Abigail Wolfer Asks Gidon Questions – February 18, 2024

Jewish-Christian Relations in Israel
Gidon shared his experiences as a Jewish man from New York who lived in Israel and currently resides in an Orthodox community in Judea and Samaria. He expressed his interest in Christians who show love for Israel, noting that this was a departure from the norm in his community. Gidon also mentioned his friend, Rabbi Itzhak Shapira, who is both Jewish and Christian. He emphasized that he is not afraid to engage with Christians, choosing to relate to them as interesting individuals rather than a threat. Gidon also touched on the sensitive topic of Jews who believe in Jesus, indicating that this is a controversial subject among Jews.

Religious Relationships and Trust
Gidon discussed his relationships with Christians, expressing that while some found his interactions peculiar, he was comfortable navigating these relationships as long as he maintained his personal beliefs. He emphasized the importance of trust and mutual respect in these interactions. He also shared his approach to discussing potentially contentious topics, preferring to build relationships first before delving into more sensitive subjects. Abigail agreed with his sentiments. Gidon concluded this topic by stating his willingness to engage with anyone who regards Jesus as spiritually significant.

Torah Teaching and Embassy Discussion
Gidon and Abigail discussed their mutual friend, Rabbi Shapira, who is focused on teaching Torah to Christians and non-Jews. Gidon mentioned that Rabbi Shapira does not actively seek to convert Jews, and that he believes it’s important to share knowledge about Torah. Gidon also shared that he had met with Rabbi Shapira in Jerusalem and had a lengthy discussion with him. Abigail asked about a book written by Rabbi Shapira, which Gidon confirmed he had read, although he had some questions about it.

Global Christian Indigenous Networks Supporting Israel
Gidon and Abigail discussed the widespread Christian indigenous tribes around the world, including in North America, Australia, South America, and Africa. They highlighted the existence of a network of pro-Israel Christian indigenous groups, which was founded by a woman named Dr Sheree Trotter, possibly from Australia or New Zealand. Gidon mentioned his connection with Chief Joseph and Dr. Laralyn Riverwind, who are part of a tribe originally from Puerto Rico and are known for their strong support for Israel.

ICEJ and Indigenous Christian Embassy in Israel
Gidon discussed the establishment of an indigenous Christian Embassy in Israel, modeled after the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem. He mentioned that the embassy is currently at the Friends of Zion Museum and expressed excitement about its future plans. Gidon also shared about the annual convention of the ICEJ, which has branches worldwide, and the enthusiasm of its members for Israel. Abigail showed interest in learning more about the ICEJ. Gidon encouraged those unfamiliar with the ICEJ to explore it further.

Hostage Situation and Rescue Efforts
Abigail and Gidon then went on to discuss the ongoing situation with the hostages, with Gidon sharing updates that there are approximately 135 hostages, some related to each other. He also mentioned the resignation of Ronen Tzur, chairperson of the Hostage Families Committee, due to disagreements. Gidon stressed the need to keep the situation non-political and focused on rescue. They commended a recent successful rescue operation by the Israeli military, noting the deliverance of two older hostages. However, they pointed out an issue where medicines intended for the hostages were not delivered.

Strategy and Trauma: Dealing With Hamas Members
Gidon outlined a strategy for dealing with Hamas members, emphasizing the importance of rescuing hostages. Abigail expressed concern over the propaganda and lies surrounding the situation, emphasizing Israel’s historical and religious significance and its legal rights to the land. They also discussed the trauma experienced by hostages and their families.

Telegram vs Whatsapp Information Updates
Abigail brought up Amir Tsarfati, a popular source of information on Telegram, and asked for Gidon’s opinion. Gidon shared that he prefers to rely on a Whatsapp group that provides updates twice a day. Gidon also mentioned that he doesn’t have the time to constantly check Sarfati’s updates. Abigail pointed out that Sarfati’s updates can be accessed without a Telegram account and that he also sends out updates via email.

Importance of Accessing Primary Sources
Abigail and Gidon discussed the importance of accessing primary sources of information. Abigail expressed interest in platforms that allow the posting of content that might be censored elsewhere, while Gidon shared about subscribing to the Israeli Government Press Office’s email releases for firsthand information. The discussion concluded with Gidon expressing openness to further questions from Abigail and others.

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