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Signs of the Times

Large-Scale Ethiopian Emigration Ends

The era of large-scale Jewish emigration from Ethiopia to Israel
is over, the Jewish Agency for Israel has said. The last official
airlift of Ethiopian Jews was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on August
5, bringing to an end an organized campaign that began nearly 30 years
ago and brought in some 120,000 immigrants from the east African

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Long-range Missiles in Gaza

{image_1} It is only a matter of time before Hamas uses the long-range missiles capable of hitting Ashdod and Kiryat Gat, reported Israel’s internal security organization Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin. Diskin warned that until the Philadelphi corridor between Rafah and Egypt is totally sealed off, Hamas will continue to receive smuggled weapons, rockets, missiles, and other high quality weaponry.

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Palestinian Human Rights Abuses Increase

{image_1} A Palestinian rights group is charging that human rights abuses have increased in both the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and Gaza Strip since Hamas routed Fatah in Gaza last year. The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights (PICCR) charges that both Fatah and Hamas “use the law as a tool to justify practices and policies each side uses to challenge the other.” The group says that the abuses include torture and the deaths of prisoners in detention.

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Iran Supports Terrorists in West Bank

{image_1} Iran continues to have a foothold with terror groups partly based in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], according to the recently released US Country Reports on Terrorism for 2007. In addition to supporting Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, Iran also is involved with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a terror group with past links to Mahmoud Abbas’s (Abu Mazen’s) West Bank-based Fatah party, as well as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. According to the US report, Iran supplies the various Palestinian terror agencies with “extensive funding, training, and weapons.”

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Dollar’s Decline Hurting Israeli Economy

{image_1} The American dollar’s value against the Israeli shekel has dropped more than 20% since last summer, at around 3.5 shekels to the dollar. On March 18, the exchange rate hit its lowest point since 1997 at 3.38 shekels. In response to the decline, the Bank of Israel took the unusual move of buying American dollars for the first time since 1997.

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New Early-warning System for Israel

{image_1} Israel has expanded her missile defense capabilities with an agreement from the United States to connect to the US Early-Warning Radar System. The worldwide system can be used to detect ballistic missile launches. In an e-mail to Bridges for Peace on the subject, the Israeli Ministry of Defense spokesperson would only say that “the subject is in negotiation with the Americans.”

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Dramatic Increase in Food Prices

The United Nations World Food Programme called high food prices a
“silent tsunami,” but it’s not just
hitting Indonesia this time. Israel is also feeling the affect of the
price surges. David Franklin, CEO of Sugat, Israel’s largest
retail importer of rice, sugar, grains and more, said their grain and
rice costs have gone up a minimum of 60% in the last year. Some food
price increases over that time vary, however, since in some cases the
price of sugar actually has declined after rising in cost a year ago.

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IDF Halts Gaza-bound Potassium Nitrate

{image_1}A truck carrying 6.5 tons (5.8 metric tons) of potassium nitrate was halted by the Israel Defense Forces at a check point into Judea and Samaria (West Bank) earlier this year. The potassium nitrate was found in sugar bags, disguised as aid from the European Union (EU). The EU has denied any association with the smuggling attempt.

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Watching the Signs

March 31, 2008

“I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me” (Dan. 4:2).

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Iran’s Space Program – Peaceful or Dangerous

{image_1}Iran says it has successfully launched a rocket capable of bringing a satellite into orbit. RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency, reported that an Iranian spokesman said on February 5 the space technology efforts do not pose a threat to the rest of the world.

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