Hamas, Islamic Jihad Claim Responsibility For Gaza Rockets

“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” Ps. 27:3

HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR GAZA ROCKETS: Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas and an allied terrorist group claimed joint responsibility on Tues. 29 May 2018, for dozens of mortar rounds and rockets fired at Israel throughout the day. The military wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced in a rare joint statement their "joint responsibility for the striking of military positions and Zionist settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip." At least three IDF soldiers were wounded by shrapnel from rocket strikes on Tuesday. Earlier that day, a mortar fired from Gaza struck near a kindergarten on the Gaza border. Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said in an interview with Army Radio that because of the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza "we are closer to the brink of war than we have been since Operation Protective Edge - we are not interested in this and the other side is not, but we have a red line." He stressed: "Toward evening, the situation will worsen." The IDF responded to the continuing rocket attacks with a series of airstrikes against terrorist targets in Gaza. (INN)Please pray for His shield of defense to surround Israel’s southern communities. Intercede also for the escalating dangerous situation emanating from the Gaza Strip to be brought under control without another war with Hamas and other terrorist operatives in that area.

WHITE HOUSE CONDEMNS ‘DESTRUCTIVE VIOLENCE’ OF GAZA VOLLEYS: The Trump administration on 29 May 2018 condemned the Gazan attack on Israel that began in the early hours and continued through the evening. One official called the attacks “reprehensible.” Another representative said that they justified “preventative” measures taken by the Israeli military – actions previewed earlier by PM Netanyahu, who has vowed a response to the worst day of projectile fire on the South since the 2014 Gaza war (Operation Protective Edge). “We are aware of numerous mortar attacks on Israel today and are closely monitoring the situation,” said a National Security Council spokesman. “We call on those launching the attacks to cease this destructive violence. “We fully support Israel’s right to self-defense,” the official added, “and to take action to prevent such provocations.” Earlier in the day, Jason Greenblatt, USA President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East peace effort, lambasted those responsible for striking at an Israeli kindergarten and implicated Hamas, the terrorist organization in charge of the coastal strip. That strike did not result in any injuries, but others did. “Hamas has failed – all it can offer is terror,” Greenblatt wrote on Twitter, calling the attacks reprehensible. “Palestinians in Gaza need real leaders to work on Gaza’s real problems with its water, its economy and so much more.” (J.Post)

GAZA ELECTRICITY CUT OFF AFTER ROCET STRIKES SUPPLYING FACILITY: One of dozens of rockets launched Tues. 29 May 2018, by terrorists from the Gaza Strip hit facilities supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip. Due to the damage to the facilities, three lines supplying electricity to the southern Gaza Strip were stopped. The electricity company said it would take several days to repair the equipment for a regular supply of electricity. Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz instructed the Israel Electricity Company (IEC) not to endanger its employees and to repair the problem only after a lull. (Arutz-7) What a classic example of the truth spoken in the book of Job: "He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason, He makes them wander in a trackless waste." Job 12:24

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BELGIAN JEWS LIVE IN ‘PERMANENT STATE OF SIEGE,’ SAYS HEAD OF ANTI-SEMITISM WATCHDOG: Fear of anti-Semitic violence and the presence of armed police and soldiers outside Jewish institutions has left Belgian Jews living in a “permanent state of siege,” the head of Belgium’s main anti-Semitism watchdog disclosed during a wide-ranging TV interview this week. “The presence of military on the street in front of Jewish sites is somewhat reassuring,” said Joël Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism. “But you can imagine what kind of world we live in.” Islamists based in Belgium have carried out several attacks on Jewish targets in Europe during the last decade, among them a gun attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum in May 2014 in which four people were killed. Belgium’s 42,000 Jews are also subjected to anti-Semitic harassment by Muslim extremists. Rubinfeld said that over “the last two or three years,” his organization had dealt with a dozen cases of Jewish school students subjected to anti-Semitic bullying, as well as a broader trend of Jewish parents unwilling to risk sending their children to public schools. The last fortnight, he added, had witnessed a “rush of anti-Semitic acts” inspired by Palestinian violence on the border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel. Rubinfeld reflected that it had been difficult to convince Belgian politicians that the country has a serious problem with anti-Semitism. Already in 2008-2009, I told them: ‘If you do not do it for my children, do it for your children,'” he said. (Algemeiner) Pray that a multitude of increasingly persecuted Jews across Europe will make the decision to become a fulfillment of biblical prophecy by immigrating to Israel. “Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live, declares the Lord, you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.” Isa. 49:17-18

SYRIAN AIR FORCE BARS IRAN FROM USING ITS BASE: The commander of the Syrian Air Force has decided Syria will no longer allow Iranian-backed Shi’ite factions to use its bases to store ammunition and host fighters, the Syrian news forces reported this week. The statement claims that the decision was made "following recent Israeli attacks." Citing a source in the Syrian army, the report stated that this is the first step in a process leading to a Syrian demand that Iranian backed-forces leave Syria. The report goes on to claim that the Syrian regime is experiencing panic since Israel attacked Syrian Air Force sites used by Iranian-backed forces. The London based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported on 26 May 2018 that Israel delivered to Russia a list of "Red Lines" it would not tolerate and warned that it would act to prevent Iran from building up its forces in the whole of Syria, not only in the southern part near Israel. Among these "Red Lines" were the delivery of rockets to Iranian-backed militias, including terrorist group Hezbollah, and the prevention of rocket-producing factories or permanent army bases anywhere in Syria. (J.Post)

CAUTION OVER RUSSIAN CALL FOR FOREIGN FORCES TO LEAVE SYRIA: The Russian call for all foreign forces to leave Syria is a positive development with respect to the threat posed by Iranian entrenchment there. That being said, it is important to remember that the Iranians were not party to that announcement and Assad did not ask them to leave. The agreement reported on 29 May 2018 is relevant only to the Syrian regime's efforts to regain southern Syria. The campaign will be waged without Iran or Hezbollah, who will be distanced for 15 miles from the border. The Russian call for a Syrian presence in southern Syria is being read as offering an alternative to Iran being there. Based on media reports, it appears that the Russian president wants to head-off what could easily become a major clash building between Israel and Iran. The core of the Iranian threat are advanced, accurate, long-range ballistic missiles positioned beyond the Golan Heights, and that issue has not yet been resolved. There are three red lines for Iran in Syria: qualitative (ballistic missiles with advanced guidance systems); quantitative (Shia militias); and geographic - which the USA and Russia agreed to resolve in an important understanding between them. Enforcement or any sort of agreement to ensure that the Iranians or Hezbollah do not cross the quantitative or qualitative Israeli red lines has yet to be achieved. (Medialine/Twitter)

ISRAEL’S WEIZMANN INSTITUTE 45TH IN WORLD, UNIVERSITY RANKING ORGANIZATION FINDS: The Center for World University Rankings, initiated in Saudi Arabia and headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, has ranked the Weizmann Institute of Science among the top 50 degree-granting institutions in the world. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University were also ranked in the top 100, placing at 61 and 85, respectively. The Technion-Israeli Institute of Technology ranked 147th, while Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ranked 394th. Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa rounded out the list of Israeli universities, ranking at 492 and 620, respectively. Among the factors that contributed to the Weizmann Institute’s overall ranking were its “Quality of Education Rank” (8) and “Quality of Faculty Rank” (22). In 2018, the rankings featured universities in 61 countries – more than ever before – among the top 1,000 institutions. (J.Post)

CLAY SEALS OF PROPHET ISAIAH TO BE UNVEILED AT JOINT ISRAEL-USA EVENT: Clay seals believed to have been used by the biblical prophet Isaiah and King Hezekiah are set to be unveiled at a June 2018 event, which will be held simultaneously in Jerusalem and Oklahoma via a live stream. While the seals and nearly three dozen other pieces loaned by the Antiquities Authority will be on display in Oklahoma, the archeologist who made the discoveries, Dr. Eilat Mazar, will deliver a keynote address in Jerusalem. (J.Post)

RARE GUEST IN GULF OF EILAT: A Blue Whale at least 20 meters (65 feet) long was spotted this week in the Gulf of Eilat. The Blue Whale is the heaviest animal ever seen on Earth. Israel and the Gulf of Eilat are far from the whale's distribution area in the North Atlantic and the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica. The Blue Whale is considered an endangered species. Dr. Assaf Zvuloni, an ecologist in the Southern District of the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority, said: "This is a very exciting observation point. Whales sometimes travel great distances. From time to time, some individuals increase their range of migrations and there can be many reasons, such as food availability, damage to their other habitats, climate change, etc." (Arutz-7)

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