Avoiding Next Iranian Attack On Israel

“Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Scatter the nations who delight in war.” Ps. 68:30

AVOIDING NEXT IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL: A senior official in Israel’s defense establishment warned on Sunday 11 Feb. 2018 that Iran is determined to entrench themselves in Syria and will continue to try to attack Israel. Israel's responses to these further violations, he added, will be even more forceful. “As far as we are concerned, the weekend event is over, but the next incident is only a matter of time,” he said, warning that Israel does not rule out that the Islamic Republic will continue to try to strike Israel. On Saturday, 10 Feb. 2018 an Iranian drone was intercepted by an Israel Air Force Apache helicopter near the town of Beit She’an. In response, Israeli aircraft targeted the drone’s launch site deep inside Syria. Two Israeli pilots were wounded after ejecting from their F-16 which crashed down in Israeli territory. “We do not know what the mission of the Iranian drone was, it is their most advanced drone and they did not expect our radar to detect its penetration into our territory,” the senior official stated. “Our aerial freedom will not be harmed. We will continue to destroy targets.” (J.Post) “Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” Isa. 41:12-13

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MIRACLE IN KIBBUTZ HARDUF “BATTLE RAGING OVER OUR HEADS”: Town secretaryYuval Elad of Kibbutz Harduf where the Air Force's fighter plane crashed over the weekend tells media sources about the dramatic Shabbat the residents underwent. "At a quarter-to-six on Saturday morning we woke to loud explosions and booming, terrifying noises. It wasn't clear what it was, it sounded like a battle was raging over our heads. We soon realized that something had crashed at the entrance to the kibbutz near the school." He said that "throughout the day we stayed inside the kibbutz, no one could go out, the security forces declared the area where the plane fell a closed military zone. From certain angles we could see the plane. For hours, none of the kibbutz residents was updated by an official. There was a lot of confusion about the story of the Iranian drone, it wasn't clear whether it was that or the fighter plane. People listened to the media and we began to understand what was happening. We were interested to know first when we were out of danger and to handle the incident in the best way possible."

Elad explained the magnitude of the miracle that happened to the residents of Harduf. "It was a very dramatic incident at the level of a miracle. It was a matter of a few hundred meters and if it would have crashed in the residential area, everything would look different. To our great fortune it ended without casualties and we're all okay and we're thankful for it. I wish the pilots a full recovery and that our forces will be able to manage things in a restrained manner and that we'll have peace. We, like all the North, are aware of what is happening and hope there will be quiet here," Elad said.(INN) Thankfully, the pilot from the Israeli F16 fighter jet, seriously injured when his plane was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles has been upgraded to moderate condition according to medical sources. Continue to pray for his full recovery. The second pilot has been released from hospital care to his home.

USA SUPPORTS ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST SYRIAN, IRANIAN PROVOCATIONS: The White House issued a statement on Sunday 11 Feb. 2018 declaring USA support for Israeli military reprisals against Syria over the weekend, and calling on Iran to “cease provocative actions” against the Jewish state. “Israel is a staunch ally of the United States, and we support its right to defend itself from the Iranian-backed Syrian and militia forces in southern Syria,” the White House said. The USA Defense Department issued a similar statement, calling Israel “our closest security partner in the region,” and supporting “Israel’s inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people.” At approximately 4:25 a.m. on Saturday 10 Feb. 2018, an Israeli Apache attack helicopter shot down an Iranian drone controlled from Syria. Israel called the infiltration a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty” and launched an airstrike on Syrian anti-aircraft missile targets, including the drone launch site. (Algemeiner)

RENEWED HAMAS-IRAN TIES MAKE RISK OF TWO-FRONT WAR MORE REALISTIC: Hamas’ relations with Iran deteriorated in 2011 after the group refused to support the Iranian-backed Syrian President Bashar Assad when a civil war broke out in Syria. However, in the past year, Hamas has expended many efforts to restore its ties with Tehran, dispatching a number of delegations to Iran to meet with senior Iranian officials and defending it in public forums against the criticisms of its Middle Eastern rivals. In August 2017, Hamas chief in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar told reporters that Iran had become the biggest supporter of Hamas’s armed wing, the Izzeldin Kassam Brigades. In Dec. 2017, Deputy Hamas chief Salih al-Arouri described relations with Iran as “excellent” and praised it for supporting “the resistance” in Gaza. For all intensive purposes, it has become clear that Iran and Hamas now see each other as strategic partners.Hamas leaders have said they are not interested in a new war with Israel after engaging in three violent conflicts with the Jewish state in the past ten years. But if a war were to break out between Israel and Iranian-backed forces in Syria and northern Israel, in light of Hamas and Iran’s closer ties, the possibility of Kassam Brigade fighters opening a second front against Israel is far more realistic today than a year ago. (J.Post)

PLANNED PARENTHOOD KEPT ABORTED BABIES ALIVE TO HARVEST HEART, BRAIN, SAYS EX-TECHNICIAN: In an undercover video released last week, a former technician for a tissue-harvesting company details how an aborted baby was kept alive so that its heart could be harvested at a California Planned Parenthood facility, raising more legal questions about the group’s practices. Holly O’Donnell, a former blood and tissue procurement technician for thebiotech startup StemExpress, also said she was asked to harvest an intact brain from the late-term, male fetus whose heart was still beating after the abortion. A StemExpress supervisor “gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face. And I can’t even describe what that feels like,” said Ms. O’Donnell, who has been featured in earlier videos by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group that previously had released six undercover clips involving Planned Parenthood personnel and practices.

David Daleiden, the video project leader, said the undercover footage and interviews show thatfetuses are sometimes delivered “intact and alive” before their organs are harvested. The federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 says that when a child is born alive, including having a beating heart, he or she is a legal person and has a right to lifesaving medical care. California law also prohibits any kind of experimentation on a fetus with a discernible heartbeat, said the Center for Medical Progress, which is calling for the federal government to cease its $500 million a year support to Planned Parenthood and for it to be investigated. “Today’s video is especially gruesome, and it shows, once again, the barbarity of what takes place at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country,” said Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health, one of several congressional panels investigating Planned Parenthood. (Washington Times) It is easy to think there can be no worse evils on the face of the earth this century, than the kinds of torture and death ISIS and other terrorist groups carry out on their victims. But here it is: Planned Parenthood harvesting hearts and brains from living aborted babies. Intercede that this foul organization will lose all financial support and be shut down utterly across the USA.

DOWN’S SYNDROME ABORTIONS IN UK AND EUROPE IS LIKE ‘NAZI EUGENICS’: The Church of England's ruling body voted unanimously to give unbiased information to parents who are told that their unborn child has Down's syndrome. The motion put to the General Synod backed calls on the government to make sure those parents who are told their child has the condition are given the necessary support. However some synod members raised fears that it could lead to Nazi-style eugenics in which babies found to have Down's syndrome would be aborted. Andrew Gray warned: “In countries like Iceland Down's Syndrome has been virtually eliminated. What we have is a very simple situation. The UK and Europe has also begun to practice eugenics. Quite frankly, there are some stark comparisons with the Third Reich.” The remarks were made during a debate about non-invasive pre-natal testing, with the Church raising concerns that abortions could lead to the condition being wiped out. The bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, put the motion to the body and said Down's children should be welcomed. He added that “being born with disability is not a disaster”. (UK Dailymail)

AFTER A WEEK OF SUMMER WEATHER, WINTER RETURNS TO ISRAEL: After a week of summer weather, Israel is set to receive additional rainfall, especially in the northern and central regions of the country. Monday's 12 Feb. 2018 weather was partly cloudy. During the afternoon, rain was expected to fall intermittently in northern Israel, later spreading to the center of the country, along with isolated thunder-storms. Temperatures will become lower than seasonal average throughout the week. Rain is expected daily, slacking to light showers on Wed. and Thurs. 14-15 Feb. 2018. Snow is anticipated on Mount Hermon. (Arutz-7) News of rain and snow in Israel as it comes throughout the appointed season, is always good news. Thank you intercessors for your prayers. Please continue to pray for abundant precipitation throughout the winter and early spring, but without damage to people, property or the land. May the poor and elderly have much needed heating and shelter throughout the remaining winter weeks.

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