Rocket Fire Continues Against Israel From Gaza

Nov 14, 2019

“You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.”  Ps. 40:17

JNN PRAYER REQUESTS IN LIGHT OF ONGOING GAZA TERRORIST PROVOCATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL: Israel as of Tues. 12 Nov. 2019 has been the target of hundreds of Islamic Jihad rocket attacks. We are keeping you updated and ask for your ongoing prayers on the following fronts:  
1. Intercede that Islamic Jihad and Hamas rocket assaults 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. 

ROCKET FIRE CONTINUES AGAINST ISRAEL FROM GAZA: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip resumed firing rockets into southern and central Israel after dawn on Wed. 13 Nov. 2019 following a brief overnight respite in the violence.  Sirens sounded in southern Israel and then later in central Israel. Another salvo from Gaza was fired toward the southern city of Netivot.  Israel’s targeted killing before dawn on Tues. 12 Nov. 2019 of Islamic Jihad terror chief Baha Abu Al-Ata was met by over 360 rockets launched throughout Tuesday, Wednesday and early Thursday morning by terror groups in Gaza. Since Tuesday, two people in Israel have been wounded directly by rocket fire. In addition, dozens of people were lightly wounded after falling while running to a bomb shelter. Others were taken to the hospital after suffering anxiety attacks and other “stress symptoms” due to the assaults. An eight-year-old girl collapsed suddenly, apparently from a heart attack, while hiding in a bomb shelter during a rocket attack on the city of Holon. She remained in serious condition on Wednesday. The Israel Defense Forces launched its campaign of retaliatory airstrikes on Tuesday afternoon after approximately six hours of unanswered rocket attacks on central and southern Israel from the enclave. The renewed violence came as Islamic Jihad vowed to avenge the killing of Abu Al-Ata. Senior Islamic Jihad officials said the “real response” to Abu Al-Ata’s elimination had yet to come. Schools in southern Israel and as far away from Gaza as the city of Rehovot were ordered to remain closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, meaning hundreds of thousands of students stayed home. Hospitals and other emergency services in Israel were put on high alert in light of the ongoing rocket attacks. (Times of Israel)

NETANYAHU: ‘ISLAMIC JIHAD STARTING TO UNDERSTAND WHO THEY’RE MESSING WITH’: “We are continuing to hit Islamic Jihad after eliminating its senior commander in the Strip,” Netanyahu said during a special cabinet meeting on Wed. morning 13 Nov. 2019.  “He [Islamic Jihad terror chief Baha Abu Al-Ata] was responsible for most of the terror attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip in the last year and he was planning to carry out more attacks in the very next days. It would be better for Islamic Jihad to understand that now. I believe the message is starting to get through,” Netanyahu added.  “They understand we will continue hitting them with no mercy. We are determined to fight and protect ourselves. If they thought the barrages or hits would weaken us they are wrong. They have one option. It could take time,” he cautioned, calling on Israelis to remain vigilant. “We see that those who obey the Home Front commands have a very high chance of not being harmed. The orders are clear. I ask that you continue heeding them.” (Times of Israel)

BENNETT’S WARNING TO GAZA: HARM US BY DAY AND YOU WON’T MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT: Any terrorist who plans to attack Israel during the day will not survive the night, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett threatened on Wed. 13 Nov. 2019, mere hours after formally taking up his new role. Bennett entered the Defense Ministry the previous day at 11 a.m., shortly after Israel assassinated Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Baha Abu Al-Ata in a targeted killing in the Gaza Strip. "Yesterday morning, the IDF and the security forces took vital action for the security of Israel,” Bennett said. “Al-Ata’s assassination should send a “clear message to all of our enemies: Whoever plans to hurt us during the day, cannot be sure that he will make it through the night.”  Bennett began his term as defense minister with less than a week to go before Blue and White leader Benny Gantz’s mandate to form a government is set to expire. Netanyahu later reiterated Bennett's message, saying that Israel will respond to every Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack. The UN is working behind the scenes with Egypt to de-escalate the situation. The EU has similarly called on both sides to decrease the violence. (J. Post)

‘USA STRONGLY AFFIRMS ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF’: USA Vice President Mike Pence on Tue. 12 Nov. 2019 commented on the launching of hundreds of rockets by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. "The United States condemns the barrage of rockets on Israeli civilians. It's clear that Hamas & Palestinian Islamic Jihad put violence ahead of bettering the lives of the people of Gaza. America strongly affirms Israel's right to defend itself," he wrote on Twitter. Former USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman earlier expressed his support for the Jewish State following the rocket fire on Israel. "Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Islamist terrorist org backed by Iran, is again attacking Israel with 100’s of missiles aimed at civilians. We stand with our friend & ally Israel at this critical moment & support Israel’s right to defend itself & bring an end to these barbaric attacks," Friedman stated.  Senior Adviser to USA President Donald Trump, Avi Berkowitz, added, "The USA fully supports our partner & ally Israel in their fight against terrorism and the terrorist group, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Administration strongly condemns the barrage of rockets on Israeli civilians and continues to monitor the situation. It's clear that the main obstacles holding Gazans back are Hamas and PIJ who put violence ahead of bettering the lives of the people of Gaza." (Arutz-7)

ISLAMIC JIHAD AND THE IRANIAN CONNECTION: Islamic Jihad is the smaller of the two main Palestinian terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, and is vastly outnumbered by the ruling Hamas group. However, Islamic Jihad enjoys direct Iranian backing, both financially and militarily, and has become the driving force in rocket fire and confrontations with Israel. Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, is often limited in its ability to carry out terrorist attacks on a large scale because it bears responsibility for running the day-to-day affairs of the Gaza Strip. Islamic Jihad has no such considerations, and has emerged as the more militant faction, occasionally even undermining Hamas' authority. The group was founded in 1981 to establish an Islamic Palestinian state in Judea & Samaria, Gaza and all of what is now Israel. It is designated a terrorist organization by the USA State Department, European Union, and other governments.  This week’s assassination of Abu Al-Ata was the first high-profile targeted killing of an Islamic Jihad figure by Israel since the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip.

Iran supplies Islamic Jihad with training, expertise, and money. In recent years it has developed an arsenal equal to that of Hamas, with longer-range rockets capable of striking central Israel's Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Though the terrorist group's base is in Gaza, its leadership is also based in Beirut and Damascus, where it maintains close ties with Iranian officials. Another Israeli missile strike on Tues. 12 Nov. 2019 targeted Akram al-Ajouri, one of its top officials in Syria. "He is the real direct connection between Islamic Jihad and Iran, on the one hand, and the person who gives instructions to the Gaza Strip on the other hand," said Giora Eiland, a former head of Israel's National Security Council. As Iran's proxy, the terrorist group in Gaza is key to Tehran's strategy of maintaining pressure on Israel on all fronts, said Kobi Michael, a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. (Y.Net/JNN)

ABU AL-ATA’S ASSASSINATION COMES AS A SENSITIVE POLITICAL TIME FOR ISRAEL: Israel’s leaders are still struggling to put together a unity government with less than a week to go for head of Blue and White, Benny Gantz, to reach a breakthrough in the ongoing political stalemate. The centrist Blue and White and secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu parties have reached preliminary agreements on several issues in ongoing coalition talks. The negotiating teams for the two parties reached a consensus on several economic issues, including raising income for the elderly and disability payments. Thus far, however, there has been nothing conclusive on the issue of religion and state. Yisrael Beiteinu, which won eight seats in the second round of elections in Sept. 2019, may hold the key to the establishment of any coalition government. However, party head Avigdor Lieberman has stated he will only support a unity government composed of Blue and White, PM Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, and his own Yisrael Beiteinu. A coalition negotiation meeting between Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz and Yisrael Beytnu chairman Avigdor Liberman took place on Wed. 13 Nov. 2019. The session had been planned for the previous day but was canceled due to the security situation.  Terrorist Abu Al-Ata's killing comes at a sensitive political time for Israel. PM Netanyahu heads a caretaker government following two inconclusive elections and after he failed twice to form a coalition. (JNN)  Continue to intercede in this vitally important issue that Israel will reach the goal of a fully functional unity government this month.  Pray that the God of Israel will put his appointed men and women into place who have wisdom and knowledge for the nation’s security needs, who have compassion for those people who are struggling with poverty, such as the elderly, Holocaust Survivors, and people with disabilities. 

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