Israel Reaches Another Milestone As Population Crosses 9 Million People

May 5, 2019

"I will bring your children from the east, and I will gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring My sons from far away, and My daughters from the ends of the earth.  Bring every one who is called by My name, for I have made him for My honor, yes, I made him." Isa. 43:5-7

ISRAEL REACHES ANOTHER MILESTONE AS POPULATION CROSSES 9 MILLION PEOPLE: Just days before Israel begins its 71st anniversary on Wed. evening 8 May 2019, new figures show the number of Jews and overall population have reached a record high. The Central Bureau of Statistics on Thur. 2 May 2019 reported that the number of residents in Israel stood at 9,009,000. The number of Jews is 6,738,500, or 74.8%. In 1948, Israel had 850,000 residents, of which an estimated 650,000 were Jewish. (Israel Hayom)  

HAMAS FIRES OVER 430 ROCKETS FROM GAZA; 4 ISRAELIS WOUNDED, 1 MAN KILLED: Over 430 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli communities on Saturday 4 May 2019. The assault continued overnight, striking several homes, leaving one elderly woman severely wounded by shrapnel and one man dead. Dozens of projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Several rockets hit homes in communities in southern Israel, including in Sderot and Ashkelon. Magen David Adom reported that a  60-year-old man was declared dead on Saturday night after being critically wounded at approximately 2:30 a.m. following a rocket attack which hit a building in the Ashkelon area.  An 80-year-old woman was injured severely earlier in the day and is suffering from shrapnel wounds to her head and limbs. She was evacuated to Barzilai Hospital by MDA teams. Another 50-year-old man in Ashkelon was transferred to hospital moderately injured with shrapnel wounds to his limbs. In addition, MDA treated 3 people who were injured while they were running to shelter including a 15-year-old girl in Sderot, a 30-year-old male in Ashkelon and a 40-year-old female in Gan Yavne.  MDA teams also treated numerous victims suffering from shock including an 11-year-old girl. Incoming rocket sirens began on Saturday morning and by the afternoon were heard in Kiryat Malachi and Beit Shemesh. Meanwhile, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said on Sunday morning that during the night, IDF warplanes attacked some 60 terrorist targets. By early morning 200 terrorist targets were attacked. In addition, a number of naval vessels belonging to the terrorist organizations throughout the Gaza Strip. (J.Post) Pray for the comforting of those who have lost a loved one in this barrage of attacks from the the Gaza Strip.  Intercede for the swift and complete of those people who were wounded in Saturday's attack and for an end to repeated terrorist assaults of all nature being launched from the Gaza Strip against Israel.

MIKE POMPEO CALLS ILHAN OMAR’S COMMENTS ON VENEZUELA ‘DISGUSTING’: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed back at Rep. Ilhan Omar for blaming the USA for the violence in Venezuela – calling her comments “ignorant” and “disgusting.” Vice President Mike Pence said Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar 'chooses socialism over freedom' in claiming the American government exacerbated the violence in Venezuela. The Minnesota Democrat alleged that the USA created “the devastation” in the South American nation through the use of sanctions and the pursuit of “regime change” amid unrest over a contested election between socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó. “So, the nicest thing I can say is it is unbelievable ignorance. It’s just factually wrong,” said Pompeo. The top USA diplomat blamed Venezuela’s problems on socialism. “The problems in Venezuela have been years in the making. It’s been a socialist regime, first with Hugo Chavez, now with Maduro. The destruction of a wealthy nation is taking place, a nation with more oil reserves than any other country in the world,” he said.

In blasting Omar, Pompeo brought up that she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “For a member of Congress, one who sits on an important national committee, to make a statement blaming America first in this way, is not only ignorant, it’s disgusting,” he said. The freshman Democratic congresswoman said of America’s role in Venezuela. “A lot of the policies that we have put in place has helped lead the devastation in Venezuela and we have set the stage for where we are arriving today,” Omar told, “Democracy Now!” “This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change does not help the people of countries like Venezuela and it certainly is not in the interest of the United States.” (NY Post) Intercessors, pray this congresswoman out of office.  Ignorance alone is a good reason, however, her continued anti-Israel/anti-Semitic statements and friendships with top anti-Semitic chiefs is the most important reason for her to be removed from her position.  Omar simply does not belong in the USA government. She is a product of infiltration into high places in an Islamist strategy know as “stealth Jihad.”

SECRET VENEZUELA FILES LINK MADURO CONFIDANT WITH HIZBULLAH: Tareck El Aissami, one of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's closest confidants, has been the target of wide-ranging investigations by his own country's intelligence agency. According to a secret dossier provided to the NY Times by a former top Venezuelan intelligence official, El Aissami and his father, Carlos Zaidan El Aissami, a Syrian immigrant who had worked with the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist group, pushed to bring Hizbullah into Venezuela.  Carlos was involved in a plan to train Hizbullah members in Venezuela, "with the aim of expanding intelligence networks throughout Latin America and at the same time working in drug trafficking," the documents say. Tareck helped by using his authority over residency permits to issue official documents to Hizbullah terrorists, enabling them to stay in the country. (NY Times) The Hizbullah terrorist organization is one of Israel’s most dangerous foes. It is Iranian backed and constantly threatening to attack Israel and to infiltrate Israel’s Galilee region. Hizbullah is the terrorist group that has built attack tunnels under Israel’s northern borders and even upon being discovered has vowed it will continue to do the same. Pray that Hizbullah’s connection with Venezuela and other Latin American countries will be exposed and cut off. May heavy penalties be imposed on those who support and further terrorism and drug trafficking.

ALABAMA DEM OPPOSING ABORTION BILL: ‘SOME KIDS ARE UNWANTED, SO YOU KILL THEM NOW OR YOU KILL THEM LATER’: A Democratic state representative from Alabama is facing fierce backlash over his remarks in opposition to the abortion ban that was approved in his state, saying that "some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later." The Republican-controlled House in Alabama overwhelming approved a bill that would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of a pregnancy -- with a sole exemption for women whose health is at risk. The measure passed with a 74-3 vote. The bill will now advance to the state Senate. Supporters of the legislation hope that the fight will carry on to the USA Supreme Court and encourage the justices to revisit the landmark Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. However, one of the state-level opponents to the anti-abortion legislation, Democratic Rep. John Rogers of Birmingham, spoke out against the vote. "Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair." He continued by saying some children who face abortion could be "retarded" and "half-deformed." Rogers received major backlash for his remarks. (Fox) Sickening! Continue to intercede against one of humanity’s worst crimes; the approval and practice of abortion. The murder of the innocents in the womb - and even babies partially or fully born - was at the beginning of 2019 reported to be the leading cause of global death.

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IS MODERN-DAY ‘GENOCIDE’ SAYS REPORT: Christians are 'by far the most persecuted' religious group and are enduring what amounts to genocide in some parts of the world, a report concluded. They are being driven out of the Middle East in a modern-day exodus that means the religion could be wiped out in parts 'where its roots go back furthest', the study commissioned by the British Foreign Office found. And the report by the Bishop of Truro, the Right Rev Philip Mounstephen, disclosed 'shocking' evidence that the persecution is worse today than ever. Some 245 million Christians are persecuted worldwide in 50 countries, with a rise of 30 million people a year. The bishop said the study found Christians are 'harassed' in more countries than any other religious group, and especially in predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa. In particular, they have been attacked by extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-eastern Nigeria, and the Philippines, as well as in India and China. He added that the Middle East is witnessing the 'decimation of some of the faith group's oldest and most enduring communities' and called for 'urgent government support'. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt blamed 'political correctness' for a failure to confront the oppression of Christians, which he called the 'forgotten persecution'. Hunt said he would use Britain's diplomatic influence to defend Christians where they were under attack for their faith, and admitted the problem was sometimes neglected due to 'misplaced worry' that confronting it would be interpreted as 'colonialist'.  A final version of the inquiry, commissioned by Hunt, will be released this summer and will cover the Easter Sunday massacre in Sri Lanka. (UK Dailymail) “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.”  Heb. 13:3

ABBAS WANT RUSSIA TO SOLVE ITS TERROR PAYMENT’S CRISIS WITH ISRAEL: The Palestinian Authority has demanded that Russia resolve the terror-payment crisis as it rejected an EU compromise solution. To protest Israel's withholding of taxes equal to the sum of money that the PA uses to pay terrorists and their families, the PA has refused to accept any of its tax revenues, a move which many believe could lead to its financial collapse. According to the UN, tax revenues make up 65% of the PA budget. The PA rejected an EU proposal that would place the prisoners on the social welfare roll, where money would be provided on a needs-based system. The PA insisted that the prisoners be paid on the basis of "merit" [according to the severity of the terror act]. Although the EU often sees eye-to-eye with the Palestinians, it took a strong stand against the terror payments. EU Commissioner for the European Neighborhood Johannes Hahn said: "We do not support the system of Palestinian payments to prisoners and martyrs."  Last weekend PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with the head of the Russian Representative Office in Ramallah, Aganin Rashidovich, and demanded that Russia intervene with Israel to halt the deductions. (J.Post)  Rightly did the book of Job speak with accuracy about deceived leaders of the earth who conduct their affairs without any degree of logic or understanding. Such are the PA chiefs. “He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.”  Job 12:24

CAPSULE HOTEL OPENS IN JERUSALEM: Popular for years in overcrowded Asian countries like China and Japan, capsule, or pod hotels are now making their way to Israel. The first such accommodation, appropriately named Capsule Inn, opened recently in downtown Jerusalem with 26 capsules neatly arranged in one large open space. Each capsule has a comfortable bed, cable television, air conditioning, a safe, telephone, and WiFi connectivity. In the common area, guests share a large bathroom, locker room, and lounge with coffee stand. It's the perfect setup for all those backpackers who make their way through Israel each year, especially given the price of just 99 shekels ($27) per night. Several more pod hotels are scheduled to open in Tel Aviv later this year. (Israel Today)

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