UAE - Israeli Judoka Wins Gold

Arno Froese

Israeli judoka Sagi Muki made history on October 28—coincidentally, World Judo Day—by winning a gold medal in the 81-kilo weight class at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

This marked the first time Israeli competitors were permitted to show the Israeli flag on their uniforms and the first time Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikva,” was played in the United Arab Emirates.

Muki’s teammates Gili Cohen, Baruch Shmalilov and Timna Nelson Levi won three bronze medals earlier in the Grand Slam, and Peter Paltchik won a gold medal in the under 100-kg weight class.

Muki, 26, won a gold medal in the 2018 European Championship in Judo last April.

In another landmark development on World Judo Day in Abu Dhabi, Israeli Minister of Sports and Culture Miri Regev and Israel Judo Association President Moshe Ponte signed an agreement to bring an IJF World Judo Tour event to Israel for the first time. The Tel Aviv Grand Prix will take place in January and a second Grand Prix is set for 2020.

A year ago, 12 Israeli judokas brought home five medals from the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017—a gold for Tal Flicker and bronze medals for Ori Sasson, Peter Paltchik, Gili Cohen and Tohar Butbul. However, the Israelis were forced to compete under the banner of the IJF and the IJF anthem was played instead of “Hatikva.”, 29 October 2018

Arno's commentary

Israel’s progress is self-evident. This Middle-Eastern country is located in the center of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Interestingly, Israeli athletes compete in Europe, in Asia, and in Africa as well. We may call it a country without a continent. But that should not surprise us, because Israel, according to the prophetic Word, is destined to be the leader of planet earth. 

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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