Another UN resolution against Israel
In early July, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) passed another anti-Israel resolution. In a stormy session, votes were cast to have the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah) in the Old City of Hebron listed as a Palestinian world heritage site in danger.
Why only a Palestinian site? Israel’s UN Ambassador criticized the resolution as Hebron is one of Judaism’s holiest sites. Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Leah are buried in the historic mausoleum which in designated days and hours, is open for Jewish and Moslem worshippers and visitors.
May their memory be blessed
Israel mourns of the dramatic loss of life in the Halamish (Neve Tzuf) Jewish community in Samaria. In late July, an Arab terrorist broke into the Solomon family home and stabbed to death three of the family members. The US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, along with other US and Israeli officials, paid a condolence visit to the family. “May God bless them and spare them further sorrow, and may evil be defeated,” said Ambassador Friedman.
Israel Border Police provide security in Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount. In July, riots broke out after terrorists killed two and injured two more members of the Border Police Force.
Turkey and terrorism
With the shifting powers in the Middle East, Turkey is positioning itself for dominance of the region. It appears that Turkey also wants to be a player in matters related to the Gaza Strip and West Bank. A Hamas terrorist group’s money laundering ring, which funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from officials in Gaza to the West Bank city of Hebron, was operating to increase funding for terrorist activities. When the Hamas ring was exposed in August, it became clear that Turkey had been a part of it.
Unite in prayer…
- Ask the Lord for wisdom for Israel’s leaders
- Pray fervently for all communities to be protected from terror attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups
- Pray continually for the Lord to shield school children from attacks of all kinds as the new school year begins. Children have difficulties sleeping and concentrating in their studies. Pray for their safety and peace in sleep.
- Pray that all Israel looks for help only from the God of
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).