WORLD - Tel Aviv Among Top 5 Most Artistic Cities

Arno Froese

Tel Aviv has been named the fifth-most creative city in the world, only behind Paris, Barcelona, Dublin and London, according to research conducted by Inkifi, a print-photography company that specializes in turning personal photos into wall art.

Through the data, Inkifi put together its list of cities that art lovers need to add to their “bucket list” accounts for a number of different art scenes, including galleries, music and comedy clubs, theaters, street art, Instagrams, building architecture and statues.

“This historic Israeli city is filled with creativity, boasting more than five art galleries per square mile and UNESCO-recognized architecture,” Inkifi said.

The city with the most monuments, theaters and music clubs per square mile was Paris, which ranked No. 1 on the list. Paris also received the most searches on Instagram for people wanting to find street art or those who have posted photos of street art.

-www.jpost.com, 1 October 2020

Arno's commentary

Striking are the words “this historic Israeli city.” Yet there is no history worth mentioning. It was founded in 1909 as a Jewish suburb of the ancient Mediterranean port city of Jaffa.

To be named the fifth most artistic city in the world is quite an achievement, when one realizes the virtual impossibility of establishing a city on some sand dunes on the Mediterranean coast in little more than 100 years. Tel Aviv is located 60 kilometers northwest of Jerusalem, and is also the place where, on 14 May 1948, Ben Gurion declared, “With trust in Almighty God, we set our hands to this declaration at this session of the Provisional state Council in the city of Tel Aviv this Sabbath eve, the fifth day of Iyar, 5708, the fourteenth day of May, 1948.”

It is of interest that the Declaration of Independence contains the word “Palestine” nine times, and specifically emphasizes Israel’s equality to other nations: “It is, moreover, the self-evident right of the Jewish people to be a nation, as all other nations, in its own sovereign state.” Later in the document, “We appeal to the United Nations to assist the Jewish people in the building of its state and admit Israel into the family of nations.”

From Scripture, we know that this attempt to merge with the Gentile nations will be successful, albeit temporarily. Israel never was and never will be equal to all the nations of the world. “And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them” (Exodus 2:25). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).

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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