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July 2nd, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Israeli settlers revise ancient prayer for Obama-Netanyahu meeting

A portion of the revised prayer in Hebrew, from the Facebook page of the group My Israel.

CNN's Izzy Lemberg sends this report on from Jerusalem:

The main umbrella group of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the Yesha Council of Communities in Judea and Samaria, has added controversial new language to an ancient prayer that it will distribute to synagogues in advance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington.

The traditional Wayfarers prayer is recited by observant Jews when traveling on long journeys. The Yesha Council’s version of the prayer asks God to grant Netanyahu the strength to say "enough already" regarding what it calls pressure to make concessions in the Mideast peace process.

The prayer goes on to say that the summit in Washington should be an awakening for Jews that "we have no other nation".

The Director General of the Yesha Council, Naftali Bennet, said the new prayer is partly satirical but that it has a serious message. "The Israeli public feels that President Obama is coercing Netanyahu and Israel into concessions that are risking the very existence of Israel," he said.

When asked why he was bringing religion into a political context Bennet told CNN "The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people for four thousand years by the most fundamental book in the world—the Bible.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Israel • Judaism • Politics

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Brian

    allah is satan, or serpent , or dragon not god or ELOHEIM. he is the moon dog not ELOHEIM of the universe. To you undereducated kiffar muslims out there YAHWEY was, and IS, and ALWAYS WILL BE the FATHER of Abraham, Isacc, and Jacob the ELOHEIM of the Living. mohammed is dead, in hell, burning because he rejected the TRUTH and accepted the lie of lucifer in the cave of Hara after he was choked and threatrened three times. The TRUE and HOLY Scriptures say that satan appears as an angel of light so no wonder his ministers of unrighteousness [unlawfulness] appear as ministers of righteousness {lawfulness]. unfortunately you kiffar muslims accept a lie before even recognizing the TRUTH. The TRUE and HOLY scriptures also say that satan has blinded the minds of men with his lies so that they cannot receive the GLORIOUS LIGHT OF YESHUA HA MASHIACH. not to be confused with the false prophet of islam issa or your so called jesus. one of 50 false jesus out there in la la land of cults and false doctrines. Hope you kiffars wake up amd repent, get baptized and filled with YAHWEY'S Spirit or you will end up like dajjul and his 70,000 followers. I know your story and your false way. it does not work but to send you to hell fire. REPENT before it is to late. YASHUA did pay for your sins and mine. He is the ONLY Begotten of the FATHER and if you would step aside from the cult brainwashing and sincerely PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS you will receive FORGIVENESS and a New Life and Heart. You have everything to gain and nothing to loose. The choice and consequence are yours - choose WISELY.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  2. Joe

    As long as Israel is collecting billions of dollars from the US every year, they can damn well listen to our suggestions and advice. As for all the biblical nonsense, it's....well...nonsense and has nothing to do with the realities of politics in the middle east.

    July 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  3. Joseph

    The Yesha Council of Communities in Judea and Samaria should add couple of more lines to the prayer that America should stop giving 80 to 100 billion dollars yearly in aids to the state of israel from the taxpayers of United States. The council have no choice in picking what they like and ignoring the rest – eiher both or none. No More Free DOLLAR add this to the revised prayer.

    July 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  4. mind

    if it was only about land it wouldnt be as brutal as it is.

    this is about common sense – and a nation not following the rules that are being set down by man to strive for peace in this world – neither side wants to listen i say let them kill themselves they will see their "gods" real fast.

    July 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  5. mind

    agreed with daniel after all if it wasnt for america that country wouldnt exist again anyways

    little people with little minds fighting over their little strip of land because "god" says its yours, you fools all this land is yours all this land is all of ours and your's and everyone elses god thats worth a damn would suggest you grow the hell up and realize that. if YOU are the children of god, act like it and not like the children of the devil.

    July 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  6. Daniel

    If Israel can do without our advice, they can do without our aid, financial or otherwise. If Judaism has no other nation than Israel, then it is foolish for the United States to support them.

    July 5, 2010 at 2:14 am |
  7. Coyote

    Please note that Christianity, Islam and Judaism all share (yearn for) a similar apocalyptical fantasy of a final battle that decides the true belief.

    And then understand that all three of these well armed faiths lay apocalyptical claims to the SAME TEMPLE MOUNT.

    Understanding this, and witnessing the virulent hatreds that many hold for the existence of the tiny Jewish state, one should see Armageddon as an inescapable FATE, rather than merely a silly religious story.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:54 am |
  8. lazarus zion

    Even those who never had the priviledge to open/ read the holy scriptures must have heard it told.
    Israel belong to Israelites, not Arabs. Obama is a scholar and the scriptures are not strange to his ears/ eyes.
    Mr. Obama why do you wan't the world to believe in you rather than to listen to God??????
    The history of God and men is infalible. Every one who went against God's statutes was never spared, what makes Obama toy with the thought that he will be spared?????

    July 3, 2010 at 2:55 am |
    • Kampung Highlander

      Interestingly enough the only part of the Bible, Torah and Koran that is actually reputed to be written by God himself is the Ten Commandments.

      As far as I am aware the injunctive of "Thou shall not kill" does not carry the caveat unless they have a different religion.

      July 3, 2010 at 6:39 am |
    • HeIsGod

      Well said, lazarus zion!! Israel is God's chosen people, regardless if they don't believe in Christ. We can't put our eyes on mankind that brings destruction.

      July 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  9. Tricia

    The land of Israel belongs to God and His Family...and so does this world.

    July 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
    • Kampung Highlander

      So let's nuke it and send it to him.

      July 3, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  10. Just Saying

    Many in America Pray for obama too. My favorite prayer is out of the book of Psalms.

    Ps 109:8 May his days be few; let another take his office.

    Most Americans stand with you Israel, even if the current administration doesn’t.

    July 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • Olu Parosia

      Psalms 109 the lyrics of a song by David probably when he was persecuted by Saul. It opens with David sad that people are saying things about him that are not true. So he begins to curse the liars. I have done significant amount of information processing(have a masters degree) and have come to realize an information bearing statement has a weigthed rating of truth. If you think carefully, you would begin to get some idea of the rating of truth in a statement. The Psalm applies to those who hate others and lie about them. Think carefully if this applies to Obama?, if it does not, then the Psalm applies to you!

      July 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
    • Kampung Highlander

      my favorite is "yeh though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, not even Karl Rove.

      July 3, 2010 at 6:34 am |
    • Matt

      I like how Just Saying is ignorant enough to say that most Americans stand by Israel. Most Americans realize not every Arab person is responsible for 9/11, and everyone deserves to not worry about shelter, or where their next meal will come from, etc. America stands behind Israel only when it acts as a citizen of the world, otherwise when its a monster, like lately, then they are alone.

      July 6, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  11. Bob Hill

    " I will put a stumbling block in Jerulsalem"..God. You cann't take religion out of the conflict. It is a religous war for all the Land. If the God of Israel is greater than Allah ...the outcome is curtain. Build Israel. Not one inch to Jewkillers!

    July 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • Ibrahim/Musa and Ishaq

      You Idiot.

      1. Are you talking about the God Of Abraham of the Golden Veal? Allah is the God of Abraham and is greatest then Your Golden Veal.

      2. Muslims Had more then a thousand year to 'Kill' Jews. and you are a proof, they didn't.

      July 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |

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