ISIS in Israel—Not for Long
Seven ISIS fighters infiltrated Israel last week from southern Syria. Israel has a sophisticated fence system, whereby they know when someone approaches the border. The terrorists made it 650 feet before the Israeli Airforce took them out.
The IDF found a Kalashnikov rifle and several explosive belts. The belts would have been used in suicide bombings. It was a bold but stupid move for ISIS, as there was little chance that they could sneak through the border undetected.
The questions we should be asking are: Why were they sent? Was it a test? Does ISIS have other plans?
ISIS also sought to infiltrate Jordan. However, Jordanian forces attacked them, killing several members of the radical Islamist group.
Eli Wiesel’s house, Defaced
Last week, the childhood home of one of most prolific voices from the Holocaust, Eli Wiesel, was vandalized with pink paint. The culprits wrote: “Pedophile. Jewish Nazi who is in hell with Hitler.”
Wiesel’s book, Night, recounts the horrors he and others suffered in the Holocaust. His childhood home in Romania is, not only a museum, but also a historical monument.
“This grotesque act represents an attack not only on the memory of Elie Wiesel but on all the victims of the Holocaust,” said a statement by Romania’s National Institute for Holocaust studies, which is named after the writer. —Breaking Israel News
Jewish State Law
There is a huge controversy in Israel, at the moment, over the new Jewish State Law. In short, it declares:
Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people.
Hebrew is the national language, while Arabic has special status.
Hatikva (The Hope) is our national Anthem.
The flag of Israel is two blue stripes near the edges and a blue Star of David in the center.
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Jews from all over the world are welcomed to come home to Israel.
Encouragement of settling the land.
That is basically it. There is nothing all that controversial about it—so why all the hoopla? Why did it barely pass (65-52)?
In our Declaration of Independence, we guarantee equal rights to all citizens—Jewish, Arab, Christian, etc. Had Netanyahu included a statement that affirms equality, it would have received more than 100 votes. So why not include something that we all agree on? Netanyahu would say, equality is already affirmed in other laws—and that is correct. However, his opponents claim that he did not include it because he wanted the vote to be close, giving him the opportunity, before the next elections, to point at the opposition and say, “They are not patriots—we are.”
Sadly, even here in Israel, politics is a very dirty sport.
50,000 Israelis came out to Tel Aviv, in support of our 300,000-strong Druze community, over the weekend to protest the law.
Rally in Tel Aviv against new Nation State Law
Fresh Sanctions Could Tumble Iran
Today, new sanctions take effect on the Islamic Republic of Iran. The goal is to put massive economic pressure on Iran. Already, there are protests in the country—and they are not blaming the US, but their own leaders for their economic woes.
Jerusalem has praised President Trump for leaving the Iran Nuke Deal and returning to sanctions, while Europe seeks to keep the deal alive. However, Europe is shortsighted by only seeing the economic value in doing business with Tehran. They fail to see (or refuse to see) how damaging it is to Middle East stability—as Iran props up Syrian Dictator Assad, funds Hezbollah and Hamas, and stands with the rebels in Yemen against the Yemeni government.
Trump commented on the failed Iran Nuke Deal:
“The JCPOA (Iran Nuke Deal), a horrible, one-sided deal, failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb, and it threw a lifeline of cash to a murderous dictatorship that has continued to spread bloodshed, violence, and chaos.
“Since the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond.”
The people of Iran want to know why their government is sending all their money to terrorists, while the country is falling apart.
Pray for angels to be with the IDF to combat ISIS.
Pray for the Iranian people to have courage to take back their country.
Pray for unity in Israel over the new Jewish State law.
Pray that God will give us politicians who love the land and the people, more than power.
Pray against anti-Semitism in Europe.
Pray for a great move of God in Israel that would open the eyes of the Jewish people.