Ten Israeli Youth Die In Flash Flood

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Rev. 21:4

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TEN ISRAELI YOUTH DIE IN FLASH FLOOD: Ten Israelis - nine girls and one boy, all around 18 years old and part of a pre-army program - were killed by flash floods on Thurs. 26 April 2018 during a hike in a canyon south of the Dead Sea. "Israel grieves the promising young lives that were cut off by this tragedy," PM Benjamin Netanyahu said. "We embrace the families with grief and pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded." One of the injured girls described the disaster to a doctor at Beersheba's Soroka Hospital: "We entered the river but not in its narrowest area. We started to walk but then suddenly heard the flood coming." She then described a shocking scene: "We all started running forward but the water managed to get the last of us." The hike had been held as a bonding exercise for incoming students at the Bnei Tzion pre-army preparatory academy in Tel Aviv. Police spokeswoman Meirav Lapidot said school administrators okayed the hike despite flood warnings and instructions by police not to travel in the area. "It's a terrible tragedy and it's easy to avoid such disasters. All you have to do is listen to instructions," she said. On Friday 27 April police detained three officials from the Bnei Tzion academy for questioning. Two of the three, including the school’s headmaster, were later placed under arrest. (J. Post/Ha’aretz) Pray for the family members and friends of these young people who lost their lives in last week’s storms and flooding. Pray also that hike leaders will heed warnings issued by police and weather officials and not proceed with outings when conditions are predicted to be hazardous.

MATTIS WARNS OF ‘LIKELY’ CONFLICT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND IRAN: Direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is increasingly likely in Syria as Tehran pursues a permanent military presence there, USA Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned on 26 April 2018. Addressing a congressional panel before hosting his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, at the Pentagon, Mattis said it was “very likely” from his perspective, “because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.” Receiving Liberman, Mattis told reporters that he saw no reason for Iran to ship advanced missiles to Hezbollah through Syria except to threaten Israel. “I can see how it might start, but I am not sure when or where,” the secretary told lawmakers. Mattis then echoed Liberman’s warning from earlier in the day, in which he said Israeli forces would strike Tehran if Iranian missiles ever hit Tel Aviv. The two met at the Pentagon after Liberman met with USA President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton. (J.Post)

DANON SAYS IRAN HAS RECRUITED 80,000 SHIITE FIGHTERS IN SYRIA: Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon on 26 April 2018 sent out a stark warning of Iran’s dark ambitions in the Middle East, saying it is “spreading its tentacles” across the region in an effort to intimidate Israel. “There are over 80,000 extremists from all over the Middle East who are members of Shia militias in Syria under Iranian control, Danon told the 15 members of the UN Security Council, as he held up a picture of what he said was a military base funded by Tehran just outside Damascus. “What you see here in this image is Iran’s central induction and recruitment center in Syria. We are presenting this image to the world so you can understand the depth of Iran’s involvement in Syria. It is at this base, just over 5 miles from Damascus, where these dangerous extremists are trained and then assigned their missions of terror throughout Syria and the region,” Danon said.

During his remarks, Danon also addressed the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, praising the Trump administration for its tough stance against Tehran and its determination to strengthen the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “In just two-and-a-half weeks, the United States will announce its decision regarding the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. USA President Trump is focused on these important changes because he knows it will make the world safer,” said Danon. “All the signatories of this agreement must now make a choice. Do you support these necessary changes? Or, will you choose to enable the Iranian regime that supports terror and is attempting to take over the Middle East?” (J.Post)

HALEY TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL: HAMAS USING KIDS AS CANNON FODDER: United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley ripped the Hamas terror group on 26 April 2018, blaming the Gaza-based group for the ongoing violence on the Israel-Gaza border. Since 30 March 2018, tens of thousands of Arab rioters have clashed with Israeli security personnel along Israel’s border fence on the Gaza frontier. The Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip, has encouraged Gazans to participate in the violent demonstrations. Rioters have hurled firebombs, flaming tires, and stones at Israeli soldiers, and used makeshift ‘terror kites’ to drop explosives and firebombs in Israeli territory. More than 40 Gazans have been killed since the riots began, including more than a dozen individuals identified by Israeli security officials as Hamas terrorists. The riots are slated to continue through 15 May 2018, one day after Israeli Independence Day, which Hamas marks as “Nakba Day” – the Day of Catastrophe. Haley blamed Hamas for the deaths of rioters who approached the Israeli border, saying, "Anyone who truly cares about children in Gaza should insist that Hamas immediately stop using children as cannon fodder in its conflict with Israel. It's difficult to think of a more cowardly act - even for a terrorist - than hiding behind innocent civilians," said Haley. (INN)

PALESTINIANS PREPARING FOR ‘NAKBA DAY’: Nakba Day events in Judea & Samaria are being prepared to include riots and mourning over the "catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel. The Higher Commission for Commemorating Nakba Day announced that the main Nakba Day rally will take place in Ramallah on 14 May 2018 and that following the rally, participants will set out towards IDF checkpoints around Jerusalem. Nakba Day, meaning the day of the catastrophe, is marked by Arabs on the date on which the State of Israel was founded in 1948. Mohamed Alyan, the committee's director-general, said that in the coming days a call would be made to the public in all the Palestinian Authority's (PA) territories in order to ensure mass participation in the Nakba Day events, which would denounce the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Palestinian Arab cabinet will send a memo to all of the bureaus stating that work on 14 May 2018 will end at 11:00 a.m. This will enable public sector employees to take part in Nakba Day events. The PA bureau in charge of religious affairs is planning to instruct mosque preachers to dedicate Friday sermons to the subject of the "Nakba". (Arutz-7) Please begin to intercede against the violence being planned and championed by Palestinian leaders against Israel on 14 and 15 May, 2018. These event will only end in death and injuries for many Palestinian participants as Israel will be forced to use self-defensive measures to control the riots. Israeli Defense officials will also be threatened by the physical violence. Pray for their safety and protection.

NEW USA SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO TO VISIT ISRAEL: Newly sworn in USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed from last week's NATO meeting in Brussels directly on to high level talks in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, his spokeswoman said. Speaking on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews in front of the secretary's government jet as he arrived from his Supreme Court swearing-in, Heather Nauert said the stops were chosen to reflect their "importance as key allies and partners in the region." Pompeo, who was confirmed as Secretary of State on 26 April 2018, will visit Israel during his first trip abroad as the Secretary of State. He is expected to meet with Israel’s PM Netanyahu. Pompeo is also likely to lead the USA delegation to the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May 2018. USA President Trump said last week that he also might attend the opening of the Jerusalem embassy. (JTA)

PRINCE ALBERT OF MONACO CELEBRATES ISRAEL’S 70TH: Prince Albert arrived Wed. 25 April, 2018 to an Independence Day reception, organized by the Israel-Monaco Friendship Association. Some 300 guests, including local business people, government officials and representatives of the Jewish community also attended the event, which took place at the luxurious Monaco Yacht Club, situated on the principality’s beautiful port beach. Israeli Nobel Laureate Prof. Dan Shechtman also traveled to Monaco for the reception. Ambassador to France and Monaco Aliza Bin-Noun said: “The reception was very moving. Prince Albert stayed throughout the evening and made an extremely Israel-friendly speech where he commented on the two countries’ warm relations. He also spoke about his commitment to continue battling anti-Semitism in Europe. (J.Post)

AT 70, ISRAEL’S ECONOMY EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS: In 1948, conventional wisdom considered the newly re-established Jewish state insolvent economically and indefensible militarily, a basket case. In the 30 years from 1987 to 2017, Israel's population doubled; its per capita GDP went from $8,000 to $41,000; its exports, from $10 billion to $102 billion; independent energy resources, from 4% to 65%; life expectancy, from 75 to 82 years. Since the year 2000, Israel's economy has grown 65%, the second best among OECD countries. (Jewish News) “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Ps. 35:27

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