October 31 this year is the ninetieth anniversary of the famous Charge against the Turkish trenches at Beersheba by the Australian Light Horse in 1917. The Charge, said to be the last great cavalry charge in military history, saw the conquest of Beersheba by the Anzac and British forces.
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For the Allies, the only water to be had for both men and horses was in Beersheba and they had no choice but to fight until they captured the town. The eight hundred Australian Light Horsemen, who charged the Turkish guns against apparently impossible odds, changed the history of the Zionist movement and the Jewish people in fulfilment of Bible prophecy.

On November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration in which the British government pledged itself to establish a Jewish national home in Palestine was issued and a month later General Allenby entered Jerusalem. The defeat of the Ottoman Empire soon followed, opening the way for a Jewish state in Palestine (Rev 16:12).

It is remarkable, however, that although the British government announced the Balfour Declaration on 2 November, it had actually agreed to it on 31 October 1917, the day of the Australian Light Horse charge (see “British cabinet discussion on support for Zionism, 31 October 1917” War Cabinet 261, CAB 23/4 in TG Fraser, The Middle East, 1914–17, Arnold, 1980 p17–18). The co-incidence is a reminder of the wonder of the ways of providence in God’s dealings with His people in restoring them to their land in the last days.

Many seemingly ordinary unconnected events have brought about the return of the Jews to their land and the emergence of the State of Israel. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy”, writes Peter (2 Peter 1:19), and this is clearly demonstrated in the revival of Israel in our time.

Leading political and environmental figures from Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority have formed a group, known as the Dead Sea Triangle (DST). It will discuss the future of the Great Rift Valley and step up the environmental collaboration already in progress through innovative and largescale projects, reports Israel 21C (Michelle Levine, “Environmental concerns bring Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians together”, Israel 21C, 9 July 2007 http://www.Israel21C.org).

A series of geological rifts stretching 4,000 miles, the Great Rift Valley runs from southern Turkey to Zimbabwe, through Syria and Lebanon, along the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, the Gulf of Eilat and the Red Sea until Kenya, where it divides into two branches. Five hundred million birds use the valley route to migrate twice a year from Europe to Asia.

The multi – national group has met twice recently in Jerusalem and at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. Sessions were organized by Dr Yossi Leshem from Israel’s Society for the Protection of Nature and Tel Aviv University. Together with his partners in the project, Imad Atrash of the Palestine Wildlife Society and retired Jordanian general Mansour Abu Rashed, Leshem envisions a triangle of research facilities in the Great Rift Valley, at Ein Gedi, Jericho, and Wadi Mujeb in Jordan.

The global aim of the Dead Sea Triangle initiative is to provide a platform for dialogue through cooperative research and education in the Dead Sea region. Three leading institutions of higher education, Al-Balqa University in Jordan, Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University in Israel, will each set up a Dead Sea Research Hub along the shores of the Dead Sea to jointly contend with a series of scientific challenges common to all three parties.

Work has already begun on one project using birds to reduce agricultural reliance on pesticides. Barn owls and kestrels prey on rodents that attack crops, so farmers are learning to build nesting boxes to attract the birds to the area. Once the birds of prey inhabit the farm, the farmer is able to discontinue use of chemical pesticides.

In 2004, the Tel Aviv Municipality began using kestrels and barn owls for biological pest control, exterminating rats and mice in urban courtyards. Eight local schools joined in the education efforts to promote this project.

A proposed Research and Visitor Centre will form an integral part of the Dead Sea Triangle initiative. It will compile research being performed in every nation situated along the Great Rift Valley about processes and phenomena of the valley. Emphasis will be placed on integrated research in the fields of geology, life sciences and archaeology, with a focus on issues such as migrating birds, geology, Dead Sea studies and heritage.