Israel Publication Kind to Messianics
Charismamag.com, Paul Steven Giringhelli, February 20, 2019
In a recent analysis of Messianic Jews, a Jerusalem Post columnist said he found that Israelis, by and large, do not have negative feelings toward believers in Jesus.
Christian leaders were pleased this week to learn of a feature-length story that recently appeared in a Jerusalem Postpublication giving fair treatment to Israel's Messianic community. The minority religious group had been increasingly harassed last year by Orthodox Jewish groups, according to the U.S. State Department.
"With the upturn in persecution of all believers [in Israel] by the traditional religious circles, I was not expecting this secular Israeli columnist to write such a wonderfully fair article about the believers in Israel," Israel Prayer founder Donna Diorio wrote in a newsletter to supporters after reading "Jesus for Jews," a cover story written by secular columnist Larry Derfner in the magazine section of the Jerusalem Post.
Derfner's piece, published last Friday, dispelled many myths traditionally held about Messianic believers by the Israeli population.
"Messianic Jews have a terrible name in this country," Derfner wrote. "Israelis who don't know any of them personally tend to be afraid of them. The community is widely viewed as a secretive cult that picks off vulnerable Jews and converts them to Christianity.