1.5 Million Visited Nature Reserves National Parks During Passover

“Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!” Ps. 25:22

1.5 MILLION VISITED NATURE RESERVES NATIONAL PARKS DURING PASSOVER: The Israel Nature and Parks Authority said Saturday 7 April 2018 that during Passover, the intermediate days and second holiday, 1.5 million people visited nature reserves and national parks across the country. The popular sites were Caesarea National Park, where horse shows took place in the big hippodrome, Ein Gedi and Banias nature reserves, Yarkon, Masada and Ashkelon national parks. On Saturday alone, 100,000 people visited the nature reserves and national parks. (Ynet) “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” Song of songs 2: 10-13

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LIBERMAN: ISRAEL’S PREPARATION THWARTED GAZA’S ‘TERRORIST MARCH’: Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday 7 April, 2018 praised the actions of security forces over Passover, saying the “holiday that is now coming to a close was one of the quietest and safest we have known in recent years. Our preparation on the Gaza border proved itself.” He said Israelis were indebted to “thousands” in the military, police, and Shin Bet security agency “who worked very hard and thwarted any attempt to challenge us.” Some 20,000 Gazans participated in Friday’s 6 April 2018 second successive Hamas-backed “March of Return” at the Gaza border. The army said protesters burned tires and threw bombs, Molotov cocktails, and rocks at Israeli soldiers. Several attempts were made to breach the border fence. Soldiers responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, and in some cases live fire. Palestinians said nine Gazans were killed and over 1,000 wounded in the clashes. The demonstrations largely abated by Saturday, but three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces in a small clash east of Gaza City in the afternoon. Liberman characterized the protest as “a terrorist march.” He said that Hamas had “sent terrorists disguised as civilians to challenge our sovereignty and the world portrays it as a civil protest.” He lambasted the world’s “hypocrisy,” noting that dozens of civilians had been killed in the latest regime airstrikes in Syria, “but the UN secretary general did not call for an investigative committee, the UN Security Council did not convene, the Arab League ignored it, and the BBC didn’t see or hear any of it.” (Times of Israel) Thank you to all who have and who continue to intercede for Israel’s safety at the southern borders – also for your prayers for peace and protection during the Passover holidays.

TRUMP WANTS OUT OF SYRIA: The White House said days ago that the USA military mission in Syria was coming to “a rapid end” even as President Trump has insisted it’s time for American troops to return home. With Israel and other USA allies anxious about a hasty USA withdrawal, the Trump administration said it would stay in war-torn Syria to finish off the job of defeating the ISIS group and was committed to eliminating the terrorists’ “small” presence that “our forces have not already eradicated.” There have been clear signs the United States was narrowing its mission in Syria and would focus only on defeating ISIS and not on the broader task of stabilizing the country. “We will continue to consult with our allies and friends regarding future plans,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “We expect countries in the region and beyond, plus the UN, to work toward peace and ensure” that ISIS never returns. USA officials and foreign governments have been concerned that without a continued American military presence, ISIS could re-constitute itself or others could fill the void. Many have warned that a premature USA withdrawal from Syria would cede the country to Iran and Russia, which have supported Syrian President Bashar Assad. Iran’s continued presence in Syria is especially troubling to neighboring Israel that regards Iran as an existential threat. (World Israel)

RUSSIA, IRAN AND TURKEY MEET TO DIVIDE THE SYRIAN SPOILS: The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey gathered in Ankara on 4 April, 2018 in a tripartite summit designed to reach an agreement on ending the civil war and on dividing their influence in war-ravaged Syria. Analysts say that the three countries have very different interests, but they are planning to take advantage of the declining Western assets in the country since Trump’s announcement that he wants out. Commenting on the tripartite meeting, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, “This is the first time since the Second World War that a meeting like this was held without the approval of the UN. They are determining Syria’s future without any American representative.”

Another matter of concern is the fate of some $200 million in USA stabilization assistance for Syria that the White House put on hold after Trump said last week that he wanted to leave Syria “very soon.” The State Department was to have spent the money on building up the country’s infrastructure, including power, water and roads. Trump in recent weeks has asked Saudi Arabia to contribute $4 billion for reconstruction in Syria as part of the president’s effort to get other countries to pay for stabilizing the country so the USA isn’t on the hook. The United States is awaiting a response from the Saudis, said the official. A senior Syrian Kurdish official said Trump’s comments on wanting to withdraw from Syria came at an “inappropriate time” as ISIS re-emerges in eastern Syria and amid threats from Turkey. (World Israel)

ISIS CAUGHT PLOTTING ROME ATTACK: TERROR THREAT HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER: A large scale anti-terror operation by Italian authorities has netted several ISIS terrorists who authorities believe were planning to attack Rome. Italy's Interior ministry says "Rome is in the crosshairs of ISIS" and "Italy's terror threat has never been so high." Five persons were arrested in the sweep and 20 are under investigation. Police were tipped off to the network by analyzing the cell phone of Anis Amir, the attacker at the Berlin Christmas market in 2016. Four days after the attack, Amir was killed in a shootout with police near Milan in northern Italy. ISIS has long hoped to attack and conquer Rome. They believe it is necessary to fulfill what Islam teaches was the prophecy of Muhammed and to prepare the return of the Muslim messiah: the Mehdi. (CBN)

MOSSAD CHIEF “100 PERCENT CERTAIN” IRAN SEEKS NUCLEAR BOMB: Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, told a recent closed meeting of senior officials in Jerusalem, "I am 100% certain that Iran has never abandoned its military nuclear vision for a single instant. This nuclear deal enables Iran to achieve that vision. That is why I believe the deal must be completely changed or scrapped. The failure to do so would be a grave threat to Israel's security." He called the nuclear deal a "terrible mistake" that allows Iran to keep key elements of its nuclear program intact and will remove other restraints in a few years. "Then Iran will be able to enrich enough uranium for an arsenal of nuclear bombs," Cohen said. He added that the decision to lift sanctions on Iran has resulted in "significantly increased" aggression by Iran, and noted Iran's continued development of long-range ballistic missiles. (VOA)

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER CALLS ON MUSLIMS TO DEFEAT ISRAEL: After Saudi Arabia's crown prince said Israelis were entitled to live peacefully on their own land, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week called on the people of Muslim countries to defeat Israel. "With an intense and planned struggle they should force the enemy to retreat toward the point of demise." Khamenei also said, "Movement toward negotiation with Israel is a big, unforgivable mistake that will push back the victory of the people of Palestine." He pledged continued Iranian backing for the Palestinian terror group Hamas. (Reuters) “May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.” Ps 129.5

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM A ‘PRIORITY’: A State Department spokeswoman said combating anti-Semitism remains a “priority” for the Trump administration, but would not say if the Trump administration would fill the congressionally mandated job of an anti-Semitism monitor. “The position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism is currently unfilled, but the Office of International Religious Freedom at the Department of State continues actively to support the mission of that office,” the spokeswoman said in response to a query about why the position remains empty. “Combating anti-Semitism internationally is a priority for this administration,” the spokeswoman said. “President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have publicly expressed their deep concern about high levels of anti-Semitism globally.” The position of anti-Semitism monitor, mandated by a law passed in 2004, has not been filled by Trump more than a year after it was vacated. (Arutz-7)

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