ISRAEL - Assaf Harofeh Hospital Name Change

Arno Froese

The state-owned Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin has been renamed the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center by a government decision and with its giving of an unnamed sum to the hospital.

It was previously named after the eminent, fifth-century Jewish-Israeli physician Assaf Ben Brachiahu, who is regarded as the “Jewish Hippocrates.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman and members of the Shamir family, who all strongly advocated the name change in memory of the seventh prime minister and head of the pre-state Lehi, attended the ceremony at the hospital, which is directed by Dr. Benny Davidson.

Netanyahu praised the hospital as being innovative and contributing much to the State of Israel.

“The medical center carries out very interesting work,” he said. “It is of high quality, a leading institution that was always close to the Shamir family. I am sure that giving it his name will contribute to the hospital and reflect the lofty values that Yitzhak Shamir had clung to throughout his life—liberty, love of the people and service for the public.”, 5 April 2017

Arno's commentary

Readers of Midnight Call and/or News From Israel remember the many important projects Midnight Call Ministries International has sponsored. It was the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center which won the unwavering support of our late founder, Wim Malgo. Today, after more than 40 years of support, we continue to stand with Israel—not because of any recognition, but because of God’s declaration of His love for His people. The prophet Zephaniah concludes his book with these words: “Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord” (Zephaniah 3:19-20).

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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