Messianic Daily News: Israeli News
By David Lazarus for MAOZ Israel September Newsletter
A lone guitar chord echoes across the room as over a hundred Israeli soldiers rise to their feet to ask for help.
www.charismamag.com David Lazarus Sep. 3, 2014
A lone guitar chord echoes across the room as more than a hundred Israeli soldiers rise to their feet to ask for help.
NETANYAHU: ISRAEL FULLY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR UNITED ACTION: PM Benjamin Netanyahu told the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism on Sept. 11th: "I want to say a few words to the people of the United States. We remember that day thirteen years ago and we mourn with you on this day for the thousands who lost their lives in that horrific attack. All of Israel mourned on September 11th. In Gaza, they were dancing on the roofs. They were handing out candy. That's the moral divide. We mourn; they celebrate the death of thousands of innocents. And then when the US took out Bin Laden, speaking for virtually the entire country, I congratulated President Obama. In Gaza, Hamas condemned the US and called Bin Laden a holy warrior of Islam. That's the moral divide. We celebrate; they mourn the death of an arch-terrorist. Israel fully supports President Obama's call for united action against ISIS. All civilized countries should stand together in the fight against radical terrorism that sweeps across the Middle East, sweeps across the world. And we are playing our part in this continued effort. We have always viewed it as our common battle for our common future." (Prime Minister's Office) Pray according to scripture regarding the advance of ISIS and Hamas: “Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.” Ps 140: 8
KERRY SAYS NO TO IRAN HELP IN ISLAMIC STATE FIGHT: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday he was confident the US would form a broad-based coalition to fight Islamic State terrorists but said it would not be appropriate for Iran to be involved in the efforts. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier to defeat Islamic State fighters that control swathes of both countries. "I'm comfortable that this will be a broad-based coalition with Arab nations, European nations, the United States, others," Kerry said, speaking in Ankara after meeting Turkish leaders. Kerry told reporters in the Turkish capital that Iran should not be a part of the coalition, given its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in his three-year war against rebels that are trying to oust him from power. He further said France had publicly made clear its willingness to take action in Iraq and to use force but said it was too soon to say what role individual nations would play. (Ynet)
CIA: ISLAMIC STATE MAY HAVE TRIPLED IN FORCE IN LAST THREE MONTHS: A CIA spokesman said a new intelligence assessment estimated that Islamic State could muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, up from a previous figure of 10,000. The new assessment is based on a review of intelligence reports from May to August. It is larger than the 20,000 figure being used by many outside experts. A CIA spokesman said the new total reflected stronger recruitment by the extremist group since June following battlefield successes and the group's declaration of a caliphate. He says the revised number also reflects "greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence." (Ha’aretz)
ISIS POPULARITY GROWING IN ISRAEL: As the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) inches closer to Israel in its sweeping conquest of Iraq and Syria, the real threat is that the extremist movement will gain a large number of followers in the Holy Land long before its current warriors reach the borders of the Jewish state. A recent government report suggested that dozens of Israeli Arabs and Palestinians have already traveled abroad to join the Islamic State. And now, there are signs that local Muslims are taking up the cause. “ISIS is on the right path,” an imam at a mosque in northern Israel preached last week. At another mosque in the area, a congregant publicly declared, “The Islamic State is the only one that can establish an Islamic state, and it is good they are punishing people. I hope they make it to Israel.” Atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Muslims have been photographed freely strolling about the sacred compound while carrying ISIS flags. “When a backdrop of sympathy exists, there are usually some who cross over to wider action,” warned former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy this week. Halevy noted that a similar thing had “occurred in Europe and could already be happening here.” It would appear Halevy’s assessment was accurate. Just days after his interview, a Jerusalem-based jihadist movement that previously pledged allegiance to ISIS threatened to carry out attacks against Twitter if the social media network continued to close the account of Islamic State supporters and officials. (Israel Today) Intercede against attacks by IS supporters in Israel and for security officials to uncover and circumvent attempts to recruit Arab Israelis and Palestinians into this brutal terrorist organization.
AUSTRALIA RAISES TERROR THREAT LEVEL TO ‘HIGH’: The Australian government on Friday elevated its terrorism threat level to the second-highest warning in response to the domestic threat posed by Islamic State movement supporters. PM Tony Abbott announced the increase from "medium" to "high" on a four-tier scale on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization. The domestic spy agency's Director-General David Irvine said the terrorist threat level had been rising in Australia over the past year, particularly in recent months, due to Australians joining Islamic State to fight in Syria and Iraq. It is the first time the threat level has been elevated above medium since the scale was introduced in 2003. (Ha’aretz)
ANTISEMITIC ATTACKS UP 400% IN UK, DOUBLE IN FRANCE: Antisemitic attacks nearly doubled in France in the first seven months of 2014. A total of 529 antisemitic actions or threats were registered up to the end of July, against 276 for the same period last year, the Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) said. The acts included violence against individuals, arson and vandalism, and "exacerbate the growing unease that oppresses Jews in France each day and overshadows their future," CRIF said in a statement. Yet more worrying, the group added, is the appearance of new forms of violence against Jews - including attacks by organized gangs and the targeting of synagogues, as well as acts of vandalism against Jewish businesses and planned terrorist attacks. Meanwhile in the UK, the Community Security Trust (CST) antisemitism watchdog group reports 302 antisemitic incidents in July alone, making a whopping 400% increase over the same month last year. British antisemitism has been heard from the government itself during Operation Protective Edge, with the government threatening to cut 12 arms export licenses with Israel over the fighting against the terrorist group Hamas. Likewise, radical left-wing British MP George Galloway infamously declared his city of Bradford in northern England "Israeli free." Back in France, last week the French office of the Jewish Agency for Israel revealed that France was leading the world in immigration to Israel, the first time it has held that position. In reporting the figures the Jewish Agency said that "in the Western or free world, we've never seen one percent of the Jewish community emigrating to Israel.” Indeed, a full 1% of France's 500,000-600,000 Jews are on pace to make aliyah in 2014. A World Zionist Organization study in August found that the number of antisemitic incidents in the world jumped 383% in July as compared to the same month the previous year, with Europe showing a 436% increase. (Israel National News)
ROCKETS FROM SYRIA EXPLODE IN GOLAN: Residents of the Golan Heights reported hearing sirens on Friday evening, at around 10:00 p.m. Israel time. Two rockets exploded in open regions in the northern Golan, causing no physical injuries or damages. The rockets are believed to a spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria. In recent days rebels, among them Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch the Al-Nusra Front, have been involved in fierce clashes with pro-regime forces for control of the Quneitra area bordering Israel. This has resulted in increased incidents of spillover into Israel. Last week, sirens were heard throughout the Golan Heights, as a mortar shell struck in an open field in the northern Golan. The IDF responded by returning fire towards a Syrian army position along the northern border. Several mortar shells have hit Israeli territory in recent weeks, and the IDF recently shot down a Syrian drone after it strayed into Israeli airspace. (Arutz-7) Pray for the protection of Israel’s northern border communities against stray or intentional rocket fire from warring factions in the Syrian conflict.
HAMAS TERRORIZED UN WORKERS AND CONFISCATED HUMANITARIAN AID DURING GAZA WAR: In a number of incidents during the Gaza war, Hamas terrorists threatened to kill UNRWA personnel if they revealed that the Islamist group was using UN facilities for purposes of war, credible sources revealed this week. In addition, on a number of occasions, armed Hamas operatives forcefully confiscated medical supplies and food that were to be distributed by UNRWA to residents of Gaza, taking them for their own use. In a few cases, both during and after the Gaza war, trucks carrying supplies to UNRWA facilities were intercepted and taken over by Hamas terrorists. These revelations add to the question of whether reconstruction aid can be provided without it falling into the hands of Hamas. (Jerusalem Post)
NEW IDF PROGRAM HELPS PREVENT POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS: Israel’s Protective Edge military operation in Gaza was the first military campaign to implement a new program developed by the Israel Defense Forces to minimize post-traumatic stress disorders experienced by soldiers on the battlefield. The Magen program gave combat soldiers special training to help them recognize symptoms of acute trauma experienced by their peers, equipping them with the basic tools necessary to offer shell-shocked soldiers initial assistance. "The reports we received from the field suggest that overall, and compared to previous operations, there was a significant decrease in the number of shell-shocked soldiers," a senior Medical Corps officer said. (Israel Today)
By Shira Sorko-Ram from Maoz Israel September Newsletter
Commander Ofer Winter made headlines over an official dispatch he sent to his battalion on July 9, asking God to prosper the way of his soldiers in their mission to "defeat an enemy which blasphemes and curses the God of Israel's (defense) forces."