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- Palestinians Burn Israeli Flag near Temple Mount
- IDF Raises Level of Alert on Lebanese Border
- Ukrainian Jews Seek Urgent Help from Israel
- Netanyahu: Israel and Germany Enjoy Strong Relationship
- Palestinian Incitement—an Obstacle to Peace
- Netanyahu: Iran Is Getting Everything but Giving Nothing
- 47 Jordanian MPs Call to Cancel Peace Treaty with Israel
- Egyptian Uncertainty: Government Resigns
- Palestinian Militants March near Jerusalem
- Increased Israeli Submarine Operations
Palestinians Burn Israeli Flag near Temple Mount
Dozens of Palestinians, some masked, attempted to torch the entrance to the Lions' Gate in Jerusalem's Old City near the Temple Mount on Wednesday night. The rioters also burned an Israeli flag, and threw stones and firecrackers at police forces.
In images and video posted on social media, the rioters are seen burning the Israeli flag, stepping on it and shouting "A million Shahids (martyrs) march to Al-Aqsa."
The clashes started after several dozens of Arab youths arrived overnight to the Lions' Gate on Temple Mount and asked to carry the body of Jihad al-Tawil, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem who died in the Soroka Medical Center two days ago. Tawil was serving three months in prison for traffic violations at Dekel Prison in Beersheba. Tawil, who was diagnosed with cancer, was hospitalized two weeks ago after having a heart attack.
- (By Noam (Dabul) Dvir, Ynetnews, February 27, 2014)
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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray that the Temple Mount will soon become a place of tranquility and sanctuary.
Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home, a tabernacle that will not be taken down; not one of its stakes will ever be removed, nor will any of its cords be broken.- Isaiah 33:20
IDF Raises Level of Alert on Lebanese Border
After Hezbollah has threatened to retaliate against Israel for its alleged role in a strike on a weapons convoy en route from Syria to Lebanon, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Northern Command decided Wednesday [Feb. 26] evening to increase the state of alert for forces stationed along the border with Lebanon, fearing of retaliatory fire.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly addressed the Monday night attack on a weapons convoy en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon that Lebanese reports attributed to Israel. In an interview with MSNBC, Kerry said the United States was aware that Syria was smuggling weapons to Hezbollah—weapons that pose a threat to Israel.
The American administration is having discussions on what are the next moves to be taken to address the Syrian crisis, and includes Syria's neighbors—including Israel—in the talks, Kerry said. "No one is happy with the situation today," Kerry said. I promise you the administration's working to enter these discussions and the president is not taking any option off the table."
According to Hezbollah, the attack caused damage but there were no fatalities. "The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory...The Resistance (Hezbollah) will choose the time and place and the proper way to respond to it," a statement on the group's Al-Manar television station.
An Israeli official told TIME that the IDF is the one that conducted the strike in the Beqaa Valley. He stated the convoy that was attacked likely included missiles equipped with warheads more powerful and dangerous than what Hezbollah currently has.
Security sources told the Lebanese Daily Star that the strike's target were two trucks—one carrying missiles and the other carrying a missile launcher. According to the report, the trucks were on their way to Hezbollah missile storage facility in Lebanon.
- (By Yoav Zitun, Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynetnews, February 26, 2014)
Pray that God will give the Israel Defense Forces clear sight into the movements of the enemy. Pray for His peace to reign in those that live along Israel’s northern border.
Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.- Psalm 3:1,3
Ukrainian Jews Seek Urgent Help from Israel
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director-general of the European Jewish Association (EJA), has urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to urgently send security forces to the Jewish communities in Ukraine, which he says are suffering from a "growing wave of anti-Semitic attacks."
"The communities' reports reveal an alarming trend: As time goes by, the acts of violence and hatred are focusing on Jewish targets—and there is no savior," he [Margolin] said. "This is undoubtedly a Jewish emergency." He also called on the leaders of European states to make it clear to the opposition members in Kiev that they are responsible for preventing the ongoing harassment.
The reported events include a Molotov cocktail thrown at a synagogue in Zaporizhia; a message sent to the rabbi of Kryvyi Rih that he must leave the city within 72 hours; a writing on the home of the rabbi of Bilytske saying, "We are already near you"; vandalism against a sculpture created by a Jewish artist; and graffiti in favor of the anti-Semitic party.
"The complicated challenge in taking security measures in a foreign sovereign country is clear," Rabbi Margolin wrote to Netanyahu and Ya'alon, "but this is an emergency. I urge you to take any step possible—including sending security guards—to secure the safety of the Jewish communities in Ukraine, until the danger has passed."
The EJA director-general noted that the State of Israel was established to guarantee the safety of the Jewish people. "The Israel Air Force aerial demonstration over the death camps in Auschwitz conveyed a clear message that the State would secure the safety of the world's Jews even in foreign countries," he concluded. "There is no need to reach such a radical situation, and unfortunately the time when the State is required to intervene has arrived."
- (By Kobi Nachshoni, Ynetnews, February 27, 2014)
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Pray that the Lord will provide the protection needed to the Jewish people living in the Ukraine. Pray that there will be a way opened to immigrate for those that want to come to their homeland, Israel.
For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.- Deuteronomy 7:6
Netanyahu: Israel and Germany Enjoy Strong Relationship
Prime Minister Netanyahu: Chancellor Merkel, my dear friend Angela, it's a pleasure to welcome you and your delegation to Israel. We had today an exceptional meeting of our two governments—we stuck to the agenda and I think a lot of areas were covered and we can learn a great deal from each other. I must say that I learned quite a few things, including how to cut bureaucracy and streamline regulations, which is a revelation for me.
The goal of these annual meetings is to do precisely what I just described: how to bring an already close and strong relations [sic] to even higher levels of closeness and strength, and I think your visit here, accompanied by virtually all of your Cabinet, is a demonstration of the strength and warmth of Israeli-German relations. It's deeply appreciated. And I deeply appreciate your personal friendship.
I said that we had discussed last night critical issues on our agenda and today we actually expanded on that: on international development and third countries, primarily in Africa; on trade and commerce; on defense and security; and again I think that Germany is—under your leadership and traditionally, but especially under your leadership—has had a clear commitment to the security of the Jewish state, which we all appreciate. We discussed energy and environmental protection, education and youth exchanges, scientific and technological research. In all these areas and in many more, we're working closely together.
I think our ties provide an example of how, despite the horrors of the past that we can never forget, we strive for—our two peoples strive to transform our relationship into a unique and constructive friendship. And I think that the example of Israel and Germany offers hope for the entire world. It shows how we can transform history and make the world a better place to live in—better and I have to say safer and more prosperous. We're certainly doing that in our own relationship, working in many, many levels and many, many fields and I want to express again my thanks for this unique cooperation and for your unique leadership.
- (Excerpts of PM Netanyahu’s press conference, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 25, 2014)
Thank the Living God for the good relations that Israel has with Germany. Pray that both countries can be blessed through this alliance.
Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.- Deuteronomy 32:43
Palestinian Incitement—an Obstacle to Peace
The culture of hatred cultivated by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against Israel undermines the chances for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Incitement has continued unabated for many years, despite the current negotiations that began on 30 July 2013.
Incitement and peace do not go together. When the next generation of Palestinians is educated for peace and coexistence–as Israeli children already are–the chances for true peace will increase.
There has been a noticeable rise in the number of terrorist attacks and violent acts against Israeli citizens in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and Jerusalem since the start of the negotiations with the PA. Much of this incitement is propagated in official PA media and in many instances, by PA officials.
The connection between nurturing hatred and the increase in violence and terrorism is far from theoretical. In a recent Pew poll (10 September 2013) of global attitudes surveying the Muslim populations in 11 countries/territories, the only majority to support suicide bombings was found in the West Bank and Gaza. Over 60% of Palestinian Muslims believe that suicide bombings were often or sometimes justified (37% often, 25% sometimes). The next closest country - where support was nearly half of that of the Palestinians—was Lebanon with 33% (9% often, 24% sometimes).
Several types of incitement contribute to this problem and severely undermine prospects for peace. These include:
The glorification of terrorists who have murdered Israeli civilians.
Advocating struggle against Israel, in particular through the promotion of "resistance," a commonly-used Palestinian codeword for terrorism.
The publication of false claims that Israel or the Jews are endangering Muslim holy sites….
The demonization of Jews and Israelis, including by the use of antisemitic motifs.
The denial of Israel's existence and its delegitimization in any borders, in part by denying the existence of a Jewish people and its historic, religious and cultural ties to the land of Israel.
This incitement to hatred and terrorism must end. Terrorists should not be glorified, Jews should not be demonized and Israel's existence should not be called into question.
- (Excerpts from a press release by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2014)
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Pray that truth will prevail in the negotiations for peace and that eyes will be opened to any deceit or lies raised against God’s will for the Land of Israel.
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.- Proverbs 14:5,8
Netanyahu: Iran Is Getting Everything but Giving Nothing
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday [Feb. 23] urged world powers to stand firm in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, saying that the Islamic Republic had won major concessions without yielding on its own demands.
"I am greatly concerned that Iran believes that it can implement its plan to become a nation on the nuclear threshold," Netanyahu told ministers at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. "This combination of uranium enrichment and launch capabilities, means that Iran is getting everything and giving nothing."
The head of the US delegation to the talks aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear aspirations, Wendy Sherman, told reporters in Jerusalem on Saturday night that there was a possibly that a deal with the Islamic Republic could leave Tehran with some nuclear capabilities, such as limited uranium enrichment.
"We need to dismantle Iran's ability to manufacture and launch nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said. "This has yet to be achieved, and without the persistence of the world powers it will not be achieved...I hope that the powers will be firm in the demand to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-threshold country."
Visiting Israel ahead of continued talks with Iran, Sherman said it is "possible that Iran might have a small, discreet enrichment program."
Elaborating on the possibility, Sherman said "the objective (of talks) is to ensure that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon and that its program is exclusively peaceful. Whether, in fact, Iran will have a domestic enrichment program is part of the negotiations."
- (By Noam (Dabul) Dvir, Ynetnews, February 23, 2014)
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Pray that God is the director of the decisions made by the world leaders as they proceed with negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear development. Pray that anything that is deceitful will stand out as the talks continue.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.- Isaiah 62:6–7
47 Jordanian MPs Call to Cancel Peace Treaty with Israel
After Israel’s parliament held a debate on imposing Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount, which is holy to Jews and Muslims, 47 Jordanian MPs signed a petition that called for the cancellation of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel, according to the Jordan Times.
The petition criticized the Jordanian government for not taking a “strong and solid stand against the Knesset’s attempts to revisit Jordan’s role as custodian of the Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem.” In the peace treaty, Israel says that Jordan has a “special role” in the custodianship of the holy sites in Jerusalem.
After 1967, Israel annexed the Temple Mount along with all of Jerusalem’s old city, but gave control of the site to the Muslim religious trust called the Waqf. Israel also prohibited Jewish prayer at the site, a rule that has long bothered some Israelis. On Tuesday [Feb. 25], right-wing MK Moshe Feiglin called for Jews to be allowed to pray at the site and called on Israel to finally “impose sovereignty” there.
- (By The Media Line, February 26, 2014)
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Pray for the freedom of prayer on the Temple Mount. Pray that the move by the Jordan MPs is only a gesture to appease their Muslim communities and does not have any teeth.
For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place:- Psalm 132:13–14
This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
Egyptian Uncertainty: Government Resigns
In a surprise development on Monday [Feb. 24], the Egyptian government has resigned. The announcement was made on live television by interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi following a brief cabinet meeting in Cairo.
Unrest continues to spread, with public sector strikes, including garbage collectors and transport workers, impacting on the lives of Egyptians. Much of the public criticism of the government has been aimed at El-Beblawi while Defense Minister/army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi remains a popular favorite to become the next president. Al-Sisi was expected to resign from the cabinet shortly to pursue a presidential run.
- (By The Media Line, February 24, 2014)
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Pray that the situation regarding Egypt’s government is peacefully resolved. Pray that any political unrest does not spill across into Israel.
That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.- Isaiah 45:6–7
Palestinian Militants March near Jerusalem
Dozens of masked Palestinians, some of them armed, marched over weekend in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] town of Abu Dis, next to Jerusalem. The town is in Area B, which is under joint Palestinian and Israeli security control.
According to Israel Radio, the marchers were clad in army uniforms and carried a variety of weaponry, including Kalashnikov and M-16 rifles, guns and hand grenades. They were also reportedly firing into the air during the demonstration, which marked 45 years of the establishment of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Over the past few months, the radio said, militants have begun to make their presence felt in the Palestinian territories after years of a Palestinian Authority ban.
The militants have begun to gradually appear, primarily in refugee camps such as Balata near Nablus, Dheisheh near Bethlehem and Jalazone in Ramallah. Recently, Hamas and Islamist Jihad militants have also publicly appeared in the Jenin refugee camp.
- (By Ynetnews, February 23, 2014)
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Praise the Lord for His grace and mercies. Pray for courage and freedom from fear for the residents of the Land of Israel in the face of threats from their enemies.
Have mercy on me, O Lord! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.- Psalm 9:13–14
Increased Israeli Submarine Operations
In 2013, 54 special operations were launched off the Haifa Navy base, indicating an increase in the Navy's operational activities. "We carried out thousands of submarine operational hours last year," said a senior Navy commander, who also informed that "two new Dolphin submarines arrived in Israel from Germany in the second half of the year. It is a unique tool and we are preparing it for unique skills. We operate in various arenas, including the northern region, in order to secure the security of the State of Israel."
Haifa Navy base commander Brigadier General Eli Sharvit added: "The best Iranian and Russian products are in the region that is between Syria and Lebanon, and Hezbollah's and the Syrian army's efforts to grow stronger do not stop. We are on constant alert to secure our assets. We assume that the advanced Yakhont (S-800) missiles (which were obtained by the Syrian army) have also reached the hands of Hezbollah and we are preparing for that."
Submarine fighters recently received an honor of distinction by the Navy Commander Major General Ram Rothberg for an operation they carried out in the past year. Some operations lasted weeks on end; some were executed in long ranges of thousands of kilometers.
The new submarines will allow longer stays below water, travel at long distances, and will provide the capacity to carry larger weapons. One of the submarine's innovations is a security system that is similar to the "windbreaker" defense system that is used in tanks; the system recognizes approaching missiles and causes them to stray off course. Due to the excessive operations that the submarines (considered the IDF's most expensive craft) enable, the amount of cadets in the submarine course has been doubled.
- (By Yoav Zitun, Ynetnews, February 25, 2014)
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Pray that the Lord will provide Israel with the exact resources the country needs for its protection. Pray for the safety of those serving in the Israeli Navy.
The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land.- Zechariah 9:16