I want to help put an end to the cycle of hopelessness and give hope to survive.

Friday, December 9, 2016

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Hope Rises from the Ashes

by Janet Aslin

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Fire damage in Neve Tzuf

Friday, 09 December 2016 | Bridges for Peace has been actively involved in helping the victims of last month’s horrendous fires that brought devastation to so many areas across the land of Israel. Because of the love and generosity of Christians, we are able to bring desperately needed assistance, and with it hope, to those devastated by the fires.

Haifa, a northern port city with a population of just under 300,000, was particularly hard hit. Numerous fires surrounded the city and forced the evacuation of more than 60,000 of its residents. Last week we reached out to a youth village by delivering a truckload of blankets. This week, partnering with an Israeli non-profit organization, we helped 50 families who had lost everything in the fire. These families, 150 people including children, were selected by municipal social workers and invited to come to one of the city’s malls. They were then given vouchers (1,000 shekels per person, 4,000 shekels per family) that could be used at any store in the mall to purchase household goods, clothing and other commodities they might need.


Neve Tzuf

Neve Tzuf is a small community in the biblical heartland of Israel. What the world calls the “West Bank” is actually biblical Samaria. This community was established in 1977 and is truly an outpost, surrounded by Arab neighbors. Three fires swept through Neve Tzuf—all were set by arsonists and were acts of terror. The 18 homes that were destroyed belonged to the older residents of the community, including the woman who was a founding member. They lost everything. Bridges for Peace bought refrigerators, clothes dryers and free-standing four-door cupboards for those who lost their homes. The homes are being rebuilt but it will take time. Meanwhile, caravans (temporary mobile homes or trailers) have been moved in to the community.

Bridges for Peace continues to stand with the people of Israel as they are rebuilding their homes and lives. The needs seem overwhelming but we are moving forward in faith that Israel’s Christian friends will not desert her in this time of need. Please see the “Action” item to donate to our Fire Relief project.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 09 December 2016)

Photo Credit: Michio Nagata/BridgesforPeace

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to open the flood gates of heaven to ensure His people’s needs are met in a very critical time. As winter sets in pray for comfort, warmth and courageous hearts to be joyful in the Lord despite the challenges they are facing. Ask the Lord’s blessing upon all who are generous to Israel.


Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when you have it with you.

- Proverbs 3:27-28

At this moment, thousands of families in Israel are faced with the challenge of rebuilding their lives. Many have lost everything, escaping with just the clothes on their backs. Bridges for Peace is reaching out on behalf of Israel’s Christian friends around the world. We are demonstrating your love in action as we meet practical needs. Please consider a generous donation so that we can continue to bring hope to hurting people.

IDF Holds Hamas Infiltration Simulation Exercise on Gaza Border

by Ilse Posselt

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Training exercise near the Gaza Strip (December 6, 2016)

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a large-scale exercise in communities on the Gaza border yesterday simulating a mass infiltration by Hamas fighters attempting to abduct and kill Israeli civilians.

Led by the IDF’s Gaza Division, the drill was aimed at assessing Israel’s ability to react to various potential cross-border terror attack situations. “It simulates a number of scenarios where the division would have to go from ‘routine’ to ‘emergency,’” a military official told The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity.

According to Ynet, the Gaza Division is preparing for the possibility that any future attack by the terror organization in charge of the coastal enclave might occur without sufficient intelligence warning. The theory holds that Hamas will reportedly make every effort to create a picture of strength and victory through a surprise attack that inflicts maximum damage and casualties before the IDF has the opportunity to mobilize its forces to react.

The 11-hour exercise entailed the evacuation of a school near the Gaza border as well as a test of the IDF’s preparedness to handle Hamas cross-border attacks in Israeli communities and strikes on soldiers and bases near the border. The drill took place in a number of kibbutzim on the border as well as some larger cities in the area.

One of the possible infiltration scenarios simulated in the exercise emanates from an actual threat exposed during Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, where the IDF discovered a number of motorcycles stashed in a cross-border tunnel. The army believes that these machines were to be used by the Iran-backed terror group for raids into Israel to kill or abduct soldiers and civilians before racing back to Gaza.

As part of the drill, IDF soldiers on motorcycles played the part of Hamas terrorists and simulated an attack on an army base near the border with the coastal enclave.

The exercise also focused on enhancing collaboration between ground forces, the navy and the air force. For the first time, police forces from participating regions also participated. According to the anonymous official, several hundred troops took part in the endeavor.

The military told Israeli media that the exercise was not in reaction to any threatening situation or escalation in the south, but formed part of regular scheduled training to ensure the capability and preparedness of the soldiers. The drill does, however, come only days after Hamas conducted its own war games in Gaza in what The Israel Project calls “preparation for a future conflict with Israel.”

Ever since the end of Operation Protective Edge just over two years ago, the situation on Israel’s border with Gaza has been relatively quiet with the frequency of rocket attacks at one per month or every other month.

Yet the calm may be deceptive. According to Israeli security officials, the Iran-backed terror group ruling the Gaza Strip is using the time to prepare for the next round of fighting with the Jewish state by restocking its supplies and training its forces.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 07 December 2016)

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesman

Prayer Focus
Beseech the Lord to shelter the nation of Israel under His wings and to supernaturally warn them in case of any emergency. Pray for mothers with children, the elderly and the sick near the Gaza border strip for courage, strength and wisdom in a restless environment. Thank the Lord for the IDF soldiers who protect us when we are not aware.


He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day.

- Psalm 91:4-5

Israel Busts Palestinian Terror Cell for Committing Shooting Attacks

by Yoav Zitun

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Jewish community of Ofra, location of the planned terror attack (illustrative)

Thursday, 08 December 2016 | A terror cell planning a shooting attack at the Ofra settlement in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] was arrested by the Shin Bet in a joint operation with the IDF’s [Israel Defense Forces] Judea and Samaria Division and Border Police Special Forces units; it was cleared for publication on Wednesday.

Shin Bet investigations revealed that the cell, which was comprised of three Palestinian minors, committed four shooting attacks during October and November 2016 using homemade weapons.

Weapons and vehicles used by the terrorists were seized by security forces during the arrest.

The Shin Bet commented that the “attacks the cell planned and committed which were revealed during the course of the investigation, demonstrate the high level of threat that local terror activities pose, especially with the access to weapons and/or the means to produce them.

“The Shin Bet, together with the IDF and Israel Police will continue to act to expose and prevent the activities of terrorist cells.”

In addition to their arrests of the members of the terrorist cell, IDF Border Patrol also arrested their family members who were supposedly involved in hiding the weapons used to carry out the attacks.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 07 December 2016. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Intercede for the special unit of Shin Bet that God may guide their steps with wisdom as they continue to expose and prevent local terror cell activities. Thank the Lord that this terror cell was caught and pray for a special blessing upon their lives as they protect the nation of Israel.


O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.

- Psalm 115:9

Declassified IDF Map Shows Hezbollah Installations Embedded in Civilian Areas

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Declassified IDF map showing Hezbollah’s military emplacements in civilian areas

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 | A map released Tuesday by the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] shows the degree to which Hezbollah has embedded itself into the Lebanese civilian population. The map shows hundreds of military emplacements, including weapons depots, rocket launchers and terror tunnels, that Hezbollah has constructed in preparation for its next war against Israel.

Hezbollah’s deliberate positioning of military infrastructure in Lebanese villages, a tactic that the IDF has called a “war crime,” is consistent with the Iran-backed terror organization’s history of exploiting civilians to launch wars against Israel.

It was reported in 2013 that Hezbollah was paying poor Shi’ite families in southern Lebanon to allow them to store weapons in their homes, effectively making them human shields.

An Israeli defense official told The New York Times in May 2015 that Hezbollah’s buildup in southern Lebanese villages meant that “civilians are living in a military compound…We will hit Hezbollah hard, while making every effort to limit civilian casualties as much as we can…[but] we do not intend to stand by helplessly in the face of rocket attacks.” A few days later, a newspaper linked to Hezbollah confirmed the Israeli assessment.

Hezbollah has “turned the Shiite villages…into essentially missile silos,” Jonathan Schanzer, the vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said in July.

Noting the threat posed by Hezbollah’s extensive rocket arsenal and its placement among civilians, Geoff Corn, an international military law expert at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, observed earlier this year that the resulting devastation from a war with these conditions would “both legally and morally…lie solely at the feet of Hezbollah.”

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 which was passed unanimously to end the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah forbids countries from transferring weapons to the terror organization. However, Iran has continued to arm Hezbollah and the Security Council has refused to act to enforce the resolution.

The IDF released a similar map two years ago showing that Hamas—also an Iranian client—had used a civilian neighborhood in Gaza to house its terrorist infrastructure.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 06 December 2016. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces

Prayer Focus
Pray for the soldiers of the IDF who are stationed on the northern border with Lebanon and Syria, asking that the Lord will give them wisdom and a clear strategy to defend Israel against the forces of Hezbollah. Thank the Lord that He is a shield for His people at all times.


Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.

- Deuteronomy 33:29

Land Still Desperate for Rain

by Janet Aslin

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Sea of Galilee

Friday, 09 December 2016 | In last week’s update we included an article about the drought in Israel that is affecting farmers throughout the land. At the time of its writing, no rain had fallen in Israel since April. Since its publication, the mountainous areas of Galilee and the Golan Heights did receive 20-30 mm (.787–1.18 in) during a two day storm which also saw the level of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) rise 1 cm (.39 in). However, the water crisis remains.

Israel’s desalination plants meet many of the country’s domestic water consumption needs but agriculture and nature continue to depend on rainfall and the depleted water reservoirs. In August, Water Authority experts reported that the level of the Kinneret had dropped below the lower red line—“when damage to the ecological balance begins and water quality declines.” Even though last week’s storm caused a 1 centimeter rise in the Lake’s water level, the Kinneret is still 5.03 meters (16.5 ft) below its full capacity.

Meteorologists have been forecasting that at least the first half of the winter will be dry. If this indeed turns out to be the case, it will be the eighth winter in a row where Israel will have suffered unusually dry weather. According to Breaking Israel News, “though desalination plants are currently able to provide enough water for domestic use without rationing, the Israel Water Authority (IWA) has cut water supplies to farmers.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 09 December 2016)

Photo Credit: Bridges for Peace

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to shower His land with rain to relieve the drought. Pray that the farmers will not lose hope as they face uncertainty with their crops. Give thanks that Israel has desalination plants for household use of water, but remind God that nature is crying out.


Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone.

- Zechariah 10:1

Drought is a reality and a global threat but, you can make a difference! If you have never thought of saving water, start today and save water! It is much easier than you expected.

Netanyahu Vows to Speak to Trump about “Bad Deal” with Iran

by Ilse Posselt

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PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US President-elect, Donald Trump

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 | “Israel is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the 13th annual Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum for Middle East Policy on Sunday. “That has not changed and will not change.”

Addressing his audience in Washington, D.C. via satellite feed from Jerusalem, Netanyahu reiterated his apprehension over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached between six world powers and Iran last year and said that he intends to address the concerns with America’s next commander in chief. “As far as President-elect Trump,” he vowed, “I look forward to speaking to him about what to do about this bad deal.”

Netanyahu continued to clarify his trepidation. “I opposed the deal because it does not prevent Iran from getting nukes. It paves the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons. The problem is not so much that Iran will break the deal, but that Iran will keep it because it just can walk in within a decade, and even less, and certainly within 12 years, it can just walk in to industrial-scale enrichment of uranium to make the core for an arsenal of nuclear weapons.”

Trump and Netanyahu seem to share similar points of view when it comes to the Iran pact. During his campaign for president, Trump dubbed the agreement a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated.” Moreover, speaking to an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in May 2016, he pledged that dismantling the deal was his “number one priority.”

An opportunity for the Israeli prime minister and the newly elected American president to discuss their mutual concerns may present itself in the near future. Netanyahu was one of the first world leaders the president-elect spoke to after clinching his victory. Moreover, a day after the election, Netanyahu received an invitation from Trump to visit him at his earliest convenience as soon as the latter takes office. According to The Jerusalem Post, Netanyahu is already preparing for the meeting.

Tehran, the prime minister explained, “has actually become an even more aggressive power” since the nuclear deal was signed. “It is developing ballistic missiles that will ultimately be capable of reaching the United States. The Iranians are developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for those who forget, Israel and Iran are on the same continent. They are not developing these ICBMs for us,” he warned, “they are developing them for you, for America. The Iranian regime continues to shout ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’ So we have to stop Iran’s march to the bomb, its development of long-range ballistic missiles and its support for terror in the Middle East and throughout the world.”

Netanyahu continued to laud the strong ties between Israel and America stating, “As an Israeli, I can say that we have no better friend than the United States of America, but as someone who is in the region, I can say that America has no better friend than Israel. Actually, not only in the Middle East but in the world. So strengthening Israel in the Middle East is strengthening American interests and values in the Middle East.”

Thanking President Barack Obama for the $38 billion, 10-year military aid package that the Jewish state signed recently, Netanyahu said that the Memorandum of Understanding “reflects the strong bipartisan support for Israel in the Congress and the broad support for Israel in the American people.”

The prime minister also used the platform to express his frustration over the Palestinian leaders’ refusal to pursue peace via direct negotiations without preconditions. Netanyahu said that although Israel remains committed to a two-state solution, the biggest hurdle to a peaceful reconciliation “is that the Palestinians persist in refusing to recognize a Jewish state in any boundary.”

Moreover, instead of taking up one of the prime minister’s numerous invitations to meet for negotiations, Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, persists in pressing the United Nations (UN) to enforce a solution. “I believe that this will push peace further away,” Netanyahu warned.

Citing Obama’s 2011 speech at the UN where the president vowed that the United States would veto any attempts by the Palestinians to persuade the UN Security Council to impose a peace push, Netanyahu reminded his audience of Obama’s conviction that “Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN.”

“This was the right policy then,” Netanyahu declared. “And it is the right policy today.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 06 December 2016)

Photo Credit: Ashernet/ Kobi Gideon/ GPO

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for a secure relationship between Israel and the USA. Pray for favor and a solution as PM Netanyahu will address President Trump on the nuclear deal that strengthens terror activities in Iran and Tehran.


I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts.

- Psalm 119:63

Report: Israel and EU to Improve Ties After Five-year Chill

by Ilse Posselt

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President Rivlin with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini

President Rivlin with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini (illustrative)

Monday, 05 December 2016 | Over the past few years, the relationship between the Jewish state and the powers that be in Europe has often been marked by tumult and controversy. Moreover, with leading figures in both the European Union (EU) and European Parliament continuing to call for the labeling of Israeli products and pointing an accusatory finger at Jerusalem for its construction in Judea and Samaria, the prospect of an improved connection seemed remote at best. Yet, according to The Times of Israel, 2017 may see a significant thaw in the frosty bilateral ties between Israel and the EU.

Senior officials from both sides indicated last week that the Jewish state and the EU are in advanced talks over convening the EU-Israel Association Council as early as next year. The council which was created in the framework of the 2000 EU-Israel Association Agreement is a bilateral forum on ministerial level aimed at furthering relations. The last such meeting was held in 2012.

Nicolas Westcott, the director of the EU External Action Service’s North Africa and Middle East department told The Times of Israel, “Quite a lot of good things are happening, often unseen by the naked eye, but they are there. We hope early next year to have an Association Council which we have not had for a while, to look at a ministerial level [as to] how we can take the relationship forward.”

Westcott, who is the most senior EU official in the Middle East except for the EU’s Foreign Affairs Chief, Federica Mogherini, made these remarks while on a week-long visit to Israel. Over the course of the trip, he met with officials from Israel’s Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office and COGAT, the part of Israel’s army that regulates civilian issues in Judea and Samaria.

Commenting on the visit, Westcott said that the main focus was on “EU-Israel cooperation which is moving in a relatively positive direction. We are looking at areas where we can deepen cooperation within the existing framework and beginning to think about what the next generation of framework might be.”

Westcott added that the EU “would like to develop something we call partnership priorities. The so-called partnership priorities are a new instrument regulating bilateral ties that emerged of the EU’s 2015 review of its neighborhood policy program.

Should the EU-Israel Association Council convene early in 2017, the EU is likely to be represented by Mogherini while Tzachi Hanegbi, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, will act on behalf of Israel, The Times of Israel says.

Although the prospective developments do not constitute an official upgrade in relations, officials from both sides indicated that Israel and the EU are set to strengthen and develop bilateral ties in a number of ways. The thaw in frosty relations is anticipated in spite of strain over a number of key differences in opinion between Jerusalem and the EU.

The last EU-Israel Association Council meeting took place in Brussels in July 2012. At the time, the EU stressed that it viewed the meeting as a “demonstration of the significance the EU attaches to its relations with the State of Israel,” and highlighted the “importance of further developing our broad bilateral partnership.”

Yet that following year, the EU issued regulations stipulating that Israeli entities operating in Judea and Samaria or the Golan Heights would no longer be eligible for EU funding. Then, in 2015, the EU developed guidelines for its member states to label products produced in the above areas. Mogherini advised later that the guidelines were not binding.

Israel took exception and refused to enter into any future agreements with the EU until it clarified the new regulations. The disagreement led to the suspension of any further council meetings, The Times of Israel reports.

According to The Israel Project, the EU’s Ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, admitted last week that although, “the EU and Israel might have disagreements…this should not overshadow the deep and close relationship we enjoy and have had over the decades on economic and trade matters.”

“The general economic situation is great,” he concluded. “Trade is improving and growing by the day.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 05 December 2016)

Photo Credit: GPO/Mark Neiman

Prayer Focus
Bring the upcoming meetings of Israel and the European Union before the Lord for protection and favorable regulations towards Israel in the future.


All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.

- Proverbs 16:2-3

French Peace Conference Set; Israel Proposes 1-on-1 Instead

by Joshua Spurlock

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news_08dec16_2_wikiThursday, 08 December 2016 | With time running out on plans to hold an international Middle East peace conference in Paris, the French are reportedly planning on the week before Christmas for the event which may not host either the Israelis or the Palestinians. French media. Le Figaro reported that the Israelis are opposed to what they see as a process detrimental to the peace efforts, and so the French may not ultimately invite the Palestinians either lest the event look particularly one-sided with just them present.

 The Jerusalem Post, citing Le Figaro and other French media, also reported that France was seeking a meeting alongside the conference between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But while not interested in the conference, Netanyahu isn’t opposed to meeting Abbas. On the contrary, the Israeli leader spoke with French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday to tell him “that if there is no international conference in Paris, he would come to meet with [Abbas] for direct talks without preconditions,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office.

The statement reiterated that Israel will not attend an international conference “which will not contribute to achieving peace.” The Israelis have long argued that by expanding the nations involved, the process will put undue pressure on Israel and undercut the very negotiations that can bring peace.

That fear appears founded, even at this early stage. Le Figaro reported that the French want a statement that refers to the boundary lines of June 4, 1967 in the context of borders between the sides. Based off the armistice lines between Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, that would give the Palestinians the Gaza Strip, the Judea and Samaria biblical heartland of Israel and the Old City of Jerusalem. Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho and Shechem are just some of the cities that would be under Palestinian control in that scenario.

While those boundary lines have been espoused by some as something of a goal at the outset, Israel has long argued that borders—which could not be reconfigured to line up exactly with the 1967 lines five decades later—should be part of the negotiations and not settled in advance.

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on 07 December 2016. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

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Prayer Focus
Petition the Lord for His will to be done in this scenario where Abbas is demanding the land of biblical Israel and prompting global interference. Ask Him to clearly reveal the way ahead to PM Netanyahu as per talks, land disputes and how to deal with international interference.


Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.

- Genesis 12:7a

Netanyahu Promises to Continue David Ben-Gurion’s Vision

by Itamat Eichner

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Israeli President Rivlin at memorial ceremony for David Ben-Gurion

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 | A memorial ceremony took place for Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on Tuesday afternoon at his Sde Boker Kibbutz, marking 43 years after his passing.

The ceremony was attended by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with the Supreme Court President Miriam Naor.

“This is the first ceremony for Ben-Gurion to have taken place without Shimon Peres; may his memory be blessed,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu as he began his speech. “Peres was Ben Gurion’s prodigy, and I have to say that I feel Shimon’s absence, as do you, as does everybody.”

The honor of being one of the first founding fathers is reserved for Ben Gurion, Netanyahu said, adding that Israel’s small, but intrepid first leader understood that the mere declaration and establishment of a state did not ensure its survival.

“The problem was how to create a state. He understood that three fundamental foundations were required: military strength, economic strength and diplomatic strength. We are building and nurturing these foundations of Ben-Gurion,” Netanyahu continued before explaining how Ben-Gurion’s ideals remain the sine qua non of survival in today’s Middle East.

“The simple truth is that in our region the weak do not survive, only the strong do. The strong are not attacked or (enemies) are unable to attack them. You make peace and forge alliances with the strong,” he said.

“That is why Ben-Gurion went about building our military strength. The IDF became one of the strongest and leading armies in the world, and anyone who threatens our existence is himself in extremely serious danger,” he warned as he listed some of the most recent reinforcements to Israel’s military might.

“With this in mind, we are now arming ourselves with the F-35, with submarines, with cyber security and with defensive tools such as Iron Dome and David’s Sling. Obviously, this all costs a lot of money and that is why we need a strong economy and that requires the development of the country.”

Finally, the prime minister emphasized the importance of establishing alliances in the face of seemingly perennial threats posed by surrounding nations.

“Because of the noose placed around us by the Arabs in our surroundings, Ben-Gurion set about establishing alliances with countries beyond the most obvious. Every state needs alliances and superpowers also need alliances. Here we combine our military and economic strength which enable us to create alliances. We create new relationships which in my eyes contribute to the best chances of advancing peace between us and the Palestinians.”

Taking to the podium after Netanyahu, President Rivlin extolled Ben-Gurion as “the builder of Israel who was one of the greatest people of action since the Zionists movement’s inception … During the days of the British Mandate. He led the establishments of dozens of institutions—military, economic, political, educational social—which were created for the new Israeli kingdom.”

In addition to being a man of action, Rivlin continued, Ben-Gurion was “a competent translator of the language of vision into a language of reality. Ben-Gurion was endowed with a unique and exceptional ability to make decisions.”

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 06 December 2016. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) Include link as required or appropriate.

Photo Credit: ​GPO/Kobi Gideon​

Prayer Focus
Offer thanksgiving to the Lord for the legacy of David Ben-Gurion. Pray for all current and future leaders of Israel to carry this vision and continue to build on military, economic and diplomatic strength to ensure survival in the Middle East.


The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.

- Psalm 37:18

Will you be leaving a legacy of advocacy for Israel? If not ask, the Lord to help you overcome the fear of standing up for God’s nation. Begin today to educate yourself and share your understanding in your circle of influence. Consider starting a Chai prayer group to pray for Israel.

In Latest Sign of Growing Ties, African Ministers Attend Israeli Agricultural Conference

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Colorful display of Israeli produce at the Israeli agricultural summit

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 | Foreign ministers and other high-level representatives from 13 Western African nations are attending an Israeli agricultural summit that began Monday, the latest sign of improving Israeli-African diplomatic relationships.

The conference, which is called “Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Productivity in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions,” is sponsored by Mashav, Israel’s international development agency and the Economic Community of West African States.

“During the conference, the ministers and delegates will learn about agricultural technology produced in Israel, with an emphasis on dealing with arid climatic conditions, a topic which African agriculture ministers are particularly interested in due to a similar climate prevailing in their countries,” said Jonathan Blum, a spokesperson for Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel who is scheduled to speak at the conference.

Foreign ministers from Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Guinea, Cape Verde, Gambia and Sierra Leone are in attendance, as well as senior officials from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.

Netanyahu has announced plans to visit the ECOWAS nations soon which would be the latest in a series of Israeli diplomatic breakthroughs. In July, Netanyahu embarked on a historic tour of East Africa and restored diplomatic ties with the Muslim-majority nation of Guinea and in September met with 15 African heads of state and ambassadors at the United Nations General Assembly. A separate group of African diplomats toured the Old City of Jerusalem last week.

“Israel is coming back to Africa; Africa is coming back to Israel,” Netanyahu said in March. “It’s happening in a big way. It’s happening now, but it should have happened a long time ago. It’s happening now because it’s so clear that this is good for Africa and it’s good for Israel. We face a multitude of challenges and opportunities.”

Source: (The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower originally published this article on 05 December 2016. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: MASHAV Israel/ Twitter

Prayer Focus
Praise God for thirteen African countries who are joining hands with Israel to strengthen their economical and agricultural productivity. Offer thanksgiving as every country that connects with Israel weakens the enemy in their plans of destruction.


Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

- Zechariah 8:23

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