Shocking case of Israeli believers targeted by efforts to revoke their citizenship
Because of their religious beliefs, Ariel and Shayla Hyde, a young married couple from Haifa, are two among many in Israel and abroad who find themselves targets of what amounts to a discrimination campaign by Israel’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) to protect the nation from Messianic Jews.
Ariel’s parents, Richard and Carolyn Hyde, are also longtime targets of a religiously motivated quest by the Ministry of Interior to deport them, and more recently, Ariel’s brother, Avi, and his wife, Liora.
Historically controlled by Shas, a small, ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious political party in Israel, but one which wields much power, the MOI regularly employs arbitrary administrative bullying and quasi-legal maneuvering to obstruct aliyah (immigration to Israel) and deny citizenship to those who do not share their rabbinically held beliefs. In some cases, they also attempt to revoke the existing legal citizen status of family members of those targeted, although, up until now, unsuccessfully.
“In a democratic country, citizens shouldn’t have to fear being stripped of their citizenship,” declares a Haaretz editorial from Dec. 26, 2017.
“Law-abiding people shouldn’t have to fear routine encounters with government agencies,” the editorial continues. “Yet every year, thousands of Israelis are dragged into unfair battles with the Interior Ministry, which has turned its bureaucracy into a a weapon of ultimate power which seeks to disenfranchise citizens and legal residents of whom they don’t approve with the creation of unjustified reasons for the Israel to reassess their citizenship.
“Israelis who have sought to acquire legal status in Israel for their foreign (and non-Jewish) spouses have sometimes found their own citizenship called into question. Instead of examining such requests on their merits and granting the spouses of Israeli citizens appropriate legal status, the state has exploited this bureaucratic encounter to threaten these citizens.”
None seem more threatened than the Hyde family. The common theme behind the MOI’s efforts: The Hydes are believing, Messianic Jews.
“After some Messianic Jews have already immigrated to Israel, the Ministry of Interior can refuse to renew their passports, refuse to register their newly born children, and in extreme cases (although it has yet to happen) revoke their citizenship,” Michael Decker, lawyer and partner at Cohen, Decker, Pex & Brosh, writes in The Law of Return with a Focus on Christians and Messianic Jews.
“In essence, the above mentioned situation reveals an illegal alliance between a governmental office that is obligated to operate in a non-discriminative, legal and equal manner and between fundamental religious groups, their core values being to advance their main objectives of preventing Jews from believing in ways different from theirs.”
Ariel and his parents moved to Israel and became citizens in 2003. Two years later Ariel met his future wife, Shayla, and they married in 2008. After Ariel finished college in the United States (both he and Shayla are American citizens), they returned to Israel to live in 2010, promptly submitting to the Ministry of Interior (MOI) all paperwork required for Shayla to obtain Israeli citizenship.
Israeli law provides that a non-citizen spouse of an Israeli citizen who meets all other legal requirements be granted citizenship after a four-and-a-half-year waiting period. Though Ariel and Shayla have lived here together for eight years and now have three young children (with a fourth expected in August), the MOI has not only denied Shayla’s application but has also recently informed the couple of its intent to revoke Ariel’s citizenship, effectively forcing them to leave Israel.
Ariel has served honorably in the IDF. Neither he, his parents, Shayla nor any of their children or siblings have broken any Israeli law. The Hyde family’s sole crime, it seems, is that they are Messianic Jews. They are not considered Jews at all, in the eyes of the Shas party who controls the Ministry of Interior, and therefore not entitled to live as citizens of Israel.
The late Moshe Landau, the fifth president of Israel’s Supreme Court, had this to say about religious freedom in Israel: “Every person in Israel enjoys freedom of conscience, of belief, of religion, and of worship. This freedom is guaranteed to every person in every enlightened, democratic regime, and therefore it is guaranteed to every person in Israel. It is one of the fundamental principles upon which the State of Israel is based.” (Freedom of Religion In Israel)
Then there are the broad, unrestrictive and welcoming words of the prophet, Ezekiel, with whom Shas and the MOI are likely to be more familiar, describing the future inhabitants of the modern Jewish homeland:
“For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:24-26
But the Shas party, with under 6 percent representation in the Israel Knesset, has somehow become inordinately empowered to dictate who shall and shall not be part of the people of Israel, and continues with impunity to fly in the face of fairness, decency and legality as well as the words of the prophets.
How can this be tolerated in a democratic state?
How can Jews, of all people, deny the legal rights of other Jews given their centuries-long history of injustice and suffering at the hands of others.
Among the many collections of artifacts on display at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem are the harvested shoes of countless Jewish victims of profound injustice. The shoes lay in heaps, unsorted. We cannot know who among their former owners were Ashkenazi or Sephardi or whether or how faithfully they followed Jewish law.
At the end of Ariel and Shayla’s last judicial hearing, Ariel spoke out.
“Usually, in Israel, defendants don’t speak to the judge it’s just the lawyers,” he told Kehila News. “But I asked at the end if I could address the court. When granted permission I told them that in Psalm 94 it says, judgment will return to righteousness.”
“As you’ve heard, the way the Ministry of Interior has been handling this is far from righteous. It’s in your hands to return the judgment here to righteousness,” he told the court. “And it ended up that was the last thing spoken at the meeting.”
At the end, the judge declined to grant the MOI additional time to consider revocation of Ariel’s citizenship but, instead, established guidelines for moving ahead with Shayla’s case. Shortly afterwards, however, apparently contradicting his first ruling (as well as ignoring the Israeli Vice Attorney General’s guidelines which, in part, establish that the MOI has no authority to revoke Israeli citizenship which has been valid for over ten years), the judge granted the MOI additional time to deliberate and 14 more days to present their claims against Ariel.
Since then, the Ministry of Interior officially opted to revoke Ariel’s citizenship though they have failed to present their evidence within the specified deadline, thus, again, failing to obey the court and continuing to leave Ariel and Shayla Hyde in limbo.
Once the MOI complies, the couple will have a short time to respond and the court will then either rule based upon the information at hand or order yet another hearing. “We’ve expected a final response in this process at any moment for the last several years,” Ariel said.
And so continues the harassment and uncertainty of the Hydes and many others whom Shas hopes to banish from Israel.
At a subsequent court hearing, characterized by the Hydes as “sudden,” the presiding judge accepted the Ministry of Interior’s proposal to grant Shayla permanent residency while the MOI continues to attempt to revoke the citizenship status of Ariel and his parents. This despite the fact that, as noted in the story, their efforts lie outside applicable guidelines established by the Israeli Vice Attorney General.
It may seem reasonable, at first glance, to allow the courts to continue to work through the Ministry’s cause, but a recent ruling by Tel Aviv District Court Judge Varda Meroz seems to put the process to shame. Haaretz.com reported in 2012 that Judge Meroz declined to strip the citizenship of a convicted bus bomber, Mohammed Mafarja, whose crimes include attempted murder and aiding the enemy during Operation Pillar of Defense.
“Revoking [citizenship] is reserved for extreme cases,” she ruled. “Mafarja’s case, despite its severity, doesn’t fall within the bounds of such cases.”
How can it be reasonably argued that making videos and expressing one’s faith is more “extreme” than attempted murder?
Ariel and Shayla plan to appeal their case to the District Court. “The Ministry of Interior asked for the appeal to be erased,” Ariel told Kehila News, “as if they had adequately responded and justice was done, but our lawyer demanded [that] the judge…make an official ruling… Thankfully, he agreed, which means that we will be able to appeal it to the District Court.”
The Hyde’s attorney told them afterward that, if they had won the case at the current level, it would have set a limited precedent. “But now that it is apparently going up to a higher court, if we win at that level, it will set a precedent for many believers in Israel, hampering the Ministry of Interior’s efforts to revoke others’ citizenship. So we believe that what the enemy meant for evil, God will turn for good.”
Cliff Keller lives in Jerusalem, Israel with his wife, Marcia after making Aliyah in the spring of 2011 from the United States. His most recent novel is a work of historical biblical fiction entitled The Lion or The Lamb: Samson Ruth and Salvation. Cliff also blogs at Standing by the Gate and has a writing website, goodStories.
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PRAYER ALERT: Update and prayer request for Israeli evangelist Damkani
Below is update and request for prayer posted on Facebook by Elisheva, Jacob Damkani’s wife, on July 24, 2018. Damkani underwent a dangerous heart surgery in the beginning of July.
Dear friends, shalom
Please forgive me for letting you wait. This time it took me longer to sort all my thoughts and feelings and to put them into words. Jacob didn’t wake up as I, many of us, had hoped, believed.
What can I say?
Did I not have enough faith? Did I not pray according to His will? Did I pray in a wrong way?
I know that the Lords wants our faith, He wants it for Him to act… but I also know that He doesn’t need our faith at all in order to do what He wants to do. He would be very powerless if what He did was limited to our faith. He is bigger than that!
At times I simply don’t know what exactly His will is and honestly, I never pray good enough. I am eternally thankful that He does not limit Himself or punish me because of my incompleteness! So thankful!
Yes, I see many examples in the Bible where faith is the key to miracles, but I also see that the Lord honours small faith, incomplete faith…
Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” Mark 9:24
…the Lord healed this father’s boy!
Yes, I had faith that Jacob would wake up on Tisha beAv. A few times he has almost made it, he almost came out, to the surface (it does look a bit as if he is diving deep and slowly coming up to get his head above the water. And then he stops, just a few millimetres before he is out).
And then, after another big effort of trying hard to wake up he is so exhausted and seems to collect strength again, sleeping deeply…
Was I disappointed? In a way, yes.
Did I lose hope? No!
Am I still believing for a miracle (which becomes bigger and will bring more glory to our Almighty God with every hour that passes and Jacob is still sleeping). Yes, I am!
I know that the Lord is a good God. A merciful God. And I know that He has a perfect plan for our lives. For Jacob’s life, for mine and for all of your lives. That doesn’t change because of a prayer not answered or rather, answered differently.
For a few days already Jacob is stable. His body is becoming stronger, the chest they have opened a few times heals, he overcame that fever; his lungs, his liver, kidneys, heart… they all do their work well. Two weeks ago some doctors said this would not be happening. But God…!
They often allow me to stay longer than only half an hour now, which is great, often it takes quite a while to reach Jacob, his spirit, his soul. I am thankful for those wonderful nurses that do their very best for us. May God bless them richly for everything they do and renew their strength daily, and most important: may He give them faith, saving faith!
So, please, let’s take a deep breath, thank the Lord for who He is, for His love and mercy, for all the good things and miracles He does in our lives, and let’s thank Him for the things we don’t understand (yet), since they also come from His loving heart, let’s gird our loins (that’s one of Jacob’s favourite expressions) for the good fight that continues. We should not and will not question our amazing God in His doing. He knows what He is doing. His thoughts are so much higher than ours.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
Beloved friends, thank you for holding on to our Almighty God – in full faith and no matter what is happening in our lives,
He is good, all the time!
Much love to you
The text on the picture below is in German… A dear friend has sent it to me today. It is so true…
Why we pray
We don’t pray to inform God –
That would mean He doesn’t know anything.
We don’t pray to motivate God –
That would mean, He doesn’t want.
We don’t pray to activate God –
That would mean He can’t.
Instead we pray
because we need the conversation
with our Father
to lay our will into His will. S. Kettling
The Kehila News Staff is a team of Israeli believers in Yeshua.
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You look like a Ruth
“You look like a Ruth!” Hermana shouted through her car’s open window to her Jordanian friend, who stood at the King Hussein crossing point with a sheaf of white wheat.
Briskilla threw her gorgeous black curls back and laughed heartily, stating, “Your discernment is accurate. If only you knew why I was here.” Hermana’s comment had struck a chord, as Briskilla has been spending hours in the story of Ruth and Naomi, yearning to see a modern version of this co-operation.
She was born in Jordan and was taught by her father from a young age to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and bless the family of Abraham. Her heart was always full with love for the Hebrew nation, so she wanted the nations to realize that the Hebrew family is a part of theirs. Briskilla believes that Israel needs to see Jordan and the Arab peoples as family, and that we cannot be restored without each other’s help. But for now, she crossed the Rift in prayer for her people’s part.
Unknown to us at that point, the crossing over, the Hebrewism which I spoke of in my previous post, started that day, when Hermana picked her up.
That visit to Israel (on March) was brief. Her goal: to wave sheaves of wheat
over the fields of Beit Lehem and pray for the old bread to be replaced with a fresh one
Hermana gave her a copy of my book – “His Faces” [see “His Faces” ]. I wrote it to recruit gentiles to their position as a modern Ruth on behalf of the modern Naomi, as she is making her way back to the House of Bread and to a renewed relationship with her Redeemer.
Hermana with her constant big smile
Briskilla read a portion of the book, and knew we must meet before she leaves. A couple of days later we met. Sitting across the table from her felt like talking to my spiritual mirror. This was my first impression after spending a long morning with her. Some of the vocabulary and imagery she uses when speaking about God’s Kingdom is pretty similar to the one He uses with me – the Tabernacle, Ruth, Naomi, Altar, Table of Shewbread…
She was surprised and humbled when I heard some of the insights she gleaned from the book of Ruth. I thought I knew it so well, but listening to her made me realize I only understood Naomi’s side of the story. My Zionist bones are so full of sympathy towards Naomi’s exile and I have gained much understanding of her sorrow, estrangement from God, her bitterness and widowhood. However Briskilla brought a new angle to the table. She explained Ruth’s heart, the heart of a “foreign” daughter who is eager to serve her Israelite mother-in-law (even to the point of allowing her to “use” her womb) and feel welcomed in the House of Bread.
It only then occurred to me that had Ruth lived today, she would be a Jordanian. She would even look like Briskilla. Writing it now embarrasses me a bit, but up to that morning in the restaurant I never thought of the Arab Ruths. Whenever I talked or shared about her, she was always a Westerner.
Back to our first meeting in the restaurant
When we started speaking about travelling to Jordan together, Briskilla could already envision how that could create a platform for healing – not only at a personal level but also between the two people groups. But I was still in the “Marah” mode, focusing on the symbolic healing I wanted to carry on behalf of my wounded nation, by going into “exile” and journeying back. I could not even see how Jordan would benefit from that.
Briskilla wanted a few more prophetic sisters to join us. I didn’t care how many Ruths will be there to hold my hand or pray with me, as long as this journey would be launched. So this is how Rania (from Nazareth), Jesura (Jerusalem), Tian Jie (China) and Hermana (Migdal) joined and formed the team.
We started working on the details. We knew there aren’t any specific locations mentioned in the book of Ruth, besides the fields of Moab and the final destination – Beit Lehem. Checking what the Bible teaches about the region, it became clear that we have to include Jacob’s journey to Canaan on his way back from Laban. Thus we added Gilead, the passage of Jabok and Peniel to our list.
Mount Nebo, Aman, Medaba, Tishbi – these too were must see locations. Petra? Na, not on this trip, we decided.
A map of Israel and Jordan with which we made our plans.
In black are the Biblical names of the sites; red is the modern ones.
It took a few weeks to figure out the dates. Brisklilla was to fly in from TX, Tian Jie from China. Finally the trip was settled for May 15-22.
“We are in a God moment”, said Briskilla, and everyone involved understood this.
Other than that…
This journey was so deep and multi layered, that it will take a few posts to cover. I don’t really think I can cover it all, but I will certainly try to share with you some of the depth of this experience, and the meaningful change it brings into my life.
In the meantime, I continue with the usual ministry: teaching, ministering in small groups, planning another Tabernacle Seminar to English speaking tourists, working with holocaust survivors, etc.
This Monday I will join the youth ministry of Streams in the Desert, who work among broken families in the southern region of Israel. About 50 teenagers (most of them from Messianic homes, although not all are born again. Majority come from broken homes) will attend a 4 days’ camp, where I will be teaching the team and kids to forgive.
The title this year is “Secret Weapon”. The program includes a lot of fun, but also two short slots for teaching each day. I am not just going to teach it, but hopefully equip them with this Secret Weapon. We want them to see how God uses suffering to mold us, and that their battles are a language that carries a spiritual message from the Throne Room. We pray that they will be doers, not just hearers. That they will choose to repent and forgive, versus remain victims of someone else’s choices.
Before the kids arrive on Wednesday I will have two days with the team, and in between all the many preparations each one of them has to do, I will train the (almost 40!!!) team members to use this great weapon, so they can testify later to the kids about the breakthroughs they saw once they chose to forgive.
We have a great prayer support throughout this program. There will be at least 10 intercessors with us, praying over every child and team member, every detail and need. This is my 3rd year with this youth camp, and I have seen the clear difference the prayer team creates. I am excited to see God’s hand again moving before our own eyes.
This article originally appeared on Ot OoMofet Ministries, July 14, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Orna, born and raised in Israel, is a lover of books, and especially The Book. She is fascinated with the Hebrew language and with the God who created the world through the mere expression of Hebrew words. In 2003 she established Ot OoMofet Ministries (Hebrew for “A sign and Example”), whose main focus is turning stories of brokenness and hardships into stories of victory. Besides ministering to the broken hearted in Israel, she now teaches worldwide about the widowhood of Israel, the role the church plays in its restoration and on a variety of other subjects.
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My life and the Gospel Revolution
“Arabs are the enemy”. That was my reality as a child growing up in a small, religious Jewish settlement in the West Bank, surrounded by olive trees and Arab villages. I was forcefully thrown into complex political struggles – it was all around me, in the news, in the streets, at kindergarten and at school. As kids growing up in this region, you are never sheltered from the concept of war and death, and your childlike view of a safe and a loving world fades away with every new attack.
As we were passing by an Arab village on our way to a big city, I would stare through the car window, and the foreign curly letters on the signs terrified me. But the sound of the Arabic language was what scared me the most. First of all because I couldn’t understand it, it was the unknown, and because of the connotations it had with the explosions and the shootings, and the rocks flying towards us on the roads, and of friends that were killed.
I felt as if I, as a part of the Jewish people, was deeply hated, but it all seemed so natural and normal because it reminded me of the biblical stories, where the Israeli people were always hated and attacked everywhere they went. For me it was the natural continuum of our existence.
But all that was about to change.
God according to the Bible vs God according to the rabbis
The thing that didn’t make any sense for me as a young child was the contradictory way that God was presented in the biblical stories versus the way the rabbis had presented him in the Talmud. In the bible I met the Great God of Israel, a brave, loving, loyal warrior. The Jewish religious books, on the other hand, painted a picture of a cold, robot-like, stubborn and distant God. One who wouldn’t think twice before striking you with a lightning bolt for daring to rip a piece of toilet paper on Shabbat, or for dropping your prayer book.
I admired the God of the Bible with all my heart. I wanted to follow him like Abraham did, I wanted to declare his righteousness out loud like the prophets, and to charge into the battlefield in his name, like King David. but at the same time I was angry at the god that the rabbis presented. How could he expect me to follow all these laws and rules, without even knowing what it feels like to be human, trapped in this rotten, fallen world, and in this corrupt body?
We moved out of the settlement eventually, and as a teenager I realized I didn’t want to pretend that everything was ok anymore, or that I was obeying the Jewish law. It was hypocrisy for me to pretend, and I feared God enough to not play this game with him. And as a teenager I decided to leave religion, but God was still there, a distant character, a name to call out in times of trouble.
Getting to know Jesus
Jesus was a foreign idea to me. A different culture of crosses, crusades and popes. Maybe a guy who had some good ideas that went bad over time. We don’t study about him in school, in a way we deliberately ignore his existence, and we never acknowledge him as one of our own. We would never even consider following him because it will be like betraying the God of the Bible – as distant as he was, God still has a strong grip on the Jewish heart. That type of blind paradoxical loyalty creates a barrier between Jesus and his people.
That barrier crushed into the ground when I read the forbidden chapter in the book of Isaiah for the first time, at the age of 23.
I saw him. I recognised him immediately, and everything made sense.
All the questions I had been asking throughout the years were answered: Jesus knew what it was like to be a human, and he made a way for us to be with him because we couldn’t. He was in my Bible this whole time.
My old thinking patterns were gone, like a blank page, and I started seeing the world through Jesus’ eyes. I wanted to know more and more, so I started my studies at Israel College of the Bible.
I remember my first chapel, during worship, they started playing an Arabic song. All those years of pain, fear, hate and war washed off of me, like old dirty rags with every note they played and every word spoken…
That same language that terrified me so much before was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard.
That is the power of the gospel.
The gospel heals and cleans.
It turns enemies to more than mere friends.
It make us one family.
I joined the media team at One for Israel as a director, editor, and presenter about two years ago, where I could finally combine my two greatest loves in life: theology and media. We are a very small team, and we produce all the videos in our humble little studio here in Netanya.
We do testimonies of Israelis and English-speaking Jews from all over the world who met their Messiah. We also take the most frequently-asked questions and the most common objections against Jesus, and tear them apart one by one in a series of apologetics videos, tackling the arguments from a philosophical, scientific, and biblical perspective.
For me it is much more than just videos, it is the start of the revolution!
You see, for 2000 years the Jewish religious leaders rejected Jesus and hid him from the people. They are the ones with full authority and power, they have the final word and they are the ones who can easily stop the Gospel from being preached in Jewish communities. And throughout history, people claiming to be followers of Jesus made it easy for the rabbis to paint Jesus as the reason for all our troubles as a nation, as a traitor, as a forbidden name that you are not even allowed to pronounce.
But there is one thing that the rabbis have no control over. And that, my friends, is the internet.
It is neutral territory that leaves the gatekeepers powerless, and opens a door that has been sealed for 2000 years.
The revolution in Israel
Israelis nowadays practically live on the internet. They are there, non-stop, 24/7. In fact, Israel is the leading nation when it comes to using YouTube and other social media, second only to Taiwan. The internet has become a land of its own, at the uttermost parts of the earth!
People are watching the videos, and in numbers I wouldn’t have dared to dream of just a few years ago. Israel has around eight million citizens, and our Hebrew-language videos have already reached 18 million views. In total, worldwide, we have been able to reach more than 68 million views.
Now, almost everyone has been exposed to the Gospel in one way or another. Even the most guarded sects within Orthodox Judaism can’t prevent their members from getting a smartphone. They all know it’s out there, the secret “forbidden chapters” of the Bible like Isaiah 53 and Daniel 9 are no longer a secret. The truth about Jesus pops up on their Facebook newsfeed, on Instagram, and on YouTube videos… in their own language, spoken to them by their own people.
Jesus made Aliya! He is no longer a foreign idea. And his name is Yeshua again.
This article originally appeared on One For Israel and is reposted with permission.
Anastasia co-directs testimonies as well as is the chief editor for the Hebrew and English testimonies at One For Israel.
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UPDATE: Israeli evangelist Damkani undergoes dangerous heart surgery
Israeli evangelist and pastor Jacob Damkani suffered a ruptured aorta three years ago followed by an eight-hour surgery and a long but miraculous recovery. He was thankful to be alive, as the event occurred while he was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tel Aviv.
“Ninety-five percent of those who experience this medical emergency die from it,” he said. “God spared my life because I have not yet completed my mission.”
A year later doctors discovered a dangerous fungus growing on the blood vessel that had been implanted in place of his ruptured one. Since Damkani was feeling well, doctors decided to avoid the risky surgery and instead carry out a series of infusions to try and wipe out the fungus.
But during a checkup on Dec. 28 doctors discovered that the deadly fungus had returned. This was the same day that the film A New Spirit – a drama film about Damkani’s life – was released in Israeli theaters.
“We are fighting a very real spiritual battle; not just for Jacob’s physical health,” Damkani’s wife, Elisheva, told KNI.
Several weeks ago on July 2, 2018, Damkani wrote on his Facebook page that he and Elisheva had decided that he would go through with surgery. The surgeon had never performed such an operation before and was not sure it would be successful. According to Elisheva, Damkani was fully prepared for the surgery to go either way.
A week later he underwent the 11-hour surgery and has since remained in intensive care. None of the operating team believed he would survive.
“We simply kept praying to the One who created this precious man and dearly loves him. What else could we do?” Elisheva wrote.
On July 12, 2018, Damkani began to breath on his own, although still with the help of a machine. The doctors have confirmed that his condition is improving, however he has been sedated since the operation.
“This type of surgery gets performed about once a year in the entire world,” Elisheva told KNI. “The doctors won’t say this directly, but people don’t usually make it. We don’t know how long Jacob’s recovery will take because there’s not much of a precedent.”
Elisheva asks for continued prayer as Damkani’s condition remains unstable.
Damkani, born and raised in Israel, came to faith as a young man while in the United States and then returned to Israel in the early 1980s with the mission of helping the Jewish people see their Messiah. The Damkanis’ ministry is Trumpet of Salvation. Two movies have been produced about Damkani: a documentary called The Messenger (2016) and A New Spirit (2017), based on his autobiography, Why Me?
Violet moved to Israel in 2013. She lives in Haifa with her husband and their daughter.