.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to ..praying .. for the restoration of Israel
Special Comment: The Real Face of the Israel Defence Forces – Israel Video Network
Note From David: The Israeli military gets a lot of bad press from the secular media and is hated by the liberal left wing people. The following article shows the real face of the IDF.
Operation Good Neighbor: Inside the IDF?s effort to provide aid to Syria http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/the-idf-finally-reveals-what-it-is-doing-on-the-syrian-border-graphic-warning/?omhide=true
Over four years ago, an injured Syrian came to the border asking for medical help from the IDF. Back then, there was no policy, just a commander?s on-the-spot decision to provide care to an injured civilian. Since then, the aid has continued on a near daily basis. In June 2016, as part of a decision to expand humanitarian aid efforts, the IDF Northern Command established the headquarters of Operation Good Neighbor.
The goal of Operation Good Neighbor is to provide humanitarian aid to as many people as possible while maintaining Israel?s policy of non-involvement in the conflict. The first activities coordinated by the headquarters took place in August 2016. Since then, there have been more than 110 aid operations of various kinds.
?Based on my 20-year medical career, I can truly say that the medical care we have provided to our neighbors here in the north of Israel is one of the most significant efforts to treat those in need that I have ever witnessed,? said Col. Dr. Noam Fink, the Chief Medical Officer of the Northern Command. ?I deeply hope that our contribution will have a direct impact on the lives of our Syrian neighbors.?
The primary recipients of the aid are the approximately 200,000 residents of the Hauran region of southwestern Syria. About 400 families live in tents near the Israel-Syria border. The rest live in villages or out in the open. A third of the aid recipients are displaced persons or refugees and half of them are under the age of 18.
?The people of Syria want peace with Israel,? one of the aid recipients wrote from an Israeli hospital. ?To any Syrians that think that Israel is our enemy ? you are wrong.?
The IDF primarily provides 3 types of assistance as part of Operation Good Neighbor:
- Medical Over 4,000 people have been brought to Israel to receive treatment, including hundreds of children. The IDF also transfers medicine, supplies, and equipment to Syrians across the border. An internationally managed field hospital has also been established at an Israeli outpost near the border.
- Infrastructure ? 450,000 liters of fuel have been transferred for heating, operating water wells, and ovens in bakeries. The IDF also transferred seven generators, water pipes to rebuild Syrian infrastructure, and equipment for a temporary school in the region.
- Civilian aid ? The IDF transferred 40 tons of flour to bakeries, 225 tons of food, 12,000 packages of baby formula, 1,800 packages of diapers, 12 tons of shoes, and 55 tons of cold weather clothing.
The IDF provides aid to Syrians on the other side of the border for two primary reasons. Firstly, we have a moral imperative. We can?t stand by watching a severe humanitarian crisis without helping the innocent people stuck in the middle of the conflict. We also believe that the aid will ultimately create a less hostile environment across the border ? and that will lead to improved Israeli security.
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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. Jewish Family Murdered as they Celebrated Shabbat & New Grandchild Times of Israel News July 22nd
The family had gathered for a Friday night Shabbat dinner to celebrate the birth that morning of a grandchild. The Shabbat table was covered with a bright white table-cloth, laden with snacks, bottles of cola and an unopened bottle of whiskey. They were waiting for other guests to arrive, the door of their home at the settlement of Halamish apparently open. Instead, a 19-year old Palestinian from a nearby village, burst in armed with a large knife and began stabbing the members of the family. There were apparently 10 people in the house when he entered. He killed the grandfather of the family, 70, and two of his adult children, a son and daughter in their 30s and 40s. His wife was seriously wounded and taken to the Shaarei Zedek hospital in Jerusalem where she underwent surgery on Saturday morning. When she came out, she was given the bitter news: Her husband and two of their children were dead. The couple are survived by three other children; it was the youngest who had given birth to the new grandchild that morning.
As al-Abed continued to stab the victims, one of the women present managed to rush several small children to a nearby room and lock the door. She called the police and screamed for help. A neighbour, who serves in an elite IDF unit, heard the cries and rushed over, shooting the terrorist through the window of the house. Identified only as Sgt. A., from the IDF?s elite canine special forces unit, the soldier said he heard the screams of the victims, ran to the window of the house and shot and wounded the killer. ?I understood immediately what was happening ? I saw the terrorist and shot him through the window,? he said. ?I understood the situation thoroughly,? he repeated. ?I shot into [the house] from outside. I didn?t think a lot, I acted immediately.? The terrorist was wounded by the shooting. Some reports said that as medics tried to save the victims, he jumped up and tried to attack them, before being subdued again. On Saturday afternoon he was released from hospital and handed over to the security services for questioning. Pray for the surviving members of the family that they will call upon the Name of the Lord and pray for increased angelic protection over Israel as the situation in and around Jerusalem intensifies.
2. Fatah Calls for More Violence to Retake Control of the Temle Mount Times of Israel News July 22nd
The Palestinian Authority?s ruling Fatah party called Saturday for a continued struggle ?to take control of the Al-Aqsa mosque.? In a statement sent to supporters, Fatah said the ?campaign for Jerusalem has effectively begun, and will not stop until a Palestinian victory and the release of the holy sites from Israeli occupation.” Fatah commended Arab protesters who rioted in the streets of Jerusalem on Friday against the deployment of metal detectors at the Temple Mount compound, with 3 rioters killed and some 200 others wounded. The party hailed those demonstrators? ?initifada (or armed struggle) against the enemy,? their ?acts for the protection of Al-Aqsa and their struggle against the Israeli plans, while sacrificing souls and blood.? Th group called for three days of mourning as well as a general strike in honor of the dead protesters. Israel placed the metal detector gates at entrances to the Mount after a July 14 terror attack in which three Arab-Israelis shot dead two Israeli police officers there with guns they had smuggled into the holy site. But Fatah claimed the Israeli move was a ?racist? plot to ?Jewify and take over Al-Aqsa? and said no solution was acceptable other than a return to the previous state of affairs on the Mount.
Abbas announced late Friday he was freezing all contacts with Israel until it ?commits to canceling all the measures against our Palestinian people in general and Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque in particular.? Abbas said the installation of the metal detectors was ?falsely presented as a security measure to take control over Al-Aqsa mosque.? ?The steps taken by Israel are leading to a religious confrontation and an evasion from a diplomatic process,? Abbas was also quoted by Haaretz as saying. Abbas said he had spoken with several heads of state, including from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, and asked them to intervene in the Temple Mount conflict. Abbas also said the Palestinian Authority would finance all costs of treating those wounded of Friday?s clashes. ?We will spend $25 million supporting the Palestinians of Jerusalem,? he reportedly said. He also called on Hamas to rally around the cause of the Temple Mount and reconcile with his own party. Pray that this will only lead to Israel taking back full and rightful control of the Temple Mount and the removal of the mosque
3. Israel and Jordan in Diplomatic Issue After Terror Attack at the Israeli Embassy in Amman Israel Today News July 24th
Tensions between Israel and Jordan were already building over the past week after Jerusalem reinstalled metal detectors at the Temple Mount following a fatal terrorist shooting there. The Jordanian government is the official overseer of the Muslim holy sites occupying the Temple Mount, though security is supposedly in Israel’s hands. Now, relations between the neighboring countries appear to be on the brink of collapse after Jordanian terrorist attacked an Israeli embassy security guard in Amman. The security officer was stabbed yesterday (23 July 2017) by a Jordanian worker who had entered the Israel Embassy compound for routine furniture replacement. The security officer, the Jordanian landlord and two Jordanian workers were present. One of the workers attacked the Israeli security official from the rear and began stabbing him with a screwdriver. The security official, who was slightly wounded, defended himself. During the incident, the Jordanian worker was killed, but the landlord was injured as well. He later died of his wounds. In accordance with the Vienna Convention, the security officer has immunity from investigation and imprisonment. But Jordan is demanding Israel hand him over for interrogation and possible conviction. The terrorist’s family claim he was “shot in cold blood” and is now a “martyr.” Pray that this issue between Israel and Jordan is quickly and fairly resolved.
4. PA 2017 Accounts Show Huge Increase in Funding Terror Payments Algmeier News
The Palestinian Authority?s 2017 budget shows a ?huge increase? in the funding of salaries for imprisoned terrorists and the families of ?martyrs,? an Israeli research institute revealed this week. According to Palestinian Media Watch, the amount of money allocated by the PA for payments to terrorists jailed in Israel rose 13% this year to $158 million – compared to $135 million in 2016. During the same time frame, disbursements for family members of dead terrorists increased by 4% – to $197 million from $183 million. Overall, PMW said, the PA is spending $355 million this year on the direct funding of terrorism. Pray that Countries that Fund the PA will cut their support if this finaniial support of terror continues.
5. Israel Aiding 200,000 Syrians Living Near Northern Border Jerusalem Post July 24th
The IDF is working with international organizations to transfer aid to over 200,000 Syrians living close to the Israeli border. In the past year alone, the IDF has given to Syrian civilians over 360 tons of food and flour, 456,000 liters of gas, 100 tons of clothes (55 tons of warm clothes), 12 tons of shoes, as well as generators and mobile caravans to use as clinics or classrooms. Additional aid included 12,000 packages of baby formula, 1,800 packages of diapers, and 600 meters of piping to re-establish ruined water infrastructure, giving 5,000 people running water. This is in addition to the over 3,000 wounded and sick Syrians who have been treated in Israel since 2013. “Once a week a busload of sick children comes into Israel,” said Brig.-Gen. Yaniv Ashur. Pray that the people of Syria change their hateful attititude towards the people of Israel
6. Fatah & Hamas Call for Another Day of Rage on Friday Times of Israel News July 26th
Some 2,000 members of the Hamas terror group marched in the Gaza Strip Wednesday to mark ?victory? after Israel removed contested metal detectors from entrances to the Temple Mount a day earlier in a bid to calm tensions. The group also called for a fresh ?day of rage? throughout the West Bank on Friday to protest continued Israeli security measures at the site. The group urged Palestinians to ?respond to the ongoing events in order to deter Israel from continuing its violations against our people and holy places.” It was the second week in a row the Palestinian terrorist group made such a call. On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority?s ruling Fatah party also called on its supporters, for the second week in a row, to take to the streets in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday in opposition to the security measures at the holy site. Fatah?s Central Committee said that it would continue protests over the security measures and called for this week?s Friday prayers to again take place outside of the compound. Pray that the Israeli army and police will deal with any violent protests with all of the force required to keep it under control.
7. Chaos as Muslims Return to the Temple Mount Times of Israel News July 27th
Muslim worshipers hurl rocks at police officers as they flooded the Temple Mount complex, ending a two-week boycott of the holy site over the new Israeli security measures at the holy site. According to a statement from police spokeswoman Luba Samri, a number of rocks fell on to the Western Wall plaza blow. No injuries to Jewish worshipers were reported. The statement says one officer on the Temple Mount was injured after being struck in the head by a rock. Palestinian and PLO flags placed near the Al-Aqsa Mosque were removed by officers, and rioting worshipers were dispersed by officers at the scene. The statement says and calm has been restored to the holy site. The clashes erupted shortly after the worshipers entered the Temple Mount compound. The Red Crescent reports that 46 people were wounded both inside the compound and in the immediate area. Thousands of worshipers began streaming into the Temple Mount compound earlier Thursday afternoon after reports the Huta Gate, north of the Temple Mount, had been reopened by Israeli police. Police opened and closed the gate several times, before using stun grenades to disperse crowds gathered there. The Huta Gate is now closed and police have barricaded off the area. Video footage from atop the Temple Mount appears to security forces dispersing protesters with tear gas. The reopening of the Huta Gate was final condition of Muslim worshipers who demanded the security measures be returned to what they were before a July 14 terror attack outside the site in which three Arab Israelis killed two Israeli police officers with guns that had been smuggled into the site. Pray that Israeli police and security officers are able to keep the situation under control and that all trouble makers will be neutralised.