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Nuclear Talks to Continue as Iran Forges ahead with Development

by Kate Norman

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Iran vowed to forge ahead with its nuclear and missile development.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 | The frozen talks to revive the nuclear deal with Iran may be warming back up after a surprise visit by Europe’s top diplomat to Tehran over the weekend. Indirect talks are reportedly scheduled between US and Iranian diplomats in Qatar this week.

After a three-month limbo, the talks will resume “quickly, immediately,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced from the Iranian capital after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Saturday.

The nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) to relieve sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear development program.

The US exited the deal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump, and a year later, Iran announced that it would begin violating the restrictions imposed under the JCPOA and has progressively violated the agreements since then.

In fact, Iran’s head of the Supreme National Security Council said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic will continue its nuclear development until the West halts what he called its “illegal behavior,” Reuters reported, citing Iran’s state-run IRNA media.

“Iran’s retaliatory actions in the nuclear sector are merely legal and rational responses to US unilateralism and European inaction and will continue as long as the West’s illegal practices are not changed,” Ali Shamkhani said, as quoted by IRNA and Reuters, while meeting Borrell during the EU chief’s visit to Tehran.

Borrell posted to Twitter about his visit to Iran saying that they “deblocked [the] recent deadlock and that halted [JCPOA] negotiations will resume.”

The nuclear talks froze three months ago when Iran demanded that the US remove its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, which Washington refused to do.

Iran reportedly walked back on that demand, according to a Reuters report last week, citing Iranian and European officials, but is remaining steadfast on demands about sanctions.

Iranian media reported yesterday that the regime will engage in indirect talks with the US in Qatar.

Washington’s envoy for Iran reportedly was set to arrive in the Qatari capital of Doha yesterday to meet with the nation’s foreign minister and prepare for the talks, the Jerusalem Post reported, adding that Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator would be there on Tuesday and Wednesday for talks.

Regardless of how the talks go, Israel and her Arab neighbors in the Middle East are preparing to defend themselves against the Iranian threat.

In fact, Israel is having its own meeting on Monday with officials from the US, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in southern Israel’s Negev.

The meeting is a follow-up to a historic summit that took place in April, to discuss a united front against Iran’s regional aggression as well as the blossoming ties between Israel and her Arab neighbors following the historic 2020 Abraham Accords.

In another important meeting, senior Israeli military and defense officials met with their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt, as well as the US, in a secret meeting in Egypt, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday. The topic of the meeting was shared threats from Iran and how to counter the regime’s regional aggression.

The participation of Saudi Arabia and Qatar was significant as neither country has diplomatic relations with Israel. Facing a shared bully, however, can bring together the unlikeliest of friends.

Also of note is that production in a major state-owned steel company in Iran was interrupted in a cyberattack on Monday, the company reported. The CEO in his statement did not blame any particular entity for the attack and said that all operations had resumed as normal by the end of the day.

Amid all the meetings and Europe’s desperate attempts to broker renewed talks, it seems that Western diplomats are working to ensure that the war of words doesn’t boil over. Nonetheless, the Jewish state and her Arab neighbors aren’t waiting around for an agreement that the Islamic regime may or may not honor.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, June 28, 2022)

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Prayer Focus
Pray for the Lord’s wisdom to permeate this situation, for those who are contemplating the reinstitution of the Iranian nuclear agreement and for Israel and her Arab neighbors who are considering other options. Ask the Lord to bring Iran’s nuclear weapons program and the nation’s regional aggression to an end.

Scripture

For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.


- Proverbs 2:6

Israel Takes another Step toward Elections

by Moran Azulay ~ Ynetnews

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The government will provide millions of shekels to the parties running in the upcoming elections.

Thursday, 30 June 2022 | Israel approved Wednesday the dispersal of the Knesset [Parliament] in the first parliamentary reading, taking the country one step closer to snap elections.

The bill will now proceed to its third reading, which requires a majority approval of 61 votes, where the date of the elections will also be set.

As part of the vote, the Knesset also approved the bill meant to increase funding of political parties in first reading with a majority of MKs [Members of Knesset] voting for the move. If the bill gets final approval, the parties running for Knesset in the upcoming elections will receive NIS 1.6 million for each MK to aid their respective campaigns.

Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman decided his party will oppose the bill to disperse the Knesset in protest over delay in approval of legislation needed to okay the construction of underground railway, called the “metro bill,” which lead the to end of the session in the plenum.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on June 29, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
As Israelis face yet another election, pray that they will turn their hearts to the Lord and cry out for His will to be done. Pray that members of the Knesset will determine to put their personal concerns aside and work together for the good of the country. Cry out to the Lord for a government of His choosing that will lead the nation forward with integrity and courage.

Scripture

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”


- Daniel 2:20–21

Israel, Qatar, Saudi Sit Down for Historic Meeting to Discuss Iran

by Ilse Strauss

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IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi

Monday, 27 June 2022 | Top defense officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates [UAE], Bahrain and Jordan sat down for a secret summit convened  by the US in Sharm el Sheikh in March, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The subject matter under discussion during the clandestine get-together? The central threat facing the Middle East: regional bully, Iran.

According to the report, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi represented Israel, alongside his Saudi Arabian counterpart Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili. Qatar, Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain and Jordan allegedly sent top military officials to attend the talks.

The summit, which the report described as the initial steps towards regional defense cooperation, brought together a significant collection of nations, and marks the first time such high-ranking officials from the Jewish state and Arab countries sat down together at the behest of the US military. Israel has diplomatic ties with Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain, but not with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The meeting comes in the context of Tehran continuing to flex its regional muscles. Increased Iranian rocket and drone attacks, an unchecked race toward the nuclear finish line and the nuclear negotiations in Vienna going nowhere have prompted Israel and the Gulf states to put their heads together to devise a strategy for a joint defense against the common Iranian threat.

According to sources in the know, the participants agreed in principles on the procedures for rapid notification of aerial threats via phone lines and computer communications. They also strategized a way forward for making decisions on which country’s forces would respond to incidents.

What makes this meeting a first of its kind is the fact that the mix of participants would have been impossible as little as three years ago, with Israel’s Arab neighbors steadfastly refusing to grasp Israel’s outstretched hand of friendship. Yet changing regional and political tides have also made for a change of heart. The growing concern over Iran’s ambitions of Middle Eastern hegemony and the inking of the Abraham Accords have turned former foes into friends—or at least partners seeking a mutual goal.

While most certainly a step in the right direction, the decisions taken during the March summit are not binding. Moreover, according to sources familiar with the summit, the participants have not reached a point of operational alliance.

“It’s still a work in progress. It’s a mechanism that’s being built,” an Israeli official told the Wall Street Journal.

 Defense Minister Benny Gantz last week confirmed the way forward when he said that a regional air defense agreement was underway and that Iranian attempts to target Israel have already been foiled.

Whether Iran will manage to fulfill any of its ambitions remains to be seen. One thing is sure though. The Islamic Republic’s aggression has managed to unite Israel and its once hostile Arab neighbors, something that years of diplomacy could not do.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, June 27, 2022)

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Prayer Focus
Take the concept of regional defense cooperation to the Lord. Thank Him for this groundbreaking meeting, and pray that the participants will reach decisions that will allow for a united and effective response to increasing Iranian aggression in the region as well as the ongoing nuclear threat. Pray that the newly formed partnerships between Israel and her Arab neighbors will grow stronger as they work toward an “operational alliance.”

Scripture

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”


- Jeremiah 33:3

Palestinian Gunmen Opens Fire on Israeli Worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb

by Ilse Strauss

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This morning’s attack took place as worshipers arrived at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.

Thursday, 30 June 2022 | In what could have been a bloodbath, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on hundreds of Israeli worshipers at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, Samaria in the predawn hours of this morning, lightly wounding three Israelis.

The attack occurred as the worshipers arrived at the spot where the patriarch Jacob’s son, Joseph, lays buried. Joseph’s Tomb serves as a popular spot for Jewish faithful to pray, but because of its location on the outskirts of the Palestinian-governed city of Nablus—a hotbed for violence and incitement—Jewish worshipers are only allowed access during regularly scheduled visits, which take place under heavy military escort and under the cover of darkness.

The flocks of faithful and their military escort often encounter violence en route to the tomb, with Palestinian mobs lobbing stones and Molotov cocktails. Yet this morning, as the group arrived at their destination, “armed terrorists opened massive gunfire” at the site, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

According to the military, “IDF soldiers returned fire toward the source of the shooting,” and evacuated all civilians to safety outside Nablus.

Among the three injured are two civilians and Colonel Roy Zweig, commander of the Samaria Regional Brigade, who reportedly suffered a shrapnel wound.

According to Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, Zweig ensured the safety of all the worshipers from the area before he sought treatment for his injury. “He is a true hero and I salute him on behalf of all the people of Israel.”

Since the outbreak of the terror wave in late March in which 19 people have been murdered, Israel has launched a preemptive operation to apprehend would-be terrorists before they can strike. As part of the operation, the IDF has launched a number of raids to arrest terror suspects in Judea and Samaria, including in Nablus. Recent weeks have reportedly seen an uptick in violence in the Nablus area, the military said.

According to Palestinian reports, the gunmen who pulled the triggers are members of Iran-affiliated Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, June 30, 2022)

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Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord that no one was killed in this attack and pray for the swift healing—both physical and psychological—of those who were injured. Continue to pray for the loved ones of the 19 people who have lost their lives since March, and beseech the Lord for an end to this violence. Pray that Israel’s strategy of preemptive apprehension will be successful in decreasing terrorist activity.

Scripture

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


- Psalm 147:3

Report: Hezbollah Erects Fifteen Outposts on Israel–Lebanon Border

by JNS

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A Lebanese member of Hezbollah guards a watchtower on the border between Israel and Lebanon.

Monday, 27 June 2022 | Hezbollah has recently constructed fifteen outposts on the Lebanon–Israel border, Israeli media reported on Friday.

Most of the outposts are along the western section of the border, with each such site containing an outlook position or tower, two to three housing units and storage facilities, according to Channel 12.

“We see a clear statement of intent by Hezbollah,” the report quoted a senior Israel Defense Forces [IDF] Northern Command source as saying. “The problem is that as soon as Hezbollah builds a post like this, the Lebanese army and UNIFIL [the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon] no longer arrive [in the area where the post has been built],” the source added.

Hezbollah operatives wander around in the vicinity, some armed with handguns and rifles, constituting a “significant violation of United Nations Resolution 1701, which was passed at the end of the Second Lebanon War [2006] and is aimed at preventing the presence of any armed organization except the Lebanese army in the border area,” the report said.

On June 9, the IDF said that Hezbollah has established an intelligence-gathering outpost on the Israel–Lebanon border disguised as an environmental protection facility.

IDF Arabic-language spokesperson Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee posted images on Twitter showing what he said were Hezbollah members at the post.

The IDF has revealed in the past that Hezbollah uses the cover of “Green Without Borders,” a Lebanese NGO that claims to be dedicated to environmental goals, to maintain a presence near the border.

According to Kan News, the head of the IDF’s Northern Command Maj. Gen. Amir Bara’am said, “Recently, there has been an increase in the construction of Hezbollah forward bases on the border. We are familiar with them, we know their names and where they come from. When the day comes, they will pay the price, them and those who send them, and the [Lebanese] border villages that they use as terror military bases. We will destroy the entire line of engagement infrastructure.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 23, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray that there will be an international outcry against Hezbollah’s significant violation of United Nations Resolution 1701 as well as the terror organization’s use of Green Without Borders as a cover for its illegal activities in the area. Pray that the IDF will hear the voice of the Lord and move forward in His timing to “destroy the entire line of engagement infrastructure.”

Scripture

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.


- Isaiah 30:21

UNRWA Teachers Incite Palestinians to Murder Jews

by Itamar Eichner ~ Ynetnews

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Palestinian children are incited to cause violence against Jews.

Monday, 27 June 2022 | Geneva-based NGO UN Watch revealed on Thursday a report of at least 10 United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) employees who incited anti-Semitism and advocated for violence against Jews.

The report uncovered 20 new cases of virulent UNRWA staff incitement violating the agency’s rules, which claim zero tolerance for racism, discrimination or anti-Semitism.

The staff members are added to a list of more than 100 UNRWA educators previously exposed by the NGO.

The NGO’s claim comes as the US and other Western nations gathered on Thursday at the United Nations to pledge funding for UNRWA which runs schools and social services for Palestinians.

UN Watch urged the countries to stop funding hundreds of UNRWA teachers and other employees who call to murder Jews.

The NGO submitted the findings to EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Joseph Borell and US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, whose governments are among the top funders of UNRWA, and to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini.

Following the disclosure, UN Watch called on the agency’s major donors—including the US, Germany, the UK and the European Union—to ensure that none of their combined US $1.2 billion of donations to UNRWA will fund the inciting teachers. In addition, the NGO asked to hold the agency accountable to meet its own standards and commitments.

According to the report, West Bank [Judea and Samaria] computer teacher Nihaya Awad praised Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilians during the May fighting in 2021 in a Facebook post. This was only two months after one of UNRWA’s directors, Gwyn Lewis, sent Awad a certificate of appreciation for her “fantastic efforts” as a “best performer” in UNRWA education. “We are proud that you are part of the UNRWA team,” Lewis wrote.

In another case, the report names Lebanese teacher Elham Mansour, who posted the following on Facebook just last month: “By Allah, anyone who can kill and slaughter any Zionist and Israeli criminal, and doesn’t do so, doesn’t deserve to live. Kill them and pursue them everywhere, they are the greatest enemy…All Israel deserves is death.”

The Geneva-based NGO said that despite numerous requests and evidence presented, UNRWA failed to fire the teachers. “UNRWA should therefore be considered complicit in its staff’s misconduct,” UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer said.

“Around the world, educators who incite hate and violence are removed. Yet UNRWA, despite proclaiming ‘zero tolerance’ for incitement, systematically employs preachers of anti-Jewish hate and terrorism,” he said.

“We call on the governments funding UNRWA, as they gather at the United Nations to announce new pledges, to declare that they will stop funding an agency that teaches new generations of Palestinians to hate and murder Jews.”

UN Watch also argued that the problem is not the social media posts, but rather the unconscionable employment of teachers who preach anti-Semitism and terrorism.

“In the past, UNRWA denied or played down cases presented to them and opted to attack the UN Watch. Only when pressed by donors did UNRWA launch investigations which led to a handful of temporary staff suspensions,” Neuer said.

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on June 23, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the nations will face the fact that UNRWA is not nor has ever been committed to finding solutions to the problems the Palestinians face or to serving as a force for peace. Pray that those donors who support UNRWA’s work will withhold any further financial assistance until UN Watch’s report is heeded and any employee who is guilty of incitement to anti-Semitism is fired.

Scripture

Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.


- Psalm 28:4

Turkish Forces Apprehend Iranian Cell Planning to Strike Israelis

by Ilse Strauss

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Israeli and Turkish forces worked side by side to thwart the Iranian attacks.

Friday, 24 June 2022 | The straight-from-a-spy-thriller saga starring Iranian antagonists going after Israeli targets on Turkish soil continues to unfold with the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reporting yesterday that Ankara’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and local police have thwarted a number of Iranian attempts to murder and abduct Israelis in Istanbul, including a former Israeli ambassador and his wife.

The report didn’t come as a surprise. Over the past two weeks, Turkey—and particularly Istanbul—has served as the stage for the latest episode of the shadow war between Jerusalem and Tehran, and Israeli media has been abuzz with reports of Jerusalem and Ankara working side by side to prevent Tehran from striking at citizens of the Jewish state in Turkey. The attacks, the reports explained, were aimed at exacting revenge against Israel, who Iran blames for a number of Iranian scientists and military officials involved in the mullahs nuclear program dying under suspicious circumstances over the past weeks.

The reports in Israeli media didn’t go into much detail regarding the nature of the planned attacks, the rescue efforts or the prospective attackers themselves. However, yesterday’s Hurriyet report provided some of the puzzle pieces.

According to Hurriyet, a number of Iranian cells were dispatched to neighboring Turkey, where they “were allegedly preparing to kidnap and attack Israeli diplomats and tourist groups in Istanbul. The hitmen—reportedly members of the Iranian intelligence service and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)—were in Istanbul undercover, posing as students, business people and tourists with help from “local collaborators.”

The MIT and local police nabbed several suspects during a joint operation on June 17 at the Soul Hotel and at three private rental homes. The attacks were reportedly thwarted just before they were launched, with all operatives and logistical aspects of the terror operation already in place. In fact, according to the Jerusalem Post, Turkish forces swooped in moments before the attackers could strike to rescue the intended Israeli targets. Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency subsequently evacuated the Israelis on a private plane.

The Hurriyet report was published just before Foreign Minister and incoming Prime Minister Yair Lapid touched down in Ankara.

“In recent weeks, the lives of Israeli citizens have been saved thanks to the security and diplomatic cooperation between Israel and Turkey,” Lapid said. “Iran is behind these attempted terrorist attacks. The intelligence leaves no doubt about it. We’re not only talking about the murder of innocent Israeli tourists, but also a clear violation of Turkish sovereignty by Iranian terror. No country should tolerate terror on its soil.”

Lapid met, among others, with the head of Turkish intelligence and the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu, who highlighted the close cooperation between his country and Israel to thwart terror. “We will not allow terror in our land,” he said. “I believe we sent the message to the terrorists.”

Despite the arrests and the would-be attackers in custody, Israel believes that the threat remains and that its people are not yet safe in Turkey. Security forces from Jerusalem and Ankara will thus continue to work side by side in the days to come.

Iran has remained conspicuously mum over the past few weeks. However, hours after the Hurriyet report aired, the IRGC, Tehran’s shadowy spy unit in charge of operations outside Iran’s borders, announced the ousting of the head of its intelligence unit, Hossein Taeb.

According to Hebrew media, Taeb was the architect behind the Iranian revenge operation against Israel that failed so miserably in Turkey.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, June 24, 2022)

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Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for the efforts of the Turkish security forces that thwarted Iranian attacks and saved the lives of Israelis. Pray that going forward, the joint operations of security forces from Jerusalem and Ankara will be equally successful.

Scripture

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil.


- Psalm 121:5–7b

Israel Blasts Hamas for Showing Israeli Captive with Oxygen Mask

by Elior Levy ~ Ynetnews

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Hamas posted a video clip of the Israeli captive wearing an oxygen mask.

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 | Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday, called Hamas desperate and despicable for posting a video clip showing Israeli captive Hisham al-Sayed receiving oxygen.

“Spreading the clip of a sick man is despicable and an act of desperation,” Bennett said shortly after the video clip was published by the Gaza ruling terror group.

Bennett said Hamas was delaying any chance for a prisoner deal and was in violation of international law by holding two mentally ill Israeli civilians.

The prime minister’s comments came a few hours after Hamas posted a short video clip showing Israeli captive Hisham al-Sayed, lying in a bed with an oxygen mask on his face.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said Hamas is exhibiting incredible cruelty.

“Hamas is responsible for the wellbeing of the civilians it is holding in violation of international law,” Lapid said adding a call to the international community and health organizations to condemn Hamas for its “inhumane conduct,” and demand it adhere to international law.

The video comes a day after the terror group said the health of one of their captives has deteriorated.

But there was no sound on the video clip likely to prevent any chance of identification of the location, where al-Sayed is held.

Background noise such as a call to prayer, proximity to a hospital or traffic on a main road could indicate where the video was filmed. Hamas likely was also concerned that their captive may himself blur out something that would reveal his location.

Al-Sayed who has not been seen since he was captured, does not show any marks of violence on his face or on the revealed parts of his body.

He has been held by Hamas in Gaza since he crossed the border on his own volition in 2015. His family said he had been suffering from mental incapacities.

The Gaza ruling group has never provided proof of life for any Israeli captive it had held, without demanding something in return.

Israel on Monday requested Egypt to demand clarification from Hamas after their military wing made their unusual announcement.

A report in the Arab Al Quds newspaper said Israel appealed to the Egyptian head of intelligence, involved in negotiations for the release of the Israelis held in Gaza, to receive information about the captives.

The Egyptians made clear to Israel that Hamas will attempt to use their announcement to advance the negotiations for the release of all four Israelis in their hands, including Avera Mangistu and the remains of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

The Prime Minister’s office on Monday said Hamas is responsible for the wellbeing of the Israelis held captive.

“Hamas is proving that it is a cynical criminal terror group that holds captive civilians suffering from mental problems in contradiction to international agreements and laws, as well as the bodies of fallen soldiers,” the statement read.

“Israel will continue its responsible and steadfast efforts, with the help of the Egyptian negotiators, to bring about the release of those missing and captive,” the Prime Minister’s office said.

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on June 28, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the international community will respond to PM Bennett’s calls for action against Hamas as the terrorist organization blatantly violates international law and engages in inhumane treatment of Israeli captives. Pray that the nations will condemn Hamas’s actions and apply economic and diplomatic pressure that will result in the swift release of the captives.

Scripture

It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.


- Proverbs 21:15

Herzog Meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah ahead of Biden Visit

by Itamar Eichner ~ Ynetnews

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King Abdullah II of Jordan

Thursday, 30 June 2022 | President Isaac Herzog met earlier in the week with King Abdullah II in Jordan ahead of the upcoming visit of US President Joe Biden to the region, the president’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The meeting between the two leaders was defined as “warm” and was at the invitation of the Jordanian king.

The two leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues and addressed “the need for dialogue with all actors in the region,” the president’s office said.

The visit took place in concert with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and was the third meeting to take place between King Abdullah II and President Herzog.

Meanwhile, preparations for Biden’s anticipated visit to Israel on July 13 are underway. The schedule of the visit is expected to be finalized in the next few days with the arrival of an advance team from Washington.

In a race against time, officials hope to outline a normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia even before the American president’s arrival.

Israeli officials say they believe there is an opportunity to reach agreements with Riyadh on “small to medium size normalization measures,” such as allowing Israeli flights to pass over Saudi Arabia’s airspace and allowing Israeli pilgrims to fly to Saudi Arabia on their religious pilgrimage.

In any case, no one in Jerusalem expects that there will be a complete normalization and establishment of relations with Saudi Arabia soon.

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on June 29, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Thank God for President Herzog’s “warm” meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. Pray that a normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia can in fact be reached, and pray that US President Biden’s visit will strengthen ties between the US and Israel and bring clarity to the bilateral and regional issues Israel is facing.

Scripture

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.


- Psalm 119:130

Inaugural Emirates Airline Flight to Tel Aviv Takes off from Dubai

by JNS

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Emirates Airline

Friday, 24 June 2022 | The first Emirates Airline flight took off from Dubai to Tel Aviv on Thursday, marking the airliner’s first direct passenger journey to the Jewish state.

According to a press statement released by Emirates, Flight EK931 took off with 335 passengers on board, including a VIP delegation and Israeli media.

“The new daily service will provide Israeli travelers convenient access to Dubai, with easy connections to popular holiday destinations like Australia, Philippines, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam,” said the statement.

“Emirates will also offer convenient access into Tel Aviv from diverse points across its network with multiple daily and weekly flights, many of which are home to thriving Jewish communities,” it added.

The aircraft used for the maiden route was Emirates’ Boeing 777 “Gamechanger,” which, according to Emirates, features the world’s only fully-enclosed first-class private suites with virtual windows.

In March of this year, Emirates confirmed that it will be commencing daily flights to Tel Aviv in June using three Boeing 777 aircraft.

Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates Airline said at the time: “We look forward to finally welcoming customers onboard our flights to and from Tel Aviv this summer and offer them substantial connectivity to and through our Dubai hub as COVID travel restrictions continue to ease around the world and more borders open up.”

On June 8, the Dubai International Chamber of Commerce announced plans to open an office in Tel Aviv, according to an announcement by Israel’s Economy and Industry Ministry.

The office will help Israeli companies leverage their operations in the United Arab Emirates to expand their reach in markets across the Arabian Gulf, Africa and Asia, the ministry said in a statement.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 23, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for the daily air service now provided by Emirates Airline that will give Israelis easy access to various holiday destinations as well as convenient access to Tel Aviv from diverse points across its network. Thank Him for the assistance provided to Israeli companies by the Tel Aviv office of the Dubai International Chamber of Commerce. Pray that the relationship between the UAE and Israel will continue to strengthen and serve as a clear example of peaceful coexistence and cooperation to other Arab nations.

Scripture

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!


- Psalm 133:1