Israel’s Leader and the God of the Bible

Israel’s new Prime Minister is showing significant signs of faith in the God of the Bible.

In the Knesset on Sunday 13th June, shortly before the coalition he leads with Yair Lapid was voted into power, Naftali Bennett closed his speech with a prayer:

“I pray to God that he grant me wisdom and understanding to lead the State of Israel.”

“Heavenly Father, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel,
the first flourishing of our redemption, guard it in your abundant kindness,
spread over it the shelter of your peace.
Send forth your light and truth to its leaders, ministers,
and advisors, and grace them with your good counsel.
Strengthen the hands of those who guard our holy land,
grant them deliverance, and adorn them in victory.
Give peace in the land and grant its inhabitants eternal happiness.”

“With God’s help, we will do and we will succeed. Amen.”

 

Naftali Bennett addresses the KnessetNaftali Bennett in the Knesset (screenshot from YouTube video by ILTV)

 

Then on Sunday 4th July, America’s 245th Independence Day, he used part of his speech at the American Embassy to explain that it is the Bible that binds America and Israel in everlasting friendship, saying:

“Anyone who has read American history knows that the revolutionary ideas
expressed by America’s founding fathers sprung from their faith in and deep
understanding of the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh. They were very learned, and
they founded America on the very principles of the Bible. They saw the Bible’s
insights into human nature, civic virtue, social order and political authority as
essential to the establishment of this new great nation, America ...”

“Likewise, it was the vision of our ancient prophets that the scattered
exiles of Zion would one day return to the Land of Israel

It is the depth of these shared ideals and shared identity that bind
our nations together in an unbreakable bond …”

 

Naftali Bennett`s whole speech on 4th July (YouTube video by Arutz Sheva)