“You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.” Ps 18:35
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TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VIOLENT RIOTERS GATHER ALONG GAZA-ISRAEL BORDER: Approximately 40,000 rioters and demonstrators gathered Saturday, 30 March 2019 in several locations along the Gaza security fence, the IDF reported. The rioters hurled rocks and set tires on fire. In addition, a number of grenades and explosive devices were hurled at the Gaza-Israel security fence in a number of different incidents. Most of the demonstrators are still gathered near tents set up close to the Gaza border. IDF troops have responded with riot dispersal means and fired in accordance with standard operating procedures. (Arutz-7) Please continue to pray without ceasing for the protection of young men and women serving in Israel’s military whose lives are daily in danger at the Gaza-Israel border. Intercede for the protection of Jewish communities there and for the safety and comforting of children facing non-stop violence at this time. Pray against principalities and powers of hatred and violence.
OVER 2,000 VIOLENT INCIDENTS ORIGINATED IN GAZA LAST YEAR: More than 2,000 violent incidents emanated from Gaza in the past year, Israel said last week. Palestinians in Gaza launched 1,233 rockets, hurled 94 explosive devices and 600 firebombs across the security fence, and committed 152 acts of arson against Israeli forces. Rocket fire killed one Israeli and injured 126. Palestinian attacks on the security fence killed one Israeli soldier and wounded 16. Arson kites torched thousands of acres of Israeli farmland, causing over $9.5 million in damage. Last week alone, a total of 55 terrorist attacks were recorded across Israel, bringing the total number of attacks in 2019 to 501. (Times of Israel/Arutz-7)
‘NO CHILD ON THIS PLANET SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ROCKETS’: Jason Greenblatt, the USA Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Friday 29 March 2019 called for an end to the violence around Gaza, as Gazans were preparing for violent riots along the border with Israel on the occasion of Land Day. Greenblatt retweeted a video prepared by the Israeli Foreign Ministry which documents Israeli mothers who live near the Gaza border and raise their children under rocket fire. “No child on this planet should have to worry about rockets or missile attacks - these brave mothers in Israel, who are sadly all too familiar with sirens, speak about the effects Hamas' attacks have on them, their families, and communities. The violence must end!” wrote the USA envoy. Last week, Hamas took things further when it fired a rocket which hit a home in the Sharon region, located more than 50 miles from Gaza, injuring seven people. Hamas initially claimed that the rocket was fired by mistake, later changing their story to say that "bad weather" caused the launch. However, on Tues. 26 March 2019, Hamas admitted that the launch had indeed been intentional, and was carried out at Iran's behest. (INN)
USA TO PUT ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS ON THE MAP: United States government maps are slated to be redrawn to reflect USA President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. A State Department spokesperson said that the map changes would be “consistent” with Trump’s declaration, although he did not indicate how long it would take to make this change. USA Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said the government would release them “as soon as they are ready.” Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981. Until now, no member of the international community has officially recognized Israeli sovereignty in the area. Since Trump made his decision and then signed a ratified declaration a few days later, 14 out of 15 UN Security Council member states have condemned the move. (J.Post)
IRAN TELLS ARABS TO RESIST TRUMP’S PRO-ISRAEL MOVES: Iran on Friday 29 March 2019 called on Palestinian Arabs to be “steadfast in their resistance” against USA President Donald Trump’s moves in support of Israel on Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The statement came on the eve of “Land Day” and as Gazans prepared to hold marches along the border fence with Israel the following day. “The USA president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the occupied Golan Heights as part of the illegitimate Zionist regime, shows clearly that Palestinian resistance and perseverance is the right path,” Iran’s foreign ministry said on its website. Trump last week signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights which was liberated by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War. Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week accused Trump of "colonialism" in the wake of the Golan move, saying, "Nobody could have believed that a man would come in America and against all international laws give away land belonging to one country to an aggressor.” (INN)
THE MORAL CASE FOR RECOGNIZING JEWISH SOVEREIGNTY ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: The name Golan appears for the first time in the Bible in the book of Deuteronomy as allocated to the tribe of Menashe. The Hasmonean King of Judea, Alexander Jannaeus, conquered the Golan in the first century BC, and settled the city of Gamla. The remains of the synagogue in Gamla is thought to date from the late first century BC. In the days of the Mishna and the Talmud (200-500 AD), many Jewish communities existed in the Golan, as evidenced by the writings of the Jewish sages and backed by archaeological findings. From the beginning of Ottoman rule in 1300 AD until the middle of the 19th century, the Golan was mostly a desolate frontier region ruled by Bedouin tribes. At the end of the 19th century, several attempts were made by Jews to resettle in the Golan, including on lands purchased by Baron Rothschild. At the start of the Six-Day War, the Syrians shelled the Hula Valley and the town of Rosh Pina, and Syrian tanks tried to advance toward Kibbutz Dan. In the last days of the war, the Israeli government decided to conquer the Golan Heights and put an end to the threat of Syrian shelling. (Times of Israel/J.Post)
OF COURSE THE USA SHOULD RECOGNIZE ISRAEL’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS: In 2011, when the Syrian conflict began, Iran deeply entrenched its forces and its proxies in Syria, while Sunni jihadist groups like ISIS spread throughout the country. Israel recognized the obvious reality: if Syria regained control of the Golan, Israel's worst enemies would be in prime position to attack. With its strategic line of volcanic hills, the Golan gives Israel an absolutely essential topographical advantage. Moreover, Mount Hermon provides the Israeli military critical intelligence. Ceding the Golan to Syria now would be suicidal, allowing the likes of ISIS and Iran to target tens of thousands of Israelis. Israel has controlled the Golan for 52 years, and no Israeli government will ever give up the territory. So Trump's decision changes nothing; it just puts a stop to any delusional notions that the USA would pressure Israel to cede the Golan. Now the USA has made a statement that will deter Israel's adversaries from trying to conquer the Golan. (Washington Free Beacon)
GOLAN RECOGNITION TELLS PALESTINIANS THAT TIME IS NOT ON THEIR SIDE: By recognizing Israel's sovereignty on the Golan, the USA is telling the Palestinians that the next step isn't a better offer. It might be USA recognition of Israeli annexation of part of Judea & Samaria. If you think we won't do it, just look at the Golan. This kind of hardball is probably the only way to disrupt the totally irrational mindset of Palestinians that time is on their side - a mindset artificially kept on life support by decades of status-quo diplomacy. The writer teaches Middle Eastern history at Shalem College in Jerusalem. (Facebook) “The Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.” Jer. 20:11
TOURIST RAV-KAV BUS-TRAIN CARDS NOW SOLD AT AIRPORT: Rav-Kav smart travel cards are now on sale for tourists at Ben Gurion airport. Since the smart card travel reform has been introduced in Israel's major cities in recent months, tourists have found themselves in an awkward situation. Unable to buy cards when boarding buses, they have been either forced to buy more expensive individual tickets for each ride or made hasty last-minute purchases at bus or railway stations without really understanding the system. The tourist Rav-Kav card called Israel Pass will be sold at a special stand at Ben Gurion Airport's Terminal 3. The anonymous pass (Israelis hold cards with their name, ID number, and picture) can be loaded with a specific amount for inter-changeable travel on buses and trains. Alternatively, tourists can buy daily or weekly cards for travel throughout the country. The cards also provide a 20% discount on entrance fees to Israel Nature and Parks Authority sites, which include Masada, Caesarea and much more. (Jerusalem Life) This is indeed an important note for those who are planning to visit Israel. Be sure to purchase that little green card know as the “Rav-Kav” at Ben Gurion Airport’s Terminal 3. Public transportation prices are very reasonable. Just save yourself the frustration of trying to figure it out at the train or bus station in a foreign language with foreign currency.
JOIN US FOR THE 2019 SUCCOT CELEBRATION: Begin now to plan for the annual Vision for Israel Succot Celebration at the Pavilion in the center of downtown Jerusalem. The dates will be 15 Oct. – 17 Oct. 2019. Take part in praise and worship with Joshua Aaron, Barry and Batya Segal, the Kadosh Dancers and local worship teams. Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East with Dennis Greenidge, David Herzog, Barry Segal, Benjamin Siegal, Jones Boateng, Victoria Sarvadi, Tony Sperendao, Nizar Touma and more to come. Connect with local believers and congregations in the land. Walk and dance on the streets of Jerusalem during the annual Jerusalem March! VFI will also be marking its 25th anniversary in Jerusalem for which there will be a special celebration. For further details including times, venue location, and suggested hotel accommodations, visit our Event’s page on the VFI website at: https://www.visionforisrael.com/en/events/681/succot-celebration-jerusalem-2019-darkness-to-light
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