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Gaza Sniper Kills Israel Soldier, IDF Strikes 60 Hamas Targets in Response  

by Joshua Spurlock

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IDF Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi, killed by a sniper in Gaza

Monday, 23 July 2018 | One week after the last escalation saw hundreds of Hamas rockets fired at Israel and the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] strike dozens of Hamas targets in Gaza, a sniper under cover of Friday’s riot at the Israel–Gaza border unleashed another round of intense fighting by mortally wounding an Israeli soldier. The IDF website reported that the Israelis hit 60 Hamas sites in response to the fatal shooting, while Gaza terrorists fired three rockets at Israel.

By Saturday morning a ceasefire was in place, but by noon the same day Hamas had already violated the terms by infiltrating Israeli territory. The IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter page posted that the terrorists returned to the Gaza Strip and Israeli tanks attacked a Hamas military post in response, which followed waves of military targets that were hit earlier on the weekend. Per another IDF Tweet, the Hamas targets struck in response to the sniper attack included weapon-manufacturing sites, a factory used for underground infrastructure manufacturing and a warehouse for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

Tweeted the IDF Spokesperson, “The IDF views today’s attack and the hostile activity orchestrated by Hamas throughout the last months with great severity. Hamas chose to escalate the security situation and will bear the consequences for its actions.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday made it clear that Israel would strike even harder if Hamas continues their acts of terror.

“We hit Hamas very hard over the weekend and—if it proves necessary—we will hit them seven-fold,” said Netanyahu in comments published by his office.

The damage done to some of Hamas’s military infrastructure was extensive according to the IDF Spokesperson. In the strikes, 25 military targets were hit in one Hamas battalion headquarters, noted a series of tweets. “The IDF eliminated the battalion’s command and control capabilities, the battalion commander’s office, as well as unique aerial defense capabilities,” said the IDF Spokesperson Twitter posts.

The IDF website said that the IDF soldier who was shot by the sniper on Friday—Aviv Levi, 21-years-old—was hit in the chest and later died from his wounds. Netanyahu’s office on Saturday night published the [prime minister’s] condolences to Levi’s parents and siblings.

“Together with his comrades, Aviv fought with determination and heroism against terror from the Gaza Strip. To our sorrow, this struggle sometimes claims a price that is heavy for us to bear. Our hearts are with the family,” said Netanyahu.

While the fighting appeared to have quieted on Sunday, it wasn’t over. The IDF Spokesperson said on Twitter on Sunday that terrorists launching arson balloons at Israel were targeted by IDF aircraft.

The Israelis made it clear they would defend their people and their property from the continued Gaza terror attacks. “Since March 2018, Hamas has sent Gazan civilians to violently riot at the security fence, and the IDF has operated within the rules of engagement and done everything in its power to defend Israeli civilians and sovereignty,” said the IDF website article on the weekend escalation.

“The IDF will continue to fulfill its duty to the Israeli people and will not allow Hamas to murder Israeli soldiers, fire rockets towards Israeli cities, throw explosives, or burn Israel’s forests and farmland.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on 22 July 2018.)

Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces

Prayer Focus
Praise God that He has strengthened and empowered Israel to powerfully yet wisely protect herself. Pray that Israel will not be forced to take further military action that may result in the loss of life. Pray for the family of Aviv Levi as they grieve the loss of their loved one.

Scripture

Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood—that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars.


- (Psalm 144:1-2)

IDF Shoots Down Syrian Jet that Violated Israeli Airspace

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The IDF launches a Patriot missile at Syrian Sukhoi fighter jet (illustrative).

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 | Israeli Patriot missiles shot down a Syria Sukhoi fighter jet that entered one mile into Israeli airspace, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

Israel said that it tracked the plane from the time it took off from the T-4 airbase and traveled “at high speed” towards the Golan.

IDF [Israel Defense Forces] spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters, “We have passed a number of messages, in a number of languages in order to ensure that no one violates Israeli air space.”

Conricus said that though the make of the jet was Russian, Israel was certain that it was Syrian.

Israel has insisted that it would enforce the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with Syria, which established a demilitarized zone between the two combatants.

The plane’s infiltration set off rocket alert sirens across northeastern Israel.

It was the second time in two days that the sirens were sounded. On Monday, two ballistic missiles headed towards Israel set off the alarms and prompted the first use of Israel’s David Sling missile defense system.

Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, explained at a press briefing hosted by The Israel Project that the two incidents showed “some of the potential repercussions [of fighting in the Syrian Civil war now focused close to the Israeli border] and the potential misunderstandings of something like that.”

He also explained that Israel’s main concern about the fighting in Syria is the presence of Iran and its proxies there because “Iran is interested in turning its presence in Syria into a jumping board through which they can promote other goals, including weakening Israel and hurting Israel.”

Earlier this month, a Syrian drone that infiltrated ten kilometers (6 miles) into Israel, was shot down by a Patriot missile over the Sea of Galilee.

Israel in February intercepted an Iranian drone that had penetrated Israeli airspace, which also had been launched from the T-4 or Tiyas airbase, where Iran is believed to maintain a presence. Israel reportedly carried out airstrikes against that airbase in February and April. In April, the IDF announced that the drone that had infiltrated in February had been armed with explosives.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 24 July 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) 

Photo Credit: Twitter/ IDF@IDFSpokesperson

Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s protection on Israel’s northern border as Iran attempts to use the Syrian civil war as a means to attack and destroy God’s holy nation.

Scripture

The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.


- (Psalm 33:10-12)

Hamas’s Military Wing Wants War

by Ron Ben Yishai

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Rocket attack from Gaza into Israel

Thursday, 26 July 2018 | Hamas’s military wing likely wants war. To the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, only another round of fighting in Gaza—in the form of another big war—can shuffle the cards and allow them to reach the results they want.

It’s not at all certain Hamas’s political leadership wants another military campaign in which the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] would enter the Gaza Strip. In fact, it’s pretty clear it doesn’t want this, but the military wing is the one to decide, and it is the one that initiated the incidents on the border fence earlier in the month, with the clear intention of escalating.

The measures the Hamas men used in the seemingly “routine” clashes along the border are clearly meant to lead to an escalation. There were others signs—which cannot be elaborated on—that the military wing wants a massive escalation in Gaza.

This is exactly why Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited the Gaza border and specifically stated Hamas is dragging the Strip to war—against the interests of its residents. The defense minister’s comments, which were quickly disseminated in the media, were meant to serve as a grave warning.

And, indeed, what the defense minister hinted on happened. The IDF responded with attacks, and it will likely not end with this initial response. That is why the residents of the Gaza border area are called to listen to the instructions of the Home Front Command and remain alert.

Still, it might be possible to prevent a large IDF operation in the Strip, but the chances of restoring the quiet are shrinking with every passing hour. There is still a slim chance it would be possible to prevent what the Israeli government and the IDF—as well as Hamas’s political leadership—don’t want.

It is, as I previously mentioned, Hamas’s military wing that reached the conclusion that an escalation now—which will cause suffering to all residents of the Gaza Strip—is preferable to reconciliation with Fatah, the Egyptians and Israel. Such reconciliation will force them to give up all types of terrorism, require them to return the bodies of IDF soldiers and the living Israeli citizens they’re holding, and stop them from digging tunnels and manufacturing rockets.

To Hamas’s military wing, escalation will lead to condemnation from the world, and eventually they believe they could get what they want—including humanitarian aid to the Strip’s residents—without having to compromise on anything.

The State of Israel knows this, and does not want a large-scale operation in Gaza, at the end of which we’ll be back more or less to the same place, or worse; we’ll have to stay in the Strip for at least a few months. If the losses, the killing, and the PR damage to Israel’s image in the world can be avoided, then the State of Israel prefers restraint, even though doing so severely erodes the deterrence.

But Hamas’s military wing has probably already made up its mind. It may not want the IDF to enter the Strip, but it clearly wants serious escalation and fighting and is unwilling to make any concessions.

Therefore, it is essentially inviting a large-scale IDF operation in the Strip, even though it knows this time it would be more destructive and more deadly than all of the previous rounds. And it won’t start slowly, but rather with a sweeping strike from the first moment.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 20 July 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Twitter/IDF@IDFSpokesperson

Prayer Focus
Pray that Hamas will realize the futility of their plans to force Israel into war, as God has made clear the fate of those who attack His chosen nation. Pray that the international community will recognize the true motivation of Hamas leaders, desiring to use war as a propaganda tool regardless of the danger it poses to their own citizens.

Scripture

Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them—those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing.


- (Isaiah 41:11-12)

Israel Turns Down Russian Offer to Keep Iran 100 Kilometers from Golan Heights

by Ilse Strauss

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PM Netanyahu and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Prime Minister’s Office

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 | On Monday, a high-level delegation from Moscow touched down in Israel for a surprise visit. The reason for the impromptu trip? With the Syrian Civil War heading towards a dramatic and bloody close, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly dispatched his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov to the Jewish state to discuss the terms of Iranian military entrenchment in Syria with the Israeli powers that be.

Yet according to reports, the get-together failed to produce a mutual agreement. Moments after the meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief Gadi Eizenkot and the Russian delegation came to an end, a senior Israeli official shared that Jerusalem turned down a Russian proposal to keep Iran and its proxies in Syria 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Israel’s northern border on the Golan Heights.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Israel stuck to its stated stipulation that the Islamic Republic retains no military foothold on the Jewish state’s doorstep. “We will not allow the Iranians to establish themselves even 100 kilometers from the border,” Netanyahu reportedly told the Russians.

According to The Times of Israel, Jerusalem brought an additional list of demands to the table. It insisted that any long-range missiles be taken out of Syria and that all factories manufacturing precision-guided missiles cease operations immediately. Israel also asked Russia to ensure that any state-of-the-art air defense systems installed to safeguard such missiles be dismantled and removed from the war-torn country. Israel further requested that the border crossings between Syria and Lebanon and between Syria and Iraq be sealed to guard against Iranian weapons reaching Syria. Lastly, Jerusalem affirmed that it will maintain freedom of movement in Syrian skies and added that it holds Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for any Iranian attacks against Israel launched from Syrian territory.

“This was a very important meeting at a significant time, during which we delved into many details, produced maps and shared intelligence, and explained in great detail our policy,” the Israeli official said.

Monday’s get-together is the latest in a string of meetings between Israel and Russia to discuss the scenario of a post-war Syria. As Assad’s forces reclaim rebel-held positions in southwestern Syria, Jerusalem has looked to Moscow to help prevent the area from becoming an Iranian stronghold.

“Now when the Syrian army is returning to the border, it is important for us to ensure that Iran and Hezbollah do not return as well,” the Israeli official explained.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 24 July 2018)

Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord that Israeli leaders will remain firm in their demands that Iran and Hezbollah be kept far from their northern border in any further discussions. Beseech the Lord of Hosts make sure there is no “Islamic Republic military foothold on the Jewish state’s doorstep.”

Scripture

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.


- (Psalm 138:7-8)

In Fighting Bias, a “New Day” for Israel Has Arrived at the United Nations, Vows Ambassador Haley

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 | United States ambassador to the United Nations [UN], Nikki Haley, vowed on Monday that “a new day” has come for Israel at the United Nations when she addressed the institution’s chronic bias against the Jewish state.

“From now on, every country knows that the United States will not just block anti-Israel measures; we will shine a light on those who are responsible. There won’t be any more free passes for those who bully Israel at the UN,” Haley said at an event in Washington.

“Sometimes we are winning at the UN through persuasion,” she added.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the ambassador was referring to a recent vote in the General Assembly that allowed debate on Hamas’ responsibility for the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Haley further observed that the Trump administration was “pushing to draw a closer connection between US foreign aid and whether countries support US interests at the UN.” The US recently cut funding to the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to give up its “Pay to Slay” program, a policy that financially rewards Palestinian terrorists and their families. The Trump administration also slashed the funds of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.

The ambassador praised again the decision taken by the US to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. According to Haley, it was an acknowledgment of historical facts.

Haley concluded by advocating for a strong bond between Israel and the US, “We live in a world in which terrorist groups and even some countries openly call for Israel’s destruction,” she said. “Many other countries encourage or turn a blind eye to blatant discrimination against Israel.”

“Even here at home, there are some troubling signs,” Haley warned. “On many college campuses, the anti-Semitic BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement has become a trendy cause for students and professors who should know better.”

“Standing up against this global pressure campaign on Israel and the Jewish people goes to the heart of our friendship and the heart of America,” Haley observed.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 24 July 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Public domain/wikimedia.org

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for America’s unwavering support of Israel and for the courage displayed by US Ambassador Nikki Haley. Pray that other nations will have the same courage and become strong supporters of Zion.

Scripture

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.


- (Isaiah 62:1)

Israel Helps Rescue 422 “White Helmets” from War-torn Syria

by Ilse Strauss

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Evacuation of the “White Helmet” members from the war zone in southern Syria

Monday, 23 July 2018 | Tons of humanitarian aid transferred to desperate refugees. Border gates creaking open to admit gravely wounded civilians caught in the cross-hairs of fighting. Those same wounded civilians receiving life-saving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals. Throughout the seven years of the Syrian Civil War, Israel has made every effort—often behind the scenes and without much fanfare—to come to the aid of its war-torn neighbor.

The Jewish state’s latest and perhaps best publicized endeavor occurred over the weekend. On Sunday morning, Israel announced its part in the rescue and evacuation of hundreds of civilian Syrian rescue workers known as the “White Helmets” ahead of the advancing army of the Butcher of Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The 422 search and rescue volunteers together with their families “faced an immediate threat to their lives” in the embattled pocket of southwestern Syria, the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said. Yet overnight on Saturday, they “passed through Israel” into Jordan “and are now out of harm’s way.”

The “White Helmets,” officially known as the Syria Civil Defense, is a civilian volunteer organization formed in 2014 to perform desperately needed urban medical evacuations, evacuation of civilians from danger areas and search and rescue services in the aftermath of bombings and air strikes. Braving mortal danger and staggering odds, the group of first responders is driven by their motto: “To save a life is to save all of humanity.” Their name is borrowed from the signature white hardhats worn by their members while combing the rubble for survivors. The group declared their impartiality in the civil war early on and operated mainly in the rebel-controlled parts of the country. In April 2018, the “White Helmets” revealed that they had saved more than 114,000 lives, while 204 of their members have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.

Regardless of their life-saving work and neutrality, the advancing Russian-backed army of Assad put the lives of many a “White Helmet” and their families at “immediate” risk. As a result, the US, Canada, the UK and a number of other European nations turned to Israel for help—and Israel answered the call.

“Several days ago President Trump contacted me, as did Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and others, and requested that we assist in evacuating hundreds of ‘White Helmets’ from Syria,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office. “The lives of these people, who have saved lives, were now in danger. I therefore authorized their transfer via Israel to other countries as an important humanitarian gesture.”

Israel earned international acclaim for its efforts.

“Thank you, Israel for helping to save @SyriaCivilDef,” tweeted Niels Annen, a minister of state at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

“Thank you Israel and Jordan for acting so quickly on our request,” UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote on his Twitter account. “The [“White Helmets”] are the bravest of the brave and in a desperate situation; this is at least one ray of hope.”

For her part, EU foreign policy chief, Federicca Mogherini, said in a statement, “The EU recognizes the essential efforts of Israel and Jordan, and of all others—including several EU member states—who contributed to bringing the ‘White Helmets’ and their families to safety.”

In stark contrast, the Syrian state TV Al-Ikhbariya called the rescue of the “White Helmets” a “scandal.”

According to Germany’s Bild, the evacuation operation started at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night and concluded right after midnight. The “White Helmets” and their families gathered at a designated spot on the Israel–Syria border, where the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] opened the gates and allowed the evacuees to enter. Israel provided medical treatment, food and water, after which the Syrian rescue workers boarded a waiting fleet of busses destined for Jordan.

“Standing on the border and receiving the families, mostly women and children, was an emotional experience,” said an IDF commander involved in the operation. “Families that arrived fearful, but when they reached the border with Israel, their eyes were filled with tears of happiness, knowing that they have gotten their lives back. I’m proud to be an officer in an army and a country that carries out an operation filled with values of humanity and compassion.”

“This is the essence of our work, and this moment is invaluable.”

The horrors of the Syrian Civil War will arguably be remembered as one of the biggest atrocities of our time. Hopefully, when the annals of history report on the bloodshed, destruction and heartbreak wrought over the past seven years, it will also make mention of Israel, the tiny nation viewed by the Syrians as their arch enemy that proved itself time and again as one of their only friends.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 23 July 2018)

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Twitter/IDF@IDFSpokesperson

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for Israel’s unyielding commitment to the principles of “humanity and compassion,” blessing those families who were in great danger. Thank the Lord for those nations that publicly recognized Israel’s efforts.

Scripture

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.


- (Genesis 12:2)

Israel, Europol Sign Agreement to Cooperate in Fighting Terrorism, Organized Crime

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Europol building in The Hague

Friday, 20 July 2018 | Israel and Europol, the European Union’s police agency, signed an agreement to cooperate more closely against terrorism and organized crime, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

The agreement was between Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle in The Hague.

This is the first time that Europol has signed a cooperation agreement with a non-EU country.

In a statement released by Europol, Alsheich said, “The agreement will enable the Investigations and Intelligence Division of the Israel National Police to advance its capabilities to deal in the best way possible with new threats in the field of organized crime, cybercrime exploited by international criminal and terrorist elements, fighting terrorism in its various forms and crime that crosses borders in the field of social economies.”

De Bolle said, “Today, I am signing the first ever Europol working arrangement between Europol and a non-EU country. These provisions were introduced last year in the Europol legislation. It is a major step forward in enhancing the relationship between Europol and Israel. The arrangement will multiply contacts at all levels and open doors to closer cooperation, making the European Union and Israel safer.”

The Europol statement observed that the EU has often linked financial crimes to Israel, and noted that “the Israeli contribution in such cases continues to be of utmost importance.”

The agreement appears to be a sign that Israel will act more aggressively against financial crime.

Overall, the newly agreed-to law enforcement cooperation between Israel and the EU “will multiply contacts at all levels and open doors to closer cooperation, making the European Union and Israel safer,” according to the Europol statement.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 19 July 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: OSeveno/wikimedia.org

Photo License: Wikimedia

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for this new cooperative initiative between Israel and the EU, confirming again the truth of God’s promise to make Israel a light to the nations, and creating a law-enforcement cooperation that will reduce terror and save innocent lives.

Scripture

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.


- (Psalm 18:30)

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Blasts CNN, BBC for “Manipulation”

by Itamar Eichner

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Violent riots broke out in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

Monday, 23 July 2018 | Israel’s Foreign Ministry slammed CNN [Cable News Network] and BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation] on Saturday for what it said was unbalanced coverage of recent events in Gaza, accusing the news outlets of “manipulating” events.

The CNN tweet contains a chronological inaccuracy by implying that the death of four Palestinians, three of whom were Hamas terrorists, took place before a sniper in Gaza killed an Israeli soldier.

“Israeli tank responds to reported fence breach … after an outbreak of violence that left four Palestinians, including three Hamas militants, and an Israeli soldier dead,” the tweet reads.

The Foreign Ministry was furious at the report’s wording, which implied that the killing of the Palestinians preceded the killing of the IDF soldier, who was identified as 20-year-old Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi, thus attributing blame for the deadly skirmish to Israel.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responded to CNN’s report with a critical tweet of his own.

“No @cnni!!! You got it wrong and not for the first time—an Israeli soldier was killed by #Hamas and #IDF retaliated, protecting its country and citizens against murderous terrorists. By misrepresenting the facts you manipulate against #Israel! @cnni—STOP YOUR MANIPULATION !” the tweet read.

CNN did not respond to Nahshon.

At the same time, Nahshon retweeted a tweet written by Omri Ceren, advisor to Senator Ted Cruz, who criticized the British Broadcasting Corporation, for misrepresenting recent events in Gaza.

“Israeli soldier ‘dies from gunshot’ is how the BBC reports on a Hamas terrorist shooting and killing an Israeli soldier. This is the new version of headlines about terrorist car rammings that say Israelis ‘hit by car,'” Ceren tweeted.

Nahshon told Ynet that his ministry would not allow the tweets to go unanswered.

“We in the Foreign Ministry are on guard 24 hours a day. We would not let international media deliberately distort the events taking place in Israel and in our region. We will respond to every distorted headline and demand its immediate correction,” said the spokesman.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 22 July 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Twitter/IDF@IDFSpokesperson

Prayer Focus
Pray that the efforts of the Foreign Ministry will be strengthened and effective as they expose bias and deliberate distortion by the international media. Pray that the underlying purpose of such propaganda, which is to demonize Israel, will be become apparent, causing their lies to fall on deaf ears.

Scripture

He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot carry out their plans.


- (Job 5:12)

37 Doctors Join the IDF

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The IDF Medical Corps doctors at the welcoming ceremony

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 | Yesterday, a ceremony was held to welcome several doctors to the IDF’s [Israel Defense Forces] Medical Corps. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of doctors who have chosen to change their career paths in order to serve in the IDF. The length of service for the new physicians was recently changed from a year and a half to two years, allowing for more meaningful service.

At the ceremony, 37 doctors were given officer ranks, a step taken to empower the doctors and to increase their motivation to remain in the army after their compulsory service. From 2012 to 2017, there was a 65% increase in the recruitment of physicians to the IDF and more are expected to join this year.

The ceremony was held at the Air Force House in Herzliya, with the participation of Chief Medical Officer, Brigade General Dr. Tarif, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Head of the Operational Medicine Department, Colonel Dr. Haggai, and other senior officers and medical doctors serving in the Medical Corps.

Dr. Gennady, who last served as the Divisional Medical Officer in the 80th Division, is now leading the project in the Medical Corps. He volunteered for the Medical Corps at the age of 33, and for the last decade has been involved in the project to recruit doctors to the IDF. “I’m excited to know that the doctors who received the ranks this evening will be part of the next generation of doctors in the Medical Corps,” said Dr. Gennady.

Source: (Israel Defense Forces originally published this article on 23 July 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Twitter/IDF@IDFSpokesperson

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for these brave doctors who are changing career paths to join the IDF. Pray that they will be blessed for their courage and commitment to the state of Israel.

Scripture

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.


- (Joshua 1:9)

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