Last month’s issue of Israel Today magazine turned its focus to the attitudes of Israeli Messianic Jews towards Musalaha – an organisation which claims to seek reconciliation between believers in Jesus in the Holy Land, but whose leader Salim Munayer misleadingly suggests that Hamas’ terror tunnels were actually defensive and practical in nature.
Whilst some Messianic Jews want to see the best in Musalaha, and see an opportunity for genuine discussion and fellowship, a growing number of Israeli Messianic voices are not convinced.
Here are some leaders quoted in Israel Today.
Avi Mizrachi of Adonai Roi Congregation & Director of Dugit Messianic Outreach Centre in Tel Aviv:
“I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with Father Naddaf. My wife, Chaya, and I would like to continue strengthening the relationship with Father Naddaf because of his strong stand for the nation of Israel. We fully support him. We do not and have not supported Musalaha for many years now.“
Meno Kalisher, pastor of Jerusalem Assembly House of Redemption:
“I certainly do not see eye-to-eye with Salim regarding Israel. He holds to Replacement Theology. I do not know Father Naddaf personally, but I can only assume that he discovered God’s plan for Israel and realizes that those who bless Israel will in turn be blessed. Like many local Christians I have met, Father Naddaf knows that Israelis aren’t better than anyone else, but he understands that God has a plan. And if you stand against Israel, you stand against God. This has nothing to do with Israel; it’s all about God. Also, if you want to be blessed, you need to be a blessing. If you don’t work or pay taxes or serve in the army, you have far less right to complain.