“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Ps. 121:2-4
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TRUMP SIGNS PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: With Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu looking on, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. “Our relationship is powerful,” Trump said Mon. 25 March 2019 at the White House ceremony. “We will confront the poison of anti-Semitism through our words and more importantly our actions.” Trump’s formal recognition comes four days after he said on Twitter that it was time to do so and two weeks before elections in Israel. The proclamation is one of several actions taken by the Trump administration to boost Netanyahu, perhaps the international leader Trump is closest to, ahead of Israel’s 9 April 2019 vote. (JTA)
TRUMP REAFFIRMS USA COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL’S SECURITY: The White House on Monday night 25 March 2019 released a statement on USA President Donald Trump’s meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu. The statement said that the two leaders “reaffirmed the strong and special bond between the United States and Israel. President Trump and PM Netanyahu discussed their mutual interest in increased cooperation across a range of issues, including regional security, trade, research, and telecommunications security. President Trump underscored the United States' ironclad commitment to Israel's security, including the maintenance of Israel's qualitative military edge. PM Netanyahu expressed appreciation for the President's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and the two leaders reaffirmed the need to continue to counter Iran and its proxies to protect Israel and the region from Iranian aggression,” the readout said.
Trump and Netanyahu held a joint press conference at the White House Monday afternoon in which Trump signed an executive order officially recognizing Israel's sovereignty on the Golan Heights. Netanyahu later departed from Washington as he had cut his trip short due following the rocket attack on the Sharon region. Before leaving, Netanyahu told reporters, in reference to Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty on the Golan Heights, "I am returning from a historic visit to Washington and this is something that will be remembered for generations. It took us 50 years to achieve this. It belongs to us. We have historical foundations in the Golan Heights. When you put a hoe there, you discover magnificent synagogues that we are restoring. The Golan Heights is ours through our historical rights and the right to self-defense. And President Trump recognized that," said Netanyahu. (INN) “And I will bring my people Israel back from exile.“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.” Amos 9:14
AIR FORCE HITS ENEMY TARGETS AFTER 30 ROCKETS POUND ISRAEL: Israel Defense Force fighter jets assaulted 15 enemy targets early Tue. morning, 26 March 2019 as the rocket attacks on Israel's southern communities continued into a second day. The targets included a military compound belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Beit Hanun and a military compound belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Beit Lahiya. Over 30 rockets were shot into Israeli airspace, some being taken out mid-air by the Iron Dome defense system and others hitting open areas. The red alert siren sounded throughout the night in Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, and the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, where a spokeswoman for the cluster of communities said power was cut due to the attacks. Many residents reportedly slept in bomb shelters, as communities in the Gaza belt region have 15 seconds from the time the "code red" warning siren is sounded until rocket impact. The latest wave of rockets caused no injuries or property damage, but some residents were treated for shock. School was canceled for Tue. 26 March 2019 in the city of Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, areas that have been hit by rockets in past flare-ups.
The escalation started early Monday morning 25 March 2019 when Hamas launched a rocket that flew toward the center of the country, slamming into a private home in Kfar Saba. Seven people were injured and four dogs were killed. Located in the Sharon region, Kfar Saba, unlike the southern region, does not border on Gaza attesting to the range of the Gaza rockets. PM Netanyahu canceled his scheduled speech at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington and boarded a plane home to Israel following the attack. "We gave a very strong, very powerful response," he stated of the retaliatory attacks on Gaza following the destruction of the home on Monday. "Hamas needs to know that we will not hesitate to enter and take the necessary steps," he added. (Arutz-7) “When grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.” Isa. 26:10
BENNETT: ‘GIVE THE IDF THE ORDER TO DEFEAT HAMAS’: Chairman Naftali Bennett of the New Right Party said on Tue. 26 March 2019, "From here, I say, with the arrival of Prime Minister Netanyahu, the IDF must be given the order to defeat Hamas, to uproot Hamas from its ability to harm the residents of the south, not to speak of deterrence, but to take the sword to Hamas and break it. There is something to be done and we have to do it.” The education minister added, "Even the strongest army in the Middle East cannot win when the political echelon does not have the courage. The security leadership is not providing security for the south. It's okay to ask for some time and credit. My plan will also take time until everything is resolved, but the result will be uprooting the root of terror in Gaza." (Arutz-7)
CARDOZA-MOORE: IN GAZA THEY USE MISSILES, IN CONGRESS THEY USE ILHAN: Cardoza-Moore, the head of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, a non-profit organization established to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren, made her statement hours after a Hamas rocket pounded into a Jewish home in the Sharon region of Israel. “The objective remains the same, the utter destruction of Israel and America,” Cardoza-Moore said of the rocket and Omar. “We the people cannot stand by as she continues to raise money for organizations that seek our demise while professing to represent the constitution.” In a statement, she said that she “connected the dots between Washington and Gaza” after Monday morning’s 25 March rocket attack. Cardoza-Moore has vowed to double down her efforts to oust Omar from Congress after the Minnesota representative spoke at a fundraising event for the American division of the Muslim Brotherhood in Los Angeles last weekend. Many Christians joined grassroots protests outside the event. Cardoza-Moore made a personal and public request for Christians in the area to join and take action. In addition, she has amassed tens of thousands of signatures on a petition calling to remove Omar from Congress. Cardoza-Moore has a vast following. Her Christian TV program “Focus on Israel” has more than 2 billion weekly viewers. (J.Post) Pray that Ilhan Omar will be removed from the USA government for her obvious support of terrorist groups and her anti-Semitic stabs at Israel and Israel’s friends. Intercede also that others like her will not creep into important USA government posts.
POMPEO TO AIPAC: 'ANTI-ZIONISM IS ANTI-SEMITISM": "Israel should be admired, not attacked, embraced, not vilified," Pompeo stated at the annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. "I’m proud to lead American diplomacy to support Israel’s right to defend itself, stand with the Jewish people, and champion the perennial cause of religious liberty." Pompeo was one of the many elected officials from both Israel and America to speak at the event hosted by the pro-Israeli lobby. The State Department has historically been viewed by many pro-Israel activists as leaning toward pressuring Israel into compromise vis-a-vis the Palestinians. However, the Trump Administration has shifted the narrative, recognizing Israel's right to the Golan Heights on Mon. 25 March 2019. The strategic highlands was controlled by Syria from 1948 to 1967. Last year, USA President Donald Trump defended Israel's right to both eastern and western Jerusalem, moving the USA embassy to the capital. "The rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism strikes at the very foundation of freedom," Pompeo added. "The Trump Administration opposes it unequivocally and will fight it relentlessly, from the fever swamp of the UN Human Rights Council to the world’s number one proponent of anti-Semitism: Iran." PM Netanyahu was scheduled to speak at the conference but returned to Israel early due to the rocket attack crisis. (J.Post)
REPUBLICANS TO INTRODUCE TWO BILLS AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM: Senate Republicans are set to introduce two bills that oppose anti-Semitism, media sources reported on Mon. 25 March 2019. The bills follow the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar, the freshman Muslim Democrat from Minnesota, who has caused an uproar over anti-Semitic remarks she made about Israel and its supporters. Omar came under fire after she suggested on Twitter that Republicans were attacking her at the behest of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. She subsequently issued a half-hearted apology before ultimately deleting the controversial tweets. Omar later caused another uproar when, at a public event, she appeared to refer to domestic support for Israel as “allegiance to a foreign country”. One of the bills to be proposed by the Republicans is a resolution declaring that “anti-Semitism has for hundreds of years included attacks on the loyalty of Jews.” The resolution is meant as a criticism of Omar. It is expected to be introduced this week by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). The second, called the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, is a bipartisan bill first introduced in 2016 to use resources in the Education Department’s Civil Rights Division to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses. (Arutz-7)
SOUTH KOREA COMPANIES TO INVEST 12 MILLION USD IN ISRAELI INNOVATION: South Korean Yozma Group Asia and group BioLeaders Corporation announced this week that they will invest roughly 12 million USD in Israeli anti-cancer technology based on technology developed at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science. Yozma Group Asia will invest 2 million USD in On-Sight Medical Inc., which is currently developing an easy-to-use ultrasound technology that patients may use on their own and analyze the results. Once in service, the technology will solve the deficit in the numbers of trained technicians, as well as help, ease the workload in hospitals. Another company to receive investments from Korea is BioLeaders, which is currently developing an anti-cancer drug. The cancer therapy will be founded on the discovery by Israeli scientists that the p53 protein is disabled in roughly two-thirds of cancer types. Israeli scientists developed a new protein [peptide] which restores p53 protein's normal functions. During the therapy in lab mice with human cancer tumors, the mice experienced a diminishing of the tumors and, in some cases, their complete disappearance. (J.Post)
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