ISRAEL - The Safest Place for Jews

Arno Froese

When Yona and Mikhael Benichou decided over the summer to move to Israel from their home in France, they set a target date of around a year later—in time for their eldest son, David, 15, to begin his studies for Israel’s matriculation exams.

But after the murderous Hamas invasion of Israel on October 7, they sped up their plans to immigrate, known in Hebrew as making aliyah. The straw that broke the camel’s back, Yona Benichou said, came a week after the attack in which the terrorists killed some 1,200 people—mostly civilians—and took 240 hostage in Gaza, when the family, who wear identifiably Jewish symbols, were spat on by a group of rugby fans while walking down the street in their hometown of Marseilles.

The Benichous landed in Israel on October 31, arriving in a country still reeling from Hamas’s devastating attack on its southern communities and in the early stages of a grueling ground war that has reshaped society.

They are among the more than 2,600 people whom Israeli authorities say have chosen to move to Israel despite the crisis.

Almost all of the new arrivals had been planning to move to Israel for some time, though a handful, like the Benichous, have accelerated their immigration.

According to Israel’s Immigration and Absorption Ministry, 2,662 people have made aliyah since October 7, including 1,635 from Russia, 218 from the United States, 128 from Ukraine, 116 from France, and 106 from Belarus., 23 December 2023

Arno's Commentary

Israel’s enemies have openly, publicly, and insistently proclaimed their goal: the eradication of the Jewish State. Gaza terrorists were instructed to kill as many Jews as possible. In plain and simple terms, they hope that these murderous actions will scare Jews from all over the world not to come to Israel. But as is self-evident, just the opposite is happening: More and more Jews recognize that the safest place on earth for them is the land of Israel.

Here we are reminded of the prophetic Word, “But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks” (Jeremiah 16:15-16).

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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