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Friday, July 31, 2020

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Hezbollah Took a Hit but May Still Be a Threat

by Ron Ben-Yishai

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Israel–Lebanon border

Thursday, 30 July 2020 | While not all is known about Monday’s incident when a group of armed militants attempted to infiltrate from Lebanon, it is clear the start of it was last Monday night, when, according to international media reports, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] conducted a strike near the Damascus airport targeting weapons and ammunition that had arrived from Iran and was intended for Hezbollah forces.

A Hezbollah operative who was on the ground, perhaps to assist and monitor the transport of the shipment to Lebanon, was killed in the attack.

The organization decided to respond to this death in accordance with a doctrine announced by its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, in 2015 that called for every casualty to be avenged.

Hezbollah intended to maintain its deterrence in the face of Israel while also proving to its Iranian benefactors that it is the most efficient and powerful proxy the Islamic Republic now has in the Middle East.

But the terror group did not wish to take action that would be in violation of Israel’s sovereignty and force the Israelis to respond militarily deep inside Lebanon. The aim was to exact a price from the IDF in an area that is disputed territory—the Shebaa Farms on the slopes of Har Dov, which the group views as Lebanese territory under Israeli occupation and therefore fair game for action against Israel.

But the Shiite group also intended to hurt soldiers, either by hitting a tank or a military post, and avoid harm to civilians, thereby achieving military success without incurring painful repercussions.

The IDF was prepared for just that eventuality and had positioned its tanks under the cover of vegetation. The military also set fires in the area to create a curtain of smoke further obscuring its forces.

Early detection of the infiltrators enabled the Israeli forces to wait until the militants crossed over the border and only then use its tanks and mortars, and light fires.

The IDF refrained from shooting before the cell had crossed the Blue Line international border to avoid giving Hezbollah another excuse to act by claiming civilian casualties in Lebanese territory. As soon as the border was breached, however, the IDF opened fire and shot to kill.

The question now is: what’s next? It is clear that Hezbollah does not want to cause casualties among Israeli civilians, which is why the IDF quickly announced that roads along the border were open for civilian traffic and local residents were no longer confined to their homes.

But the Lebanese terror group may not see this operation as a success and may still be trying to exact a price from Israel.

Hezbollah’s reaction was destined to fail as retaliation, and its Radwan force in southern Lebanon may be plotting a later attack. They would be searching for Israeli weaknesses along the border and may strike either in the same location or perhaps on the Golan Heights—although the latter is a less likely scenario.

The coming days will remain tense, and the IDF forces will maintain their high alert along the border until the terror group’s intentions become clearer.

Israel has no interest in escalating tensions. There is also no reason to after Monday’s incident ended without IDF casualties. This was a blow to Nasrallah and his organization, and the IDF needs nothing more to prove its deterrence.

Still, the troops must remain alert in case any other militants remain in the area and intend to carry out an attack on the forces there.

The tactical mind games, therefore, continue.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on July 27, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord that no Israeli soldiers or civilians were harmed during this attempted terror attack! Ask Him to continue protecting this land and these people, and lift up Israel’s security forces working to keep the northern border safe during this tense time. Also, pray for Israel’s leadership, that God will grant them wisdom as they face difficult days ahead.

Scripture

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence…you shall not be afraid of…the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”


- Psalm 91:2–3, 5a, 6b

Coronavirus Czar Presents National Plan to Combat Pandemic

by Adir Yanko, Yael Friedson

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PM Netanyahu at a press conference (illustrative)

Wednesday, 29 July 2020 | Five months since the beginning of the pandemic in Israel, coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu presented on Tuesday the key aspects of his “Magen Israel” (Israel Protector) plan, which aims to curb the spread of the disease resurging across the country.

The press conference also included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, who all pledged their support for the outline.

Gamzu said that as part of his plan, the country’s contact tracing program will now be handled by the IDF [Israel Defense Forces], which has “the technology, the tools, the ability,” adding that this is “at the heart of stopping the pandemic.”

Commenting on the public’s decreasing trust in the government’s ability to manage the pandemic, Gamzu said the plan was a “new contract” between the administration and the citizenry.

“We will limit the restrictions as much as possible,” he said, adding that there would be no “illogical” government rules that “harm the economy” on his watch.

Gamzu said that there will be more oversight and transparency regarding coronavirus decisions, along with the establishment of a panel of experts that will help determine policy. 

Gamzu also stressed the importance of wearing masks, showing data from the US claiming that as adherence to face masks went down, the virus’s morbidity increased.

Another chart showed that 70% of Israelis were using masks, which Gamzu said is good, “but not enough.”

Another part of “Israel Protector” includes a new model that will see local authorities given more autonomy in dealing with the pandemic.

Gamzu presented the plan to Haim Bibas, the Modi’in mayor who also heads a national coalition of local leaders.

Under the plan, nicknamed the “traffic light model,” cities marked as “green,” meaning low morbidity, would be given the go-ahead to allow restaurants, theaters and other businesses and venues to open, or to shut them if they see fit.

Cities marked as “yellow,” which are in danger of a major outbreak, would get more money to help them deal with the issue, while “red” cities, where there are confirmed outbreaks, would be managed at the national level.

In addition, the IDF’s Home Front Command will be given more control in helping with “red” cities and would possibly even given a dedicated budget to assist in the matter. 

The budgeting of the plan has not yet been decided, with a meeting planned in the coming days between Gamzu, Health Ministry No.2 Prof. Itamar Grotto and Home Front Command chief Major General Ori Gordin to decide on the criteria for “traffic light model.”

According to reports, one of the provisions planned to be discussed in the meeting is allowing “green” cities to not only open all businesses fully, but also their educational facilities.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on July 28, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to bless this effort to curb the further spread of the virus while also protecting businesses and the Israeli public. Pray that He will bless Israel’s leadership with wisdom on how to balance protecting the health of the Israeli people while also refraining from shutting businesses down, plunging the people into further economic turmoil. Beseech Him to end this plague and all the medical and economic repercussions that come on its coattails.

Scripture

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.


- Psalm 23:1–3a, 4

Israeli Researchers Examine Instant Coronavirus Tests in India

by Itamar Eichner and Yoav Zitun

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Coronavirus tests in a lab (illustrative)

Friday, 24 July 2020 | The Defense Ministry said on Thursday it will send a research delegation to India to test out different diagnostic technologies able to determine almost immediately whether a person has been infected with coronavirus.

The ministry says a delegation led by its Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDRD) will travel to India in the coming weeks to experiment with different tests that use voice recordings, breathalyzers, isothermal technology and analysis of polyamino acids.

Experts say widespread testing is key to containing the pandemic, but delays in getting results make it difficult for many countries to detect new outbreaks in time to stop them. A test that gives instant results could help countries to more quickly reopen their economies.

DDRD chief Dani Gold said that the success of these technologies could mark a watershed moment in the global battle against coronavirus.

“We would be able to test 100,000 to 200,000 thousand people a day and get results within minutes so that people can go back to work if they are found to be clean,” Gold said.

“We had begun our trials in Israel but want to accelerate the process. That is why we will be traveling to India where we expect to test 5,000 to 10,000 people daily. Testing masses of people is vital for our machine learning capabilities.”

Gold could not say when regulators are expected to greenlight the technology, but the equipment’s production, which is inexpensive, was already underway.

Over 100 Indian scientists will conduct trials at a state-run medical center that has treated Indian officials in the past.

The ministry said the delegation to India will also bring “cutting-edge equipment” donated by the government and the private sector, including ventilators as a sign of goodwill between the countries. The sale and export of such medical equipment are illegal.

India is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases and reported 45,720 confirmed new cases reported on Thursday. More than 1.24 million Indians have already been exposed to the virus, and the country’s death toll has exceeded 30,000.

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on July 23, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Raise up this effort by Israel and other nations before the Lord in prayer, asking Him to bless their work and cause them to bear fruit. Pray that this research will lead to tests that provide instant results and allow a greater return to regular routine and businesses reopening.

Scripture

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.”


- Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)

Palestinians: The Priorities of Muslim “Scholars” During COVID-19

by Khaled Abu Toameh~Gatestone Institute

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The Association of Palestinian Scholars describe themselves as “inheritors of the prophets” (illustrative).

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 | As Palestinians are facing a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases detected in Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], their Islamic religious leaders are responding in their usual way: inciting against Israel and Jews.

These religious leaders say they are also worried about other “epidemics” that post a threat to Arabs and Muslims, such as peace with Israel and women’s rights.

By July 23, the number of Palestinians diagnosed with the coronavirus since last March reached 8,411, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health. Seventy-one Palestinians have died after contracting the disease, the ministry said.

Such disturbing statistics, however, do not seem to worry the so-called Association of Palestinian Scholars. These self-proclaimed religious scholars, who proudly describe themselves as “inheritors of the prophets,” say that they see no difference between the dangers of the coronavirus and peace with Israel.

The Islamic group in a recent statement issued a prayer to the “Almighty God to protect our nation from this [coronavirus] epidemic and to protect it from the epidemic of normalization” with Israel. The statement came in response to claims by Palestinians and Arabs that some Arab television networks had aired programs allegedly promoting normalization between Arab countries and Israel.

The “scholars” ruled that it is haram (forbidden by Islamic law) for Muslims to watch such programs. “We affirm,” they said, “that boycotting these channels is a religious duty, and we would like to remind our nation that the boycott campaign against this [Israeli] enemy is increasing in Muslim and non-Muslim countries.”

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Association of Palestinian Scholars has been offering Palestinians nothing but anti-Israel incitement and calls for jihad (holy war) against Israel and Jews. This is the sole “remedy” these “scholars” have extended to their followers as they grapple with the rising number of coronavirus infections and economic hardship resulting from lockdowns and other restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the disease.

In a more recent statement, the Association of Palestinian Scholars completely ignored Palestinians’ fears concerning the alarming increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Instead, the group embarked on yet another bellicose campaign against Israel and Jews, echoing the old anti-Semitic libel that Jews are “desecrating with their filthy feet our blessed holy sites.”

The Muslim “scholars” also seem concerned about the possibility that Palestinian women may be coming closer to being accorded the rights that are now accorded only to men. For these religious figures, the prospect of women being treated equally and with respect appears to be more of a threat than the coronavirus.

The Palestinian Authority’s decision to join the Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly, has enraged the Association of Palestinian Scholars and many other extremist Islamist groups, tribal leaders and religious figures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In December 2019, the heads of several Palestinian clans criticized the PA for committing to CEDAW and called for banning feminist groups operating in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Association of Palestinian Scholars recently joined the campaign against the treaty, notwithstanding the Palestinian people’s preoccupation with the coronavirus outbreak.

“The CEDAW treaty claims that it wants to protect women and the family,” the Association said in another statement. “In fact, it wants to destroy the human structure by spreading vice and plunging societies into the swamps of disintegration and loss.”

The Muslim “scholars” are saying, in effect, that they do not care about Palestinian women who have been affected by the coronavirus, directly or indirectly, as much as they care about ensuring that these women are not given the rights enjoyed by Palestinian men.

These “scholars” have no advice to offer Palestinian women during the coronavirus outbreak other than issuing fatwas (Islamic opinions) on menstruation during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. In Islam, Muslim women are required to take a break from fasting during their menses.

One of the questions that seems to be preoccupying the “scholars” is what happens when a Muslim gets her period during the fast.

Across the globe, people are preoccupied with preventing the spread of the coronavirus and rescuing the global economy. The world’s best minds are racing against time to invent a vaccine that will save the lives of millions of people threatened by COVID-19. The pandemic has caused panic about basic living conditions, health and livelihood.

Palestinian Islamic leaders, meanwhile, are busying themselves with the religious implications of menstruation. For these leaders, it is peace with Israel—not the virus—that is imperiling the health of Arabs and Muslims.

These Muslim leaders appear to be more interested in preventing women from working under unbiased conditions than about those individuals suffering from the pandemic. They also seem to be more interested in demonizing Israel than in dealing with the demon called COVID-19.

Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning journalist based in Jerusalem, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by July 27, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord again to reveal the truth to the Palestinian people and to the world—the truth about who is the real enemy of the Palestinians: their corrupt leaders who fail to put the interests and well-being of the people before their own selfish ambitions.

Scripture

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace.


- Isaiah 59:7–8

Israeli Skies Set to Open Partially to Tourists from “Green Countries”

by Adir Yanko

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Ben Gurion Airport

Thursday, 30 July 2020 | A senior Health Ministry official told the Knesset [Parliament] State Control Committee on Wednesday that there will no longer be a required quarantine period for people entering Israel from what is classed as “green countries”—those with a low coronavirus infection rate.

Deputy Director-General of the Health Ministry Prof. Itamar Grotto said the new directive would require some preparation time but the ministry was doing all it could to expedite the order.

All those entering Israel thus far have been required to quarantine for a period of 14 days, and that order will remain unchanged for all but a specific list of countries that has not yet been determined.

Committee chair MK [member of Knesset] Ofer Shelah of Yesh Atid welcomed the news.

“Air travel is one of the sectors first and most critically hurt by the coronavirus pandemic,” Shelah said.

“Assuming there is no vaccine available in the next six months, Israel may find itself without an airline.”

The Health Ministry has been criticized for slow-walking initiatives to allow a pilot program to restart tourism with 11 countries with low numbers of COVID-19 cases, including the Seychelle Islands, Cyprus, Greece, South Korea, Slovenia, Montenegro, Georgia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Austria and Lithuania.

Tourism Minister Asaf Zamir also praised the decision, saying “the skies should open as fast as possible,” according to the N12 media outlet.

Transportation Minister Miri Regev called the move “important news for the aviation industry.”

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on July 29, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for this step toward reopening Israel’s borders and tourism industry, industries that have both been so hard hit in the impact of the pandemic. Pray that Israel and its economy will be blessed by this, and pray for protection against further spreading of the virus.

Scripture

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”


- Jeremiah 17:7–8

Iran’s Sprint to the Bomb

by Peter Huessy~Gatestone Institute

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Signatures on the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, a nuclear agreement signed in 2015

Friday, 24 July 2020 | In 2013, Danny Danon, Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister, warned that Iran was speedily moving to develop advanced centrifuges that will enable it to enrich uranium needed for nuclear weapons within one month. “We have made it crystal clear,” Danon said, “Israel will not stand by and watch Iran develop weaponry that will put us, the entire Middle East and eventually the world, under an Iranian umbrella of terror.”

This concern was shared by the United States and thus, in 2015, a nuclear agreement—the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA)—was made between the United States with Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany—and supposedly Iran, who never signed the deal. Ostensibly Iran would give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the US would withdraw its economic sanctions.

Iran, of course, had no intention of giving up its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Contrary to what JCPOA supporters claimed, the Iranians—even under the deal—could continue pursuing their quest for nuclear capability.

It cannot therefore be a surprise that Iran is still sprinting toward deliverable nuclear weapons with the very uranium enrichment technology permitted by the 2015 agreement. While the US Senate was told the deal would halt Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weaponry, the deal only camouflaged the mullahs‘ ambitions to acquire it.

Worse, when the deal’s provisions were to sunset this decade, Iran would have been free to acquire full nuclear capability without pretending it was not.

At the time of the 2015 deal, the Obama administration warned that Iran was probably a year way from having enough nuclear material to fashion a bomb. Now, it is reported by David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) that until recently, Iran was no more than one or two months away from a nuclear weapons capability.

As the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel have argued all this time, Iran’s Islamic rulers never gave up their pursuit of nuclear weapons. Obviously, somebody took these arguments seriously. Natanz, a key facility in the Iranian nuclear program, was likely bombed. Some experts say to rebuild the facility will take upwards of two years, while others say the nuclear program is only delayed by a few months. The latter opinion is supported by the fact that Iran maintains numerous complexes for nuclear weapons work and the centrifuge hall under Natanz is said to remain intact.

Throughout all this, critics still maintain that the United States policy of “maximum pressure” is what drives the Iranians to accelerate their quest for nuclear weapons.

Their solution? The US should rejoin the JCPOA!

Such arguments fall apart for a number of reasons. First, the Iranians have never given up their pursuit of nuclear weapons: they never complied with the JCPOA from its start. Second, as USAF General and former CIA Director Michael Hayden explained, the JCPOA actually allowed Iran to build an “industrial strength nuclear program” with a capability that served no other purpose than to allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon in a matter of months. And third, the “maximum pressure” campaign seems to be working, and working so well that it drove the Iranians to make a fateful decision: sprint to a nuclear weapon and risk being found out—or suffer further economic deterioration that would eventually bankrupt Iran and threaten the survivability of the regime.

The mullahs obviously chose to continue their sprint to a bomb. They enriched more uranium, refused IAEA inspections for military sites where nuclear work was done, illegally sought nuclear technology from Germany and expanded their violations of the JCPOA—all the while trying to keep the US military at bay and enticing the Europeans to increase investment and trade.

The strategy might have worked: the White House is reluctant to go to war in an election year, even if the US could destroy the entire Iranian nuclear weapons program. With US military leaders remaining wary of an escalation of rising tensions between Iran and the United States, the mullahs are counting on US restraint to shield them from attack.

US restraint is one thing, but what about the friends of the United States? In 1981, for instance, the Israelis destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq with a perilous long-range air attack without air-to-air refueling. Then, in September 2007, the Israelis destroyed a nuclear reactor in Syria that was being built by North Korea and paid for with Iranian cash.

In short, the US may not need to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program by “going to war,” the argument used by JCPOA supporters who said that the US had a choice either to agree to a flawed nuclear deal (even one allowing Iran eventually to get nuclear weapons) or go to war. The United States has allies that could get the job done, such as an Israeli government that understands how to deal with difficult military problems and Saudi Arabia willing to help with matters such as over-flight permission and airfields to refuel returning airplanes.

The Iranian leadership knows this. They understand they are facing an alliance of Saudi Arabia, the United States and Israel, all of which see the JCPOA as a dangerous failure. The mullahs also know that all the Middle East allies need to “get the job done” is an American green light.

As a result of that understanding, current events and sanctions, Iran is seeking to be rescued by China. The Iranian government has now formalized a new historic deal with China. In exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in promised investment, Iran is promising cheap oil for 25 years and access to the Persian Gulf for military facilities and bases.

As one analyst put it, Iran is “selling its soul to China,” apparently giving up on Europe to provide enough investment to prop up its economy. China is buying time for Iran. Perhaps China believes that its presence in the region will persuade the United States to show “restraint.”

The United States should not take the bait. It is clear that Iran is “crossing important [nuclear] thresholds that dangerously reduce its breakout time” to anywhere from two to four months, according to John Hannah of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Combined with IAEA concerns over the equipment and nuclear material at two sites targeted for inspection but denied access by Iran, it is obvious the nuclear weapons threat from Iran is only getting worse. In addition, in April, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), launched a military satellite into orbit. It was no doubt a prelude to a nuclear-armed missile being launched.

The prospects ahead are possibly dark. A change in US administration may likely see a return to the JCPOA, an end to sanctions and maximum pressure, and an Iranian sense of having won a major struggle with the “Great Satan.” That is not a prospect American allies in the Middle East want to accept. The United States should not risk waiting, either.

The world knows that the JCPOA never ended—or even intended to end—Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. The ticking clocks you hear denote a race between America and its allies pursuing the destruction of Iran’s nuclear weapons program on the one hand, and Iran’s sprint to the bomb and an umbrella of terror on the other.

Peter Huessy is Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies at the Mitchell Institute. He is also senior consulting analyst at Ravenna Associates, a strategic communications company.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by the Gatestone Institute on July 23, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today, and the article has been edited for length. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Pray against the Iranian regime’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapon and spread its terror net over the world. Beseech the Lord to thwart their plans for evil and to raise up leaders and nations across the world who will stand with Israel, the US, Saudi Arabia and other nations who recognize the true threat that Iran presents to the region and to the world.

Scripture

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…the nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah


- Psalm 46:1–2, 6–7

Israeli Invention Gives Sight to the Blind

by Ilse Strauss

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CorNeat Vision will enable millions of blind patients around the world to regain their sight (illustrative).

Friday, 24 July 2020 | A groundbreaking Israeli invention is bringing the hope of restored sight for those suffering from corneal blindness.

Nearly 30 million people worldwide are blind in one or both eyes due to damage or disease to the structure or shape of the cornea, with some 2 million new cases reported each year. While a cornea transplant offers a beacon of hope for restored sight, the option is far from a guarantee. Not all patients are viable transplant candidates, and even those who are may reject the transplanted cornea. Then there’s the hurdle of impossibly long waiting lists.

The bottom line? Many who suffer from corneal blindness have been doomed to a life of darkness—until now.

CorNeat KPro, the first artificial cornea that integrates with the eye wall, is set to start the first human implantation clinical trial in Beilinson Hospital on ten test patients who are not candidates for, or have failed at least one transplant.

The brainchild of CorNeat Vision, an innovative ophthalmic medical device company based in central Israel, the synthetic device’s lens promises the same optical quality as a perfectly functioning cornea and integrates with the eye tissue using a nano-fabric skirt inserted under the conjunctiva—the white part of the eye—for optimal healing. The CorNeat KPro thus replaces deformed, scarred or opacified corneas to restore vision immediately after implantation and has been hailed as a “revolutionary innovation in corneal replacement therapy.”

“Our device’s implantation procedure, which has been developed and perfected in the past four years, does not rely on donor tissue, is relatively simple and takes less than an hour to perform,” Dr. Gilad Litvin, CorNeat chief medical officer and KPro inventor, said.  “We expect it will enable millions of blind patients around the world, even in areas where there is no corneal practice nor culture of organ donation, to regain their sight.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 24, 2020)

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Prayer Focus
Sing God’s praises for the remarkable invention that has the potential to restore sight and open the eyes of the blind. Thank Him for granting the people of Israel the ingenuity, creativity and compassion to pursue altruistic inventions that help make the world a better, safer and healthier place. At the same time, pray that the scales of falsehood and lies will be removed from the eyes of the world so that they too can celebrate Israel as a light to the world.

Scripture

Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.


- Isaiah 35:4b–5

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