A United Nations' First On Behalf Of Israel

Sep 2, 2019

“Who will rise up for me against the wicked?” Ps. 94:15

A UNITED NATIONS’ FIRST ON BEHALF OF ISRAEL: Repeatedly since the Oslo Peace Accords were  signed in 1993/1995, Israeli sources, including JNN writers have pointed out that a society whose leaders persist in perpetuating hatred and lies against the Jewish state can never be considered a peace partner with whom Israel can reasonably negotiate.  These sources have rightly claimed that PA run schools and their textbooks have continued to teach children to abhor the Jewish nation, and to promote its destruction - also that terrorists who have murdered and maimed Israelis, including babies and children, continue to be openly glorified as “heroes.” Critics have protested that these declarations have either been overstated or are entirely false. For the most part, the complaints have been ignored.  At long last, on Thur. 29 Aug. 2019, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), in a report on the Palestinians, said it was concerned about “hate speech in media outlets, social media, public officials’ statements, and school curricula and textbooks, which fuels hatred and may incite violence against Israelis, which at times also fuels anti-Semitism.” Some delegates also provided examples of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish content in Palestinian textbooks and state-owned media outlets. The report marked the first time the UN panel had criticized Palestinian officials, which is a landmark occurrence in the decidedly anti-Israel UN organization. Now the facts are official for all the world to read and mull. (JNN) Pray that lies and hatred against the Jewish state will continue to be exposed in high places. Intercede also that changes will come from within the Palestinian society that result in softened hearts, educational and media shifts, and a true desire for improved relations with Israel.

HONDURAS, AND THE REPUBLIC OF NAURU ACKNOWLEDGE JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL: The Republic of Nauru released a statement on Thur. 29 Aug. 2019 that it would join Honduras, the USA, and Guatemala in formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said on Twitter, "I commend the Republic of Nauru’s important decision. We will continue to strengthen Jerusalem and to bring the recognition and opening of diplomatic missions and embassies in our capital."  Other nations, including the Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Australia, and Brazil, have likewise expressed interest in moving their embassies to Jerusalem. In March of this year, Hungary opened a diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem, which is regarded as an extension of the Hungarian Embassy in Tel Aviv. (JNN) “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isa. 60:3.

SEPTEMBER MAKES ITS ENTRANCE WITH MORE THAT TWO MILLION ISRAELI CHILDREN RETURNING TO SCHOOL:  Israeli summers are replete with glorious beach weather, family outings, and visitors from abroad joining in the national fun with explorations of Israel’s historical and cultural sites. During the final days of August, one can almost feel the change in mood; a brief scent of autumnal fruit on the wind heralding the soon to come harvest holidays, the long golden slants of afternoon sunlight, and a sense that migratory birds will be increasingly spotted. Indeed, summer is winding down and the quieter days are on the horizon. Israeli bookstores, children’s shops, and outdoor booths are making their annual profit on children’s school supplies and mothers are gladly anticipating a few solitary interludes in the days ahead.  Sept. 1 made its entrance on Sunday of this week and school buses filled with youngsters or students on foot making their way to class were seen across Israel.  This years’ new academic year commenced with over 2,000,000 children of all ages starting or returning to school. All of Israel prays that their little ones will be kept safe from terrorist attacks, violence and that childhood will be enriched and prolonged with good teachers, stimulating lessons and enriched minds and souls. (JNN) Join your prayers to ours in Israel for safe, peaceful and stimulating school environments across the country.

INCREASING MILITARY ESCALATION ON ISRAEL’S NORTHERN BORDERS:  Tensions continue to mount on Israel’s northern borders. The army’s Northern Command on Thur. 29 Aug. 2019 canceled all leave for combat brigades serving in the area. Reprisal threats from Hezbollah have continued, following a recent Israeli strike on the terrorist group in Beirut along with airstrikes on an Iranian position in Syria that killed two Hezbollah members. Hezbollah has promised payback for the Israeli attacks at times and places of its own choosing.  IDF sources, in turn, have warned Beirut that Israeli counter-strikes could escalate should the Lebanon-embedded terrorist group step up its military aggression. Northern Command chief Maj. Gen. Amir Baram said that “if an IDF soldier is so much as scratched, our response will be harsh.” Israeli army sources said Saturday, 31 Aug. 2019 that in the past week its "ground forces, air, navy and intelligence forces improved their preparedness for various scenarios in the northern command area." It posted on Twitter footage of tanks and ground forces being deployed. Israel is rightly concerned about the growing regional influence of Iran and its terrorist allies, such as Hezbollah, in countries like Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. The mounting possibility of a renewed conflict between Hezbollah and Israel is considered to be a grave development that could destabilize a Middle East already fraught with tensions between the USA and Iran. (JNN) Remind the Lord day and night of His promises to protect Israel: “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep,” Ps.121:4.

DANON: UN MUST TAKE A STAND AGAINST IRAN’S AGGRESSION AGAINST ISRAEL: Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, last week issued a formal complaint to the UN Security Council demanding that action be taken against Iran for its ongoing attempts to attack Israel from Syria. He said the international community must “make it clear to Iran that it will not tolerate its regional destructive activities including its central role in supporting terrorism." Danon accused the Syrian regime of knowingly allowing its territory to be used by Iran and its proxies for terrorist activities, including armed assaults. "It is imperative that the Security Council recognizes Syria's responsibility in this regard and hold it accountable," he said. (JNN) Continue to intercede for divinely conscripted strategies to come into play in order to avert and dismantle the threat Iran is to Israel and the nations.

ISRAEL’S SOUTHERN BORDER VIOLENCE FROM THE GAZA STRIP: WHAT’S THE POINT? On Friday 30 Aug. 2019 some 6,000 Palestinians participated in the weekly “March of Return” protests along the border between Gaza and Israel. The Gaza health ministry said 75 Palestinians were injured during clashes. An Israeli soldier was also wounded. This is each Friday’s tragic norm.  Violent Palestinian demonstrations for months have continued on Israel’s Gaza borders in the South.  Thousands of Hamas-controlled Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including entire families with their children, show up to shake their fists, yell threats, hurl rocks and explosives, set off fire balloons, and collectively display their hatred against the Jewish State. When someone gets hurt, especially Palestinian children who are encouraged by Hamas officials to dray close to border fences for publicity reasons, then Israel is immediately smeared by world media. And that is the point; to stir up more anti-Israel bias, distortion, and deception among the nations, and more global pity for the Palestinian “perpetrators” being presented as “victims”.  During the week, Israel’s southern community members are often awakened in the night with Iron Dome sirens chasing them to nearby bomb shelters as terrorists lob rockets and explosives from the Gaza Strip. 

A further result of the ongoing heartbreak is the sharp rise in the number of Israelis seeking help for PTSD in southern Israel. According to media sources at least 327 people received treatment from mental health services across communities bordering the Gaza Strip this summer due to post-traumatic stress disorder. Such increases in sleep deprivation, emotional trauma, as well as burnout among those working in the emergency services have been caused by another terror-ridden season that has seen hundreds of rockets being fired from the Hamas-controlled enclave, incendiary balloons scorching the local fields, the violent March of Return demonstrations along the security fence, as well as several infiltration attempts. Needless to say, the effects of continued violence on children starting the school year this week is also a matter of grave concern to families and medical officials in Israel’s southern communities. (JNN) Pray for the wisdom and strategy of Israel’s government and military leaders as they deal with unrelenting antagonists and terrorist murderers piloted by Hamas. Intercede that Hamas rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities will fall short of civilian areas, and for the infallible accuracy of Israel’s Iron Dome system. Intercede for the comforting and emotional shielding of victims young and old in the midst of constant life-threatening explosions and disruption of their daily lives.

WHERE’S THE “WHY” IN ISRAELI MEDIA REPORTING ON DISABLED PROTESTERS? Journalism 101 says the questions needing to be answered in basic reporting include, “Who, What, Where, When,” and “Why”.  What happened to the “Why” in Sunday’s 1 Sept. 2019 reports on demonstrations being carried out that day by the disabled, which were published in two of Israel’s leading daily newspapers?  The first “breaking news” update read: “Train movement in the section between Shefayim and Beit Yehoshua was temporarily halted following a disabled protest in the area.” The second source update informed readers that “traffic in the Shefayim area was resumed shortly after it was halted following a protest from disabled activists.” Reporters who penned these brief sentences in both cases left out the “why,” of what motivated these people with disabilities to protest.  Have media outlets been advised to keep the activities of these low income, in many cases impoverished people in Israeli society, “hush-hush” this year- to not grant them major coverage lest their cause is taken up by concerned citizens? In short, the disabled in Israel, along with the elderly, Holocaust Survivors, orphans and widows need financial help from the government to live with dignity. After a year of negotiations and dozens of wildcat protests blocking roads and snarling traffic with wheelchairs, or protesters arm and arm, some leaning on crutches, the Knesset in Feb. 2018 raised the stipend for the disabled to NIS 3,700 ($1,050) a month - with the promise of a further increase in the near future. Activists claimed then, as they claim now, that this sum is insufficient to meet their basic needs, and that the promises of “more to come” have never materialized. Ayal Cohen, leader of the protest group said in 2018, “The State of Israel makes a unilateral law about the disabled stipend without coordinating or agreeing with the leaders of the disabled and continues to leave the disabled of Israel in poverty and abandoned.” Little has changed since then. May the “why” of the disabled protesters in Israel be heard by all this time around with mercy and increased provision! (JNN) Pray for government rulings to release increased aid for orphans, widows, the disabled, the elderly, Holocaust Survivors, and all others who are oppressed or suffering in Israel. May their voices be heard.

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