Recent Events in Israel with Gidon Ariel and Mark Cornelius
Gidon and Mark discussed recent events in Israel, including a military action where the IDF released one of the hostages. They also recorded a conversation for Mark’s podcast, “People of the Land,” and touched upon various topics related to Israel’s geography, politics, and recent violence. Gidon expressed his distress over the recurring terror attacks and rising number of casualties, while Mark expressed empathy and support for Gidon and his people. They also discussed their belief in the importance of finding joy and praying for peace and protection for Israel and its soldiers.
Israel Military Action and Hostage Release
Gidon and Mark discussed recent events in Israel, focusing on a military action where the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released one of the hostages. Gidon reported that the hostage had been liberated, and likely some terrorists were killed on the way.
Israel Travel and News
Mark and his wife had made multiple trips to Israel, where they interviewed a variety of people from different walks of life. Due to travel restrictions in 2020 because of Covid-19, they were unable to return.
Geographical Discussion on West Bank Community
Gidon and Mark discussed the geographical location of Gidon’s community in relation to other regions of Israel. Gidon clarified that his community is situated in the center of the lower section of the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria. Gidon further explained the division of land in Israel, mentioning the Sinai Peninsula and the Mediterranean coast. Mark suggested that the audience refer to a map of Israel for a better understanding.
Terror Attacks in Israel: Impact and Experience
Mark and Gidon discussed the impact of the last three weeks on them. Gidon, who is from Israel, expressed his distress over the recurring terror attacks, which have led to the loss of life, though he tries to maintain calm. He also shared his personal experience during one of the attacks, which occurred during a holiday while he was visiting his son’s community. A terror attack was announced during a morning prayer, causing distress among the community.
Escalating Violence: Preparing for Conflict
Gidon discussed the recent escalation in violence in the region, with hundreds killed and many kidnapped. Gidon also mentioned the rising number of casualties and the threat posed by over 2,000 terrorists who infiltrated the area on October 7. He emphasized the gravity of the situation, noting the unprecedented number of people kidnapped in such a short period. He concluded by expressing disbelief at the scale of the abductions, many of whom are not Israeli citizens.
Global Support and Hamas Demonstrations
He expressed his distress over the lack of global support and the prevalence of Hamas demonstrations. Mark expressed his empathy and support for Gidon and his people, stating that they are not forsaken and are being supported and loved. Mark asked for Gidon’s prayers for the hostages, to which Gidon agreed.
Gaza Hostage Situation Discussed
Gidon and Mark discussed the situation of 239 hostages in Gaza, with Gidon expressing his belief that some of them might have been killed even before they were moved to their final hiding place. He mentioned that five hostages have been released so far, indicating that others might still be alive. Gidon also shared that the hostages are believed to be held in the terror tunnels built by Hamas, which are designed to withstand bombings. Gidon and Mark also shared their experiences of living in Israel and New York respectively, with Gidon highlighting the necessity of safe rooms in their homes due to the threat of rocket attacks.
Joy, Prayer, and Interfaith Engagement
Mark and Gidon discussed the importance of finding joy, particularly for the Jewish and Christian populations who live and celebrate together. Mark also introduced Gidon as a rabbi who is passionate about studying the word and leading the Root Source platform for pro-Israel Christians and Jews to engage with each other. Towards the end, they discussed their shared belief in the importance of prayer and planned to explore this further.
Religious Discussion on the Israel Situation
Mark and Gidon had a religious discussion about the situation in Israel. Gidon highlighted the role of the IDF as a defender of Judeo-Christian values and expressed concern about the cultural battle being fought. The conversation ended with a call to prayer and action to address the escalating situation in Israel.
Contacts and Awareness
Gidon and Mark discussed their contact details and agreed to stay in touch. Gidon shared his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, and his website, www.Root-Source.com, and encouraged anyone listening to reach out to him. They also discussed the importance of spreading awareness about current events and their impact on the world. Gidon asked Mark to send him a link to their discussion, which he planned to include in his weekly newsletter. Mark also shared his recent book, “Believement,” and a video series called “Watchman on the Wall” with Gidon, who expressed interest in learning more about them.