Watchtower Discovered From Biblical King Hezekiah's Time

Jun 25, 2019

“Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.” Isa. 49:23

WATCHTOWER DISCOVERED FROM BIBLICAL KING HEZEKIAH’S TIME: A 2700- year-old watchtower from the time of biblical King Hezekiah was recently discovered at a military base in southern Israel by an excavation that included members of the Israeli Paratroopers Brigade and recruits from commando units working alongside the Israel Antiquities Authority. The actual location of the site cannot be revealed for security purposes. In the time of King Hezekiah and the biblical prophets, soldiers on watchtowers warned the Israelites of approaching enemies. Today the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) still use similar watchtowers. The immense watchtower is 16.4 x 11.4 feet with some of the stones weighing 8 tons. The tower is two floors high. Hezekiah was the twelfth king of Judah and reigned in the 8th century B.C. His first act as king was to reopen the gates of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and to have them repaired. References to the watchmen who would have inhabited the watchtowers are mentioned several times in the Bible. “I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest.” Isa. 62:6

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ISRAELI LASER SYSTEM TO PROTECT NATO TANKER TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT: A laser system designed by Israel's Elbit Systems to protect aircraft against infrared missiles will be implemented in NATO's Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) starting in 2020, the company announced last week. In a three-day series of flight tests at the end of May 2019, the system was integrated into A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. J-Music functioned flawlessly throughout the tests, proving itself capable of defeating multiple hazard types. It successfully handled simultaneous threat scenarios and overcome head-on, tail-on and side-on threats from a number of ranges and at different altitudes. The German Air Force has also signed a $73 million contract to acquire the J-Music DIRCM defense suite to protect aircraft from infrared missiles. (Israel Hayom)

PATRIOTS RECEIVER JULIAN EDELMAN TOURS ISRAEL WITH ROBERT KRAFT: Patriots owner Robert Kraft — who was in Israel accepting the Genesis Prize on Thur. 20 June 2019 — has been on a tour of the country with 15 current and former Pats, including Drew Bledsoe and Julian Edelman. The group visited Masada, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem, had a Shabbat dinner with a rabbi, and put on a clinic for the Israel Football League. “Kraft goes to every site with them,” said one source. He has previously brought over stars including Tom Brady. Last week Kraft pledged $20 million to fight anti-Semitism. (Page Six)

ABBAS REJECTS USA ECONOMIC PEACE PLAN: Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday 22 June 2019 reiterated his staunch rejection of a USA economic peace plan as Washington unveiled details of its long-awaited initiative, saying a political solution must come first. The United States said the economic aspect of its Middle East peace plan to be presented this week in Bahrain aims to raise more than $50 billion for the Palestinians and create one million jobs for them within a decade. "We have said that we will not attend the workshop in Bahrain," Abbas told the central committee of his Fatah faction in Ramallah. The reason is that the economic situation should not be discussed before the political one. And as long as there is no political solution, we do not deal with any economic issues," he added. The Palestinian Authority headed by Abbas had already said it was boycotting the two-day conference -- dubbed the Peace to Prosperity Workshop -- that opens on Tues. 25 June 2019, in Bahrain. In a step likely to outrage Palestinian Authority leaders, the plan unveiled last weekend says that money to revive the Palestinian economy would be administered by a multinational development bank as a way to ensure better governance and prevent corruption. "Peace to Prosperity represents the most ambitious and comprehensive international effort for the Palestinian people to date," the White House said. The White House cast the plan -- to be discussed in more detail in Bahrain with finance chiefs of oil-rich Gulf Arab states -- as historic. The Palestinian Authority has boycotted the USA administration since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017. (Arutz-7) Abbas’ stance is no surprise to anyone who has been watching the moves and patterns of the Palestinian Authority and its leaders for a decade and a half. While PA leaders have unceasingly put impossible demands on the Jewish state in return for a false peace they – unlike Israel’s leaders - have not been willing at any point to make even a single small concession to those irrational mandates as a gesture of cooperation or goodwill. When Israel refuses to endanger its borders, its people and their communities the PA like a spoiled child threatens to resort to violence or manipulation of the UN or to use other unsavory methods to get its way.  As Jason Greenblatt has rightly said, “Their leadership is happy with the status quo and would rather Palestinians suffer than at least explore a different path for a better future.” Pray for new Palestinian leaders to come to the forefront who have a positive vision and concern for the people they represent.

TRUMP MIDDLE EAST ENVOY: PALESTINIAN LEADERS PREFER LETTING THEIR PEOPLE SUFFER OVER SEEKING BETTER FUTURE: USA President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, lashed out at the Palestinian Authority on Friday 21 June 2019 over its refusal to take part in this week’s American-organized conference in Manama on investment in the Palestinian economy. “The PA is calling for demonstrations against the Bahrain workshop. This tells you everything you need to know about their priorities & intentions. Their leadership is happy with the status quo and would rather Palestinians suffer than at least explore a different path for a better future.” The “Peace to Prosperity” summit is set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 25-26 June 2019. The event is supposed to mark the kick-off of the Trump administration’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative, spearheaded by the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. (Algemeiner)

USA LAUNCHES CYBER-ATTACK AGAINST IRAN: President Donald Trump approved a cyber-attack offensive to disable Iranian computers that are used to control rockets and launch missiles. While Trump shied away from a military attack after authorizing one on Friday 21 June 2019, personnel with the USA Cyber Command launched a cyber-attack the previous night that has been in consideration since Iran reportedly attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. “This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyber threat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz,” said Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyber official in the Trump administration. According to the report, for the past two years, the Iranian cyber forces have tried to hack USA naval ships in the Persian Gulf. “There’s no question that there’s been an increase in Iranian cyber activity,” said Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. “Iranian actors and their proxies are not just your garden variety run-of-the-mill data thieves. These are the guys that come in and they burn the house down.” In 2012, Iran launched the Shamoon virus on Saudi Aramco, nearly destroying 30,000 computers. (J. Post)

TRUMP SAYS USA WILL IMPOSE ‘MAJOR’ SANCTIONS ON IRAN STARTING THIS WEEK: President Trump said on Saturday 22 June 2019 that his administration was preparing an additional round of "major" sanctions against Iran amid heightened tensions between the two countries. "Iran cannot have Nuclear Weapons! Under the terrible Obama plan, they would have been on their way to being Nuclear in a short number of years, and existing verification is not acceptable. We are putting major additional sanctions on Iran," he wrote in a tweet. "I look forward to the day that sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again. The sooner the better!" Concerns about the possibility of a military confrontation rose on Thur. 20 June 2019, after Iran, shot down a USA spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Officials in Tehran and Washington have disputed whether the drone was in Iranian airspace or not. Trump said in a tweet that the USA was “cocked & loaded” to retaliate on Thursday night, but that he ultimately decided against doing so because 150 people would have died. “We want to be proportionate,” he said, though he did not rule out the possibility of future military action against Iran. “It’s always on the table until we get this solved,” he added. “We have a tremendously powerful military force in that area.” (Fox)

JEWISH CEMETERIES DESECRATED IN SOUTH AFRICA: Graves were vandalized in a South African Jewish cemetery over the weekend, prompting calls from global Jewish organizations for authorities to increase their vigilance against anti-Semitism. Four graves were reportedly damaged at the cemetery in the town of Strand, 50 kilometers southeast of Cape Town. The local Jewish community filed a complaint with the police. It was the third such incident in a week, following vandalism at two other Jewish cemeteries in the same district. Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog warned in a statement that anti-Semitic incidents around the world “don’t let up for a moment” and called on the countries to step up actions against the phenomenon. “I appeal to governments around the world and to law enforcement authorities to not take it lightly, and to take a firm hand against any manifestation of anti-Semitism,” he said. World Zionist Organization Vice Chairman Yaakov Hagoel urged South African authorities to find the culprits before the violence escalates and leads to bloodshed. (Times of Israel)

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