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  1. Jews and Christians Celebrate Re-launch of Knesset Christian Allies Caucus
  2. Iran Deal Empowers Enemies of Peace
  3. Netanyahu: Iran Deal Not Good for Anyone’s Security
  4. Hamas Smuggling Materials for Terror Tunnels Through Israel
  5. Israeli Orthodox Priest Launches Anti-BDS Booklet
  6. Poll: Israelis Most Worried About Iran, Islamic State
  7. Jewish Man Saved from Nazis Repays “Debt” by Rescuing Christians from ISIS
  8. Israeli Scientists Working to Eradicate Cancer
  1. Jews and Christians Celebrate Re-launch of Knesset Christian Allies Caucus

    by Ilse Posselt

    Rebecca Lewis Brimmer, CEO and International President of Bridges For Peace, speaking at the Israeli Knesset Thursday, 23 July 2015 | Jews and Christians came together yesterday in the Jerusalem Hall of the Knesset to celebrate the re-launch of the Israeli government’s Christian Allies Caucus.

    Looking to the future following more than a decade of successful cooperation, Christians and Members of Knesset (MKs) had the opportunity to rub shoulders, offer gratitude and above all, express a shared commitment to stand with and defend Israel.

    The initiative started out 11 years ago, driven by the belief that Israel is the birthplace of both Judaism and Christianity. The testament of a shared past within the Promised Land urged MKs to develop a platform to forge relationships and cooperation with Christian churches, leaders and organizations across the globe. As a result, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC) was born in January 2004.

    Today, the multi-partisan caucus comprises 17 hand-picked MKs from seven of the parties serving in Israel’s 20th Knesset. In just over a decade, the KCAC has gone from strength to strength, now boasting sister caucuses in the parliaments of some 32 countries, ranging from Liberia and Latvia to Papua New Guinea and Paraguay.

    Twenty-five MKs, including three ministers, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein, former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and Michael Oren, former ambassador to the US, attended yesterday’s event.

    “Faith-based diplomacy might have been a luxury for Israel in the past,” said KCAC director, Josh Reinstein in his opening address. “These days, however, it is a necessity.”

    According to Reinstein, the caucus functions as an international network, ready to defend Israel within various spheres and countries. The attacks and threats facing Israel, he explained, increase daily. These include physical threats in the form of terror organizations and the possibility of a nuclear Iran, but also attacks spearheaded by the likes of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, aimed at demonizing and delegitimizing the Jewish state. “If we ever needed defense, it is now,” he said. "Israel is now dependent on Christian support.”

    KCAC chairperson, Robert Ilatov, echoed Reinstein’s sentiments. Addressing his audience of Christians as “brothers and sisters," he said, “There are many challenges that lie ahead, but I have no doubt that together, we will succeed in defending and blessing the State of Israel and the well-being of its people.”

    For his part, Avigdor Lieberman argued that close Jewish-Christian cooperation would prove pivotal in safeguarding not only Israel, but also the region. “We are on the front lines of a clash of civilizations. Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians are an integral part of society.”

    Former KCAC chairperson, Minister Gila Gamliel, spoke of her experiences when launching the caucus 11 years ago. “We thought it would be very difficult finding brothers and sisters willing to support Israel. Looking at the media, we thought we were all alone. But then we started to speak to churches and more churches. Today we want to tell you that God will bless you just as it is written in the Bible.”

    Since its inauguration, the caucus has not only succeeded in establishing faith-based relationships internally, but also in assisting local Christian organizations operating in Israel. A Christian partner of the KCAC since its inception, Bridges for Peace sees the caucus as a significant feature in its efforts to build bridges between the Christian and Jewish worlds.             

    Addressing the audience yesterday, International President and CEO of Bridges for Peace, Rebecca Brimmer, reiterated the organization’s commitment to Israel and its people, “We will stand with the God of Israel, and we will stand with the Israel of God. We stand with the right of the Jewish people to live in peace and security in the land of Israel. We pray for Israel, and her leaders, because we read in Psalms: ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper who love you.’”

    “We stand with Israel,” she continued, “because we love the Bible and the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. We do it because in Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:3) God told Abraham that He would bless those who bless and curse those who curse him.  We do it because it is the right thing to do.”

    Source: (Bridges for Peace, 23 July 2015)

    Photo Credit: Bridges for Peace

    Prayer Focus

    Thank God for the growing respect between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.

    Scripture

    Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forevermore.

    - Psalm 133

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  2. Iran Deal Empowers Enemies of Peace

    by Khaled Abu Toameh

    Official seal for Ezaddin al-Qassam Brigades Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that has vowed to destroy Israel, is emerging as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the nuclear deal reached last week between Iran and the world powers.

    Emboldened by the deal, Hamas is now seeking to reap the fruits by tightening its grip on the Gaza Strip with the help of Iran. This, of course, is bad news for Hamas's rivals in the Palestinian arena, namely the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as all those who still believe in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

    The nuclear deal has also driven Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim countries to restore their relations with Hamas. The goal is to entice Hamas and its patrons in the Muslim Brotherhood to become part of an anti-Iran Sunni coalition in the Arab world.

    Hamas is now trying to have it both ways: to restore its ties with the major Arab countries while, at the same time, also improving its relations with Iran. For now, Hamas's strategy seems to be working, thanks to the nuclear deal between the world powers and Iran.

    Some Hamas leaders have not concealed their deep satisfaction with the deal; they say it would definitely strengthen their movement and other terror groups in the Middle East that are vehemently opposed to any peace agreement with Israel.

    One of these leaders, Mahmoud Zahar, voiced hope that the nuclear deal would pave the way for Iran to increase its support for Tehran's proxies in the Middle East, first and foremost Hamas.

    Heaping praise on the deal, Zahar, who is closely associated with Iran, said that Hamas was now much stronger than it was during the last war with Israel. "The Palestinian people will not surrender and we will continue with the resistance until the liberation of all of Palestine," he said.

    Hamas is only one of several radical groups in the Gaza Strip that have been receiving financial and military aid from Iran. The other groups include Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and some Fatah-affiliated militias.

    According to Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip, the Iranians have already resumed their aid to Hamas's military wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam. Relations between Iran and Hamas were strained four years ago, after Hamas refused to support Iran's ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his fight against rebel groups. Hamas officials are now hoping that the nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran will lead to a dramatic increase in Tehran's support for the terror groups in the region.

    The rapprochement between the Western powers and Iran has also led to closer cooperation between Hamas and Tehran's proxy organization in Lebanon, Hezbollah.

    On the eve of the signing of the nuclear deal, senior Hamas official Musa Abu Marzouk travelled to Beirut for talks with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. Although Hamas and Hezbollah have many differences, especially over the civil war in Syria, the two terror groups share a common goal: the destruction of Israel.

    Hamas knows that Hezbollah also stands to gain much from the nuclear deal, which will also allow Iran to increase its military support for the Lebanese organization. Hamas leaders hope that some weapons will also make their way to the Gaza Strip, especially in light of the tough security measures that hamper smuggling across the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Thanks to the deal, Hamas and Hezbollah are once again working together toward achieving their goal of undermining moderate Arabs and Muslims, and eliminating Israel.

    But what is perhaps even more interesting is that the nuclear deal has seen Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries courting Hamas.

    For the past three years, the Saudis refused to talk to Hamas and treated the movement as an enemy and threat. But now the deal seems to have convinced the Saudis to change their strategy toward Hamas.

    Shortly after the "historic" deal was signed between Iran and the world powers, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was invited to Saudi Arabia, in a sudden move that came as a surprise even to some Hamas leaders.

    Mashaal's unexpected visit to Saudi Arabia, where he met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz, is being hailed by Hamas leaders as a "dramatic and important" development.

    Hamas's senior representative in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, said that the visit paves the way for a new era in relations between his movement and Saudi Arabia. "This was a fruitful, successful and fine visit," he added.

    Mashaal's visit to Saudi Arabia quickly resulted in a positive development for Hamas. The Saudis, in a gesture to Mashaal, decided to release from prison several Hamas men who were imprisoned in the kingdom for their role in terrorism.

    Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah have expressed deep concern over the rapprochement between Hamas and Saudi Arabia. They explained that the restoration of ties between Hamas and the Saudis would further empower the Islamist movement in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip at a time when the PA is waging a massive security crackdown on Hamas supporters. In recent weeks, PA security forces in the West Bank arrested more than 250 Hamas men in yet another attempt to crush Hamas's growing influence.

    The nuclear deal has come as a blessing for Hamas and all the enemies of peace in the Middle East. Hamas is now seeking to kill two birds with one stone: to ensure continued Iranian backing for its plan to destroy Israel while at the same time joining the Sunni-led coalition and pretending to be opposed to Iran's rising power in the Middle East.

    The nuclear deal paves the way for Hamas to continue receiving weapons from their friends in Tehran and millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries in the Middle East. This deal has virtually destroyed any prospect of a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thanks to the policy of appeasing Iran, the enemies of peace in the region will now have more weapons and cash.

    Source: (Gatestone Institute originally published this article on 20 July 2015. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

    Photo Credit: Al-Qassam Brigades Website/wikipedia.org

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    Prayer Focus

    Pray that God will give wisdom to world leaders and to believers everywhere as we navigate through the troubled waters of our world.

    Scripture

    I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication… When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, 'You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.'

    - Psalm 142:1, 3-5

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  3. Netanyahu: Iran Deal Not Good for Anyone’s Security

    by Ilse Posselt

    Netanyahu speaking on Iran deal Monday, 20 July 2015 | Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, over the weekend vowed Tehran’s continuous opposition to the United States and its Middle East policies—despite the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the US-led P5+1 group (United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and Germany).

    In a fiery address at a Tehran mosque to mark the end of Ramadan (the Islamic month of strict fasting from sunrise to sunset), Khamenei also reiterated his support for the Syrian regime and other terrorist groups in the Middle East.

    Maintaining that Iran’s policies in the region would continue to defy the “arrogant” United States, he accused the Americans of seeking Tehran’s “surrender.”

    Khamenei’s audience responded to his message with chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the Iranian supreme leader’s public address during Israel’s weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday. 

    “If someone thought that the extraordinary concessions to Iran would lead to a change in its policy, they received a crushing answer over the weekend in Iranian ruler Khamenei's aggressive and contrary speech. The Iranians aren't even trying to hide the fact that they will use the hundreds of billions that they will receive under this agreement in order to arm their terror machine and they are clearly saying that they will continue their struggle against the US and its allies, first among them being Israel, of course.”

    “Today Iran is arming terrorist organizations with missiles,” Netanyahu explained, “tomorrow they will have the ability to arm them and themselves with much deadlier weapons.”

    “The alternative to this failed agreement, which we proposed repeatedly,” he said, “is the continuation and strengthening of the sanctions on Iran and conditioning the lifting of the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, and the lifting of the pressure on Iran, only if it changes its policy.”

    “As long as the Iranian leadership is encouraging calls of 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel,’” the Prime Minister argued, “there is no reason to make any concessions to them.”

    Since the announcement of the deal early last week, President Barack Obama has launched a media offensive aimed at gaining the American public’s support, reports Reuters. Over the past few days, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has done numerous interviews with leading networks to explain the agreement and to instill confidence in its ability to block Iran’s path to the bomb.

    Israel has, however, engaged in a public appeal of its own to rally support against the deal which Netanyahu calls a “stunning, historic mistake.”

    In an interview with CBS yesterday afternoon, the Prime Minister drew the American public’s attention to the weekend’s address in Tehran. “The ruler of Iran, the Ayatollah Khamenei, says after this agreement is concluded that he's going to continue the battle against the United States. He's going to continue supporting terrorists in the Middle East and in the world. He's committed to Israel's destruction.”

    “This is a very bad deal with a very bad regime,” he said. “It's not good for anyone's security—not ours, not yours.”

    Source: (Bridges for Peace, 20 July 2015)

    Photo Credit: Photo by Ashernet

    Prayer Focus

    Pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu; that he will lead Israel with wisdom. Pray that the people of Israel will put their trust in God.

    Scripture

    For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever.

    - Psalm 44:6-8

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  4. Hamas Smuggling Materials for Terror Tunnels Through Israel

    Terror tunnel outside of Gaza Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Cut off from many of its preferred smuggling routes, the terror organization Hamas had recently been smuggling supplies to rebuild its rocket arsenal and network of terror tunnels through Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing, Avi Issacharoff of The Times of Israel reported today.

    “Excavating tunnels requires—along with working hands and some shovels—steel cables. Tons of steel cables and engines, pulley blocks, batteries, concrete or wooden panels, metal pallets and various chemicals.

    “The manufacture of rockets, meanwhile, requires electrodes, explosive materials and rocket fuel, among other things.

    “Hamas was managing to smuggle all those things into the Gaza Strip until fairly recently—not through tunnels from Sinai or by sea, but from Israel via Kerem Shalom.”

    Because of Egypt’s intensive anti-smuggling efforts, Hamas has been forced to look for alternative ways to smuggle in contraband. Kerem Shalom has emerged as one of the alternatives. Issacharoff reported that Israeli authorities discovered an attempt to smuggle in enough fuel for nearly 4,500 rockets.

    Hamas, according to Issacharoff, has set up a network of Palestinian merchants within Israel—some with the knowledge that they are working with the terror organization—to ship products and materials that can be used to help Hamas rebuild its terror infrastructure. Issacharoff also reported that Israeli security officials believe that Hamas may have already rebuilt one or two tunnels since the end of Operation Protective Edge last summer.

    Hamas has prioritized rebuilding its terror infrastructure over rebuilding homes that were destroyed in last year’s fighting.

    Source: (The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower, originally published this article on 20 July 2015. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

    Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces/Ashernet

    Prayer Focus

    Pray that Hamas would be plagued with accidents that prevent them from completing terror tunnels.

    Scripture

    Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war.

    - Psalm 140:1-2

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  5. Israeli Orthodox Priest Launches Anti-BDS Booklet

    by Ilse Posselt

    Father Gabriel Naddaf Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is hypocritical, says Father Gabriel Naddaf. It insists, he explains, on boycotting Israel, “the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population is actually growing due to the freedom of worship in the region’s only stable democracy.”

    Naddaf speaks from personal experience. As a Greek Orthodox priest, the vocal advocate for the Jewish State and the religious freedom that it guarantees within its borders, lives and serves in Nazareth.

    Last week, The Christian Empowerment Council, an Israeli Christian group headed by Naddaf, released a booklet aimed at debunking the hype around the BDS movement and thus helping Christians understand its true nature. Entitled “Test the Spirits: A Christian Guide to the Anti-Israel Boycott Movement," the guide seeks to educate and outline why Christians should steer clear of the movement.

    “There is a concerted coordinated effort to boycott Israel, which is managed by the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority, and activist groups across the globe including activists now seeking to influence their churches against Israel,” Naddaf told Jerusalem Online. “It is important that churches maintain their integrity and independence of thought, and not allow themselves to be used as tools of a corrupt foreign policy, which is what the BDS Movement targeted against Israel essentially is.”

    In the guide’s introduction, Naddaf writes that there is much confusion in the global church today toward Israel. However, he continues that we simply have to look to Scripture to see that God claims Israel as the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8).

    “God does not want his church to be ignorant about such an important topic as Israel,” he argues, “yet there are many in the church today sowing confusion, spreading hatred of the Jewish State.”

    As a spiritual leader serving in the land, Naddaf believes that he shoulders the responsibility to “encourage Christians around the world to think about Israel in Biblical and moral ways.”

    Naddaf holds that boycotting any country is un-Biblical and against Christianity as a whole. BDS, he writes, serves as a division in the body of Christ.

    Moreover, there is absolutely no rational reason for boycotting Israel. “In a day when Christians throughout the Middle East are being beheaded for their faith, Christians in Israel are free to practice their faith, free to pursue any career, free to travel where they want,  to marry the one they love, and to pursue whatever kind of work they desire.”

    The guide touches on various crucial issues, such as understanding the history of the Jewish State and the Middle East, Zionism, the partial blockade of Gaza and the picture that the world media paints of Israel and the Palestinians.

    Source: (Bridges for Peace, 21 July 2015)

    Photo Credit: Brian Schrauger/bridgesforpeace.com

    Prayer Focus

    Pray for Father Nadaf, that God will protect him, and give him a wide audience for his crucial message.

    Scripture

    The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.

    - Psalm 145:17-20

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  6. Poll: Israelis Most Worried About Iran, Islamic State

    ISIS insurgents in Iraq Monday, 20 July 2015 | Israelis are most worried about the threats posed by Iran and the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a survey recently conducted by the Pew Research Center.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's repeated warnings of the Iranian threat made quite an impression on Israelis, as 53 percent said they found Iran to be the biggest cause for concern, while 44 percent said they are most concerned with the threat posed by the Islamic State.

    When looking at the different sectors in Israel, Jews (59 percent) were more concerned with Tehran's race towards a nuclear bomb than Arabs (23 percent).

    Among the other causes for concern among Israelis: 28 percent said they were worried about global economic instability, 18 percent about cyber attacks, six percent said the tensions between Russia and its neighbors and three percent were worried about the territorial disputes between China and its neighbors.

    The poll found that citizens of many countries, mostly in Africa and Latin America, found global climate change to be the top global threat, while only 14 percent of Israelis were concerned about it.

    But Israel was not alone in its concern over the threat posed by extremist Islamists. Many countries in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas listed the Islamic State as their top concern.

    In the United States, for example, 68 percent said the Islamic State was the biggest global threat, while 62 percent said they are concerned with Iran's nuclear program. In neighboring Canada, 58 percent were most concerned about the Islamic State, 43 percent were worried about Iran and 45 listed global climate change as the world's top worry.

    Residents of 14 countries put the Islamic State as their top concern: 70 percent of Europeans expressed "top concern" of the Sunni terror organization that has been capturing territories for a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Within the European continent, the Spaniards were the ones most concerned about the Islamic State (77 percent), while in Poland, the ISIS threat is secondary, with the tensions between Russia and its neighbors being the Polish people's top concern.

    Naturally, in the Middle East the concern from ISIS is highest. In Lebanon, for example, 84 percent noted that ISIS was their top concern. Meanwhile, 90 percent of the Sunni Muslims and 87 percent of the Shiites in the country view ISIS as the biggest threat, compared to 76 percent of Christians.

    In Jordan, 62 percent of the public were concerned about ISIS, while in the Palestinian Authority—54 percent. In Turkey, which suffers from spillover of the Syrian civil war into its territory and an endless stream of refugees, 33 percent were worried about ISIS.

    Other countries that noted ISIS as one of the biggest threats are South Korea (75 percent), Japan (72 percent), Australia (69 percent) and Indonesia (65 percent).

    The poll was held over the course of two months, from March 25, 2015 to May 27, 2015. It spanned across 40 countries and included 45,435 respondents.

    Source: (Ynet News originally published this article on 19 July 2015. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

    Prayer Focus

    Pray that Israelis would have a revelation of God and will put their trust in Him.

    Scripture

    Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

    - Psalm 31:19-20

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  7. Jewish Man Saved from Nazis Repays “Debt” by Rescuing Christians from ISIS

    by Ilse Posselt

    Jewish children arriving in London on Kindertransport Monday, 20 July 2015 | George Weidenfeld was 18 when Christian groups saved the Jewish teen from the clutches of the Nazis. Today, the 95-year-old is “repaying his debts” by rescuing some 2,000 Middle Eastern Christian families from ISIS militants.

    Five years shy of his 100th birthday, Lord Weidenfeld can look back on a distinguished life. A current member of the British House of Lords, he enjoyed a hugely successful publishing career and is still a sought-after columnist for Britain’s leading papers.

    Yet things could have been different. Born in Europe as the clouds of impending doom gathered on the horizon, a young Lord Weidenfeld escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 on the Kindertransport—a rescue effort that saved tens of thousands of predominantly Jewish children from almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis.

    Lord Weidenfeld never forgot the Christian groups who helped organize and fund the Kindertransport. Moreover, Christians also stood ready to shelter and care for the destitute teen upon his arrival in Great Britain.

    Seventy-seven years later, he has found a way to show his gratitude and save others in kind. Through the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, Lord Weidenfeld is funding a rescue mission to save up to 2,000 Christian families in Iraq and Syria from the clutches of ISIS. Called Operation Safe Havens, the first phase of the mission was launched last Friday, when 150 persecuted Syrian Christians arrived in Poland on a privately-chartered plane.

    “I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many young people who were on the Kindertransport,” he told The Times in an interview. “It was a very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians.”

    Weidenfeld explained that the mission’s primary goal is to offer Middle Eastern Christians a safe haven from the atrocities of radical Islam. “ISIS is unprecedented in its primitive savagery compared with the more sophisticated Nazis,” he said. “When it comes to pure lust for horror and sadism, they are unprecedented.”

    Despite Operation Safe Haven’s noble aspirations, the mission this week faced criticism for its focus on Middle Eastern Christians, while excluding Muslims who are persecuted by ISIS. Lord Weidenfeld was, however, quick to respond. “I can’t save the world, but there is a very specific possibility on the Christian side. Let others do what they like for the Muslims.”

    Thousands of Middle Eastern Christians have already been murdered as radical Islamic groups sweep the region. Hundreds of thousands more have fled Iraq and Syria as extremists demand they either convert to Islam, pay an exorbitant rate of tax or face execution.

    Although Lord Weidenfeld provides the bulk of the funding for Operation Safe Haven, various other Jewish philanthropists have also donated money for the rescue mission.

    Source: (Bridges for Peace, 20 July 2015)

    Photo Credit: German Federal Archives/wikipedia.org

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    Prayer Focus

    Thank God for giving this Jewish man the desire to save the lives of Christians who are being persecuted.  Pray for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

    Scripture

    Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; you have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

    - Psalm 71:3-4

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  8. Israeli Scientists Working to Eradicate Cancer

    by Michael Ordman

    Cancer cell Thursday, 23 July 2015 | In contrast to Iran’s destructive ambitions and manipulative nuclear activities, Israelis are working from the microscopic to the atomic level, in order to develop vital medical treatments and life-enhancing technology.

    Israeli scientists are working with international organizations to eradicate cancer at the cellular level. One Israeli scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT has identified which of the 20,000 genes are essential to particular cancer cells, and are therefore weak spots to target with treatments. An International team, including researchers from Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI), has discovered that fluorescent pigments in Eilat’s rainbow coral are ideal for use as biomedical markers for tracking cancer cells.

    Knowledge of the minute interactions in the brain will lead to the next medical breakthrough. So it is timely that Canada has just announced a multi-million program to fund joint Canadian-Israeli neuroscience research projects. Staying inside the brain, Israeli biotech Pharma Two B has announced positive results in its trials of P2B001 for the treatment of early stage Parkinson’s disease.

    Hardly a week goes by without an Israeli breakthrough with tiny stem cells. Weizmann Institute scientists have used embryonic stem cells in clinical tests to repair damaged lung tissue and help alleviate chronic respiratory disease. Israelis, such as Tel Aviv University Professor Udi Qimron, are at the forefront of exciting antibiotic research using bacterial viruses (phages). Professor Qimron has published how phages transfer "edited" DNA into resistant bacteria to kill off resistant strains and make others more sensitive to antibiotics. And if you are worried that your dog has an infection, the PCRun molecular detection test kits from Israel’s Biogal Galed Labs will diagnose it in 75 minutes instead of previously several days.

    Researchers from Tel Aviv University and Israeli medical centers have developed a groundbreaking method for sealing the incisions in the eye following cornea transplant surgery. They used tiny silver halide optical fibers to deliver an infrared laser beam at the precise temperature needed to bond the tissue. And scientists at Israel’s Technion have injected the heart with light-stimulated genes and used pulses of light to regulate the heart, just like a mechanical pacemaker. But the most fascinating microscopic device could be the implanted microchip being developed jointly by Israel’s Teva and US firm Microchips Biotech that will deliver Teva-made treatments directly to patients.  The technology avoids having to measure out meds or even to remember to take them –perfect for the elderly and forgetful.

    We now launch into the world of water, where Israeli micro-biological technology has the potential to save half of the planet from drought. Israeli startup Ayyeka has developed a unique water chemical pollutant monitoring kit that is being piloted in Israel.  H2energy Now is the first Israeli startup to be invited to the European Union-sponsored Alpine High-tech Venture Forum. H2energy’s technology uses radio waves to break the hydrogen-oxygen bond in salt water. The hydrogen produced is a source of clean energy.

    In addition to Israel’s work with the H2O of life, Israeli agri-tech companies are addressing the core issues involved in feeding a hungry world. Dr. Zvi Peleg, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem screened over 100,000 sesame seed variants to develop a new elite variety with enhanced yield and seed quality. But maybe I should leap over the news that Israeli startup Steak Tzar Tzar is solving the world’s critical shortage of sources of protein compounds—using grasshoppers!

    Israel’s Adama has just received Israeli approval to market NIMITZ, a low-toxic, eco-safe chemical to control nematodes, one of the most destructive and problematic pests in agriculture. Meanwhile, toxic pesticides in the rice fields have devastated Japan’s bee population which is why Israel’s Bio Bee, at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, is exporting bumblebees in spacious hives, each with an impregnated queen bee and 50 worker bees.

    Israel’s Phytech has developed its Plantbeat sensors to measure how healthy a plant is and what to do to improve it. Phytech is to sell its PlantBeat alert system to farmers in North and South America.  And if you want to know the fundamental constituents of any food item, you will be pleased to hear that, after 4 years of development, the new SCIO scanners from Israel’s Consumer Physics are now being shipped to customers.

    Finally, there is likely to be the usual “nuclear reaction” by the Palestinian Authority leadership as they try to deny more evidence of historical Jewish existence in the Jewish State, following the discovery by the Shimshoni family of a perfectly-preserved 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath (mikvah) directly under the living room floor of their Jerusalem home.

    Source: (This article was originally published in Ordman’s blog, “Good News from Israel.” See the original article at this link.)

    Photo Credit: www.iStock.com

    Prayer Focus

    Pray that God will continue to give brilliant ideas to these scientists; that they can be part of His plan to for healing.

    Scripture

    I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

    - Genesis 12:3

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