Israel Society Takes a "Second Look" at Messianic Jews
By Betty Intrater
On Wednesday, March 30th an investigative news program was aired in
Israel on channel 1 "Mabat 2" (Second Look).
This program focused on the questionable behavior and techniques an
anti-missionary organization uses in order to bring down Jewish believers
in Yeshua (Jesus).
The first segment focused on a secular Israeli woman not connected in any
way to the messianic movement. This woman, a graduate music student,
practiced on the organ of a Jerusalem Catholic church. After threats were
made to the church and priest, she was forbidden to enter the building. She
herself was followed and threatening letters were sent to her family.
The next segment focused on Messianic Jews. It featured a bakery owner
whose business was almost ruined because of attacks by this organization, a
blind woman who was kidnapped and pressured to deny her faith, an Israeli
man whose non-Israeli wife has been denied citizenship, and others. The
program exposed the fact that the Israeli Interior Ministry has allowed
this organization to counsel them as to whom to receive as citizens.
The topic of the third segment of the program was a debate between some
Israeli politicians as to whether this type of activity is illegal in a
democratic society. Messianic lawyer Calev Meyers did an excellent job
confirming that these activities are indeed illegal and undemocratic.
We were pleased as well that our congregation Ahavat Yeshua (Love of
Yeshua) was featured on the show. The program aired a portion of our
worship service with singing, liturgy and an excerpt of a message given by
Asher from Jeremiah 31:31. In addition, Asher was briefly interviewed.
Although not perfect, this program provided another opportunity for the
Messianic community in Israel to be introduced to the wider population, for
a witness to go out, and for the illegal and unethical acts of the
anti-missionary organizations to be exposed.
You may view Mabat 2 with English subtitles on the following