.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to ..praying .. for the restoration of Israel
David’s Comment: Sir Winston Churchill – An Example for Every Believer
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
This week Josie and I went to see the movie called The Darkest Hour, about the life of British politician Sir Winston Churchill, who was the British prime minister during World War 2. The cigar smoking, eloquent, but very gruff speaking politician, was the ultimate expression of the ‘British bulldog.’ He was elected to be the leader of Britain at a time when the title of the movie was absolutely the precise description of the dilemma that the nation was facing. Hitler’s army was rapidly advancing towards the English channel, causing a massive death toll and terrible destruction as the nations of Western Europe fell and surrendered. The German air force was bombing Britain’s major cities and the German navy was sinking hundreds of merchant and allied naval vessels as they attempted to bring supplies to the British military forces fighting in Europe. As Belgium and France fell, more than 300,000 young soldiers of the British army were stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk and Calais, and it looked like most of them would perish, leaving nothing to stop the German army from invading and taking over Britain.
I am sure that most of us are aware that with GOD’s intervention, the hopeless looking situation was turned to a victory. Low lying clouds came in and gave cover to the armada of 850 British boats that set sail at Churchill’s command to rescue the soldiers and bring them back across the channel to England. Under Churchill’s ‘never give up’ leadership the army reformed and the airforce was strengthened, and 5 years later the German army surrendered and Hitler’s evil regime was totally defeated. Winston Churchill received a knighthood in recognition of his amazing ‘bulldog’ service to King and country.
That all happened more than 70 years ago, but nothing has changed. Even in Churchill’s time the government was full of liberal left wing ‘dreamers’ who thought that it was possible to negotiate a peace treaty with the demon possessed Hitler. Churchill had to stand against tremendous opposition from most of the other government members, even his own party, most of whom wanted to pursue peace with Hitler. Churchill’s gut feeling was to stand strong and in the face of an impossible looking situation, fight and defeat the enemy. In one of his famous speeches Sir Winston Churchill said “Never, never, never, never, never, never give up !!!
Israel is in a similar situation today, facing a sea of sworn enemies. PM Netanyahu is facing tremendous pressure at home and internationally to concede to the demand to give the enemies what they want, which would ultimately lead to Israel’s destruction. Please pray that PM Netanyahu will be Israel’s Winston Churchill and that he will never, never, never give up what has been given to Israel and the Jewish people by the Creator of the Universe. And please pray that GOD will give PM Netanyahu the right strategy to defeat Israel’s enemies.
Turning the focus to the Body of Yeshua, we are all facing an evil enemy and his army of fallen angels. Maybe your situation seems as hopeless as it looked for Britain in 1940, and how it looks for Israel today, but we all have the same GOD fighting for us, and with us. No matter what you are facing, there is only one choice of action …. take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm and follow the example of Sir Winston Churchill and “Never, never, never, never, never, never give up !!!
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom …… David & Josie
This Weeks News Items
1. Kay Wilson: Is the UK Funding the Terrorists Who Tried to Murder Me ? INN News Jan 12th
A British woman living in Israel has urged the British Parliament to probe whether funds the UK has provided to the PA are being used to promote terrorism and support jailed terrorists. On December 18th 2010, two members of a PA based terror cell attacked a pair of female hikers outside of Jerusalem, stabbing the two women repeatedly. One of the women, 46-year-old Kristine Luken, an American citizen, was murdered during the attack. Kay Wilson survived the attack, despite being severely beaten and stabbed more than a dozen times. “I had been stabbed 13 times,” Kay recalled, . “But I somehow managed to get up – with 13 punctures in my lungs and diaphragm, over 30 broken bones, a crushed sternum, dislocated shoulder… I managed to walk over a mile bound and gagged and barefoot through the forest.? “That was without a doubt the longest walk of my life – and it was a lonely, lonely walk because I thought I was going to die.? Now Kay 53, is calling on her native Britain to examine whether its primary foreign aid program is funding the very terrorists who murdered her friend and attempted to murder her. The PA spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in stipends and other benefits to jailed terrorists and their families. Israel?s Defense Ministry estimates that the PA spent a total of 1.237 billion shekels ($358 million), or about 7% of the PA’s total annual budget, on terrorist stipends last year. PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has defended the payments to terrorists and their families. Pray that the UK and other nations will cut off their aid to the PA unless the stipends to convicted terrorists are stopped.
2. PA Leader Curses President Trump Israel Report Jan 15th
In a furious opening address to the Palestinian Liberation Organisation?s Central Council meeting, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas cursed President Donald Trump: ?May your house be destroyed!? he said, for withholding aid to the Palestinians who refused negotiations. He accused Trump of ?taking Jerusalem off the [negotiating] table with a tweet.? ?We won?t take orders from anyone,? said Abbas. “We told Trump we will never accept his peace plan. His ?deal of the century? is the slap in the face of the century, and we will not accept it. The PA ?will slap back.? Abbas continued his diatribe by declaring ?Israel is a colonial European project with no connection whatsoever to the Jews.?Hamas and he Jihad Islami refused to send delegates to the PLO session because it took place in Ramallah, not outside the country. Pray that the curse will be turned to a blessing as President Trump continues to favour Israel.
3. Nobody Wants an Escalation INN News Jan 15th
The commander of the IDF?s Southern Brigade, on Sunday evening met with the residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, located near the border with Gaza. The meeting was held hours after the IDF finished demolishing a Hamas terror tunnel that passed under the Kerem Shalom Crossing from Gaza into Israel. “Nobody wants to reach an escalation in the situation,? Heller told the residents, as quoted on Israeli media, and added, ?We have responded to each rocket attack. Some of the retaliations were large but there has been zero response from the Gazan side. This shows our high deterrence.? The senior officer also related to the process of demolishing the tunnel that was destroyed Sunday, saying, “The demolition process resulted in the total sealing of a tunnel that was very significant. We will make an effort to find all the tunnels that penetrate from Gaza into the area. The situation in the Gaza Strip is not good. The dynamics in the near future will determine what will happen here. The best military force in the country is here in Kerem Shalom. So go to sleep quietly and remain calm,? he concluded. Pray that Hamas loses its control over the Gaza Strip soon.
4. Israeli Forces Destroy More Attack Tunnels Times of Israel News Jan 15th
The Israel Defense Forces said it has destroyed a border-crossing Hamas attack tunnel, the third in recent months, that penetrated hundreds of meters into both Israeli and Egyptian territory from the Gaza Strip, in an airstrike in southern Gaza on Saturday night. ?We completed the destruction of a third terror tunnel,? said an IDF spokesperson, denying claims made by Hamas that it was a smuggling tunnel. The tunnel, which was constructed differently from most tunnels in Gaza, began in the city of Rafah and crossed into Israel under the Kerem Shalom Crossing, through which hundreds of trucks ordinarily cross into the coastal enclave with goods from Israel each day, he said. ?We understand this tunnel belongs to Hamas.? That assessment came from the fact that the tunnel ran underneath the Gaza crossing, which was kept closed on Sunday, as well as below the gas and diesel pipelines into the Strip and a nearby IDF post. ?This is a severe breach of Israel?s sovereignty, a serious threat to Israeli civilians and a threat to the humanitarian efforts that Israel allows for the people in the Gaza Strip,? the military said in a statement. He credited the discovery and destruction of the tunnel to a combination of ?cutting-edge? technology and intelligence. It was the third tunnel entering Israeli territory destroyed by the IDF in under three months. Pray that the new equipment will successfully discover all tunnels at the Gaza border and on the northern border.
5. PA Leader Threatens War Over Jerusalem INN News Jan 17th
P.A. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened war if US President Trump does not allocate Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian State. Abbas said, “Jerusalem is the key to peace if it is our capital, and if it is not – it is the key to war. Trump will need to chose.” According to Abbas, Trump provoked millions of Muslims by choosing to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “There is no such thing as a Palestinian who will give up even one millimeter of Jerusalem,” he claimed. Last week, Abbas told the PLO’s Central Committee that the international community “wanted to bring the Jews here from Europe, in order to preserve European interests in the area. They asked Holland, who had the largest fleet in the world, to transfer the Jews.” “Israel is a colonialist project that has no connection to Jews.” Cursing Trump’s threat to cut funding to the PA, Abbas said, “I saw his tweet saying that the US won’t give Palestinians money because ‘we refuse to negotiate.’ May your home be destroyed.” Pray that Abbas is removed from his leadership position in the PA
6. Terrorisits Who Murdered Rabbi Arrested INN News Jan 18th
Soldiers from the IDF and the Border Police?s counter-terrorism unit on Wednesday evening located in Jenin the terrorists who carried out the shooting attack near Havat Gilad last week, in which Rabbi Raziel Shevach was murdered. The first terrorist was arrested at a gas station in Jenin and taken for questioning. A second terrorist was spotted nearby and was killed in a shootout that developed with him. After that, a manhunt began for a thrrd terrorist who was hiding in a house. The security forces encircled the house and began demolishing it with the help of troops from the engineering unit. In the end, the terrorist was arrested. During the shootout, two Border Police officers were wounded. One of them is in serious condition and the other is in light condition. Pray that the murderers are subject to the full extent of the law
7. Dozens of Jews Removed From Temple Mount After Confrontation INN News Jan 18th
More than 40 Jews, including several rabbis, were detained at the Temple Mount Wednesday and were later expelled during a tour of the compound. The incident apparently followed a provocation by Arab visitors on the Mount which was directed at the group. A confrontation ensued, prompting police to intervene and remove the Jews from the holy site. Attorney Nati Rom of the Honenu legal aid organization said “there are over 40 detainees at the police station in Beit Eliyahu in the Old City. The group was attacked by Arabs and Waqf members who began verbally attacking the group, as well as shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and more. “Some of the members of the group called back Shema Yisrael, and the police began to use violence against the group. There are rabbis, public figures, and elderly, and the Israel Police discriminates against the Jews in their most holy place,” Rom added. Continue to pray that the Temple Mount comes back under full Israeli control