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Friday, July 12, 2019

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Israel Uncovers Another Underground Terror Tunnel Dug from Gaza

by Ilse Strauss

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Israel uncovers another Gaza cross-border terror tunnel.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took to Twitter on Monday night to share the news of foiling yet another exploit by Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip to murder, maim and kidnap Israelis. “IDF [Israel Defense Forces] troops just revealed an underground terror tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel,” the army tweeted.

“How’d we find it?” the tweet continued. “While building an underground security barrier. Why are we building an underground barrier? To stop Gaza terrorists from digging tunnels into Israel. Guess it’s working.”

According to the Times of Israel, it is not clear at this point whether the tunnel is a new terror initiative or older infrastructure not yet discovered by the IDF.

“At this time, IDF soldiers are conducting an investigation of the passage,” the army said in a statement. “More information will be provided shortly.”

The announcement of the discovery of the tunnel—dug by terror groups in Gaza as a means to cross the border underground, feed an armed militia into Israel undetected, swarm border communities and murder and kidnap civilians—comes on the fifth anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 operation aimed at detecting and destroying such underground passageways.

During the seven-week war, Israel identified and demolished 32 terror tunnels. Monday’s tunnel is also the 18th discovered in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, which brings the total detected underground passageways dug from Gaza into Israel to 50.

Given the great threat these tunnels pose, Israel has invested heavily in a solution to fortify its people against the menace: a 40-mile (65-km) subterranean wall running the length of the Israel–Gaza land border, topped with a 19-foot (6-m) galvanized steel smart fence. The subterranean barrier comes equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and monitoring devices to detect any underground activity—like armed terrorists digging a cross-border tunnel.

The complete fortifications reportedly cost NIS 3 billion (US $877). While the price tag sounds hefty, the barriers—set for completion at the end of the year—are already proving their worth in that construction activities led to the discovery of the latest tunnel.

As terror groups in Gaza spend their time, energy and precious resources conjuring up new ways of making good on their vow of annihilating their Jewish neighbor, Israel will answer each evolution of terror with new “groundbreaking technological defenses” to secure the safety of its people.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 9, 2019)

Photo Credit: i24NEWS English/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for this discovery. Pray that as terror continues to evolve, Israel’s efforts at protection will continue to bear fruit, saving lives and keeping the nation safe.

Scripture

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up.


- Psalm 57:1–3

Iran Guilty of “Crude” Nuclear “Extortion”

by Joshua Spurlock

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President Donald Trump signing an Executive Order on Iran sanctions

Thursday, 11 July 2019 | The United States on Wednesday harshly criticized Iran’s recent nuclear advancements in a meeting with other world powers at the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog Board of Governor’s meeting, while separately US President Donald Trump threatened increased sanctions on Iran on Twitter. Recent announcements by Iran that the Islamic Republic had exceeded certain nuclear fuel limits imposed under the nuclear deal have been confirmed by International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] Director General Yukiya Amano, with those reports published to the IAEA website.

In view of Iran’s moves, US Ambassador Jackie Wolcott told the 35-nation Board of the IAEA, “There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear program, and there is no way to read this as anything other than a crude and transparent attempt to extort payments from the international community.”

“This is an interpretation the Iranian regime itself readily admits, stating openly that it will continue to engage in such provocations until it receives various economic benefits.”

Wolcott, in comments posted to the US Mission to International Organizations’ Vienna website, said the US is “committed to denying” Iran receives such economic benefits as a result of the their latest aggressive actions. President Trump took it one step further, warning that more sanctions were on the way, while again slamming the nuclear deal with Iran that the US exited last year.

“Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total violation of the terrible 150 billion dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama administration. Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!” tweeted Trump on Wednesday.

However, getting full weight of the United Nations behind sanctions on Iran—despite the “snapback” provisions in the Iran nuclear deal intended to reimpose sanctions as a penalty for violating the accord—looks difficult. CBS [News], in their report on the IAEA Board meeting, noted that the UN [United Nations] Security Council is the entity tasked with sanctions and two veto-wielding members—China and Russia—have accepted Iran’s assertion the US is to blame in the nuclear dispute.

Israel, meanwhile, has been loudly calling for the sanctions to resume as Iran violates key provisions of the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon posted to Twitter that Iran’s nuclear violations are “no surprise to those of us who never bought the fiction that the Iranian regime wanted to normalize its behavior.”

He followed up that tweet with another urging action. “I call on the European leaders to wake up before it is too late and to stop the terrorist regime. Their restraint only serves to encourage Tehran to pursue its dangerous ambitions. They must join President Trump in applying sanctions.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments released by his office on Monday, said, “Now Iran is trying to lash out to reduce the pressure. They attack tankers, they down American drones, they’re firing missiles at their neighbors. It’s important to respond to these actions not by reducing the pressure, but by increasing the pressure.

“We should stand up to Iran’s aggression now. And Europe should back the sanctions instituted by President Trump. We certainly did.”

Netanyahu pointed to the secret Iranian nuclear archive, exposed by Israeli operatives, as evidence that “the deal was always based on a lie: that Iran was not seeking nuclear weapons.”

That nuclear archive was also highlighted by Wolcott in her speech at the IAEA on Wednesday. “Importantly, as Iran now expands sensitive nuclear activities, Iran must address why it secretly retained an archive of materials from its past nuclear weapons program well after the conclusion of the nuclear deal,” said Wolcott.

“Why did Iran seek to preserve this information and expertise, if not to keep its nuclear options open?”

Despite all that has happened, Wolcott offered a diplomatic olive branch to Iran for new negotiations on Iranian behavior, including even the “possibility of a full normalization of relations” with the US. But that can only be achieved through diplomacy and de-escalation.

“Nuclear escalation will certainly not strengthen Iran’s position, but instead lead to further isolation and pressure,” said Wolcott. “The path forward remains clear: in order to end sanctions pressure, Iran must meet our diplomacy with diplomacy, end its destabilizing actions, and take lasting steps that permanently close off any pathway to nuclear weapons.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on July 10, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the nations of the world will heed the cries of UN Ambassador Danny Danon, Prime Minister Netanyahu and US Ambassador to the UN Jackie Wolcott, imposing sanctions on Iran that will force an end to Tehran’s dangerous and destructive actions.

Scripture

“For I am with you to save you and deliver you,” says the LORD. “I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”


- Jeremiah 15:20b-21a

Five Israeli Soldiers Injured in Palestinian Terror Attack

by Yoav Zitun and Ben Kimon

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The car driven by the Palestinian terrorist in Saturday night’s car-ramming attack

Monday, 8 July 2019 | Five IDF [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers were wounded Saturday when a Palestinian man crashed a car into the group, near the Hizma check point in east Jerusalem. The hitting driver was arrested overnight Saturday.

Three soldiers were hospitalized in moderate condition and a fourth in light condition; the fifth soldier was released overnight.

The wounded team, which belongs to the Home Front Command, seems to have been surprised by the ramming car while busy examining something near the check point.

The hitting driver fled the scene but was arrested along with his father when he arrived in a check point run by a reserve team later that night.

Initial interrogation shows the father of the driver wasn’t in the car with him during the attack.

Rescue forces received a phone call at 10:57 p.m. Saturday saying that several people were wounded in a car-ramming attack.

Magen David Adom paramedics said they arrived at the scene and treated one man in moderate condition, a 20-year-old woman in moderate condition and two 20-year-old men who were lightly wounded.

Earlier Saturday night a Palestinian driver tried to run over a policeman near Hazofim Square in the Samaria region in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria]. No one was hurt, and the driver fled the scene. Security forces initiated a search for the suspect but [he] wasn’t found yet.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on July 7, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson

Prayer Focus
Pray for healing for these wounded soldiers and their families. Pray that the Lord will reveal to Israel innovative and effective means to bring yet another deadly form of terror to an end.

Scripture

Blessed be the LORD my Rock who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle—my loving kindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge.


- Psalm 144:1-2a

Mossad Thwarted 50 ISIS, Iranian Terror Attacks Internationally

by Ilse Strauss

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The seal of the Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 | Say the word “Mossad” and mental images of daring, heroism and bravery come to mind. Israel’s formidable intelligence service is, after all, synonymous with seemingly impossible missions, shake-your-head-in-wonder exploits and off the charts bravery—all conducted covertly to secure the safety of the Jewish state and its people.

Israelis are, however, not the only ones who owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish state’s clandestine intelligence services. According to Israel’s Channel 12 news, the Mossad and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Intelligence branch have thwarted a whopping 50 terror attacks in 12 countries over the past three years by passing on crucial information regarding operatives, targets, dates and prospective hits to local authorities, doubtlessly saving countless lives. The architects behind the majority of plans to sow death and destruction are the Islamic State and the world’s foremost sponsor of terror, Iran, the report said.

Twelve of the foiled attacks targeted Turkey, a country where relations with Israel is at best coldly unfriendly and at worst openly hostile. One of Israel’s fiercest and most outspoken critics, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan embraces every opportunity to blast the Jewish state and often takes to social media to lambast Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Despite the blatant animosity, Israel faithfully passed on the intelligence Turkey needed to thwart no less than a dozen attacks on its soil—even during times when diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and Ankara were nonexistent.

The report echoes a statement by Netanyahu in June when the prime minister told the audience of a cyber security convention that Israeli cyber-intelligence helped foil “major” terror attacks in “dozens” of countries, including Australia, the Times of Israel reported.

Also in June, the Mossad was credited with preventing a 2015 Iran-orchestrated Hezbollah terror attack in London, when Israel’s intelligence service passed information to its British peers to help foil the attack and apprehend the perpetrators, the Times of Israel said.

Perhaps Knesset (Parliament) Speaker Yuli Edelstein summed up the situation best in a tweet yesterday in response to the Channel 12 report: “It appears that not only the citizens of Israel owe thanks to the Mossad.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 10, 2019)

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Prayer Focus
Pray for the blessings of wisdom, peace and protection for these young men and women who are saving lives literally all over the world.

Scripture

Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man.


- Psalm 31:19-20a

The Truth about Jerusalem’s City of David

by Nadav Shagaia

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US Ambassador David Friedman and US Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt attended the inauguration of the Pilgrimage Road in the City of David, Jerusalem.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 | On July 1, 2019, a photo of the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and US envoy, Jason Greenblatt, striking a thin and symbolic wall with a sledgehammer—a wall built to separate two parts of the ancient Pilgrimage Road—became the headline of the whole event.

This is one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries to be made in Jerusalem since Israel’s establishment. On this road, which was remarkably preserved under the ashes of the Roman destruction, many thousands of Jews—according to the historical descriptions—walked in Second Temple times after a ritual bath in the Shiloah [Siloam] Pool about 700 meters [2,300 ft.] from the Temple Mount.

Over the past five years, Israeli archaeologists have uncovered 350 meters [1,148 ft.] of this road, including numerous artifacts that bring back to life the last battle in Jerusalem, about 2,000 years ago, between the Jewish rebels and the Romans.

Friedman attended the dedication ceremony not only to express recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the City of David area, but also to admire a magnificent archaeological endeavor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, replete with discoveries and finds. Although this enterprise was dedicated by Israel on June 30, it began more than a hundred years ago at a site excavated by non-Israeli archaeologists, at a time when the State of Israel did not exist and Jerusalem was under Muslim rule.

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority, closely supervised by safety engineers (in line with the world’s strictest standards), have been searching for or excavating the Pilgrimage Road—mistakenly known as the Herodian Road—only since the beginning of the 2000s.

Only about 350 [1148 ft.] of the 700 meters [2300 ft.] of the road have been uncovered so far. Although the prevailing opinion was that Herod built the road, it turns out that it was built in the time of the Roman governors who came after him, particularly in the days of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.

The archaeologists who have been excavating the Pilgrimage Road over the past five years—Dr. Joe Uziel, Ari Levi, Nachshon Zenton, and Moran Hajibi—have shattered another assumption: It was not poor people who lived along the Pilgrimage Road in the area of the “Lower City,” but, in fact, a wealthy population. Among the ravages of destruction that have been uncovered along the road, luxury items have been found, including inlaid stone tables, jewelry of various kinds, and perfume bottles. Along with these are many other findings: coins, cooking pots, complete stone and clay tools, rare glass items, a magnificent dais (for public announcements), and parts of arrows and catapults—testimony to the last battle in the “Eastern Hill” during the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans, which concluded with the destruction of the Second Temple.

When Palestinian media cry out that Silwan [Siloam] is in danger, they lie twice: once, because the Israeli excavators and authorities do not move in the City of David without the authorization of safety engineers, and they comply with the strictest standards; and a second time, because the City of David, which covers about 15 acres, constitutes about 6% of the territory of Silwan.

When Palestinian leaders and clerics cry out that the excavations in the City of David endanger Al-Aqsa [Mosque], they are deliberately lying. The excavations do not extend beyond the wall of the Temple Mount compound. For years, Israel has made sure to excavate around the [Temple] Mount and not under it. That was the case regarding the Western Wall and along the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount, and the same is true regarding the City of David. Even when the excavation comes close to the wall of the Mount from the south, it never goes beyond it. The visitors who walk on the Pilgrimage Road, or through the “Herodian drainage tunnel,” ascend to the Davidson Center, which is at the foot of the walls of the Mount and not within it.

Hence, it appears that, as in the case of the Temple Mount compound, the acrimony and slander concerning the City of David stem in part from the inability of the inciters to deal with the Jewish past of the site, which is adjacent to the heart of Jerusalem—the Temple Mount.

At a time when Palestinians are rewriting the history of Jerusalem—both the Jewish and the Muslim history—and trying to prove that they were in the city before the Jews were (despite what modern research tells us), the City of David is for them another item in their large fabric of denial of any Jewish tie to Jerusalem, its sites, and its holy places.

Source: (Excerpt of an article published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on July 10, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Jerusalem/wikimedia.org

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the rank dishonesty of Palestinian leaders and media will come to light, bringing to an end the Palestinian campaign to rewrite history.

Scripture

You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.


- Psalm 5:6

Israel’s Free Rein in Syrian Skies

by Alex Fishman

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Syrian anti-aircraft missile explodes in Cyprus.

Friday, 5 July 2019 | This latest bombing raid in Syria was not just another attack on Iranian and Hezbollah sites in Syria or weapon systems earmarked for the terror group in Lebanon.

It appears to be a much wider assault on Iranian infrastructure, picking up where the 2018 Operation House of Cards left off.

Then, the Israeli government owned up to a massive bombing raid on Iran’s targets in Syria and announced it had destroyed 70% of the military infrastructure it intended to send to its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon.

With the raid that took place early Monday morning, which has been attributed to Israel, it seems like the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] is back for the remaining 30%.

If in fact Israel is behind the bombing, as the Syrians claim, it could not have been carried out without an understanding with the Russians.

At least some of the air raids were carried out from the skies over Cyprus which is why a Syrian anti-aircraft missile ended up hitting the island.

Firing missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea is not like using Israeli territory.

The attack that resulted in an Israeli F-16 downed by Syrian fire in February 2018 is a case in point.

Flying over the Mediterranean from Cyprus in the direction of Syria and Lebanon requires coordination with the Russian military which has both naval and air forces operating in the area. It is obviously a result of new understandings between Israel and Russia over the “division of labor” in Syria.

When the Russians wanted to embarrass Israel, they made public the exact number of aircraft involved and where they fired from. This time they remained silent.

This new understanding was most probably secured in the meeting American, Russian and Israeli national security chiefs held in Jerusalem last week.

What do the Russians gain? For one, they gain American silence over the cruel bombing by the Syrian regime of tens of thousands of insurgents in the Idlib province, carried out with the support of the Russians, which is causing daily fatalities and complete destruction.

Europeans are also staying mum, and no one is appealing to the UN [United Nations] Security Council either.

A Turkish division is in position on its side of the Syrian border near Idlib, waiting but not yet taking action against Assad’s forces. That is also a result of the trilateral understandings reached in Jerusalem.

Everyone seems to be getting along now, and Israel has free rein to counteract Iranian and Hezbollah entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon.

Moscow’s silence confirms it is in its interest to cooperate with the United States and Israel in Syria.

But interests will change down the road. Israel has a narrow window of opportunity which it should use wisely and efficiently, staying true to the understandings reached with Moscow, so that the all-too familiar Russian cold shoulder is not turned their way again soon.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on July 2, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Daily Mail/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for this cooperative relationship. Pray that the Lord will guide Israel’s actions during this “window of opportunity,” crippling the enemy and saving lives.

Scripture

Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.


- Psalm 71:3

Netanyahu at Egypt National Day: Israel Wants Regional Peace

by Kate Norman

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) poses with his wife Sara (L) and Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Khaled Azmi at an Egyptian event.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, joined the Egyptian ambassador to Israel at his residence to mark Egypt National Day.

“We’re celebrating 40 years of peace between Israel and Egypt,” Netanyahu proclaimed. “On the 40th year of our peace, we hope to achieve many other things between us and in our region.”

On July 23, Egypt will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952 to become a republic. Though Israel and Egypt fought bitterly in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the Six Day War of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the two nations signed a peace treaty in 1979. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the agreement in Washington DC with US President Jimmy Carter looking on.

Netanyahu lauded yesterday the “historic achievement” of the long-lasting peace between the nations in the past decades.

“It has had to weather some storms,” the prime minister said. “It is weathering storms now. I don’t mean between us, I mean a storm that is ravishing our region right now and seeks to impose on us an unforgiving, violent creed.”

The Jewish state and its neighbor have since bypassed some of the limits set by the 1979 agreement, mainly the Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula and the Egyptian demilitarization of that zone in cooperation to combat radical Islamic militants in the region. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi confirmed in January that the two militaries were cooperating more closely than ever before.

Netanyahu said Israel, Egypt and others in the region are combatting the “extremism,” “violence” and “terrorism,” before commending President el-Sisi “for standing strong against this tide of extremism and terrorism.”

Not missing an opportunity, Netanyahu said everyone is looking forward to the release of US President Trump’s peace plan for the region.

“Everyone should have an open heart and an open mind to consider the specific proposals when they’re put forward,” he added, likely alluding to the Palestinians premature rejection of the unreleased proposal.

The release of the plan has been delayed several times due to different circumstances. The latest release date was set for some time following the Israeli elections in April, but was delayed again after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition and the Jewish state was called to go through another round of elections in September.

Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt hinted that the proposal might not be delayed until after the next Israeli election after all.

“We have not decided when we will release the political vision,” Greenblatt told Palestinian Al-Ayyam news. “We are taking into account the Israeli election to decide whether we should release it before the elections or after, before the government is formed or after.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 11, 2019)

Photo Credit: IsraeliPM/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord that the relationship between Israel and Egypt has remained strong for many years, bringing a degree of stability to the region. Pray that their cooperative efforts to fight terror will be successful and both sides will remain committed to combating radical Islamic militants in the region.

Scripture

I lift my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.


- Psalm 121:1-4

Israeli Court Rules Palestinians Liable to Pay Terror Victims Millions

by Kate Norman

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A Palestinian terrorist bomb explosion on a rush hour bus in Jerusalem

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 | The Jerusalem District Court ruled Sunday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible to pay damages for 17 terror attacks—most committed during the Second Intifada (uprising)—that killed 34 Israelis.

That bloody period from 2000–2005 left 1,000 Israelis dead, nearly 900 of them civilians.

In October 2000, two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reservists taking leave accidentally crossed into Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority. They were taken into custody by the PA police and brought to the police station. Word quickly spread that two Israeli soldiers were being held, and soon a mob of angry Palestinians burst into the police station and brutally beat and stabbed the soldiers to death before dragging their bodies through the streets. A now infamous photo from the lynching shows a young Palestinian man pressing his hands—dripping with the blood of the soldiers—against the window as the mob cheered below.

On a busy Saturday night in December 2001, Ben Yehuda Street bustled with people enjoying their weekend. The popular street often teems with locals and tourists from all over the world who come to enjoy food from the variety of cafes and restaurants as well as the broad shopping selection. Two Hamas suicide bombers transformed the scene in an instant from one of joy and laughter to pain, death and despair when they detonated their explosives, killing 11 people—all under the age of 21—and wounding 188 more.

The Gavish family was gathered together in March 2002 to celebrate the Passover holiday in Elon Moreh near Nablus when a terrorist barged into their home and opened fire, killing David and Rachel Gavish, their visiting son Avraham, and Rachel Gavish’s 83-year-old father, Yitzhak Kanner. Avraham Gavish’s wife, Na’ama, was able to save their two-year-old daughter by clamping her mouth shut to stop the little girl’s wailing as they huddled under the kitchen table until the terrorist was shot by security forces.

These assaults comprise three of the 17 total complaints filed against the PA. A 1996 shooting at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus is also included within the complaints.

Though many of the attacks were carried out by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups, the PA often took credit after the fact. The Palestinian leadership also incited violence with its Pay-for-Slay program, financially rewarding terrorists and their families who perpetrated violence against Israelis—often at the cost of its law-abiding citizens. According to Judge Moshe Drori’s ruling, it’s time for the PA to put its money where its mouth was. The PA had previously only been held liable for attacks perpetrated by its own employees, Ynetnews reported.

“The PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization], the Palestinian Authority, [Yasser] Arafat, Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] and other top ranking officials like Marwan Barghouti, have all aimed for one goal,” the verdict said, “which is to kill Jews, Israelis and harm the State of Israel.”

This means Israeli courts hold the PA accountable for the attacks, and the families who lost loved ones to unimaginable carnage will be able to sue the entity for damages.

Sunday’s ruling is the next step to victory for Shurat HaDin, an organization that represents Israeli terror victims, which has been fighting for these 17 claims for eight years. Now, they will need to prove the damages in court and will reportedly ask for up to NIS 1 billion (US $280 million). Drori has already determined that the PA and PLO will cover the legal fees for the families, thus far totaling NIS 5.5 million (US $1.5 million), the Times of Israel reported.

How will Israel compel the PA—who defiantly proclaims to the world that it will never stop paying its terrorists and their families—to compensate families of the victims for whose deaths they cheered? Shurat HaDin thought of that and had the court place a temporary lien on land owned by Arafat on the Mount of Olives.

“Yasser Arafat was the grandfather of modern terrorism, responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” Shurat HaDin president Nitsana Darshan-Leitner declared, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post. “This move is one step closer toward justice for the victims and their families. We will not allow a situation in which the Arafat estate can own land in the heart of Jerusalem, while avoiding paying damages to his victims.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 9, 2019)

Photo Credit: AP Archive/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Pray that Palestinian leadership will indeed be held accountable for the horrific pain and loss of life caused by their hate-filled decisions. Pray that victims and their families will be compensated and that decisions by the courts will in fact be a deterrent to terror in the future.

Scripture

Listen to Me, My people; and give ear to Me, O My nation: for law will proceed from Me, and I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples.


- Isaiah 51:4-5a

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