“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places,” Eph. 6:12
IRAN FIRES SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILE AT ISRAEL: Iranian military forces fired a medium-range surface-to-surface missile at Israel on Sunday 20 Jan. 2019. The missile was fired from an Iranian installation on the outskirts of Damascus. It was immediately intercepted as it crossed the border over Mt. Hermon by Israeli anti-missile defenses. A statement released by the Israel Defense Forces called the incident a “premeditated” attack meant to send a message to the Jewish state to stop attacking Iran’s military build-up in Syria. Earlier in the day, the Israel Air Force had conducted a series of airstrikes on Iranian targets in the war-torn country. A second wave of airstrikes then targeted the Syrian air defenses that had fired on the first wave of Israeli jets. Renewed Israeli airstrikes have demonstrated the ineffectiveness of Syria’s new Russian-made air defense systems. Desperate to halt the Israeli assault, Iran resorted to the kind of attack that could spark a regional war, and highlighted exactly why Israel is so determined to prevent the Islamic Republic from establishing a strong military presence in Syria. (Israel Today) Pray for Israel according to scripture: “Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.” Ps. 59:1
IDF: IRAN FIRED MISSILE FROM SYRIAN AREA WE WERE PROMISED IRAN HAD LEFT: The missile that was fired into the Israeli Golan Heights on Sunday 20 Jan. 2019 was fired from an area near Damascus which Israel had been assured was empty of Iranian forces. “The firing of the missile yesterday, a launch that could have killed civilians, was fired by Iranians out of Damascus within an area that we were promised that there would be no Iranians,” IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis told reporters. According to the Israeli military, the missile was an Iranian-made medium-range model that was fired from the outskirts of Damascus. The launch made at approximately three in the afternoon came about an hour after Israel struck targets in Syria in a rare daytime attack. “The bottom line is that such a missile fired by Iranians from an area where they are not supposed to be is an Iranian attempt to attack Israel, to endanger civilian lives and military targets.” According to him, the fire was carried out by Iranian command and not by Syrians or local militias. “This was planned in advance as an attempt to deter us from continuing to act against them in Syria,” Manelis said, stressing that the missile launch on Sunday and the Iranian targets struck early on Monday showed just how deep Iran’s entrenchment in the war-torn country is. “This is the third time that Iran has tried to attack Israel in the past year,” he said. Israel has worked closely with the United States and Russia to try and remove the Iranian and Hezbollah presence from Syria where they have been fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad since the civil war started in the country some eight years ago. (J.Post)
IRAN OFFICIAL: WE CANNOT WAIT TO FIGHT AND DESTROY ISRAEL: The head of Iran’s air force said Mon. 21 Jan. 2019 that Iran was impatient to fight Israel and destroy it in retaliation for the Israeli attack on Iranian weapon facilities in Syria. “The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” said Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh. The comments came hours after Israeli warplanes launched a massive early-morning attack on Iranian targets in Syria and a day after Iranian fighters fired a surface-to-surface rocket at the northern Golan Heights. The IDF said the air bombardment was “a direct response to a surface-to-surface rocket—intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system—launched by the Quds Force from Syrian territory at the northern Golan Heights on Sunday 20 Jan. 2019.” The Quds Force spearheads the Iranian Revolutionary Guards overseas operations. (Ynet) Pray God’s promises over Israel: “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.” Isa. 41: 11-12
NETANYAHU ASKS IRAN: TRUE OR FALSE? PM Binyamin Netanyahu filmed a message to mark forty years since the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Contrasting the cooperation between the countries and economic conditions with the current Iranian regime’s hatred of Israel and broken economy, Netanyahu reiterated a message of friendship to the people of Iran, who Netanyahu called the primary victims suffering at the hands of the regime. The prime minister ended his message with the hope that Israel and Iran will one day work together as friends again and not as enemies. (INN)
EUROPE’S PATIENCE WITH IRAN WEARS THIN: In Tehran, last week, during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door. The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message that Europe could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination plots on European soil. “It shows the relationship is becoming more tense,” one of the diplomats said. The stormy meeting encapsulated the unexpected shift in European diplomacy since the end of last year. Smaller, more dovish EU countries have joined France and Britain in a harder stance on Tehran, including considering new economic sanctions. For Europe, assassination plots by Iran on French and Danish soil in 2018 were the last straw, diplomats say. “The accusations against Iran over the past few months have awakened a few countries in Europe that were against a tougher line on Iran,” a European-based Middle East diplomat said. (Reuters) Intercede that EU nations will come into line with US President Trump’s tough stance and sanctions against Iran.
GERMANY BANS IRANIAN AIRLINE FROM ITS AIRSPACE AFTER US PRESSURE: Germany has revoked the license of an Iranian airline because it has been transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones, the foreign ministry said on Mon. 21 Jan. 2019, after heavy US pressure on Berlin to act. The United States imposed sanctions on Mahan Air in 2011, saying it provided financial and other support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and has been pressing its European allies to follow suit. Mahan Air, established in 1992 as Iran’s first private airline, has the country’s largest fleet of aircraft and has flights to a number of European countries, including France, Italy, Spain and Greece. The US ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, who has long objected to Mahan Air’s links to Germany, welcomed the ban. “Mahan Air has flown terrorists, weapons, equipment, and funds to international locations to support Iranian terrorist proxy groups,” he said in a statement. “Iran’s use of Mahan Air to support the Assad regime in Syria, for example, has contributed to incredible human suffering, violence, and political instability felt across the world,” he said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters)
PALESTINIANS TO REFUSE ALL US FUNDS, INCLUDING THOSE DESIGNATED FOR SECURITY COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL: The Palestinian Authority (PA) has informed the Trump administration that it will no longer accept any American aid, including funds earmarked for security cooperation with Israel. The move was taken to avoid exposing the PA to potential financial liability as stipulated by the 2018 Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, passed by Congress in October and which is set to take effect this month. The law states that if the PA accepts such assistance then American courts would have jurisdiction to hold it accountable for terrorism against US citizens and render judgments including huge monetary fines. President Donald Trump last year suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Palestinians after Ramallah imposed a boycott on USA officials in the wake of his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Palestinian leadership is slated to hold a meeting this week to discuss the latest setback, as well as the likelihood that USAID will terminate all projects in the Palestinian territories by 31 Jan. 2019. (Medialine)
RHINO BIRTH CATCHES ZOOKEEPERS OFF GUARD: The Ramat Gan Safari announced Mon. 21 Jan. 2019 that a rhinoceros had given birth to a healthy female calf and, judging by her behavior so far, the newborn had inherited her mother’s adventurous spirit. The cub, who has yet to be named, and her mother, rhino Keren Peles, were both doing well, the Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan said in a statement. On 30 Dec. 2019 heavily pregnant Keren Peles started showing indications she was close to going into labor when she began pushing away her other offspring, Kipenzi (Swahili for Beloved), who was born three and a half years ago. Keepers aimed to cordon Keren Peles off in a private section where she could give birth without interference from the rest of the rhino herd and other animals in her enclosure, but before they could put the plan into action, she went ahead and produced a healthy young calf.
In order to give her time to herself and enable her to care for the newborn, keepers quickly directed Keren Peles to the prepared section, and there the pair stayed for three weeks, in sight of, but out of touch with, the rhino herd. Although the safari planned to keep mother and daughter in their private boudoir for another month or two, last week the young calf decided to take matters into her own hooves and squeezed through the surrounding fence into the main enclosure. The escape had its dangers. As the cub scampered about, she came across one of the male rhinos, Atari, who began pushing her around, all under the gaze of helpless Keren Peles. Keepers immediately released the mother from the closed section and she soon stepped in to defend her daughter and keep Atari at bay. Since then things have settled down and the new arrival is adapting to being part of the herd. (Times of Israel) Congratulations, Keren Peles! Well done!
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