“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23
ISRAEL IDENTIFYING ACCELERATED URANIUM ENRICHMENT BY IRAN: Israeli intelligence has identified a huge acceleration in Iran’s preparations for the resumption of uranium enrichment, Israel’s Channel 13 News has reported. The report comes ahead of a trilateral national security advisers’ summit that will take place in Jerusalem this month, involving the national security advisers of Israel, the US and Russia. The summit, which is an unprecedented event, will focus on Syria as well as on Iran’s activities in Syria, Lebanon and the rest of the region. The US has indicated it plans to stress to Russia during the summit that Iranian forces and their proxies have to leave Syria. The report comes amid ongoing tensions between the US and Iran. Last month, an Iranian official said that the Islamic Republic has quadrupled its enrichment rate of low-enriched uranium and that it no longer accepts the restriction on uranium enrichment as it was written in the 2015 nuclear agreement. (Arutz-7)
NEW ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY FREEZES CANCER CELLS: An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary minimally invasive technique to freeze cancerous tumors that only requires a local anesthetic. It is already used to treat breast cancer. A solution at a temperature of -274 degrees Fahrenheit is injected into the cancerous tumor to freeze it, rendering it inactive and enabling the body to dispense with it as it does with other dead cells naturally within a few weeks. Most patients can be treated within one hour, allowing them to go home the same day or the following day. (i24News)
IRAN-LINKED TERRORISTS CAUGHT STOCKPILING EXPLOSIVES IN LONDON: Hezbollah terrorists linked to Iran were caught stockpiling tons of explosive materials on the outskirts of London in a secret British bomb factory, the UK Daily Telegraph revealed. The plot was uncovered by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police in late 2015, just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear deal. Three metric tons of ammonium nitrate were discovered – more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. For years, the incident has been kept hidden from the public. The discovery followed a tip-off from a foreign government. An Israeli official confirmed that it was the Mossad that informed UK intelligence agents. It became clear, according to well-placed sources, that the UK storage was part of an international Hezbollah plot to lay the groundwork for future attacks. (UK Daily Telegraph)
ISRAEL SHUTTERS 30 BDS FUNDRAISING ACCOUNTS BY REVEALING ALLEGED TERROR TIES: Israel has quietly waged a two-year financial campaign against organizations promoting a boycott of the Jewish state by revealing their connections to terror operatives, leading to the closures of dozens of fundraising accounts, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said this week. The campaign targeted fundraising accounts for groups promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel that were hosted on platforms like PayPal and DonorBox. Under the direction of the ministry, pro-Israel activists alerted the platforms to violations in their regulations banning fundraising activities connected to terrorism. The effort shuttered 10 accounts based in the US and 20 in Europe, the ministry said. “For years, boycott promoters have disguised themselves as ‘human rights activists,’ managing to raise tens of millions of euros from Western countries and citizens who thought they were contributing to causes supporting justice and equality. Over time, though, we have revealed that the supposed ‘human rights’ NGOs are in reality filled with anti-Semitic operatives with deep ties to terrorist groups fixated on destroying the State of Israel,” said Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan. “As a result of our actions, countries and financial institutions are now distancing themselves from these organizations. Our efforts have drastically undermined the boycott campaign, leading to it having less finances to operate, and barred from receiving financial services,” Erdan said. (Times of Israel)
VIOLENCE WITH GAZA CAUSING FAMILIES TO LEAVE SOUTHERN ISRAEL: At least 10 families living in Gaza border communities have decided to leave the area following the repeated rounds of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Hamas-run coastal enclave.“These are dramatic numbers that we haven’t seen since Operation Protective Edge,” the report continued, adding that there is a fear that more families will follow suit and leave the area. During the past year, there have been 10 rounds of violent conflict, causing residents to interrupt their daily lives and remain close to bomb shelters since they only have some 15 seconds to find shelter from rocket and mortar fire. The last round of violence in early May 2019 saw over 700 rockets fired towards southern Israel, which killed four civilians. The Great March of Return protests, which began on 30 March 2018, has seen over half a million people violently demonstrating at various points along the Gaza Strip security fence. Between several thousand to 45,000 protesters have demonstrated every Friday. Rioters routinely burn tires, and target IDF forces along the border hurling stones, and firing marbles, ball bearings and other projectiles using high-velocity slingshots. Other forms of violence include throwing grenades and improvised explosive devices at troops. Palestinians launching kites, balloons, and condoms carrying Molotov cocktails or improvised explosive and incendiary devices have posed a problem for Israel since the beginning of the protests along the Gaza border fence. The devices have caused over 2,000 separate fires resulting in over 35,000 dunams being burnt. According to the IDF, this has included over 13,000 dunams of nature reserves and over 11,000 dunams of forest. (J. Post) Pray for the wisdom and strategy of all of Israel’s government and military.
JORDAN: ‘ABBAS REJECTS EVERY SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS’: Jordanian officials are fuming over Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ management of the PA’s financial crisis. According to media reports, Jordan is concerned that a collapse of the PA will lead to violence, including towards Jordanians. Prior to the Six-Day War in 1967, Jordan controlled all of Judea & Samaria after occupying the area in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, with only the UK, Iraq and Pakistan recognizing that annexation. After Israel took over the area in June 1967, many Arab residents living in Judea & Samaria crossed the Jordan River and moved to what was – and remains – Jordan. Today, those Jordanian “refugees” and their children make up approximately half of the country’s population. A senior Jordanian official said Abbas has rejected a proposal which would solve the PA’s financial crisis. The source added that Abbas has ordered PA officials not to meet Israeli officials to attempt to solve the problem. This, he said, may lead to the PA’s collapse. Several days ago, PA leader Mohammad Shtayyeh said the PA is closer than ever to bankruptcy, due to its refusal to accept taxes transferred to it via Israel. Meanwhile, the PA’s debts to the Israel Electric Company and the local water company are estimated to be in the billions. Earlier this year, outgoing Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon signed an order to deduct $11,578,350 – the amount paid to terrorists and their families – from the taxes transferred each month to the Palestinian Authority. The deduction is in accordance with a law passed last summer and will affect all payments made during 2019. Israel will cease deducting the payments when the PA ceases funding the murder and maiming of Israel’s citizens. Meanwhile, the PA is paying its employees just 50% of their salaries in order to continue paying the terror salaries in full. (Arutz-7)
ISRAELI STARTUP IS WORKING TO DEVELOP A FLYING ELECTRIC, AUTONOMOUS CAR: An article published by the Israeli business site Calcalist reports that Netanya-based NFT Inc. is working to develop a flying electric, autonomous car. Owner Guy Kaplinsky said the vehicle, which he is calling Alaska (Japanese for flying bird) will be equipped with 14 propellers and collapsible wings. The car will be around 6.5-feet wide and 39-feet wide with its wings fully extended. It could hold up to three people and travel as far as 342 miles at up to 149 miles per hour. And the cost? Between $200,000 and $300,000. Kaplinsky told Calcalist that NFT should be ready to begin testing flights by next year. Kaplinsky believes autonomous flying cars will solve city road congestion. (J. Post)
ISRAEL FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH ARAB NATIONS TO PROTECT RED SEA CORALS: Israel will partner with neighboring Red Sea countries, including Saudi Arabia and Sudan, to establish a research center for the study, monitoring, and protection of coral reef ecosystems. The Red Sea Transnational Research Center in the Swiss city of Bern will include partners from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, and Djibouti. Facilitating partnerships between stakeholders without diplomatic relations, the center will be led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Coral reefs, a critically important home to millions of marine species, are threatened and dying as a result of global climate change and more local factors, including pollution, over-fishing, and physical destruction. Recent studies have shown that coral reefs in the Red Sea are extremely resistant to stress induced by global warming and rising seawater temperatures. The corals are still threatened, however, by fish-farming, agricultural run-off, industrial and urban waste discharge, and future seawater desalination activities. According to the researchers, however, these threats can best be overcome through knowledge-sharing and regional coordination through the establishment of the Red Sea Transnational Research Center. The center will bring together scientists from each country from a wide range of disciplines, including oceanography, biology, genetics, ecology, geology, nature conservancy, and civil and environmental engineering. (J. Post) “May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works.” Ps. 104:31
TEAMS WHO EXPOSED HEZBOLLAH TUNNELS AWARDED ISRAEL DEFENSE PRIZE: The 2019 Israel Defense Prize will be awarded to the intelligence and engineering teams that uncovered and neutralized a grid of six Hezbollah tunnels in northern Israel, the Defense Ministry has announced. The Mossad intelligence agency team that broke into the Iranian nuclear archive and successfully transferred the information to Israel has also been honored, as were two other teams whose work is classified. (Israel Hayom)
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