This is the second post on Ari Bussel’s experience at the first Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem October 15-18, 2017. Note though this is Ari’s third submission. I did not post the second submission. This first post can be read HERE.
The Gospel of Jerusalem – Last but not Least (First Christian Media Summit) Part 2 (on this blog)
By Ari Bussel
Sent 10/28/2017 10:55 AM
Dear Friends of Zion and Jerusalem,
Dear Colleagues in the Christian Media,
It is said, that we save the best for last.
Indeed, take a peek, and see some of us seated at the President’s welcoming room.
The staff person who granted us permission and stayed to supervise us explained, that the President sits on the right, the other head of state on the left.
So we took turns taking pictures, and ever since, I was trying to identify this very room in press pictures of visitors of dignitaries.
It turns out that Israel is a hub on the global map, and numerous world leaders arrive here regularly, possibly more than to any other destination around the world. No wonder we were only granted an hour, and were requested to put our phones away (the President does not like it apparently).
None of the pictures from press releases of the last few days is from this room, which leads me to believe that “we have seen nothing yet,” and that there are numerous other receiving halls under different names and guises in the President’s Mansion.
One thing I would greatly urge the organizers for future summits is the following request:
If only the President had spent some time greeting us individually, the representatives of the various Christian media outlets from more than three dozen countries around the world.
The President could have taken a few minutes to pass through the center and side aisles and say individual “SHALOM” to us. Here Frank who gave him a book, there Susan with her Children’s book – Why is Great-Grandma so Sad? (both books about the Holocaust). And we all wanted a picture – a picture with the President of the Jewish State of Israel!
This would have been more memorable likely than the entire speech, that was disseminated to the foreign press about an hour after it took place. The speech we could read, but to meet the Tenth President of the Jewish State of Israel is a different story altogether!
It is the personal touch – Israel saying “THANK YOU, DEAR FRIEND.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
THANK YOU FOR WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ALMIGHTY
THANK YOU FOR SPENDING THE TIME AND EFFORT TO COME HERE – MANY ON THEIR VERY FIRST VISIT
MAKE IT A HABIT – COME AGAIN AND AGAIN
WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT
WE CHERISH YOUR FRIENDSHIP
WE MIGHT LOOK ROUGH ON THE OUTSIDE, VOCAL, OPINIONATED,
BUT OUR HEART IS THAT OF GOLD, WARM AND CARING
AND WE ARE “THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYE”
IT IS A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY
AND WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE
THUS WE COUNT AND DEPEND ON YOUR SUPPORT
IN BAD DAYS AND IN WORSE
IN DAYS OF JOY AND GREAT HAPPINESS
WE – THE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PEOPLE –
ARE A FAMILY
FOR WE ALL SERVE THE SAME GOD THE ALMIGHTY,
YES, THE GOD OF ISRAEL
AND WHEN WE SOUND THE CRY OF “HEAR O ISRAEL”
IT IS DESIGNED TO THE EARS OF THE JEWS
OF OUR BRETHREN THE CHRISTIANS
AND TO THE EXCLUSIVE ATTENTION OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY
YOU HAVE DONE WELL
FAITHFUL SERVANTS OF THE LORD
FOR THE WORK HAS ONLY BEGUN
AND FAITH WITHOUT ACTION, AS YOU KNOW, IS OF NO VALUE
STAND IN UNISON
AND WE ARE HERE TO SAY
(YOU SEE, YOU ALL DO SPEAK HEBREW,
FOR HALLEJUJAH MEANS “PRAISE THE LORD!”)
AND REMEMBER – YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS!
SHALOM, dear friends, from Zion Jerusalem!
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[Blog Editor: Not all emailed are displayed due to repetitiveness. Sorry Ari.]
At the President’s Mansion, Jerusalem, Israel
Note the official symbol of the State of Israel – in the center the Menorah with seven lamps, on either side an olive branch and the word Israel underneath (chosen and entered into law in 1949)
Working on the Israeli-Syrian border, extending help to the real refugees and needy of the Syrian civil-war:
Israel’s First President, Chaim Weizmann
Israel’s Ninth President, Shimon Peres, a dreamer
Mike Evans and the Dutch contingency
“We knew President Navon”
Dreaming, thinking big and doing what no one has done before
Now looking into the future
For – as my father says – it is always the “repeat order,” not the initial placement of a product that counts!
“A Blessing, I will lead us in a blessing!”
“Cousins” from across the Pond – US and UK
The artworks adorning the walls are indeed “museum quality:” They are on loan from the Israel Museum
Line up, please, quickly, get ready:
Note the nine-lamp Chanukah Menorah on the right, and compare with the Menorah on the State emblem (seven-lamp – as was inside the Temple and whose work was considered more important than the sacrifices)
Zechariah Chapter 4 זְכַרְיָה
(to be continued … [Ari Bussel])
Blog Editor: Ari wrote “to be continued”. That is a maybe if the next email submission is as erudite as this one rather than repetitive. Just in case, you can email Ari and I am confident he will send you all the updates related to his experience at the First Christian Media Summit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited by John R. Houk
Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.
© Ari Bussel
Ari Bussel Bio via Saybrex International
Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.
Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.
Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.
Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.
Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.
Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford … READ THE REST