“Be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” 1 Pet 4: 7
IDF LEVELS GAZA HIGH RISE BUILDINGS IN AGGRESSIVE RESPONSE: A senior Israeli Air Force official said Israel’s response in Gaza to this week’s wave of rocket and mortar attacks has been aggressive, with airstrikes targeting key terror centers in the Strip, yet managing to avoid significant casualties in densely-populated urban areas. “These attacks are very different from what we did in the past,” the officer said, “both in terms of quantity and quality of the targets. The level of targets being hit is much higher – six and seven-story buildings in the heart of Gaza City. And the attacks on them are having a very significant effect on the other side.”The officer compared the airstrikes to Israel’s responses to Hamas provocations during the summer of 2014, dubbed Operation Protective Edge. “During the entire seven-week Operation Protective Edge, we hit two targets like these. Last night [Mon. 12 Nov. 2018] alone we hit four. Our operations are very, very aggressive. We don’t want to be in a situation where we’re playing ‘ping pong’ back and forth over every rocket attack. We are making the enemy pay a very heavy price". The IDF declared earlier on Tue.13 Nov. 2018 that the IAF had hit 150 terror targets across the Gaza Strip within 120 minutes. “We hit dozens of targets in under two hours, including four ‘super targets’ – multi-story buildings in the heart of the city. We did all this without killing anyone, and we made sure that the surrounding buildings were evacuated.” The IDF killed two terrorists Tue. morning, 13 Nov. 2018 including one involved in firing rockets at Israel, and a second who had infiltrated into Israeli territory. Four others were killed during Israel’s retaliatory strikes overnight. (Arutz-7) Israel with Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Tue. evening 13 Nov. 2018, as a result of mediation efforts by Egypt and the UN after two days of fighting that saw close to 500 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel and heavy IDF bombardments in the Strip in retaliation. The ceasefire was approved by PM Benjamin Netanyahu despite strong opposition from some members of his Security Cabinet. Most likely this is simply another "lull" rather than a "ceasefire" that Hamas seldom observes for more than a few hours or days.
SDEROT MAYOR: THESE IMAGINARY CEASE FIRES HAVE NO PURPOSE: Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi commented on Tue. night 13 Nov. 2018 on the ceasefire that was agreed upon in southern Israel, after hundreds of rockets and mortars were fired by Gaza terrorists towards communities and cities in the south. "My feeling is unchanged, because only a large-scale military operation like Protective Edge will bring with it the quiet we aspire to". Davidi also discussed the protest of residents of the Gaza envelope against the ceasefire. "The feelings of frustration and disappointment of the residents of the city are understandable to us and it is difficult not to identify with them. My statement is clear and unequivocal - we must not allow Hamas and the terrorist organizations to dictate the agenda to us. No more!" he stressed. "I see first and foremost all our residents, who have been victims of terror from Gaza for 18 years. These imaginary ceasefires have no purpose, and this has already been proven. I hope for a quiet night and quiet days for us all," said Davidi. Gaza terrorists fired nearly 500 rockets and mortars toward southern Israel starting on Sun. night 11 Nov. 2018 and until Tue. afternoon 13 Nov. 2018. One person was killed and over 50 injured from rocket and mortar strikes, and a number of private homes were struck during the onslaught. Later Tue.13 Nov. 2018, Hamas confirmed a report that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire had been reached, but made it clear that the organization would be obligated to it only as long as the "Zionist enemy" fulfilled its commitment to the ceasefire. (Arutz-7) Pray for the shattered residents of Sderot and other southern Israel communities that have once again been victims of terrorist rocket fire, school and business closures, injury, shock and property damage. Pray for their comfort and soon coming victory over their enemies.
GAZA’S ISLAMIST RULERS WILL NOT ALLOW QUIET TO PREVAIL: Israel has sought to avoid a deeper conflict in Gaza. It even allowed the transfer to Gaza of $15 million in Qatari cash to relieve the economic pressure there. Israel withdrew its army and uprooted the 8,000 Jewish civilians who lived in Gaza in 2005. But Hamas wants all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. The riots and the tunneling and the rocket fire amount to extortion. But a murderous extortionist cannot be bought off. Sooner or later, Hamas must be faced down. And in the battle between a sovereign state that is obligated to ensure security for its citizens, and a ruthless, cynical terrorist organization, backed by Iran and committed to Israel's destruction, there can and must be only one winner. (Times of Israel) Pray according to scripture:“You give us victory over our enemies, You put our adversaries to shame.” Ps. 44:7
AMBASSADOR DANNY DANON PLAYS ‘RED ALERT’ SIREN AT THE UN: Before Tuesday’s 13 Nov. 2018, UN Security Council debate on the escalation in southern Israel, Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the UN, addressed the media. "Every time Hamas shoots a rocket - children at school, adults at work, families all over the country hear this," Danon said to the piercing sound of the, "Red Alert" air raid siren playing from a phone. "Think of the children running fearfully into bomb shelters," he continued. "Certain morally bankrupt members of the Security Council will jump to blame Israel, and others who pretend to be objective will call for restraint on both sides. But let me be clear: there is no 'both sides'. There is Hamas that attacks and fires over 460 missiles at civilians, and there is Israel that protects its people. The Security Council must condemn Hamas for its aggressive assault," the ambassador added. In a letter to the Council's members, the ambassador noted that "after a day of rocket barrages, there is no room for any other definition of Hamas except that of terrorist organization. To the world it presents its civilians as victims, but then uses them as human shields." Danon added that "Israel cooperated with all international bodies, including the UN, but the aggressive escalation from Gaza indicates that there are elements pushing for another round of violence that will cause destruction and losses within the Gaza Strip." (INN)
YOUR FINANCIAL HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED! As of Tuesday morning 13 Nov. 2018, some 500 rockets had been shot into Israel from the Gaza Strip. A fragile ceasefire is now in place that has every likelihood of being broken by terrorists within in the coming hours. Israel has been in the process of retaliation but in the meantime, many folks have been hunkered down in bomb shelters with frightened children and no electricity. Israeli residents have been killed, injured and dozens of victims have been treated for shock. Buildings have been damaged. School has been cancelled in all Gaza border communities, as well as in Be’er Shevah, Omer, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi and Gedera. Also on Tuesday, Eilat Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi instructed the municipality to prepare to host of 300 families from the Gaza border communities during the upcoming weekend. At this time Vision for Israel is in the process of preparing and sending backup supplies and giving support down south. On Wednesday Barry delivered 200 presents for children in Sderot. We urgently need your financial help to equip our gifts to meet many needs during this time of emergency. Please give now at: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.
JEWISH BUSINESSMAN CONFIRMED AS TUNISIA’S TOURISM MINISTER: The Tunisian parliament on Mon. 12 Nov. 2018 approved a cabinet reshuffle proposed by PM Youssef Chahed, which includes a Jewish businessman as minister of tourism. The approval is widely seen in Tunisia as a victory for Chahed over his political opponents, including his party Nidaa Tounes, who demanded that he step down because of his government's failure to revive the economy. Chahed named 10 new ministers last week in a cabinet reshuffle he hopes will inject fresh blood into his government. Rene Trabelsi, in becoming minister of tourism in the Muslim Arab country, became only the third member of the small minority of 2,000 Jews to enter a cabinet since Tunisia's independence in 1956. Lawmakers voted to approve the reshuffle, giving Chahed support to push on with economic reforms. Since 2011, Tunisia’s economy has been in crisis and nine cabinets have failed to resolve economic problems, including high inflation and unemployment. Tunisia’s government has been showcasing its Jewish heritage sites, including Djerba, whose ancient synagogue was on Tunis’ list last year for locales put forth for recognition as world heritage sites by the UN. In Sept. 2018, the Tunisian city of Sousse decided to name four streets for local prominent Jews. While local Jews have been honored, the country does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. (Arutz-7)
FRANCE ROCKED BY 69% RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM AS ACTS BECOME ‘RELENTLESS’ PM WARNS: After a two-year drop, France has been hit by a staggering 69% rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the past nine months, said PM Edouard Philippe. The French prime minister used the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of 9 November 1938, when Jews were “systematically” targeted by the Nazis, to warn about the “relentless” acts of anti-Semitism taking place in his country. “We are very far from being finished with anti-Semitism,” Philippe said on his Facebook page, branding the number of acts perpetrated against Jews “relentless.” Despite seeing a drop in offences in the past two years, France has in the past nine months been hit by a 69% increase, he said. “Every aggression perpetrated against one of our citizens because they are Jewish echoes like the breaking of new crystal,” Philippe said, before outlining government plans to crack down on the rise in anti-Jewish sentiment. He said the government will be testing a group of magistrates and investigators to help tackle the issue. A national team will also be mobilized in schools from mid-November to aid teachers in fending off growing anti-Semitism, while there will also be a legislative process aimed at the withdrawal of hateful content online. According to French news outlet France24, Jews in France make up less than one percent of the population, and yet they were victims of 40% of crime registered as racially or religiously motivated in 2017. (WND) In the words of one Rabbi: “The right response to rapidly rising anti-Semitism would be that the Jewish people would say that it’s happening again and pack up and leave.” Continue to pray that many Jews living outside of Israel will decide to make aliyah (immigrate), and make Israel their home.
FBI FINDS SPIKE IN REPORTS OF ANTI-SEMITIC ACTS: Anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased by 37% over the past year, according to data released by the FBI this week. Hate crimes have long targeted the Jewish community in disproportionate numbers. But the bureau received 938 reports of acts against American Jews in 2017, which the USA Justice Department said led it to be “particularly troubled” by the spike. The figure represents a significant portion of hate crimes reported to the FBI in total. The Anti-Defamation League reported similar findings in its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents. Their records found an increase of 57% from the previous year. (J. Post)
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