.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for Israel
David’s Comment: What Will it Cost to Bring Iran Under Control ?
As we all know, Iran is a nation under the control of an evil, tyrannical, fundamentalist Islamic regime. In the natural, at the top of Iran’s power structure is the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who succeeded Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the Iranian Revolution, upon Khomeini’s death in 1989. Khomeini and Khamenei are the only two men to have held the office since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979. However, the Ayatollah is just the human puppet of the prince of darkness, Lucifer who is desperately trying to keep control of planet Earth. A major part of his plan to do that, is the destruction of Israel, which would prevent the return of Messiah Yeshua to set up His Father’s Kingdom on the Earth, as the Kingdom can only be governed from Jerusalem, the undivided capital city of Israel.
Ever since the Islamic regime took control in Iran, they have been openly and regularly calling for the destruction of Israel, which they call “the Zionist Entity” because they refuse to even utter the name ‘Israel.’ At the same time Iran has been working furiously to build up an arsenal of long range missiles, with the intention of going to war with Israel, and even the USA if necessary. Over more recent years Iran has been funding and supply weapons to most international Islamic terror groups like Hamas and Hizbollah. Of most concern to Israel and the US, Iran is enriching Uranium to use in its nuclear missiles. Iran has also been working to establish its own military bases and airports in southern Syria, from where they could launch attacks across the border into Israel. Israel keeps a very close yes on Iranian activities and immediately launches air force jets to destroy the Iranian threat. Iran must be desperate to carry out their threat to launch a full scale attack against Israel.
Until now only Isael’s PM Netanyahu has warned the world about Iran’s evil intentions and only US President Trump has taken notice and acted upon it, withdrawing from the pathetic agreement that Obama and the Europeans agreed to. While the Europeans rebuked President Trump for harming their useless agreement, Israel sent a team into Tehran and smuggled out 50,000 CDs that contain all of the details of Iran’s nuclear program, that the lying Iranian regime claimed never existed. Instead of applauding Israel’s action most of the world leaders and fake new media rebuked Israel, exactly like they did when Israel pre-emptively destroyed Iraq’s nuclear facility in 1981. If Israel had not taken that action back in 1981, the Allied coalition would have had to face a nuclear empowered Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War in 1990.
Now we have arrived at situation where the Iranian Navy has been hijacking foreign owned oil tankers as they sail through the Straits of Hermuz. Iran also shot down a United States military drone and have arrested 17 Iranian citizens who they are accusing of being US spies, and threatening them with the death penalty. Sooner or later the Middle East is facing another major war, and Israel is facing an Iranian missile attack because most of the Western world is so blind to reality that they did not ‘see the writing on the wall’ when it came to Iran. Because they failed to ‘nip the Iranian problem in the bud’ when Iran was much weaker militarily than it is today, American and (maybe) British soldiers are going to have to face a much greater chance of injury or death, when they finally are sent in to resolve the Iranian problem. I say that because I believe that President Trump is willing to ‘step up to the plate’ and pay the price to stop Iran from becoming an even greater threat in the future, but I am not so sure about the British government and I have serious doubts that the Europeans will even lift a finger to help the USA and the UK.
Today’s World needs to learn a lesson from the movies. Whatever it takes stop the bad guy when you have the opportunity. As always happens in the movies, failure to do that always results in the bad guying trying to kill the good guy again. I hope and pray that I am wrong, but this scenario from the movies will play out the same way with Iran – GOD help us !
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all 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 a breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom ….. David & Josie
This Week’s News Items
1. PM Netanyahu May Block US Anti-Israel Congresswomen from Entering Israel World News Israel July 19th
While U.S. lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib recently announced they are planning to visit Israel in the near future, their entry to the Jewish state could be blocked due to their support for boycotts of it. According to a report earlier in the week by Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Ntanyahu has authority to block their entry. While Israeli law dictates that entry can be denied to pro-boycott individuals, the Foreign Ministry can also recommend waivers to the Strategic Affairs Ministry and the Interior Ministry to facilitate entry when barring individuals would negatively impact Israel?s diplomatic efforts. According to a media report, Netanyahu will be tasked with making the decision related to Omar and Tlaib based on the ?possible ramifications on Israel-U.S. relations? of the congresswomen?s visit. Pray that these trouble makers will not be allowed to enter Israel until they change their attitude
2. Top Pastor Labels Boycott Movement as Anti-Semitic and an Affront to Christianity Israel Today News July 19th
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is not only an antisemitic attack on the Jewish state, it is an affront to Christianity, declared Dr. Rub?n Proietti, a top Evangelical Christian leader from Argentina during a recent visit to Israel. In a joint press conference with Jewish settlement leaders in Samaria, Dr. Proietti said that the BDS movement ?operates against Christianity and against the Bible.? A number of Christian leaders have assailed efforts to boycott Israel for their underlying denial of the biblical record. BDS organisations label Jews who immigrate to Israel as ?colonizers,? while the Bible makes it clear that this is their God-given homeland. Most insulting to Christians is the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian, ignoring the fact that the New Testament records in no uncertain terms that He was a Jew, lived as a Jew, and was crucified as a Jew (the Romans hung a sign above Jesus? head mockingly calling him ?King of the Jews?).
Dr. Proietti went on to call the resettlement of Jews in Judea and Samaria (the so-called ?West Bank?) a ?fulfillment of the vision of the prophets, and every world leader today needs to ask himself if he is going to aid, or to interfere with this fulfillment.? The mega-pastor was visiting at the invitation of the Parliament for Israel, which was founded to, in the words of its president, ?connect Latin American countries and parliaments to the Land of Israel, the land of the Bible by bringing leaders from Latin America, establishing lobbies in various parliaments, Jerusalem, influence on UN votes, prayer marches for the State of Israel, and more.? Eldar called Dr. Proietti?s visit and his powerful statements the beginning of a new era in relations between the State of Israel and the burgeoning Evangelical community in South America. Pray that more pastors and leaders choose to boldy stand with the Jewish people’s right to live in the Promised Land
3. Israel Hosting Journalists from Arab Countries United With Israel News July 22
The Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Israel will be hosting a group of journalists from Arab countries later this week. These include, for the first time, reporters from Iraq and Saudi Arabia as well as from the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt. The six journalists crossed into Israel on Sunday via the Allenby Bridge. Egypt has had diplomatic relations with the Jewish state since 1974 and with Jordan since 1994. The Foreign Ministry said it hopes to ?expose the journalists, some of whom come from countries that Israel has no relations with, to Israeli positions on political and geographical issues, and give them a direct view of Israeli society in all its forms.? Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem tweeted, ?No doubt this visit will allow our guests to get to know the Israeli society in all its diversity from up close.? The delegation will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, the Knesset, and Jerusalem?s holy sites, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. They will meet with members of the Knesset and officials from the foreign ministry and academics and tour northern Israel, Haifa, Nazareth and Tel Aviv. Israel has long sought to improve ties with the Arab world. The warming of relations on the part of the Gulf States is thought to be largely a result of common concerns over the Iranian threat to the region. Hadashot TV reported in January that 15 Iraqi leaders had secretly visited Israel over the span of a few months. That visit included meeting with Israeli government officials and academics and visiting Yad Vashem. Pray that these Arab jounalists will return to their nations with a great report and that GOD will uses them to improve relations between their nations and Israel
4. Israeli Police Shoot Terrorist World News Israel July 23rd
An Israeli police officer shot an Arab terrorist who lunged at him with a knife. The event took place at some point late Monday night ot early Tuesday morning in the city of Hadera. According to reports, the terrorist was spotted with a knife attempting to board a bus by one of the passengers. Police, who happened to be nearby, were called to the scene. When the police arrived and order the terrorist to identify himself, he refused and instead drew his knife and attempted to stab one of the policeman. In footage caught of the scene, a shout and a gun shot can clearly be heard. The terrorost was wounded and not killed. Pray that the terrorist receives the maximum sentence to keep him fro attempting another attack for a long, long time
5. Arab Journalists Visit Israel – Local Muslims Not Happy World Israel News July 23rd
A group of Arab journalists arrived from Jordan across the Allenby Bridge to tour the country and meet with members of the Israeli government and local academics. The group included, for the first time ever, journalists from Saudi Arabia and Iraq. This comes just a month after six Israeli journalists were invited to the Persian Gulf to take part in the US-sponsored peace initiative in Bahrain. These visits come in the wake of growing normalization between Israel and several Arab countries in the region. What happened when the Saudi journalist went up to visit Jerusalem?s Temple Mount ? A crowd gathered around to harass the Saudi Arab who came to pray at the mosque. The adults spurred on a Palestinian boy, who looked to be about 9- or 10-years-old, to keep spitting in the Saudi?s face ? the single most degrading insult in Arab culture. The Saudi controlled himself throughout the ordeal, and though he was clearly disgusted with the Palestinian?s behavior, he managed to walk away preserving his calm dignity. “For these extremists, there is no respect for God and the holy place, no respect for humans. For them, the hatred of Israel is stronger than anything else,? says Yoseph Haddad, a Christian Arab from Nazareth who supports Israel. Pray that the Arab journalists return home with a great report, influencing many in their nations to change their impression of Israel
6. Israel Launches New Attack on Iranian Targets in Syria World Israel News July 25th
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) launched an attack of the Tel al Hara area in the Dara?a district in southern Syria, Syrian sources reported. Syria?s official SANA news reported that the Israel attack occurred at about 1:30 am and that the damage was caused by the attack, but there were no casualties. El al-Hara is a strategic hill situated adjacent to the Israeli Golan Heights and overlooks it. The Tel al-Hara base controls the Daraa-Damascus road and is the center for all intelligence operations in the southern Syrian province. Israel has previously bombed Hezbollah and Iranian infrastructure under construction in the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has assets in the war-torn country, reported that the Syrian army?s air defense systems responded to the attack in south-western Rif Dimashq, Al-Quneitra and the western countryside of Dara?a. The targets hit were Syrian army positions and those of forces and militiamen loyal to the Syrian army, including ?non-Syrian nationalities. Pray that peace will hold for as long as possible on the Israel / Syrian b0rder
7. New Pro Bible Political Party in Upcoming Israel Elections INN News July 24
A new political party has arisen in the Land one created to counter the rising push of the LGBBTQ agenda, and the influence of outside (foreign funded) NGO?s, which are propagandizing anti-biblical, anti-Jewish values; deliberately working to permeate Jewish society with their rebellious, humanistic standards particularly instilling them into the political, media, judicial,, and educational arenas. The name of the new party is Noam (Hebrew for pleasantness). Their slogan is ?A normal nation in our land.?Rather than being conformed to the standards of the world opposing YHVH, this group wants the Jewish foundations of biblical morality and culture to stand up strongly to declare the nation as one set apart from the pagan world. The founders of this new party are from diverse careers. They include: Yigal Cnaan, a former fighter pilot, Rabbi Itai Halevy, the Rabbi of the Migron Village, Rabbi Dror Aryeh, and Ariel Shachar, a high-tech expert. If other small parties with the same value perspectives join with Noam, they could be a factor in the September election. Pray that this new party will win a large percentage of the votes
8. Iranian Soldiers Train by Shooting Images of Israeli & USA Leaders World Israel News July 22
Iran has taken to using target faces with pictures of PM Netanyahu and President Trump for their training exercises. the country?s semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday. The report included several pictures of Iranian soldiers practicing clearing houses with the targets prominently displayed, some riddled with bullet holes. The exercise was designed ?to assess the readiness and skills of the participants in shooting and in a number of different situations on the battlefield.? It included 100 to 200 meter training, sniper practice and night shooting. Pray that there is a radical regime change in Iran