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Two Israelis Murdered in Palestinian Terror Attack
by Elisha Ben Kimon, Itay Blumenthal, Elior Levy, Roi Rubinstein and Rotem Elizera
Monday, 8 October 2018 | A man and a woman in their 30s were pronounced dead after being critically wounded, and a 54-year-old woman was moderately wounded in a shooting terror attack carried out by a 23-year-old Palestinian in the Barkan industrial area in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].
The woman who later succumbed to her wounds was found handcuffed on the floor. The 54-year-old told the paramedics she heard a loud noise and went to check its source. After seeing her, the terrorist shot at her and she hid under a table.
Some 5,000 Palestinians are employed in Israeli-owned businesses in the Barkan industrial area.
Security camera footage shows the Palestinian escaping the scene after shooting three people.
The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] called the shooting attack “a serious terror attack.”
According to the defense establishment, there was no prior intelligence regarding intentions to carry out the attack.
Security forces are currently conducting a manhunt to capture the assailant who fled the scene.
MDA [Israel’s ambulance service] Paramedics received the report about the shooting at 7:39 am, arrived at the scene and began giving initial treatment to the wounded.
The now moderately wounded woman was evacuated to the Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva in severe condition after enduring a gunshot to her stomach.
She is no longer in a life-threatening condition.
The police and IDF closed the area and are currently conducting extensive searches for the perpetrator who resides in the village of Shweika near Tulkarem. According to estimations he is still armed.
The initial investigation indicates that the suspect arrived armed with an M-16 assault rifle to one of the offices in the Barkan industrial area, which symbolizes coexistence between Arab and Jews who work there together.
He then went up to the second floor, opened fire and injured three people.
The suspect worked for seven months in the industrial area and was granted a work permit which was supposed to expire next month.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the terror attack at the opening of the government meeting.
“This was a very severe terror attack in which two Israelis were brutally murdered and a citizen was also wounded,” the premier said.
“The security forces are in pursuit of the assailant. I am certain that they will apprehend him and we will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law.
“On behalf of myself and all government ministers I would like to send condolences to the families of the two people who were murdered and our hopes and prayers for a swift recovery for the woman who was wounded,” he concluded.
Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Regional Council dubbed the incident as “a serious security incident.”
“This is a serious incident in an area which symbolizes a bridge of coexistence in the West Bank. More than 8,000 employees work in the Barkan industrial area, with half of them being Jewish and half residents of the Palestinian Authority [PA],” he explained.
“I see here Arabs and Jews who sit together and cry,” he exclaimed.
“I want to stress one thing—this incident is very grave, but we’ll never break. The Zionist enterprise will continue vigorously operating in the West Bank as well as all over Israel,” he asserted.
“We will continue building settlements, and developing the education and the industry. This despicable incident won’t deter us. We will never break,” he stated.
The Hamas terror organization welcomed the terror attack. “The Barkan shooting is a new chapter in our resistance in the West Bank,” Hamas said.
“The incident has proven that the attempts of the Palestinian Authority to normalize relations with the Zionist occupier are unsuccessful.
“The Palestinian youth wants confrontation,” the terror organization added.
Daoud Shehab, an Islamic Jihad spokesman, described the shooting attack as reply to “Israel’s war crimes in Gaza, Jerusalem, the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and the damage Israel causes to the al-Aqsa mosque.”
“We call on our people to rise up against the settlements terror until the West Bank is free from it,” he added.
President Reuven Rivlin also addressed the terror attack, saying “I’m appalled and distressed by the horrible terror attack carried out in the Barkan industrial area. My heart goes out to the victim’s families, and I pray for the recovery of the woman who survived. This was an attack against the idea of Israelis and Palestinian coexisting, and living peacefully side by side.
“I call upon the Palestinian leadership to condemn this despicable terror attack and to join the efforts of finding the assailant and his accomplices,” Rivlin said.
“We will not rest until the law is exhausted with the perpetrators,” he added.
IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis explained that a chase is being conducted to capture the terrorists, while the Shin Bet [Israeli internal security organization] is investigating the incident.
Manelis said despite that the terrorist had a work permit, the fact he managed to enter the factory with a rifle is yet to be examined.
“The terrorist might have additional motives (which are not nationalistically motivated), but that doesn’t change the fact this is a terror attack,” he added.
“The industrial area is a zone of coexistence where Palestinians with a work permit are employed alongside Israelis. We’ll review this incident and decide how to proceed from here. Nevertheless, preserving the coexistence is one of the army’s missions,” the IDF spokesperson went on to say.
He also noted that 3,300 Palestinians with a work permit are currently employed in Barkan as well as a similar amount of Israeli Jews.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted, “The IDF and the security forces are conducting a manhunt to capture the terrorist. It’s only a matter of time until we apprehend him (and bring him to justice).”
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Youtube/Euro News (in English)
Ask the Lord to comfort the victims and family members of this horrific attack. Call upon the Lord to reveal to the IDF the hiding place of the murderer that he might be brought to justice.
But I know your dwelling place, your going out and your coming in, and your rage against Me. Because your rage against Me and your tumult have come up to My ears.
Israeli Communities on Gaza Border: “Life Here is Intolerable”
by Matan Tzuri, Elior Levy
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 | The residents of kibbutz Kerem Shalom have expressed their anger and frustration amid the continuous launching of incendiary kites and balloons into the Gaza border communities and the burning of tires during the weekly “March of Return” riots on the Gaza border fence.
More than 2,000 fires have broken out during the past six months, consuming thousands of dunams [acres] of farmland and natural groves.
Throughout Friday, at least seven fires erupted in the Gaza border communities as a result of incendiary balloons flown into Israel from the Strip. Firefighter teams gained control over the fires.
An average of 20 fires sparked per day as the kites and balloons terrorism began. Several months later, an average of 10 fires broke out each day, and currently the figures show some 12 conflagrations erupt daily.
Meanwhile, as the negotiation talks to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas reached a dead end, the Gaza border fence riots turned much more violent.
Some 20,000 protesters gathered Friday along the Gaza border fence to take part in the weekly border clashes, burning tires and hurling explosive devices at IDF [Israel Defense Forces] troops.
Kibbutz Kerem Shalom was covered with a cloud of thick smoke as a result of the tire burning.
Firefighting teams operating at the scene used super-sized fans in an attempt to prevent the smoke from penetrating the kibbutz.
Gaza division commander Brig. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs arrived to the community to encourage its residents. However, they lashed out at him, saying, “The situation here is intolerable.”
“The Palestinian protest is dictating our lives. We are living in a black suffocating cloud of smoke and tear gas,” they vented.
“We don’t intend to contain this situation, which disrupts our lives,” the Kerem Shalom residents exclaimed.
“We are strong and determined to stay here and raise our children, even under challenging conditions,” one asserted.
Earlier, Yair Farjun, head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, sent a letter to the Kerem Shalom residents regarding a possible escalation on the border fence.
“We are all aware of the option of a military escalation. The decision to increase the IDF deployment as well as Iron Dome batteries stress the concern of escalation. The IDF adopted a protocol according to which it faces security challenges and its activity is daily.
“The Ashkelon Regional Council is closely monitoring any security developments, and I’m in constant contact with the IDF and the security forces,” Farjun wrote.
“The instructions are to maintain routine procedure. The security coordinators and the emergency teams are informed, and are prepared to assist the Gaza border communities, its residents and all those seeking their help,” he concluded.
During the weekend’s border fence skirmishes, rioters set alight tires and threw explosive devices at IDF troops, who responded with riot control measures, which for the first time included the use of sponge-tipped bullets.
However, this week’s protests were less violent than those taking place during the past few weeks.
The Hamas terror organization said, “The response to the Israeli threats against the ‘March of Return’ campaign…was the mass participation in the protests,” adding that “those who participated decided that nothing would stop them from marching until their goals are achieved.”
The Palestinian Health Ministry said three demonstrators aged 12, 24, and 28 were killed during the riots, and 126 were wounded.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that in response to “grenades and explosive devices” hurled at troops during the protests, an IAF [Israeli Air Force] aircraft carried out two airstrikes on Hamas terror posts in the Strip. The statement added that some protesters crossed the fence to throw grenades on Israeli territory before returning to the Strip. No Israeli casualties were reported.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the situation on the southern border during Friday’s meeting with German federal minister for foreign affairs Heiko Maas.
“Israel would take strong action against Gaza for every action against Israel and the residents of the south,” he stressed.
In addition, the newly elected leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhala, spoke publicly for the first time since his official appointment a week ago, warning the Gaza border communities’ residents.
“Death is life for our people and life for our children, and capitulation is our death. The Israeli aggression against the ‘March of Return’ campaign and the killing of our people must stop,” he stated.
“The resistance must take responsibility for this. It has the ability to turn the Gaza border region and its settlements into a place that is not life worthy,” Nakhala threatened.
“We say to (Palestinian president) Mahmoud Abbas: our people’s historical enemy doesn’t understand words of peace and compromise, but of war and sanctions,” Nakhala said, addressing Abbas.
“We’ve recently worked to strengthen our relations with all parties, especially with Hamas,” he added.
Prior to the demonstrations, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman conveyed a message to Hamas leaders.
“We got through the High Holy Days just as we had planned, without a war erupting and while exacting a heavy price from the rioters on the Gaza border,” Lieberman tweeted. “But the holidays are now behind us, and I tell the heads of Hamas: ‘Take that into account.'”
Lieberman thanked the IDF troops for their hard work defending the border fence, wishing them “Shabbat Shalom.”
The defense minister held security consultations on Thursday with the IDF chief of staff, the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, the coordinator of government activities in the territories (COGAT) and other senior defense officials to discuss the situation in Gaza.
For the past eight months, fires sparked by incendiary balloons and kites have ravaged the south of Israel. With Hamas terrorists showing no signs of letting up, the situation is dire—and growing worse by the day. With every balloon or kite that strikes its target, more land is torched. The residents of southern Israel are resilient; determined to weather this new form of terror. However, they need our help to do so.
Bridges for Peace recently donated the funds required to purchase two lightweight firefighting trailers for the Eshkol region, which shares the largest strip of border with Gaza and is the hardest hit by this arson terrorism. The security chief of the Eshkol region cried when he heard the news.
While our help is certainly appreciated, the communities’ needs are much greater than our current ability to respond. That is why we appeal to Christians to donate to our Crisis Assistance Fund so that we can help Israel fight the kite terror, quench the blazes and restore what has been destroyed.
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Youtube/Jewish National Fund
Pray for the brave families that are living within reach of Hamas terror. Beseech the Lord to have mercy on them and bring this violence to an end.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; in the secret places he murders the innocent; his eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless. Arise, O LORD! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble.
The Critical Security Challenges Israel Has to Face
by Amos Yadlin
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 | As the last quarter of the year 2018 begins, Israel faces security challenges in six different arenas: the Iranian nuclear program, the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and Lebanon, the supply of the S-300 system to Syria, the threat from Hezbollah, the escalation in Gaza and the unrest in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].
The most important one is the Iranian nuclear program. Even if there are not going to be any drastic developments this year, it is still possible that the Iranians will withdraw from the nuclear agreement and fully resume its nuclear activities, following the United States decision to re-impose sanctions on the country.
Alongside the intelligence efforts to expose illegal Iranian activity, the diplomatic efforts aimed at Europe and the justified criticism of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ineffective supervision—Israel needs a strategic operational plan, which would be coordinated with the United States, and will prepare the groundwork for when Iran eventually renews its nuclear activities.
As for consolidation of Iranian military presence in Syria and Lebanon—despite the painful blow that Iran suffered last May, it is determined to continue building advanced military capabilities in these two countries that will threaten Israel. So far, Israel’s determination to thwart Iran’s efforts has not been weakened, even though there are risks—as evidenced by the downing of the Russian spy plane by Syrian military that tried to intercept an IDF [Israel Defense Forces] attack. Expanding these capabilities to Lebanon is something that Israel will not be able to put up with, and it increases the volatility along the northern border.
The S-300 anti-aircraft system is already in Syria in order to ensure “the security of the Russians in the country,” according to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The far more sophisticated S-400 is already in Syria as well, but for now it is intended to only be used by the Russian military. However, if it is neglected and left at the disposal of the Syrian army, the operational freedom of the Israeli Air Force [IAF] will be significantly limited and Israel will have to destroy it, which could potentially increase the tensions with Russia, and certainly with Syria.
The highest level of explosive potential is in the West Bank, and especially in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian [Authority] president Mahmoud Abbas is even tougher on Hamas than Israel. He refuses to help implement interim solutions needed for ceasefire arrangement and adds to the ever growing economic pressure on the residents of the Gaza Strip and on the ruling terror group. It seems that Abbas is interested in sparking a military confrontation between Hamas and Israel, which would deliver a mortal blow to Hamas and strengthen the Palestinian Authority [PA].
In light of the fact that the indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas are at a dead end, the terror group has escalated the border violence, as it promised it would, which lead to a rapid increase in the number of incendiary balloons launched from the Strip into Israel and subsequently the number of dead and wounded among the Palestinians. We have returned to the starting point of last spring, when we were at the brink of a large scale operation.
There is no quiet in the West Bank either. The frustration there—coupled with the pressure the Trump administration puts on the PA and Abbas’s political weakness—could lead to a popular or organized violent uprising. In order to overcome these challenges, Israel needs, first and foremost, a broad coordination with the United States. In addition, renewed understandings should be reached with Russia when it comes to promoting common interests in the northern arena and maintaining a balance between thwarting threats, credible deterrence and efforts to prevent escalation in the region.
Photo Credit: PM of Israel@IsraeliPM/twitter.com
Pray that the Lord will give Israeli leaders the wisdom and strategic plans they so desperately need to handle the security challenges they are facing. Pray for the coordination with the United States and Russia that is so necessary to prevent escalation in the region.
Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”; lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
Palestinian Protesters Breach Israel–Gaza Border Fence
by Elior Levy and Matan Tzuri, Itay Blumenthal
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 | A video from Monday afternoon’s protests in Gaza shows several Palestinian rioters sabotaging the border fence in the Zikim area and breaching it.
At the height of the violent clashes on Monday, some 5,000 Palestinians were rioting by the border fence, throwing explosives, grenades and stones at IDF [Israel Defense Force] soldiers, and setting fire to tires that sent up thick smoke billowing throughout the area.
One of the protesters was able to breach the border fence and enter Israel, but returned to the Palestinian side within minutes.
Also during the clashes, a grenade blew up in the hand of the Palestinian trying to throw it at IDF soldiers. Both the Palestinian holding the grenade and others in his vicinity were injured.
The IDF Spokesman’s Office said troops responded to the rioting with crowd dispersal measures “in accordance with the rules of engagement.”
Eleven rioters were wounded from IDF fire, according to the Gaza health ministry.
At the Gaza shore, several dozens of vessels sailed Monday afternoon towards Israeli waters in an attempt to break the naval blockade on the Strip. The Palestinians also set fire to tires placed on rafts in the water.
This was the 11th flotilla that was launched as part of the “March of Return” campaign.
Meanwhile, the Qatari Red Crescent announced a $15 million investment in Gaza for medical and water-related projects. Among other things, the money will be used to buy dialysis and ultrasound machines, as well as medicine and fuel for hospitals in addition to funding a system to collect and purify rainwater and to the development of a sewage system.
Ask the Lord to supernaturally intervene and bring the violence at the border fence to an immediate end. Pray that those who attempt to break the blockade would turn back from their plans.
Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God!
For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
For First Time since Downing of Russian Plane, Netanyahu Set to Meet Putin
Tuesday, 9 October 2018 | Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will soon be meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin, which would be the first meeting between the two leaders since errant Syrian fire downed a Russian military plane last month, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.
Netanyahu announced the proposed meeting at the beginning of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting. He said that he would meet with Putin “in order to continue the important inter-military security coordination” in Syria. He added that, despite the diplomatic fallout since the incident, “Israel will act at all times to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria.”
However, the Post observed that since the downing of the Russian plane, which the Russian military blamed on Israel, “there have been no reports of Israeli action against Iranian or Hezbollah targets in Syria.”
Though the Russian government usually publishes readouts of calls between Netanyahu and Putin, the Kremlin only listed Netanyahu as being one of the world leaders who sent birthday wishes to Putin.
The meeting would be the fourth between Netanyahu and Putin over the past two years. They most recently met over the summer, before Putin met with United States president Donald Trump. At the time, Netanyahu said that he had received assurances from the Russian leader that the latter would not allow Iranian troops near Israel’s border.
Despite the tension over the downed plane, Israeli and Russian delegations are beginning a two-day meeting to bolster economic ties between the two countries, The Times of Israel reported Monday. Among the topics to be discussed are trade, pension payments to Russian immigrants in Israel, health and education.
Israel is also engaged in talks with member states of the Russian-dominated Eurasian Customs Union on establishing a free trade deal.
Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on October 8, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Youtube/IsraeliPM
Pray for God’s great wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu as he meets with Russian president Putin. Ask the Lord to strengthen the relationship between these two nations, which is critical to Israel’s security at this time.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Merkel: Palestinians Must Accept Israel as Jewish State
Monday, 8 October 2018 | While reiterating her support for a two-state solution for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, German chancellor Angela Merkel supported the Israeli demand that the Palestinian Authority [PA] accept Israel as a Jewish state, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.
Merkel, who wound up her two-day trip to Israel Thursday, answered a question to the Times, saying that she “asked questions” about Israel’s recently passed Jewish state bill. The chancellor continued, “And yet, we recognize the Jewish state. And if there is supposed to be peace, an enduring peace, between Israelis and Palestinians, then of course it cannot be that all states say Israel should be a Jewish state, with democratic rights for minorities that live here, but the Palestinians don’t say it.”
PA president Mahmoud Abbas, on numerous occasions, has stated that he would never accept Israel as a Jewish state.
Earlier, Merkel had said that she planned to call Abbas and ask him questions about his views of peace talks with Israel, including his policies regarding Gaza. And while the chancellor expressed a preference for a two-state solution, she allowed that there are “many other” possible ways to solve the conflict.
Merkel’s suggestion that there could be other ways to bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians echoes comments by [US] president Donald Trump, who expressed ambivalence about a two-state solution in February 2017. Trump then said of other possible solutions, “If Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.” However, Trump, in a meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week at the United Nations [UN], said that he thought that a two-state solution is “what works best.”
Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on October 5, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)
Photo Credit: PM of Israel@IsraeliPM/Twitter.com
Thank the Lord for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and her demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) do the same. Pray that her actions will have an influence on other nations who at this time are opposed to Israel’s Jewish state bill.
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.
Incendiary Balloon Terror Continues to Spread Inland
by Kate Norman
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 | Israeli Police responded to an incendiary balloon found in Givat Ze’ev, a neighborhood just 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) north of Jerusalem on Monday. The device caused no damage or injuries, but the police sent it off for inspection.
The balloon was found in the courtyard of a home in the area. The homeowner didn’t realize what it was at first and spent a few minutes looking at it before calling the police, who evacuated the object from the home and shut down the entire street.
“It was very stressful,” Almog Peretz, the owner of the house, told Ynetnews. “We understood that it was an incendiary balloon and that a disaster was avoided.”
Ever since the so-called “March of Return” violent demonstrations erupted on the Israel–Gaza border in March this year, Palestinian rioters have been attaching flammable material, Molotov cocktails and even explosive devices to balloons and kites to send over the border into Israel. Over the past eight months, fires sparked by arson terror have caused severe damage to Israeli communities bordering Gaza, burning over 7,000 acres of land, including nature reserves, farmland and crops, and causing millions of shekels in damages.
In recent weeks, these incendiary kites and balloons have been found farther in the center of Israel, closer to big cities like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Last week, a balloon was found over 60 kilometers (37 miles) away from the Gaza border in Modi’in, a city halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Another was found in a neighborhood in western Jerusalem.
Police said it was “unlikely” that these balloons have traveled all the way from Gaza, leaving open the possibility of attacks now coming from within Israel’s own borders.
According to the Jewish Press, Palestinian terrorists in Judea and Samaria may very well be borrowing the Gazan arson terror strategy in an attempt to set areas in the heart of the Jewish state ablaze. The aim behind copying the terror tactic would be to replicate the destructive fires raging in the south nearer the center of the land, thus threatening Israel’s main population centers.
The police have warned people to be vigilant of suspicious objects and report them immediately.
How You Can Help
Though the incendiary balloons found farther into the center of Israel haven’t caused any damage yet, fires caused by balloons and kites launched from Gaza continue to raze the south of Israel. Palestinian terrorists continue to launch these weapons daily, damaging more land, crops and livestock.
Bridges for Peace became directly involved in the relief efforts by donating much-needed funds to purchase lightweight firefighting trailers for the Eshkol region. This land borders much of Gaza and has suffered greatly from the arson terror.
While our help is certainly appreciated, the communities’ needs are much greater than our current ability to respond. That is why we appeal to Christians to donate to our Crisis Assistance Fund so we can help Israel neutralize and contain the fires from these terror attacks.
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 10, 2018)
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Youtube/Today News
Pray that the farmers who have been devastated by arson terror will receive the help they need to restore their infrastructure and crops. Beseech the Lord to grant wisdom and innovation to the IDF, enabling them to intercept these devices and bring this form of terror to an end.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.
Though the incendiary balloons found farther into the center of Israel haven’t caused any damage yet, fires caused by balloons and kites launched from Gaza continue to raze the south of Israel. Palestinian terrorists continue to launch these weapons daily, damaging more land, crops and livestock. Bridges for Peace became directly involved in the relief efforts by donating much-needed funds to purchase two lightweight firefighting trailers for the Eshkol region. This land borders much of Gaza and has suffered greatly from the arson terror. While our help is certainly appreciated, the communities’ needs are much greater than our current ability to respond. That is why we appeal to Christians to donate to our Crisis Assistance Fund so we can help Israel neutralize and contain the fires from these terror attacks.
Ambassador Haley, Who Urged UN to Reform and Stop Bullying Israel, Leaving Post at End of Year
Wednesday, 9 October 2018 | The United States Ambassador to the United Nations [UN] Nikki Haley, who urged the UN to reform and its members to stop singling out Israel, announced that she would be leaving her post at the end of the year, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Though she described her time representing the US at the world body as “an honor of a lifetime,” she expressed a desire to take time off from serving in public office after two years at the UN and six years as governor of South Carolina.
“It was a blessing to go into the UN with body armor every day and defend America,” Haley said from the Oval Office, sitting next to President Donald Trump. “I’ll never truly step aside from fighting for our country. But I will tell you that I think it’s time.”
Trump said that Haley had “done a fantastic job,” and that “we’ve done a fantastic job together.” He added that “we hate to lose you.” According to the president, Haley had told him earlier this year that she wished to leave the UN at the end of the year.
The Times described Haley as “an outspoken and often forceful envoy—someone whom foreign diplomats looked to for guidance.”
In a profile of Haley written prior to last month’s UN General Assembly meeting, the McClatchy news service described the ambassador as “the administration’s most visible and outspoken fighter against what she describes as the ‘anti-Israel bias’ in the United Nations.”
Elliott Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration, told McClatchy that Haley has been “a great champion of Israel in the Security Council.”
Israeli leaders across the political spectrum expressed their regret over Haley’s resignation.
Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin praised Haley as “an uncompromising advocate of American policy towards the Middle East and Israel.” Former Labor Party MK Einat Wilf wrote, “All too often it seems that in the United Nations, the Nations are United only when it comes to picking on Israel. In this environment, Ambassador Nikki Haley @nikkihaley, stood towering as our fierce defender. For two shining years we knew in our kishkes [gut] that we were not alone.”
Israel’s former head of military intelligence and current director of the Institute for National Security Studies, Amos Yadlin, wrote, “During her term Israel received political and diplomatic backup unprecedented in the UN or any other platform.”
“Thank you Amb. Haley for standing for the truth and exposing hypocrisy at the UN,” wrote Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Just as the people of Israel are grateful for the rock solid support @POTUS Trump has provided Israel in the Oval Office, we are grateful for the rock solid support you’ve provided Israel at the UN.”
After witnessing her first UN Security Council meeting focusing on the Middle East, Haley declared that the US would “not turn a blind eye” towards the UN’s anti-Israel bias. This past summer she reiterated those sentiments saying that “there won’t be any more free passes for those who bully Israel at the UN.”
Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on October 9, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)
Photo Credit: Embassy of Israel@IsraelinUSA/twitter
Thank the Lord for Ambassador Haley, her support for Israel and the advances she has made at the United Nations. Pray that her successor will be equally strong on behalf of Israel and those critical issues that threaten the peace and safety of the entire world.
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.
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