CYPRUS - Israeli Innovation Institute Launched

Arno Froese

After four years of planning, a new academic venture that aims to foster regional cooperation was launched in Cyprus.

The Pafos Innovation Institute (PPI) was sired by Uriel Reichman, the president and founder of IDC Herzliya, a nonprofit, private institution for higher education. The Cyprus academy, he hopes, will promote regional cooperation by creating connections between people of different nationalities who work and study together at the new center.

“We hope that the students will form friendships that will ultimately lead them not only to cooperate in their professional roles, but also turn them into a force that promotes regional progress and creates a culture of peace,” said Reichman in the statement. 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a video address he hopes the institute will become a center of cooperation between scientists, students and startups, and will bring together students from Israel, Cyprus, and the entire Middle East. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said the institute is the fruit of “the growing cooperation between Cyprus and Israel in recent years, in areas such as security and the war on terror, but also in the areas of technology and education.” 

Paphos airport is a 40-minute flight from Israel, making it easy for faculty from the Israeli college to teach in the new facility. 

-www.timesofisrael.com, 2 November 2020

Arno's commentary

It is of interest that Israel continues to fervently seek friendship with other nations. Cyprus’ population stands at 1.3 million, with almost 99% ethnic Greek and 90% Orthodox Christian. Life expectancy is 79.3 years, and per capita GDP $37,200 (2017).

Cyprus was one of the first nations to recognize Palestine as a nation. That, quite apparently, has no bearing on a good relationship with Israel. 

Cyprus is only mentioned in the book of Acts, and that eight times. After the persecution that resulted because of Stephen the martyr, we read in Acts 11:19-20: “Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.” The persecuted Jews went to Cyprus preaching only to the Jews, but others preached the Lord Jesus to the Gentiles (Grecians). The Word was received, and verse 24b states: “and much people was added unto the Lord.”

That should be the Church’s goal: preaching the Gospel regardless of circumstances, keeping the unity of the Spirit and, as a result, as it was in Jerusalem: “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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