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Israeli Soldier Shot by Hamas Sniper
For months now, we have been told the Hamas border protests are peaceful. Despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, Israel gets blamed for defending itself. On Friday, Aviv Levi was shot by a peaceful Hamas sniper. The bullet penetrated his bulletproof vest and he succumbed to his wounds.
Aviv Levi was 21-years-old and lived not far from me in Petah Tikva. Prime Minister Netanyahu released a statement:
He fought in Gaza “with determination and bravery, and to our great sorrow, sometimes this struggle bears a very great price. I am sending condolences from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of myself and on behalf of all Israeli citizens, to his family.” —Times of Israel
Egypt Warns Hamas not to Respond
In the wake of the first death of an Israeli soldier since the March 30 protests began, Israel bombarded Hamas targets in Gaza. Egypt warned Hamas that if they responded, Israel was ready to “go to war in two hours.”
Four Palestinians were killed in the strikes and more wounded.
Israel can deal with a lot. We are very patient. Already Palestinians have burned 8,000 acres with their fire kites and balloons, caused raging blazes in Israel’s southern farms and nature reserves, which killed wildlife. But when a soldier is killed, the patience runs out.
As of this morning, there is a very fragile ceasefire in place.
In a Secret Mission, Israel goes into Syria to Save Lives
On Saturday evening, at the urging of the United States and European countries, Israel evacuated some 800 civil defense volunteers—known as White Helmets for the color of their helmets—and their families. The White Helmets are labeled as terrorists by the Syrian government. The 3,000-member group has saved more than 100,000 lives since they began. They are true Syrian heroes. President Trump petitioned Prime Minister Netanyahu to help evacuate them, as the Syrian forces would surely kill them.
(It is a stunning thing to see in this video Israeli soldiers giving our water to Syrian children)
The Russian-backed Syrian troops have been moving closer and closer to Syria’s southern towns. There was fear that the White Helmet rescue workers would be singled out by the Syrian army.
The secret operation began around 9:00 p.m. Saturday, reaching its peak after midnight. The evacuees arrived at the border with Israel, and the IDF opened the gates and let them through. Medical treatment was provided to those in need, and the evacuees were provided with food and water. —Times of Israel
Israel then transferred them to Jordan. Jordan refused to take in refugees, as it will overwhelm their economy. However, assurances from Germany, Canada and the U.K., that they will receive them, caused Jordan to acquiesce.
Israeli Forces entered into Syria and arrived at Quneitra, just a few kilometers from the border on the Syrian Golan Heights. A convoy of buses waited for them at the border to take them to Jordan. Those in need received medical treatment.
An individual involved in the rescue told Hadashot news the effort was “one of the most moving operations. There were lots of children.” —ibid
On the way, a woman went into labor, needing an emergency C-section.
“Her son, Nairouz, came into the world in an open field under the darkness of night just short of the frontier with Israel’s Golan Heights.” —ibid
Sadly, some of the White Helmets declined evacuation through Israel, out of fear of not knowing what would happen to them, but the group’s leadership unanimously voted to go forward with the plan.
This is part of Israel’s Good Neighbor Operation, which we have reported on in the past.
A Record 1,400 Jews Visited the Temple Mount on Sunday
It may come as a surprise to you, but Jews are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount—only Muslims are allowed. On Sunday, which marked Tisha Be’av, the Ninth of Av (the anniversary of the destruction of the first and second temples), 1,400 Jews made their way to the Hamas- occupied Temple Mount.
Jordan condemned the visit to Haram al-Sharif, called the Noble Sanctuary by the Muslim world. Yousef Mahmoud, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, complained that the peaceful Jewish visit was “a black day in the history of the city of Jerusalem, and in the history of Palestine and the history of the Arabs and Muslims.” He went on to call it “a flagrant challenge to the Arab and Islamic nations and a violation of international laws.”
Yawn. You have to understand that overreaction is the norm in the Middle East. This is a region of drama queens, with each politician trying to outdo the others with their reactions.
Yeshua Glick, who has long advocated for the rights of Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, and who has good relations with many Muslims, was shot by a Islamic terrorist four times. He survived, and now serves in Knesset (Parliament). “Until a few years ago, the Temple Mount was closed on Tisha Be’av for non-Muslims,” said Glick.
Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS
In the online world, ALL CAPS is like screaming. In response to Iranian threats against the US, President Trump unleashed one of his sternest and what will be one of his most memorable tweets. As I have said, rhetoric is a huge part of the Middle East political climate. We all remember Saddam Hussein promising the mother of all wars, before he was soundly defeated in the First Gulf War.
Normally, U.S. Presidents don’t respond to these threats, as they are mostly for public consumption and have no teeth. But not this president:
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
Israel Shoots Down Syrian Jet
Yesterday a Syrian Jet came two full kilometers inside Israeli airspace before it was shot down. Israeli forces confirmed that it was not Russian before shooting it down. The plane then crashed in southern Syria.
“Two Patriot missiles were fired at a Syrian Sukhoi-model fighter jet,” the IDF confirmed. Syrain sources said the plane was on a mission to attack ISIS targets in southern Syria.
Israel has said that will not tolerate a Syrian military build-up in the south on the Israeli borders and would not tolerate Syrian jets in Israeli airspace.
Continue to pray for the innocent Syrians caught in the middle of a civil war.
Pray for Israeli soldiers to be covered and surrounded by angels.
Pray that the good news of Yeshua will prosper in both Israel and the surrounding Arab nations.
Pray for the family of Aviv Levi.
Pray that God’s will would be done on the Temple Mount.