Day 16

Israel, Middle East
Population: 8,049,000
Chief of State: President Reuven Rivlin
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Judaism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 81.38 Years
Literacy Rate: 97.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 21%
Refugees Living in Israel: 45,284

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Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz called to establish a broad, liberal unity government, but said that a prime minister embroiled in corruption cases doesn't necessarily have the citizens' best interests in mind. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded that the only way forward is a unity government headed by both candidates. Speaking at a party meeting as the new Knesset prepares to be sworn in, Gantz further criticized Netanyahu, saying that a unity government, "not an immunity government," is needed. "We'll take it from here," Gantz said. Gantz's remarks came just hours after Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Lieberman met for the first time since Israel's September election, but Netanyahu's Likud party said "there was no breakthrough" in stalled coalition talks.

Pray that the new Knesset will be formed as led by the Lord.
Pray that the Lord will place in office those whom He chooses to govern the nation (The Bible, Psalm 115:12).

Source: Israel Election Results: Gantz Tells Netanyahu 'We'll Take It From Here,' PM: 'We'll Go Together'

Tajikistan, Central Asia
Population: 8,192,000
Chief of State: President Emomalii Rahmon
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda
Christians: 1.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 29th
Life Expectancy: 67.39 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 35.6%
Refugees Living in Tajikistan: 3,590

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Research presented by Human Rights Watch says Tajik people largely appear to believe that women just need to tolerate domestic violence. In a survey, 97% of men and 72% of women believe that violence should be quietly endured for the sake of family happiness. Few women reported violence to the police and those that did said police didn’t take any action. There are only four women’s shelters in the whole country. With few options available, some women have chosen suicide as their way out. Though there is legislation in place, much education of authorities and communities needs to take place to change attitudes and practices.

Pray that women will encounter Jesus as their loving father, brother and friend (The Bible, 1 John 3:1).

Source: Tajikistan: Domestic violence goes ignored (Eurasianet)