Israeli tourism officials announced this week that they plan on turning Tel Aviv into the gay capital of the world.
Tel Aviv is known throughout the world as “The White City” due to the many Bauhaus-style structures that adorn its streets, but the city may soon be called “The Pink City,” as tourism industry heads are planning on transforming the city into the gay capital of the world, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
“Tel Aviv and gay people are a perfect fit,” an Israel Hotel Association (IHA) official said. The idea was born when IHA Director-General Eli Ziv visited London recently to participate in the 2005 World Travel Market exhibition.
During the exhibition Ziv met with representatives of the homo-lesbian travel industry, and discovered an audience that would travel just about anywhere for a good party, even to the Middle East. “The gay community has amazing consumer power, and Tel Aviv has a lot to offer to this community,” Ziv explained. “We have the beach, sun, culture, and nightclubs. To our knowledge, gays are capable of hopping on a plane and traveling to the other side of the world just to participate in parties and events that are related to the gay community.”
Tourism Ministry Director-General Eli Cohen said he would offer any financial assistance necessary to turn Tel Aviv into the gay capital of the world, and he is not alone: TUI, Europe’s largest tourism conglomerate, has recently decided to offer charter flights to Tel Aviv. Israeli tourism officials said they believe the decision would facilitate the travel of thousands of gays to the country.
During the biblical period, the coastal area of modern day Israel was inhabited by the Philistines, while the Israelites lived in the hilly regions. The cultic practices of the Philistines included temple prostitution, noted for its debauchery, and the worship of multiple gods. In contrast, the children of Israel worshipped one God and were given a code of ethics, called the Torah (Gen.-Deut.). In the Torah, homosexual activity was forbidden. Interestingly, In Israel today, the more liberal, secular society tends to live in the coastal areas, and the more Torah observant live in the inland and more hilly areas, just as in days of old.
There is a fight on for the soul of Israel and the Jewish people. The largest divide between the Jewish people is the one between secular and religious. This can be seen in all areas of society-from politics, to neighborhood disputes, schools, and army service. Approximately 60% of the Jewish population consider themselves secular.
God is calling on His people to turn to Him, but many are not listening. Instead, they rely on their own wisdom and seemingly worship the gods of secular humanism, materialism, and hedonism.
The Bible-believing, Torah observant, religious segment of society, which comprises about 40% of the Jewish population, are praying for their nation to be a holy nation that follows the ways of God. They frequently sponsor prayer rallies and speak out in favor of righteousness, on a wide variety of issues.
When we read reports such as this, we as Bible-believing Christians should not be idle. I encourage you to write letters to the Minister of Tourism protesting this move to make Tel Aviv the gay capital of the world. Christians are the largest group of tourists to Israel, the Land of the Bible and the cradle of our faith. Israel does not want to lose our business. We need to let the Israeli authorities know that as Christians we are coming to the Holy Land, and we object to this un-holy action.
The Minister of Tourism
5 Bank Israel St.
(By Rebecca Brimmer, President and CEO of Bridges for Peace, November 25, 2005)
Pray that this action will be blocked. Pray urgently that God will work in the hearts of the people, and that they will embrace Him and His ways.
“For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations” (Ezekiel 36:24-31).
I really don’t know what to say…