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Hamas Boasts Increased Striking Capacity to Hit Israel

by Ilse Posselt

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In 2014, a house damaged by direct hit from Gaza rocket (illustrative)

Thursday 26 October 2017 | During the summer of 2014, Israel and Hamas faced one another on the battlefield in Operation Protective Edge, the deadliest and most costly war the Jewish state has fought in over a decade. Over the course of the 51 days of war, armed groups in Gaza fired a staggering 4,564 missiles at Israel.

On Tuesday, Yahya Sinwar, the chief of Hamas in Gaza, boasted that the terror group’s armed wing has grown from strength to strength since a cease fire agreement signaled the end of the last round of hostilities in August 2014. In fact, he bragged, Hamas now possesses the increased striking capabilities to fire the same amount of rockets they shot during the course of 51 days of war in only 51 minutes. Sinwar offered no specifics to back up his boast.

Addressing representatives from labor unions on behalf of Palestinian Arab organizations, the head of the Gaza-based terror group once again reiterated Hamas’s stance that it would under no circumstances give up control over the arms in its possession, particularly not in the framework of the recent reconciliation agreement between Hamas and its arch rival Fatah, the political party headed by Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas.

“The Palestinian people are still at the stage of national liberation, we cannot give up our weapons at this stage,” he said. “The weapons of resistance are not the property of Hamas or its military wing, but of every Palestinian resident in Gaza.”

As part of the reconciliation agreement that put an end to more than a decade of violent animosity between the two leading role players in the Palestinian political landscape, Abbas indicated that the presence of Hamas’s armed militias—the same ones that drove Fatah from the Strip during a violent takeover in 2007—presented a red line. In the days before the agreement was inked, senior Fatah officials also claimed that there would be no reconciliation without Hamas ceding full security control of Gaza to Fatah. However, in the end, the agreement was signed without any specific arrangements or even a reference to Hamas disarming.

In the days following the pact, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that Israel would refuse to negotiate with the Palestinian Unity Government formed by Fatah and Hamas unless the terror group gives up its weapons and recognizes the Jewish state. Even the US via its White House Mideast peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, implored Hamas to change its ways, stating that “any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties—including to disarm terrorists and commit to peaceful negotiations.”

Despite the urgings from Israel, the US and even its reconciliation partner, Hamas remains committed to its path of violence and terror. In fact, Sinwar made it clear last week that instead of considering peaceful negotiations with the Jewish state, “the discussion now is about when we will wipe out Israel. Over is the time Hamas spent discussing recognizing Israel. No one in the universe can disarm us.”

According to Ynetnews, recent developments in Gaza, particularly the warming ties between Hamas and Iran, are a growing cause of concern for the powers-that-be in Israel. The Jewish state fears that Tehran will assist the terror group to produce state-of-the-art, accurate missiles to use against Israel. With Iran’s help, the terror group can easily upgrade its rockets with GPS tracking components, which would give the missiles lethal striking precision.

Israel’s concerns are hardly ungrounded. During a recent visit by a senior Hamas delegation to Tehran, the adviser to the Iranian foreign minister was quoted in international media saying that “whatever Hamas asks for and Iran can give, it will.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 26 October 2017)

Photo Credit: IDF/Ashernet

Prayer Focus
Lift up the leadership of Israel and the IDF, seeking God’s instruction and guidance for them as Hamas’ threats are increasing. Cry out for peace and stability in and around the Gaza Strip. Ask God to encourage all Israel’s soldiers from deep within as the future remains uncertain.


Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.

- Psalm 83:1, 3-4

Tensions Soar on Israel’s Northern Border as Rocket Fire from Syria Continues

by Ilse Posselt

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Siren sends Israeli children running for safety (Illustrative)

Monday, 23 October 2017 | Shabbat is supposed to be a time of rest, a day for families to sleep in, spend quality time together and visit the synagogue. Yet for Israelis on the Golan Heights in the north of the country, this past Shabbat started as anything but restful. Just before 5:00 on Saturday morning, Syrian artillery cannons fired five rockets at the Jewish state. As a result, the air raid siren sounded in several towns throughout northern Israel, giving residents less than a minute to find safety in a bomb shelter.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that four of the five projectiles struck open areas relatively deep inside Israeli territory, causing no damage or injuries. One of the rockets did, however, fall dangerously close to a residential area.

Hours later, Israel responded to the aggression, striking three of the five artillery cannons that the Syrian forces used to fire at the Jewish state.

On Saturday afternoon, the IDF took to social media to issue a stern warning to the people of Syria, saying that if such incidents persist, Israel would have no choice but to step up its reaction.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Israel’s military spokesman for the Arab media, Avichai Adraee, wrote in Arabic, “Even if this is an unintended spillover from a conflict in Syria to Israel that does not matter. More spillovers will lead to harsher and stronger responses.”

Adraee’s post also included a graphic of an Israeli tank with a caption in Arabic that cautions, “Consider yourself warned: for he who gives a warning is just.”

According to The Jerusalem Post, the caption is a famous Arabic proverb, which the more than 1.2 million Arabic speaking followers of the Facebook page would recognize.

By Saturday evening, Hebrew media reported that the morning’s rocket fire may have been deliberate rather than spillover from the civil war. According to The Times of Israel, an IDF official told the Jewish state daily Yedioth Ahronoth that the five rockets launched from Syria were “not what spillover fire looks like.” For its part, Israel’s Channel Two quoted a source in the “defense establishment” saying that the time of the launch was highly irregular and that no battles were raging in the area at the time of the attack. The rockets also reportedly fell one after the other, deep inside Israeli territory, as opposed to close to the Israel-Syria border.

While a number of projectiles have struck northern Israel over the course of the Syrian civil war, the frequency has increased markedly over the past months, causing tensions on the border to skyrocket.

Saturday morning’s rocket fire marks the second Syrian attack on Israel in a week. On Thursday afternoon, Israel struck a Syrian army post in retaliation for a rocket that landed in the Jewish state earlier that day.

“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its citizens,” the IDF spokesperson office said in a statement at the time. “The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible to what is happening on the ground.”

Less than a week earlier, a Syrian battery fired at an Israeli jet on a reconnaissance flight in Lebanon. The Jewish state responded by striking the SA-5 battery.

With various armed groups currently battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Israel views Syria as its most volatile and unstable neighbor, The Jerusalem Post reports.

In recent months, Israel has grown increasingly concerned that the unfolding events in Syria leave an open door for Iran to entrench itself on the Jewish state’s doorstep. Moreover, Israel has repeatedly voiced its concern over the Islamic Republic using the chaos of civil war to smuggle sophisticated weapons from Tehran via Syria to the Lebanon-based terror group, Hezbollah. Israeli officials have warned in the past that both these scenarios signal red lines, on which the Jewish state will have no choice but to act.

Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s stance to visiting Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoigu, stating that the Jewish state would under no circumstances allow Iran to entrench its military forces in Syria. For his part, Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, told Shoigu that Israel will take action if Iran continues to mass on the Syrian border.

Adding to the already volatile situation, Syria and Iran on Saturday inked a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at broadening and developing military cooperation and coordination between the two countries’ armed forces against “Zionist-American schemes.” The signing happened as Iran’s Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, concluded a visit to Syria, during which he toured the war zone and met with various high-level officials, including Assad.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 23 October 2017)

Photo Credit: IDF/Ashernet

Prayer Focus
Pray for the Israeli families living in the north as they deal with the brutal reality of incoming missiles from Syria. Ask God to shelter them and grant them peace and sound minds. Thank God that He is the protector of Israel who never slumbers nor sleeps.


I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

- Psalm 4:8

The Iran-Hamas Plan to Destroy Israel

by Khaled Abu Toameh ~ Gatestone Institute

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Hamas in Gaza, a power base for Iran

Tuesday 24 October 2017 | In a historic reawakening, Iran is once again meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians. This does not bode well for the future of “reconciliation” between Hamas and Palestinian Authority’s Fatah faction run by President Mahmoud Abbas. The re-emergence of Iran, as it pursues its efforts to increase its political and military presence in the region, does not bode well for the future of stability in the Middle East.

The Iranians are urging Hamas to hold on to its weapons in spite of the recent “reconciliation” agreement signed between Hamas and Fatah under the auspices of Egypt. Iran’s goal in this move? For Hamas to maintain and enhance its preparation for war against Israel.

A high-level Hamas delegation headed by Saleh Arouri, deputy chairman of Hamas’s “political bureau,” traveled to Tehran last week to brief Iranian leaders on the “reconciliation” deal with Fatah. During the visit, Iranian leaders praised Hamas for resisting demands (by Fatah) to disarm and relinquish security control over the Gaza Strip.

“We congratulate you on your refusal to abandon your weapons, an issue that you consider as a red line,” Ali Velayati, a senior Iranian politician and advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei, told the visiting Hamas officials. “The Palestinian cause is the most important cause of the Islamic world, and after all this time you remain committed to the principle of resistance against the Zionists despite all the pressure you are facing.”

Arouri and his colleagues rushed to Tehran to seek the support of the Iranian regime in the wake of demands by Abbas that Hamas allow the Palestinian Authority to assume security control over the Gaza Strip. The “reconciliation” agreement stipulates nothing about the need for Hamas to disarm, and Hamas officials have stressed during the past two weeks that they have no intention of laying down their weapons or dismantling their security apparatus in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas views the demand to disarm as part of an Israeli-American “conspiracy” designed to eliminate the Palestinian “resistance” and thwart the “reconciliation” accord with Abbas’s Fatah. Hamas’s refusal to disarm is already threatening to spoil the “reconciliation.”

Arouri was quoted during his visit to Tehran as saying that Hamas “will not backtrack on the option of defending the Palestinian people.” He specified that the “reconciliation” agreement with Fatah would not affect the weapons of the Palestinian “resistance,” including Hamas. Hamas, he added, will “confront the Israeli-American conspiracy through national unity and reconciliation and by continuing the resistance. The Palestinian resistance forces will always stick to their weapons and will not lay them down.”

Hamas also sees the visit of its top officials to Tehran as a rejection of Israel’s demand that it cut off its ties with Iran. Hamas officials say they continue to see their relations with Iran as “strategic and significant,” especially in wake of Tehran’s financial and military aid to their movement in the Gaza Strip.

By aligning itself with Iran, Hamas is also seeking to resist any demand that it abandon its ideology and charter, which call for the destruction of Israel and oppose any peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Iranian officials apparently do not like Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority and are not keen on seeing them return to the Gaza Strip. Iran considers Abbas a “traitor” because his Palestinian Authority conducts security coordination with Israel in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and claims that it is committed to a “peace process” with Israel. This position goes against Iran’s wish to destroy the “Zionist entity.”

Abbas, for his part, has always considered Iran a threat to his regime as well as to stability in the region. In the past, he has criticized Iran for “meddling” in the internal affairs of the Palestinians by supporting Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this year, the Palestinian Authority strongly condemned Iran after a senior Iranian official accused Abbas of waging war in the Gaza Strip on behalf of Israel. The official’s statement came in response to a series of punitive measures imposed by Abbas on the Gaza Strip.

Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, accused Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians and some Arab countries. He said that Iran’s actions “encouraged divisions” among the Palestinians. “Iran must stop feeding civil wars in the Arab world,” he said. “Iran must stop using rhetoric that only serves Israel and the enemies of the Arabs.”

Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are now convinced that Iran is working towards foiling the “reconciliation” agreement with Hamas. They believe that Iran invited the Hamas leaders to Tehran to pressure them not to lay down its weapons.

Abbas and the Egyptians were probably naïve to think that Hamas would disarm and allow Abbas loyalists to deploy in the Gaza Strip after the signing of the “reconciliation” agreement. It is possible that some of the Hamas leaders had lied to Abbas and the Egyptians by hinting that Hamas would give up security control of the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptians, who played a major role in brokering the Hamas-Fatah deal, are also believed to be worried about Iran’s renewed meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians. Both the Palestinian Authority and Egypt see the visit of the Hamas delegation to Iran as a serious setback to the “reconciliation” agreement and as a sign that Hamas is not sincere about implementing the accord.

Some Palestinian Authority and Hamas officials have recently claimed that Israel was not happy with their “reconciliation” agreement and was doing its utmost to foil it. The truth, however, is that it is Iran and Hamas that are working to thwart the agreement by insisting on maintaining the status quo in the Gaza Strip. Iran’s message to Hamas: If you want us to continue providing you with financial and military aid, you must continue to hold on to your weapons and reject demands to disarm.

What is in it for Iran? Iran wants Hamas to retain its security control over the Gaza Strip so that the Iranians can hold onto another power base in the Middle East.

Iran wants Hamas to continue playing the role of a proxy, precisely as Hezbollah functions in Lebanon.

The last thing Iran wants is for the Palestinian Authority security forces to return to the Gaza Strip: that would spoil Tehran’s plans to advance its goal of destroying Israel.

Iran’s continued support for Hamas stems not out of love for either Hamas or the Palestinians, but from its own interest in consolidating its presence in the Middle East.

Many Palestinians see the “successful” visit of the Hamas officials to Tehran as a major setback for efforts to end the 10-year-long Hamas-Fatah dispute. Similarly, the Egyptians are now wary of the sudden rapprochement between Iran and Hamas and are beginning to ask themselves whether they have been duped by Hamas. An Israeli delegation that visited Cairo on the eve of the signing of the Hamas-Fatah deal is said to have warned the Egyptians that the “reconciliation” would not work unless Hamas disarms and severs its ties with Iran. However, the Egyptians reportedly failed to listen to the Israeli warning.

As for Israel, the US and other Western parties, the lesson to be drawn from the renewal of ties between Hamas and Iran is that Hamas has not changed one iota.

Contrary to delusional hopes, discussed on the heels of the “reconciliation” agreement in Cairo and based on lies and thin air, Hamas is not headed toward moderation and pragmatism. By openly supporting Hamas, Iran is once again demonstrating that it aims to fan the fire in the Middle East and continue to sabotage any prospects for peace.

Source: (Gatestone Institute originally published this article on 23 October 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Jim Vallee/Shutterstock

Prayer Focus
Declare the enemy’s plots and plans to destroy Israel null and void, unable to cause any harm to Israel. Thank God for His heavenly armies gathered around the borders of Israel, protecting the nation. Pray for Israel’s leadership to plan and strategize wisely and not to be distracted by Iran’s alliances and stated goal of Israel’s annihilation.


And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

- 2 Kings 6:17

UN Threatens to Blacklist 130 Israeli Companies

by Itamar Eichner

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Egged Israel Transport Cooperative—on the UN “Black List”

Friday 27 October 2017 | In the past few weeks, 130 Israeli companies and 60 international corporations operating in Israel received warning letters from United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein cautioning them of their impending inclusion in a “blacklist” of companies active beyond the Green Line in “violation of international law and UN resolutions.”

Ynet has gained access to part of the list, which is set to be published in late December and cites 25 well-known Israeli companies. The companies operate in different sectors—some in food manufacturing, others in services, pharmaceuticals and even high-tech—but have one thing in common: they all operate in settlements [Judea and Samaria], east Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.

Some of the companies to be included on the list are still considering their response, but others are already fighting back with the claim their inclusion on the list may cause them financial harm and tarnish their brand, and are therefore looking into filing suits against the Commissioner and the UN’s Human Rights Council that called for the list’s preparation in the first place.

The companies claim the list’s creation was politically motivated and point to the fact that the commissioner constructed no such lists pertaining to other regions of conflict—such as the Crimean Peninsula and Western Sahara—as proof.

Both Israel and the US have been working behind the scenes in the past few weeks to prevent the list’s publication, but it appears it may be presented with a fait accompli. Despite the fact the list carries no operational or legal ramifications, the symbolic move nevertheless caused concern among the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials due to the fact it may provide a serious boost to BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] efforts, deter foreign investors and convince foreign companies operating in Israel to reduce their operations.

“It may cause large investment firms or pension funds carrying stocks of various Israeli companies to divest in them because they, in turn, operate in the settlements. It may lead to a snowball effect that will greatly harm the Israeli economy eventually,” said a senior Israeli official.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by Ynetnews on 26 October 2017. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: RickP/Wikimedia

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Prayer Focus
Appeal to God for new hope and solutions against the continuous slander and attacks from those who wish to boycott, divest and sanction Israeli products and companies. Also cry out and pray for the UN, who always seems to side against Israel in some new way. Ask God to give those who fight for Israel effective strategies and His divine favor.


Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.

- Exodus 14:21, 24-25

Smuggling Thousands of Military Gloves Highlights Hamas Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Policy for Civilians

by Joshua Spurlock

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Tactical military gloves discovered in thwarted smuggling attempt into Gaza

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 |  A clothing shipment into Gaza turned out not to be so innocent on Sunday, as thousands of pairs of military tactical gloves were found in the consignment of clothing in another foiled smuggling attempt. An Israeli press release included photos of a pair of camouflaged gloves and noted that it is “suspected that the gloves were intended for use by the Hamas terrorist organization.”

It wasn’t the first time that Gaza terrorists have tried to smuggle military gear or dual use items that can aid in making weapons or fighting Israel. Last year, professional-grade commando knives were found in a shipment of plumbing materials, while another plot was foiled that aimed to smuggle into Gaza a raw material used in rocket fuel.

“The Hamas terrorist organization has repeatedly tried to exploit Israel’s civilian policy for its own ends at the expense of the civilian population in Gaza,” Gaza Coordination and Liaison Office Head Col. Faris Atila was quoted in the latest press release as saying. “We will continue to frustrate and thwart the abuse of our civilian policy for terrorist goals and the needs of the Hamas terrorist organization.”

The press statement, published by the Ministry of Defense and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said the criminalized shipping truck and its contents were impounded. Israel and Egypt have long maintained restrictions on the types of goods that can enter Gaza in an effort to keep militarized items from reaching terrorists.

The latest attempt tried to sneak the military gloves through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza. While this time it made headlines, it’s an ongoing fight that’s not always publicized.

Crossings Authority Kerem Shalom Director Ami Shaked said in the press statement, “Attempts to smuggle military equipment into Gaza are part of the daily struggle, conducted largely out of the public view, waged by the very best inspectors. We are continuing our anti-smuggling efforts around the clock in order to ensure that only approved and coordinated goods—that do not aid terrorist elements—enter Gaza.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on 23 October 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

Photo Credit: COGAT Press Release

Prayer Focus
Offer thanksgiving to the Lord that Israel has thwarted another smuggling attempt into Gaza. Continue to lift up the soldiers and police officers who practically guard the posts in and out of Israel, praying for safety, wisdom, guidance, alertness and accurate intelligence information in order to always be ahead of Hamas’ plans.


For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

- Psalm 31:3

Experts: Israeli Ties with Arab Countries Improving Due to Iran Threat

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Ayoub Kara, a Druze politician and a leading envoy to the Arab world with PM Netanyahu

Monday 23 October 2017 | The praise offered by both Israel and Saudi Arabia to President Donald Trump for his speech on October 13 outlining a new United States policy towards Iran, Agence France-Presse [AFP] reported Friday, is the latest outward sign that “shared concerns over Iran are indeed nudging” Israel and much of the Arab world closer together.

The AFP report was carried by both The Times of Israel and Arab News.

AFP quoted Netanyahu who said “When Israel and the main Arab countries see eye-to-eye, you should pay attention, because something important is happening,” and, who, last week, called Israel ties with Arabs the “best ever.”

While AFP observed that no Arab leaders have publicly echoed Netanyahu’s sentiments, they haven’t contradicted him either.

In 2015, Israel opened a diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi as part of a United Nations body dealing with clean energy.

Uzi Rabi, a Tel Aviv University professor and expert on Saudi Arabia, told AFP that there are indications of “coordination” between Israel and Saudi Arabia concerning the threat both face from Iran.

“There are Saudis meeting Israelis everywhere now, functioning relations based on shared interests,” Rabi observed.

“For several of the Sunni Arab states in the region, particularly in the Gulf, there is a growing sense that the major contemporary faultlines in the region now revolve around the perceived threat from Iran and militant Islamism,” Kristian Ulrichsen, a professor focused on Gulf affairs at Rice University told AFP. “And on both these issues there is a certain convergence of interest with Israel.”

Ulrichsen expected that in the coming years, economic and security ties between Israel and the Arab world will become more open.

Change in Israeli-Saudi relations has been slow but persistent. Anwar Eshki, a former general who has served in senior positions in the Saudi military and foreign ministry, visited Israel in July as part of a delegation of Saudi academics and businessmen. In 2015, then Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold gave an interview to a Saudi website, and Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer has also been interviewed by the Saudi media. Gold and Eshki brought the Israeli-Saudi relationship to the forefront when they publicly shook hands in June 2015.

In addition to improving relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel has also experienced a warming of ties with Egypt, and opened a diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates.

In an August 2016 interview with the Financial Times, Gold explained that moderate Sunni Arab states “increasingly see the Middle East through the same prism as Israel.” About the same time, Ayoub Kara, a Druze politician from the Likud Party and Israel’s leading envoy to the Arab world, told Tablet Magazine that “our relations with our neighbors are the best they’ve ever been.” Kara said that he could even envision Israel joining a mutual defense pact with the eight members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 20 October, 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Prayer Focus
Thank God for the changing atmosphere in the Arab world regarding the mutual threat posed by Iran and for the developing ties and relations with Israel, once their enemy. Ask God to go before Israel’s leadership as they meet with Arab leaders on various topics and to direct their steps in safety, peace and favor.


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

- Proverbs 18:10

Israel Attends US-Sponsored International Counterterror Conference


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Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot

Tuesday 24 October 2017 | The Israeli Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, will attend a United States-led international counterterrorism conference in Washington this week. The conference is being hosted by U.S. Chief of Staff Joe Dunford and attended by military chiefs from 43 countries including Australia, Jordan and Egypt, as well as countries with which Israel has no diplomatic relations such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The conference will focus on developing a global strategy to defeat terrorism with participants expected to discuss how to best share lessons from military activities and how to identify ways to contribute to essential cooperation issues. The IDF said that “during these meetings, the commanders will discuss shared security challenges, situation assessments, security related developments in the Middle East and military collaborations”.

Speaking at the beginning of the conference, Dunford said, “Meetings like this have been more regionally focused in the past, but the nature of the violent extremism threat is transregional, and its effects in one often are felt in others at the beginning of the conference.”

During his visit, Eisenkot will meet senior American defense officials as well as the heads of U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The Israeli delegation is also scheduled to visit a joint exercise by the IDF and the U.S. Cyber Command on electronic warfare.

Eisenkot’s visit to the U.S. follows last week’s visit by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to Washington, where the Defense Minister held meetings with US Defense Secretary James Mattis and US National Security Adviser HR McMaster. Liberman reportedly discussed the Iranian influence in Syria and the growing threat of Iranian proxies near the Israeli-Syrian border.

In the past few weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Liberman and the director of the National Security Council have held talks with their Russian and US counterparts to raise Israeli regional security concerns.

Source: (The Israel Project originally published this article in its publication The Tower on 23 October, 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Israel Defense Forces

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Prayer Focus
Praise God for the 43 countries who are attending this counter terror conference. Pray that they will learn from each other and share their expertise on how to deal with the growing international terror threats. Pray for a fruitful conference with common goals, wise strategy and one voice to ultimately and successfully deal with terrorism, which affects us all.


Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the LORD do what is good in His sight.

- 2 Samuel 10:12

British PM: We Are “Proud” of Role UK Played in Creation of Israel


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British Prime Minister Theresa May

Friday 27 October 2017 | Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday Britain would celebrate with pride the centenary of the Balfour Declaration and its role in the creation of the State of Israel.

Speaking in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions she said, “We are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel, and we will certainly mark the centenary with pride.”

May also said, “We also must be conscious of the sensitivities that some people do have about the Balfour Declaration. We recognise that there is more work to be done.”

Reinforcing her support for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, May reminded the House that it is “important that we all recommit to ensuring that we can provide security, stability and justice for both Israelis and Palestinians through such a lasting peace.”

On Tuesday at an event in Israel at the British Embassy, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said of the Balfour Declaration, “It is a history that places upon us all a duty to work together, to continue to strengthen the friendship between Britain and Israel. And also to continue to build the State of Israel, as a proud Jewish and democratic state. This is the legacy of the Balfour Declaration, and it is a great and proud legacy indeed.”

In July, the Palestinian Authority announced its plan to sue the UK because of the Declaration. Palestine Liberation Organisation Secretary-General Saeb Erekat wrote in Newsweek last week that Britain must “first and foremost recognise its historic responsibility and apologize.”

May will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in London next week. As well as a bilateral meeting in Downing Street they are expected to attend a special event together to mark the Balfour Declaration centenary.

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by The Israel Project in its publication The Tower on 26 October, 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office/Wikipedia

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Prayer Focus
Thank God for the UK’s critical involvement in the creation of the State of Israel. Pray for safety in Israel and the UK as both nations will celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Ask God for other nations to embrace the duty of working together to help build Israel.


How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him? Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.

- Numbers 24:5, 9

Israeli, South Korean Firms Launch Joint Venture to Develop Vertical Takeoff Drones

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Joint venture announcement made at the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017

Tuesday 24 October 2017 | Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and South Korea’s Hankuk Carbon have announced the launch of a joint venture to produce unmanned drones, capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday, 17 October.

The announcement of the joint venture, which will be called Korea Aviation Technologies (KAT), was made at the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2017, held last week in Seoul. KAT is planning to develop drones for the civilian and military markets.

“IAI is excited about the establishment of the joint company,” IAI executive vice president and general manager of IAI’s Military Aircraft Group, Shaul Shahar said in a statement. “Hankuk Carbon brings to the venture strong manufacturing capabilities and know-how. Together with IAI’s UAVs and aircraft-design capabilities, the new company will be able to meet Korean military and civilian VTOL requirements.”

The two companies have been working on developing VTOL drones for the past few years and last year they decided to start a joint venture.

KAT plans to produce next-generation drones that can handle loads ranging from 300 to 450 kilograms (660 to 990 pounds).

“Both companies have established a firm relationship within a short period of time, and the result will be passed on to the HC-IAI joint venture,” Moon-Soo Cho, CEO of Hankuk Carbon, said. “The UAV system with innovative hybrid propulsion system produced under KAT’s name will set up a new standard of the UAV industry. Also, Hankuk Carbon’s composite material and aircraft components business will create a synergistic effect with KAT.”

Hankuk Carbon produced the FE-Panther, a VTOL drone, with a range of 130 kilometers (81 miles) and capable of handing a payload of 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds). In its first flight, the FE-Panther was damaged during landing and Hankuk Carbon subsequently redesigned it.

Source: (The Israel Project originally this article in its publication The Tower on 19 October, 2017. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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Prayer Focus
Rejoice as Israel has another opportunity to impact the world of science and technology with their joint venture launched with a South Korean firm. Lift up the scientists who will be involved with the next generation drones and pray for stable relationships, new ideas, precision and perfection in all that they do.


I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.

- Genesis 12:2

Report: Israeli-led Team Discovers 72 Genetic Changes Causing Breast Cancer

by Ilse Posselt

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women today, with nearly 2 million new cases diagnosed every year. The World Cancer Research Fund International considers the disease the only cancer that is universal among women globally and according to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer constitutes a quarter of new cancer prognoses among women around the world.

With no sign of the number of annual diagnoses and fatalities from this disease declining, Israeli researchers recently played a leading part in cutting edge research aimed at determining genetic causes for the malignancy to enable the development of preventative measures and treatments, The Jerusalem Post reports.

Some 275,000 women from around the globe, 146,000 of who suffer from breast cancer, participated in the study, making it the largest conducted on the disease to date.

Top researchers from Israel’s Clalit Health Services and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology joined a team of experts from the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and various Western European countries to uncover the genetic mechanisms that cause breast cancer. The findings, which appeared in Nature and Nature Genetics, reveal a total of 72 specific genetic changes that can cause the disease.

According to The Jerusalem Post, the research identified 65 specific genetic changes that serve as a red flag. Seven additional changes were identified that would put only a certain group of women at risk of hormone-receptor-negative forms of the malignancy that will remain resistant to all forms of hormone treatment.

Prof. Gad Rennert, Director of Clalit’s National Center for Cancer Control and the lead researcher in the study, told The Jerusalem Post that the main benefit of the study is that it pinpoints the specific biological pathways that, if interrupted or disrupted, may result in breast cancer. With the pathways identified, he explained, innovative drugs aimed at fighting this disease can be developed.

The research is not the only way in which Israel’s Clalit Health Services is making an effort to find a cure for breast cancer. According to The Jerusalem Post, it is also spearheading advanced research focused on ethnic groups of Jewish and Arabic descent to uncover the specific genetic changes in the Israeli population that will point to the specific causes of breast cancer. The aim of the research is to uncover and present the relevant scientific data that will bring about the development of improved medication to prevent and treat breast cancer.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, 25 October 2017)

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Prayer Focus
Give thanks for the Israeli team that played a significant role in this breast cancer research and for the findings that will spearhead new ways to treat and prevent breast cancer. Ask God to bless all the brave women who participated in the study.


Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

- Psalm 118:29

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