From: Messianic Bible
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:17 PM
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that
accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants
of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)
Last week, over 200 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The
attack began in the evening of Friday, March 9th, during Israel’s Shabbat (Sabbath).
As if in thanks for helping to keep Israeli safe, this weekend an adventurous
child extended a surprise greeting to these Israeli Combat Engineering Corps
soldiers, after they completed their treacherous trek for their gray berets.
During the four-day escalation, over 20 were killed in Gaza by Israel’s
pinpoint retaliatory air strikes.
Although most of them were positively identified as armed terrorists by their
own “terrorist organizations,” civilians were injured since terrorists
deliberately carry out their activities in civilian areas, in an effort to
create “human shields.”
Several were wounded in Israel, and extensive material damage to buildings and
facilities occurred on both sides. Bjoern, can you imagine your city having
200 missiles fired at it?
Yes, we are terrified here in Israel. Many people including children have been
wounded and others live in constant fear. Many Israelis suffer from shell shock.
If it were not for Israel’s Iron Dome which shot down over 50 Grad rockets
headed for civilian populations, the death toll would have been much higher in Israel.
The Iron Dome anti-missile system successfully
intercepted most of the rockets headed towards
population centers, thus minimizing civilian
casualties in Israel.
Over one million Israelis were in the line of fire, including 200,000 school
children who were ordered to stay home from classes on the 11th and 12th.
The fighting started on Friday evening, when the Israeli Air Force received
actionable intelligence about the whereabouts of Zuhair al-Qaisi, the leader of
the militant Palestinian group called Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), an
active Palestinian terrorist group responsible for over 10,000 rockets and
mortar shells fired into Israel since 2001.
Al-Qaisi was the mastermind behind several strikes against Israel, including
in 2011, a series of bloody cross-border attacks involving a bus, a private
vehicle and an army patrol, and in 2006, the kidnapping of IDF soldier
Gilad Shalit in a cross-border raid.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes IDF soldier Gilad
Shalit at Tel Nof after his release from Hamas captivity in October 2011.
He was held captive for almost five and a half years. Shalit was set free in
exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian and Arab Israeli prisoners, of
which 280 were responsible for the murder of 569 Israeli civilians.
The Israel Air Force (IAF) hit Qaisi’s vehicle with a missile, killing him and
his deputy, Ahmad al-Hanani, a terrorist who was recently freed from prison in
the Shalit deal and deported to the Gaza Strip.
The PRC and Islamic Jihad responded with a large barrage of rockets, and the
‘tit for tat’ violence continued for several days.
The threat of missiles, rockets and other terrorist acts have become the daily
reality of life in Israel. Iran continues to encourage and support the
activities of these terrorist organizations.
Despite the ceasefire, the rocket attacks against Israel have
not ceased altogether. In fact, the only days without missiles
were March 17 and 18. On March 15, Hezbollah Secretary
General Hassan Nasrallah praised the attacks, after Palestinians
fired another barrage of rockets into the Jewish State of Israel.
IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai told reporters, “Iran finances Islamic
Jihad and supports it with weaponry. In these days, the Iranians are
supporting them and actively encouraging them to continue.
“We will not allow this unbearable reality to continue plaguing the lives of
civilians in southern Israel. No country in the world would allow this and we
will continue operating against every terror body active in the Gaza Strip.”
if this were happening where you live, would you not insist that your
government stop it?
Despite the ongoing violence, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the
Territories (COGAT) continued to operate the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings
into Gaza over the weekend, allowing tons of food and medicine into the Gaza Strip.
Israel police forces guard the border crossing at Kerem Shalom in southern
Israel, which is the site where Palestinian militants seized Israeli soldier
Gilad Shalit in a deadly raid.
Ahmadinejad rants and raves his way through another anti-Israel speech
“See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.” (Psalm 83: 2)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave another maniacal speech last Sunday,
raving at a large crowd and through TV cameras to whoever might be watching him
elsewhere in the country.
He raged, “As God is my witness, the Iranian nation will not give a damn for
American or Israeli bombs, warships and planes. They say all options are on the
table. Well, let them rot there. You yourself will rot.”
He advised the West to “talk politely, and recognize the rights of other
nations, and cooperate instead of showing teeth, and weapons and bombs. They
should know they will never prevail.”
Silver-tongued Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at
Columbia University, where he questioned the
Holocaust, reframed Israel’s right to exist as a question
of Palestinian self-determination, while at the same time
insisted that Iranians love the Jewish People.
But on March 14, it was Ahmadinejad’s turn to answer tough questions as he
appeared before the Iranian Parliament for several hours of abuse from
opposition politicians in proceedings which were broadcast live on the
government’s official radio station.
Opposition lawmakers demanded explanations for his disastrous economic policies
and even accused him of making “illegal” cabinet and governmental
appointments. His answers only enraged his political opponents.
“Ahmadinejad’s answers to lawmakers’ questions were illogical, illegal and an
attempt to avoid answering them. With an insulting tone, Ahmadinejad made fun
of lawmakers’ questions and insulted parliament,” lawmaker Mohammad Taqi Rahbar
told parliament’s news agency.
“Some conservatives want to get rid of him before his term is over,” said
Tehran-based Professor Sadeq Zibakalam. “But Ahmadinejad showed today that it
won’t be easy to do. By being firm and not taking conservatives seriously,
he’s become stronger.”
Jewish children playing together in Jerusalem
France: Four killed in attack on Jewish school
“All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who
oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” (Isaiah 41:11)
Jewish communities around the world will likely increase security in response
to the murder of a teacher and three children at the Jewish Otzar Hatorah
school on Monday in Toulouse, France.
A gunman dressed in black pulled up on a motorcycle to a drop off point in the
schoolyard around 8 a.m. and reportedly opened fire with two pistols before escaping.
Baruch Sabag, a teacher at the school told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that
“all the shooting took less than a minute.”
The dead include Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, a Jewish studies teacher at Otzar
Hatorah, his sons, three-year-old Arieh and six-year-old Gavriel, and the
principal’s eight-year-old daughter, Miriam Monstango. A 17-year-old male is
in critical condition and several children were injured.
Surveillance footage reveals that the gunman chased the children into the
school and shot one child in the head at close range.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told CNN that the Interior
Ministry has ordered French police across the country to contact Jewish
organizations to arrange increased vigilance.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that the
school shooting was “a national tragedy.”
According to the French newspaper Le Point, the police are searching for three
soldiers who were dismissed in 2008 from an elite paratrooper unit, after
evidence emerged that they were neo-Nazis.
“[W]hether it was a terror attack or a hate crime, the loss of life is
unacceptable,” Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said (Arutz Sheva).
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the terrorism alert in the Toulouse
region had been raised to scarlet, the highest alert level.
In a statement regarding the attack in France, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu vowed to aid the French authorities in bringing the shooter to justice.
Postal vehicle in Israel
Postal workers in flap over mailed New Testaments
“But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Messiah, so that you may
be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:13)
Recently in the city of Ramat Gan (a suburb of Tel Aviv), a commotion erupted
when postal workers discovered that thousands of packages which they had been
assigned to distribute throughout the city contained copies of the New
Testament in Hebrew.
While it’s safe to assume that in this secular city of Ramat Gan, many of these
postal workers had not been inside a synagogue in years, they suddenly became
very concerned with the Halachic (rabbinic law) ramifications of delivering the
New Testaments into the hands of Jews who might actually read it.
Despite the fact that it is perfectly legal to send the New Testament through
the mail in Israel, some postal workers also seemed to be under the impression
that they were being asked to commit a crime.
“We always distribute business flyers and we have no problem with that, whether
we agree with them or not,” one postal employee told Ynet, an Israeli news
website. “But this time it’s different. This is missionary material, and from
our understanding there’s a law against that. It’s not a religious issue.”
Israel Postal Company officials set the record straight, saying: “The Israel
Postal Company is a governmental company operating in accordance to the Postal
Law, which obligates us to distribute any mail it receives. The Israel Postal
Company has no right or ability to choose what it can or cannot distribute.
Therefore, the mail will be distributed according to the law.”
This is the latest incident displaying the widespread ignorance and prejudice
in Israeli society against the Gospel of Yeshua (Jesus).
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