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Friday, January 13, 2023

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Every week, we post seven to ten news stories from Israel with a suggested prayer focus and scripture for each one, guiding readers how to pray for Israel’s most urgent needs. This Prayer Update is also sent to over 18,000 subscribers every Friday by e-mail. Please contact us at intl.office@bridgesforpeace.com if you would like to receive this Prayer Update by e-mail.

Netanyahu: Red Lines for Iran on Israel’s Northern Border

by Kate Norman

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Givati Brigade soldiers simulate combat on Israel’s northern border.

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed during a visit to the Israeli military’s Northern Command headquarters yesterday that Israel will protect its northern borders from threats by Iran or any of its proxies in the region.

Netanyahu visited the northern Israel Defense Forces (IDF) headquarters along with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for a security assessment, the prime minister’s office announced in a statement yesterday.

The two were briefed on intelligence, operational activity and challenges facing Israel’s northern border, according to the prime minister’s office. The discussions centered on security threats to Israel’s borders with Lebanon and Syria as well as Israel’s ability to deal with those threats.

“The main enemy that we face is the terrorist regime in Iran and its proxies in Syria and Lebanon,” Netanyahu said in the statement published by his office.

“We are determined to fight Iran’s attempts to develop a nuclear arsenal,” the prime minister continued.

Israel has vehemently objected to a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, though on-again-off-again talks to resuscitate the agreement appear all but dead in the water. Nonetheless, the prime minister last week warned that a revived nuclear deal is still a threat and pledged to openly oppose further attempts to negotiate a new agreement.

Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials have also vowed in the past to do whatever it takes to stop Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon regardless of a nuclear deal, and the Israeli military is constantly improving its operational capabilities and conducting drills to strike the heart of Iran.

Another threat against Israel’s northern borders is Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terror group backed by Iran, as well as other Iran-backed proxies in the region.

“We are determined to fight any attempt by Iran to entrench militarily in Syria on our northern border,” Netanyahu said yesterday. “We are determined to fight any attempt by Hezbollah to show aggression against us in Lebanon.”

“Whoever needs a reminder about our red lines on this matter will receive it,” the prime minister warned.

Yesterday’s Northern Command tour also included discussions with Israel’s top military and defense brass, including the National Security Council director, the deputy chief of staff of the IDF, the prime minister’s military secretary and other top military and defense personnel.

Defense Minister Gallant echoed Netanyahu’s words of warning, adding that Israel’s security establishment will “prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria and will sever the channels by which Iranian weaponry is transferred to Lebanon and Hezbollah.”

“The quiet in the north is an important goal,” the defense minister said in a statement. “Therefore, in addition to maintaining quiet, we will take strong action against any attempt to attack Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.”

The Iranian threat is also on Washington’s radar, as US National Security Advisor is due to visit the Jewish state within the next month, the Jerusalem Post reported, to discuss the Iranian threat.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 10, 2022)

Photo Credit: Barak Chen, IDF Spokesperson Unit/flickr.com

Photo License: Flickr

Prayer Focus
Pray for Prime Minister Netanyahu and his team as they are faced with serious threats against Israel’s northern border and the nation as a whole. Cry out to the Lord for wisdom and for sound military and diplomatic strategies that will protect the people of Israel. Also, pray that Israel’s enemies will heed the prime minister’s red line warnings.

Scripture

Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”


- Psalm 83:1–4

Jordan Souring on Israel, Expert Says

by JNS

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The Jamal Abdul Nasser Circle in Amman, Jordan

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 | Israeli-Jordanian relations have deteriorated significantly, especially in the last ten years, Jonathan Schanzer, a senior vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, said during a talk he gave last week at the Washington-based Jewish Policy Center on “Jordan—Neither Here Nor There.”

Schanzer discussed how Jordan differs from the Abraham Accords signatories in its relations with Israel. While the Abraham Accords countries of the United Arab Emirates [UAE], Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco were able to deprioritize the Palestinian issue in favor of working together with Israel, Amman is ratcheting up its rhetoric championing the Palestinian cause. Jordan, unlike Egypt, did not send representatives to the signing of the Abraham Accords, nor did it participate in last March’s Negev Summit.

Schanzer said that Jordan is unwilling to downplay the Palestinian issue because its population is at least 50% Palestinian.

The Jordanian population is largely against normalization with Israel, which includes opposing Jordan importing natural gas from the Jewish state. Popular posters in the country state “No to the gas of the occupation,” a message that according to Schanzer indicates that Jordanians would rather not heat their homes and not cook food than accept gas from Israel.

Amman’s anti-Israel rhetoric includes placing unfair blame on Israel for wars in Gaza and for conflicts regarding the Temple Mount. Schanzer said that if Jordan’s antagonism against Israel regarding the Mount becomes too great, Israel may ultimately find another “custodian” for the holy site and could offer Saudi Arabia that role.

According to Schanzer, advancements in the Abraham Accords framework could sway Jordan towards friendlier relations with Israel, with the UAE, Bahrain Morocco and Egypt having key roles to play. A game changer would be if Saudi Arabia joins the Abraham Accords, which Schanzer believes would “change the entire tenor of the region.” Regardless, Schanzer stressed the need for Saudi and UAE influence on Jordan, as the energy-rich nations remain Amman’s largest benefactors.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on January 9, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Tareq Ibrahim Hadi via Wikimedia Commons/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord for His hand upon the ongoing effects of the Abraham Accords. Pray that increasing numbers of Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, will recognize the advantages of peaceful relations with Israel and work toward stability and peace in the region. Pray that Jordan will indeed be influenced to join the ranks of Israel’s new allies.

Scripture

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.


- Psalm 145:18–19

MyHeritage Publishes 1.7 million-record Israeli Immigration List

by JNS

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Passengers view Mount Carmel from the deck of the Mala immigrant ship as it enters the port of Haifa, July 11, 1948.

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 | Online genealogy platform MyHeritage announced on Sunday the publication of a database comprising 1.7 million records, covering immigration to Israel from 1919. The company called it “the Israeli equivalent of the famous ‘Ellis Island’ immigration database for the United States.”

For more than a year, MyHeritage indexed thousands of public domain images from the Israel State Archives, linking them to surviving records of those who immigrated to Israel by ship and by plane starting in 1919.

MyHeritage said it is the first organization to create a searchable index for the collection and link it with the scanned images.

The collection is available to search for free and without having to sign up to the company’s website, to make it easily accessible for those researching their Jewish roots in Israel.

The records in the collection include the name of the immigrant, the names of relatives who immigrated with them, the country of origin, the name of the ship they arrived on, the date of arrival, the names of parents, the names of relatives who were expecting them in Israel and their destination city in Israel.

Historians have defined several waves of aliyah [immigration to Israel] between 1882 and the beginning of World War II. The collection starts with the Third Aliyah period (1919–1923). The first two waves took place from 1882 to 1918 under Ottoman rule, and are not covered in this collection.

The collection was created from scanned books stored by the Israel State Archives, with lists of immigrants arranged in chronological order according to the arrival dates of the ships or planes.

The records also included the arrival of tourists to Israel, or the return of Israeli residents from trips abroad. Pedestrian arrivals are also listed; those who came in through border crossings in the north or south.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on January 9, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Martin Silver/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for the completion of this monumental project. Pray that MyHeritage will be successful in helping those researching their Jewish roots as well as those searching family records, tracing family histories and looking for lost relatives.

Scripture

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God…The LORD raises those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow.


- Psalm 146:5, 8b, 9a

Recently Released Israeli–Arab Terrorist: ‘Palestine’ in its Entirety is Ours

by JNS

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A pro-Palestinian demonstration

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 | Karim Yunis, an Israeli–Arab terrorist who was recently released and a member of Fatah’s [leading Palestinian secular political party] Central Committee, said Saturday on Palestine TV that the Palestinians do not recognize the Green Line (the pre-1967 border) and that all of “Palestine” is theirs.

According to a report by MEMRI [Middle East Media Research Institute], he further stated that Israel intends to divide Palestinians but would fail. Yunis was freed from prison on January 4 after serving a 40-year sentence for the 1980 murder of Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg.

Under directives from National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, Yunis, who had completed a 40-year jail term, was driven to the Ra’anana central bus station and not released directly from Hadarim Prison to avoid a “victory picture,” Hebrew media reported.

“We do not recognize the Green Line or the 1949 armistice line because we are one people. They wanted to tear us apart, but they will never succeed,” said Yunis.

“We are marching on and we will seize our rights. I say once again: Palestine in its entirety is ours…Mount Carmel is ours, the Jezreel Valley is ours, the Coastal Plain is ours, the Negev is ours, the Galilee is ours and the Triangle region is ours as well,” he declared.

The Israeli Defense Ministry has revoked the entry permits of three senior Palestinian Authority [PA] officials after they participated in a homecoming ceremony for a convicted terrorist released from prison last week.

On Sunday, Ben-Gvir directed Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai to investigate what he saw as a breakdown that permitted public celebrations for an Arab terrorist released from jail last week.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on January 10, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Raya Sharbain/commons.wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to put a stop to Karim Yunis’s influence and his venomous rhetoric against the State of Israel. Pray that Israel’s actions to curb Yunis’s impact on an already volatile situation will be successful.

Scripture

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.


- Psalm 20:7

Israeli Injured in Terrorist Stabbing Attack near Hebron

by Kate Norman

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Weapon used in a stabbing attack near Hebron (illustrative)

Thursday, 12 January 2023 | An Israeli civilian was stabbed and moderately injured by a Palestinian terrorist in the South Hebron Hills of Judea and Samaria on Wednesday.

Elyashiv Nahum, 29, was injured yesterday afternoon when 18-year-old Sanad Muhammad Samamra approached, asking for water before wielding a knife and stabbing Nahum in the upper body.

Samamra was then shot, either by Nahum himself, as Ynetnews reported, or by an Israeli man who was nearby repairing an electrical problem, as the Times of Israel reported, citing Nahum’s wife, Roni.

The terrorist, who hailed from the nearby Arab town of Dhahiriya, later succumbed to his wounds.

Nahum was transported to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment. He sustained moderate wounds to his upper body, the Jerusalem Post reported, and is in stable condition.

Nahum was identified as the owner of a wildcat farm near the Jewish community of Eshtamoa, the Jerusalem Post reported. His father is Noam Arnon, Ynetnews reported, a spokesperson for Hebron.

“Their farm has long been suffering from assaults by Arabs,” Arnon told Ynetnews. “Today it took a turn for the worst—a terror attack. It could have been so much worse; we are praying for his recovery.”

This was the first reported terror attack against an Israeli civilian in 2023. The last fatal terror attack in Israel was the November 2022 Jerusalem bus bombing that claimed two victims. In fact, 2022 was a deadly year in Israel, as a terror wave from March to May saw 19 people across the country killed, followed by three more terror attacks in October and November that claimed six more victims.

In response to the terror wave, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Breaking the Wave at the end of March. From the beginning of the operation throughout the rest of 2022, Israeli security forces conducted over 2,500 arrests in near-nightly counterterror raids. The raids centered on the northern Samarian cities of Nablus and Jenin, both hornets’ nests for terrorism.

In fact, hours before yesterday’s terror attack in the south, a group of terrorists opened fire on the Salem military base and security checkpoint in northern Samaria. No Israeli soldiers or security personnel were reported to be injured.

Israeli troops returned fire on the terrorists, who reportedly fled toward Jenin. A manhunt is currently underway to catch the suspects, the Times of Israel reported.

The Salem checkpoint has been a recent target for several shooting attacks, the Times of Israel noted, and often has been closed to civilian crossings until last July, when it was reopened after US President Joe Biden visited Israel.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 12, 2023)

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit / commons.wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

Prayer Focus
Pray that Elyashiv Nahum will heal quickly and will be free from emotional scars from this attack. Cry out to the Lord that 2023 will see a dramatic turnaround from 2022 when the number of terror attacks soared, leaving 25 Israelis dead and dozens of others injured.

Scripture

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


- Psalm 29:11

Brazil’s New Leader Ousts Israel Envoy

by Itamar Eichner ~ Ynet

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Pictured with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Kotel during an official visit, Brazil’s former president, Jair Bolsonaro, was a strong supporter of Israel.

Thursday, 12 January 2023 | Brazil’s ambassador to Israel General Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas was booted from his post on Tuesday in one of the first moves by the Latin American country’s newly minted President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva since taking office.

Menandro was appointed by Lula’s right-wing predecessor Jair Bolsonaro as a political appointee in early 2021. Now his removal might indicate a shift in policy toward Israel.

During Bolsonaro’s term, Brazil bucked its traditional voting patterns and supported Israel in international institutions, contrary to the traditional position of the country’s foreign ministry.

New Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira stated upon the establishment of the new government that under Lula’s left-wing government, which took office at the beginning of the month, Brazil “will cooperate with Arab countries, primarily Palestine.” In addition, Brazil also removed its ambassador in Washington.

Bolsonaro appointed General Menandro in a bid to deepen military ties with Israel. He then also stated his intention to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that did not materialize due to pressure from Arab countries. Brazil opened a trade office in the capital instead.

Shortly before leaving office, Israeli foreign ministry officials managed to convince Bolsonaro to pressure the Brazilian foreign ministry so that the country’s representatives at the United Nations would not vote in favor of the Palestinians’ proposal to receive an opinion from the International Court of Justice [ICJ] in The Hague regarding the “legality of the occupation.” Brazil ended up abstaining.

In 2014, Brazil recalled its ambassador in protest of Israel’s war with Gaza Strip terrorist factions. Then-Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff called Israel’s action in Gaza “disproportionate”.

The Israeli foreign ministry responded with choice words, accusing Brazil of “adopting a double standard” and “becoming part of the problem” while calling it “irrelevant in the political arena.”

In 2016, Brasília refused to approve Israel’s appointment of Danny Dayan as ambassador to the country because he resided in a settlement [Jewish community in Judea and Samaria] and was a former leader of a powerful settler lobby.

Source: (Excerpt from article originally published by Ynetnews on January 11, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Alan Santos/PR/commons.wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

Prayer Focus
Pray for the nation of Brazil during a time of great turmoil. Pray that President da Silva will realize the foolhardiness of his anti-Israel stance and again buck tradition by establishing friendly relations with Israel and joining Israel’s allies in the international arena.

Scripture

When a person’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He causes even his enemies to make peace with him.


- Proverbs 16:7 NASB

Israel Approves Punitive Measures against PA over ‘Disgraceful’ UN Vote

by JNS

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) convenes the first meeting of his new government’s security cabinet.

Monday, 9 January 2023 | Israel’s Security Cabinet on Thursday approved several punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority [PA] in response to what it described as Ramallah’s ongoing “political and legal war” against the Jewish state.

The move came a week after the UN General Assembly [UNGA] passed a resolution calling on the International Court of Justice [ICJ] to “render urgently an advisory opinion” on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian territory.”

The Security Cabinet decided to withhold taxes and tariffs collected on behalf of and transferred to the PA, in an amount equal to that which Ramallah paid to terrorists and their families in 2022 as part of its “pay-for-slay” policy. An additional sum of nearly [US] $40 million was deducted from the same PA pool of funds to be disbursed to Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism.

The Knesset [Parliament] had previously passed legislation mandating such deductions, however, the Bennett–Lapid government repeatedly found loopholes to delay its implementation.

The Security Cabinet also placed a moratorium on Palestinian construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria, with a view to curbing illegal building, and denying VIP benefits to PA officials leading the “lawfare” campaign against Israel.

“The colonial occupier’s vindictive measures against the Palestinian people are a direct assault on the UNGA’s request for an advisory opinion from the ICJ on the legal standing of Israel’s illegal domination over the Palestinian people and the responsibilities of states,” the PA Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

“States must ensure that Israel ceases its sanctions against the Palestinian people and submit to the rules-based international order or be prepared to receive the treatment owed to pariah states,” it added.

For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the “distorted” and “disgraceful” ICJ resolution would not obligate or restrain his government, adding: “The Jewish people is not occupying its land and is not occupying its eternal capital Jerusalem. No UN resolution can distort this historical truth.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on January 8, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Pray that Israel’s “punitive measures” against the PA will be recognized as legitimate actions taken in defense of the nation in response to a political war rather than “vindictive measures against the Palestinian people.” Pray that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement that “no UN resolution can distort historical truth” will hold true in the court of public opinion.

Scripture

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.


- Isaiah 54:17a

UAE to Include Holocaust Education in School Curricula

by JNS

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog meets with his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

Monday, 9 January 2023 | The United Arab Emirates [UAE] Embassy in Washington, DC, confirmed on January 5 that Holocaust education will be incorporated into the Gulf state’s curricula.

“In the wake of the historic Abraham Accords, the UAE will now include the Holocaust in the curriculum for primary and secondary schools,” the embassy said in a statement.

The UAE is the first Arab state to introduce Holocaust education in its national curriculum.

IMPACT-se, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, an Israeli NGO which monitors the content of school textbooks, worked with the UAE Education Ministry to develop a curriculum framework, having been invited last March by UAE Education Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi to meet with officials in Abu Dhabi.

“The United Arab Emirates has been leading the way in peace and tolerance education in the region for some years,” said IMPACT-se CEO Marcus Sheff.

“IMPACT-se is delighted that they have taken this important step in educating about the Shoah [Hebrew for the Holocaust] and humbled to have partnered with the Ministry of Education.”

Al Nuaimi, a member of the UAE Federal National Council and Chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior & Foreign Affairs Committee at the Council, said, “Memorializing the victims of the Holocaust is crucial.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on January 8, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for the brave and progressive actions taken by the UAE in adding Holocaust education to its national curriculum. Pray that the courses will actually teach the truth and will have a profound effect on the students in changing what might be negative impressions of the Jewish state. Also ask for the Lord’s blessing as the UAE continues to be leading the way in peace and tolerance education in the Arab world.

Scripture

O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works.


- Isaiah 26:12 ESV

Winter Rains Delayed

by Janet Aslin

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A rack of lonely umbrellas awaiting buyers in Jerusalem

Thursday, 12 January 2023| While it is true that the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) is nearly full, it is also true that rainfall in Israel is well below average for this time of year.

A quick check of the meteorological site which monitors the nation’s accumulated rainfall showed most stations at less than 50% of their normal precipitation by this date.

We received some rain but it was primarily during one storm that occurred in late December. There were heavy rains in northern Israel and along the coastal plain. In some parts of the country the rain was accompanied by lightning and heavy winds. Mount Hermon received its first snowfall of the season. But it was not enough.

At this time of year, we should need our umbrellas on a daily basis. Typically, the winter rains will begin to fall in earnest during December and will continue through March. We are approaching January’s halfway point without significant amounts of rainfall.

Israel’s desalination plants have taken the pressure off the Kinneret, allowing it to remain at “nearly full” levels even without the normal rainfall. However, the earth needs the gentle, soaking rain that will prepare it for planting time in the spring.

David, Israel’s great psalmist acknowledged God’s sovereignty and the importance of rain in this beautiful verse: “You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary” (Ps. 68:9).

Today we wait with longing hearts for the rain that falls from heaven.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 12, 2023)

Photo Credit: Janet Aslin/bridgesforpeace.com

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to open the heavens and bless His nation with rain. Pray that the gentle, soaking rains Israel so desperately needs will come consistently through the rest of the season, giving the land what is necessary for successful planting in the spring.

Scripture

Then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.


- Leviticus 26:4

Israeli Health Delegation in Ethiopia to Offer Trauma Training

by Ilse Strauss

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Simulation of treatment at the trauma center of Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 | An Israeli medical delegation touched down in the Jewish state last week after spending a week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia training local doctors and nurses in advanced traumatology, Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency service said in a statement.

The delegation—a joint initiative by the Israeli Health Ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Food Program and the Ethiopian Health Ministry—comprised a paramedic, a nurse and various emergency medicine specialists from three Israeli hospitals, thus offering the combined skills and experience of MDA and Israel’s cutting-edge medical system.

The Israelis shared their know-how with a team of 26 doctors and nurses from Addis Ababa hospitals in a bid to boost the country’s standard of treating trauma patients, the statement said. The week of training included a series of lectures, simulations, trauma scenario drills and hands-on practice using advanced medical equipment.

“This mission is of vital importance,” the statement quoted MDA paramedic Eldar Malka as saying. “There are a large number of trauma victims in Ethiopia, many of them due to shootings and car accidents. All the members of the delegation are experts in emergency medicine, something that helps us impart our theoretical and practical knowledge to the local teams in the best possible way. It is a great privilege to be here, and to give of our knowledge and experience as MDA teams.”

Israel’s unique situation has forced the tiny nation to become a world leader when it comes to traumatology. In the nearly 75 years since its rebirth, Israel has fought a significant war every decade. Aside from the major conflicts, the country also lived through the terrible days of the First and Second Intifadas (uprisings), when Palestinian suicide bombers turned busses, restaurants and shopping malls into raging infernos. Then there is the daily threat of rockets and missiles aimed at civilian populations and terrorists armed with knives, guns or explosives stalking women, children and the elderly.

Tragic circumstances have forced the Israelis to hone their response procedures during times of emergency to a fine art. There was simply no other alternative. The Jewish state had to become one of the world’s leading experts in dealing with mass casualty situations. And on the battlefields of their borders, in the charred shells of bombed-out busses and amidst city streets haunted by terror, they learned to do so with fierce dedication, unparalleled skill and tender compassion.

Yet what their enemies meant for harm, the descendants of Abraham have used as yet another means to bless the nations. Tiny Israel is committed to sharing the experience and expertise forged from the most painful events in its history with those who suffer—regardless of where they are in the world. And now the people of Ethiopia stand to benefit too.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 11, 2023)

Photo Credit: Pioter Fliter/Ramban Medical Center/commons.wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

Prayer Focus
Praise God that Israel has turned the tragedies of its daily reality into yet more tools to fulfill its mandate as a light to the nations. Pray that the extensive training the Israeli team brought to Ethiopia, a nation that is itself no stranger to tragedy, will be of great value to Ethiopian medical teams and will boost the country’s standard of treating trauma patients.

Scripture

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”


- Isaiah 42:6