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Friday, October 22, 2021

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Every week, we post seven to ten news stories from Israel with a suggested prayer focus and scripture for each one, guiding readers how to pray for Israel’s most urgent needs. This Prayer Update is also sent to over 18,000 subscribers every Friday by e-mail. Please contact us at intl.office@bridgesforpeace.com if you would like to receive this Prayer Update by e-mail.

Israel’s Archenemy Hezbollah Boasts of 100,000 Trained Fighters

by Ilse Strauss

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Hezbollah fighters marching at a ceremony

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 | Hezbollah, Israel’s archfoe and the terror organization perched on the Jewish state’s northern border in Lebanon, boasted yesterday that its prowess extends to some 100,000 fighters—trained, armed and ready.

According to the head of the Shiite Iranian terror proxy, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, “the region has never seen Hezbollah as strong as it is now.”

The terror chief’s live televised boast was, however, not directed at its Jewish neighbors. Nasrallah’s statement was meant for his fellow countrymen, leveled as a threat at the right-wing Christian Lebanese Forces, whom he accused of seeking to drag the country into a civil war.

The charge comes in the wake of the worst street violence in over a decade in Beirut on Thursday in which seven Shiite Muslims, including Hezbollah members, were killed.

Last week’s clashes erupted amid simmering tensions over the ongoing investigation into the devastating August 4, 2020, explosion at the capital’s port in which more than 215 people were killed. Hezbollah is highly critical of the judge in charge of the probe, claiming that he seeks to politicize the investigation and lay the responsibility for the blast on the terror group.

In his speech, Nasrallah accused the Christian Lebanese Forces of starting the fight on Thursday in an attempt to drum up panic among Lebanon’s Christians over Shiite Muslim Hezbollah’s intentions. The Christian Lebanese Forces, in turn, pointed a finger at Hezbollah, accusing them of incitement against the judge in the investigation and sending supporters into a Christian neighborhood to spark unrest.

Regardless of who shoulders the blame and how the festering feud may unfold, Israel is sure to take note of Nasrallah’s statement. The Lebanese terror group currently takes one of the top spots on the list of Jerusalem’s most imminent threats—and for good reason. Hezbollah openly hails Israel’s annihilation as its chief aim, possesses an impressive arsenal of sophisticated weapons to achieve the objective and is perched within easy striking distance on the Jewish state’s northern border.

Armed, funded and backed by Iran, Hezbollah is highly secretive. In fact, Nasrallah’s reference to Hezbollah’s manpower is considered a historic first. If the terror chief’s boast of 100,000 fighters holds true, it would make Hezbollah a bona fide terror army, outnumbering Lebanon’s 85,000-man-strong armed forces.

Israel and Hezbollah have faced each other on the battlefield once during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, and experts agree that a second round is a matter of when, not if. But this time, they say, Israel will face a foe that is more determined, more devious, battle-hardened and armed to the teeth. This round, they warn, will be bloodier, more violent and costlier than anything Israel has experienced in nearly half a century.

According to Maj.–Gen. Uri Gordon, chief of Israel’s Home Front Command, Israelis should brace for a volley of up to 2,500 rockets raining down daily in the event of war between the Jewish state and the terror group.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 19, 2021)

Photo Credit: khamenei.ir/commons.wikimedia.org

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Prayer Focus
Cry out to the Lord for peace in Lebanon. Pray that civil war will not break out on Israel’s northern border, and beseech Him that Hezbollah’s weaponry will never be successfully used against His chosen nation.


Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloodthirsty men.

- Psalm 59:1–2

Report: Israel Approves Budget to Block Iran’s Path to the Bomb

by Kate Norman

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Israeli F-15s (illustrative)

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 | Israel has reportedly approved a budget of US $1.5 billion to prepare for a strike on Iran’s nuclear development program, according to a Channel 12 news report.

The money will help purchase aircrafts, intelligence gathering—which could include satellites—and special armaments, according to the news report, which did not cite sources.

The funds would reportedly be taken from the current budget (NIS 3 billion, over US $930 million) as well as next year’s projected budget (NIS 2 billion, over US $620 million).

This comes amid attempts to return to the seemingly never-ending Vienna talks, where Western powers spent multiple rounds attempting to draw Iran back into the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The talks stalled in June, however, when Iran elected its new hardliner president, Ebrahim Raisi. Other than vague promises of “soon” from Iran, there have been no concrete plans to return to Vienna.

But the Islamic regime has reportedly continued its nuclear development under the table. A report issued last month by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) warned that Iran was potentially within a month of achieving a nuclear weapon.

The regime does not appear to have met that deadline, but the report added that the regime could still acquire a “significant quantity” of uranium needed to build a nuclear weapon within three months.

Iran has been the number one topic of conversation in high-level Israeli–US meetings recently, particularly during Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to Washington DC last week.

“Iran is becoming a nuclear threshold country,” Lapid said during a visit with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Every day that passes, every delay in negotiations brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb.”

But Israel isn’t going to sit around and wait to see what happens with the on-again-off-again Vienna talks. The Jewish state has the right to act against Iran, Lapid asserted.

“That is not only our right; it is also our responsibility,” the foreign minister stated. “Iran has publicly stated it wants to wipe us out. We have no intentions of letting this happen.”

Favoring the diplomatic, vague route, Blinken hinted that there are “other options” if Iran refuses to reenter the nuclear agreement.

Lapid then took it a step farther: “Yes, other options are going to be on the table if diplomacy fails. And by saying other options, I think everybody understands here, in Israel…and in Tehran what it is that we mean.”

But maybe Washington too is preparing for an alternate means of halting Tehran’s nuclear progression, as the US Air Force announced last week that it had successfully tested the 5,000-lb (2,300-kg.) bomb.

Likely able to destroy underground bunkers, the GBU-72 Advanced 5K Penetrator, nicknamed the “bunker buster,” could target Iran’s underground nuclear sites.

Such an attack would depend entirely on the US, however, as Israel does not possess a plane large enough to carry such a heavy bomb, the Times of Israel reported.

And the Jewish state is willing to act independently against Tehran’s nuclear development.

“Iran’s nuclear program has hit a watershed moment, and so has our tolerance,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the United Nations General Assembly last month. “Words do not stop centrifuges from spinning…We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 19, 2021)

Photo Credit: TSGT Kevin J. Gruenwald, USAF/nara.getarchive.net

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will speak clearly to Israel as to when and how to deal effectively with Iran’s nuclear program. Ask Him to strengthen and encourage Israel in every way, drawing their hearts toward Him as they face the eventuality of dealing with Iran alone.


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

- Isaiah 41:11–12a

Israeli, German Air Force Take to Jerusalem Skies in Joint Exercise

by Kate Norman

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Israeli and German jets flying together (illustrative)

Monday, 18 October 2021 | Israeli and German jets soared side-by-side over the Jerusalem skies on Sunday afternoon, kicking off the “Blue Flag” joint exercise between the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and a number of other countries.

It’s not likely a sight that anyone living 60 or 70 years ago imagined they would see: a Luftwaffe fighter jet—painted with the German flag alongside the Israeli flag—flying wing-to-wing with an Israeli jet over the capital of the Jewish state.

The flyover marks the first time a German plane has flown over the skies of Jerusalem since the First World War, the Times of Israel noted.

The flight was led by IAF Commander Maj.–Gen. Amikam Norkin and Lt.–Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, head of the German air force.

Norkin piloted an F-15 jet, and Gerhartz flew an “Eagle Star” Eurofighter adorned with both nations’ flags, as well as the German eagle next to the Star of David.

Jerusalemites going about their day stopped when they heard the loud roar of the low-flying planes and stared in awe at the V-shaped formation, few of them aware of the significant symbolism flying just overhead.

Before the flyover, Norkin and Gerhartz visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial site in Jerusalem “to honor Holocaust victims and ensure a future of tolerance and peace,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted.

Together they took place in a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, where the Luftwaffe officer stood beside his Jewish counterpart, lit the eternal flame of remembrance and laid a wreath in memory of the Holocaust victims.

“We still feel the suffering of the Jewish victims of the Shoah [Hebrew for Holocaust],” Gerharz said in a speech. “Our responsibility will not expire. The eternal flame of remembrance must not fade.”

The event took place just over a year after Israeli fighter jets flew over the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and the site where 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Yesterday’s flyover, dubbed “Wings of History,” is part of the larger “Blue Flag” joint exercise hosted by the IAF in conjunction with the air forces from Germany, France, India, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Blue Flag opened yesterday and will run until Thursday, October 28.

“The exercise provides the opportunity to conduct joint tactical flights against a variety of threats using advanced technology,” the IDF said on its website. The exercise will provide the participating countries with experience in air-to-air and air-to ground combat as well as advanced surface-to-air missiles.

Norkin said in a statement:

“We are living in a very complicated region, and the threats to the State of Israel from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria and Iran are only increasing. Holding an international exercise in this current reality, while continuing our overt and covert operational activities on all fronts, is of utmost strategic importance and has extensive impact over the IAF, the IDF and the State of Israel.

“This exercise is groundbreaking in terms of technology, quality of training and the number of participating nations,” the IAF commander added. “It illustrates the partnership and strong bond between the nations’ air forces and acts as a stepping stone toward regional and international cooperation.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 18, 2021)

Photo Credit: IDF/Flickr.com

Photo License: Flickr

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for this groundbreaking exercise, bringing together the air forces of half a half dozen countries and for the historic interaction between Israel and Germany. Pray that the partnership and strong bond between these nations will truly be a stepping-stone toward regional and international cooperation, but also a strong deterrent for the enemies of peace in the region.


Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!

- Psalm 31:19

Palestinian Protesters Clash with Israeli Police outside Old City

by Haim Goldich, Asaf Zagrizak

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The Damascus Gate in eastern Jerusalem

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City in some of the worst violence the capital has seen since the Gaza war in May.

Police said Palestinians hurled stones at passing vehicles, shattering windows. No injuries were reported.

Israel Police officers, alongside Border Police forces, used riot control measures in an attempt to quell the unrest. Police reported that at least 22 people have been arrested for allegedly taking part in the disturbances.

The clashes, which came after days of smaller skirmishes between Israeli forces and Palestinians, erupted shortly after thousands marched through east Jerusalem in honor of the birthday of Islam’s founder, prophet Muhammad, according to Muslim tradition, led by local activists of the Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] movement.

Police told students from the nearby Ateret Cohanim Yeshiva [religious school], who were passing through the capital’s Old City, to take an alternative route around the area, calling the situation there “life threatening.”

Violent clashes between police and Palestinians in the area played a key role in the escalation of tensions in the run-up to the 11-day war between Israel and Gaza Strip terrorist factions in May.

On Monday, transit bus company Egged [was] ordered to reroute all its buses away from the area due to the ongoing unrest, which has seen Palestinians throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police.

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on October 19, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Jenna Solomon/bridgesforpeace.com

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will protect and strengthen Israel’s security forces, empowering them to quell these kinds of disturbances quickly and without the loss of life. Beseech Him for strategies that will allow Israel to bring an end to the violence and restore quiet to Jerusalem, the city He loves.


No one has been able to stand against you to this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand, for the LORD your God is He who fights for you, as He promised you.

- Joshua 23:9b–10

Lapid Concludes US Visit with Meetings with Legislators and Jewish Leaders

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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid with Conference of Presidents CEO William Daroff

Friday, 15 October 2021 | During the third and final day of his visit to the United States on Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with an array of lawmakers and Jewish groups, including leaders of member organizations that make up the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

In a joint news release following the meeting, Conference of Presidents chair Dianne Lob, CEO William Daroff and Vice Chair Malcolm Hoenlein said they were honored to host the meeting on Lapid’s first visit to the United States in his current position.

According to the release, Lapid spoke to the group about the importance of the US–Israeli relationship, and the need to keep the safety and security of Israel a bipartisan issue, believing that it remains critical to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community.

“The Jewish community around the world is our family. That’s why I was glad to spend time with leaders from the [Conference],” he tweeted. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work together to advance the issues we all care so deeply about.”

The Conference also commended the strengthening of relationships with Arab states that entered into the Abraham Accords—notably, the United Arab Emirates [UAE]—through the trilateral meeting held on Wednesday between Lapid, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“We are grateful for this partnership, and for today’s meeting, which reflects the enduring strength of the US–Israel relationship. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the US–Israel relationship, to develop and advance the progress of Israel’s diplomatic engagement through the Abraham Accords, to combat the growing threat of the extremist regime in Iran, to work together to combat the scourge of global anti-Semitism, including through promoting the adoption of the IHRA [International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance] definition, as 51 of our member organizations have done, and to engage on many other issues of mutual concern,” wrote the leaders.

Lapid spent the rest of the day holding leisurely meetings with organizational leaders and lawmakers on the outdoor patio of the Café du Parc, attached to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, a block from the White House.

Among the lawmakers he met with included Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), who is Jewish.

“It was a great opportunity to discuss the future of the US–Israel relationship and thank him for his support for Israel’s security,” Lapid wrote on Twitter.

He was joined by representatives from AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee], which tweeted: “The US–Israel partnership is deeply rooted in shared values, strategic interests and a commitment to improving the lives of the people of both countries.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on October 14, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Yair Lapid/Twitter/JNS.org

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for PM Lapid’s meetings in the United States. Pray that his discussions with US lawmakers will foster continuing bipartisan support for the nation of Israel, strengthening the partnership between the two countries. Pray also that his meetings with Jewish leaders will result in an ever-deepening bond between America’s Jews and their ancient homeland.


As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

- Psalm 18:30–32

Israel to Allow 3,000 More Work Permits for Palestinians from Gaza Strip

by JNS

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Gazan laborers arrive at an Israeli checkpoint to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot in a temporary medical facility.

Thursday, 21 October 2021 | Israel announced on Wednesday that it is issuing work permits for 3,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter the country, bringing the total to 10,000.

COGAT, the Israeli defense body that controls Palestinian civil affairs, said the decision was “conditional upon the continued preservation of the region’s security stability for the long term,” AP reported.

Palestinians come to Israel mainly for employment in the fields of construction, agriculture and manufacturing.

Israel has also relaxed other restrictions since the 11-day conflict in May with Hamas and other terror factions in Gaza with concessions meant to solidify the cease-fire.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] work in Israel, according to the report.

In related news, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz directed Maj.–Gen. Ghassan Alyan, the Israel Defense Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), to approve the registration of some 4,000 Palestinians to the Palestinian Population Registry on Tuesday.

An appearance in the registry is necessary for West Bank Palestinians to receive Palestinian ID cards and passports. The Palestinian Authority manages the Palestinian Population Registry in coordination with Israel.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on October 20, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90/JNS.org

Prayer Focus
Pray that Israel’s decision to increase the number of work permits for Palestinians will be seen as an act of good faith, causing a decrease in violence. But pray also that such an action will not open Israel’s doors to terrorists who would use their access to carry out acts of terror and violence.


“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.”

- 2 Samuel 22:2–3

Erdan Blasts UN Security Council for Ignoring Iran’s Behavior, Stirring Conflict

by JNS

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan addressing the Security Council

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan sharply criticized the UN Security Council for not holding the Palestinian leadership accountable for its actions, including its decision to invite former PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] senior leader Hanan Ashrawi to speak to the Council and ignoring Iran’s malevolent behavior during an open debate on the Middle East.

“Unfortunately, rather than pushing peace forward, the Security Council’s debates on the Situation in the Middle East only seem to perpetuate the conflict. Rather than helping to turn the vision of peace into a reality, these debates create an alternate and false reality,” said Erdan. “These biased debates give the Palestinians the illusion that they will never be held accountable for their crimes and that all of their radical demands could be granted by the international community. The unbalanced discussions only serve to strengthen Palestinian rejectionism of any further negotiations with Israel, thereby maintaining the conflict.”

Erdan continued, saying “the latest example of this absurd approach is the decision to invite, as a representative of civil society, an individual who was a member of the PLO Executive Committee and who has been a Palestinian politician for decades. What’s next? Will you invite Hassan Rouhani and [Mohammad] Javad Zarif as representatives of Iranian civil society? Ashrawi is not just a lifelong spokesperson for the Palestinian political leadership; she is an opponent of peace. Following the Abraham Accords, she condemned these historic peace agreements and claimed that the leaders of the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and Bahrain had been ‘coerced and cajoled’ into making peace with Israel. Does the Security Council really want to give a platform to an enemy of peace?”

On Iran, Erdan said: “While some members of the Security Council remain stuck in the mud of their anti-Israel obsession, the real threat to global security, is quickly advancing. Iran continues to progress towards its goal of becoming a nuclear threshold state. The murderous ayatollah [honorary title bestowed on high-ranking Shiite Muslim clerics in Iran] regime continues to openly violate its international commitments in the fields of enrichment, stockpiling, uranium metal and advanced R&D while obstructing the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]. It is using the diplomatic talks to buy time so that it can enrich uranium to near weapons-grade levels while gaining nuclear know-how that can never be reversed.

“At the same time, Iran continues to spread death, destruction and instability throughout the region, as it seeks to advance a Shiite hegemony over the Middle East and exports terror around the world…

“Let me be clear: Israel favors a diplomatic solution. A diplomatic solution that would truly prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state…

“Yet seeing as Iran poses an existential threat to Israel, the State of Israel can never and will never allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state. We will do whatever is necessary to stop Iran’s nuclear drive and counter the threat from its armies of proxies, along and beyond our borders.”

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on October 19, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Screenshot/JNS.org

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will bring an end to the UN’s blatant anti-Israel bias, and beseech Him that the likes of Hanan Ashwari, longtime hater of Israel and proponent of war, never be given a platform to address the nations with her virulent anti-Semitic rhetoric.


A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

- Proverbs 14:5,7

Worst Cyberattack in Israel’s Health History Cripples Hospital

by Kate Norman

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The worst medical cyberattack in Israel’s history has northern hospital crippled (illustrative).

Friday, 15 October 2021 | A hospital in northern Israel is scrambling to continue working as normal in the aftermath of a cyberattack, while cybersecurity experts are working to get its systems back up and running—a process that could take months.

Hillel Jaffe Hospital, which lies just south of Caesarea, on Wednesday fell victim to a ransomware attack, forcing the hospital to shut down its internal technology network.

The hospital’s administrator, Dr. Amnon Ben Moshe, told the Times of Israel that the hospital staff is still working without access to internal medical records and administrative systems.

He added that they don’t know the extent of the damage or how long it will take to get back to normal. “We have no idea,” he said. “We just worked all night.”

Despite the system shutdown, staff at Hillel Jaffe are reportedly going about their work mostly as normal, albeit using alternative methods.

Medical workers were forced as a result of the system shutdown to write down patients’ information by hand instead of entering it into the computer system. They had access to patient records by accessing the national database but were locked out of the hospital’s internal patient records.

The hospital’s critical equipment is still functional, the Jerusalem Post reported, but a significant amount of backed-up data is gone.

Being forced back into the analog workflow instead of using their computer systems for instant access, doctors had to walk back and forth between departments to get lab results and work with their patients, causing delays in treatment.

The hospital also had to turn away non-urgent patients while dealing with the fallout, instead referring them to nearby hospitals or medical centers for treatment.

Other hospitals in Israel are taking extra precautions and increasing their cybersecurity for fear of a similar attack.

Cybersecurity teams are reportedly working round the clock to go through the systems to get everything back online, increase security and check that the hackers did not leave any “back doors” to get back into the system later.

The attack was “the nightmare of anyone in my job,” the IT chief at the hospital, Rivka Rudensky, told the Times of Israel yesterday.

“Everyone is on the edge of their chairs, trying to make sure it’s over, but we are still meeting and taking steps,” Rudensky said.

Experts in cybersecurity compared the attack to similar events in hospitals in other countries and estimated it could take months to get all the systems back up and running as normal.

The vice president at an Israeli cybersecurity start-up told the Times of Israel that “right now, the hospital is likely in the containment phase, making sure the attack doesn’t spread and trying to ensure all critical operations are still working. Then comes the investigation and recovery phase to determine what exactly happened and try to recover data.”

Israel’s Channel 12 news reported that the hackers demanded a ransom of US $10 million to unlock some of the systems that are still barred access. Policy dictates that the hospital not respond to the hackers, so a third-party company reportedly is dealing with the attackers on the hospital’s behalf.

A cyber unit of Lahav 433, known as “Israel’s FBI,” opened a criminal investigation into the attack, according to the Israeli Police spokesman, working in conjunction with international law-enforcement agencies to identify the hackers and hold them accountable.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 15, 2021)

Photo Credit: Richard Catabay/Unsplash.com

Prayer Focus
Pray for the staff and patients of Hillel Jaffe Hospital. Cry out to the Lord that services will continue as usual and that people will receive the care they need as technicians work to get systems back online and restore data. Beseech the Lord that they will be able to accomplish these goals in a miraculously short time, and pray that the perpetrators will be located and prosecuted quickly.


Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.

- Psalm 57:1

Israel, UAE to Blast off into Space Together

by JNS

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NASA released photos of the crash area by SpaceIL’s “Beresheet” spacecraft, which failed to land on the moon. 

Thursday, 21 October 2021 | Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement on Wednesday to cooperate on space exploration—specifically, on the “Beresheet 2” mission to the moon scheduled to launch in 2024.

“Beresheet 2” is planning to become the first mission to execute a double landing on the moon, reported i24 News.

“Over the past few months, we have forged a strong and strong relationship with senior UAE officials who seek to establish a deep relationship based on shared values ​​of education, technology and inspiration for the younger generations of the two peoples,” said SpaceIL founder Morris Kahn.

“Beresheet 2” is Israel’s second attempt to land on the moon after the first mission crashed on the moon’s surface in April 2019. The upcoming mission will carry a satellite to determine the exact time for the new moon, as both Jews and Muslims use lunar-based calendars.

In related news, Israel Aerospace Industries will lead the Israeli Space Exhibit at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress to be held in Dubai from October 25 to October 29.

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on October 20, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/JNS.org

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will protect and direct the plans and preparations for Israel’s next mission to the moon. Pray that her cooperative effort with the UAE will bring only blessing to both nations and further strengthen their relationship.


Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.

- Psalm 108:5