Blair Ducks MK Question about Jewish State Blair Ducks MK Question about Jewish State Israeli parliamentarians were reportedly furious December 12 when former British Prime Minister Tony Blair refused to answer a question directed at him about Palestinian Liberation Organization [PLO] Chairman Mahmoud Abbas\' [Abu Mazen’s] recently reiterated refusal to recognize Israel as a JEWISH state. While the PLO has consistently held to its refusal to acknowledge and agree to Israel being a Jewish state, it began to more blatantly and vociferously express this position in the week before last month\'s Annapolis conference. And it has repeated its position since. Blair, who is in Israel in his new role as special envoy on behalf of the so-called Quartet of world powers, was addressing the Knesset [Parliament] Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee when one of its members, Likud MK Limor Livnat, questioned him on the issue. "Members of the committee were furious when Blair did not answer," reported the leftist daily, Haaretz. The international community is widely understood to agree with the Arab point of view that there should be no Jewish state per se, but that the Jews who live in the Middle East should agree to being citizens of a one-man-one-vote state. By contrast, the Jews who founded Israel believed, as does virtually the entire nation as it exists today, that a Jewish state is essential if they are to survive as a people in this almost universally anti-Jewish world. (By Stan Goodenough, Jerusalem Newswire, December 12, 2007) http://www.jnewswire.com/article/2264 Prayer Focus Pray that the peace plans being promoted by world leaders will be openly discussed, in honesty and with integrity. Pray Israel will not surrender to the mounting pressure but will stand on the promises of the Word. Scripture “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 20:1).