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Friday, September 13, 2019

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Israel Exposes Site Where Iran “Conducted Experiments for Nuclear Weapons”

by Joshua Spurlock

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PM Netanyahu at a news conference on Monday showing aerial images of a nuclear site in Iran.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 | Israel has once again exposed Iranian nuclear secrets, this time unveiling a site Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday was where “Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons.” The publication of the previously covert site follows Israel’s uncovering of the Iranian nuclear archive that detailed efforts to develop nuclear weapons in the past, as well as a nuclear warehouse that proves Iran violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Today, we reveal that yet another secret nuclear site was exposed in the archives that we brought from Tehran,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons. This is the site near Abadeh, south of Isfahan. When Iran realized that we uncovered the site here’s what they did: they destroyed the site. They just wiped it out.”

The Israeli premier continued with a warning to Iran’s leadership. “This is what I have to say to the tyrants of Tehran: Israel knows what you’re doing, Israel knows when you’re doing it and Israel knows where you’re doing it,” said Netanyahu. “We will continue to expose your lies. What we see is a consistent pattern of Iranian lies, deception and violations.”

In his comments, Netanyahu highlighted that the nuclear archives had revealed Iran had once been working towards five nuclear warheads in the early 2000s. The nuclear warehouse was exposed last year, and Netanyahu noted that Iran attempted to clear up the site and covered it with gravel in an “actual cover-up.” But that wasn’t enough and it’s not just Israel who knows what happened there.

Said Netanyahu, “They put gravel on it to try and hide their traces. But they didn’t. The IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] found traces of uranium that Iran hid in these sites. That’s a direct violation of the NPT.”

The same day Israel made their latest revelation of Iran’s nuclear secrets, the leader of the IAEA recapped his latest visit to Iran’s international Board of Governors. Netanyahu, in his statement, noted that Iran “refused” to answer the IAEA questions about its nuclear violations. IAEA Acting Director General Cornel Feruță, in his comments posted to the IAEA website, made oblique reference to this challenge.

“During my discussions in Tehran, I emphasized the importance of full and timely cooperation by Iran,” said Feruță. “It is important to advance our interactions and, therefore, I also stressed the need for Iran to respond promptly to Agency questions related to the completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations. The Agency will continue its efforts and will remain actively engaged. Time is of the essence.”

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was more to the point on Twitter: “Israel & @iaeaorg have revealed: Iran lied AGAIN about its nuclear program. Considering some European countries may throw Iran a $15 billion lifeline. The only way to stop the regime in Iran is with sanctions. Do not appease them. Instead, increase the pressure!”

In additional comments summarizing the IAEA leadership statement, a tweet from the agency noted that on Saturday, Iran “informed the IAEA that it intended to install and test, with natural uranium, additional advanced centrifuges at its R&D facility.” Centrifuges are the machines used to enrich nuclear fuel, which if enriched enough can be used for nuclear weapons.

Like Danon, Netanyahu concluded his statement by calling for the international community to act, asking them “to wake up, to realize that Iran is systematically lying,” as well as to join the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States.

Said Netanyahu, “The only way to stop Iran’s march to the bomb, and its aggression in the region, is pressure, pressure and more pressure.”

Source: (The Mideast Update originally published this article on September 9, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today.)

Photo Credit: Ruptly/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Pray that the nations of the world will heed the warnings of PM Netanyahu and recognize the many lies that Iran has told regarding their nuclear ambitions. Beseech Him that the international community will join the US in using sanctions to force Iran to abandon their plan to become a nuclear power.

Scripture

You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.


- Psalm 5:6

Countdown Begins toward a Battle between Israel and Hezbollah

by  Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira

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Iranian Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 | Various experts have expressed admiration toward Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. Senior military officers in uniform and retirement, researchers, and journalists analyzing every gesture, smile, outburst of anger and criticism, shout or laugh and attributing meaning to it all assert that Nasrallah is reliable. He makes promises and delivers. He is faithful to his patrons in Tehran despite Lebanon’s attempts to restrain him.

The picture is more complicated because of the bottom line: it can be said with certainty that Nasrallah is an actor and a liar who has turned manipulation into an art.

Nasrallah closely follows everything that is published about him and Hezbollah in Israel and primarily abroad. He attributes great importance to the words and commentaries of senior Israeli officers both present and past. The interpretation that he gives these reports is that Israel is afraid of Hezbollah’s military might and especially the precision missiles in Hezbollah’s arsenal with their ability to strike deep inside Israel and at strategic installations.

Nasrallah is particularly following those “experts” who provide details and outline the enormity of Hezbollah’s military threat, primarily those who mention the names of the most endangered places and sites inside Israel. Senior security officials assert that in the next war there will be no boundaries between the military front and the civilian home front due to the impressively accurate Hezbollah missiles, which blur this differentiation. The more details provided in Israel on these matters, the more Nasrallah derives more encouragement and pleasure. He believes that Israeli society is weak and unprepared for war, and it will do anything to avoid a confrontation with Hezbollah.

The Countdown Has Begun

The countdown toward a widespread confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah has begun. The critical question, based on the assumption that Israel will not allow the establishment of factories for precision missiles in Lebanon, is what would happen if the next (and third) time, instead of Israel revealing exact information about these precision missile factories, it would just strike at these operations? How would Nasrallah react?

Israel’s working assumption has to be that Nasrallah’s reaction would be more extensive, and he would not be satisfied with launching Kornet missiles at military installations and vehicles. Possible responses can range from sending suicide drones into northern Israel with the objective of striking military and civilian targets to firing rockets at military installations and towns close to the border fence.

Who Is the Boss?

This situation could develop into a broader confrontation if Israel escalates in its reaction even though Nasrallah does not want an all-out war with Israel.

It needs emphasizing that at the end of the day, Nasrallah does not set the strategic goals of Hezbollah, and definitely not those of the Shiite militias in Syria, many of which work without Nasrallah’s involvement. Their goals are set by Iran and carried out by the Iranian Quds Force commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who is personally supervising Hezbollah’s military operations. It has been reported that Soleimani arrived in Beirut immediately after the Kornet missile strikes to meet with Nasrallah. The commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, representing Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, is the one who sets the boundaries of the conflict.

The Lebanese constraint exists, but it is meaningless to Iran’s strategic goal.

Source: (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs originally published this article on September 9, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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

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Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s wisdom as Israel carries out its strategy to stop the establishment of precision missile factories in Lebanon. Pray that the Lord will continue to protect Israel’s northern border and the citizens of northern Israel. Beseech the Lord that Israel will prevail, regardless of the reaction of Iran or its proxies.

Scripture

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

Attacks on Israel Continue: Rocket Fire from Gaza Prompts Retaliation Strikes

by Elior Levy and Yoav Zitun

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Iron Dome intercepting rocket fire from Gaza (Illustrative)

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Israeli planes struck in Gaza early on Wednesday, hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that pressured Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel.

The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound and tunnels belonging to the terror group Hamas, which rules Gaza.

Later siren alerts were heard in the South indicating another attempt at launching rockets towards Israel.

Following the rocket attacks, PM Netanyahu held security briefings with military commanders at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv.

Earlier the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced that two rockets fired from Gaza towards the southern cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Rocket fire at the cities further away from the strip is unusual because the Gaza factions have been trying to avoid provoking Israel into broader action against the terror groups.

There is, however, concern that the rockets available to the terror groups are more accurate, as the Iron Dome prevented direct hits to the city center in Ashdod.

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on September 11, 2019. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces/flickr.com

Prayer Focus
As rockets used by terrorists in Gaza reach further into Israel with more precision, pray that Israel’s response will have an immediate and lasting effect. Pray that Hamas and others will recognize that their strategies are powerless against the God of Israel.

Scripture

“Gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak the word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.


- Isaiah 8:9b–10

Israel Dispatches Firefighting Aid Package to Brazil

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Fires raging in the Amazon rainforests in Brazil.

Friday, 6 September 2019 | (In response) to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conversation with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Security Council and the Ministry of Public Security are acting to extend immediate assistance to Brazil to combat the devastating fires in the country. Israel will dispatch a delegation of firefighters from the Israel Fire and Rescue Services who specialize in bush and forest fires.

The delegation, which is expected to depart for Brazil this evening (Tuesday, September 3 2019), will provide assistance and professional know-how to the Brazilian authorities, including the Brazilian government and military and firefighting authorities who are combatting the fires.

The Israeli delegation, comprised of 11 experts in the fields of rescue, intelligence and bush and forest fires, will be headed by Commander Yair Elkayam, Deputy Commander of the Northern District.

Fire and Rescue Commissioner Dedy Simhi is directing preparations in Israel, while the Israeli embassy and the IDF Military Attaché in Brasilia are coordinating with the Brazilian authorities.

Over the past year Israel’s relations with Brazil were greatly strengthened following PM (Prime Minister) Netanyahu’s visit to Brazil and President Bolsonaro’s visit to Israel, which included a visit to the Israel Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

The countries have close political and strategic cooperation in various fields, and many agreements have been signed in the fields of agriculture, science, health, cyber and more. These agreements contribute to Israeli exports to the largest Latin American country.

Source: (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs originally published this article on September 3, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: CNN/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for Israel’s strong relationship with the Brazilian government. Pray for the success of the Israeli delegation as they labor to help bring these destructive fires under control.

Scripture

I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.


- Genesis 12:3

Netanyahu Vows to Apply Israeli Sovereignty over the Jordan Valley if Reelected

by Ilse Strauss

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The Jordan Valley

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | With less than a week to go before Israel heads to the polls for the second round of national elections this year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday offered a large section of the Israeli society a prime reason for selecting him to lead the country for another term. If reelected, the longtime premier vowed, he would immediately apply Israeli sovereignty over the eastern quarter of Judea and Samaria, known as the Jordan Valley—with Jewish state sovereignty for all Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria to follow in due time.

Addressing a crowd of supporters near Tel Aviv last night, Netanyahu—standing strategically next to a map of the Jordan Valley mounted on an easel—announced: “There is one place where we can apply Israeli sovereignty immediately after the elections. If I receive from you, citizens of Israel, a clear mandate to do so… today I announce my intention to apply, with the formation of the next government, Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea.”

“I will not do anything without getting a clear mandate from the public, and so the citizens of Israel, I ask you for a clear mandate to do this,” Netanyahu said. “There is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something with broad consensus and bring safe permanent borders to the State of Israel. This will ensure that Judea and Samaria do not become Gaza, and that…Netanya and Tel Aviv will not become like communities along the border of Gaza.”

Gesturing to the map, Netanyahu continued. “This is the eastern shield that ensures that we will never return to being a country with a width of a few kilometers. This map guarantees strategic depth to Israel. It defines our eastern border.”

The Jordan Valley is home to approximately 8,000 Israelis living in some 30 communities, all of whom will benefit from Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.

Law-makers from Judea and Samaria responded to Netanyahu’s announcement with a chorus of praise.

The Yesha Council, an umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, celebrated the prime minister’s promise as “a historic event” and “unprecedented news for the State of Israel.” Jordan Valley Regional Council chairman David Elhayani lauded Netanyahu “for giving us nothing short of a historic moment.”

Israelis are not the only ones who call the Jordan Valley home. Netanyahu’s proposed plan will encircle Jericho—a Palestinian city where the Palestinian Authority has military and administrative control—as well as seven other Palestinian communities.

The prime minister was, however, quick to point out that Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley can be achieved without annexing any Palestinians and while retaining absolute freedom of movement for Palestinians throughout Judea and Samaria.

Netanyahu hinted that his prospective plans have the nod of approval from international role-players, particularly the US. “Over the past few months I led a diplomatic effort, and over the past few days the diplomatic conditions have become ready,” Netanyahu said in what the Jerusalem Post calls a likely reference to the prime minister’s meeting last week in London with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and a lengthy telephonic discussion with US Vice President Mike Pence.

According the Jerusalem Post, the White House does not consider Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley an obstacle to US President Donald Trump’s long-awaited plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which is reportedly due for release after the Israeli elections on September 12. In fact, Israeli sources said that the “Deal of the Century” calls for Israel keeping the strip of land bordering the Jordan River.

Netanyahu assured his supporters that his plans go beyond the Jordan Valley, reiterating his promise of Israeli sovereignty over all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The close friendship between Netanyahu and Trump, the prime minister said, puts Israel in a position “to guarantee settlement in the heart of our homeland.”

This would, however, be done in close cooperation with his US counterpart, Netanyahu said. “Out of respect for President Trump and out of great faith in our friendship, I’ll wait before applying sovereignty over settlements until the presentation of the diplomatic plan of the [US] president. As much as is possible, I want to apply sovereignty over settlements and other areas in maximum coordination with the US.”

The Importance of Judea and Samaria

Judea and Samaria—or the so-called West Bank— is arguably the most contested piece of real estate in the world. The Palestinian narrative claims it as their historic own, a land demanded for their supposed future state. Global media portrays it as a cauldron of violence, unrest and vehement opposition. And world governments point accusatory fingers at the Israeli homes, villages and towns in the area, alluding that the so-called “Jewish settlers” stand as one of the sole stumbling blocks to finally achieving peace in the Middle East.

The term West Bank is relatively new, coined less than 70 years ago. The State of Israel was but a day old when the army of Jordan joined forces with four other Arab countries to annihilate the Jewish people. Against all odds, Israel’s ragtag army triumphed. Yet when the ceasefire lines were drawn, Jordan, a country located solely on the east bank of the Jordan River, had managed to seize a patch of the Promised Land. The Hashemite Kingdom renamed the occupied area the “West Bank,” a name chosen due to its location on the western bank of the Jordan River.

Israel reclaimed the area in the 1967 Six Day War. While Israel has controlled the area, it has never been annexed and it does not formally form part of the Jewish state. Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley would thus officially make the area part of Israel, giving it the same status as Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post explains.

Judea and Samaria hold a special place in the heart of Israelis—and Israeli history. Years before the armies of Jordan seized it in occupation, centuries before the Palestinians tried to force traces of their past into a land that bare no witness of their ancient history and millennia before it became a standing item of contention on the agenda of international bodies, Judea and Samaria was renowned for something entirely different: the Biblical heartland of the nation of Israel.

Judea and Samaria set the backdrop against which more than 80% of the events in the Old Testament unfold. The ancient ruins, villages, hills and valleys served as the stomping ground for the Jewish patriarchs, the hometowns of Hebrew prophets, the battle fields of Biblical judges and the seats of reign for Israel’s mighty kings. The footsteps and fingerprints of Israel’s Biblical history—and that of Christianity—are etched into the very rock and soil of this region.

Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 11, 2019)

Photo Credit: Bukvoed/wikimedia.org

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Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s wisdom and will to prevail as PM Netanyahu makes plans to annex the Jordan Valley, plans that are contingent upon the outcome of the upcoming elections. Ask the Lord to guide Israeli voters, ensuring the election of the leader He has chosen.

Scripture

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.


- Proverbs 2:6, 8

US Middle East Peace Envoy Jason Greenblatt Resigns

by Ilse Strauss

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US Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt

Monday, 9 September 2019 | President Donald Trump’s Mideast team is losing one of its main pillars. Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt announced on Thursday that he is leaving the administration and stepping down from his position—as soon as the long-awaited final chapter of President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” is released.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to have worked in the White House…under the leadership of President Trump,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “I am incredibly grateful to have been part of a team that drafted a vision for peace. This vision has the potential to vastly improve the lives of millions of Israelis, Palestinians and others in the region.”

Greenblatt spent the past two and a half years as co-architect alongside senior White House advisor Jared Kushner putting together President Trump’s prospective plan for peaceful coexistence between Israel and the Palestinians.

The financial chapter of the plan saw the light in June during a conference in Bahrain, while the second and final installment is expected to be rolled out shortly after the Israeli elections on September 17. Greenblatt will remain in his position until the much-delayed plan has been released in its entirety.

An anonymous senior administration official told reporters that Greenblatt’s resignation was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family. “Jason Greenblatt has decided to return to New Jersey to be with his wife and six children, who throughout the administration have resided in New Jersey.”

According to the official, Greenblatt continues to “hold the confidence” of both President Trump and the Mideast peace team.

News of the resignation elicited praise and gratitude from Israeli and US leaders alike. President Trump hailed Greenblatt as a “loyal and great friend and fantastic lawyer,” whose “dedication to Israel and to seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians won’t be forgotten. He will be missed.”

Kushner, Greenblatt’s co-architect of the “Deal of the Century” thanked his colleague for a “tremendous job leading the efforts to develop an economic and political vision for a long sought after peace in the Middle East. His work has helped develop the relationships between Israel and its neighbors as he is trusted and respected by all of the leaders throughout the region.”

For his part, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Greenblatt “for his dedication toward peace and security, and for never hesitating for a moment to speak the truth about Israel in front of those who defame it.”

The anonymous senior administration official credited Greenblatt as a true Israeli ally, “instrumental” in Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital and the Golan Heights as part of Israel. Moreover, the official recognized Greenblatt’s influence in “reframing discussions about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict,” “using the approach that real peace can only be built on truth,” which resulted in warmer relations between Israel and a number of Arab nations, the Times of Israel reported.

The only ones without a kind word to say about Greenblatt were the Palestinians. Speaking to the Times of Israel, Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi criticized him as an “apologist for Israel” and a “defender of the most extreme, hard-line policies.”

Ashrawi continued to equate Greenblatt’s efforts for peace and prosperity in the troubled region as a “crusade to malign the Palestinians.”

Ashrawi was, however, quick to excuse Greenblatt’s so-called anti-Palestinian misdeeds as nothing “personal,” but rather committed in obedience to an administration she condemned as “pro-Israel and holding an ideological commitment to Zionism and extreme Israeli hard-line policies.”

The relationship between the Palestinians and Greenblatt started out on neutral footing. However, the Palestinians soon took exception with the US envoy after Washington recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The fact that Greenblatt uses his Twitter account as a platform for taking the powers-that-be in Ramallah to task over incitement to terror and failure to condemn terror attacks against Israelis further provoked their ire, and the Palestinians soon accused him of being biased towards Israel which resulted in their shunning all US-led peace initiatives, including the yet unpublished “Deal of the Century.”

Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 9, 2019)

Photo Credit: wikimedia.org/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

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Prayer Focus
Pray for Jason Greenblatt, who has given the last two and a half years of his life to designing a plan that could potentially bring peace to Israel while protecting Israel’s presence in the region, as well as its right to self-determination and the ability to protect its borders and citizens.

Scripture

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.


- Psalm 34:13–15

Head of European Jewish Association: We’re Not Wanted Here

by Alexandra Lokesh

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Rabbi Menachem Margolin, head of the European Jewish Association

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | The latest ban on kosher slaughter in Europe is just another restriction placed on the continent’s Jews and adds to the sense that the community is not wanted, says the head of the European Jewish Association (EJA).

“This is a true tragedy for the entire Jewish community,” says Rabbi Menachem Margolin, regarding the recent prohibition of kosher slaughter in the Wallonia region of Belgium.

The Wallonia ban joins a prohibition on kosher slaughter in the northern Flanders region of Belgium, making the Jewish ritual effectively illegal in two thirds of the country, where more than 40,000 Jews reside.

The rabbi, himself a Belgian citizen, sees growing restrictions and limitations on the rights of the European Jewish communities all over the continent, and does not accept the humanitarian reasons legislators cling to in explaining the ban on kosher slaughter.

“From the way the animals are transported to the food they eat and the conditions they live in, there are endless problems regarding the treatment of animals in Belgium,” Margolin tells Ynetnews. “Jewish people care for the animals, and kosher slaughter is much more humane than any other forms of slaughter.”

Although anti-Semitism in Europe is on the rise, Margolin doesn’t see it as the reason for the new law; instead he blames political lobbyists.

“The real tragedy is the fact that the politicians who were so moved by the animal rights lobbyists ignored the pleas of the Jewish community, and this kind of law makes the entire Jewish population of the country feel unwelcome.”

The rabbi says that the new legislation makes Jews feel unwanted in Europe.

“The main issue is not the meat itself—we can eat fish and pasta if we want—it’s whether we feel safe and wanted, it’s whether we need to find another place to live,” he says.

“Some of the countries in Europe, whether on purpose or not, give their local Jewish communities the feeling they’re not wanted in their own country, like they’re second-class citizens, like they have less rights than other citizens. This is indeed a tragedy.”

But, Margolin says, European Jews cannot surrender in the battle for their religious rights.

“We need to work very hard, and even now, we’re not giving up,” he says. “We successfully prevented the ban on kosher slaughter and circumcision in Holland, Poland and other countries, I’m sure this time we’ll succeed as well.”

Margolin is also doubtful that the changes in law will push members of the Jewish community to move to Israel.

“People don’t usually want to move unless they have a noose around their neck,” he says.

Source: (Excerpt of article originally published by Ynetnews on September 10, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Arutz Sheva TV/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Pray for God’s protection over the Jewish communities in Belgium and other European countries as they face growing oppression and overt anti-Semitism. Ask the Lord to direct their steps as they make the difficult decision whether to remain in a land where they are no longer welcome or safe.

Scripture

He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”


- Isaiah 30:19b, 21a

Palestinian Dentist Threatened for Helping Israelis Wounded in Terror Attack

by Elior Levy

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Dr. Amin Mansour’s clinic in Azzun

Monday, 9 September | A Palestinian dentist who provided first aid treatment to two Israelis wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) on Saturday afternoon said he doesn’t regret his decision to help the two despite getting death threats from the locals for his effort.

A 17-year-old Israeli teen was seriously wounded, and his 60-year-old father had been lightly hurt when a 15-year-old Palestinian allegedly approached the two near a Palestinian town of Azzun, asked whether they were Jewish, then stabbed them.

The Israelis, residents of the south, were making their way to Dr. Amin Mansour’s dental clinic in the area when the incident happened. Once the doctor noticed what was happening near his clinic, he immediately rushed to the scene to provide first aid treatment to the wounded.

“I have been a doctor for many years … It’s my duty as a physician to provide treatment for everyone, regardless of whether they are Israeli or Palestinian,” said Dr. Mansour in an interview with Ynet’s sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth. “Every person is first and foremost a human being.”

“The 17-year-old boy was seriously wounded, I saved him,” said the doctor. “The Palestinian boy who stabbed him is 15 years old and both of them are victims to me. They’re just different kind of victims.”

Since the incident, social media networks have been abuzz with Palestinians accusing the doctor of “rescuing the settlers,” and even sending him death threats. Other Palestinians, however, defend the doctor, saying he himself once was jailed in an Israeli prison, a fact which Dr. Mansour doesn’t deny.

“It’s true,” he said. “I am a very well-known Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] activist and I spent four years in prison during the Second Intifada. The threats don’t faze me.”

Palestinian sources in Azzun said Dr. Mansour has a large Russian-speaking clientele due to being fluent in the Russian language. The sources said he studied dentistry at a university in Russia and managed to forge close ties with Israelis from Soviet bloc countries.

“I was prepared to visit the wounded in the hospital. They are my patients, and I have known them for many years, but I do not have a permit to enter Israel,” the doctor added.

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on September 8, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: i24NEWS Français/YouTube/screenshot

Prayer Focus
Thank the Lord for the example Dr. Mansour has set of the heart and attitude necessary for peace to take root in the area. Ask the Lord to protect him and his family as their lives are threatened because he chose to act righteously.

Scripture

Sing praise to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For He has delivered the life of the poor from the hand of evildoers.


- Jeremiah 20:13

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