Iran Is Still The Biggest State Sponsor of Terror

Nov 4, 2019

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.” Ps. 61: 2-4 

IRAN IS STILL THE BIGGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR: The USA State Department said in its Country Reports on Terrorism 2018, which was released on Friday 1 Nov. 2019 that the Tehran regime has spent nearly $1 billion per year to support terror organizations "that serve as its proxies and expand its malign influence across the globe". Those groups include Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The report reveals that in spite of sanctions, the Islamic Republic is still the “world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism.”  In addition to subsidizing terrorist entities, Iran has also plotted and carried out its own terrorist acts around the globe, most notably in Belgium, France, and Germany, said the department. (JNN)

NETANYAHU: IRAN EMBOLDENED BY LACK OF RESPONSE TO AGGRESSION: The failure to respond to Iran’s aggression in the region is making the country more brazen, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thur. 31 Oct. 2019 in an apparent criticism of the USA’s lack of response to Iranian attacks in recent months on oil installations, drones, and ships in the Persian Gulf. “The area around us is turbulent,” Netanyahu said at an IDF officer’s graduation ceremony. “The threats are popping up all around us – in Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and also in Iraq, in Yemen and directly in Iran.” Earlier last week, Netanyahu said Iran is deploying precision weapons to Yemen in order to strike Israel.  He told the new IDF officers that Iran and pro-Iranian forces are actively, and without let-up, arming themselves. “We are prepared for the threats, and will not hesitate to deliver a fierce blow against anyone who will try to harm us,” he said. “The level of Iran’s boldness in the region is rising, and is getting even greater in light of a lack of a response.” Israel, he said, “will not extend the other cheek, and anyone who wants to be aggressive will be answered in full force and pay a heavy price.” Israeli embassies are increasing security this month due to growing fears of a possible Iranian terrorist attack on Israeli targets abroad. The move comes amid increased tensions with Iran in the region and following its recent attack against Saudi Arabian oil facilities. (J. Post)  Continue to intercede that the Lord will impart His strategy to Israel’s government and military leaders as to when and what to do regarding Iran

USA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ SUGGESTION TO CUT MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL “IS COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY”: Three leading Democratic presidential candidates last week suggested that the best way to pressure Jerusalem into a wide-sweeping policy change in the “so-called” West Bank, (Judea & Samaria) would be to cut USA military aid. The three added that they would be in favor of such a move. In the accurate words of one commentator: “These statements are completely out of touch with the realities of Palestinian-Israeli relations and developments in the Middle East.” Prof. Eytan Gilboa, director of the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University continued that “the candidates deliberately distort the nature of USA military aid to Israel. They ignore the Palestinians' repeated rejection of peace negotiations and peace proposals. They also ignore the unrelenting Palestinian campaign of delegitimization against Israel and the monthly payments to terrorists convicted of murdering thousands of Israeli civilians.

“The term ‘aid’ in the context of USA Israeli defense relations is itself misleading, explained Gilboa. “The more accurate term is ‘investment,’ as most of the funds are reinvested back into the USA economy as it goes to American defense manufacturers. In return for aid, Israel provides the USA military and defense industries with information about weapons effectiveness, develops innovative military technology like missile defense systems and border surveillance technology, and shares intelligence and battle-proven military doctrines. Despite serious disagreements between then-President Obama and PM Netanyahu, in September 2016 they signed a memorandum of understanding committing $3.8 billion annually for military aid for the next 10 years, as Obama recognized the value of a long-term investment in the USA-Israeli defense collaboration. (JNN)

NIKKI HALEY SLAMS BERNIE SANDERS FOR WANTING TO GIVE USA AID TO TERRORISTS RATHER THAN ISRAEL: During last week’s J. Street conference held in Washington D.C. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that a chunk of the $3.8 billion aid to Israel should be rechanneled to the Gaza Strip which is controlled by Hamas - a USA recognized terrorist organization. Respected and well-loved former USA ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, came right back at Sanders for his speech at the J. Street conference last Tues. 29 Oct. 2019. She wrote, "Just when you thought Bernie Sanders couldn’t get any more radical, he outdid himself. He wants to take the money we give to Israel to defend itself from terrorists and give it to Gaza, which is run by terrorists?? Unreal. Why isn’t every other Dem pres candidate saying he’s wrong?" Her response comes after Sanders spoke at the J Street conference and said the solution is to stipulate to Israel, that "if you want military aid you’re going to have to fundamentally change your relationship to the people of Gaza.” Sanders also called Israeli PM Netanyahu a racist, as he has many times in the past. Haley served as the USA ambassador to the UN from 2017-2018. During her tenure, she stood steadfastly against all anti-Israel bias from the UN. (JNN)   

KNESSET SPEAKER TELLS SANDERS YOU NEED TO “STOP TALKING NONSENSE”: Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein slammed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last week for suggesting that USA military aid to Israel should be diverted toward humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip. Likud MK Edelstein said that Sanders should “stop talking nonsense,” adding that the Vermont senator’s assertion that Israel was responsible for conditions in Gaza was “absurd”.  Edelstein, a senior member of PM Netanyahu's Likud party was responding to remarks that Sanders made at the J Street conference on Monday 28 Oct. 2019. The Vermont senator had suggested that the $3.8 billion dollars in USA military assistance to Israel could be “leveraged” to pressure Israel to move towards a two-state solution and that he believed aid should instead be put towards improving living conditions for Palestinians in Gaza “right now.”  In his tweets addressed to Sanders, Edelstein said that while speaking to European Union representatives visiting the Knesset last week, “I told them about the absurd claims regarding the economic situation in the Gaza Strip,” adding that “it's time to put an end to these claims.” Hamas leaders in Gaza, he said, “have all the necessary means – they use the money earmarked for the public benefit in order to attack the State of Israel.” Edelstein included a video of his recent discussion with the EU representatives, in which he told them that Hamas is a “terror organization” that doesn’t “know how to govern” and blamed them for poor living conditions in Gaza.  When someone says there are no means, I don’t accept it,” Edelstein said. The tunnels Hamas has built to infiltrate Israel clearly “cost millions,” as does their weaponry. Every time he sees a Hamas rocket launched towards Israel," Edelstein told the visiting diplomats, “I see food and diapers and medicine flying in the air.” (Ha’aretz)  As valuable and important as $3.8 billion in annual security assistance is to Israel, the country would be able to live without it.  Please intercede that Israel as a people will look to the Lord as their ultimate defender and provider in every circumstance.  Pray that government leaders will not bend to any kind of present or future international manipulation that would intensify danger against the Jewish state.

GAZA’S MISERY IS WHOSE FAULT? Palestinian misery in the Gaza Strip portrays a harvest of hatred for all the 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 instead of schools and sanitation facilities - squandered or siphoned into foreign bank accounts by terrorist leaders. The Palestinians could have had thriving orchards and greenhouses, businesses and homes built by Israelis forced to abandon the Gaza Strip “for the sake of peace.” But Gaza is in ruins, racked with poverty and despair because her Hamas terrorist leaders continue to plot, and to perpetuate violence and destruction against the Jewish nation.  Instead of a new state, global assistance to prosper, a future for the young, Hamas thugs rule over a putrefying sore of human misery.  These terrorist madmen are always preparing for the next war against Israel; building terrorist tunnels, better projectiles and hurling rockets at Israel’s Negev communities.  They then whine to the world they have no food, no fuel when Israel, after restraint beyond human understanding, enforces defensive measures to defend her harassed, shocked, disrupted 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) “The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways. They have made themselves crooked paths. Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.” Isa 59:8

VIOLENCE FLARES ALONG THE GAZA STRIP  BORDER AFTER WEEKS OF CALM: Following weeks of relative quiet along the Gaza Strip border a rocket was fired from the Hamas- controlled enclave on Thur. 31 Oct. 2019. It fell into Israel causing no deaths or injuries.  The attack was followed by retaliatory IDF tank fire. On Friday, 1 Nov. 2019 the level of violence at the weekly “March of Return” along the border spiraled with medical sources in Gaza reporting “scores” of marchers allegedly wounded by Israeli security forces. That same day, at least ten rockets were launched at Israel, seven of which were successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. One rocket managed to get through and damage a home in the border town of Sderot. Despite heavy destruction to the building, a family in an adjoining structure was unhurt. It is believed that the rockets were fired by Islamic Jihad and not Hamas. Nevertheless, the response from the Israelis was aimed at Hamas targets in keeping with Israeli policy that states as rulers of the Gaza Strip, Hamas bears full responsibility for all acts of violence. (JNN) Pray for the protection of Israel’s southern borders against Hamas rocket fire. Even projectiles that cause no physical or property damage cause great emotional stress, especially to children. Intercede for God’s angels to be around schools and kindergartens in Sderot and surrounding areas. Pray for the protection of IDF soldiers serving along the southern borders who are constantly in danger.

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