The Jewish News Service (JNS.org) has just announced that, in April 2017, the State of Israel recorded its biggest tourism month since it was founded in 1948.
We give God the glory for taking care of His beloved people, during a period of continuous verbal attacks by the United Nations and liberal news media, physical assaults by Islamic terrorist organizations, and the outrageous financial plotting of the BDS movement.
According to the Jewish News Service, in April 2017, a record-breaking 349,000 tourists entered Israel, a 38-percent increase from April 2016 and the highest-ever figure for any month since Israel’s establishment in 1948.
Additionally, between January and April 2017, 1.1 million tourists entered the Jewish state, an increase of 26 percent from the same period in 2016 and 22 percent more than those months in 2015.
On Tuesday, May 9, Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin released this statement:
“When there is clear policy, we see results. Every month, we are witnessing exceptional statistics that illustrate the progress we are spearheading in the tourism industry and its tremendous contribution to the Israeli economy and workforce.”
“This important and exciting milestone is part of a positive trend that has been taking place over the last half year or more. I hope and believe that, with hard work, we will continue to reap the benefits of this investment.”
The significant rise in tourism to Israel comes despite higher costs for travelers, due to the substantial strengthening of the shekel currency in recent months.
Incoming tourism during the first four months of the year accounted for an estimated 6 billion shekels ($1.7 billion) being infused into Israel’s economy.
Israel also has received more good news on the home front. InterNations’ Family Life Index is reporting, in its 2017 listing of 45 of the best countries to raise a family, that the State of Israel has risen from 4th place in 2016 to 3rd best country in the world to raise a family, as voted by ex-patriots who have moved abroad.
Canada ranks 21st, which is very suspect, as the Czech Republic, for example, is being listed with a superior education system to our own.
We thank God for giving the State of Israel favor with people around the world, who desired to come to Israel and see firsthand this miracle in the desert.