IDF On High Alert After Thwarting Iran's Planned "Killer" Drone Attacks

Aug 26, 2019

“Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.” Ps. 83:1-3

IDF ON HIGH ALERT AFTER THWARTING IRAN’S PLANNED “KILLER” DRONE ATTACKS: Anticipating a possible retaliation following IDF aircraft strikes on Iranian targets in Syria last Saturday night, 23 August 2019, the Israeli Defense Forces were on high alert the following day. The mission was carried out following intelligence reports that Iran was planning to launch armed drones at northern Israel. The strikes targeted members of Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, in addition to Shiite fighters who were planning a “kamikaze” attack by sending unmanned aerial vehicles armed with explosives into northern Israel. An IDF spokesman said the Iranian assaults had been plotted for several months on a high level in conjunction with the Quids Force which is IRGC’s elite unit responsible for Iranian military operations abroad. The IDF in preparation for possible retaliation has strengthened positions near the border with Syria, deploying to the area several intelligence units, air force squadrons, and air defenses batteries.

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu early Sunday morning, 24 Aug. 2019 held a meeting at military headquarters to discuss the escalation with the IDF’s chief-of-staff and other high-ranking defense officials. Netanyahu applauded the army’s “major operational effort,” and said again that: “Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces work against Iranian aggression in every region.” Last weekend’s airstrikes took place in the context of rising tensions across the region, from Yemen to Iraq. These include conflicts in the Persian Gulf where the UK has said it is sending a new warship this week. Iran openly brags that it dominates the Persian Gulf. (JNN) Continuous intercession is needed that the escalating gathering of hostile forces in Syria - endangering Israel – will be contained and controlled. Scripture warns in the book of Jeremiah: “The word of the Lord came to me again: ‘What do you see?’ ‘I see a pot that is boiling,’ I answered. ‘It is tilting toward us from the north.’ The Lord said to me, ‘From the north disaster will be poured out upon all who live in the land.’” Jer 1:13-14 

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CONTINUED PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE ON GAZA STRIP BORDER: Each Friday, Israel’s southern border residents and its military forces face thousands of Palestinian Arabs filled with hatred and weapons of violence along the Gaza Strip border. Last Friday, 23 August 2019, some 9,000 Palestinian Arabs showed up along the Gaza Fence, an increase in the number of rioters compared to recent weeks. The rioters, as they do every week, threw grenades, firebombs, and rocks towards IDF soldiers stationed in the area. The soldiers responded by using riot dispersal means. At the same time, a fire broke out in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel and is believed to have been caused by an incendiary balloon fired from Gaza. Violence continued on Sunday, 25 August 2019 as a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip fell in the South injuring one woman. The MDA also provided seven people in Sderot with medical treatment. (JNN) Pray for the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government and military leaders as they deal with unrelenting antagonists, terrorist murderers, and riots piloted by Hamas. Intercede for the protection of IDF soldiers serving on the Gaza border.

ISRAEL MOURNS THE LOSS OF 17- YEAR-OLD GIRL IN WEEKEND TERRORIST BOMB ATTACK: Last weekend Israel was again struck with tragedy and mourning as an Israeli family out for a hike on Friday morning, 23 Aug. 2019 was hit by a terrorist bomb planted at a popular natural spring not far from the city of Modiin. Rina Shnerb, a 17-year-old resident of the central Israel town of Lod, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her father and 19-year-old brother were airlifted to Jerusalem in serious condition. Lying in his hospital bed hours after the attack Rabbi Eitan told reporters that he gave his daughter Rina a last kiss in the moments following her death and told her, “We will be strong.” On Friday afternoon Rina was buried in her home city of Lod. Hundreds of people gathered around her shroud-covered body weeping. Israeli security forces have since continued to conduct a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of what local residents consider to be a “serious escalation.” This type of attack is highly unusual and has raised concerns among residents that more devices have been placed at other hiking spots in Judea and Samaria. On Sunday morning 25 August 2019, a senior physician in the intensive care unit at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said that the condition of Eitan, the father, was good and that the son's condition had also improved, and was being defined as mild to moderate. (JNN) Intercede for the comforting and complete healing of the Shnerb family members wounded in this latest brutal terrorist attack, and for the loved ones who grieve the loss of Rina Shnerb with them.   

PALESTINIAN LEADERS PRAISE TERRORISTS WHO CARRIED OUT ATTACK THAT KILLED 17-YEAR-OLD: Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh welcomed last Friday’s 23 August 2019 bomb attack as "a heroic operation." He praised the attackers as “sons of Jerusalem and this holy land."  Likewise, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said: "We welcome the attack and regard it as a natural response to what the [so called] occupation forces are doing to the Palestinian people." Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority and its chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, have refrained from condemning the terrorist assault which killed 17-year-old Rina Shnerb and injured her father and brother. Israeli security forces arrested three men in Judea & Samaria as part of a large-scale manhunt for the terrorists behind the tragic bombing media sources reported on Saturday 24 August 2019. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon has called on the UN Security Council to denounce Rina Shnerb’s murder in the bombing at Ein Bubin. “Like previous terror attacks, today’s attack also targeted innocent Israeli civilians and has been glorified on Palestinian social networks,” Danon wrote. (JNN) Intercede that all those responsible for the planning and carrying out of this heinous assault will be found, convicted and punished.  Investigators believe a remote-control device was detonated by terrorists in last Friday’s bombing with a view of the victims’ positions. The sophistication of the assault indicates planning and implementation by a terrorist cell rather than being a “lone wolf” attack.

ISRAEL’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UN BLAMES PA FOR FRIDAY’S TERRORIST BOMB ATTACK: Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, placed the full blame for last Friday’s 23 Aug. 2019 terrorist attack that killed 17-year-old Rina Shnerb on the Palestinian Authority. He accused the PA of maintaining an ongoing policy of educating and incentivizing its youth to kill Jews throughout Israel. “The PA glorifies terrorists, rewarding their horrific actions with guaranteed salaries and renaming streets, schools and town squares in their honor,” said Danon.  The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, tweeted in response to the bombing: “Shocking, heinous! There is nothing ‘heroic’ in murder! NOTHING! It is a despicable, cowardly act! Terror must be unequivocally condemned by ALL.” David Freedman, USA ambassador to Israel, also expressed his dismay, saying on social media that there are “No words to describe the sadness of the moment as we grieve and pray for the injured to recover. The international community must join the fight against terror by condemning not only the murder but also the culture of incitement that led to it and salaries to murderers,” he added. Earlier, USA Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt also responded to the murderous bombing. "Another savage attack by Palestinian terrorists kills an Israeli teenager enjoying time with her family. This isn’t the path to peace, just endless suffering. Our prayers are with her family especially her father & brother also wounded in the attack," tweeted Greenblatt. (JNN) “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Prov. 29: 1

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY NO LONGER MENTIONED ON USA STATE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE: The USA State Department has removed from its official website of areas and countries, all mention of the 'Palestinian Authority,'  and of  ‘Palestinian Territories'. Until recently, 'Palestinians' appeared on the site under the name 'Palestinian Authority' and before that the 'Palestinian Territories'. During the past months, there has been a marked reduction of the Palestinian status on the USA side, with the State Department ordering the removal of any reference that included the word 'occupied territories' in reference to the Palestinian Arabs. All existence of the Palestinian Authority has now been deleted from the official website representing the USA State Department. Last year and earlier this year the USA drastically cut aid to Palestinians in Judea & Samaria and Gaza, in a step linked to anti-terrorism legislation. Each day the PA pays millions of shekels to jailed terrorists, including those who have murdered Israelis. The families of these terrorists also receive large monthly stipends. The Palestinian Authority likewise honors and sets up community monuments to those who have carried out major terrorist attacks against Jewish Israelis. Streets are named after favorite terrorists, and youth from the cradle are encouraged to embrace violence against the Jewish state. It seems some nations are growing weary of the lie that anything stemming from such governments is worthy of their taxpayer’s donations or sympathetic attention. (JNN) “He who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous,’ him the people will curse; nations will abhor him.” Prov. 24: 24

PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT CALLS FOR A MILLION MARTYRS TO MARCH ON JERUSALEM: In a recent rant carried out days ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the entire Palestinian population to form an army and to march on Jerusalem. He claimed that “millions of fighters, along with the Arab, Islamic and Christian nations will march against Jewish Jerusalem,” as some 8,000 or so Palestinians who attended the rally near Ramallah began to chant, “To Jerusalem, we march, martyrs by the millions!” Abbas also stated his refusal to call Palestinians who murder and maim innocent Israelis, “terrorists”. In the same breath, he assured the crowd that jailed Palestinian terrorists and the families of suicide bombers will continue to receive salaries from the PA because they are “sacred” to the Palestinians. Last week Abbas canned all of his advisers amid a major budgetary crisis following USA President Donald Trump’s decision to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to PA headquarters in Ramallah. Abbas wanted to be sure there would be enough money in the coffers to pay the "sacred" Palestinian Murderers and Co.  Additionally, the Palestinian Authority recently decided to make things worse for its people by reducing by half the salaries of thousands of civil servants to compensate for its refusal to accept any of the $1.2 billion in annual taxes distributed to Ramallah by Israel. Despite the fact that much of the world still considers Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and his gang to be a valid peace partner for Israel, the records prove time and again that there is nothing in his heart or the heart of the Palestinian society that has to do with a desire for peace, prosperity, and cooperation with the Jewish state. (JNN) “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace.” Jer. 6:14

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