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Friday, August 17, 2018

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Former Israeli National Security Advisor: War with Hezbollah will be “Very Nasty”

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Hezbollah terrorist soldiers (illustrative)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 | The next war between Israel and Hezbollah will be “very nasty” because the Iranian-backed terrorist group stores its weapons in residential neighborhoods, a former Israeli National Security Advisor told Armin Rosen in an interview published in Tablet on Sunday.

“Think of about 120,000 rockets and missiles, 50% or 80% of them stored by the Iranians within populated areas in private houses. Areas will be evaporated,” Maj. Gen. (res) Yaacov Amidror, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advisor from 2011 to 2013, explained.

“Think about a missile of half a ton, with all the fuel in it, and Israel hits it with only 100 grams of TNT. Think about what will be damaged just by the stored missiles. Thousands and thousands of Lebanese will be killed and part of Lebanon will be destroyed.”

Israel will be forced to strike Hezbollah’s missiles on the ground because, as good as Israel’s missile defenses are, Hezbollah has an arsenal of “thousands and thousands” of precision-guided missiles aimed at all Israeli population centers. If Hezbollah were to engage in a war with Israel, Amidror said, “Israelis will be killed, no question.”

Once, when former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visited Israel, Amidror recalled that he asked the diplomat, “These missiles will be launched into Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula, everywhere. What is your advice to Israel? And I’m telling you if we will hit these missiles, many Lebanese will be killed. Many of them even don’t know that they are neighboring a missile and are totally innocent. You are the secretary-general of the United Nations. What is your advice?”

Ban had no answer.

Amidror believes that there is a “very high probability” of another war between Israel and Hezbollah, but that such a conflict is not necessarily inevitable. If the conflict does occur, Amidror assessed that Israel’s aim would be to neutralize Hezbollah’s military capabilities.

The retired general’s assessment of a conflict with Hezbollah was part of a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges Israel is facing in the near future. Amidror characterized Israel as facing one and a half major threats. The half a threat was from Hezbollah. The whole threat is from Hezbollah’s patron, Iran.

Regarding Iran, Amidror is confident that Israel is capable of destroying Iran’s nuclear capabilities if necessary. Without giving details, Amidror said, “We know how to do the job in spite of the positions of the S-300,” a Russian anti-aircraft missile system. He said that Israel would attack, if it was the “last day”—but that day has not arrived.

Overall, Amidror’s philosophy is that “peace—or calm, at least—came as a result of Israeli muscle,” Rosen observed. This isn’t just important in terms of deterring its own enemies, but also because Israel has “proved to its former enemies in the Sunni Arab world that it’s powerful enough to fill the vacuum left by America’s exit from the region and to stand up to Iran on the rest of the Middle East’s behalf.”

Israel’s current strategic position in the Middle East leaves Amidror, “very optimistic.”

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 13 August 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will move strongly and quickly to bring this threat to an end. Remind Him of His promises to be a shield to Israel. Pray that His heart will be moved with compassion for all the innocent lives that are threatened by this potential bloody and nasty war.


LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah  But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.

- Psalm 3:1–3

Israel Reopens Commercial Crossing into Gaza as Relative Quiet Prevails Along Border

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Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 16 August 2018 | Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday called on residents of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to maintain the relative quiet along the border with Israel that has been in place this week, The Times of Israel reported.

Lieberman made the comments hours after Israel reopened the main cargo crossing into the coastal enclave, the Kerem Shalom Crossing, which was closed over a month ago in reaction to violent riots at the border, rocket attacks, and incendiary terror-kites which have destroyed thousands of acres of land in southern Israel.

“Calm pays, violence doesn’t,” Lieberman wrote in an Arabic-language Facebook post, published on the page of Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians, known as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

Since this morning, firefighters have worked to extinguish one blaze caused by an incendiary balloon that fell near Kibbutz Alumim. The balloon appears to be the first incendiary airborne device to spark a fire in Israeli territory since restrictions were lifted on Gaza—the coastal enclave in complete political and military control of the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas.

While Israel continues to explore arrangements that would restore peace along the border and improve the lives of Gazans, Israeli officials have insisted that any permanent arrangement would require serious changes on the ground.

In an op-ed published in The Hill on Tuesday, The Israel Project’s Vice President Lior Weintraub observed that “Life for Israeli civilians in border communities has become intolerable—fires, underground tunnels and terrorist infiltration attempts.” He explained that, although Hamas has shown tactical flexibility, the terrorist group “remains uncompromising ideologically” and is still committed to the “annihilation of the Jewish state.”

Weintraub offers three conditions that need to be met for peace to take hold.

First, he explored the option of “an artificial island off Gaza’s coast, a designated port in Cyprus, and support for generous aid packages that the United States and other international players are promoting.”

In addition, Weintraub urged the international community to step up their involvement, “led by the moderate Arab states.” According to him, “This would involve the carrot-and-stick approach—using sticks against Hamas and offering carrots to the Gazan population.”

Lastly, Weintraub observed “countries interested in improving the situation must condition their donations to Gaza with its demilitarization,” adding “Hamas cannot continue to be rewarded with generous funds. Money and commodities must reach civilians, not those involved in the industry of death.”

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 15 August 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for the few days of relative calm on the Israel–Gaza border. Pray that the Hamas-inspired violence will come to an end and a viable cease-fire will actually be put in place. Pray for the restoration of the land, vineyards, crops and income that have been decimated by incendiary terror.


Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat.

- Psalm 147:12-14

Palestinians Push Initiative to Remove Israel from UN 

by Itamar Eichner

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The UN General Assembly in session (illustrative)

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 | The Foreign Ministry and the Israeli delegation to the United Nations [UN] are preparing to thwart a Palestinian move aimed at suspending or permanently removing Israel from the UN in light of its controversial Nation-State Law.

The Palestinians will argue that Israel disregards UN Security Council resolutions, defies the Charter of the United Nations and encourages apartheid through the Nation-State Law.

Israeli officials say the Palestinians are taking similar steps to those taken against South Africa during the Apartheid era. South Africa was then suspended from the UN and was not a member for several years.

To temporarily suspend or permanently remove Israel from the UN, the Palestinians need the consent of two-thirds of the votes in the General Assembly (GA) and an additional nine votes of UN Security Council’s members, including its five permanent members—the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France.

The Palestinians can also try to revoke Israel’s right to vote in the GA.

However, the Palestinians’ chances of obtaining the consent of all Security Council permanent members are slim, and in any case the US will veto the move.

Nevertheless, they have a good chance of passing the resolution in the General Assembly, since they have an automatic Muslim majority there.

If the Palestinian resolution passes, it would be an unprecedented victory of Palestinian propaganda and diplomacy.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, is working with US Ambassador Nikki Haley and several other countries to torpedo the Palestinian initiative. “This is a cynical attempt by the Palestinians to spread lies from the UN stage,” Danon said.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 14 August 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the influence of the United States and other pro-Israel nations will keep this ludicrous resolution from passing, with even Muslim nations who have recently warmed to Israel voting against it.


A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies. Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.

- Proverbs 14:5, 9

Netanyahu Calls for More Funds for Israel’s Defense per 2030 Security Review

by Joshua Spurlock

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A strong defense system is a priority of Israel’s economy.

Thursday, 16 August 2018 | Israel’s defense budget will need to grow over the next decade to address the wide range of threats facing the nation—including funding missile defense—as part of their “2030 security concept” announced by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. The security review considers the upcoming expected threats and as a result of those dangers calls for a larger budget for Israel’s defense. Netanyahu, according to a press release from his office, plans to increase Israel’s security budget by 0.2-0.3% of Israel’s overall economic output, or Gross National Product (GNP), with the goal for the budget to eventually average 6% of GNP.

Israel would have multiple plans for spending the monies, including “Major power-level cyber capabilities,” enhanced offensive abilities to take the fight to the enemy and improving anti-missile defense.

“In the last 20 years we have cultivated a free economy in order to serve national needs, especially security,” said Netanyahu in the press release. “Against the accumulated threats we are at a turning point. Today we are called upon to invest more in security in order to defend our achievements and ensure continued economic growth.” Those upgrades come as Iran is again making headlines for military plans of their own to beat missile defense systems.

The Iranians unveiled a new missile on Monday that they boasted can get past missile defense systems and dodge radar, according to the Fars News Agency. A separate report by Fars on the same unveiling ceremony quoted Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami making it clear that his country would continue to upgrade their missile capabilities.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile power is a defensive deterrent power and as I had promised our dear people, I will not spare any efforts to increase the country’s missile capabilities and certainly, we will increase our missile power on a daily basis,” Fars quoted Hatami as saying.

Despite claims the missiles are defensive, Iran has repeatedly threatened to devastate Israel while calling the Jewish state a “cancer” and has provided missiles to terrorists throughout the Middle East.

In light of the Iranian threat and others, Israel understandably needs to budget with the risks in mind.

“Due to our small area, the population concentration and the numerous threats around us, Israel will always have security needs that are much greater than any other state of similar size. Today the Israeli economy is strong enough to allow for this supplement,” said Netanyahu.

The Israeli leader sees his country’s economy and defense establishment as not only meeting their internal needs, but making them a better player on the world stage as well.

Said Netanyahu, “The combination of our security and economic strengths will increase Israel’s status as an asset in the eyes of other countries and thereby increase our diplomatic strength.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on 15 August 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

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Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for His promises to protect Israel. Beseech Him to grant Israel the knowledge, insight and resources to develop the necessary means to defend its people against current and upcoming security threats. Ask God to meet the financial needs of the government to keep the nation safe and sound.


And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

- Deuteronomy 8:18

Widow of Israeli Olympian: Corbyn’s Wreath Laying at Terrorist’s Grave is Act of “Cruelty”

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 | The widow of one of the Israeli athletes murdered in the 1972 Munich massacre has condemned Labour [Party] leader Jeremy Corbyn’s “act of maliciousness, cruelty and stupidity” in laying wreaths at the graves of terrorists responsible for the attack.

In an interview with The Israel Project on Tuesday, Ankie Spitzer, the widow of the Israeli Olympic fencing coach Andrei Spitzer, said “The families of the brutally murdered athletes are extremely disturbed by the statements and the pictures of Mr. Jeremy Corbyn while he is honoring Palestinian leaders who planned and executed the murder of our loved ones.”

“They only went to the Olympic Games in order to participate in this festival of love, peace and brotherhood; but they all returned home in coffins,” she added.

Over the weekend, Corbyn—whose party has been increasingly dealing with anti-Semitic incidents in recent months—was in the spotlight again, after the Daily Mail published a story that showed Corbyn attending a ceremony in Tunisia back in 2014 and laying a wreath close to the graves of high-ranking members of the group Black September, which murdered the 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Spitzer observed that Corbyn “has no place in politics, or in decent, humane society when he is driven by one-sided hate and vengefulness.” She also said, “Our heartfelt feelings go out to the British people if a hate-filled Mr. Corbyn will ever become the prime minister of the United Kingdom.”

Although Corbyn’s office claimed that the Labour leader had been laying the wreath at a memorial to commemorate 47 Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike in 1985, Corbyn was photographed laying a wreath 15 meters [49 ft.] away from their grave at the memorial site of members of Black September.

In an interview with Sky News on Monday, Corbyn appeared to refute the statement from his office, and admitted to taking part in the ceremony. He claimed, however, that although he was present, he wasn’t “actually involved” in the event.

“He is mumbling. He was there, he wasn’t there … Mr. Corbyn, why don’t you stand up and say ‘I made a grave error in judgment and I do apologize to the families of the eleven murdered victims of the Olympic Games in Munich’,” Spitzer said.

“If you want a genuine transformation of politics, Mr. Corbyn, we would suggest that you first study history and understand how terrorism undermines and vilifies society and mankind,” she urged.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 14 August 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Prayer Focus
Pray that UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will have a sincere change of heart, repenting of his on-going anti-Semitism and apologizing to the families of these Israeli athletes. Pray that his action will cause others in his government to reject their current anti-Israel stance.


For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

- Psalm 5:4–6

Ambassador Haley: New UN Rights Chief Must Speak Out against Council’s Failures, Anti-Israel Bias

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet

Monday, 13 August 2018 | United States ambassador to the United Nations [UN], Nikki Haley, said in a statement that the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, must stop the biased agenda against Israel at the UN Human Rights Council [UNHRC], The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday.

“The UN has failed to adequately address major human rights crises in Iran, North Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere, or stop its chronic, disproportionate obsession with Israel. It is up to Ms. Bachelet to speak out against these failures rather than accept the status quo. We hope that she does. The United States will,” Haley said in a message read out at the UN General Assembly by US Deputy Ambassador Stefanie Amadeo.

The ambassador added: “The Commissioner can have a strong voice on these critical issues, even when the Human Rights Council fails to live up to its name. It is incumbent on the Secretary-General’s choice, Ms. Bachelet, to avoid the failures of the past.”

The commissioner does not control the UNHRC, but it is run through that office and part of Bachelet’s new job will be to report to the body. The US withdrew from the UNHRC in June, branding it a “cesspool of political bias,” citing its chronic obsession with Israel in the face of other pressing human rights issues.

The General Assembly in New York on Friday unanimously approved Bachelet’s candidacy. Some critics voiced concerns over her appointment, citing her positive statements in the past about former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Among the issues immediately on her table, is the “blacklist,” compiled by the commissioner’s office, of companies that do business with areas of Israel over the pre-1967 lines—the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], what is referred to as east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Bachelet replaces Jordanian national Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who has often been singled out for his hostility towards Israel. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said he welcomed Zeid’s departure, explaining the he “never missed a chance to invent falsehoods and lies when it comes to Israel.”

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 10 August 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord that the previous commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein did not lead the UNHRC for long. Pray for new Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, as she deals with deeply ingrained anti-Israel bias in this body. Pray that as UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has cautioned, Ms. Bachelet will make the choice to “avoid the failures of the past.”


I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

- Psalm 32:8

Four Misconceptions about Hamas

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Hamas suicide bombing of an Israeli bus

Friday, 10 August 2018 | It’s important to understand who Hamas is in order to understand who is accountable for the constant terror that Israel faces in addition to the poor state the Gaza Strip is in today.

Misconception #1: Hamas is not a terror organization

Reality: Hamas is a terror organization. Hamas activists are often referred to as “freedom fighters,”—a term that is far from the truth. Hamas is recognized as a terror organization by Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Egypt, Japan, the European Union, Australia, Jordan and the United States.

If you look at Hamas’ past, you’ll see countless deadly terror attacks in which Israelis were killed. This includes the Haifa bus suicide bombing on March 5, 2003, which killed seventeen people. On June 12, 2014, Hamas terrorists kidnapped and later murdered three Israeli teenagers, leading to operation Brother’s Keeper, and subsequently Operation Protective Edge.

It’s no wonder Hamas has carried out these attacks when its original charter, published in 1988, called for the destruction of Israel and for jihad [Islamic war with unbelievers] against Israeli civilians.

Misconception #2: Hamas puts providing for its civilians as a top priority

Reality: Considering Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and is responsible for the lives of the millions who live there, it’s expected that the organization, which serves as the Strip’s government, would treat providing for its civilians as a top priority. Sadly, when it comes to prioritizing, Hamas isn’t so great.

Since Hamas’ election, the situation in the Gaza Strip has been deteriorating year after year, because of 3 different things that Hamas does:

Hamas continuously uses civilian infrastructure as terror training facilities. The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] recently discovered that Hamas converted a five-story building, originally meant to be used as a national library, government services and housing, into a terror training facility. The building, which even had a tunnel dug underneath it for underground warfare training, was struck by the IDF following Hamas’ firing of several rockets at Israel. In the past couple of years, the IDF has also discovered other Hamas military infrastructure in neighborhoods, including next to schools and mosques.

Hamas misuses the funds it receives from the international community that are intended for the development and overall welfare of Gazans, and instead invests in their terror activities. Such investments include over 120 million dollars since 2014 in materials to build terror tunnels leading into Israel.

Recently, while firing rockets at Israel, Hamas hit Gaza’s main power line from Israel. Hamas operatives don’t aim at precise targets, they simply fire rockets and don’t care if it harms their own people.

Misconception #3: Hamas runs the Gaza Strip democratically

Reality: Hamas came to power in a democratic way, but the terror organization’s relationship to democracy ended right after it was elected, as it has ruled the Gaza Strip through terror ever since.

In January 2006, after Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, removing all communities and military installations, Hamas took part in the Palestinian Parliamentary Elections and won a majority of 76 seats, making it the ruling power. After a failed attempt in merging with its opposing political party, Fatah, who lost the initial elections against Hamas, the violence between both parties escalated into a bloody fight; people were thrown off rooftops and public executions took place.

Misconception #4: The 2018 demonstrations were peaceful, popular protests

Reality: Since March 2018, Hamas has been organizing riots, claiming they are peaceful, populous-initiated protests, when in reality they’ve been extremely violent. Infiltration attempts and the use of arson kites and fire bombs have taken place during the riots. Since the Gaza Strip is half a mile away from Israeli communities, infiltration would endanger Israeli civilians. Hamas intended to use its own civilians as human shields and covers for infiltration attempts and terror.

Source: (Israel Defense Forces originally published this article on 04 August 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Beseech the Lord that the truth of each of these fallacies becomes widely known in the international community. Pray that the deceitfulness of Hamas propaganda and their vile actions and intentions are revealed and believed by the world.


“And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,” says the LORD.

- Jeremiah 9:3

Israeli Government Launches Invest Program for “Gamechanger” Cyber Defense

by Joshua Spurlock

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Israel leads the way in cyber defense programs.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 | In a world in which the threat of a cyber-attack is almost constant, Israel is already a world leader in cyber-defense technologies, and a new investment program allocating 90 million shekels [US $24.4 million] is aiming to do more than just maintain the status quo. It’s specifically targeted to help “groundbreaking” research and development and pilot programs to benefit technologies “with ‘gamechanger’ potential” according to an Israeli government press release.

The three-year funding program—which offers to fund almost two-thirds of R&D costs for certain projects up to 5 million shekels [US $1.36 million]—is a joint effort of the Israel Innovation Authority (IAA), the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry and the National Cyber Directorate.

“The Authority stresses the importance of groundbreaking cyber defense technologies to preserve Israel’s unparalleled prowess in the field,” Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy and Industry and Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority, Dr. Ami Appelbaum, said in the press release.

“Additionally, in proving the viability of new technologies, cyber companies often need access to information and systems that are not always readily accessible to developers. This program will make it easier for companies to gain access to test sites which are not currently available to them.”

The program will also promote collaboration to address areas of particular cyber risk, such as the finance and health industries, with the press release saying the goal is to “create solutions for tomorrow’s cyber challenges and preserve Israel’s global cyber leadership.”

In a world where a new credit card company or healthcare entity has its information breached or its website hacked on a regular basis, staying ahead of the criminal cyber-actors is key. It also has the potential to be profitable.

CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, Aharon Aharon, was quoted saying that part of the program will also be to assist companies in growing and reaching deeper into the global cyber market. In other words, the goal is also economic, not just innovation.

The program will also provide resources to CyberSpark, an Israel Cyber Innovation Arena in the Israeli city of Beersheva.

“This program expresses the government’s ongoing commitment to preserving and strengthening Israel’s global cyber leadership, one of the most significant engines of the hi-tech industry’s growth. The program is dedicated to addressing the cyber industry’s unique challenges, with an eye towards the future,” said Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate Yigal Unna in the press release.

“…Together with the Israel Innovation Authority, we will enable Israel’s cyber industry to continue leading the way in global technological innovation.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on 14 August 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

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Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for Israel’s focus on this crucial issue as well as their remarkable skills and innovation. Pray for success in this venture for Israel’s economic good and for the well-being of all the nations of the earth, but also in fulfillment of God’s promise to cause the nations to honor Him by honoring Israel.


Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments, and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.

- Deuteronomy 26:18–19

Israel’s Technion, Hebrew University Ranked Among World’s Top 100 Universities

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The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, ranked Israel’s top university

Thursday, 16 August 2018 | The prestigious Shanghai Ranking of world universities on Tuesday listed two Israeli academic institutions—The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem—among the world’s top 100 universities, marking an impressive rise since last year.

The two universities are ranked 77th and 95th on the list, respectively, with the Technion listed as Israel’s top university for the third year in a row, The Jerusalem Post reported. The index grades and orders universities around the globe based on a variety of factors, including research and Nobel Prize winners.

“The Technion’s appearance in the top 100 universities in the world for seven straight years is the result of hard work and dedication of the Technion’s management, faculty members and employees,” said university president Peretz Lavie.

“We constantly measure ourselves and improve regardless of international rankings, but of course a high place in the Shanghai ranking is an exciting stamp of international recognition of the Technion’s excellence,” he added.

Both Israeli institutions went up in the ranking compared to 2017, with the Technion going up 16 places from last year’s 93rd spot, while the Hebrew University was not in last year’s top 100 at all.

“The trend of improvement compared to last year’s Shanghai ranking is evidence of hard work and uncompromising striving for excellency,” commented Hebrew University President Prof. Asher Cohen.

“We are proud that again, the Hebrew University is recognized as one of the world’s 100 leading universities,” he said, adding that the competition was getting harder every year due to “significant investment” by East Asian countries in the academic realm.

In addition to the two high-ranking Israeli universities, the Weizmann Institute of Science was listed in the 101-150 rank, while Tel Aviv University was ranked in the 151-200 range and Ben-Gurion University came in the 401-500 rankings.

The top 10 rankings remained the same as the 2017 edition of the list, with Harvard and Stanford in the United States taking the top two spots, respectively, follow by Britain’s University of Cambridge.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 15 August 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Praise God for the international recognition of Israeli excellence and talent. Lift up the young men and women currently studying at the institutions that they will be prepared and equipped to take their position as Israel’s future leaders.


They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.

- Psalm 145:11–12

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