Rain and Flooding - At the End of April?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29: 11

YOU ARE INVITED TO A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY IN FORT MILL, SC: It’s Israel’s 70th year as a modern nation! Vision for Israel requests the pleasure of your company at the celebrations on June 16, at Fort Mill, SC. There will be prayer and intercession for the nation of Israel, special times of praise and worship, and great teaching on Israel and the fulfillment of prophecy. All proceeds from this event will go to provide a new, fully-fitted ambulance for use in Israel. Address: The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Worship leaders include Paul Wilbur, Barry and Batya Segal, plus Sister Sledge (for the evening concert). The list of speakers includes Dr. Michael Brown, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin, Sid Roth, host of It's Supernatural (recorded video message), Jonathan Cahn (recorded video message), Samuel Tyler, Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda, Peter Wyns, Rick Joyner, Al Wood, (former NBA player), Kevin Basconi, and Marcus Lamb of Daystar TV with a video-taped message. Book before May 1, 2018 for 40% off! BOOK NOW by clicking on:https://www.visionforisrael.com/content/celebrating-israels-70th-fort-mill-sc View also our video promotion of this event at: https://vimeo.com/264138523. We hope to see you there!

RAIN AND FLOODING – AT THE END OF APRIL? After a week of summer weather, Israel may be in for another round of rainfall and flooding. Wed. 25 April, 2018 will be cloudy, with local rainfall in most areas of Israel, together with isolated thunderstorms. There is a chance of flooding in the southern and eastern rivers. Temperatures will drop significantly. Thursday will be cloudy, with local rainfall in most areas of Israel, along with isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures will remain lower than seasonal average. (INN) Pray that expected showers will bless and nurture the land without causing any damage to property or people. “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God….He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Joel 2:23.

ROMANIA TO MOVE ISRAEL EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM, SAYS GOVERNMENT: Romania has begun efforts to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea announced on Thurs. 20 April, 2018. If the move goes ahead it will make Romania the first European country to shift their embassy to the disputed city, following a controversial decision by the USA to do so. Dragnea said that the government had agreed on "the start of procedures with a view to the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem." Israeli PM Minister Netanyahu said days ago that six countries were in serious discussions regarding embassy transfers to Jerusalem. Dragnea said the move would “produce major benefits for Romania. This is also a pragmatic approach,” he added. Like all of us, Israel has the right to establish its capital where it wants." Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely welcomed the announcement. (Reuters/Worthy News)

IVANKA, KUSHNER, MNUCHIN TO ATTEND J’LEM EMBASSY OPENING: Some 250 people will join a USA delegation to Israel’s capital for the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem next month, including dozens of lawmakers, senior advisers to President Donald Trump, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin will lead the American delegation to Jerusalem, where the USA is slated to open its new embassy on 14 May 2018 coinciding with Israel’s 70th Independence Day. Among the other roughly 250 members of the delegation will be some 40 senators and members of the House of Representatives, as well as American Jewish leaders. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will also join the delegation. The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will also likely attend. (Arutz-7)

BUSINESS TIES TO ARAB WORLD SKYROCKETING, SAYS VENTURE CAPITALIST MARGALIT: Israel has been benefiting from ever-growing business ties with the Arab world, according to one Israeli executive who has helped paved the way for the budding rapprochement. “It’s taken 70 years but we’re starting to see signs of normalization,” said former Labor MK and venture capitalist Erel Margalit, who travels often throughout the Middle East to meet with emirs, monarchs and Arab business leaders. Israeli expertise in big data, business intelligence and artificial intelligence is of great interest to European and Arab countries. In the Middle East, Margalit publicly named Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi as countries that seek to incorporate the Israeli homegrown tools. The executive has also met with leaders from Oman and Tunisia. Margalit recently visited Qatar to participate in a regional development conference, the first appearance of an Israeli leader in 10 years. With Saudi Arabia now developing a $500 billion smart city mere kilometers from the southern city of Eilat, Israeli companies are in a prime place to bid for contracts and services. (J.Post) Continue to pray for good trade and diplomatic relations to increase between Israel and nations with who she has formally been estranged.

STATE DEPT. DROPS ‘OCCUPIED’ REFERENCE TO PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES IN REPORT: An annual USA government report on human rights has dropped reference to the Palestinian territories as "occupied" for the first time since 1979. The State Department report, now lists its section on Israel and the territories by their names: Gaza and the West Bank, (Judea & Samaria) alongside the Golan Heights. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and has no administrative control over the Strip. But it maintains full security control over Judea & Samaria through military occupation, and continues to approve construction for Israeli settlers to live there. "The lie of the occupied Palestinian territories begins to be revealed," Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote in response to the new report. "They say that a lie repeated often enough becomes true, but the truth is always stronger. The State Department report is proof of that," Liberman wrote. (Arutz-7)

DANON TO UN: CONDEMN HAMAS FOR ENCOURAGING VIOLENCE: Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, reacted on Friday, 20 April 2018 to the latest violent riots by Palestinian Arabs along the fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. “Hamas is continuing to instigate violence against Israel as rioters today used firebombs and other means in attempts to damage the fence and infiltrate our sovereign territory. I call on all UN officials to condemn Hamas for encouraging violence, promoting instability and for the despicable act of exploiting women and children by placing them in harm’s way,” he said. Some 3,000 Palestinian Arabs tried to approach the security infrastructure on Friday, burning tires and flying kites with firebombs attached to them. The IDF said that a number of kites had crossed into Israeli territory and were extinguished as needed. IDF troops used riot dispersal methods and opened fire in accordance with the rules of engagement. The riots, dubbed “the March of the Return” and openly encouraged by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, have been ongoing since 30 March 2018. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed the marches, claiming they are a means of “peaceful resistance”. (INN) The Gaza Strip Palestinians, ruled by the Hamas terrorist organization, continue to further their own self-destruction, tear down any possibilities of a prosperous future, teach their children to hate and endeavor to wipe out the Jewish state. They are fulfilling biblical prophecy all by themselves: “Gaza will shave her head in mourning.” Jer. 47:5

ISRAEL SECURITY PERSONNEL OPENED FIRE ON THE WOULD-BE INFILTRATORS, WOUNDING THREE: Terrorists have taken advantage of the ongoing riots along the Israel-Gaza frontier to attack Israeli forces stationed on the border, and continue to attempt to infiltrate into Israel. Since 30 March 2018 tens of thousands of rioters have clashed with Israeli security forces along the border, in what organizers have dubbed the “March of Return”. Beginning on the 42nd anniversary of the 1976 Land Day riots, the uprisings are expected to last six weeks, culminating in a mass-demonstration on 15 May, 2018 the day after Israel’s 70th Independence Day, which Hamas and other terror groups mark as “Nakba Day” – the “Day of Disaster”. Health officials in Gaza claim 39 rioters and terrorists have been killed since 30 March, 2018. Rioters have used firebombs, flaming tires, and improvised explosive devices on kites to attack Israeli forces. Terrorists have also attempted to attack Israeli forces using firearms and roadside bombs. (Arutz-7)

NASA TO TEST ISRAELI-DEVELOPED RADIATION-PROTECTION SUIT: A suit developed by the Israeli company StemRad to protect astronauts from radiation will be launched into space as part of a feasibility study for NASA's Mars mission in 2021. The suit is designed to protect organs that are particularly sensitive to the development of cancer due to exposure to radiation. The Israel Space Agency (IAA) of the Science and Technology Ministry will sign an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration this week to send the suit on the Deep Space Experiment flight as part of a feasibility study for the Mars mission in 2021. According to Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis, “Israeli entrepreneurs are known all over the world for their innovation and thinking outside the box. We are proud to pave the way for entrepreneurs and enable them to integrate the first Israeli technology of its kind in one of the most fascinating experiments in recent years. This is a wonderful gift for Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations.” (J.Post)

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