“Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.” Ps 21:11
FEAST OF TABERNACLES LONDON 2019: DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Be sure to join us for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles at the Emmanuel Centre in London, 25 -26 October 2019. Experience worship with the Moriah worship band, as well as our own Barry & Batya Segal. Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East, featuring Pastor Dennis Greenidge, Pastor Wes Richards, Simon Barrett, Pastor Jones Boateng, and Barry & Batya Segal. Join in prayer and intercession for Israel at this important time in her history. Remember God’s goodness, protection, generosity, and care towards those who are faithful to Him. Register now at: https://feastoftabernacles2019.eventbrite.com
TRUMP: ‘WE ARE LOCKED AND LOADED’ TO RESPOND TO ATTACKS ON SAUDI OIL FIELDS: Tensions between Washington and Tehran have further escalated in the wake of Saturday’s 14 Sept. 2019 drone attack on Saudi oil sites. About 5.7 million barrels of crude oil production, more than 5 percent of the world’s daily supply, was interrupted in the drone assault claimed by the Yemeni Houthi terrorist group. Houthi responsibility for the strike has been dismissed however by Washington sources. A USA official said there were 19 points of impact in the strike on Saudi facilities and that evidence showed the launch area was west-northwest of the targets, indicating Iran - not south from Yemen. President Donald Trump authorized the use of the USA emergency oil stockpiles to ensure stable supplies after the attack. He warned that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a response to the hit on Saudi Arabia's oil sites, after a senior official in his administration said the strike did not come from Yemen, but rather from Iran. "Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," he said. Iranian sources have denied the USA allegation that the Islamic Republic carried out the assault. A senior Revolutionary Guards commander warned on Sunday 15 Sept. 2019 that the Islamic Republic was ready for "full-fledged" war. (JNN) Intercede that the Lord will prevent Iranian officials from making increasingly aggressive moves resulting in the outbreak of war. The threat of war in the Middle East is severe and mounting by the hour. Pray for God to intervene and prevent global catastrophe and loss of life.
HELP VFI TO PREPARE FOR EMERGENCY CRISIS SITUATIONS: Israel’s increasing military threats from Iran and Iranian-backed terrorist groups on both the southern and northern borders are mounting hazards that could at any moment develop into war. VFI, as well as the entire nation, must be equipped for this possible crisis with emergency measures and supplies. Please help us to prepare with a financial gift at www.visionforisrael.com Your donations are vital and appreciated.
NETANYAHU: ISRAEL AND HAMAS HEADED FOR ANOTHER MAJOR MILITARY CONFRONTATION: A number of rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israeli over the last week. In one assault on Wed. 11 Sept. 2019, Palestinians in Gaza fired three rockets at Israel. One struck a greenhouse, while a second rocket landed in a community, damaging a home. In response, an Israeli army tank hit two Hamas military positions in Gaza. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, Israel has held the Hamas terrorist group, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, responsible for the aggression. PM Netanyahu on Thur. 12 Sept. 2019 addressed the recent escalation on the Gaza border, predicting that the situation will need to be resolved militarily. “Israel likely will have to go to war with Gaza”, Netanyahu said. The prime minister continued that the nation is dealing with a terror group that has taken over and launches rockets and that doesn’t control errant factions even when it wants to. He claimed that because Hamas cannot exercise authority over these factions, “there will be no choice but to enter a war”. Israel has fought three wars with Gaza since 2007. (JNN)
WHO IS TO BLAME FOR GAZA’S SORROW? Palestinian misery in the Gaza Strip portrays a harvest of hatred for the entire world to see: Billions of dollars of humanitarian aid have been seeded into an endless pit of Islamic disdain for Israel and the Jewish people - have been spent on weapons and terrorist tunnels, instead of schools and sanitation facilities - squandered or siphoned into foreign bank accounts by terrorist leaders. The Palestinian people could have had thriving orchards and greenhouses, businesses and homes built by Israelis forced to abandon the Gaza Strip in 2005 “for the sake of peace.” But Gaza is in ruins, racked with poverty and despair because her terrorist leaders continue to plot and perpetrate violence and destruction against the Jewish nation. Instead of a new state, global assistance to prosper Gaza’s residents, a future for their young, Hamas officials rule over an oozing, putrefying sore of human misery. Like men without reason, they are always preparing for the next war against Israel; building terrorist tunnels, better projectiles, encouraging Gaza families to hurl rockets and firebombs at Israel’s Negev communities - then lamenting to the world that they have no food, no fuel when Israel, after restraint beyond human understanding, enforces defensive measures to defend her harassed and outraged citizenry. When mercy comes Palestinians resume tunnel building, terrorists bomb Israel’s well-laden aid trucks and return to pot-shotting Sderot and Ashkelon. What Gaza is, is what Gaza Palestinians and their Israel-hating, jihadist leaders have chosen. All that was ever asked of them was to recognize the Jewish nation, stop terrorist violence, and abide by previous peace agreements. They choose instead; gall, destruction, and chaos. Their harvest is bitter fruit, and it is not Israel’s fault. (JNN) “Gaza will shave her head in mourning.” Jer. 47:5
JNN PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE INCREASING HAMAS PROVOCATIONS TO DRAW ISRAEL INTO ANOTHER WAR: Please take the JNN updates to your prayer gatherings for the following suggestions on how to pray for Israel during this these times of mounting crisis on the southern borders of the Jewish state. 1. Intercede that Hamas rocket attacks against Israel’s Negev communities and across the country will fall short of civilian areas, and for the infallible accuracy of Israel’s Iron Dome system. 2. That terrorist bases and infrastructures, arms factories and weapon’s tunnels will be pinpointed and destroyed. 3. Intercede for the safety and protection of Israel’s military men and women involved in anti-terrorist activities and for civilians in targeted cities. 4. 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. 5. For the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government and military leaders as Israel deals with unrelenting antagonists and terrorist murderers piloted by Hamas. (JNN)
NETANYAHU: I INTEND TO ESTABLISH ISRAEL’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE JORDAN VALLEY: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Tues. 10 Sept. 2019 announced his intention to apply Israel’s sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, which he called Israel’s “essential safety belt in the east." While thinly populated, it is home to dozens of Israeli communities and has been controlled by Israel for more than half a century. Israel considers the Jordan Valley an essential strategic asset to ensure its security and prevent weapons smuggling by Palestinian terrorists into Judea & Samaria. It is literally all that stands between Israel and the remainder of the Middle East, some of which embrace and seriously prepare for genocide against the Jewish nation. Israel’s eastern border is difficult to defend because of its geostrategic structure, being Israel’s ‘narrow waist’ of barely 7.5 miles. The center of the country which is Israel’s most densely populated urban area has no depth. A military or terrorist attack against Israel from the east would expose not only most of the population but main strategic facilities (military, industrial and civilian) to an unprecedented threat. Military sources have maintained that the Jordan Valley could become another Gaza border situation if caution isn’t exercised. (JNN) Pray according to scripture: “He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat.” Ps. 147:14
ISRAEL’S LEGITIMATE CLAIMS TO THE JORDAN VALLEY: In Israel’s 1948 War of Independence Jordan conquered Judea & Samaria from the Jewish state in a war of aggression carried out with every aim of destroying it. In the aftermath of the war, it was nearly unanimously held that neither Jordan nor Egypt possessed any legitimate claim over the newly acquired territory. (The “West Bank” is the name Jordan gave to Judea & Samaria when it presumed to ostensibly annex it in the 1950s.) Since other countries regarded neither Jordan nor Egypt’s claims as legitimate, Israel’s claims of sovereignty remained. Thus, when Israel recaptured Judea & Samaria in the Six-Day War in 1967, it liberated these territories. Israel’s original title to the land was never actually destroyed. When Israel re-acquired Judea & Samaria, it was under the guise of Article 51 of the UN Charter, which permits a nation to defend itself and has been understood by many scholars to impart that self-defense may necessitate that the non-aggressor assume control over territory previously held by the aggressor. The Jordan Valley in Judea & Samaria, is territory Israel recaptured during the Six-Day War in 1967 and has since monitored. Judea & Samaria as a whole is under varying degrees of Israeli control. Some of it is governed by Palestinian institutions (with minimal Israeli military presence) and the rest is run entirely by Israel. The Jordan Valley is in the section that is fully controlled by Israel, with the exception of the Palestinian city of Jericho. (JNN)
PARALYMPIC ISRAELI CHAMPION BREAKS WORLD SWIMMING RECORD BY 6 SECONDS: Israel’s Mark Mallar a 19-years-old swimmer who has cerebral palsy, last week won the gold medal in the men’s 400m freestyle competition in the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. Mallar won the race with a time of 4:33.64, beating the old world record by 6 seconds, which qualifies him to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. This year’s World Para Swimming Championships were set to kick off during July 2019 in Malaysia but were rescheduled after Malaysia announced that Israeli athletes were not allowed to participate. In response to the snub, the event was moved to London. IPC president, Andrew Parsons, said, “When a host country excludes athletes from a particular nation, for political reasons, then we have absolutely no alternative but to look for a new championships host.” (JNN) Kudos to Israel’s victorious swimmer, Mark Maller. He has overcome physical disabilities to become a champion for his nation, and not allowed anti-Semitic bias on the part of Malaysia to dampen his courage.
JERUSALEM BIKE RENTAL SYSTEM TO BE LAUNCHED IN OCT. 2019: Jerusalem residents will soon be able to rent a bike for their short-distance transportation needs. Jerusalem's bike rental system is expected to be launched in the capital city following the holiday season. The 500 pairs of bicycles and 50 stations will operate throughout the week and will be serviceable on Saturdays through the use of the app. This new program is modeled after the Tel Aviv Bike rental system, which has greatly eased traffic issues in the cosmopolitan city. (JNN)
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