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Thus says the Lord “I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame. But you O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.”
Ezekiel 36:7-8 and following verses.
- Praise and Thanks
Protection during recent rocket attacks – no Israelis injured and no serious damage caused.
Continuing US support of Israel in proposed move of Embassy and raising of the anti-semitism issue.
- Defence and Security on all fronts
The IDF destroyed at least 34 tunnels along the Gaza border during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 but Hamas has rebuilt and now has at least 15 tunnels that reach into Israeli territory. Hamas has restored its tunnel infrastructure and rocket arsenal to pre-war levels. The tunnels are a sign Hamas is preparing for another war. Israel began constructing a $530 million underground barrier along its border with Gaza in September to prevent more Hamas tunnels from breaching Israeli territory. IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gadi Eisenkot described the barrier as, “the largest project” ever undertaken in Israel’s military history.”
PRAY for the Chief of Staff and the IDF, Intelligence and Security Forces including cyber security.
- Several rockets were launched at southern Israel in February, including two incidents in which ISIS fired a barrage of rockets towards Eilat from Sinai. Three were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile system while a fourth landed in open territory. In retaliation the IDF struck multiple Hamas terror targets in Gaza.
PRAY for the safety of Israel’s southern border communities and for decisive and effective responses.
- PA leaders urge Iran to join an ‘all-out war’ on Israel. They speak of “an axis of resistance” that would include Syria, Iraq, Iran and Hezbollah – all devoted to “the liberation of Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. It would be an all-out war in the Golan, in South Lebanon, in the Galilee… “Hezbollah is preparing and warn that they would attack sensitive Israeli targets such as Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona and a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa if Israel goes to war with Lebanon.
PRAY their plans would be thwarted and God would give Israel His strategy, wisdom and warning. Ps 68:30
Netanyahu recently asked the USA to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. They are strategic in protecting the land. At this point, Israel has returned 80% of the land it gained in the 1967 war.
- Aliyah and Anti-Semitism
Jewish people are still migrating to Israel at around 1,000 a week. Although anti-semitism is undesirable it is predicted in the Bible (Jeremiah 16:16) and it can help the cause of Aliyah. Anti-Semitic attacks in the USA are increasing. It is particularly rife on university campuses worldwide. Trump condemns it and Netanyahu calls on Europe to follow suit. PM May said universities have a duty to fight anti-semitism. It even extends to Facebook who recently shut down the anti-Israel terror-promoting Fatah page but then reinstated it two days later. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog predicts a flood of immigrants.
PRAY for those organizations that help in their return, for abundant financial support, for their strategies and plans, for volunteers to help in the practical work at every stage, and that they reach ALL Jews in all nations.
PRAY that God will continue to stir up Jews to go to their homeland.
PRAY for Israel to be ready to welcome a flood of immigrants.
- Purim celebration – March 12-13
When Mordecai and Esther thwarted the plan of Haman to exterminate the Jews.
PRAY this festival will encourage the Jewish people to remember God and put their trust in Him.
“Behold, I will send for many fishermen” says the Lord, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” Jer. 16: 16
Sources: JNN News, Carmel Alert, Israel Today, Christians United for Israel, World Israel News, The Bible