“Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Scatter the nations who delight in war,” Ps. 68:30
NETANYAHU CALLS ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO HELP END IRANIAN ATTACKS ON ISRAEL: PM Netanyahu on Mon. night, 26 Aug. 2019 called on the international community to “act immediately” to end murderous Iranian attacks on Israel as well as Iran’s aggression and expansion in the Middle East. He also reiterated that Israel’s government would continue to defend Israel’s security “however that may be necessary.” The comments come amid heightened tensions in Israel’s North, following the IDF’s large-scale military operation last weekend in Syria to thwart a plot by Tehran to attack Israeli communities using “killer drones.” Netanyahu also spoke against the backdrop of threats from Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah who accused Israel of recently attacking a terror base deep inside Lebanon. Nasrallah responded to the attacks by saying that Israel will “face the consequences, and I repeat: the country will face the consequences.” Netanyahu in a warning to the Lebanese government said that Israel will hold it responsible for Hezbollah attacks from Lebanese territory, and it will target its infrastructure if Hezbollah launches rockets from Lebanon. (JNN) In view of mounting evidence and ongoing provocations - including Iran’s planned suicide drone attack against Israel last weekend - what further message is needed that the Islamic Republic has very real plans to start a war with Israel? Iran’s increasing presence on Israel’s northern borders and its support of the Lebanon-based terrorist group, Hezbollah, are very real and dire threats to the Jewish state. “Pray without ceasing,” 1 Thess. 5:17.
IRANIAN ‘QUDS FORCE’ COMMANDER RESPONSIBLE FOR DRONE ATTACK AGAINST ISRAEL: Iranian General Javad Ghaffari, under the direct orders of the 'Quds Force' Commander Qasem Soleimani, led last weekend’s Iranian drone attack against Israel. Ghaffari currently serves as the commander of the Iranian forces in Syria and leads the Iranian efforts to embed itself in Syria. As Israel successfully blew the “killer drones” to bits, it was indeed another sad outcome for Iranian chief Soleimani’s years-long dream of successfully striking Israel. While Israel admitted being behind the explosions that rocked the Syrian skies, Iran on Sunday 25 August 2019 denied that anything had happened. Nevertheless, Hezbollah Twitter accounts released pictures of two operatives killed in the strike. Another Iranian operative was also said to have been killed. A day earlier across the border in Lebanon, the Hezbollah terrorist group reported that two Israeli drones – one of which was armed – crashed in Beirut causing damage to the group’s media office and injuring three people. Hezbollah warned that it would respond to the loss of its terrorists in Syria and the drones over Beirut at a time that suits the group. (JNN) “As when a hungry person dreams of eating but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking but awakens faint and thirsty still, so will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion,” Isa. 29:8. Continue to pray for the safety of Israel’s northern borders.
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NEW ZEALAND FOLLOWS THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, AND SWITZERLAND IN SUSPENDING FUNDS TO UNRWA: New Zealand announced this week that it is suspending aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The USA, a major donor, stopped funding to UNRWA last year, while the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Belgium have temporarily suspended aid following allegations of corruption and misconduct among UNRWA's top brass. The funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency is on hold until the release of the Oct. 2019 report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services. Matters being investigated include those of misconduct among UNRWA’s top leaders, corruption, links to terror groups, the perpetuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and anti-Semitism. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it expected UNRWA to “cooperate fully with the investigation and to report back on the findings and recommendations.” From January to June 2019, New Zealand provided nearly $1.6 million to UNRWA. (JNN)
UNRWA NEEDS TO GO: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, recently said of UNRWA, (the UN Relief and Works Agency) that it ”lashes out against America and engages in anti-Semitic incitement.” He further charged UNRWA with allowing Hamas terrorists to use its facilities to target Israeli civilians. Likewise, Israel has raised the issue in the international arena. PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said UN funds should be transferred to Palestinians through different UN channels and “UNRWA should be abolished”. UNWRA is the only UN refugee agency dedicated to a single group of people. It knowingly abets the misery of the Palestinians and programs them from the cradle to the grave to support terrorism and genocide against the Jewish state and its people. UNRWA targets its services to people of Palestinian descent it calls "refugees" for political reasons. (Fewer than 1% of the UNRWA refugees would actually meet the Refugee Convention definition.) Over the past 70 years, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has permanently resettled tens of millions of refugees, UNRWA has resettled no refugees. It is now responsible for the fifth generation of descendants of the Arabs who left Israel in 1948-49. By contrast, Israel has absorbed more refugees from Arab and Muslim countries than the number of Arabs fleeing the Arab-inflicted wars against the Jewish State. Additionally, Israel has absorbed millions of immigrants from around the world as citizens. (JNN) Pray that this corrupt, anti-Semitic and terror-supporting UN organization will be utterly dissolved and all donated funds channeled through different agencies that will agree to be accountable.
ISRAEL SENDS AID TO HELP CONTAIN DEVASTATING AMAZON FIRE: PM Benyamin Netanyahu on Sunday, 25 August 2019 furthered strengthened Israel’s friendship with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro by offering aid to fight raging forest fires in the Amazon. The fires have caused global concern this month. PM Benyamin Netanyahu phoned President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday to offer assistance in putting out the Amazon blaze. Israel agreed to send a firefighting aircraft and flame-retardant materials. Bolsonaro expressed his gratitude to Netanyahu and to other heads of states who he said, “helped us overcome a crisis that only interested those who want to weaken Brazil.” Brazilian far-left activists have used the blaze to express their anger against the right-wing Bolsonaro, who was elected by nearly 60% of voters, putting an end to 15 years of governments with openly anti-Israel stances. Additionally, world leaders and celebrities seeking to denounce the administration have unwittingly misled millions on social media by either sharing photographs of the fire-engulfed area that are years old or images taken in other parts of the world. Among other things, they claimed that the “world’s lungs” were burning up and that Bolsonaro was not doing enough to stop it. (JNN) Pray that that raging wildfires in the Amazon forest, a mainstay of life to many indigenous tribes, plants, and animals will be swiftly contained. Alberto Setzer, a senior scientist at INPE has clarified that the oft-repeated claim that the Amazon rainforest produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen is based on a misunderstanding: “In fact nearly all of Earth’s breathable oxygen originated in the oceans, and there is enough of it to last for millions of years," he said. "There are many reasons to be appalled by this year’s Amazon fires, but depleting Earth’s oxygen supply is not one of them,” said Setzer.
HAPPY WINNERS AND SORE LOSERS IN JUDOKA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: On Wed. 28 August 2019 Israeli judoka Sagi Muki won the gold medal at the Judo World Championship in Tokyo. This is Muki's first medal at the World Championship, having won the European gold medal in 2015 and again in 2018. In the quarter-finals, Muki faced Egyptian Mohamed Abdelaal, who in a show of poor sportsmanship, refused to shake Muki's hand after having lost to him. A handshake between winning and losing opponents is a traditional gesture of respect at the end of a Judo match. On another front, Muki was expected to face Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei in the finals. However, the Iranian lost the semi-finals and failed to face Murki. It was expected that had Mollaei won against his Israeli opponent, he would not have shown up for the medal ceremony so as not to stand on the podium alongside Muki. (JNN) “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause,” Ps. 69:4.
EL-AL TO LAUNCH THREE NEW FLIGHTS A WEEK TO JAPAN: EL-AL, the flag carrier of Israel, is rated to be the world's most secure airline. Since its introductory flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv in September 1948, the airline has grown to include destinations to Europe, Middle East, Americas, Africa, and the Far East from its main base in Ben Gurion Airport. This week, El Al opened sales for its first-ever tickets for Tel Aviv-Tokyo flights. El-Al's inaugural flight route to Tokyo, Japan, will launch on 11 March 2020, with three direct flights weekly on the airline's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes. Until 9 Sept. 2020 for a roundtrip ticket costing a mere $999, including luggage, passengers can fly to and from the ‘land of the rising sun’. Flying time will be between 11.5 and 12.5 hours. Miki Strasburger, Vice President of Commercial and Aerospace Affairs at El Al said that the new route will “advance and develop Japanese tourism to Israel and significantly strengthen the economic and diplomatic ties between Israel and Japan.” (JNN) “Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession,” Isa. 60:11.
JOIN US FOR THE 2019 SUCCOT CELEBRATION: Begin now to plan for the annual Vision for Israel Succot Celebration at the Pavilion in the center of downtown Jerusalem. The dates will be 15 Oct. – 17 Oct. 2019. Take part in praise and worship with Joshua Aaron, Barry and Batya Segal, the Kadosh Dancers and local worship teams. Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East with Dennis Greenidge, David Herzog, Barry Segal, Benjamin Siegal, Jones Boateng, Victoria Sarvadi, Tony Sperendao, Nizar Touma and more to come. Connect with local believers and congregations in the land. Walk and dance on the streets of Jerusalem during the annual Jerusalem March! VFI will also be marking its 25th anniversary in Jerusalem for which there will be a special celebration. For further details including times, venue location, and suggested hotel accommodations, visit our Event’s page on the VFI website at: https://www.visionforisrael.com/en/events/681/succot-celebration-jerusalem-2019-darkness-to-light
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