to be protected in their land from enemies surrounding them.

"We live in fear and anxiety… We have only 15 seconds to find a shelter..."

Song For Israel recognizes the need for providing bomb shelters to those who cannot afford them.  How frightening it must be to know that your family would not be protected because they have no shelter. We are launching a campaign and will be partnering with “Operation Lifeshield” (a non-profit Israeli charity) to provide one small bomb shelter in Israel. “Operation Lifeshield” has placed bomb shelters at public bus stops and schools in the western Negev, to protect the location population from the recurring rocket barrages. To date, they have donated over 25 shelters in Sderot, Ashkelon and other nearby towns and villages.

Our current project is the Eden Organization, which is located in the Negev region of Israel, impacting thousands of children and teenagers. However, they do not have a bomb shelter at this facility. Song For Israel is partnering with Operation Lifeshield to provide a shelter for them. The bomb shelter will cost $14,000. 

Right now, Song For Israel has already raised $9,600.50 toward this project. We are very close to being able to provide safety for these needy friends in Israel.  Please watch this video and then click here to donate to this project. Thank you for helping us to bless them!

The program provides special shelters for social service institutions located in areas hardest hit by rockets launched by Hamas. Working together with the an Israel Government Ministry, we select a social service institution (i.e. a residential school for troubled teen girls near the Gaza border) and raise funds for a special shelter. OperationLifeshield pays half the amount, and Israel pays the other half. 

The shelter will serve as a lasting testimony of Christian love to those who seek safety and comfort inside. It is a wonderful opportunity to express love to the Jewish people. In 2013, we collected over $2,000 and presented our check on our 2013 Israel tour. Help us in 2015 to present an even larger amount to help save lives.  This campaign ends June 30, 2015.

We can make a difference in Israel. We are asking you to partner with us to protect the lives of our Jewish friends in Israel. Very soon, we will be able to give you information about the city where this will be placed and we will provide regular updates on the progress of this campaign .  Start by making a donation today and know that you are helping people find safety because of your gift.

To donate to the Bomb Shelter Project in Israel, please click here.

Feast of Harvest/Pentecost Will be Celebrated This Sunday!


God gave us two of His most priceless gifts on this day: The Torah (His Holy Word) and the Holy Spirit. We need both—the Truth of God’s Word AND the Holy Spirit. But it is the Spirit that gives us the grace to live out that Truth in our daily lives.

Feast of Weeks marks the summer harvest or the wheat harvest. A Wave Offering was given of two leavened loaves of wheat before the Lord. It is a day to give thanksgiving for God’s ONGOING provision for His people. A Burnt Offering of 7 lambs, one bull, 2 rams, grain, oil, wine, a Sin Offering of a male goat, a Peace Offering of 2 male lambs were also part of Shavuot.

Feast of Harvest is 50 days after First Fruits (seven weeks/Sabbaths plus one day after Day of First Fruits) lasts one day. It is the only Feast that does not have a specific date attached to it, but you must count it down from Passover. The Jews call this “counting the Omer.” The counting begins with the wave offering of barley at Passover and continues for 49 days until the wheat offering on Shavuot.Historical –

According to Rabbinic tradition, Moses and the people received the Torah or Law at Mt. Sinai on this day.

This is also the same day that God poured out the Holy Spirit on His followers and united believers into the church referred to in Acts 2. Instead of the priest waving sheaves before the Lord (as was done at Passover), he waved together two loaves of bread baked with leaven, which were brought to the Temple. This unity of the Jews and Gentiles is illustrated by the two leavened loaves waved together.

Believers were empowered that day to live a holy, Spirit-led life and be His witnesses – in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth!

They also made animal sacrifices as an offering to the Lord. No work was to be done on this day. This event would have marked the end of the wheat harvest and the Jews were commanded to remember the poor as they harvested the grain God had generously given them. They were reminded to leave the corners of the field for the poor and alien to glean. The traditional Scripture reading for Shavuot is the Book of Ruth, who gleaned in the fields of Boaz.

On Pentecost (the same day as Shavuot), Israel saw an amazing reversal. After receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, 3,000 souls perished because of the sin of the golden calf (Exodus 32:28). On this same date, all those years later, this same number of souls were saved after the Holy Spirit was poured out! About 3,000 people were added to the community of believers on Pentecost (Acts 2:41). The Spirit of God reversed the destruction caused by the sin of man!

 The promise of the Holy Spirit, the mystery of the Church: Jews/Gentiles in one body





Jerusalem Day

Today, Jews around the world gather together in spirit to celebrate Jerusalem Day (in Hebrew: Yom Yerushalayim).

Jewish people were forced to leave the land they loved in 70 AD and for over 2,000 years, they have prayed and longed to return to Jerusalem.  The Holy City had been divided between Israel and Jordan after Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948, and the Arab nations attacked Israel.

During the 1948 War of Independence, Jordan took control of the Old City of Jerusalem where the first and second Temples once stood. Forty-eight years ago, Israel reunified its most cherished city, Jerusalem. In the Six-Day War of 1967, 182 Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers sacrificed their lives in the bloody battle over that city. Jerusalem was, once again, under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in 2,000 years! They continue to protect and defend Jerusalem today. Please pray for the safety of all soldiers in Israel.

Jews around the world chant, "next year in Jerusalem."


Three Weeks Left in our Israel Bomb Shelter For Abused Girls Campaign

The project in Israel that we support is called the Eden Center for girls, ages 12 - 18, who have been removed from abusive situations only to find themselves a short two miles from Gaza. Being that close to Gaza gives the girls only a quick 7-second run, once the siren sounds, to make a run for a bomb shelter for safety. During non-war times, they continue to experience one or two rockets headed in their direction per week. 

Regular and frequent rocket fire from Hamas-controlled Gaza into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea indicate the steady buildup and recovery of the terrorist organization's weapons stockpiles, reports Shmuel Bowman, Director of Operation Lifeshield. Shmuel met with Israeli Navy soldiers yesterday who confirmed that they personally witnessed  Hamas exercises involving the firing of rockets into the sea, which clearly indicates an eventual plan to initiate another round of violence against Israeli communities.  They are monitoring the situation closely and are actively doing as much as possible to help prepare for fresh rocket attacks.

Our campaign to help the girls will be completed in only three weeks when we will personally present a check to Shmuel Bowman at Operation Lifeshield, who will install the shelter at the Eden Center. 

Please watch the video below and then plan to make a donation to help us reach our goal. This shelter will cost $14,000 and we have collected $9,750 to date! We need your help before another war breaks out or a rocket hits the middle of the Eden Center and takes the life of a young girl. Click here to donate. (Please write "Bomb Shelter" on your donation for this project). 

Song For Israel Celebrates FOUR Years!

Today, May 3, 2015, Song For Israel celebrates its fourth year! We've grown and hit our stride! Please celebrate some of our four-year highlights below. Please leave a comment if you participated in our events! Happy Birthday, Song For Israel!

Song For Israel Sponsors "Walk For Israel" on Israel's Independence Day

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, was Israel's Independence Day and over thirty participated in a "Walk For Israel" on a busy street in Yorba Linda.  We received many, many honks and waves in support of Israel as we walked. Check out the photos below.

KBRT Radio (740 AM) interviewed several on the "Walk" and we hope to hear about it on the air!

Code Red Sirens Sound again near Gaza

While Israeli's were wrapping up their Independence Day celebrations this Thursday, a code red siren sounded in Gaza border communities in southern Israel. Things have been relatively quiet prior to this (since December of last year). A rocket hit an open field near Sderot with no injuries nor damages reported.

Just two miles away from the Gaza Border, the Eden Center, a school housing young girls ages 12-18, heard the sirens and the girls scrambled for shelter. Because they are so close to the border, they have only 7 seconds to reach a shelter.  If the girls are at the far end of the campus, they cannot make it to the shelter within 7 seconds of the siren blast. They take their chances on not being hit. Watch this video that takes you on a tour of the campus.

Song For Israel has been collecting funds to build one shelter that would solve the problem of the girls not being able to reach the larger shelter in time. This bomb shelter would be at the other end of the school. Everyone would be safe -- if we could raise the rest of the funds needed. The shelter will cost $14,000 and we have raised $9,150 so far.  We are so very close to being able to provide this shelter for these young women who have come to this place as a refuge.  Our campaign ends June 13th and we will be presenting the check in person the next week in Israel.

Please save the lives of these young girls and make a donation today. To donate, please click here.  Please designate "Bomb Shelter" on your donation. Please keep checking our website for updates and pray that we reach our goal so we can bless them with this gift!

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Taken at the Berlin Jewish Museum

Taken at the Berlin Jewish Museum

Today marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, which in Hebrew is called “Yom HaShoah” and is a solemn date when Israel remembers the 6,000,000 Jews killed in the Holocaust. This morning in Israel, every vehicle will stop and humans will stand at attention for two minutes while sirens sound, in remembrance.




Auschwitz was the biggest Nazi concentration camp in Europe during World War II.  More than 1,100,000 men, women, and children lost their lives here.  While multiple tracks led into these extermination camps, no one ever came out on them.

Six Million Jews (half of the world’s Jewish population at the time) perished under Hitler’s Final Solution.  

There are not many Holocaust survivors left today. Bertie Lubinsky, from Holland, will give an eyewitness account of the horrors of the Holocaust at Ben David Messianic Jewish Congregation this Saturday, April 18th at 10:30 am. (651 W. Sunflower, Santa Ana, CA--3 blocks east of South Coast Plaza.) We are the last generation to honor the survivors and remember the victims. Following Bertie's message, stay for the movie, "Orchestra of Exiles" -- a harrowing, inspiring, and fascinating story about one Polish violinist and 70 Jewish musicians. Together they fought the Nazis with the only weaon they had: Music.c.

Holocaust Memorial Day - Yom HaShoah

Although much of today's world rejects the notion that the Holocaust even occurred, Thursday, April 16th is considered Holocaust Remembrance Day (in Hebrew--Yom HaShoah). It is a sad day as many still have memories of the evils done to family members and friends. Still others question how such evil could be allowed to occur in our world. but it did happen.

I recently visited the Simon Wiesenthal Center with some friends and I was given a little card with the name and picture of a little girl who lived during the Holocaust. Eva Been was a darling girl from The Netherlands. She came from a normal family where her father was a high school teacher in Northern Holland. The Jews of The Netherlands were well-integrated into the general population and they were active in all aspects of the country's social, cultural and economic life. 

Eva Beem (From the Archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center)

Eva Beem (From the Archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center)

Eva was eight years old when the Germans invaded her town and separated the Jews and forced them into restricted ghetto areas. Eva's parents decided they would go into hiding, hoping their children would be safer posing as non-Jews in a rural village. They found a Christian family willing to risk death to save them. Eva was given a new name and identity and attended school with others from the village.

The Nazis realized that many Jewish children had been sent into hiding and therefore intensified their search. Eleven-year old Eva and her brother Abraham were arrested and ultimately deported to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. Both were murdered upon their arrival.

Eva was one of 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Germans and their collaborators during the Holocaust.

Today, Israel and the Jewish people are still targets in the world with their neighbors in Iran chanting "Death to Israel" and "Drive them into the Sea." It is horrible to think such things still take place, but another Holocaust could happen. Satan would like nothing more than to defeat God's plan for Israel. Song For Israel exists to educate people about God's eternal plan for Israel from a biblical viewpoint. We stand with Israel. Will you?

Please consider making a donation to help further our ministry. Please click here.

"WALK FOR ISRAEL" - April 23rd -- Noon

Song For Israel will be sponsoring a WALK FOR ISRAEL on April 23rd at Noon in Yorba Linda. If you are interested in walking in support of Israel, please contact us at It will be a light walk in Yorba Linda and for only 30 minutes. The purpose is to show support for Israel on their Independence Day. Some signs and Israeli flags will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. (Photographer needed). Register below to join us.

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The Symbolism of the Passover Matzah Points to Messiah

Part of the Passover Seder includes the matzah, in which three pieces are wrapped together -- three pieces of matzah, each in a separate section, yet joined into one. The rabbis call these three “a unity.” Some consider it a unity of the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Others consider it representative of the trinity—The Father, Son and Holy Spirit—Three in one.

The matzah is unleavened. Throughout the Scripture, leaven is a symbol of fermentation and corruption and is a symbol of sin. For example, in Leviticus 2:11, we read: No grain offering, which you bring to the Lord, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven…as an offering by fire to the Lord.”  This offering was to be made without leaven as a symbol that it was holy before the Lord.

Exodus 13:6-7 tells us that only unleavened bread should be eaten at Passover. Since leaven is a symbol of sin, to begin the Passover season by eating only unleavened bread is symbolic of beginning a life free from sin. Jesus was our perfect example of this because he lived a sinless life.

When the Jewish people were leaving Egypt, God was about to give them His Torah which was to be their guide for holy living. It may be that this was to signify the start of their living lives separate from sin.

Paul wrote of this significance in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 6:6-8: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Messiah our Passover has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the feast (Passover), not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

If we examine the matzah carefully, we see that not only is it unleavened, but it is pierced and striped. King David wrote prophetically of the Messiah in Psalm 22: For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

Zechariah also prophesied about what would be done to the Messiah when he wrote: And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born. (Zech 12:10)

Isaiah wrote prophetically of the coming Suffering Servant of Israel, the One would be not only sinless, but “pierced” and “striped:” But He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Jesus, the Messiah, was without sin, yet He was “striped” by way of the Roman whip, and “pierced” by nails through His hands and feet and by a spear in His side. It is not a coincidence that the central item of the Passover, the matzah, points to the One that Paul called “Messiah our Passover.” Each year, the matzah points to One who was sinless, striped and pierced, the same One whom John the Baptist called “the Lamb of God”, the One whose sacrifice would bring redemption from the penalty of sin. 

During the Passover meal, the Father in the family breaks the middle matzah in two, places the smaller piece on top of the matzah cloth and wraps the larger piece, which is called the “afikomen,” in the clean, white linen cloth which is next to the matzah cloth. The Hebrew word “afikomen” is most likely derived from the Greek word “epikomos” which means “after a banquet,” or “dessert.”

Then, the children leave the room and while they are gone, the leader “buries” (hides) the afikomen, this wrapped piece of matzah, somewhere in the room. Then the children return.  They are encouraged some time during the meal to earnestly search for the “buried treasure” of unleavened bread which is striped and pierced, wrapped in cloth, buried, earnestly sought, and when discovered, found to be of great value. This clearly parallels the events surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

There are many other components to the Passover Seder that point to Jesus Christ as Messiah. But just this one section with the afikomen clearly symbolizes Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  

Jewish people around the world explain to their families every Passover about the afikomen and its symbolism. The entire Passover is pointing to Jesus Christ, who has already come as Messiah and fulfilled the symbolism. When we take communion, we read from 1 Corinthians 11:24: “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, Take, eat, this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.”

Passover is the reminder of a sinless sacrifice made on our behalf. When the afikomen is eaten at the conclusion of the meal, it is a reminder of the sacrificial lamb which was eaten. Consider the symbolism of the matzah: unleavened, striped, pierced, broken, wrapped in a white linen cloth, “buried,” diligently sought, and rewarded when found. Now, it is freely offered, but as with all free gifts, one must accept it, otherwise it cannot be enjoyed.

Passover - The First of God's Appointed Feasts of the Season

The eight-day festival of Passover begins at sunset tomorrow night. The Passover Seder will be celebrated, which is a 15-part feast where the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold. Families will read Psalms, sing songs and there will be Hebrew blessings recited.
The observances of the Passover Seder include a number of symbolic foods and rituals commemorating both the slavery in Egypt and liberation of the Hebrews.

They include the following:
•    Matzah (unleavened bread);
•    Bitter herbs, usually horseradish, representing the bitterness of         slavery;
•    Charoset, an apple, nut, and spice mixture representing the               mortar the Israelites used in building Egyptian structures;
•    Salt water, representing the tears the Israelites shed due to                 enslavement;
•    Shank bone of a lamb, representing both the first Passover lamb       and the sacrificial lamb during the time of the Temple in                     Jerusalem;
•    The afikoman, an additional portion of matzah eaten to                       commemorate the Passover offering; and
•    Four glasses of wine, which symbolizes God’s fourfold promise         of deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 6:6-8)

After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, God saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed God’s command. God then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.

God visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, God spared the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday, Passover. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry that the bread they baked as provisions for the way, did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as God’s chosen people.

The exodus of Israel in the Old Testament is an illustration of God’s salvation. The New Testament crucifixion was the ultimate exodus because it delivers not just from bondage of a controlling Pharoah, but from bondage to sin itself. It provides for eternal life; not just life in an earthly promised land.

Just as the blood of the lamb on the doorposts saved the firstborn, it is Jesus’ blood, the Lamb of God, who saves people today. He made atonement for our sins.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  (Ephesians 2:8)

When we put our faith in Him, we symbolically apply the blood of the Passover Lamb by faith.  Jesus gave us the assurance that the Lord will pass over us when He judges the world if we put our faith in Him and His atoning blood.
“I am the resurrection and the life.  The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25-26a).

Check back for more articles on Passover, including Passover recipes.

The Significance of the Sabbath Before Passover

Saturday marked the Sabbath before Passover, which in Hebrew is called the Shabbat HaGadol, or “the Great Shabbat.”

To understand the significance of the Sabbath prior to Passover, we must go back to the Book of Exodus where the Jewish people were commanded by Moses to obtain a lamb for sacrifice and tie it to their bedposts on the Sabbath, just before Passover. The lamb was to live in their house for four days. Of course the family would begin to consider it a part of the family and the sacrifice would become more difficult (Exodus 12:6). 


When the Egyptians saw the Jewish people setting aside their lambs, they wanted to know what they were doing with them.  The Jewish people told them the lambs were a Passover offering to God who would kill the firstborn Egyptians. Because the sheep was one of the major Egyptian gods, it was a miracle that the Jewish people were allowed to take lambs from among the Egyptians, especially when it was explained that the Egyptian firstborns would be destroyed.

When the Egyptian firstborns heard this news, they begged their fathers and Pharoah to let the Israelites go, but their request was denied. As a result, civil war broke out among the Egyptians in which many were killed.

Later in history, during the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, the lamb was selected four days before Passover so that worshippers could  be certain their lambs were without blemish, according to Exodus 12:5—otherwise their offering could be rejected.  This reminds us of the Messiah, who was called the “Lamb of God” and was without blemish.

Watch for articles and recipes this week about Passover.

Campaign for Bomb Shelters in Israel Has Only Three Months Left

Song for Israel has been collecting donations to give to Operation Lifeshield to build a bomb shelter at the Eden Center, just two miles from the Gaza border, Israel. So far, we have collected $4, 279.50 toward the shelter that will cost $14,000.  There are 50 at-risk teenage girls at this boarding school who have escaped abuse or terror to find refuge in this school. However, this area is often a target of Hamas rockets. At least once a week, a siren is heard and the girls only have 7 seconds to reach safety in one of the previously-installed shelters. Another shelter is needed for the far side of the campus, which is too far to run in 7 seconds. Please watch the video below.

You can help save lives of young women in Israel by donating to our Bomb Shelter Campaign for this Eden Project. The campaign ends June 10, 2015. We will be presenting our final check to Operation Lifeshield in person on our Israel trip.  

For more information, please visit our "Israel Projects" page by clicking here. Then scroll down the page.

To donate, please click here and be sure to write "Bomb Shelter" in the memo of your check. 



Passover 101

                                                                   deby brown

                                                                   deby brown

Passover was celebrated by Jesus as the "Last Supper" and He asked us to celebrate it as a feast to our Lord. Deby Brown will be teaching about Passover next Sunday morning, March 29th at 9:00 am at Friends Church Yorba Linda -- Room 115.

You will learn about the history of this Jewish holiday, the significance of the foods on the Seder plate,  and how Passover relates to you as a believer in Jesus Christ. Friends Church is located at 5141 Lakeview Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886 (Room 115 is on the main floor).

To attend a Passover Seder at the Garden Grove Embassy Suites on April 4th, click here.  Scroll down for Passover Seder information.

Netanyahu Wins Israeli Election

Two days ago, the people of Israel were quite concerned and confused over their upcoming elections on March 17th. Now, they rejoice in a crushing victory as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party came out on top! 

With the final count still out, Netanyahu's party attained 30 seats out of a possible 120. The closest opposition, Zionist Union, led by Labor's Isaac Herzog, won 24 seats. Final numbers will be announced Thursday and be presented to President Reuven Rivlin.

The Likud party will then need to form a coalition in the next two to three weeks. To learn more about Israeli government, please watch the YouTube posted March 14th.

Some of Netanyahu's victory comments were: “Against all odds, we have achieved a great victory for the Likud. We have achieved a great victory for the Likud-led nationalist camp and our people,” he said. “I am proud of the people of Israel who, at the moment of truth, knew how to separate between the important and the secondary issues and focus on the important ones,” said Netanyahu.

                                                                     After the victory, the Prime Minister went to the Western Wall to say a prayer of thanks.

                                                                     After the victory, the Prime Minister went to the Western Wall to say a prayer of thanks.

Please continue to pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu. During the last two years of his term, there was a divisive coalition which caused his previous government to implode, thus triggering early elections.  Pray for divine favor, wisdom and grace for him to build the coalition he needs to govern. "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" (Ps 127:1). Those Netanyahu will need to work with to form a coalition were those who ran against his party in the elections. Therefore, please pray for reconciliation and supernatural unity among the parties.





Israeli Elections Scheduled for March 17th

Just days from now, Israel will hold elections, even though they just had elections only two years ago. Politics in Israel are very different from ours here in America. Watch this YouTube that gives a pretty good picture of their form of government.  After watching the YouTube, please take a moment to pray that God will lead the Israeli people to the party God wants to use to carry out His plans.