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Israel Confirms Iranian Weapons Factory in Lebanon

by Yossi Yehoshua

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Iranian weapons (illustrative)

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 | The head of the IDF’s [Israel Defense Forces] Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, confirmed Sunday details leaked to a Kuwaiti newspaper about the existence of an Iranian weapons factory in Lebanon.

Details that have emerged in recent days indicate the construction of the factory was done at the behest of the Iranians—not Hezbollah—and it is currently unclear to what extent the Shiite terrorist organization is interested in a factory that can cause a confrontation with Israel.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which reduced the amount of Tehran’s financial aid to Hezbollah over a year ago, realized the method of shipping weapons to Hezbollah was ineffective in the face of Israeli countermeasures targeting shipments.

As such, due to operational and economic considerations, the Iranians decided it would be more efficient to set up a factory in Lebanon itself.

The decision also acts as a sort of insurance policy, with the Iranians banking on the IDF not carrying out attacks in Lebanon—similar to those conducted in Syria—whether against weapon shipments or existing stockpiles.

The revelation poses a serious dilemma to Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman over whether or not to attack the factory. He was quoted Sunday afternoon as saying that “Israel does not intend to start a war.”

Israel is expected to pursue diplomatic avenues first, beginning against Lebanon itself, which is the sovereign power in the area. From Israel’s point of view, Lebanon is responsible both [sic] for the construction of the factory.

Despite Hezbollah gaining combat experience in Syria and attempting to increase its firepower, it is unlikely that Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is interested in war with Israel. However, the construction of such a factory increases the probability of an escalation, intentional or not.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 03 July 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Cry out for the situation brewing in Lebanon which is developing into a more complex situation for Israel. Pray for PM Netanyahu, Pres. Rivlin and other government officials responsible for planning and preparing to defend Israel against the ongoing threats on all her borders. Remember to pray for the soldiers defending the borders at all costs.

Scripture

Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.


- Psalm 55:22-23

Putin and Netanyahu Discuss Demilitarized Zone in Southern Syria

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President Putin and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Moscow (illustrative)

Friday, 07 July 2017 | Israel is pressing the United States and Russia to secure a demilitarized zone in southern Syria where Hezbollah and other militant organizations backed by Iran will not be able to operate, according a report in the British Times Thursday.

According to the report, Israel is also closely following the talks between the United States and Russia in Amman in regards to the future of southern Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin even spoke on the phone on Thursday. According to the Kremlin, Netanyahu requested the phone call and the two leaders continued their exchange of views on Russian-Israeli cooperation.

In regards to joint efforts to combat international terrorism, the Kremlin reported that the two leaders discussed the situation in Syria and the Middle East.

The Times also reported that the proposed demilitarized zone will be roughly 50 km [31 mi] east of the Israeli border towards the city of Daraa—which is reportedly at the center of US-Russian talks—and onward to the city of As-Suwayda.

Israel is worried that Hezbollah and other hostile militant groups will take up position in southern Syria close to the border.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published in Ynetnews on 06 July 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) 

Photo Credit: Ashernet/Haim Zach/GPO

Prayer Focus
Urge God on behalf of Israel to draw His heavenly armies close around all the borders of Israel. Pray that PM Netanyahu will have favor in his request for an approved demilitarized zone in southern Syria. Thank God for the nations who support the effort and who are standing firm against international terrorism. Also pray for the IDF serving along the unstable northern border.

Scripture

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


- Psalm 145:18-20

European Medical Society Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

by Itamar Eichner

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City of Jerusalem

Thursday, 06 July 2017 | The Israel Heart Society (IHS)—Israel’s association of cardiologists—has succeeded in waging a campaign to have the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) recognize Jerusalem—as opposed to Tel Aviv—as Israel’s capital.

The recognition came in the form of the ESC approving an official document marking the distinction.

This recognition will be expressed at the European Cardiology Conference next month in Barcelona, when the ESC organizes the “parade of capitals” of the various member and associate countries. One of the lecture halls will even be called the “Jerusalem Hall.”

Roughly 30,000 participants from around the world are expected to take part in the conference.

While the gesture is symbolic, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital comes with an apology from the ESC for mentioning Tel Aviv as the capital.

President of the IHS, Prof. Ran Kornowski, said, “We are happy that we succeeded in raising the prestige of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, in the minds of the ESC and correcting this ‘political’ injustice that has no place in medicine or any other international arena.”

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published in Ynetnews on 04 July 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.) 

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Prayer Focus
Rejoice in the Lord as one organization, the Israel Heart Society, has convinced the European Society of Cardiology to recognize that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of Israel. Pray that other organizations will follow suit and create a snowball effect, encouraging their governments to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Scripture

But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.


- Amos 5:24

Action
Can you educate those in your sphere of influence about Jerusalem’s rightful place as the capital of Israel?

UN Body Once Again Denies Israeli Sovereignty in Jerusalem

by Itamar Eichner

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View of Old City Jerusalem

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 | A committee of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) convened in Krakow Tuesday where it approved the wording of a proposed resolution denying that Israel is the sovereign power over Jerusalem and condemning it for conducting archeological excavations in the Old City.

The proposal was submitted to the UN [United Nations] body’s Cultural Committee by Arab states who originally presented a much harsher version which was formulated together with the Palestinians. However, pressure exerted by Israel forced the hostile proposal to be watered down.

Ten states supported the proposal, among them Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Turkey, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Cuba. Three voted against the proposal, including the Philippines, Jamaica and Burkina Faso.

Another eight countries from several continents abstained. They included Angola, Croatia, Finland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Korea and Tanzania.

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen said that two hours before the vote, the Arab states were convinced that they had a consensus on the phrasing of the resolution, but Israeli pressure ultimately proved heavy enough to sabotage their efforts.

According to Shama-Hacohen, despite the significant softening of the text, more nations are identifying with Israel who are no longer prepared to accept what Israel has often considered unquestionable hounding of the Jewish state, even if the resolutions have been diluted.

He also pointed out that for the first time, Israel gained what he described as a moral majority in the body’s cultural committee since eleven countries out of 21 either opposed the proposal or abstained.

The vote came just days after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley sent a letter to the Director-General of UNESCO urging her to oppose a resolution to be voted on by the body next week which would recognize Hebron’s Old City—and with it the Cave of the Patriarchs—as a Palestinian World Heritage Site In Danger.

In another effort to stymie the resolution, a group of 12 Holocaust survivors, who were born in Poland and now live in Israel, sent an urgent letter to the Polish foreign minister, asking him to call on his government to thwart the UNESCO resolution seeking to declare Hebron’s Old City as a Palestinian World Heritage Site.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 04 July 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Continue to pray for the UN body, UNESCO, as they defy the Lord by passing resolutions that deny Jewish ties to Jerusalem. Pray for truth! Offer thanksgiving for the nations who boldly declare their allegiance with Israel. Lift up those who advocate for Israel, asking God to guide and instruct them, and give them new courage and renewed hope every morning.

Scripture

Look on me and answer, LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, I have overcome him, and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.


- Psalm 13:3-5 NIV

200 Make Aliyah from US and Canada on 4th of July

by Doron Cooperstein

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Welcoming the group of immigrants from North America

Friday, 07 July 2017 | While Americans were celebrating their Independence Day and the Canadians marked Canada Day earlier this week, 201 new immigrants from the US and Canada made aliyah [immigration] to Israel on Tuesday, arriving on a charter flight organized by Nefesh B’Nefesh, a nonprofit organization that promotes and facilitates aliyah from the US, Canada and the UK.

Hundreds of people were standing outside the airport, welcoming the immigrants with cheers and song.

Among the immigrants who arrived were 34 families and 51 single men and women. The oldest immigrant just celebrated 82, and the youngest is only a month and a half old. The total number of children on board was 78, with five pairs of twins.

Of the total number of immigrants, 47 will live in the periphery, while the rest will settle in the central cities.

Jared Bates, 18, immigrated to Israel from Ontario, Canada, to join the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] next year. In the meantime, he will be welcomed in Kibbutz Yagur, where he will learn Hebrew.

“I see it as an adventure,” said Bates. “All my life I was a Zionist, and I studied in Jewish institutions. Today I’m applying everything I was taught to do, and there is no better feeling. I feel now what it means to be a true Zionist.”

Dr. Jeremy Berg, 44, who immigrated to Israel from Chicago with his wife Jennifer, 38, and their three young children—Eli, Rafi and Elka—said the decision to immigrate to Israel was clear for them, as they have been sending their children to Jewish education facilities, which are considered private.

“When my little girl’s education costs more than I have to pay for educating my three children in Israel, the choice becomes very simple,” he said.

MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union), who attended the event, said it brings her back to the day when she came to Israel with her family, some 26 years ago. “I’m very glad to be here and welcome the new immigrants, who come to join us in the State of Israel,” she said.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 06 July 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Rejoice as the Lord is bringing His people back to their homeland without any hesitation from them. Pray that the older generation will find joyful moments in their transition and ease in the heat. Pray that the children will quickly make new friends and be so enthusiastic when they communicate with family and friends in the US and Canada that it will stir more hearts to join them in Israel, their homeland.

Scripture

Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.


- Psalm 106:47

Groups with Ties to Terror Organizations Address UN Anti-Israel Event

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Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat

Monday, 03 July 2017 | Organizations allied with Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) participated in the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation,” which was held at the UN [United Nations] headquarters over the last two days, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

Al Haq and the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights are linked, respectively, to PFLP and Hamas, both internationally recognized terrorist organizations. The brutal murder of Israeli policewoman Hadas Malka at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem earlier this month was claimed by both terror groups.

After learning of the groups’ participation at the UN event, Israel’s ambassador to the international body, Danny Danon, on Wednesday accused the UN of “colluding with supporters of terrorism seeking to harm Israel.”

He added, “It is beyond comprehension that UN funds are supporting organizations that aid terrorists and incite against Israel. We call on the secretary-general to intervene immediately and prevent these individuals from appearing at the UN.”

Meanwhile, top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday rejected the criticism and denied that Hamas and the PFLP were terrorist organizations. Erekat made the comment following his participation in the controversial event at the UN.

In response, Danon blasted Erekat and the Palestinian Authority, “They have no shame. These are lies and incitement from those who are paying terrorists to kill innocent Israelis. These obsessive attempts to besmirch our good name will not change the fact that the Palestinian leadership refuses to end their support for terror.”

The office of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres distanced itself from the summit, saying that although it had received Danon’s complaint, it lacked the power to cancel the event. The summit was organized by the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, without the approval of Guterres’ office.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 30 June 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Lift up Danny Danon as he faces a continuous struggle against the UN’s strategies of supporting terrorism and seeking to harm Israel. Ask for peaceful sleep, wisdom, favor and a health. Beseech God that the leaders of the UN, beginning with the Secretary General, will realize the disgrace of UN subsidiary committees who act against the UN’s overall goals.

Scripture

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.


- Genesis 28:15

Indian Prime Minister Arrives in Israel for “Truly Historic” Visit

by Ilse Posselt

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Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomes Indian Prime Minister Modi to Israel

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 | Israel bid a hearty welcome to Narendra Modi, the first sitting Indian prime minister to pay an official visit to the Jewish state.

Modi touched down at Ben Gurion Airport yesterday afternoon to embark on a “truly historic” three-day trip aimed at celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and New Delhi and strengthening the two nations’ already flourishing relations.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—along with the top echelons of Israel’s leadership—awaited the leader of the world’s largest democracy on the tarmac, where Modi was treated to a red carpet ceremony that included an honor guard.

The two world leaders embraced warmly and greeted each other as old friends. In his welcoming address, Netanyahu told Modi, “Prime Minister, we have been waiting for you for a long time, 70 years in fact. The connection between us is natural, so natural that we might ask, ‘What took you so long?’”

“Yours is truly a historic visit,” Netanyahu continued. “It is the first time an Indian prime minister is visiting Israel. We receive you with open arms. We love India. We love your culture, your history, your democracy. We view you as kindred spirits.”

Modi took to the podium next and delighted his audience by greeting them in Hebrew. “Shalom,” he said. “I am happy to be here.”

The Indian prime minister proceeded in English. “It is my singular honor to be the first ever prime minister of India to undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel.” Modi continued to thank his “friend Prime Minister Netanyahu for extending the invitation to visit Israel and for the warm reception.” He then vowed to build “a strong and resilient partnership with Israel.”

“My visit celebrates the strength of centuries-old links between our societies,” said Modi. “The people of Israel have built a nation on democratic principles. They have nurtured it with hard work and the spirit of innovation. India applauds your achievements.”

Modi also paid tribute to Netanyahu’s late brother, Yonatan Netanyahu, who was killed on 4 July 1976 while leading a daring rescue mission to rescue Israeli hostages held by terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda.

“Today is July 4. Exactly 41 years since Operation Entebbe, today, when your prime minister and my friend Bibi lost his elder brother Yoni while saving the lives of so many Israeli hostages. Your heroes are an inspiration for the younger generations,” Modi told Netanyahu.

Both leaders pledged that Israel and India would work together in a number of areas, including “water, agriculture, security, energy and many, many other fields.” Netanyahu also mentioned that the two countries are establishing a $40 million innovation fund “as a seed for further innovation.”

The Indian prime minister’s itinerary for his stay in the Promised Land is a busy one. Following the welcome address at Ben Gurion, the two world leaders visited one of Israel’s leading floriculture companies, before heading to Jerusalem. Here, Modi took a tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum before making his way to Netanyahu’s residence for a private dinner.

Today will see Modi meet with Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin as well as members of Israel’s Indian community.

In the run-up to Modi’s visit, Netanyahu went to great lengths to underscore the importance he ascribes to his Indian counterpart. On Monday, the Israeli prime minister told the weekly cabinet meeting that he would be his guest’s travel companion during the trip. This honor is usually reserved for visiting American presidents only.

“I will accompany the prime minister at many events during his visit, as befits the leader of the largest democracy in the world,” Netanyahu explained.

Noticeably absent from Modi’s itinerary is a trip to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian leaders, as is customary for visiting foreign dignitaries. New Delhi explained the decision, saying that India wishes to “de-hyphenate” its ties with Jerusalem and Ramallah.

During the Cold War era, India traditionally sided with the Palestinians and had initially refused ties with the Jewish state. Yet over the past quarter of the century, the countries have grown closer, especially in the areas of defense and technology.

Apart from celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations, the Indian prime minister’s trip is also set to bolster economic and defense ties between Jerusalem and New Delhi. In fact, over the course of his three-day trip, Modi is expected to ink no less than seven cooperation agreements between the two countries.

According to reports, defense deals seem to be top priority. Over the past few years, Israel and India have worked together closely on matters related to counter-terrorism and homeland security. At present, India is the world’s leading importer of defense equipment and is increasingly looking to the Jewish state as a supplier. In fact, according to BBC News, India has become Israel’s biggest arms market, with a net worth of approximately $1 billion per annum. Moreover, in April this year, Israel Aerospace Industries announced entering into contracts valued at over $2 billion to supply India with air and missile defense systems.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 05 July 2017)

Photo Credit: Photo by Ashernet/Haim Zach/GPO

Prayer Focus
Give thanks to the Lord for this truly historic visit from India’s PM Modi and for all the economic and defense agreements that have been signed, bringing Israel to new heights in their relationship with India. Pray that PM Modi will return to India with new insights and that his friendship with PM Netanyahu will continue to grow.

Scripture

God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah. That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.


- Psalm 67:1-2

World’s Largest Aircraft Carrier Docks in Israel

by Ilse Posselt

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Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush

Monday, 03 July 2017 | The world’s largest aircraft carrier and biggest warship came to Israeli shores over the weekend, when the USS George H.W. Bush docked just outside the Haifa port on Saturday for a four-day stopover. The arrival of the supercarrier marked the first time in 17 years that a United States aircraft carrier dropped anchor off the coast of the Promised Land.

Named for World War II naval aviator and the 41st president of the United States, the nuclear-powered ship measures a whopping 333 meters (1,092 ft), stands 20 stories tall, comes with a price tag of $4.5 billion and carries some 90 fighter jets and helicopters. The warship’s crew numbers approximately 5,700 sailors and pilots.

Given its size, the USS George H.W. Bush is unable to enter the Haifa port itself and is thus anchored nearly 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) offshore. A number of ferries have been arranged to transport the crew to and from land. According to reports, the crew will spend the four days on land touring Israel and enjoying the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day, in the Promised Land.

Both the Israelis and the Americans have remained mum regarding the nature of the stopover. According to the Jewish state’s Channel 2, officials from Jerusalem and Washington have, however, noted the close cooperation between the Israeli and the US navies. The Jerusalem Post hailed the visit as “a special one, that conveys the strong cooperation between the US and Israel in military and security-related issues.”

A number of high-ranking Israeli political and military figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav, are set to pay a visit to the ship on Monday.

The Nimitz-class supercarrier has been stationed in the Persian Gulf since the beginning of the year to serve as a base for US air strikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. According to Ynet News, in recent months the USS George H.W. Bush has played a significant role in the fight against ISIS. Moreover, a statement released by the Israel Defense Forces hails the warship as “an important part of the coalition campaign against the Islamic State.”

While this is the first time in nearly 20 years that an American aircraft carrier has docked off Israel’s coast, Haifa used to be the home port of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet during the 1980s and 1990s, Ynet News explained. The outbreak of the Second Intifada (uprising) in 2000 did, however, bring a swift end to the tens of thousands of American sailors arriving in Israel’s port city every year.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 03 July 2017)

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Prayer Focus
Thank God for the strengthened ties between Israel and the US that have enabled this huge aircraft carrier to safely dock in Haifa for a few days. Pray that those who serve at sea for long periods of time, sacrificing a normal life to serve their countries, will have fun and be blessed when these opportunities arise.

Scripture

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.


- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

IDF Soldiers Appreciation Week Thanks Troops throughout Israel

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President Reuven Rivlin honoring IDF soldiers (illustrative)

Monday, 03 July 2017 | From Thursday, June 29, to Saturday, July 8, a “week of appreciation” is being observed for IDF [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers throughout the country, including performances and visits to army bases with gifts. A joint project of the Israeli military and a welfare organization, this week is the first such observance.

Two major shows for soldiers will take place. The Yoter festival, to be held on July 5, is to be the larger, providing performances to 20,000. Performers will include Statik and Ben-El Tavori, Hadag Na’chash, Café Shachor Chazak, Natan Goshen and the military bands. Yoter is a recurring festival.

The following day, another musical event including Infected Mushroom, Hatikva 6, Eliad, Itai Levy and Adir Getz will take place at Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua, Yarkon Park. Some 15,000 soldiers are expected.

The chairman of United for Israel’s Soldiers, the organization behind the week, is Maj. Gen. (res.) Yoram Yair. He commented: “In addition to the ongoing activities that we hold for the benefit of IDF soldiers throughout the year, we are launching a new project that will enable tens of thousands of individuals, businesses and authorities to express their appreciation to IDF soldiers. The IDF is an essential element of our country, reflecting the character and identity of Israeli society. This week is an act of gratitude for their vital role in the future of the country”.

Throughout the week, businesses across Israel will offer soldiers significant benefits. Special mobile volunteer units will visit the bases throughout the country and will offer treats to the soldiers. Battalions that are adopted by “Adopt a Fighter” will receive special gift sets. Volunteers will set up special stations to distribute refreshments at IDF bases, funded by various organizations, including the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews, UK friends of the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, and the Friends of the IDF in the United States and Panama.

Additionally, volunteers will visit hospitalized soldiers, prepare parcels and write letters to soldiers together with schoolchildren. Kaveret, a chain of convenience stores for soldiers, will distribute snacks through its mobile volunteer units, which will reach the most remote outposts. They will also sell a variety of products at a subsidized price of only one shekel.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on 29 June 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO/wikimedia.org

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Prayer Focus
Bring all the Israeli soldiers before the Lord and thank Him for this week set apart to appreciate their service. Pray that their spirit will be recharged as must always be ‘on their toes’ and often outside in the hot sun. Ask God to bless them, their families and those who made this week possible.

Scripture

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the LORD’s people.


- Philemon 1:7 NIV

Israel to Help Kenya Reforest Dry Lands

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Vast arid plains in Kenya

Tuesday, 04 July 2017 | The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenya to help the African nation restore forests in dry areas, The Jerusalem Post reported last week.

The agreement will govern how KKL-JNF will assist Kenya in forestation and optimal water utilization efforts.

At the signing ceremony in Jerusalem, KKL-JNF chairman Danny Atar said the memorandum “illustrates the great importance KKL-JNF holds as an international environmental organization in sharing its knowledge and experience with the world.”

“Through support in and development of arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya, which suffer from a lack of food security, KKL-JNF helps prevent climate refugee emigration and radicalization in the area,” he added.

Dry land ecosystems often don’t get the attention they deserve, even though they comprise roughly 40% of habitable land and are home to some 30% of the world’s population, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, said at the ceremony.

Because these areas face significant ecological challenges, they are often populated by some of “the most disenfranchised and marginalized people in the world,” she noted.

“As we proceed to implement the MoU, we shall come up with designs and appropriate mechanisms for restoration of degraded dry land spaces and the establishment of forests in the dry lands,” Wakhungu added.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 30 June 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Praise God that Israel is able to bless Kenya with science and knowledge to bring back productivity to their drylands and assist with reforestation. Pray that this effort will also bring security as it helps to restore the agricultural situation in Kenya.

Scripture

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.


- Proverbs 11:25-26 NIV

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