“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13
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ISRAEL RECOVERS BODY OF USA-BORN SOLDIER MISSING SINCE 1982: The remains of Brooklyn-born Sgt. First Class Zachary Baumel, 21, who went missing during the First Lebanon War battle at Sultan Yaaqoub on 11 June 1982, have been repatriated, the Israel Defense Forces said on Wed. 3 March 2019. Sgt. First Class Zachary Baumel was buried in Jerusalem the following day at Mount Herzl. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thur. 4 April 2019 that Russian soldiers, together with the Syrians, found the remains of the missing Israeli soldier. Putin made the remarks alongside PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Moscow that same day. Netanyahu thanked Russia on behalf of the people of Israel, adding that Russian soldiers endangered themselves in the quest to locate Baumel's body. The operation to return Zachary Baumel's remains to Israel was one of the most impressive in the country's history. In a series of intelligence operations, the Military Intelligence Directorate and Mossad pinpointed Baumel's exact resting place. There are very few countries in the world that after 37 years would continue searching for their missing soldiers, let alone jeopardize intelligence assets in the process. (NY Times/Ha’aretz/Israel Hayom) Many Jewish families experience unresolved grief over loved-ones who remain missing as a result of IDF war and military operations. Please intercede that miracles will occur for those who are yet living to be returned to Israel - or that God’s mercy and peace may prevail in cases where the missing are deceased. May the bodies of those men and women who have been struck down be located, returned to their families and laid to rest in Israel.
ARCHEOLOGISTS UNEARTH SECOND TEMPLE ERA BEERSHEBA TOWN: The Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have discovered archeological evidence of a Jewish town in Beersheba from the Second Temple period, the Authority announced on Thur. 4 April 2019. The remains of the settlement extends over a wide area which reportedly includes various buildings and installations, ancient refuse pits and an underground system that may have been used as a ritual bath. The site, dated from the 1st century AD also features underground hidden passageways used by the Jewish fighters against the Romans. During the excavation, archeologists found a fragment of a candle which was decorated with a picture of a 9-branched candelabra, the earliest known appearance of a menorah in art. (J. Post/Israel Today)
REPORT: ‘DEAL OF THE CENTURY’ TO BE PRESENTED NEXT MONTH: The Arab website Al-Khaleej reported on Thur. 4 April 2019 that USA President Donald Trump is expected to present his “Deal of the Century” on 15 May of this year. According to the report, Trump has completed all preparations for the deal, including approvals for funding from other Arab countries to ensure the economic side of the agreement. According to estimates, the Arab countries that will be partners in the deal are Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and even the United Arab Emirates. Arab commentators and officials warn their peoples that Trump's deal will be the “elimination of the Palestinian dream” and will include an Arab "concession" of territories for the benefit of the State of Israel. It is estimated that the agreement includes land swaps between Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt and economic aid to Palestinians by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The agreement also includes a plan to lay a pipeline from Saudi Arabia to the Gaza Strip and to build refineries in Gaza to add jobs for the residents and, in the future, even the construction of desalination plants. According to a draft agreement, Jordan will give land to the Palestinians, and in return, it will receive territory from Saudi Arabia. Egypt will return to Saudi Arabia two islands in the Red Sea which the latter gave to Egyptian administration in 1950. (Arutz-7)
CNN REPORTER SAYS HAIFA IS IN THE ‘WEST BANK’: CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour identified Haifa in northern Israel as being located in the 'West Bank,' (the Jordanian name for Judea and Samaria), in introducing a Palestinian Arab human rights lawyer. Amanpour made the gaffe last week during her global affairs interview program on CNN. She introduced human rights lawyer Diana Buttu to respond to an interview with Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, who discussed the as yet unveiled United States peace plan. “Diana Buttu is a human rights lawyer and she joins me from Haifa, on the West Bank,” Amanpour said. The clip of the introduction was tweeted by Hillel Neuer, executive director of the NGO UN Watch. He said in his tweet that “Haifa is not ‘on the West Bank.’ It’s in Israel. Where Jews & Arabs live together in harmony.” Haifa, located in northern Israel, is the third largest city in Israel and has a mixed Jewish and Arab population. (Arutz-7)
BEIJING AIRPORT SELECTS ISRAELI RADAR TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT RUNWAYS: Beijing Capital International Airport, the second busiest airport in the world, has selected Xsight Systems' foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution to improve runway safety. RunWize, which will be installed at the airport's eastern runway, continuously monitors and detects any forms of debris or other hazards that could interfere with runway operations, increasing safety and boosting runway capacity by facilitating rapid detection and removal of debris. Last year, more than 100 million passengers traveled through Beijing Capital International Airport, only surpassed by Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Debris and other potential threats on runways, such as bird strikes, cost the global aviation industry an estimated $12 billion per year. Boston Logan International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Ben-Gurion Airport, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport have all installed Xsight Systems' technology. The Ministry of Defense has also acquired the RunWize system to install at Israeli Air Force bases. "We are proud to bring our industry-leading technology to Beijing Capital International Airport," said Xsight Systems CEO Alex Koren. "This important achievement serves as a seal of approval of Xsight’s reputation worldwide. We are very pleased that China's biggest airport has chosen to keep safety as a top priority." (J.Post)
WITH TURKISH LOSS OF F-35, ISRAEL KEEPS ITS AERIAL SUPERIORITY: The Pentagon's decision to stop the delivery of F-35 stealth fighter jet equipment to Turkey due to Ankara's decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system will allow Israel to keep its aerial superiority in the Middle East. Israel currently has 14 F-35 jets and is expected to have 50 planes by 2024. A senior Israeli defense official was quoted by media sources in Aug. 2018 as saying that Israel would like to be the only country in the Middle East with the F-35 in order to keep its qualitative military edge and out of fears that the jet's capabilities would be leaked to enemy countries. As a partner in the F-35 program, Turkey invested over $1 billion on the jet, with several local companies producing fuselages and cockpit screens. Turkish defense companies also produce high-end SOM-J missiles for the Joint Strike Fighter program and Turkey is Europe's maintenance and repair center for the F-35. The already fragile relations between Israel and Turkey have been increasingly strained in recent months as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a vocal critic of Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians, has intensified his rhetoric. (J. Post)
ISRAELI SPACECRAFT BERESHEET ENTERS MOON’S ORBIT: The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has successfully entered the moon’s orbit in its last major step before landing on the moon. With this latest development, Israel became the seventh country ever to enter the moon’s orbit. Cheers and applause greeted the news at the Beresheet control room in Yehud, Israel on Thur. 4 April 2019 after the spacecraft swung free of the earth’s gravitational pull and entered the moon’s. The maneuver, the spacecraft’s seventh, was conducted with full communication between the control room and Beresheet, and broadcast live on social media. The lunar lander is expected to touch down on the moon’s surface on the evening of 11 April 2019, in the northeastern part of Mare Serenitatis, or the Sea of Serenity, a flat area on the moon’s surface.
Beresheet was launched on 22 Feb.2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, It has so far traveled over 3.4 million miles in its orbits around the earth and will travel 1 million more around the moon. After it lands on the moon it will take photographs of the landing site and a selfie to prove Israel landed on the moon. It also will measure the moon’s magnetic field as part of an experiment carried out in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. It will leave on the surface of the moon a time capsule containing a database of hundreds of digital files ranging from details about the SpaceIL to national symbols, cultural items, and materials collected from the general public over the years. The spacecraft is not expected to return to earth. (JTA) Pray that this happy and courageous endeavor on the part of Israel will result in a historical, joyful mission accomplished!
RESEARCH FINDS ISRAEL HAS WORLD’S HEALTHIEST DIET: Research carried out by Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington in the USA has found that Israel has the world's healthiest diet. The results of the study entitled the 'Global Burden of Disease' were published in the UK medical journal "The Lancet." The research tracked trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries. Dr. Murray wrote, "This study affirms what many have thought for several years - that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world. While sodium, sugar, and fat have been the focus of policy debates over the past two decades, our assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables. The paper also highlights the need for comprehensive interventions to promote the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy foods across all nations." The study says, "The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), France, Spain, Japan, and Andorra." (Globes) “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.” Ps. 104:14-15
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