Kuwait blocks work permits for Tunisian and Lebanese women lacking male guardian

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 20:58

Kuwait had already imposed this requirement on Lebanese women, though only the latter require a security clearance.

Report: Syria responds as Israel hits Iranian cargo in Damascus airport

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:02

The airport is being hit by airstrikes, tweeted Kann reporter Amichai Stein.

French Minister refuses to grant award to Palestinian NGO with terror ties

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 14:06

Hotovely laments that Al-Haq and B’Tselem still expected to receive French human rights prize

Iran jails 30 for corruption after public outcry for economic crimes

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 13:50

Many of the men were also fined, sentenced to lashes and had the "ill-gotten" part of their assets seized, Ejei said.

PA seeks extradition of more than 100 ‘thieves’ accused of corruption

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:28

Abbas revealed that a Palestinian suspect was served with an Interpol “red notice” a few days ago. However, he did not mention the name of the suspect.

Iranian media: Islamic Republic to stage naval exercises in Indian Ocean

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 11:20

Iran will launch the maneuver this winter to display its military power and flaunt its new weapons.

Jordan to rework controversial cybercrimes bill following protests

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:33

"The government will study again the draft law before redrafting it in light of existing laws," Ghunaimat said.

Iran detained Australian academic for 'infiltrating' institutions

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 10:07

In October, Khamenei called for increased efforts to combat enemy "infiltration."

Hail Pounds Saudi Desert, Kills Cattle in Swaziland

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:57

Skeptics of the Biblical account of the Ten Plagues will be chagrined to see shocking videos of a recent wave of hailstorms that struck simultaneously around the world in the most unlikely of places. The Saudi Arabian desert was covered in ice and, in precisely the manner described in the Bible, hail in Australia was accompanied by fire.

Critics will claim that the Biblical account of the Ten Plagues that preceded the Hebrews’ Exodus from Egypt is improbable and could not have happened as described. In the case of the hailstorm in Africa last week, the devastating effect on cattle reflects the devastation the Biblical plague had on the Egyptian. Even the unlikely meeting of the elemental opposites of fire and ice was witnessed by the farmers of Australia, making the claims of a literal reading of the Bible more credible.

Last Tuesday, heavy rain and hail hit Saudi Arabia’s northern province of al-Jawf, causing flooding and hail-related damage. The desert was coated in ice and ice-filled rivers flowed through the streets.

Crazy hailstorm plus flash flooding in northwestern saudi city of Sakakah pic.twitter.com/SDxFmuulZF

— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) December 5, 2018

Hail pounded Swaziland, South Africa on the same day. One person and at least 18 cows were reported killed by the freak storm that lasted all of 30 minutes.

Hail cloud South Africa (Twitter/Citizen)

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Last Sunday, hail accompanied by lightning created the fire-and-ice scenario described in Exodus in central Wheatbelt, Australia:

So Moshe held out his rod toward the sky, and Hashem sent thunder and hail, and fire streamed down to the ground, as Hashem rained down hail upon the land of Egypt. Exodus 9:23

More than one and a half inches of precipitation fell on the region and lightning strikes set off fires.

Fire and ice raining down on beast and man, mirroring the Biblical account of the Exodus. Prophecy predicts that the plagues of Egypt will reappear before the arrival of the Messiah. Could it be that is what we are witnessing?


Amidst BDS on Campus, Israel Advocacy Trainings Offer a Change of Pace for Israel Dialogue

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:44

Amidst rising anti-Semitism and recent BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) campaigns against Israel on US campuses, this winter, advocacy organization Hasbara Fellowships is bringing 70 North American students to Israel to become the next generation of voices for Israel.  

On December 9, students at NYU approved a BDS resolution. In recent weeks, Pitzer College professors voted to suspend its study abroad relationship with the University of Haifa. UCLA hosted the national Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) conference and University of Michigan professors denied recommendation letters for study abroad in Israel.

As pro-Israel students and organizations assemble to fight the BDS movement’s mark on higher education, they are also taking the offensive with the help of leading campus activism organization Hasbara Fellowships. Working on more than 80 universities across North America, the fellowship program cultivates the next generation of passionate and articulate voices for Israel. Their 15-day training program features training in on-camera techniques, social media skills, coalition building and role-playing scenarios that are likely to arise in hostile campus environments. Trip participants will also take part in a negotiations seminar and will travel across Israel for insightful briefings and firsthand accounts from top Israeli experts in diplomacy, media and other fields that intimately shape advocacy.

According to Israel Director of Hasbara Fellowships Eitan Rosenfeld, this past year has seen a huge uptake in “straight up anti-Semitic incidents, such as swastikas being drawn,” as well as “more and more anti-Israel propaganda and BDS campaigns.”

For students involved in Israel advocacy, Rosenfeld told Breaking Israel News, “campus is not a comfortable place to be right now.” This, said Rosenfeld, could have consequences not only on Jewish individuals, but on the world as a whole as other students “will go on and become leaders on a global, political and business level in the next 10-20 years.”

“The conversation will affect them in university and we don’t want them to come out with a wrong view of Israel and the Jewish people’s story,” he said. So to ensure that the right stories are being told, Hasbara Fellowships trains students to effectively tell Israel’s story to individuals and campus groups, engaging with anti-Israel allegations head on and even understanding Jewish identity, which Rosenfeld maintains helps to fight BDS and anti-Israel propaganda.

“When you deeply understand who you are, then you can be yourself freely and stand for what you believe in, creating a passionate fire that ignites other people to be proud of and stand up the values they believe in,” he said.

One such example of a Hasbara Fellow who trained to advocate for Israel on campus, only to increase his on self-identity and expression, is Daniel Traub. Traub, now 25, participated in a Hasbara Fellowship training in Israel as a student at Boston University. Although he described the overall anti-Israel sentiment on his campus as “relatively light” due to the “strong Jewish population at BU,” he reported anti-Semitic incidents on campus, including incidents involving anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

In response to anti-Semitic conversations and confrontations, Traub turned to Hasbara Fellowships to attend the advocacy training in Israel to learn how to provide opposition to the rising anti-Semitism on his college campus.

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This coming winter, more than 70 students from 25 campuses will also travel to the Jewish state, hearing from Israeli and Palestinian thought leaders to gain tools to tackle any possible scenario on campus and beyond, and to make the case for Israel in a balanced, reasoned manner that does more than ‘preach to the choir.’

Traub maintained that Hasbara Fellowships effectively taught him how to answer tough questions by providing him with information and techniques that spread a positive view of Jews and Israel. At a public debate on campus between Boston University Students for Israel (BUSI) and SJP, he told Breaking Israel News, “Hasbara was able to provide us with the knowledge to make a proper defense, and the event went well – there was respect and we had a clear victory at the debate.”

In Israel, after hearing from both Israelis and Palestinians, said Traub, “I was able to come to my own conclusions and have decided, without a doubt, on the validity of Israel and her actions.” Through the campus programming he helped organize, Traub worked to spread this conclusion to others at BU. “Through events like Israel Peace Week (a week of programing that showcases positive aspects of Israel, organized by pro-Israel organizations across the country), we were able to show that Israel is a land of peace, tolerance and democracy.”

At one event on his campus Israel Peace Week, he said, the group held an international food festival in which they invited different cultural groups on campus to provide food native to their land. “BUSI even invited SJP to the event to promote peace between our two groups,” said Traub, who is now living in Jerusalem after making aliyah and serving in the IDF as a lone soldier and combat medic in the paratroopers unit.

“Hasbara also gave me a deeper spiritual connection to its land and people,” he said.

According to Rosenfeld, this training is so vital because it is this very connection and identity described by Traub that anti-Israel groups try to undermine. “We have Jewish students on campus who are being denied the right to be themselves – a part of the Jewish people. We are fighting anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism,” he explained. “When people spread ideas that Israel shouldn’t exist, they are saying that the Jewish people do not have the right to self-determination. So now, we are fighting for that right, just as we fought for the right 70 years ago when the State of Israel was established,” he said.

“Campus is the new battleground on an ideological level – that’s why the discussion on campus is so important.”

Al-Arabiya slams Linda Sarsour as Muslim Brotherhood ally

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:38

Written by Huda al-Saleh and published on Sunday the article seeks to expose what it calls “details of calls to attack Trump by US ‘Muslim Sisters’ allied to the Brotherhood.”

Tehran Sinking Into the Earth: Divine Retribution?

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:25

Scientists warned that Iran, the arch enemy of Israel, is in danger of suffering a fate explicitly described in the Bible as being reserved for the evil: being swallowed up by the earth. Though it is impossible to ascribe divine intentions onto such events, some rabbis emphasized that such a phenomenon requires an attempt to understand God’s will.

Satellite images recently revealed that Tehran, the capital of Iran, is sinking into the earth at a rate of 10 inches per year. Geoscientists Mahdi Motagh and Mahmud Haghshenas Haghighi from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam used satellite data to monitor subsidence across the Tehran region between 2003 and 2017. Their study, reported in Nature magazine, determined that roughly 10% of the city is affected, as well as areas adjacent to the city. Part of the cause is the drying up of aquifers for agriculture and drinking water for the city’s 13 million residents.

Nature reported that fissures several miles in length and several yards deep have opened up in the land to the southeast of Tehran. Such fissures endanger railroad tracks, roads, bridges, oil and gas pipelines, high-voltage electricity lines and buildings. It also disturbs irrigation, sometimes making agriculture impossible in previously arable regions. Another sinking zone is threatening to engulf Tehran’s airport.

Though this phenomenon referred to as ‘subsidence’ is a problem in many parts of the world, Tehran is among the worst cases. Efforts to restore the aquifers have been hampered by illegal wells, droughts and large dams which prevent the underground water sources from being replenished. Researchers fear that the effects are irreversible and the ground has lost its porosity.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-days author, believes Tehran’s dilemma is clearly divine intervention but added a strong disclaimer.

“Everything that happens in the world is divine intervention,” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News. “But we absolutely cannot ascribe a specific meaning to it. One day it could be Tehran sinking and the next it could be a city in California. The judgments are for God to make.”

Without usurping God’s role as judge, Rabbi Winston believes that the hand of God can frequently be revealed by a close inspection of history.

“We don’t always know why things happen but when we look back we can frequently see that some events we thought were insignificant were actually small sparks that set off a large explosion,” he said. ‘What is true is that anti-Semitism is always followed by economic depression and frequently by disaster.”

He noted that even without taking into account God’s wrath for Iran’s treatment of Israel, their difficulty could trace to their relations with the Holy Land.

“Iran had a problem with water. In June, Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Israeli water technology to Iran,” Rabbi Winston said. “But they wouldn’t take anything from ‘the Zionists.’ This anti-Semitism clearly made their current problem worse.”

“The Iranian people are victims of a cruel and tyrannical regime that denies them vital water. Israel stands with the people of Iran,” the Israeli Prime Minister said at the time.

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This sentiment of helping the people of Iran, despite the intent of the regime to destroy Israel, was also addressed by Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, an Israeli mystic with thousands of followers. In his weekly sermon last week, Rabbi Ben Artzi emphasized that God operates in the world via nature.

“God is hidden in the world but operates through the natural forces that he created,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “Through fire, earthquakes, winds, volcanoes – through every natural force. This is how God operates for countries, but for the individual, he works through his body.”

This was particularly true of Iran, the rabbi said.

“Every time Iran rises up against Israel, it will get hit by Hashem (God, literally ‘the name’),” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “Hit hard,” he emphasized.

But Rabbi Ben Artzi noted a difficulty with ascribing divine wrath focused on Iran.

“Ninety percent of the people love the Jews and Israel,” Rabbi Ben Artzi said. “They hate the regime that is currently in power in Iran. They want to overturn their government and this will happen. There will be a revolution in Iran.”

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, believes Iran’s current difficulties are a clear message their government should heed.

“It makes me happy to hear that Iran is having this problem,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “Not that I, God forbid, wish the people of Iran harm. There are enough reasons for them to disappear into the ground but the way this is coming into the world, as a gradual process, gives the people a chance to do tshuva (repentance) in order to avert disaster.”

He noted that this was the case with the Biblical story of Korach in the desert, who spoke out against Moses and Aaron.

And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their households, all Korach‘s people and all their possessions. Numbers 16:32

“Since the Holocaust, there has not been any nation that has declared their intention to destroy the Jewish people like Iran has,” Rabbi Berger said. “Anyone who speaks out this way, wanting to wipe out another nation, Hashem will cause the earth to swallow them up. Everything they think that makes them great as a nation will simply disappear.”

'Iran increases testing of ballistic missiles that can reach Europe'

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 07:09

Iran reportedly doubled the number of its tests in 2018.

Iran arrests 10 suspects in suicide bombing that killed two

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 05:30

Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a suicide car bomb attack this week.

How Iran turned a 'counterterror' meeting into a push for new global order

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 05:22

The meeting comes as Gulf Cooperation Council gathers in Riyadh.

PM Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel Friedman Light the Hanukkah Candles at the Western Wall

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 04:40

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended a ceremony Thursday evening at the Western Wall to light the 5th Hanukkah candle together with lone soldiers.

Prime Minister Netanyahu: “There is a great victory here: The great persistence and continuity of our people, which overcomes all rules of history by the power of our faith and our will. Today we are celebrating 70 years since the revival of the State of Israel. The power of this spirit finds expression across the world in the rising status of Israel, in the special strength that emanates from here throughout the Middle East, Arab and Muslim states, here in the Middle East, in Africa, in Asia and in other places, that want our proximity, our peace and relations with us. Here I must add the tremendous support that we receive from the US government and from President Donald Trump. Exactly one year ago he made a historic decision because it has historical importance and because it recognized history. Peace cannot be advanced on the basis of lies and a policy based on lies is doomed to crash on the rocks of reality. President Trump, in a brave and genuine move, recognized what we know to have existed here not only since the Maccabees, but since the time of King David, 800 years before. In the recognition of Jerusalem, of our heritage and the link that that no other people and no other city have, President Trump simply spoke the truth, and truth is the basis for everything and the basis for peace.”

Christian Purchasing Trends Portray a Return to Roots of Hebrew Bible

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 04:12

On one level, the outlook for the religious landscape in the US is bleak. According to trends illuminated in the most recent Pew Study on religious life, over time, an increasing number of American adults say they do not identify with any religion and there are a shrinking number of people who describe themselves as Christians and Jews. Additionally, there is a clear downward trend in the importance of religious life in older people compared to younger people – and this trend is also growing over time.

From 2007 to 2014, belief in God declined from 92% to 89%. Those who pray daily decreased from 58% to 55%. Those who deem religion as “very important to them” decreased from 56% to 53%. And those who attend services at least monthly went from 54% to 50%.

However, if one looks to the purchasing patterns of Bibles and Judaica, the trends paint a different picture of the landscape of religion in the United States. According to Christian media maven Brandon Gaille, 20 million Bibles are sold each year in the United States. “That’s more than double the amount that was sold annually in the 1950s,” he noted.

This figure does not include the number of Bibles that are given out. According to Gideon International, the Bible publisher that popularized the tradition of placing a Bible in hotel rooms, the publisher distributed more than 82.5 million copies of the Bible worldwide in the 2017 fiscal year, including 10.1 million in the United States alone, largely to youth, colleges and hospitals.

CEO and President of the Christian Publishing House, Edward D. Andrews, has noticed an increased interest in Bible inquiries in recent years. In addition to running the publishing house since 2005, Andrews has written 95 commentary books on the Bible. He reports that his clientele has developed increased interest regarding “interpretive translations” of the Bible, books about how to defend the Bible, as well as Hebrew Bibles, he told Breaking Israel News.

“Christians are mostly interested in prophetic works of the Hebrew Bible,” he said. “They want to understand if the Old Testament and New Testament contradicts one another. There is not one single contradiction between the New and Old Testament,” Andrews posed. “Not one iota.”

Perhaps these two parallel trends, seemingly contradictory, are not contradictory at all. According to Donna Jollay, co-founder of educational platform Yeshiva for the Nations, which teaches non-Jewish students about the Hebrew Bible, Jewish history, and Israel, both the trend away from religion as well as Christians returning to their Jewish Biblical roots were prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. “Amos prophesied that there will be a famine, not for food but the word of God,” she told Breaking Israel News.

A time is coming — declares my God — when I will send a famine upon the land: not a hunger for bread or a thirst for water, but for hearing the words of Hashem.” (Amos 8:11)

“Though the word of God is available, we are very much in that place where we see a falling away of the next generation and ignorance regarding Israel,” she said, arguing that it’s not enough to have a Bible or even read the Bible – we must hear the word of God, and hearing is incumbent upon action. “Within the Hebrew Bible are instructions for non-Jews for how they should be interacting with the Jewish people, provoking a response to wake up to the Redemption that is happening,” she said.

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Many Christians are doing just that – learning Hebrew and engaging with the Hebrew Bible. Rabbi Tuly Weisz, Director of Israel365 and publisher of Breaking Israel News and The Israel Bible, reported seeing positive trends of Christians studying the Bible and Biblical Hebrew in recent years, as a result of Internet access and growing Christian Zionism. The Israel Bible, Weisz told Breaking Israel News, is the world’s first Hebrew Bible to highlight the special relationship between the land and the people of Israel, published by Jews for a Christian audience. The Israel Bible has been selling at a steady increase since its inception marking Israel’s 70th anniversary in April 2018.

Weisz maintained that this is not only a fascinating trend – it’s prophetic. “Zephaniah predicted that in the end days, all nations would speak ‘pure speech,’ Hebrew. They are learning Hebrew for one purpose – to be able to read the Bible in the language of creation.”

For then I will make the peoples pure of speech, So that they all invoke Hashem by name And serve Him with one accord.” (Zephaniah 3:9)

“This verse is another incredible example of an obscure prophecy that has come to prominent fruition in our generation, as millions of people all over the world, both Jews and gentiles, are learning Hebrew in order to speak lashon hakodesh (the holy language),” reads the passage commentary in The Israel Bible.

As religious life continues to decline in the United States, Weisz said, not only are Christian purchasing patterns of Bibles a compelling anecdote telling a different story, but the trend is also an antidote to Biblical illiteracy. “The Israel Bible became the top new release on Amazon shortly after its release. There is a thirst for a Bible like this among Christians that explains the importance of the land and the people of Israel in a way that non-Jews can appreciate.”

The same can be said of trends of Christians purchasing Judaica. According to Israel365’s Director of Business Intelligence, Ayal Kellman, Israel365’s web store has “performed steadily over the last several years.” Online store manager Orly Gibson, who has managed the store for the past four years, noted that Christian purchasing of Judaica increase during the Jewish holidays and festivals. “Christians around the world are getting more plugged into the Jewish calendar, buying seasonal products from Israel corresponding to different holidays.” For example, she noted, “natural honey from Israel is always a best seller around Rosh HaShana (the Jewish New Year).”

Gibson attributed the sales to a “Bible awakening among Christians,” maintaining, “Christians are going back to their roots, the Hebrew Bible and connected to Biblical holidays. The Israel365 Store makes it possible for Christians to incorporate Judaica and Jewish ritual items into their celebration of Hanukkah, Passover and other holidays,” she told Breaking Israel News.  

Ordering products from Israel online, she said, is a great option for people who are looking to connect to Israel and the Bible as well as “a wonderful way to support the Israeli economy and small businesses.” Indeed, the trend of supporting Israel through Judaica and further engaging with the Hebrew Bible could offer the perfect remedy for a “famine of the word” within the religious landscape of America.  

A Time For Miracles – True Stories From the IDF

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 03:55

Terror from the Gaza strip has haunted the Holy Land for over a decade. Sporadic outbreaks of violence have tested the patience of Israel’s civilians living in the southern region. The resolve of the government and the Israel Defense Forces has been tested, while they work to balance protecting the people and avoiding war.

The last time the IDF sent ground troops into Gaza was between 2008 and 2009 for “Operation Cast Lead.” Those in Israel at the time testify that every man, woman and child, whether observant or not, joined forces to pray for the welfare and safety of the brave IDF fighters.

Navigating the maze of Gaza cities, which were filled with booby trapped buildings, terror tunnels, road bombs and snipers’ shooting made completing this mission particularly precarious and dangerous. The odds of IDF soldiers coming out alive or even unscathed were slim.

Yet, many miraculous stories started spreading throughout the Land, some, almost too far fetched to believe. Amazingly, these stories have been confirmed by those who actually experienced them and give strength to the power of prayer.

Here are two such stories:

Rabbi Lazer Brody, a former IDF special-unit veteran, shared this story after hearing it from the father of the soldier to whom it happened.

The IDF soldier was part of the Givati Brigade. His unit was tasked with cleaning out terrorists and weapons in and around Gaza city.

This battalion found themselves facing a woman dressed in black, standing in front of one of the houses they were told to check. The woman, named Rachel, started yelling in Arabic, “Get out of here! It’s dangerous!”

The soldiers assumed that she was trying to protect her family. However, not wanting to take chances, their company commander called the regiment commander who advised them to move on to their next target.

Suddenly, the same woman in black appeared in front of them and again gave the danger warning. Assuming she must have arrived so quickly through one of the terror tunnels set up by Hamas between houses, a soldier even yelled at her for interfering with their mission.

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The IDF troops then went to a third house and, lo and behold, the same woman appeared again. By now, all the soldiers froze in place realizing something otherworldly was happening.

The IDF soldiers called the Golani Engineering force, whose job it is to blow up booby-trapped houses. The unit asked them to check the three houses the mysterious woman had warned them about. Sure enough, all three houses were filled with explosives.

Around the time that the story was revealed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Israel’s northern city of Safed and son of former Chief Rabbi of Israel Mordechai Eliyahu, was teaching in Jerusalem about the plight of the IDF soldiers in Gaza and this miraculous story in particular.

Rabbi Shmuel confirmed that his holy father had been released from the hospital just before the war and went three times to pray at Biblical Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem for the success and safety of Israel’s soldiers and the Holy Land.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu continued, “I told [my father] about this story, and I asked him, ‘Should we believe it? Is it truth?’ And he said, ‘Yes, it’s true.’ I asked him to explain, and he said – in these words: ‘I told her: Rachel, a war is on! Don’t withhold your voice from crying [based on Jeremiah 31,14-16]! Go before God, and pray for the soldiers, who are sacrificing themselves for the Nation of Israel, that they should strike – and not be stricken.’

“I told him, “Well, you should know that she really did that.”

“Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu  asked, “‘Did she mention that I sent her?’”

Another miraculous story from Operation Cast Lead was shared in a video called, “How God Fought in Gaza.” The film features archived footage from the mission along with interviews IDF soldiers and officers who served in the operation. The soldiers recognize the hand of God as they describe “miraculous” firefights where IDF troops emerged without a scratch.

One Godly story follows:

Most Israelis have come to rely on the Iron Dome to protect them from enemy missiles. The Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather air defense system designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired at civilian areas.

During Operation Cast Lead, a missile was shot into Israel from Gaza and was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv, the Kirya (Israel’s equivalent of the Pentagon) or a central Tel Aviv railway station.

The first Iron Dome interceptor was shot but missed the rocket. A second interceptor was shot and also missed, something very unusual. There were only four seconds left until the missile would hit a populated area causing mass-casualties.

The IDF commander shared, “Suddenly, the Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that … sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, ‘There is a God!’ “I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes. It was not told or reported to me. I saw the hand of God send that missile into the sea.”

The Bible states, “It is a land which Hashem your God looks after, on which Hashem your God always keeps His eye, from year’s beginning to year’s end” (Deuteronomy 11:12).

For soldiers these prayers can be the difference between life and death.

As such, a crowdfunding campaign has been established to raise money to provide IDF combat soldiers with a proper place to pray and worship wherever they are serving. These unique “mobile synagogues” move with battalions, offering a spiritual place for them to connect with God.

Until December 31, 2018, every dollar donated will be matched by a lover of Israel’s soldiers. Donations are essential to providing IDF soldiers with these mobile synagogues. To donate to this campaign, please click here.

Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes on the Rise in New York

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 03:11

Anti-Semitic hate crimes, including physical assaults, vandalism, harassment and attacks on Jewish institutions, are on the rise in New York City. The worrying trend is particularly palpable in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, home to a large Hasidic community.

Nikki Haley Replacement, Heather Nauert, Helped Further Trump Administration’s Pro-Israel Platform

Breaking Israel News - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 03:02

U.S. President Donald Trump nominated State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Friday as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, replacing Nikki Haley, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Bloomberg News first reported this development on Thursday night.

Nauert, a former Fox News personality, was considered the frontrunner after former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell withdrew from consideration. Also touted were U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchinson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, former U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

Congratulations to Heather Nauert on her nomination by the President to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. We wish you well and look forward to supporting you through the transition and beyond.