Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to make sure that the Bible is present when Israel is finally successful in its attempts to land on the moon. It is important the Bible is there because, says Netanyahu, it is the source of the creativity and determination that have led to the Israelis coming close to landing on the moon at all.
“We [will land on the moon] through initiative, determination and daring—given to us by our spirit,” said the prime minister as reported by The Times of Israel. “And our spirit comes from the Bible. That’s not just words. That spirit comes from the Bible, because there’s no meaning to the enormous journey we have made to return to our land, to our birthplace, if we had not carried with us our faith, our tradition and our yearning for the homeland.”
No Successful Landing—Yet
So far, the only countries that have been able to land on the moon are the U.S., China and the Soviet Union. If Israel does become the fourth country to make a successful lunar landing, it will be the smallest nation to achieve that feat.
Israel did recently come close to accomplishing its goal on Thursday, April 11, in a privately funded venture that cost $100 million.
Had the mission been successful, it would have been the first privately funded lunar landing. However, shortly before the spacecraft, the Beresheet (Hebrew for “in the beginning”), landed, its engine cut out.
The engine did come back on, but ground control lost communication, and the craft ended up crashing on the moon’s surface. The Times of Israel reports that the mission’s failure was due to “complications resulting from a gyroscope failure.”
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Source: Church Leaders