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VISION FOR ISRAEL IS CELEBRATING ITS 25TH YEAR! This ministry of love could not keep going without God and without you, our partners, so this is our way of showing our gratitude and sharing the work we have achieved together over the last 25 years. You are invited to a special evening event on Friday, 26 July 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW. Reserve your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-63958620957. We will continue on Saturday in a Day of Prayer and Praise! 10.30am – 3.30pm, at City Coast Church, North St, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DG. Tickets can be ordered at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-of-prayer-brighton-tickets-63959018145. Also feel free to call our office to book tickets: +44-1793 279 111
HUGE 9,000-YEAR-OLD STONE AGE SETTLEMENT, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD, DISCOVERED IN ISRAEL: Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a huge Neolithic settlement near Jerusalem, which they say is one of the largest ever found. The prehistoric settlement was uncovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Thousands of arrowheads, pieces of jewelry and prehistoric figurines have been unearthed at the site near Motza Junction. Experts say that the settlement is the largest found in Israel from the Neolithic period. “At least 2,000 – 3,000 residents lived here – an order of magnitude that parallels a present-day city!" said excavation directors Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily and Dr. Jacob Vardi. Large buildings were discovered at the site, which include places for public and ritual use. Plaster that had been used to create floors was found in some of the buildings. Burial places have been exposed in and amongst the houses, into which various burial offerings have been placed – either useful or precious objects, believed to serve the deceased in the next world,” the researchers added.
These gifts testify to the fact that already during this ancient period, the residents of this site conducted exchange relationships with faraway places. Items made of an unknown stone were found at the site, along with volcanic glass from Anatolia, which is in modern-day Turkey and sea-shells, both from the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Archaeologists also discovered small hand-made stone bracelets that likely belonged to children. Additionally, flint tools were found at the site, which includes thousands of arrowheads that were used for hunting, and potentially, warfare. Other items discovered include axes, sickle blades, and knives. Storage sheds containing preserved seeds were also found during the excavation, offering a glimpse into the agricultural life of the settlement. Israel continues to reveal fresh aspects of its incredible history. (Fox) WOW! “I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel”. Isa. 45:3
93 PERCENT OF TOURISTS SAY VISIT TO ISRAEL WAS SUCCESSFUL: A Ministry of Tourism survey found that 93% of tourists in 2018 said their visit to Israel was successful with tourism bringing almost 21 billion shekels into the country, excluding flights. 53% of the tourists said that their opinion of Israel changed for the better after the visit, 46% said the visit did not change their minds, and 1% said it had a negative impact. Jerusalem is the most visited city, with 77.5% of the tourists in the country visiting the capital. Tel Aviv is in second place with 67.4%, followed by the Dead Sea area (48%) and Tiberias (36.2%). The Western Wall is the most popular site, with 71.6% of tourists visiting there. Next in line was the Church of the Holy Sepulcher visited by 52.2% of tourists, 50.1% visiting Old Jaffa, and Via Dolorosa in fourth place with 47.4%. The age group of 25-44 was the largest among tourists, making up 35.8% of the bunch, while 24.1% were aged 55 and over and 20.7% were 24 and under. Jews made up 27.5% of the tourists, but twice as many Christians visited – a staggering 54.9%. The survey is based on the responses of 15,000 tourists. (J. Post)
IRAN THREATENS TO ABANDON ALL LIMITS ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Iran warned the EU on Mon.15 July 2019 that it is prepared to end all of its commitments under the 2015 deal and restore its nuclear program to the status quo ante, under which Tehran placed no limits on any areas of nuclear development. The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that Tehran will withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action if the European signatories do not bypass American sanctions on Iran imposed after the USA withdrew from the deal. “If the Europeans and the United States do not fulfill their commitments, we will balance out their actions by reducing commitments and taking the conditions back to how they were four years ago,” he said. "Currently, we have gone beyond 3.67% uranium enrichment and are also producing the enriched material required for nuclear plant fuel with 4.5% purity.” (Arutz-7)
HEZBOLLAH FORCES ON THE MOVE: The Hezbollah terror organization has moved some of its forces which were previously located around Syria, to the Lebanon-Syria border. Forces also moved heavy weapons and set up new bases along the border. On Mon. 15 July 2019, Israel sent a message to Russia asking them to act to remove Hezbollah from the Syrian Golan Heights in the same way they removed the Iranians from the area. The report also noted that the publication of the issue delayed Hezbollah's attempts to base itself in Syria, but did not stop them. On Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that if war breaks out between the USA and Iran, Israel would be bombarded "with ferocity and force." (INN) Intercede for the ongoing protection of Israel’s southern and northern borders; against arson and border attacks from terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as well as from Hezbollah and Iranian military threats in the North.
TRUMP: DEMOCRATS ALLIED WITH ISRAEL HATERS: USA President Donald Trump earlier this week doubled down on tweets telling a group of Democratic congresswomen that they should "go back" to the countries that they came from. "So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST,'" Trump wrote. "Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!" he added. Trump, in both sets of tweets, was almost certainly referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her allies in what has become known as the squad. The others are Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire after saying the United States operated "concentration camps" on its southern border; she previously said that cutting military and economic aid to Israel as a way to signal opposition to Israeli policies should be “on the table.” Omar was criticized 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. Tlaib claimed in an interview on May 2019 that Palestinian Arabs living in the British Mandate prior to the establishment of the State of Israel “provided” a safe haven to Jews after the Holocaust. She has also backed BDS and, when asked in a television interview whether she would vote against military aid to Israel when she goes to Congress, replied “absolutely.” The tensions within the party escalated after Ocasio-Cortez told media sources that she felt Pelosi was targeting women of color. (Times of Israel)
TRUMP: WHEN WILL RADICAL DEMOCRATS APOLOGIZE TO ISRAEL? President Donald Trump excoriated several unnamed Democratic lawmakers this week calling on them to apologize to the USA, to Israel, and to the office of the presidency. “When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said?” Trump tweeted. “If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the USA”. (Arutz-7)
NY GOP CHIEF: IT’S A DARK TIME IN OUR COUNTRY: The leader of the New York State Republican Party excoriated several Democratic members of the House of Representatives this week, echoing criticisms made by President Donald Trump and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Speaking at a media event on Mon. evening 15 July 2019, Nick Langworthy, the newly minted Chairman of the NY State Republican Party accused Democratic freshman lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ilhan Omar (MN) of “anti-Semitic behavior” and trivializing the Holocaust, saying that the rise of such politicians in Congress marked a “dark time” for the USA. “I felt it critically important, within the acceptance speech of my election, to condemn the anti-Semitic rhetoric of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar and many other members of Congress in that organization. We cannot tolerate their anti-Semitic behavior and the minimization of the Holocaust. Lindsey challenged Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to get on an airplane and go to Yad Vashem “so maybe you can see firsthand that you shouldn’t run your mouth off about things you don’t understand.” (Arutz-7)
ANTI-CHRISTIAN WAVE IN EUROPE SEEMS COUPLED WITH ANTI-SEMITIC WAVE: Richard Bernstein, writing for RealClearInvestigations, recently headed to France to interview residents about the climate that has led to a quadrupling of anti-Christian incidents between 2008 and 2019, according to the French Ministry of the Interior. "It's safe to say that there are attacks that have nothing to do with extremist groups," Ellen Fantini, head of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe told Bernstein. Many of the culprits were surprisingly native French youth, with the rest either homeless or disgruntled lone actors with a score to settle against the church. "There is a mood against the church, against faith. There is a discourse against the church in French culture and media," Father Joseph Dequick, a priest in Lavours - where two boys were found guilty of a church arson - told Bernstein. The trend seems to be coupled with a rise in anti-Semitic violence, with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner reporting a 74% spike in anti-Semitic incidents between 2017 and 2018 in Feb. 2019. Across the English Channel, the UK which also experienced a slew of church arsons over the past few years, recorded its highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2018, a 16% increase from 2017's total, “which was itself a record annual total," according to Community Security Trust. (Worthy News)
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