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Friday, August 23, 2019

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Israel under Attack: Rockets Fired from Gaza for Third Night in a Week

by Ilse Strauss 

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Palestinian rockets from Gaza being fired into Israel (illustrative).

Thursday, 22 August 2019 | The knife-edge tensions on the Israel–Gaza border last night escalated into yet another round of violence when terrorists in the coastal enclave fired two rockets on communities in southern Israel and the Jewish state responded with retaliatory strikes on Hamas terror targets in the Strip.

The first volley in last night’s back-and-forth started when Gazan terrorists fired the first of two rockets of the night, sending Israelis scrambling for the safety of their bomb shelters. This was merely the beginning of a long, terrifying night. Hours later, sleeping Israelis once again had only 15 seconds to seek shelter when a screaming air raid siren announced the second incoming rocket of the evening.

Both projectiles fell in open areas, and no injury or damage was reported.

Following the first attack, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fighter jets responded with retaliatory strikes on several terror locations in the Strip, focusing on Hamas naval military infrastructure.

The IDF took to Twitter to clarify the sequence of events—possibly for the sake of the global media that often muddles the chronological order and places the blame for the escalation at the Jewish state’s door: “In response to the rocket fired from #Gaza to #Israel, we just struck a number of military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the northern Gaza Strip.”

Gazan terrorists fired the second rocket in answer to the IDF strikes. IDF fighter jets responded for the second time in 24 hours with another round of raids, focusing on “terror bases” in the northern Gaza Strip, the military confirmed.

The two missiles overnight bring the tally of rockets fired on Israel over the past week to six. This weekend saw four attacks, with one projectile fired from Gaza on Friday night and a further three on Sunday evening. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system took down three of the rockets, while the fourth struck outside a family home in the border community of Sderot, resulting in structural damage.

The tit-for-tat exchange between Israel and Hamas that began over the weekend shatters over four weeks of tense calm with the first volley of rocket fire in more than a month. The previous missile attack on southern Israel occurred in mid-July.

Last night’s projectiles come hours after Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar quoted a Hamas official threatening Israel with an uptick in violence on the border unless Israel implemented its side of an understanding reached with the terror group earlier this year.

According to the terms of the understanding, Hamas would cease its rain of rockets on the Jewish state, send home the thousands of violent protesters it dispatches to the border for weekly riots and quit sending incendiary balloons and explosive devices across the border to burn down Israeli homes and fields. In exchange for a more peaceful disposition toward its Jewish neighbors, Israel would reward Hamas by allowing US $25 million from Qatar to reach the terror group’s coffers, ease economic sanctions, increase the supply of electricity into the Strip and expand the fishing zone.

The Hamas official complained that Israel was not sticking to its side of the bargain and threatened that it would pay the price for its supposed insolence. However, what the spokesman for the terror group omitted to tell Al Akhbar was that Israel had already allowed two installments of US $15 million into the coastal enclave—while the rockets continued to fly in Israel’s direction, weekly violent riots continued to rage on the border and incendiary balloons and explosive devices continued to spark fires in southern Israel with sickening frequency. Perhaps it also slipped the Hamas official’s mind that the third installment of Qatari cash was cancelled when Hamas negated on its promise of peace by shooting an IDF soldier.

This morning dawned tense but calm. No further rockets were fired, and life in southern Israel has resumed with a weary normalcy characteristic of an existence under the constant threat of attack. With Friday and the customary violent riots mere hours away, all eyes are on the Israel–Gaza border.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 22, 2019)

Photo Credit: Global News/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s supernatural protection for those who live in the Gaza envelope. Seek the Lord that Israel’s retaliatory actions will have the desired effect and bring lasting calm to the border.

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.


- Psalm 71:3

Third Terror Attack in Two Weeks: Teenager Fighting for His Life

by Kate Norman

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The bus stop where a Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli civilians.

Monday, 19 August 2019 | An Israeli teenager is fighting for his life in the hospital following a car ramming attack in the Judea and Samaria region last week. Nahum Davis, 18, and his 20-year-old sister, Noam, were struck by a car while waiting at a bus stop outside their home community of Elazar on Friday afternoon in the region of Gush Etzion.

Twenty-seven-year-old Palestinian Ala Khader al-Hreimi, a resident of Bethlehem, was driving a stolen car with an Israeli license plate high speed down Route 60 when he swerved off the highway to smash into the Israeli siblings, who were waiting at the bus stop to join their parents for a family vacation.

The vehicle flipped over after striking the Davis siblings and landed behind the bus stop. An off-duty Hebron police officer who was driving home after his shift saw the scene play out. As the terrorist emerged from the overturned vehicle, the police officer shot and killed him.

Nahum was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and underwent neurosurgery for a skull fracture and a brain injury, according to the director of the hospital. His condition remains serious, though no longer life threatening, according to the Times of Israel.

The condition of his sister, Noam, has gotten better, and she was transferred from Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem to Hadassah when her condition improved. She suffered injuries to her limbs, according to doctors at Shaare Zedek.

Al-Hreimi, the terrorist responsible for the brutal attack, was previously jailed in Israel between 2014–2015 for unspecified terror activities, and, according to Ynetnews, was associated with Islamic Jihad, the second largest terror group operating from the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, the leading secular Palestinian political party.

The Gush Etzion region lies south of Jerusalem and has had more than its fair share of terror attacks over the years, including car rammings, so many of the bus stops are equipped with reinforced pillars to protect people from rammings. Footage of the incident shows that the siblings were not standing behind the protection of the pillars.

This attack was the third terror attack within two weeks. A police officer was stabbed last Thursday in the Old City of Jerusalem when two young Palestinian teenagers brandishing knives walked up behind a group of Israeli policemen and began stabbing one of them. The other officers opened fire, killing one of the teens and wounding another. The police officer was treated for his moderate wounds and released from the hospital on Sunday.

The first of the triple attacks happened the week before when 18-year-old yeshivah (Jewish religious school) student Dvir Sorek’s body was discovered outside of the Migdal Oz community—a five-minute bus ride from where the Davis siblings were attacked. Sorek had been reported missing the night before, and his body was found dumped by the side of the road, covered with stab wounds. His attackers, one of whom was a Hamas member, were arrested two days later in their village near Hebron.

Photos circulated through social media of Gazans passing out free sweets to passersby in celebration of the car ramming attack. Celebrations like this are not unusual in the Strip following terror attacks. Hamas, the terror group in control of the Gaza Strip, blamed the recent attacks on the Jewish state in a statement:

“Our nation’s rising rage and the ramming and stabbing incidents are a response to the repeated stormings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupation’s ongoing crimes.”

The “stormings” of Al-Aqsa Mosque most likely refers to earlier this month on Tisha B’Av, the day on which the Jewish people mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples as well as several other atrocities committed against the Jewish people over the centuries. The holiday coincided with a Muslim holiday, Eid Al-Adha, which created a perfect storm for clashes on the Temple Mount. Thousands of Muslim protesters started rioting when around 1,700 Jews were allowed to tour the site of the Temple Mount, which is also where the Al-Aqsa Mosque stands. Police were forced to use crowd dispersal measures such as tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring 61 of the rioters. Four of the police officers were also injured.

Hamas might also be taking advantage of another opportunity to point the finger away from itself. The terror organization has arrested several anti-Hamas political activists within the past few weeks, most likely to squash another wave of protests and demonstrations as living conditions in the Strip continue to worsen due to the abysmal mismanagement of the terror entity.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 19, 2019)

Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces

Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s love and mercy to engulf Nahum and Noam Davis, bringing them peace and total healing, both physically and emotionally. Ask the Lord to bring comfort and strength to their family as well, and continue to pray for the family of Dvir Sorek as they deal with their devastating loss.

Scripture

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.


- Psalm 147:3, 5

Israel Welcomes 242 New Immigrants Home

by Edgar Asher

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Sara Netanyahu welcomes the new Israelis at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Friday, 16 August 2019 | On Wednesday at Ben Gurion International Airport 242 new olim (immigrants) were welcomed on this 60th flight from North America organized by “Nefesh b’Nefesh” [literally, “Jewish Souls United,” an organization that facilitates aliyah (immigration to Israel) from the US, Canada and the UK] over the past 18 years.

Wednesday’s flight included 30 mainly young families, including 103 young children, from 23 US states and Canada. So far this year many of the younger immigrants have come to Israel in order to join the IDF [Israel Defense Forces]. Also, this year alone, among the new olim, Israel welcomed a total of some 100 young doctors from the US and Canada.

Over the 18 years “Nefesh B’Nefesh” has been operating flights for immigrants some 60,000 individuals have made aliyah. “Nefesh B’Nefesh” is proud to report that of the 60,000 individuals who made aliyah over the 18 years, some 94% have remained in Israel and built up their lives here.

Several guest speakers spoke words of welcome and encouragement in English to the new olim. Chaim Bibas, Chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel and also Mayor of the central Israeli city of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut, speaking in English, told the new arrivals that all the cities, including his city, where the new olim will settle will welcome them and are there to help them settle in their new country.

The prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, the only guest speaking in Hebrew and standing in for her husband, told the immigrants and their families and guests, “You, the lone soldiers, I especially welcome: Welcome to Israel and welcome to the IDF. You left a warm home, family, and friends, to make aliyah and join Israel’s success story and come here to your home, our home. All the people of Israel embrace you. Today, we are all your family, even if you are called lone soldiers—you are not alone; we are always with you. Remember to call dad and mom at every opportunity. Tell them about your service and the wonderful country, and most importantly, watch over us, guard Israel, and look after yourself.”

Source: (Ashernet originally published this article on August 14, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO/Ashernet

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord that the Jewish people continue to come home to the land of their forefathers. Pray that each of these new Israeli citizens will become rooted in their new home and each child will grow to love the God of Israel and the land He calls His own.

Scripture

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


- Isaiah 35:10

New Front: Is Israel Taking on Iran in Iraq

by Kate Norman

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Volodymyr Zelensky at the press briefing in Kiev, Ukraine on Monday

Thursday, 22 August 2019 | Following mysterious explosions on weapons depots in Iraq over the last few weeks, it seems increasingly likely that Iran is shifting its focus of arming its proxies from Syria to Iraq—and Israel is following suit to prevent the Islamic regime from gaining a foothold closer to the Jewish state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at Israel’s involvement during his trip to Ukraine this week.

“Iran has no immunity, anywhere,” he told reporters who had asked about the explosions and Israel taking the blame, according to the Times of Israel.

The Islamic Republic builds military bases across the region in order to achieve its goal of annihilating Israel, Netanyahu said, but Israel will not allow it.

“We will act—and currently are acting—against them, wherever it is necessary.”

Apparently it is now necessary in Iraq.

The latest explosion occurred Tuesday at an arms depot north of Baghdad that belonged to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iranian-backed Shiite militia that has teamed up with Iraq’s army to fight ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). The target, according to Arabic media, was missiles that had just been transported from Iran. The week before saw another mysterious explosion in an arms depot in Baghdad controlled by the same group, which several sources blamed on Israel, who has a well-known policy of zero tolerance for Iranian military entrenchment in neighboring states.

Iraq’s former deputy prime minister took to Twitter to point a thinly veiled finger at Israel for the explosion.

“We believe they are weapons we were holding onto for a neighboring state and they were targeted by an oppressive colonial state on the basis of a treasonous Iraqi act,” Baha al-Araji wrote following the August 12 depot explosion.

An unnamed security source told London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat that it was an Israeli strike.

“All indications point to Israel, perhaps with the support of the United States,” the source said, “completing what it started in Syria in terms of targeting sites with Iranian forces.”

The strikes came with the permission of the US and Russia, according to an Asharq al-Awsat report, citing an unnamed “Western diplomatic” source, in order to “ensure Israel’s security.” One condition given to the Israelis reportedly is that they are not to acknowledge publicly their involvement, as it would cause awkwardness for the US, who also partners with the PMF against ISIS.

For years, the Islamic regime in Iran has dreamed of establishing an uninterrupted land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea. Israel, however, has interrupted that land bridge over the years with airstrikes in Syria on Iranian targets and its proxies in order to prevent Iran from entrenching in a neighboring country to use as a launching pad to attack the Jewish state.

Israel operates on a “war between wars” policy in which it watches its enemies like a hawk and conducts strikes where necessary to keep the opponent weakened, prevented from building up strength for future conflicts. The Jewish state has acknowledged that it has conducted hundreds of strikes over the years in Syria on Iranian targets, especially weapons.

Iran has thus turned to the nation that lies between it and Syria—Iraq—and Israel has caught on.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 22, 2019)

Photo Credit: i24NEWS English/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Pray that Israel will have continuing success in preventing Iran from reaching its goal of a land bridge to the sea. Beseech the Lord that Israel’s strikes in Syria and now Iraq will achieve the desired result and keep Iran from building strength in these countries.

Scripture

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

Netanyahu and Ukraine President Ink Bilateral Agreements for Future Cooperation

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) outside the presidential residence in Kiev.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 | Prime Minister [PM] Benjamin Netanyahu and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, at the presidential palace in Kiev, issued statements to the media and attended a signing ceremony for bilateral agreements.

The following agreements were signed:

* A cooperation plan between the Israeli government and the Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers on education, culture, sports and youth for 2019–2022;

* An MOU [Memorandum of Understanding] on agricultural cooperation between the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ukraine Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food;

* An MOU between the Israel Patent Office (Ministry of Justice) and the Ukraine Ministry of Economic Development and Trade;

* An application agreement on encouraging the study of Hebrew at educational institutions in Ukraine and the study of Ukrainian at educational institutions in Israel, between the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Ukraine Ministry of Education and Science.

PM Netanyahu at the joint statements:

“President Zelensky, Volodymyr, congratulations once again on your great victory. Your double victory.

“I noticed also that since you were elected the growth rate of Ukraine has nearly doubled. I don’t think it’s [unclear]. I think it reflects the way people are impressed, the way that I’ve been impressed from this visit, upon your vision of a prosperous and peaceful Ukraine. And I look forward to working with you as we’ve discussed on advancing our common goal of peace and prosperity. I was here twenty years ago so I can see the changes that have taken place and also your desire to accelerate change.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to Jerusalem as president. We agreed it would happen next week. Well it will happen soon and you are always welcome in our eternal capital.

“Both our countries are young, but our peoples are ancient and our common ties go back centuries, many centuries. The Jewish community in Ukraine is over 1,300 years old. And I want to thank you for agreeing on a mutual development project for Uman that is very important for Ukrainians and for the Jewish people as well. We’ve had periods of great splendor in our joint relations but we’ve also had periods of unimaginable tragedy. During the Holocaust, hundreds of thousands of Jews were murdered in the territory of Ukraine and later today we will visit Babi Yar where tens of thousands of Jews were slain by the Nazis and their collaborators.

“Yet alongside this horrific chapter of our shared history, I want you to know that Ukraine played a tremendously important role in the development of the modern Jewish state. In fact, I think it’s unimaginable to conceive the growth or rebirth of the Jewish state and the rebirth of the Hebrew language without the role played by tremendous giants, literary giants and political giants who came from Ukraine. Writers such as Shalom Aleichem, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Hayim Nahman Bialik, without a doubt two of the greatest Hebrew poets in modern times, and many of the founders of the modern Zionist movement started here too.

“Ukraine gave us visionaries like Ahad Ha’am and Ze’ev Jabotinsky. So in many ways as I mentioned in our meeting I have a certain connection, a personal connection, to the Ukraine because my father, at a very young age, was the editor of Tchernichovsky. One of our two great poets and my father also worked with Ze’ev Jabotinsky, who inspired many in the national movement and was the father of the party that I lead today.

“In fact, many of our nation’s leaders—prime ministers and presidents—came from Ukraine. So Ukrainian Jews, both in history and in the present, are a significant part and an integral part of modern Israeli society. And the Ukrainian Jewish community I think is the fourth largest in Europe. Today, this community serves as a human bridge between our countries and it offers I think immense opportunities to help us develop our ties. I think that those ties can be advanced through a number of means. I want to thank you for your decision to ratify in the upcoming parliament to work towards the ratification of the pensions agreement that we signed for these people. You asked that we pass on to you updated information for this purpose. I will definitely do that.

“I believe that we have opportunities that come from the fact that we are living in revolutionary times—positive revolutionary times. The world economy is changing more rapidly than ever before offering challenges and opportunities that we could have only dreamed of in previous centuries, even in previous decades. I think the future belongs to those that innovate. Israel is the quintessential innovation nation. Ukraine has enormous talents and capacities. We’ve discovered this because Israeli companies are here. We engage with tens of thousands, some say as many as 50,000, talented Ukrainians in the fields of mathematics, computer engineering and every conceivable field of modern technology. We see the talent. We both see the opportunity. We want to seize the future.

“We’ve made two decisions in this visit that I think can accelerate the seizing of these opportunities. The first is to immediately start working on the free trade agreement, which will be ratified right after our elections in our parliament, but to expand it to include investments. That means investments and services. There’s another word for that: hi-tech.

“The second is to open both in Kiev and in Jerusalem hi-tech development offices. What we would like to see is not merely the exchange of technology and the involvement of Ukrainians in our hi-tech industries. We’d like to see Israeli hi-tech investments, joint mutual investments here in the Ukraine. Not only do we not mind this, we encourage this.

“These two measures of the expanded free trade agreement and the opening of these offices in our respective capitals, I think will advance that very, very quickly.

“We have great confidence as you do that small and medium-sized nations can become very big nations by using the conceptual products of a talented citizenry. We have immensely talented people in both countries. We can seize the future separately, but if there is one message that I would like to deliver from this visit and from our exceptional discussions today I would say this: We can seize the future separately but we can do it better together. This is what will come out of this meeting.

“Thank you very much Mr. President for welcoming me and my colleagues to Kiev and to Ukraine.”

Source: (The Prime Minister’s Office originally published this article on August 19, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Ashernet

Prayer Focus
Praise God for the growing relationship between Israel and Ukraine. Pray for the success of these initiatives and for ongoing cooperation between the two nations. Pray that God will pour out His blessing on Ukraine as its bond with Israel strengthens.

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

Trump May “Put Out Pieces” of Peace Plan before Israeli Elections

by Joshua Spurlock

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US President Donald Trump will attempt to negotiate peace with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians through the “Deal of the Century” (illustrative).

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 | The long-awaited “Deal of the Century” peace proposal from the Trump Administration may soon be unveiled—at least parts of it, anyway. United States President Donald Trump on Sunday clarified that he intends to wait on presenting his full Middle East peace plan until after the upcoming Israeli elections, but some details may get shared ahead of the September 17 vote.

“I probably will wait, but we may put out pieces of it,” said Trump of his peace plan in comments to reporters posted to the White House website. “We have some very talented people—as you know, our great ambassador [David Friedman] and others. We have some very talented people. But that’s probably the toughest deal of all—peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians—because they’ve been decades of hate. And it’s tough to make a deal when there’s that much hate.”

The supposedly moderate government heading the Palestinian Authority (PA) has so far turned that hatred towards the Americans by repeatedly disparaging and rejecting the US plan even before seeing what’s in it. However, Trump doesn’t believe his administration’s policies towards the Palestinians—such as withholding funding—are the problem. Rather, he thinks they can be part of the solution.

Said Trump, “I think I’ve helped it very much by saying, ‘Look, until there’s a deal, we’re not going to pay you anymore.’ And other people should have done that long before me.”

US envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Twitter recently rebuffed criticism that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are sputtering under Trump. “Disingenuous to suggest negotiations stalled under this admin—there were no negotiations happening! It’s time for the PA to realize their tired arguments won’t achieve peace. Israel has agreed to keep an open mind; so far the PA has done the opposite,” tweeted Greenblatt on August 13.

On Monday, that Palestinian approach was reinforced as the political faction leading the PA teamed up with other political forces to pressure a hotel into cancelling an event for Palestinian youth put on by the US embassy. The WAFA Palestinian news agency noted that the program had been a positive for Palestinian youth and given them the opportunity for training in leadership, but Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] and National Forces called for a boycott of the event.

The WAFA report said the boycott push was due to allegedly anti-Palestinian activities by the US. The US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) event had been planned for Wednesday.

The MEPI website said that the US government organization “fosters meaningful and effective partnerships between citizens, civil society, the private sector, and governments in the Middle East and North Africa region to resolve local challenges and promote shared interests in the areas of participatory governance and economic opportunity and reform.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on August 19, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

Photo Credit: The White House/Public domain/wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

Prayer Focus
Pray that the nations of the world will recognize that the real intention of Palestinian leadership is the destruction of Israel, not peaceful co-existence, moving them to cease any kind of support to the PA until legitimate steps toward peace are taken. Pray God’s wisdom for all concerned as President Trump’s peace initiative is unveiled.

Scripture

For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice and preserves the way of His saints.


- Proverbs 2:6­–8

Israel’s Role in Helping Palestinians Emigrate from Gaza

by Elior Levy

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Gaza City

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 | Israel is ready to open the border crossings from Gaza and is even ready to allow Gazans to fly out of its territory so long as there are countries that will absorb them, a government source said Monday.

“Israel is even willing to arrange transportation for them, at least to one of the airports in the Negev (Desert) and arrange for them to travel out of the country,” the source said.

According to the official, this issue has been brought up several times to the Cabinet.

“Attempts have been made with certain nations (to persuade them to accept them) but they have not succeeded,” the source said.

He said that 35,000 Palestinians voluntarily left the Gaza Strip last year without the aid of Israel.

“They [Palestinians] are being held hostage in Gaza,” he said. “Today countries are not raising the humanitarian situation in Gaza.”

Israel has for years kept its border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip closed and guarded and has imposed a land, sea and air blockade of the coastal enclave, arguing that it needs to prevent terrorist groups from smuggling in weapons.

Meanwhile, the tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip continue following the recent violence, which saw both rocket strikes on Israel and retaliatory attacks as well as several attempted armed infiltrations into Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is visiting Ukraine, addressed the likelihood of a fresh military operation in Gaza.

“I am advancing a broad campaign in Gaza. I cannot tell you what we are doing and what preparations we have made and how much we are preparing, but some of our critics know too well that we are doing things that we have not done before and that we are ready for action,” the prime minister said.

“On the other hand, I am not hiding my objective of maintaining quiet and security on the Gaza front,” he said.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published in Ynetnews on August 20, 2019. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Marcin Monko/flickr.com

Prayer Focus
Pray that those Palestinians who desire to leave Gaza would be able to do so, with Arab nation, and others around the world willing to receive them. Also, pray for the Lord’s intimate involvement as Israel prepares for a worst-case scenario while attempting to establish quiet and security on the Gaza front.

Scripture

The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.


- Psalm 29:11

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