Joel Rosenberg introduces this story:
Netanyahu Hosts Two-Hour Bible Study In The Book Of Ruth: Says "The Bible Is The Foundation Of Our Existance"
“Netanyahu announced the establishment of the study circle on Friday at a ceremony marking 30 days since the passing of his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet and Bible teacher. Both Ben-Gurion and Begin, when they each served as prime minister, hosted regular Bible study groups. Netanyahu said he was establishing the class to perpetuate love of the Bible.”“There was something at once heartening and slightly humorous about Netanyahu setting aside precious time in the late afternoon to talk about Biblical figures Tamar and Yehuda, Naomi and Boaz, Ruth and David, while Iran loomed so large, and domestic issues beckoned so seriously. It was heartening in that it is uniquely elevating seeing the prime minister of the Jewish state taking time out to study the Bible, the heart of Jewish existence. One cannot talk about Jewish historic rights to this place, which the prime minister does constantly, without appreciating and understanding the Bible….And Netanyahu made clear what the message was: ‘Ben-Gurion and Begin believed that the Bible should be the heritage of the entire nation – secular and religious, young and old, men and women. The Bible is the foundation of our existence. It unites the Jewish people, as it has throughout the generations. It also serves not only as a foundation but also as a map and compass,’ he said. ‘The Bible is always relevant vis-à-vis today’s problems and challenges. It inspires, it is a source of life for our people and I think that it is important to expand Bible study and love of the Bible among all parts of the nation. This is also the goal of this circle.”
To add to the articles above, we cannot forget the fact that PM Netanyahu also knows biblical prophecy and he is acutely aware of the growing threats to Israel. He is also aware of his role in Israeli history, and most likely his role in biblical prophecy.
These are most certainly interesting times.
At the same time, we have an Iranian leader who is determined to fulfill Islamic 'prophecy' which included the destruction of Israel.
Sometime soon, these two views will lead to direct confrontation. When that happens, the race to the concluding events in biblical history will begin to move at light speed.