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The Rope around Hamas’s Neck is Tightening, But for How Long Will it Hold?

by Elior Levy

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Playing to the media, Hamas toes the line with Israel.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said Friday that despite the media reports suggesting that the organization intends to tone down the violent border protests, no one has actually asked Hamas to “stop the demonstrations,” adding that “even the Egyptian delegation made it clear it is our right to protest.” Radwan told the truth, he just did not tell the whole truth.

In the past two days, Israel and Egypt conveyed to Hamas, directly and indirectly, an unequivocal message—if the high level of violence during the border demonstrations remains, Israel will have to strike Gaza with a heavy military blow.

Hamas is an organization that knows how to adapt itself to the changing reality. It always knew.

What became obvious to Hamas over the past week is that, unlike the last month and a half, the rope around their neck has started to tighten, and this time Israel will not simply look the other way and absorb the violence. This time, the holidays are really over.

The message has been internalized by Hamas, as proven by the events of the past three days.

Wednesday’s statement by senior Hamas official Bassem Naim—made following the firing of a missile on the city of Beersheva that hit a residential home—said the incident prompted the group’s security forces to launch an investigation into finding the perpetrators behind the rocket attack.

While on Friday came the announcement from the March of Return campaign’s organizing committee, saying it intends to ask the demonstrators not to approach the border fence in order “to not provide Israel with an excuse to strike the Gaza Strip as it wishes.”

It was not a coincidence that Hamas chose to publish that statement in English, as the group intended to catch the attention of every Western ear but not the ears of the demonstrators themselves—which Hamas already knows how to control without the official announcements.

Nevertheless, for the 30th Friday in a row, the March of Return demonstration once again took place, with 10,000 protesters taking part in the event.

However, in recent weeks the number of demonstrators was around 20,000, with multiple Palestinians killed and wounded. This Friday there were several attempts to breach the border fence, but not a single protester was killed.

The security establishment described the demonstration as the quietest since the March of Return campaign began seven months ago, but the truth is that it was the mildest protest since the collapse of the ceasefire talks last month (mostly because of Mahmoud Abbas, but that is a different issue).

It is safe to assume that Israel is relatively satisfied by this development, and it will most likely allow once again Qatari-bought fuel to enter Gaza.

However, it’s unclear if the demonstration next Friday or the Friday after that will be similar in scope. The memory span of those in Gaza is very short, and no one can be sure that Hamas will not gradually escalate the border violence once again, if it decides that the quiet does not serve its interests.

In other words, Egyptian intelligence is no more than a pain relief pill—without a long-term solution to the core problem [that is] acceptable for both sides—which means the winds of war will blow once again much faster than we thought.

Maybe a rocket or two will once again hit an unexpected location, but this time there might not be another Miri Tamano to save her children on time and spare us a military campaign.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on October 20, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: IDF Blog/idf.il

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Lord will bless Israel’s Security Cabinet and other leaders with tremendous wisdom as they deal with escalating violence in and from Gaza. Ask the Lord for an end to the terror that is traumatizing innocent Israel civilians.

Scripture

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.


- Proverbs 4:11–12

Jordan Balks at Israel’s Commitment to Negotiate Land Lease Extension

by Ilse Strauss

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Jordanian foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, communicates Jordan’s refusal to negotiate on a land lease extension.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | A firm no. That is the Jordanian response to Israel’s commitment to negotiate the renewal of part of the 1994 peace treaty between Jerusalem and Amman that granted Israel a lease to two pockets of agricultural land along the countries’ shared border.

Speaking during an interview with a local television channel on Monday night, Jordanian foreign minister Ayman Safadi reiterated his country’s decision to walk away from the lease annexes in the 1994 accord—regardless of whether Israel wants to negotiate a renewal or not. Scrapping the clause will entail that both the Island of Peace just south of the Sea of Galilee and the Tzofar enclave in the Negev Desert—land which Israel has leased since the peace treaty was inked nearly a quarter of a century ago—will fall under Jordanian sovereignty in a year’s time.

“We will not negotiate over the sovereignty of these areas,” Safadi stated. “If we do open talks, the only question will be how we cancel these leased areas.”

Safadi’s statement comes in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge that Israel “will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the current arrangement.”

Israel ceded the two plots of land in question to Jordan when the countries signed their peace agreement 24 years ago. In two annexes to the accord, the Hashemite Kingdom did, however, lease both areas to Israel, allowing Israeli farmers to continue cultivating the land. The addendums stipulate that the lease agreement will run for 25 years, after which either party can decide for or against extending the lease, granted that a year’s advance notice is provided. October 25, 2019 marks the lease’s expiration date.

According to The Times of Israel, Jerusalem fully expected Amman to renew the agreement and was taken aback by the turn of events. Yet Safadi argued that the decision has been some time in the making. Moreover, he warned that international pressure to shake Jordanian resolve on the matter would bear no fruit and that the Hashemite powers-that-be were fully prepared to dig in their heels. “We will know how to deal with it,” he said.

Safadi’s comments come a day after Jordanian monarch King Abdullah II announced publically that the Hashemite Kingdom plans to pull out the lease agreement and that the Island of Peace and the Tzofar enclave would be in Jordanian hands on October 25, 2019.

“We are practicing our full sovereignty on our land. Our priority in these regional circumstances is to protect our interests and do whatever is required for Jordan and the Jordanians,” a statement issued by the Royal Palace said.

The decision is believed to come as a result of increasing demands by Jordanian extremists. According to The Times of Israel Amman has faced intense pressure over the past few months to nix the lease agreement and “reassert Jordanian sovereignty” over the two plots of land. A number of mass demonstrations as well as a letter of demand urging the government to walk away from the agreement signed by 80 members of government further upped the tensions.

The Jordanian public, the parliament and government enthusiastically welcomed King Abdullah’s announcement, with one lawmaker hailing the decision as “a positive step that restores dignity to the Jordanian citizen and sovereignty over his land.”

While Jerusalem’s commitment to negotiate an extension of the lease remains, Amman’s mind appears to be made up. Safadi is reportedly not the only high-level politician attesting to the Hashemite monarch’s resolve. According to Haaretz, sources in Jordan familiar with the details of the matter corroborate the foreign minister’s statement that “there is no chance that the government would reverse the decision.”

“The shot has already been fired, and not by a minister or the prime minster but by the king himself, so the ramifications of reversing the decision or even the king doing so are far more serious than extending the lease,” Haaretz quoted the source as saying. “It would be better for the Israeli government to enter negotiations about transferring the territory to Jordanian sovereignty and not to try to extend the annexes or to exert any kind of pressure on the king or the government.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 23, 2018)

Photo Credit: US Department of State/Wikimedia.org

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the Jordanian leadership will have a change of heart and mind, extending the land leases to Israel and allowing Israeli famers to continue growing crops on the Land the Lord has given them. Pray that Jordan will deal with the extremist element in their midst before it destroys the peace that exists between Jordan and Israel.

Scripture

“I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.


- Amos 9:14–15

Mossad Director Warns of Iran’s Expansionist Aspirations

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Mossad director Yossi Cohen warns against Iran’s expanding presence in the Middle East.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | Mossad [Israeli intelligence agency] director Yossi Cohen warned of Iranian expansionist aspirations in the Middle East in a rare public speech on Monday.

One of Israel’s main objectives, he said at a budget conference held by the Finance Ministry, is to “push Iran out of the (rest of the) Middle East. It has a strong presence on the Lebanese border thanks to Hezbollah; it has a strong presence on the Syrian border. And it is establishing its status more and more inside Iraq—both politically and militarily. Inside Iraq itself, we can see the Iranians operating exactly as they are in other areas of the Middle East by turning to the Shiite population.”

Cohen explained that the Iranian takeover of Iraq could lead to Tehran’s vision of a “Shiite Crescent” from Iran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. “Creating a Shiite territorial contiguity is possible for them,” he said.

The Mossad chief cautioned that “if we don’t push Iran out of the Middle East, with the help of all other countries in the world, we’ll reach a situation of uncontrolled expansion of Iranian forces in the Middle East.”

In addition to gaining a foothold in other countries in the region, Iran “has considerable long-term artillery capabilities that could cover large parts of the Middle East,” Cohen warned.

He said other countries in the region share Israel’s views of the Islamic Republic, with “some even defining Iran as their central existential threat, something the world should be aware of and deal with accordingly.”

The Mossad director called on other nations to follow the US example in changing their policy towards the expansionist Iranian regime.

“President Trump and the American State Department have written an entire new doctrine toward Iran. In it, they take into consideration everything that needs to be done to put Iran back in its right place in the Middle East,” he said.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on October 23, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Source: Kobi Gideon/GPO Israel/Wikipedia.org

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Prayer Focus
Pray that the message of an extremely dangerous, expansionist Iran will reach the ears of international leaders, causing them to join with Israel to rid the world of Iran’s very real threat to global peace.

Scripture

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 against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.


- Psalms 83:1–3

Israel Worried US Peace Plan Will Include Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital

by Itamar Eichner

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Israel fears the US peace plan will include a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem.

Monday, 22 October 2018 | Israel is worried the American peace plan will include a declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of two states—Israel and Palestine—in an effort to convince Palestinian [Authority] president Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table.

The Palestinians have been boycotting Washington since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. According to Israeli diplomatic officials, the Americans have since been trying to figure out how to pacify the Palestinian leader while at the same time also get the backing of the Arab world for the peace plan.

Israeli officials are worried that one of the enticements the White House might present to Abbas would be mentioning Jerusalem as the future capital of the Palestinian state.

“Trump wants a deal and he’s very serious,” a senior Israeli official said. “To the Americans, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is relatively easy to resolve and is ripe for the picking.”

The official said that if the Republicans lose power in the upcoming midterm elections, Trump might increase his efforts to reach a solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict so he could run for his second term with a big foreign policy achievement under his belt.

Including Jerusalem as a future Palestinian capital in the American peace plan could put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind, especially if he’s to call early elections. Netanyahu could stress to the Americans that such a recognition would raise a lot of objection on the right-wing and make it harder for him to build a coalition.

In such a case, the prime minister would likely ask to postpone the release of the peace plan until after the elections in Israel. The Americans are planning to release the plan by the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

In any case, there are quite a few influential figures in Washington who would work to ensure such a promise will not be given to the Palestinians, including US ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Senior Israeli officials revealed that the Trump administration has been working off three principles in forming the peace plan: anyone coming to the negotiating table would have to make concessions, and there would be no one-sided concessions; anyone leaving the negotiating table would pay a price; and anyone rejecting the presented outline will risk the next outline being more to his disadvantage.

Meanwhile, businessman and World Jew Congress president Ron Lauder, a friend of Trump, was recruited to help facilitate reconciliation between Abbas and the American president.

Last week, Lauder met with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Palestinian intelligence head Majed Faraj, Abbas’s close confidant.

While the White House denied Lauder was sent by Trump, he took advantage of the meetings to try to convince Abbas to return to the negotiating table with the American administration because the “deal of the century” will be better than he thinks.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on October 21, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Walkerssk/Pixabay

Prayer Focus
Pray that the US administration will proceed with great care and wisdom in presenting their peace initiative, making sure it is based on a true commitment to Israel and an understanding of God’s heart toward Jerusalem. Pray that the Israeli government will not be intimidated into accepting a plan that is not in the best interests of its nation.

Scripture

Like birds flying about, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; passing over, He will preserve it.


- Isaiah 31:5

Israel Uncovers Another Hezbollah Observation Post Disguised as Environmental Group

by Yoav Zitun

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Environmental group “Green Without Borders” is nothing but a front for terror organization Hezbollah.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 | Hezbollah continues to deepen its presence along the Israel–Lebanon border. The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] recently uncovered another Hezbollah observation post, the sixth in the past couple of years, a senior Northern Command official said Monday.

The organization uses these posts for military purposes. According to the IDF, Hezbollah members move along the fence, patrol Israel and form military infrastructure—all this in the guise of a fictitious green organization.

Similar to the five observation posts the IDF uncovered last year, this post—located in Al-Adisa village, opposite [Israeli] kibbutz [collective community] Misgav Am—is also apparently used for intelligence gathering through observing and capturing IDF activity in the region.

Hezbollah has set up this network of observation posts under the guise of a civilian organization called Green Without Borders, a Hezbollah-funded organization that promotes agriculture and environmental protection. In addition, the organization is establishing its military capabilities in Shiite villages located in southern Lebanon.

The IDF clarified that revealing this position disrupts and hinders the organization’s activity in the area.

“We voiced our concern over these posts to the UN [United Nations], but Hezbollah made it difficult for UN inspectors to do their job and examine the posts, claiming it is a private area. This is a blatant, daily violation of the UN Security Council resolution 1701, which prohibits any armed military presence south of the Litani River except for the Lebanese army and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). These are not forest keepers or ornithologists. The organization continues to deploy forces near the border and thinks that Israel is oblivious to this activity,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit explained.

Hezbollah’s post was exposed on the backdrop of Lebanese claims last year that Israel infiltrated Lebanese territory during IDF work on the border fence. The IDF strongly denied these allegations and even invited foreign and Israeli journalists two months ago to a location on the border near Rosh Hanikra, where construction work is being done.

“The IDF regularly monitors Hezbollah’s activity, as shown recently, and is aware of this operation and of other activities as well,” the army stressed.

In the context of these discrepancies, a deliberate or spontaneous clash between the parties—the organization’s activities near the border fence and the various locations still in dispute—could trigger a wider military confrontation between Hezbollah and Israel, 12 years after the Second Lebanon War.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Ynetnews on October 22, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube/Israel Defense Forces

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord that Israel’s defenders discovered yet another illegal structure whose only purpose is to spy on Israel and gather information that can be used against the Jewish state. Pray that such illegitimate organizations and their unlawful activities will be thwarted by the Lord.

Scripture

Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war.


- Psalms 140:1–2

Mother Who Rescued Sons Recalls Rocket Attack from Gaza That Destroyed Home

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Miri Tamano and her sons survived a direct rocket to their house by hiding in a bomb shelter.

Monday, 22 October 2018 | A woman who saved her sons by dragging them out of bed Wednesday morning before a rocket launched from Gaza hit their home in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba recalled that as soon as she and the boys reached the shelter, an explosion rocked the house, the Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Miri Tamano, a divorced mother of three, awakened after hearing a siren at about 3:30 in the morning, warning of an incoming rocket, and woke her three sons, ages 8, 9 and 12, brought them into the home’s bomb shelter and shut the blast door. Just after they closed the door, the rocket, carrying 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of explosives, hit. The four were rattled by the close call, but otherwise unharmed.

The explosion destroyed much of the second floor, where the boys’ bedrooms were located.

“We didn’t even manage to sit down and there was a mighty blast,” Tamano told an Israeli news show, Hadashot.

In recalling the incident, Tamano said she wasn’t a heroine, “I think we are committed to protect. But I think that perhaps I was to be a messenger from God, to give a message, first of all to everyone listen to the instructions from the Home Front Command. If I hadn’t closed the door we all would have been hurt.”

The Times noted that Tamano’s quick actions have been “credited with saving their lives, and likely keeping hostilities in the restive region from snowballing out of hand.”

Tamano described her family’s escape from harm as a “miracle” that “the whole of Israel saw.”

A neighbor of Tamano’s, Segev Naveh, told the Israel Project that he had not heard the siren and said of the rocket, “If it was falling on my house I would be dead for sure.”

Because they were victims of a terror attack, the Tamano family is eligible for benefits from the State. The Israel Tax Authority sent assessors to the house to evaluate the damage and sent the family an initial check for NIS 10,000 (US $2,700) to help pay for a hotel until a new residence could be found. Though the government will pay to rebuild the home, it will take months to complete the work.

When Hapoel Beersheba, the local soccer team, heard that one of the boys lost his wallet with the team’s logo on it in the attack, it provided uniforms for the three boys and made arrangements for them to meet the team.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on October 19, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube/Ynet

Prayer Focus
Thank God that the lives of this brave woman and her children were saved by her quick actions. Pray that the Lord will preserve them from psychological issues stemming from such a frightening event, blessing them with trust in Him. Ask the Lord to bless them with a quick return to their home.

Scripture

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.


- Proverbs 18:10

Israel Decries Biased Coverage of Gaza Rocket Fire in French Media

by Rachel Cadars and Itamar Eichner

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Biased French news sites fail to report the severity of the rocket attacks on Israeli innocents.

Friday, 19 October 2018 | The Israeli Embassy in Paris, in coordination with the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Spokesperson’s Unit, protested Wednesday against the coverage of Wednesday morning’s rocket attack by popular French news sites Le Parisien, and Le Figaro which focused on Israel’s retaliatory strikes, instead of reporting the damage caused to a house in Beesheva by Gaza’s rocket.

Following the protest, Le Parisien added a brief report about the rocket launch from Gaza: “A rocket fired Wednesday morning from Gaza into Israel causes damage in the city of Beersheva.”

However, the report’s headline remained: “Israeli strikes Gaza, Palestinian killed.”

Le Parisien’s article begins with the Israeli strike in Gaza. “The Israeli Air Force launched an offensive against targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to a rocket launch from Palestinian territory, a Palestinian was killed. Footage of the Israeli army shows a Palestinian man, who was preparing to launch a rocket, who was shot dead as a result,” the article read.

The article’s next passage further details the Israeli attack, while focusing on the Palestinian side: “‘Nazee Zanan, 25, was shot and killed in an air strike in the northern Gaza Strip,” the health minister said without elaborating. Meanwhile, the Israeli army published a video showing two men preparing to launch a rocket. One of them was wounded in an explosion soon thereafter, which apparently was carried out by Israeli forces.”

There is no mention of the events that prompted Israel’s retaliatory strike until the middle of the article, where, in a few words, the journalist describes the rocket that “hit a house in Beersheva” while a woman and her three children, unharmed, were inside. The fact that the house was destroyed by the rocket was left out.

Le Figaro’s website coverage began with a short breaking news report about an Israeli attack that ensued “after a rocket, fired by Palestinian fighters, hit a house in the Israeli city of Beersheva, the IDF reported.”

“According to Israeli Health Ministry’s spokesperson, three people were hospitalized as a result,” the article went on to state.

The site’s second breaking news report reads, “Israel closed two crossings into Gaza—Erez and Kerem Shalom—as well as Gaza’s fishing zone.”

Le Figaro’s following update described an Israeli attack on “20 different targets in the Gaza Strip” and adds that “Hamas condemns the rocket strike on Israel.”

Almost four hours after the initial report, Le Figaro published that a Palestinian was “killed in an Israeli air strike”, adding that the “Palestinian, according to IDF’s footage, intended to launch a rocket.”

In the next briefings it was reported that “Israel attacked 20 different targets in the Gaza Strip’ and that “Hamas condemns the recent rocket fire on Israel.”

In addition, the Libération news site reported that “Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the closure of two crossings between Israel and Gaza, following a rocket attack on a city in southern Israel. The minister also restricted the fishing zone.”

The Libération also focused on the Israeli strikes in Gaza, reporting, “Israel attacked about 20 targets throughout the Gaza Strip due to rocket fire, while blaming Hamas for the events.”

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on October 18, 2018. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces@IDFSpokesperson/twitter

Prayer Focus
Beseech the Lord that the French media will be called to account for their fake and biased reporting. Pray against anti-Semitic media bias throughout the world and ask Him to bless those news outlets that tell the truth about Israel’s situation.

Scripture

“And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,” says the Lord.


- Jeremiah 9:3

Netanyahu Welcomes Chinese Vice President to Israel

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Netanyahu meets with Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, welcomed Chinese vice president Wang Qishan at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Monday, where he signed the guestbook.

Prime Minister Netanyahu told Chinese vice president Qishan:

“Welcome to Israel. This the most important visit by a Chinese leader in the last 18 years. It’s a sign of our growing friendship. The fact that the vice president of China came to Israel at my invitation for the Prime Minister’s Innovation Conference is a tremendous compliment to Israel and a reflection of the growing ties between China and Israel. And I look forward to our discussions.”

Netanyahu and Qishan—who is the most senior Chinese official to have visited Israel in the past 18 years—then held a working dinner together with their entourages.

Qishan arrived in Israel with a delegation of ministers and deputy ministers from approximately 13 ministries for an official visit at the invitation of Netanyahu.

The prime minister and the Chinese vice president will chair the fourth meeting of the Israel–China Innovation Conference in a G2G format at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, 24 October. Eight joint agreements are due to be signed at the conference in science and technology, life sciences, innovation, digital health and agriculture. The prime minister and the Chinese vice president will sign the conference’s new multi-year plan. The innovation conference meets annually alternatively in Jerusalem and Beijing and advances cooperation between government officials from Israel and China, joint projects involving the private sector, joint research in science and industry and grants scholarships for Israeli and Chinese students.

The Chinese vice president will also be the prime minister’s guest of honor at the Prime Minister’s Innovation Conference. The two will also dedicate the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.

Source: (Excerpt of a press release originally published by Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 22, 2018 at this link)

Photo Credit: PM of Israel@IsraeliPM/Twitter

Prayer Focus
Praise the Lord for Israel’s growing ties and trade agreements with China and other nations around the world, such as India. Pray that such relationships will become real alliances, providing Israel with true friends in the international community.

Scripture

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


- Psalms 18:30, 32

Baby of Syrian Refugees Returns to Israel for Second Life-Saving Surgery

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Doctors perform life-saving surgery on an infant Syrian refugee in Israel.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | A Syrian baby suffering from a severe heart defect was flown from Cyprus to Israel on Tuesday to receive special treatment at Sheba Hospital in Beersheva. The baby first traveled to Israel in December, just days after he was born, to receive life-saving surgery, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Last year, the baby was transported to Israel on a special medically equipped plane from Cyprus, where the child’s parents are residing in a refugee camp. His life was saved thanks to the procedure at Sheba Medical Center’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital.

Authorization for the treatment was given by Israeli interior minister Aryeh Deri, after Cypriot authorities approached the Israeli embassy in the country with an urgent request to treat the baby.

After the first procedure, the baby and his father remained in Israel for some time before flying back to Cyprus. “During the baby’s time in the hospital, we made sure that the family felt at home and we will continue to follow his progress,” said Dr. David Mishali, chief of pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery at Safra.

Israel has long extended aid to Syrian refugees on its border and elsewhere and has treated over 3,000 Syrian patients in its hospitals. A pregnant Syrian woman entered Israel in March to receive treatment at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa to save her life and that of her baby.

As part of Operation Good Neighbor, the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] has transferred over 1,524 tons of food, 947,520 liters [250,308 gallons] of fuel, 7,933 diaper packages, 54 tons of baby food, 24,900 boxes of medicine and medical equipment, 775 medical equipment units, 250 tons of clothing, 13,920 hygienic products and more than 300 tents to Syrians since June 2016.

In addition, Israeli Flying Aid has sent millions of dollars’ worth of medical supplies to 14 hospitals and clinics in Syria, and the IDF-sponsored 20-bed maternity hospital also is supplied with Baylor medical equipment and baby formula donated to Israeli Flying Aid by Israeli companies.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on October 19, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube/Ruptly

Prayer Focus
Thank God for Israel’s wonderful heart of compassion and willingness to provide aid to victims of Syria’s civil war. Pray for this baby and others who have received life-saving assistance from Israel. Ask the Lord to make them true advocates for the Jewish nation that opened its arms to its enemies and gave them life.

Scripture

The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.


- Psalms 33:10–11

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