.; 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: What Is Happening Politically in Israel ?
If you have been monitoring the news from Israel over the last week, you may be wondering what on earth is going on ? It all started 2 weeks ago when a high level undercover IDF unit, was intercepted by Hamas personnel about 3 km or 2 miles inside the Gaza border. Hamas claimed the purpose of the mission was to kidnap Hamas leaders and take them back to Israel, but The IDF claims that the special unit was on a special intelligence gathering mission. During the rescue mission an Israeli Druze Arab, Leutenant Colonel and 7 Gazan terrorists were killed. The next afternoon Hamas began a missile attack that saw more than 500 rockets fire at Israel, and the Israeli Air Force carried out more than 160 bombing raids on terror sites and Hamas installations in the Gaza Strip. As the attacks went on the possibility of another full on Gaza war almost became a reality, but at the last moment the Israel government decided to enter into yet another ceasefire agreement with Hamas.
The hostilities quickly ceased and life returned to ‘normal’ for everyone living on both sides of the Israel / Gaza border. However things were not as peaceful on Israel’s political front, as immediatley PM Netanyahu was accused and critisized for caving into Hamas. srael’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and some other key government minsters also resigned in protest at the ceasefire, weakening the government and intensifying the calls for PM Netanyahu to shut the government down and take the country to an early election. PM Netanyahu is a very seasoned politician and over the next few days, he was able to convince most of those who had threatened to resign to change their minds and stay in the government, and it now seems that there is no need for the early elections, at least for the time being.
Right from the time he agreed to the ceasefire, PM Netanyahu claimed that he made that decision based on some confidential intelligence reports. Nothing has been reported officially, but there is a story circulating that the intelligence information that influenced the Prime Minister to agree to the ceasefire was that Iran was pushing for a conflict in Gaza to act as a distraction while Hezbollah began a conflict from the north. It was recently reported that Hezbollah had increased its weapons arsenal from 100,000 to more than 150,000 rockets and missiles, which is cause for very serious concern to all Israelis, but especially for those of us who live in the north. Earlier this week, as Josie and I were driving up to the top of Mt Carmel, we saw a number of IDF military vehicles and it looked like they were setting up anti-missile units on the side of the mountain facing north, which is another indication that the government and military leaders are taking the threat seriously.
PM Netanyahu has been trying to warn the UN and international leaders for years now that the Iranian leaders means what they say when they regularly declare their intention to “wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.” It is obvious that Hamas and Hezbollah are funded, armed and fully controlled by the evil Iranian Islamic regime. Like the majority of politicians, PM Netanyahu is not ‘squeaky clean,’ or without issues, but I do believe that he does have the safety and the best interests of Israel as his priority. President Trump and PM Netanyahu are two of the most hated men in the world today, and I believe that the reason for that is that, whether they know it or not, they both stand with the purposes of GOD and oppose the liberal, left wing, anti-Christ New World Order that has slowly but surely been taking over the world that we live in.
As I wrote above, it seems that PM Netanyahu has managed to stabilize the government, which is extremely important, as it would not be good to have an unstable, powerless government in place if Iran directs Hezbollah to start firing missiles at Israel. I trust that this brief to the point explanation has helped you see beyond the lies of the secular news media, and you have been inspired to pray even more that usual for Israel’s safety, and for wisdom and boldness the PM Netanyahu and his top government and military advisors.
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 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 Holds the Government Together After Early Election Bid Fails World Israel News Nov 19th
The Israeli prime minister railed against staging elections in the middle of a highly volatile security situation. Now is not the time to go to early elections while Israel is amidst one of the ?most complex? security situations it has known in its history, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday evening at a press conference in Tel Aviv as he declared he would take up the post of defense minister vacated by Avigdor Liberman last week, when he resigned over the government?s Gaza policy throwing the coalition into crisis. Minutes before Netanyahu addressed the nation on prime time television, Jewish Home leader an Education Minister Naftali Bennett and his deputy, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, said they cancel their threatened resignations, thus reducing the need for early elections. Pray that the present government of PM Netanyahu remains in power until the next scheduled elections in 2019
2. Trump Adminstration Moved To Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights Israel Today News Nov 16th
For the first time ever, the United States intends to vote against an annual UN resolution condemning Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights. Ever since Israel seized control of the strategic plateau on the 1967 Six Day War, the US has abstained when the resolution titled “The Occupied Syrian Golan” was brought to a vote. While the resolution is non-binding, the annual ritual has served as an international censure of Israel’s decision in the early 1980s to bring the Golan under its sovereignty. In one of her final major actions before resigning her post, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was set to proudly and officially change the American position on the matter by voting “no” on the resolution. And, while Haley’s vote won’t keep the resolution from passing, it will certainly upset the balance of international diplomacy vis-a-vis the Israeli-Arab conflict by signaling that the US now accepts the Jewish state’s maintaining long-term control over the Golan. In a statement announcing the shift, Haley pointed out that with Syria in tatters, and its rulers having proved themselves to be dangerous war criminals, “if this resolution ever made sense, it surely does not today.” In thanking Haley, Israeli Ambassador to the UN said it was high time for the rest of the world to join Trump’s America in distinguishing “between those who stabilize the region and those who sow terror.” Much the same argument has been made for maintaining Israeli security control, if not sovereignty, over the so-called “Palestinian occupied territories.” Pray that the US Administration keeps it promises and that President Trump does not go head with any kind of peace plan that requires Israel conceding any part of the Promised Land
3. Israel Makes Another ‘First’ United With Israel News Nov 19th
Israel’s Knesset has scored another international achievement and for the first time ever will host an event of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The IPU is a global inter-parliamentary institution established in 1889. It was the first permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations. The national parliaments of 178 countries are represented at the IPU. The event will bring a long list of global leaders to Israel?s parliament, including IPU President Barron, the Executive Secretary of The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), senior officials of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and UNAIDS, and 57 heads of members of parliament. Confirmed participants include delegations from Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Sweden, and Vietnam. They will participate in a conference on promoting innovation, which will take place next week. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein stated that he was ?proud and excited to host for the first time an important conference of this inter-parliamentary organization in which many countries are members.? Concerning this important milestone for Israel, he explained that the IPU approached the Knesset to head the conference on innovation because it views Israel as a ‘start-up nation’, and said he was sure that the visiting dignitaries will ?draw inspiration and ideas from the Knesset that will be implemented later in their countries.? Israel has long been recognized as a global force in innovation. In July, Israel ranked no.11 globally in the United Nations? Global Innovation Index (GII) and the first in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region, for the sixth consecutive year. ?This is an important milestone for Israel and an important reinforcement for the Knesset and its cooperation with parliaments around the world,? he underscored. Let’s pray that the conference is a great success and give thanks to GOD for using HIS chosen nation to bless the world.
4. Five Female IDF Soldiers Survive After Being Left Behind in Jordan Valley Arutz 7 News Nov 18th
A group of five female IDF soldiers were left behind in the field overnight recently, after battalion commanders forgot them following an operation in the Jordan Valley. According to a report, the five female soldiers were accidently left behind in a grove in the Jordan Valley one night for about three hours, with no radios, cellular phones, or other communication devices. The group finally made their way to a nearby road ? only to be chased by a gang of Palestinian Authority residents driving in two vehicles. The 5 soldiers were chased by the gang for some 20 minutes. During the chase, the soldiers reportedly attempted to hide behind several trees, and called out to the gang to stop chasing them, to no effect. At one point, the Arabs managed to steal three of the soldiers? helmets. The two vehicles drove off only when one of the soldiers drew her weapon and pointed it at her pursuers, causing them to flee, with the helmets still in their possession. Eventually, the soldiers reached a gas station, and from their called their commander and arranged to be brought back to base. Let’s give thanks to the LORD that the 5 soldiers survived their ordeal unharmed.
5. Israel Will Not Join Global Migration Pact World Israel News Nov 21st
PM Netanyahu announced that Israel will not join the United Nations? (UN) Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). In a statement last Tuesday, Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel?s foreign minister, said he had instructed the Foreign Ministry to announce that Israel will not accede to, and will not sign, the GCM. ?We are committed to guarding our borders against illegal migrants. This is what we have done and this is what we will continue to do,? he stated. The US, Austria and Hungry reportedly had asked Israel, which was initially involved in formulating the GCM, not to sign the treaty. These three countries ? together with Australia, the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria ? have not joined the pact, saying that it impeded their sovereignty. The GCM is described as the first intergovernmentally negotiated treaty, geared towards addressing all aspects of international migration. After mass waves of unchecked migration from the Middle East and Africa to Europe in recent years, the GCM?s primary objective is to improve the governance on migration, to address the challenges associated with it, and to ?strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development.? An intergovernmental conference on international migration is slated to take place in Morocco in December 2018 with a view to adopting the Global Compact. Israel will not attend. Pray that the Israeli government will continue to protect the integrity of the nations borders and not allow the UN to dictate who may or may not enter the and live in the country.
6. Former Israeli Cabinet Minister Recommends to Strike First INN News Nov 23rd
Former minister and security cabinet member Gideon Sa’ar called for an Israeli counter-trike on precision weapons factories in Lebanon and other strategic threats that Hezbollah is developing. At the Jerusalem Post’s Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem, Saar said that Israel was approaching the point of no return on the Lebanese border. ?If an Israeli preemptive strike is not carried out in the near future, the window of opportunity may be closed. This means that future attack might be far less effective and will involve a much heavier price,? he said, noting that he would back a preemptive strike if such a decision were made. Sa?ar also said that Iran and Hezbollahs? goal is ?to achieve a qualitative strike capability on Israel?s civilian and military home front from bordering countries.? This, he explained, was ?part of a strategic concept to constrain Israel?s strategic freedom of action , including in the context of a possible future Iranian nuclear breakthrough.? ?If Hezbollah achieves such capabilities, they will be able to cause us very significant damages during confrontation,? he said. Pray that the former minister’s recommendation is taken seriuosly by the Prime Minister and top military leadership
7. Israel Jews and Arabs React to AirBnB’s Planned Boycott of West Bank World Israel News Nov 21st
Accommodation booking service Airbnb?s decision last Monday to ban Judea and Samaria apartment listings from its popular home-rental site kindled strong reactions from Jews and Arabs. The strongest reaction, perhaps, came from Israel?s Minister of Tourism, who released a video of himself condemning Airbnb?s move, calling it ?the most wretched of wretched capitulations to the boycott efforts.? ?We?re looking into submitting appeals against Airbnb in the U.S.,? he said. ?We?re also looking into imposing taxes on the company in order to exact a heavy price on account of their decision. Settlement in Yesha [Judea and Samaria] will emerge stronger in light of this experience,? he said. The San Francisco-based company admitted its decision, which affects some 200 listings, was for political reasons. In a statement on its website, the company made it clear that it had accepted the Palestinian narrative of the conflict. ?We concluded that we should remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank that are at the core of the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians,? Airbnb said. ?Our hope is that someday sooner rather than later, a framework is put in place where the entire global community is aligned so there will be a resolution to this historic conflict and a clear path forward for everybody to follow.? The mayor of the West Bank settlement of Efrat and a representative of Yesha, the umbrella settler council, said Airbnb?s decision was contrary to the company?s stated mission of helping ?to bring people together in as many places as possible around the world.? ?When they make such a decision, they get involved with politics, which ? is going to defeat the actual purpose of the enterprise itself,? Revivi told Reuters. Pray that AirB&B will wake up to the fact that they have been deceived by lies, and that their boycott is not legitimate or even reasonable.