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Friday, June 10, 2022

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Israeli Official: Iran Accumulates Enough Enriched Uranium for Three Bombs

by Itamar Eichner ~ Ynetnews

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Enriched uranium

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 | An Israeli official said late on Monday that Iran has already accumulated enriched uranium in sufficient quantity to make three nuclear bombs.

The International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] said in its latest report on Iran’s nuclear program published last week that it “estimated that, as of May 15, 2022, Iran’s total enriched stockpile was 3,809.3 kilograms [8,398 lbs.].”

The UN watchdog also reiterated that it still had questions that were “not clarified” regarding previous undeclared nuclear material at three sites named Marivan, Varamin and Turquzabad.

“The IAEA board of governors will vote on a decision to call on Iran to live up to its commitments but will not criticize the Iranian regime,” the official said.

If the vote will pass, Iran will face political pressure for the first time since negotiations between world powers and the Islamic Republic on a return to the 2015 nuclear deal began.

“Judging by public statements, it seems Iran is beginning to feel pressured by the pending IAEA decision,” the official said.

He expressed his hope that following the IAEA vote, the UN Security Council will then consider sanctions on Iran, if not immediately, “then in the long run,” the official said.

The outline proposed by the IAEA to close the case against Iran for violating the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] has failed, the official said.

“Iran has not been able to answer the UN watch dog’s questions,” he said, adding that there were insufficient explanations given by Tehran and that the Iranian government was “caught in lies while attempting to explain its actions.”

The officials also said that there is concern over large amounts of enriched uranium of up to 60%, which could produce three atomic bombs.

In a background briefing, the official said US President Joe Biden gave a clear commitment to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] will not be taken of the list of terror affiliated organizations by the administration.

“We and the Americans are heading towards a coordinated policy,” he said.

“As part of the shift in the US policy on Iran, decisions were made in the past week, regarding oil smuggling and the IRGC, meant to finance terrorism by Iran and its proxies. We believe this is just one step that will be followed by others,” the official said.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Ynetnews on June 7, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Beseech the Lord to continue to bring to light the snares and traps Iran has hidden in its attempt to deceive the world about its nuclear activities. Thank Him for the alertness of the IAEA and its unwillingness to be pacified with Tehran’s lies and partial answers.

Scripture

The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me.


- Psalm 140:5

US Slams UNHRC’s ‘One-sided, Biased’ Report against Israel

by Tamir Morag ~ JNS via Israel Hayom

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Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay heads up the commission.

Thursday, 9 June 2022 | The US State Department on Tuesday night issued a scathing rebuke of a United Nations Human Rights Council [UNHRC] report on the May 2021 Gaza conflict that blamed Israel’s “perpetual occupation” of Palestinian areas for the flare-up.

The State Department reiterated its opposition to the “open-ended and vaguely defined nature” of the UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry and said it “represents a one-sided, biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace” between Israelis and Palestinians.

“Israel is the only country subject to a standing agenda item at the HRC [Human Rights Council] and has received disproportionate focus at the HRC compared to human rights situations elsewhere in the world,” the State Department added.

“While no country is above scrutiny, the existence of this [Commission of Inquiry] in its current form is a continuation of a longstanding pattern of unfairly singling out Israel. We reengaged with and later re-joined the HRC in part to be in a better position to address its flaws, including this one, and we will continue to seek reforms,” it continued.

The commission, headed by former UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, is the first to have an “ongoing” mandate from the UN rights body. Critics allege that permanent scrutiny testifies to an anti-Israel bias in the 47-member state council and other UN bodies.

The United States quit the UNHRC in 2018 under former President Donald Trump over what it described as its “chronic bias” against Israel, and only fully rejoined this year.

Unusually, as stated, the three-member Commission of Inquiry has an open-ended mandate, which one diplomat said was already a sensitive issue. “People don’t like the idea of perpetuity,” he said.

The commission’s members are from India, South Africa and Australia.

Israel slammed the report as well, rejecting it as heavily biased in favor of the Palestinians and said it is “part and parcel of the witch hunt carried out by the Human Rights Council against Israel.”

The Foreign Ministry accused commission members of ignoring Palestinian violence, incitement and anti-Semitism.

“The commission members, who claim to be objective, were only appointed to their roles because of their public and well-known anti-Israel stances, in direct opposition to the rules set out by the United Nations,” it said in a statement.

The 18-page report is almost entirely focused on alleged Israeli transgressions and only devotes a few paragraphs to the thousands of rockets and terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups over the years.

It largely recaps efforts by UN investigators over the years to grapple with the causes of Mideast violence, and the authors acknowledged it was in part a “review” of previous UN findings.

“What has become a situation of perpetual occupation was cited by Palestinian and Israeli stakeholders to the commission as the one common issue” that amounts to the “underlying root cause” of recurrent tensions, instability and protracted conflict, the authors wrote. They said that “impunity” for perpetrators of violence was feeding resentment among Palestinians in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], Gaza and eastern Jerusalem.

The report’s authors cited “credible” evidence that “convincingly indicates that Israel has no intention of ending the occupation.”

The report also voiced criticism of Palestinian leaders, saying the Palestinian Authority frequently refers to the “occupation” as a justification for its own human rights violations.

While prompted by the 11-day conflict against Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, during which 4,000-plus rockets were fired towards Israeli population centers, in which 250 Gazans (nearly half of whom were combatants) and 13 people in Israel died, the inquiry mandate includes alleged human rights abuses before and after that date, and seeks to investigate the “root causes” of the tensions.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate via Israel Hayom on June 8, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: U.N. Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Like Israel’s enemies of old, the current UN Human Rights Council has consulted against God’s people. Give thanks for the strong support offered by the United States in condemnation of the biased report. Pray that other nations would follow suit and stand with Israel against these accusations.

Scripture

For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You:


- Psalm 83: 2, 5

Liberia to Open Official Office in Jerusalem

by Itamar Eichner ~ Ynetnews

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The capital building in Monrovia, Liberia

Thursday, 9 June 2022 | Liberia announced on Wednesday it will open an official office in Jerusalem that will serve as a precursor to a full-fledged embassy in the future.

This makes the West African nation the fifth country to open a mission in the Israeli capital, after the US Guatemala, Kosovo and Honduras.

Despite its relatively humble population size of around 5 million people, Jerusalem considers Monrovia [capital city of Liberia] an important actor on the multilateral stage that has been consistently standing alongside Israel in recent years, both at the United Nations and the African Union.

An official delegation from Liberia featuring cabinet ministers met with Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll and President Isaac Herzog, to whom they submitted a formal letter announcing their intention to open an official trade office in the city.

During their meeting with Roll, the Liberians were very concrete about opening their office in Jerusalem and received a detailed explanation of the procedure.

They said they will finalize a request for a location in Jerusalem within a few weeks and that they wish to advance the move at full speed. Liberia also requested aid from Israel in agriculture, water management and tourism.

After the meeting, Roll said that “Liberia is a true friend of the State of Israel and opening an official Liberian office in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is good news for the relations between the two countries.”

“Liberia is a loyal supporter of Israel at the United Nations and we are happy to deepen diplomatic ties with it. We will continue to act so that as many countries as possible open their missions in Jerusalem, where they belong. Welcome, Liberia!”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Ynetnews on June 8, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: David Stanley/flickr.com

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Prayer Focus
Give thanks for this good news that a fifth country has begun the process that will culminate in the opening of an embassy in Jerusalem. Ask the Lord to richly bless the nation of Liberia for their steadfast friendship and support of Israel both at the UN and the African Union.

Scripture

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.


- Proverbs 17:17

Israeli Forces Fire Warning Shots after Lebanese Troops Cross Blue Line

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Israeli soldiers patrolling the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 | An Israel Defense Forces [IDF] unit stationed on the Lebanese border in the Ramim Ridge area fired warning shots on Sunday morning after spotting Lebanese soldiers crossing the Blue Line, according to Israeli media reports. The Lebanese troops withdrew following the warning fire, and the IDF continued its operations as normal, according to Ynet.

The Blue Line, which runs for 120 kilometers [75 mi.] along Lebanon’s southern frontier, is a “line of withdrawal” set by the United Nations in 2000 for the purpose of confirming the withdrawal of Israeli forces from south Lebanon.

This was the third time in the past seven days that the IDF and LAF [Lebanese Armed Forces] came into close contact, according to the report, which cited IDF sources as saying that Lebanese “operatives” dressed in civilian clothes had accompanied LAF forces during Sunday’s incident.

The IDF unit involved in the incident comprised officer-course cadets from the Geffen Battalion. Lebanese media outlets released footage of the unit.

“The IDF has, this year, enabled infantry cadets from the officer’s school battalion to conduct operational activity on the Lebanese border as well, as part of their training,” according to Ynet. In the past, the battalion was only operationally active in Judea and Samaria.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 6, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Basel Awidat/Flash90/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Pray for the security of Israel’s borders and the IDF units that are stationed along them. Pray especially for Israel’s northern border with Lebanon, which is seeing increased hostile activity. Give thanks that the battle belongs to the Lord and that He has armed Israel’s soldiers with strength.

Scripture

For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose against me.


- 2 Samuel 22:40

Adviser to Mahmoud Abbas Continues to Incite Violence against Israel

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Mahmoud Al-Habash

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 | Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations and PA Islamic judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash repeated the libel that Israel seeks to harm all Muslims by destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to a report by Palestinian Media Watch [PMW] on Tuesday, Habbash described the duty of the Palestinian to “defend” not only itself, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, but nothing less than “Islam, the Koran and the entire Islamic nation” from Israel.

“Jerusalem is in the most complicated and difficult situation in its history, as the occupation (i.e., Israel) wants to change its identity and character so that it will be a city without the Al-Aqsa Mosque and without the Dome of the Rock,” he said, as quoted in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

Habbash, according to PMW, “added that Jerusalem will only be the capital of Palestine and emphasized that Jerusalem will again be free, and that Allah’s victory is approaching.”

Habbash was quoted on official PA TV in April describing the month of Ramadan as “not a month of laziness but rather a month of activity, effort and hard work, and as it also was in the life of the prophet, a month of jihad [“struggle,” war with unbelievers (in Islam)], conquest and victory.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 7, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
In the face of Palestinian rhetoric that “Jerusalem will only be the capital of Palestine,” call upon the Lord, reminding Him that He has chosen this city to be His eternal dwelling place. Proclaim the words of Psalm 132 in its entirety, but especially verses 13 and 14 which follow below.

Scripture

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”


- Psalm 132:13–14

Report: Israeli Missiles Strike Targets South of Damascus

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The tripoint border between Israel, Syria and Jordan

Wednesday, 8 June 2022 | The Israel Defense Forces reportedly fired missiles at targets south of Damascus on Monday night, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

According to the report, the missiles targeted “some sites in the Damascus southern countryside,” and that Syrian air-defense units “downed most of the hostile missiles.”

“At 11:18 p.m. on Monday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial act of aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, SANA quoted a Syrian military source as saying, adding that “only material damages were reported.”

The opposition-affiliated, London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the Israeli strike targeted the Kisweh region south of Damascus, where Iranian-backed Shiite militias are based.

The observatory said that “Syrian air defenses successfully intercepted most of the missiles but missed two, which slammed the base.”

On May 10, Syrian state media reported that five people were killed and seven injured in an Israeli airstrike in Hama province in west-central Syria.

Israel launched “bursts of missiles” over the Mediterranean at 11:20 p.m., triggering air-defense systems, according to a report by SANA at the time.

Four members of the Syrian regime’s air-defense personnel, including a lieutenant, were among those killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 7, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Michael Giladi/Flash90/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Ask the Lord to grant the men and women inside Syria who are gathering intelligence for Israel His wisdom. Pray that Israel would receive information about military targets in a timely manner and know what to do with that information.

Scripture

He [God] uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light.


- Job 12:22

Ethiopian Immigrants Touch Down at Ben Gurion in Continuation of ‘Operation Rock of Israel’

by Eliana Rudee ~ JNS

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Ethiopian Jews arrive at Ben Gurion airport as part of Operation Rock of Israel

Friday, 3 June 2022 | A total of 180 new Ethiopian immigrants landed in Israel on a flight chartered by the Jewish Agency for Israel on Wednesday, accompanied by dozens of leaders from Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and in coordination with the Israeli government.

The flight was one of several set to take place in the coming months in continuation of “Operation Tzur Israel” (“Rock of Israel”), which began in December 2020 and has reunited 3,000 new immigrants with first-degree relatives who previously immigrated to Israel. A second flight landed at Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday, bringing an additional 160 immigrants.

Ahead of the flight, journalists and Federation leaders met with the Jewish community of Gondar, where the Ethiopian Jews are concentrated, on a multiple-day mission, from Sunday through Wednesday.

On Sunday, journalists sat with several families preparing to immigrate. Without any nostalgic belongings, they packed in their luggage food, clothing and baskets to make traditional injera bread. The Ethiopian immigrants—currently residing in one-room mud, wood and stone huts with without flooring, electricity or running water—will move into absorption centers when they arrive. Despite their harsh living conditions, they have maintained a strong Jewish identity and carried on Jewish communal traditions.

The Jewish Agency has 20 staff based in Ethiopia to prepare families and organize flights to Israel in coordination with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, and cooperation with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

When they land, the new immigrants will live in absorption centers for the next two to three years, with minimal costs and financial support as they learn Hebrew, acclimate to Israeli society, begin working, enter the education system and undergo a conversion process.

“It is our responsibility to help them as they take their first steps in Israel,” said Yaakov Hagoel, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and acting chairman of the Jewish Agency.

‘The Fulfillment of a Years-long Dream’

On Monday, the group visited an old synagogue in Ataya (a Jewish community that has since made aliyah [immigration to Israel]) and heard from Micha Feldmann, a former Jewish agency shaliach [Chabad member who promotes Judaism around the world] and scholar in residence.

They traveled to Kossoye, hearing personal stories from “Operation Moses” in which 14,000 Ethiopian Jews traveled by foot to Sudanese refugee camps before immigrating to Israel in the late 1970s and through the mid-1980s. The journey took months by foot, and almost half didn’t reach the Sudanese refugee camps, some turning back and another 4,000 people losing their lives during imprisonment by Ethiopian and Sudanese authorities, as well as by hunger, thirst, disease and asphyxiation from the cramped trucks that drove the group to the Hercules Airfield in Sudan.

Monday was also the day following Jerusalem Day, when the Ethiopian people memorialize the 4,000 lost in “Operation Moses” and Israel celebrates the reunification of the Israeli capital in 1967. The group lit Yizkor [memorial] candles at a cemetery in the former Jewish village of Woloka, which has existed for at least 200 years. A sister cemetery for the 4,000 also exists at the Mount Herzl cemetery.

On Tuesday, the group davened [recited liturgical prayers] Shacharit [morning prayer] services with several hundreds of men, women and children from the Ethiopian Jewish community of Gondar. Together, they sang Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah” [“the Hope”], and had a Torah [Gen.–Deut.] service. The group of immigrants made final preparations for their flights to Israel.

On the Wednesday flight from Addis Ababa to Israel, the group was accompanied by Hagoel and Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina Tamano-Shata, the first Ethiopian-born woman to enter the Knesset [Parliament].

Tamano-Shata’s advocacy efforts led to the government’s decision in October 2020 that launched “Operation Tzur Israel.” The operation is being supported by the JFNA, which announced a campaign of more than [US] $7 million to support its continuation, as well as Keren Hayesod; the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; and friends of Israel from Korea.

The operation has reunited 2,000 Ethiopians with their family in Israel with another 3,000 planned. One man (as quoted by the Jewish Agency), Yeshorok, who made aliyah with his wife and son in February 2021 after waiting for 12 years to immigrate, said, “Everything that has happened to us since immigrating is the fulfillment of a years-long dream and beyond our expectations.”

Speaking to the group the night before the flight, Tamano-Shata acknowledged that “we have a big responsibility to do the right thing…[The Ethiopian Jewish] struggle is my struggle, and it must be the struggle of Israel and the Diaspora [Jewish population outside Israel]…The people of Gondar have been waiting to come home after many years, and now they know they have friends in Israel.”

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 2, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Rejoice that we are seeing the fulfillment of the prophet Jeremiah’s words in our day. Pray that these children of Abraham who have sojourned in the nations for millennia will be fruitful and multiply in the Land of Israel.

Scripture

But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.


- Jeremiah 23:3

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Anti-regime Iranian Activists Visit Israel to Garner Support and Spread Awareness

by Israel Kasnett ~ JNS

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From left: Amir Hamidi, former US attaché in the United Arab Emirates; Zohreh Mizrahi, president of the Persian American Civic Action Network (PACAN); and Alex Selsky of the Israeli Victory Project

Monday, 6 June 2022 | As European and American negotiating teams continue to convene in Vienna in an attempt to sign a new nuclear deal with Iran, the Iranian people have taken to the streets to protest the rising cost of living. Food and gasoline prices have risen, and clean water is scarce.

Unemployment is high, and prices of goods have skyrocketed. Western media outlets will have readers believe that Iran’s economy is tanking due to United States-led sanctions only, but there is more to the story; in fact, one group of Iranian-born activists is on a mission to ensure it is heard.

Last month, the Shoshana Mission—a delegation of Iranian-born academics, lawyers, journalists and activists living in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany—visited Israel for 10 days to create awareness for their cause, which is to topple the Iranian regime and ensure a free, democratic and secular Iran.

The delegation held formal meetings with senior Israeli officials and civil society leaders. Among others, they met with Alex Selsky of the Israeli Victory Project, expressing support for its goal to resolve the Israel–Arab conflict by convincing Palestinians that the Jewish state is here to stay.

The mission was organized by Zohreh Mizrahi, president of the Persian American Civic Action Network (PACAN). She emphasized that they do not want help from the international community to bring about regime change. That, she said, the Iranian people can do on their own.

What the group is asking, she said, is for the international community and the media to “cease censorship, bias, favoritism and appeasement of the Islamic Republic.”

Mizrahi told JNS that the only country “consistently speaking against the Islamic Republic is Israel. We need to change that.”

She also noted that while the regime and its leaders project an image of being spiritual and holy, nothing could be further from the truth.

“The tolerance by Western governments not to say anything against religion is giving the regime power to present this false narrative,” she said. “We want to change that. We want to tell the world that they are not faithful Muslims. They are hypocrites. They are desanctifying the cloth and religion to destroy Iran. They do not have any sense of nationalism. They don’t care about the Iranians.”

The regime, she said, “is a mafia.”

Mizrahi noted that now the mission is “focusing on creating unity, an alliance, among friends.”

According to her, while Israel has consistently been on the side of Iranians, many other countries have not. With the Abraham Accords seeing so much success, the group has been pursuing support from the agreement’s partners, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

She called on Israel’s media to create a stronger focus and provide better coverage of what is happening today in Iran. In her view, if the media in Israel and in Western countries can get on board and start highlighting the protests in Iran, as well as other activities by opposition groups, the Iranians could bring about change.

“Regime change has to come from inside Iran,” she said. “It has to be the will of the Iranian people. It is happening as we speak.”

“International media must pay attention to the protests against the regime in Iran,” she added. “People are shouting slogans against the regime and its senior leaders.”

‘A Cult, a Mafia, a Cartel Organization’

Iran is crumbling at the seams; society is fed up. A collapsed building in May in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan resulted in 31 dead. Protesters took to the streets of the city, angry over shoddy construction and enforcement. The city’s rage has caught on across Iran; at a recent soccer match, thousands of Esteghlal FC national soccer team fans chanted “Abadan, Abadan.”

But the regime has long ignored the needs of the Iranian people and instead is focused solely on enriching its stockpile of uranium closer to weapons-grade levels as it threatens the United States and Israel with annihilation.

Amir Hamidi, former US attaché in the UAE, told JNS the regime is “dangerous not only to the Iranian people but dangerous to the region, including Israel.”

He said the Iranian regime is “a cult, a mafia, a cartel organization.”

“It is time that the United States, European Union and Middle Eastern countries realize this before it gets too late,” he added.

Nazenin Ansari, the editor of the London-based Persian-language weekly online newspaper Kayhan Life, spoke of Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution, during which thousands of Iranians poured into streets across the country to protest the regime.

Ansari told JNS that had former President Barack Obama paid closer attention and acknowledged that, instead of the empty promise like the red line he said he would not allow Syria to cross if it used chemical weapons (which it subsequently did), “they would have succeeded.”

The group sounded hopeful that change in Tehran can be achieved, even after so many years of fighting for it.

Asked who they would want to see as a logical replacement for the regime, the group said only one name has come up, polling at more than 30%, and that is Reza Pahlavi, the oldest son of the former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Still, they insisted, this could only happen if the world understands the domestic situation within Iran. As long as the Iranian public sees that the world supports them, they will have the hope and motivation to continue their fight against the regime.

“We want coverage of whatever is happening in Iran,” said Mizrahi. “I believe change is going to happen.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 3, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Courtesy/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Pray that the truth spoken by this delegation of Iranians would not be quenched but would be established. Pray for the Iranian population who are protesting against the regime—that the media would begin to tell the whole story rather than lies.

Scripture

The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.


- Proverbs 12:19

Bennett: Laser Missile Shield to Cost US $2 per Interception

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the INSS Israel conference discusses laser-defense systems and their cost.

Monday, 6 June 2022 | A laser-defense system Israel plans to deploy next year to block enemy rockets and drones will cost just [US] $2 per interception, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday.

He stated in a tweet: “If firing a rocket at Israel costs terrorists [US] $20,000” and “intercepting that rocket costs Israel [US] $100,000,” then “what would happen if Israel’s new ‘Iron Beam’ laser system could intercept that rocket at [US] $2 per shot?”

“This is a global game-changer for Israel and the free world,” Bennett said in a video he tweeted.

Israel’s Ministry of Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced the completion in April of a series of tests using a high-powered, ground-based laser to intercept threats in the air.

The laser shot down unmanned aerial vehicles, mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles during the trials.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on June 3, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Twitter/jns.org

Prayer Focus
Give praise to the Lord who is well able to deliver and defend His people from their enemies. Thank Him for giving His people the ability to develop this affordable laser technology. Pray that it will be effective as well as economical.

Scripture

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.


- Psalm 59:1