“The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, ‘rule in the midst of your enemies!’” Ps. 110:2
POMPEO ON IRAN: TIME IS TICKING: USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Mon. 12 Aug. 2019 urged the international community to take action against Iran’s support for terrorism. He noted that international agreements restricting Iran will end in 15 months. “The Islamic regime in Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. For over 40 years their malign behavior and support for terrorist proxies has spread uncurbed. The implementation of the JCPOA, informally known as the ‘2015 Iran Nuclear Deal’ has placed even more resources and money at the regime’s disposal, furthering the reach and aggression of their malign activities. This is why the United States left the JCPOA and implemented decisive sanctions to curb the regime’s ability to fund terror,” said Pompeo. “However, time is running out on international agreements restraining the Iranian regime. For example, the head of the brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, will be allowed to travel on 18 October 2020. Soon after, the Iranian regime will also be free to sell weapons to anyone, including terrorist proxies, and countries like Russia and China will be able to sell the Iranian regime tanks, missiles, and air defense equipment. This could start a new arms race in the Middle East and further destabilize the region and the world,” he warned. “The international community must stand together against the Iranian regime’s support for terror. Time is ticking,” concluded Pompeo. (Arutz-7)
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GERMAN EXPORTS TO IRAN DROP BY HALF IN FIRST 6 MONTHS DUE TO USA SANCTIONS: USA sanctions took a heavy toll on Germany’s export trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran during the first six months of 2019, causing a fall of 48%, according to a Reuters review of new statistics this week. The collapse in business suggests companies are scaling back business ties with Tehran to avoid trouble with the United States after Washington reimposed sanctions. The USA classifies Iran’s regime as the leading international state-sponsor of terrorism. Sales to Iran plunged by 48% to 678 million euros from January through June, according to data from the Federal Statistics Office. Imports from Iran declined by 43% to 110 million euros. “The fact that trade between Iran and Germany has collapsed that massively is not a big surprise,” the BGA trade association said. It pointed to the extra-territorial character of recent USA sanctions, which means that companies from other countries are also punished if they do business with Iran. “German companies are forced to choose between their market activities in Iran and the USA. It’s clear which market is preferred,” BGA said. (J. Post)
ISRAEL PLANNING ‘SECURITY WALL’ ON GAZA BORDER: Israel’s defense establishment has decided to build another barrier in the Gaza envelope, this time a security wall against infiltration of terrorists into towns and communities located near the Gaza border. According to a report on Mon. 12 Aug. 2019, the wall will be six meters high and nine kilometers in length. It will run adjacent to localities in the Gaza envelope. The wall is supposed to be another barrier in the space between the Gaza border and the localities, which should delay terrorists during an attempted infiltration if they are able to cross the border on their way to carry out an attack. The cost of the project is tens of millions of shekels. Discussions are taking place between the Ministry of Defense and the Prime Minister's Office, focusing on finding a budget source for the construction of the wall. (Arutz-7) Pray for multi-faceted strategies to block terrorist infiltrations and violence on Israel’s southern borders.
IDF TASKED WITH DEALING WITH POST-TRAUMA IN RECRUITS FROM GAZA BORDER COMMUNITIES: Military and health authorities are now having to accept that a new generation of soldiers from communities bordering the Hamas-controlled enclave, who grew up under a constant threat from Gaza is plagued by post-trauma even before they've begun their military service. Eighteen-year-old Israelis, residents of the Gaza border communities are enlisting in military service, carry with them the weight of a lifetime under rocket fire. Some are so severely affected that they are unable to carry out their duties as soldiers, mostly in the demanding combat units. The scope of the problem has just now begun to come to light as parents of new recruits turned to mental health services with reports of their children's difficulties. During high school they still manage to keep their feelings bottled up," said Nuki Goldfisher, who runs the support for young inductees in the Kibbutz Movement. "But as they begin to deal with the challenges of the military, we often see they cannot carry out their duties and often drop out.” Now the IDF and the government are being called on to address the problem and find a way to help the first generation of soldiers who were born into a reality of shelling, shelters, and fear, which has had a lasting effect on their entire lives. (Ynet) Pray for the children and youth in Gaza border communities who have lived for years under rocket fire and wartime conditions and who suffer from post-traumatic stress as a result. Intercede that temporal methods and miracles from above will heal these young people and deliver them from life-long emotional trauma and constant fear for their lives.
EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS: CLOSING OF VILNIUS SYNAGOGUE ‘EXTREMELY OMINOUS SIGN’: The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has called on the Lithuanian Government to take stronger measures and appropriate action to protect the Jewish community after its leaders made the decision to close its capital city's sole synagogue and community center following threats and a rise in anti-Semitism. “It is inconceivable that the Jewish community feels increasingly threatened and is not receiving the requisite security measures to allow it to go about its regular existence,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC said. “We call on the authorities to take all necessary measures to protect the Jewish community, including taking a tougher line against those that threaten it like neo-Nazis.” The rise in anti-Semitism against the Jewish community comes after the Vilnius municipality decided to remove a memorial plaque for a Lithuanian general killed by the Soviets who was a Nazi sympathizer and rename the street. “It is vital that those who collaborated with a genocidal regime are not celebrated or commemorated, regardless of whatever else they may have done,” said Dr. Kantor. “Siding with and supporting a regime responsible for the death of six million Jews should ensure that person is beyond honor or tribute on any level. We welcome the decision by the Vilnius authorities,” Dr. Kantor continued. “However, the fact that it has ended in the Jewish community shuttering its institutions, including a synagogue, for the first time since the Second World War, should be an extremely ominous sign and should be added motivation for the government to adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-Semitism.” (INN)
MORE THAN 100 TIRES BELONGING TO JEWS SLASHED IN HEAVILY ORTHODOX LAKEWOOD, NJ: More than 100 car tires have been slashed in the heavily Jewish town of Lakewood, New Jersey, over the past several days. All of the cars involved were reported to belong to or be used by Jews. Security footage showed a person in a hoodie using a knife to slash tires. Lakewood is the home to a large ultra-Orthodox, Jewish community. Police are investigating the incidents as hate crimes. Lakewood, which is known as a center of Haredi Orthodox life in the United States, has seen its population boom in recent decades, from around 60,000 in 2000 to more than 100,000 as of 2017. Local officials have predicted that by 2030, the number would more than double. (JTA)
MULTINATIONAL NAVAL EXERCISE SIMULATES AFTERMATH OF MAJOR EARTHQUAKE: The recent five-day "Mighty Waves" multinational naval exercise off Israel's Haifa coast simulated the aftermath of a major earthquake. The drill also focused on the recovery of casualties, including those underwater, and the transfer of humanitarian aid. Hundreds of troops participated on ships from Israel, the USA, Greece, and France. Cyprus, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Britain and Chile, and NATO, sent observers. (J. Post) Pray that Israel will continue to be protected against a long-overdue major earthquake.
ISRAEL EYES NEXT-GEN SATELLITE LAUNCH TO SCRUTINIZE UNIVERSE UNDER NEW LIGHT: The Weizmann Institute of Science and the Israel Space Agency will work together to create a new “micro-satellite” projected to launch in 2023 that will study cosmic explosions and black holes, observing a wide part of the sky and operating in ultraviolet light, where processes are normally invisible. The satellite, known as ULTRASAT and weighing just 353 pounds will carry a telescope “designed to observe the Universe as it has not been seen it before,” the institute said. Its tasks will include looking at the formation process of dense neutron stars that merge and emit gravitational waves, how super-massive black holes rule their neighborhoods, how stars explode, where the heavy elements in the universe come from, and the properties of stars that could have habitable planets. All of these processes happen in visible light and in ultraviolet light, and also sometimes emit ultraviolet light. The idea is to see processes that have not been discerned to date. “This unique configuration will help us answer some of the big questions in astrophysics,” said Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Eli Waxman, who is behind the ULTRASAT project. The new type of scientific satellite will be built in Israel over the next four years, together with the Science Ministry. Start on the project is scheduled for Sept. 2019. (Times of Israel)
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