“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.” Ps. 5:3
CHURCH OF THE APOSTLES FOUND BY THE SEA OF GALILEE, ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLAIM: Archaeologists believe they have found the legendary Church of the Apostles, which Christian tradition states was built over the home of some of the disciples of Jesus [Yeshua]. The discovery was made in an area thought to be the ancient village of Bethsaida by the Sea of Galilee, where it is believed the disciples Peter and Andrew lived. The archaeologists said that the ancient Jewish village of Bethsaida, which is mentioned in the Bible’s New Testament, was much larger than experts had previously thought. Some people believe it could be the site referred to in the “Feeding of the 5,000” miracle when Yeshua is said to have fed a large crowd with five loaves of bread and two small fishes. What is known for certain is that the recent excavation at the suspected site of the biblical village in modern-day Beit Habek, also known as El-Araj, has uncovered the remains of a large Byzantine-era church. Some of the most notable evidence includes mosaic titles, which archaeologists say are for wall mosaics and only appear in churches.” Other finds at the site include marble fragments, two aisles, roof tiles designed for a big building and a cross carved into stone. Historical texts have referred to this area as being home to the church which was built on top of Peter and Andrew’s old house but no one has been able to find it before. The theory that el-Araj is the long-lost Bethsaida and once home to the disciples Peter, Andrew and Philip is supported by the archaeologists who have been excavating the church. (Ha’aretz/UK Sun) Ongoing discoveries tell us of life in the ancient past and in many cases bear out the truth of Biblical accounts.
BRITAIN: IRAN’S SEIZURE OF TANKER A ‘HOSTILE ACT’: Britain on Saturday, 20 July 2019 denounced Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, rejecting Tehran’s explanation that it seized the vessel because it had been involved in an accident. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards posted a video online showing speedboats pulling alongside the Stena Impero tanker, its name clearly visible. Troops wearing ski masks and carrying machine guns rappelled to its deck from a helicopter. British Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt called the incident a “hostile act”; while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had expressed “extreme disappointment” by phone to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif. A spokesman for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier-General Ramezan Sharif, said Tehran had seized the ship in the Strait of Hormuz despite the “resistance and interference” of a British warship which had been escorting it. No British warship was visible in the video posted by the Guards. In a letter to the UN Security Council on Saturday night, 20 July 2019 Britain said the tanker was approached by Iranian forces when it was in Omani territorial waters exercising its lawful right of passage, and the action constitutes illegal interference. (Ha’aretz)
FRANCE, GERMANY AND BRITAIN BAND TOGETHER TO CONDEMN IRAN’S ACTIONS: France, Germany, and Bahrain condemned Iran on Saturday 20 July 2019 after it seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. A German foreign ministry spokesman said, “We urge Iran to release this ship and its crew immediately. Germany continued by saying this could further escalate tensions in the region and “would be very dangerous and undermine all ongoing efforts to find a way out of the current crisis.” France’s foreign ministry also put out a comment saying, “We have learned with great concern of the seizure of a British vessel by Iranian forces and we strongly condemn it and express an already tense situation in the area.” Earlier Saturday, the British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt also expressed concern over the Iranian move calling it a “dangerous path.” Iran’s Fars news agency originally reported the previous night that the British oil tanker had been taken to the Bander Abbas port and Iran said that the ship had been involved in an accident with an Iranian fishing ship. According to Iran, the ship sent out a distress call and the British tanker ignored the call. In a tweet, Hunt said: “Yesterday’s action in Gulf show worrying signs Iran may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilizing behavior after Gibraltar’s legal detention of oil bound for Syria our reaction will be considered but robust. We have been trying to find a way to solve the issue but will ensure the safety of our shipping.” On 4 July 2019, the British Navy seized an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar. They suspected the ship to be smuggling oil to Syria which is in breach of EU sanctions. (J. Post) Continue to intercede that the US, Israel and European nations will be unified with solutions to prevent Iran from continuing its military threats.
DEMOCRATS BRUSH OFF REP. OMAR’S PUSH FOR ISRAEL BOYCOTT, TARGET BDS MOVEMENT INSTEAD: Jewish Democrats brushed off Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Israel boycott resolution last week and instead kept their focus on their own resolution to denounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Cal.) told media sources that Omar’s resolution was “dead on arrival.” He said, “What I regret most is Omar’s claim that somehow free speech requires that people say what she wants to say. The idea to say that in order to protect American free speech we must say that we hate Israel is bizarre.” Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “I think the BDS movement is harmful, and anyone that promotes it is making a big mistake.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) strongly condemned the BDS movement at the AIPAC conference in March 2019. Lawmakers said they expect a vote this week on a resolution that would explicitly denounce the BDS movement. (Washington Times)
ARGENTINA BRANDS HEZBOLLAH A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, FREEZES ASSETS: Argentine authorities last week designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese Islamist group’s assets in the country. The announcement came as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died. Argentina blames Iran and Hezbollah for the attack, as well as for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29 people. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu praised Argentine President Mauricio Macri for the designation. “It is time the entire enlightened world understand the grave danger Iran and Hezbollah pose. It is time the entire world stand up against it,” Netanyahu said. (Reuters)
IRAN THREATENS TO ABANDON ALL LIMITS ON NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Iran warned the EU on Mon. 15 July 2019 that it is prepared to end all of its commitments under the 2015 deal and restore its nuclear program to the status quo ante, under which Tehran placed no limits on any areas of nuclear development. The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that Tehran will withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action if the European signatories do not bypass American sanctions on Iran imposed after the USA withdrew from the deal. “If the Europeans and the United States do not fulfill their commitments, we will balance out their actions by reducing commitments and taking the conditions back to how they were four years ago,” he said. “Currently, we have gone beyond 3.67% uranium enrichment and are also producing the enriched material required for nuclear plant fuel with 4.5% purity.” (Arutz-7)
HEZBOLLAH FORCES ON THE MOVE: The Hezbollah terror organization has moved some of its forces which were previously located around Syria, to the Lebanon-Syria border. Forces also moved heavy weapons and set up new bases along the border. On Mon. 15 July 2019, Israel sent a message to Russia asking them to act to remove Hezbollah from the Syrian Golan Heights in the same way they removed the Iranians from the area. The report also noted that the publication of the issue delayed Hezbollah’s attempts to base itself in Syria, but did not stop them. On Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that if war breaks out between the USA and Iran, Israel would be bombarded “with ferocity and force.” (INN)
UN SHOWCASES ISRAEL’S INNOVATIONS IN WATER, AGRICULTURE, TECHNOLOGY: An event at the UN headquarters in New York City last week highlighted six Israeli innovative solutions to critical problems around the world. Hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN, it allowed members of the Israeli business community to connect with governments and senior officials from the international community at UN headquarters. Mino Negrin, founder, and CEO of NUFiltration introduced a creative technology for artificial kidney remission used to filter and purify water. Eyal Yassky, co-founder of Hilico, spoke about his company creating the world’s first portable and affordable rain-harvesting device, designed to work off the grid that can turn rainwater into clean, drinking water in rural and disaster relief areas. “Over a billion people live off-grid and many of them rely on rainwater,” he said. “This is our focus and duty as entrepreneurs and as global citizens to help those people.”
Shuli Kurzon van Gelder from Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation discussed its extensive fieldwork to help the development of countries around the globe and its projects with Israel’s neighbors, Egypt and Jordan, as well as with the Palestinian Authority. “I think these programs are the seeds of the peace-building process because we’re talking about people,” she said. “When you invest in people, it gives stability to a relationship.” The CEO of SupPlant talked about creating the world’s first commercial system for autonomous irrigation by developing an artificial intelligence system that analyses data collected by sensors in the field and then translates them into irrigation commands. Other companies and organizations that participated in the event included the Rashi Foundation, Social Finance Israel and SmartWater Group. Guests at the event included diplomats and government representatives from various countries, UN officials, and representatives of Jewish and pro-Israel organizations. (Israel HaYom)
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