“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat." Neh. 4:9
ISRAEL IN THE MIDST OF MILITARY CRISIS: Dear JNN readers, Israel is in the midst of a military crisis as of Tues. 12 Nov. 2019. We are alerting you for your prayers on the nation’s behalf. The facts and the dangerous military situations are covered in the news briefs below with a list of prayer points at the end of this emergency update. Thank you for your intercession and support.
ISRAEL SHUTS DOWN: SCHOOLS CLOSED, TRAINS AT A HALT AMID GAZA ESCALATIONS: Israel came under heavy rocket fire Tues. morning 12 Nov. 2019 after the Air Force bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a targeted strike which killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata. Schools were closed in the South and the central Gush Dan region due to the sensitive security situation. Three Israelis were reported injured as a result of the rocket attacks, including two suffering from shock, and a third injured while running to a bomb shelter. A home in southern Israel was struck by a rocket, which scored a direct hit on the building. Sirens were heard as far north as Tel Aviv, where Iron Dome interceptor missiles were spotted overhead. This is the first time since Operation Protective Edge in 2014 that the country is on such high alert. Officials have announced special security advisories for southern and central Israel. All non-essential work has been canceled.
The Health Ministry opened an emergency situation room and is working with emergency services, including the Home Front Command, the IDF and Magen David Adom. Additionally, the ministry announced that all health institutions are prepared for a potential influx of patients. The Home Front Command released directives for the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip and the Dan and Shfela region of central Israel. Train service between Ashkelon and Beersheba and at the Sderot, Netivot and Ofakim stations has been shut down, and all public events in the South were ordered canceled. Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, however, said that despite the ongoing rocket attacks, the airport will be “working as usual with no changes to the flight schedule.” The military says that it expects a strong response from the PIJ following the strike, including rocket fire towards central Israel, and has urged residents of southern Israel to stay close to bomb shelters. The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Israel was responsible for the airstrike which killed al-Ata, who is described as a “senior Islamic Jihad commander” who master-minded “numerous terrorist attacks and rocket attacks against the State of Israel in recent months and who intended to immediately carry out further attacks.” (J. Post)
GAZA TERRORISTS FIRE ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL AFTER ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADER KILLED: Gaza fired at least 160 rockets into Israel by mid-afternoon on Tues. 12 Nov. 2019, setting off sirens and forcing people into bomb shelters across the country including in Tel Aviv, after Israel’s military killed a senior leader of the second-largest terrorist group in the Palestinian territory. Israeli authorities reported at least two injuries in Israel from the rockets, including an 8-year-old girl who is in critical condition after losing consciousness while running to a bomb shelter. Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Mr. Abu Al-Ata was a “ticking bomb,” who was planning an attack that included sniper fire, IEDs and ground units against Israeli soldiers and possibly civilians. “We have been looking for the opportune moment for a week. We were waiting for when he was not surrounded by human shields,” Conricus said. “The response to this crime will have no limits,” Islamic Jihad said in a statement, referring to Abu Al-Ata’s killing. (Fox)
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‘WE’LL HIT THE ZIONIST ENEMY UNTIL THEY BEG FOR MERCY’: The Islamic Jihad terror group has threatened to expand the range of rockets fired at Israel to include Jerusalem, according to Israeli media sources. The terror group said it would increase the number of rockets fired towards Tel Aviv, and include Jerusalem in the list of targets. Abu Al Ata was eliminated by IDF and Shabak (Israel Security Agency) forces at 4:00 a.m.Tues.12 Nov. 2019. He was a key terrorist. A senior Islamic Jihad source said that "messages were sent from Cairo to the organization's Director-General Ziad Nakhla regarding an immediate ceasefire on the basis of 'quiet for quiet.' These messages were rejected. We do not take orders from Cairo. We are ready for a long and painful battle. We will hit the Zionist enemy until they beg for a ceasefire. The gates to hell have been opened." According to the source, all senior Islamic Jihad officials in Gaza, Syria, and other countries have received orders to enter their underground hiding places due to concerns of targeted eliminations. Islamic Jihad spokesperson Daoud Shihaab said "It is too early to discuss negotiations since the blood of the martyrs is not yet dry and we cannot return to our daily routines. The factions will not allow Netanyahu to use this crime to serve his political purposes." Hamas, the terror group which governs Gaza and a rival of the Islamic Jihad terror group, also threatened to join the fire. "The Zionist enemy carries all responsibility for what happens and for all the results of the escalation," a Hamas spokesperson said. "The jihad and opposition process will continue and escalate, and the crime of elimination will not remain unpunished." (Arutz-7)
KOCHAVI: IDF IS READY ON THE GROUND, IN THE AIR AND AT SEA: Israel will target anyone who tries to attack the State of Israel, PM Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Tues. 12 Nov. 2019, hours after the IDF assassinated a top Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Ata in the Gaza Strip and as dozens of rockets were being fired across the country. Netanyahu was joined at the press conference by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Nadav Argaman. "Terrorists think they can hit civilians and hide behind civilians," the prime minister said. "We showed that we can hit the terrorist with minimal damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you hit us we will hit you." Kochavi said that Al-Ata was the person who tried to undermine Israel's efforts to reach a ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. (J. Post)
EU: GAZA ROCKET ATTACKS ARE ‘TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE': The European Union ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, condemned the barrage of rocket fire on Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tues. 12 Nov. 2019 and called for a rapid “de-escalation” between Israel and the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. “Extremely concerned about evolving security situation, with multiple rockets launched this morning. A rapid de-escalation is needed, indiscriminate rocket fire is unacceptable. Need to protect all civilians,” tweeted Giaufret. The EU later released a statement condemning the rocket attacks, and calling for an end to the continuing cycles of violence. “This morning, Israel conducted an operation inside Gaza targeting a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In response, rockets were fired from Gaza on southern and central Israel. The firing of rockets on civilian populations is totally unacceptable and must immediately stop. A rapid and complete de-escalation is now necessary to safeguard the lives and security of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. The European Union fully supports the efforts of Egypt in this regard. As the EU has consistently reiterated, only a political solution can put an end to these continuing cycles of violence." Meanwhile, the USA Embassy in Israel on Tuesday said that it is "asking American citizens to stay vigilant and take all measures needed to increase security awareness" (Arutz-7)
IDF TANKS ATTACK ISLAMIC JIHAD TARGETS IN GAZA: Israeli tanks attacked three Islamic Jihad military posts in the Gaza Strip Tues. afternoon 12 Nov. 2019. The Israeli Air Force has also bombed numerous Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza in response to the firing of dozens of rockets by the terrorist organization. "IDF fighter jets and aircraft recently struck a number of PIJ terror targets in the Gaza Strip. Among the sites struck were a training compound and underground weapons manufacturing and storage sites," the IDF announced Tuesday in a statement. "The IDF views the continued rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israel and its civilians severely and is prepared to continue defending Israeli civilians, and to operate as necessary." The IDF has called up hundreds of reservists in light of the security situation in the south. Earlier, the IDF claimed that two terrorists linked to the launching of rockets at Israel had been eliminated in a strike. Arab media outlets claimed Israeli forces also struck other terror targets inside Gaza, including Hamas’ internal security headquarters in Gaza City. IDF spokesman late Tues. afternoon said that IDF warplanes attacked several Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. Among the terror targets hit were training complexes including for Islamic Jihad's naval force, a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip and an excavation site for a terror tunnel in the central Gaza Strip. (INN)
JNN PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE INCREASING TERRORIST PROVOCATIONS TO DRAW ISRAEL INTO ANOTHER WAR: 1. Intercede that Islamic Jihad and 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 and Islamic Jihad. 6. For the complete healing of those who have been injured.
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