US Army Chooses Israeli System

US Army Chooses Israeli System to Protect Lives of Tank Crews Cives of Tank US Army Chooses Israeli System to Protect Lives of Tank Crews

The announcement by Rafael of a first delivery of Trophy Active Protection Systems for M1 tanks is a dramatic development, in which the world’s most powerful military selects an Israeli defense system.

By Yaakov Lappin, JNS

In recent days, Israeli defense corporation Rafael made a dramatic announcement, stating that it delivered on time the first batch of Trophy Active Protection System to the U.S. Army.

Trophy, a system that was first deployed by the Israel Defense Forces in 2011 and which has intercepted many threats fired at Israeli armored vehicles, will be eventually be installed on-board four American M1 main battle tank brigades, for both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

The fact that the world’s most powerful military chose an Israeli active protection system to protect the lives of its tank crews is historic.

In Israel, Trophy is installed onboard Mk3 and Mk4 Merkava tanks, and onboard the advanced Namer armored personnel vehicle. It has made many successful combat interceptions of anti-armor missiles and rockets, particularly those fired by Gazan terror factions, with no injuries to Israeli personnel or damage to platforms.

Trophy’s radar is made by Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary, Elta.

The system has accumulated more than 600,000 operational hours and underwent 4,000 successful field tests. It is now under contract for production for thousands of systems.

The U.S. Army is in a rush to install the system on its tanks because it wants to urgently send them to the European theater, according to statements by American military officials who manage combat vehicle upgrades. In the past, the United States spent a great deal of money trying to develop Active Protection Systems, but didn’t manage to find one it was satisfied with.

It therefore took a decision that is far from being a given and looked beyond American shores for a solution.

The armored brigades that will receive Trophy will take part in American deployments to Europe, dubbed “Operation Atlantic Resolve,” which began after Russia’s seizure of the Ukrainian Crimea region in 2014. The United States is seeking to reassure European allies, and deploys infantry and armored forces as a result.

Rafael has made major sales to America before, including Popeye air-to-surface missiles and electro-optic pods that help American aircraft gather critical intelligence.

Israeli defense firm Plasan Sasa has in the past sold the U.S. passive armor for thousands of vehicles, which saved many lives. In previous years, Rafael teamed up with General Dynamics to equip Bradley fighting vehicles with explosive reactive armor.

In passive defenses, plates of armor stop incoming threats like anti-tank missiles and IEDs. In explosive reactive armor, explosives sandwiched in between armor plates set off the warhead of the incoming threat.

Yet active protection is a breakthrough technology—one that Israel developed as a painful lesson learned from the destruction of multiple tanks by Hezbollah missile cells during the Second Lebanon War of 2006.

Since being deployed in 2011, Trophy has saved many Israeli personnel on the battlefield. Now, it’s set to do the same for American soldiers.

Other countries Considering Similar Defense purchases

The selection by the U.S. of Trophy is a statement on the global stage of its faith in Israeli defense technology. Several other states could be next in line to purchase the system, including potential European clients such as Germany and Poland. Australia, which is also seeking to upgrade its land forces, is another likely buyer.

Meanwhile, an American brigade of Bradley M2 armored vehicles is undergoing advanced trials with the Iron First Active Protection System, which is made by Israel’s Elbit company.

Israeli defense companies have established cooperation with local partner companies since governments insist that local firms conduct the marketing, handle the transactions, and most importantly, that the systems are locally produced.

As a result, Rafael has teamed up with U.S. contractor Leonardo DRS, which specializes in ground combat systems. Leonardo DRS is headquartered in Arlington, Va.

According to a statement by Rafael, “the deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integrate Trophy for both Army and Marine Corps Abrams variants.”

Leonardo DRS’s CEO, William J. Lynn, described Trophy as an “advanced defensive protection systems for our front-line tanks to give our warfighters a needed layer of survivability against real and emerging battlefield threats.”

He added that “our partnership between Leonardo DRS and Rafael has worked tirelessly to bring this battle-proven technology to the U.S. military while improving the system to meet the stringent needs and requirements from the customer.”

Rafael CEO and president, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Yoav Har-Even, described the first delivery as “a major milestone in U.S.-Israel cooperation. There is no greater pride and satisfaction than the knowledge that the technology developed by Rafael and Elta over many years of investment, trials and combat performance will play an instrumental part in safeguarding American lives, just like it has saved Israeli lives and revolutionized the way our armored forces perform their missions.”

https://unitedwithisrael.org/us-army-chooses-israeli-system-to-protect-lives-of-tank-crews

 

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JOM KIPPUR-STILLHET I ISRAEL

JOM KIPPUR-STILLHET I ISRAEL

AF ARVE 08. OCTOBER 2019

For 46 år siden ble stillheten krenket av et overraskelses-angrep. Av Odd Sverre Hove 8.10.19

Onsdag er det Jom Kippur-stillhet i Israel
 
For 46 år siden ble stillheten krenket av et overraskelses-angrep.

 

  • Kalenderen sier at Israel denne uken er kommet omtrent midtveis i den såkalte Høytidssesongen. Og midtveis i den israelske høytidssesongen kommer vi til den spesielle høytidsdagen Jom Kippur. Den finner i år sted på onsdag den 9. oktober.
    • Jom Kippur er den aller helligste av de israelske helligdagene. Den er foreskrevet i Moseloven, i Tredje Mosebok kapittel 16. På norsk pleier vi å kalle dagen «Den store forsoningsdagen». På hebraisk er altså navnet «Jom Kippur».

    Høyhellig helligdagsstillhet
    Forskriften i Tredje Mosebok går ut på at ypperstepresten denne ene dagen hvert år skal gå inn i Det aller helligste med offerblod fra en slaktet bukk og be en stor forsoningsbønn på vegne av hele Israels hus. I bønnen skal ypperstepresten bekjenne kollektivt hele Israels synd det siste året. Og så vil Herren ta imot offeret og innvilge stedfortredende soning.
    • I det moderne Israel regner jødisk tro alle offerforskriftene som suspendert av Gud selv like fra tempelets ødeleggelse år 70. Derfor skjer det ingen ofringer lenger på Jom Kippur (bortsett fra at den knøtt-lille samaritanske menigheten på fjellet Garisim lar ypperstepresten sin ofre en bukk mens han ber en forsoningsbønn).
    •lt og stille opptreden på denne aller helligste av helligdager.I Det nye testamentet er det Jesus selv som gjør yppersteprest-tjeneste og ber den bønnen i Johannes-evangeliets kapittel 17 som vi pleier å kalle Jesu yppersteprestlige bønn. Deretter er det Jesus selv som er det offerdyret som blir slaktet og Jesu blod som utgytes som stedfortredende sonoffer til soning for syndeskyld.
    • Alt i alt er Jom Kippur en helt spesiell høytidsdag. Og det er ikke rart at den i det moderne Israel pleier å være den stilleste og mest alvorlig av alle dagene i det israelske kalenderåret. På Jom Kippur stanser alt opp. Ortodokse jøder faster på Jom Kippur. Og selv sekulære israelere pleier å velge en mer lavmæ
     
    46 år siden Jom Kippur-krigen
    • Men på Jom Kippur for 46 år siden ble stillheten plutselig brutt. For den dagen gikk Egypt og Syria plutselig til samordnet overraskelseskrig mot Israel. Jom Kippur-krigen i 1973 kom fullstendig overraskende på Israel. Militært var Israel de første dagene på vikende front, både sør i Sinai-ørkenen og nord på Golan-høydene.
    • Men straks Israel var ferdig med å mobilisere, satte man i verk samordnede motangrep. Da snudde krigslykken gradvis. Og da krigen ble avsluttet etter 20 harde krigsdager, hadde general Ariel Sjarons styrker i sør krysset Suez-kanalen og omringet hele den tredje egyptiske arme på afrikansk side av kanalen. Sjaron sto da bare 40 kilometer fra Egypts hovedstad Kairo, til de egyptiske generalenes store forskrekkelse.
    • Og oppe i nord hadde general Eitans styrker rykket nordover på syrisk jord og sto på selve fjellkammen like ved Syrias hovedstad Damaskus.
    • Samlet sett må vi derfor si at Jom Kippur-krigen for 46 år siden riktignok begynte med israelske sjokk og begynnende militære nederlag. Men så snudde krigens gang og endte med en formidabel israelsk seier på to fronter samtidig.
    • Men i Israel var seieren i Jom Kippur-krigen tung å bære. For det lille landet hadde mistet to og et halvt tusen soldater i kamphandlingene. Og for et så lite land er det en formidabel andel av landets samlede befolkning.


 
Formidabel etterretningstabbe
• Etter vestlig kalender var det den 6. oktober Jom Kippur-krigen startet. Dagen før avsluttet Israels militære etterretning AMAN en etterretningsrapport som konkluderte med at det ikke var fare for snarlig krig mellom Israel og de to nabolandene Egypt og Syria. Det var en gigantisk feilvurdering. Feilen kosten den ansvarlige militære etterretningssjefen stillingen. Resten av livet levde han som en såret og bitter pensjonist.
• Det hører med til den etterretnings-faglige delen av den historien at det var kommet en del indikasjoner på det motsatte fra den militære etterretningstjenestens forskjellige kilder. Men sjefen selv var en myndig og bestemt person som ikke hadde lett for å sette sitt eget skjønn til side, selv om helhetsbildet fra rådgiverne kunne ha tilsagt en annen konklusjon.
• Samtidig hadde Israel også en annen etterretningsorganisasjon. Den heter Mossad. Og Mossad hadde en hemmelig agent meget høyt på stå i Kairo. Fra denne hemmelige agenten fikk Israel dagen før krigsutbruddet et uttrykkelig varsel om at Egypt og Syria aktet å gå til samordnet angrep på Israel sent på ettermiddag kl 1800 på selve Jom Kippur. Denne agenten hadde helt rett, bortsett fra klokkeslettet. Krigen startet kl 1500, ikke kl 1800.
• Agentens inntrengende advarsel havnet på Mossad-sjefens bord kvelden før krigsutbruddet, og Mossad-sjefen reagerte med å slå full alarm. Statsminister Golda Meir ble vekket og varslet. Med tungt hjerte valgte hun å avstå fra forkjøpsangrep mot egypterne og syrerne, slik at hele verden skulle se hvem som var den angripende parten. Den beslutningen kostet samtidig Israel dyrt.
• Generalstaben hadde flere toppmøter – både natt til Jom Kippur og utover formiddagen før selve krigsutbruddet. Og nå viste all tilgjengelig etterretning at et overraskelsesangrep var umiddelbart forestående, både i sør og i nord.
 
Den mislykkede Bar Lev-linjen
 Militær-strategisk hadde de israelske generalene vedtatt å satse på en forsvarslinje langs Suez-kanalen som de kalte Bar Lev-linjen. Den var oppkalt etter generalen som kom med forslaget. Og den innebar at Israel hadde små militære enheter forlagt i betong-bunkere langs hele stripen på asiatisk side av Suez-kanalen.
• Disse små militære vaktlagene var i virkeligheten altfor små og isolerte til at de kunne ha stått imot det massive angrepet fra Egypts første arme, andre arme og tredje arme. Kl 1500 på Jom Kippur veltet de plutselig over kanalen og angrep de israelske bunkerne. Da Jom Kippur-krigen var over, leverte den israelske granskingskommisjonen flengende kritikk av Bar Lev-linje-strategien. Den kostet mange unge israelske soldater livet på krigens første dag.
 
Kissinger ville at Israel skulle blø
• En dyp bekymring preget hele den israelske generalstaben hele den første krigsuken. Israel hadde for liten våpen og for lite militært utstyr til å greie seg tvers gjennom hele krigen. Sovjetunionen leverte hver dag nye militære forsyninger til både Egypt og Syria.
• Men da israelerne ba USA om tilsvarende forsyninger, svarte president Nixon og utenriksminister Kissinger i teorien Ja. Men i praksis somlet de i dagevis med å handle i samsvar med det de lovet. Etter krigen viste det seg at Kissinger hadde sagt til Nixon at han syntes Israel trengte å blø litt i denne krigen. slik at de kun ne jekkes noen hakk ned.
• I mellomtiden ble situasjonen for Israel nesten desperat i det såkalte Mitla-passet som ligger et stykke sør i Sinai, øst for Suez-kanalens sørøstlige ende. En enorm stridsvogn-styrke fra Egypt hadde satt kursen mot Mitla-passet. Men de israelske styrkene som skulle hindre at egypterne kom seg forbi dette strategiske passet og førte krigen inn i selve Israels kjerneland – de manglet våpen som kunne stanse de egyptiske stridsvognene.
 
Reddet av Aleksander Haig
• I denne krisesituasjonen var det president Nixons sikkerhetsrådgiver, Aleksander Haig, som i virkeligheten reddet Israel. Uten at Nixon og Kissinger fikk vite om det, sendte Aleksander Haig flylaster med et bestemt skulderholdt rakettvåpen som kunne ødelegge store stridvogner. Trass i europeisk våpenblokkade mot Israel greide Aleksander Haig å finne en spansk flyplass der de amerikanske transportflyene fikk mellomlande på veien til Israel.
• I full fart ble de nye våpnene så transportert ut til de israelske soldatene ved Mitla-passet. Kvelden før de egyptiske stridsvognenes ankomst, fikk hver soldat øve én eneste gang med det nye våpenet. Så kom grålysningen med det egytiske angrepet. Og da greide de underlegne israelske soldatene å nedkjempe hele stridvogn-angrepet. Slik berge de Israels kjerneland fra å bli krigsskueplass.
• En delvis lignende krigshistorie utviklet seg på Golan-høydene. Der greide dramatisk undertallige israelske stridsvogn-soldater å gå til motangrep mot de enorme fremrykkende syriske stridsvogn-styrkene slik at de syriske offiserene mistet motet og stanset opp hele angrepet oppe på selve Golanhøydene. Da Israel etter en uke med slik krig endelig hadde fått tilstrekkelig store egne styrker på plass, ble de israelske styrkene satt inn i en voldsom offensiv direkte mot Syrias hovedstad Damaskus. Der stanset de på fjellkammen like sørvest for byen, etter at stormaktene hadde fått FNs sikkerhetsråd til å klubbe et vedtak om våpenhvile.
 http://www.ordetogisrael.no/aktuelt-2-2-2/jom-kippur-stillhet-i-israel

 

 

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The Meaning Of The Feast Of Tabernacles

By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel)

 

The Feast of Sukkot is one of my favorites. All of God’s feasts are full of creativity and wonder; treasures and promises. But in Jewish literature, Sukkot is often simply called “THE feast”. The biggie – no other clarification needed. Three times a year, all of Israel were supposed to make the trek to Jerusalem for Passover and Shavuot in the Spring, and then Sukkot in the fall. Sukkot means “shelters”, “booths”, or “tabernacles”.

This is a feast in which God instructs his people to set about making a temporary shelter or booth to camp out in for a week. As a kid I loved making dens, and Sukkot is a bit like that. But why in the world did God want us to make dens?

Why build a booth?

In his creative genius, seen not only in the natural world around us but also in the law that God himself dictated, we can see that God also knew how effective building a shelter would be to provoke thought.

He knew that this activity would help remind people of the journey that they had taken with him through the wilderness. That time of desert wandering was where the nation was forged once and for all as a community of faith, following the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Their tents were only temporary – they were traveling towards a more permanent home, where they could live with their God.

The rabbinic prescription for these dens has become quite intricate, but in essence, there must be at least three walls (made of wood or material, usually) and the roof must be made from natural materials like palm fronds, so that you can see the night sky through the gaps. These shelters are to remind the people of Israel about the time they journeyed through the wilderness in temporary shelters, picking up and moving on as necessary.

For the week, people are supposed to eat in their sukkah, and even sleep in them, if they’re feeling crazy! They are usually decorated with seasonal fruits and produce, and it’s a fun family activity to build a sukkah and decorate it together. Nowadays, of course, you can buy ready-to-build sukkot, like tents or portable cabins, and decorations are in the shops all ready made to add the finishing touches.

A time for sharing and fellowship

It is traditional to invite guests each night of the week long feast, to share and enjoy the sukkah together – to extend hospitality, friendship and stories. It is a time to celebrate the fruits of the harvest, and to rejoice, giving thanks for all God has given us, and give back to God in return.

The Lord outlines his instructions about this feast three times, in Leviticus 23, Numbers 29 and Deuteronomy 16. Deuteronomy 16:13-17 says:

“You shall keep the Feast of Booths for seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your wine press. You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns.

For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.

“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.

It is a time that he wants his people to recognize what they have by offering food from their harvest, and it is a time when he has commanded his people to REJOICE! God wants us to go through this process of remembering, gathering, thanking, giving, and rejoicing.

Can we be joyful on command?

Perhaps it seems strange to you to be commanded to rejoice, but the Bible does indeed command it many times. Can we just “switch on” this emotion? First of all, rejoicing is an act, rather than an emotion, but secondly, there are certainly things that we can do in order to position ourselves to be filled with joy.

Thankfulness

As we reflect upon all the good things in our lives, and count our blessings, we inevitably find we have much to rejoice about. I have a habit of writing a list of thanks every morning in a lined notepad, and make sure that I get to the bottom of the page before I stop! I have heard it said that recalling just five things that you’re grateful for each morning will have a significant affect on your outlook. Another exercise is to go through the alphabet, one letter at a time, thinking of something to be grateful for beginning with each letter. You get the idea. Being thankful takes a bit of concerted effort at the beginning, but becomes more and more natural, the more we do it. And the more we maintain an attitude of gratitude, the more joyful we will inevitably become.

Be full of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit naturally produces the fruit of joy in our lives, and all the more so, when we are willing to let him fill us completely. God loves to give us his Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). In fact, we are commanded in Ephesians 5:18 to be full of the Holy Spirit. How do we do that? Yeshua’s answer in Luke 11 is simple: Ask! Yeshua assures us that the Father is eager and ready to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. However, when we are “full of ourselves”, we cannot be full of the Spirit. We must be willing to give the Spirit more space, control and authority in our lives. When we are full of sin, pride, fear and so on, our ego gets in the way, but we can come before God, confess our sins, receive his forgiveness, and invite him to take first place again by faith. Our prayer can be, “Less of me and more of you, Lord!”

Joy comes from obedience

It is said that if you are feeling grumpy, just the act of smiling repeatedly can improve your mood. In a similar way, a rabbi’s advice to a man who was struggling to love his wife was to do the acts that he would do as if he did love her, and that in time, the feelings would inevitably follow. The famous Jewish sage, Rambam, said that if he had 1000 coins to give, he would rather give 1000 men one coin rather than 1000 coins to one man, because the repeated act of giving 1000 times would make him into a more generous man. Our actions can become habits, which can then influence our heart. In this same way, we can rejoice before God; thanking him, worshiping him and rejoicing even when we don’t feel like it, but if we continue to obey his command to rejoice, eventually our hearts will truly become filled with joy.

Fellowshipping with God

We have each come a long way, and been on an adventurous journey, like the Israelites. It’s a good time to reflect on God’s goodness and provision along the way, and to remember how he brought us through the difficult times, the deserts, in our lives.

And the glorious thing about Sukkot is that it also points towards God’s desire to dwell with his people. His provision is not merely physical (although we have much to be grateful for on that account) but he has also not held back his only Son, just so that we can live together with him for eternity.

We can have fellowship with God because he came down to earth as a man, and tabernacled among us. He became flesh and blood, visible and touchable, God incarnate, living among his people on earth, and though his Spirit now lives, or tablernacles, in our lives if we will invite him in. Yeshua says;

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Here’s how Yeshua’s best friend put it:

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes… that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:1-4)

And hundreds of years beforehand, Zechariah prophesied this very event:

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell [tabernacle] in your midst, declares the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” (Zech 2:10-11)

Sukkot also points prophetically towards Yeshua’s second coming, and the ultimate end of all things, when God will dwell among us, and we will live with him forever. What a reason to rejoice!

 https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/the-meaning-of-the-feast-of-tabernacles/

 

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Providence: Amazing Stories Of How God Protects Israel

By ONE FOR ISRAEL (Messianic Jews In Israel)

 

 

Behold, the Keeper of Israel
neither slumbers nor sleeps.
(Psalm 121:4)

Does God really look after Israel in supernatural ways? Or is it Israel’s strong military and razor sharp intelligence service that keep the country from peril? Or a bit of both? And what about those who perish? Israel is no stranger to tragedy but there are some stories of remarkable rescue by brave soldiers and masterful plans, and others that can only be explained by divine providence. 

Close shaves, winning strategies, and pure providence

Israel recently had a very close call with Hezbollah, but came out of it unscathed and jubilant. This sort of thing happens from time to time in Israel, often thanks to a lot of planning, care and intelligence, but as many expressed, a lot of what is described as “luck” is involved.

Tensions between Iran and Israel have been increasing over the summer, and Iranian proxies had been successfully identified and taken out in several locations around the Middle East, such as Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Plans to transport lethal weaponry to strategic positions against Israel, in particular with Hezbollah in Lebanon, were foiled. Of course, Israel’s enemies were intent on revenge. This prayer request was sent out by Israel Alliance International:

“Apart from sovereign intervention, this present course of escalation seems certain. From our base of operations inside Israel, we would ask our partners around the world to intercede with us for
1) The hidden plans of the enemy to come to light and be thwarted
2) The Lord to restrain the hostility of those who plot violence and
3) A divine hedge of protection around the nation of Israel and all those across the Middle East who live under the threat of the Iranian regime, including the Iranian people themselves.”

Does God really answer prayers like this?

Here’s what happened shortly after the request went out.

Israel’s operations were going well, but for reasons still unknown, an ambulance was ill-advisedly driving along an exposed road, vulnerable to Hezbollah attack. They should have gone a safer route, but they didn’t. Hezbollah missiles were shot, but this is what happened, according to Israeli media,1

“One missile missed the ambulance, which continued driving fast. The second missile hit the ambulance, but the five soldiers inside managed to escape and no one was hurt. This escalation almost happened due to a serious mistake by the IDF that by pure chance (“a lot of luck,” as several officers admitted on Sunday), ended with no casualties.”

It was not only loss of life that was avoided, but a full-scale escalation with Lebanon.2

“Had the ambulance suffered a direct, lethal hit with all the soldiers inside, Israel would have woken up on Monday to a very different kind of day, with none of the victory celebrations or the boasting.”

Israel tricked the terrorist group into believing they had done serious damage by sending helicopters to rescue the “wounded” and remove bodies. These were taken to hospital but ten minutes later, the soldiers snuck out the back door fighting fit. Convinced by the charade, Hezbollah reported their “strike” as a victory, and Israel then reported what had really happened with glee. Sure, there was some outsmarting done there and a full scale war was deftly avoided, but the failure of the missile to hit was pure providence.

Amos Harel reminds us, “A similar incident occurred on the border of the Gaza Strip… Hamas fired a Kornet missile at Israeli troops deployed near the Black Arrow Memorial on Gaza’s northern border. The missile hit a bus, which by pure luck was empty, but a soldier standing nearby was seriously wounded. It later turned out that a nearby checkpoint had failed to enforce divisional and brigade-level orders to prevent unarmored vehicles from entering areas vulnerable to Hamas fire.”

“Pure luck”, hey? Pure providence more like. And answered prayer! This kind of “luck” happens a lot to Israel… Similar to the school that “just happened” to be on a random day off when Hamas rockets hit,3 or the farmer who “just happened” to decide to harvest his wheat field early, ruining the expected cover for terrorists trying to infiltrate the country.4 And all the while, many people around the world are praying for Israel. 

The thief who accidentally saved the day

An absolutely remarkable story happened when Motti Ashkenazi, who was supposed to be under house arrest in Tel Aviv, went out to steal in order to support his drug habit. He saw a whole bunch of backpacks on the beach belonging to a group of boys who were swimming in the sea, and picked one at random. He took it off to a building where he could inspect his booty, and found, to his horror, something quite unexpected. He saw wires, a clock, a cookie tin… He realised he had inadvertently picked up a bomb!

Despite the trouble he’d get into, called the police. Initially they disbelieved him, and were more focussed on the fact that he’d broken his house arrest, but eventually they sent a special unit to defuse the bomb. It was heavy – about six and a half pounds of explosives with many nails inside, and would have caused unthinkable tragedies.5 Motti became the hero of the hour.

Where was the building he had taken the bomb to? On Rehov Geulah, which literally means “Redemption Street”! Motti confessed to his crime, and not only were the police prepared to wipe his slate clean, but they offered him the chance to get clean from drugs. Today, Motti is drug-free, a married father of four, and a guard on that very beach from which he took the bag. He also now shares his story to encourage young people to stay away from drugs and crime.

What an extraordinary story of redemption and salvation! God used the most unlikely character to save many lives, and redeemed his life in the process.

A Biblical perspective

While there is abundant evidence that God does indeed protect Israel in supernatural ways (type “Against all odds, Israel survives” into YouTube and you’ll see plenty), the fact remains that many thousands of Israelis have been killed and injured. This is true today in modern Israel, and can also be said of Israel throughout the millennia. However, as bad as things have got sometimes, God has always left a remnant. He has promised in His word that He will never allow the nation of Israel to be completely obliterated:

Thus says Adonai, who gives the sun as a light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars as a light by night, who stirs up the sea so its waves roar, Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name:
“Only if this fixed order departs from before Me”—it is a declaration of Adonai— “then also might Israel’s offspring cease from being a nation before Me—for all time.”
Thus says Adonai:
“Only if heaven above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then also I will cast off the offspring of Israel —for all they have done.” (Jeremiah 31:34-36)

Amir Tsarfati humorously advizes Israel’s enemies to shoot at the sun and the moon instead, if they really want to see an end to Israel! As long as they are in place, God promises that the nation of Israel will remain.

Israel may not be following God as a nation (yet!) but as God says here, He will not cast off the offspring of Israel off despite all the sin. That’s because God is a lot more gracious than you and I, and He keeps His covenants.

When thinking of how it can be true that God protects Israel yet many Israelis perish, I find it helpful to think about this parallel. There are repeated promises in the Bible that “All Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26, Zechariah 12:10 and Ezekiel 20:40, to give three examples). Does this mean every single Jewish person who ever lived will be eternally saved? No. But there will be a time at the end when the nation turns to God en masse and realizes the truth about Jesus. In a similar way, we can say that even though there are sadly fatalities and casualties along the way, God does indeed watch over Israel to protect her in supernatural ways. There would be many, many more tragedies if God were not involved. In fact, Israel would not be here today if it were not for God’s providence and miraculous protection.

God doesn’t love Israel more than her neighbors, but rather He is faithful to His promises to protect His people. Israel’s enemies would be well advized to spend their energy elsewhere. God has a heart for everyone, and a specific call and destiny for different nations, it’s just that, as Zechariah 12:2 notes, fighting against Israel will only lead to trouble. It’s always a good idea to work in line with God’s revealed heart and purposes, not against them.

Psalm 121 – A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains—from where does my help come?
My help comes from Adonai, Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip. Your Keeper will not slumber.
Behold, the Keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Adonai is your Keeper. Adonai is your shadow at your right hand.
The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
Adonai will protect you from all evil. He will guard your life.
Adonai will watch over your coming and your going from this time forth and forevermore.

 

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  1. HaAretz, Israel Almost Dragged Into War With Hezbollah: Due to Operational Failure Israel celebrates success in tricking Hezbollah, but had the army ambulance taken a direct, lethal hit by a Hezbollah missile on the Lebanon border, there would have been five military funerals, Amos Harel, Sep 04, 2019
  2. com, IDF tells Israel-Lebanon border communities alert over,Sep 01, 2019
  3. https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/rocket-fired-from-gaza-strikes-school-building-in-sderot, also:
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149240?fbclid=IwAR1ywmjdm2A-2-d3raFjdv8dJiUWHhCgV42HnxMMdS7WngMBr0OvlhTBuK4
  4. https://jewishaz.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/a-tale-of-two-tunnels/ 
  5. com, The Street To Redemption,Debbie Garfinkel Diament, Sep 14, 2019

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Today is known as “Rosh Hashanah”, or head of the year. If you are familiar with the Jewish calendar, you’ll know that Jewish people consider this day the start of the new year. However, biblically, it is the Feast of Trumpets, “Yom haTruah”. Many Jewish people in Israel and the diaspora will be reflecting on the previous year and wishing one another a sweet and good year to come.

We would like to take this opportunity to announce the great news of what is happening with us in ONE FOR ISRAEL! Please watch this new video below to hear more.

 

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ISRAEL BESKYLDES FOR KLIMA-APARTHEID

A recent BDS statement claims that Israel’s efforts to improve the environment are only intended to ”greenwash” the Jewish state’s image.

By United With Israel Staff

Just when you think you’ve heard of everything, the  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement comes up with a new, and even more absurd, accusation blaming Israel for the world’s problems

Now, the BDS movement claims Israel perpetrates “climate apartheid”.

According to this ridiculous statement, the “indigenous Palestinians who live under Israel’s repressive regime have no control over their land or natural resources” and must endure Israel’s ”climate apartheid”.  Notwithstanding the BDS movement’s false accusations, the majority of Palestinians are actually governed by Mahmoud Abbas’ autonomous, corruption-plagued Palestinian Authority, which shows little to no regard for environmental conservation.

BDS aslo accuses Israel of destroying Gaza’s agriculture, saying that “Israel destroys hundred-year-old olive trees and solar energy installations’‘. Yet, the statement fails to mention the hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza and arson terror that burned thousands of acres of land in southern Israel.

They also omit the fact that Palestinians destroyed critical agricultural infrastructure, such as state-of-the-art greenhouses, when all Jews were expelled from Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians wrecked the facilities for no other reason than spite, harming themselves when they could have benefited from the infrastructure.

With regard to Israel’s impressive technological advances and environmental contributions to the world, the BDS statement says that Israel only does these things to “greenwash” its image.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israels-fault-bds-accuses-israel-of-climate-apartheid/

 

 

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Israelere er meget negative over for FN

65 procent af israelerne har et negativt syn på FN – langt mere end andre.

Af  Bjarte Bjellås

september 24, 2019 kl. 16.38

En undersøgelse foretaget af Pew Research Center i 32 lande viser, at israelere med en klar margin er de mest negative over for FN. Så mange som 65 procent af israelerne har et negativt syn på FN. Det er markant højere end nogle af de andre lande i undersøgelsen. Kun 31 procent af israelerne har et positivt syn på den internationale organisation, skriver Times of Israel.

I Rusland har borgerne det næstmest negative syn på FN. De er dog langt fra lige så negative som israelerne. 43 procent af russerne siger, at de har et negativt syn på FN, mens 34 procent siger, at de er positive.

I Israels naboland Libanon er 32 procent negative og 60 procent positive over for FN. Af alle 32 lande i undersøgelsen er medianen, at 26 procent er negative og 61 procent positive. Sverige er et af de lande, der er mest positive over for FN, og 80 procent svarer, at de har et positivt syn på organisationen.

Det er ikke underligt, at mange israelere er negative over for FN. Forskellige FN-råd bruger mere tid på at kritisere Israel end noget andet land i verden. Israelske ledere har længe protesteret mod en anti-israelsk holdning i FN-systemet. Oplevelsen af et systematisk anti-israelsk FN deles også af almindelige israelere.

Det er især De Forenede Nationers Menneskerettighedsråd og deres såkaldte Agenda 7, som har skabt oprør hos mange. Der er en separat dagsorden i Menneskerettighedsrådet, der kun handler om at udarbejde beslutninger, der fordømmer Israel. Intet andet land har en så dedikeret dagsorden. Det hjælper heller ikke, at lande som Saudi-Arabien, Kina og Irak sidder i rådet og fordømmer Israel.

 

Storbritanien er et af de lande som er meget kritisk over for rådet.

Sidste år valgte USA at trække sig ud af FNs menneskerettighedsråd på grund rådets mange års pratiskhed mod den jødiske stat. Og i år har både USA og Israel trukket sig tilbage fra De Forenede Nationers Organisation for Uddannelse, Videnskab, Kultur og Kommunikation (UNESCO). Israel mener, at FN-rådet er blevet “ødelagt og manipuleret af Israels fjender”, og at de konstant angriber den jødiske stat.

Israelere har også kun lidt til overs for De Forenede Nationers Hjælpemiddelråd for palæstinensiske flygtninge i Mellemøsten (UNRWA). Både Israel og USA har længe beskyldt UNRWA for at forevige konflikten snarere end at løse den ved at give flygtningestatus til millioner af efterkommere af dem, der flygtede eller forlod deres hjem under den første israelske-arabiske krig i 1948. Som MIFF også har skrevet om mange gange foregår der også meget oplæring i had i UNRWA-skoler.

Den tidligere amerikanske ambassadør i USA Nikki Haley var en af ​​dem, der satte sig op imod den anti-israelske politik i FN. Hendes efterfølger Kelly Craft har samme rolle. Tidligere på måneden lovede hun at fortsætte med at kæmpe for reformer i FN og kæmpe imod partiskhed og fjendtlighed over for Israel i FN.



I 2017 skrev MIFF en artikel om de 10 mest absurde FN-sager. Klik på linket for at læse listen – som er så absurd, at du ikke ved, om du bør græde eller grine.

 

https://miff.dk/fn2/2019/09/24israelere-er-meget-negative-over-for-fn.htm?fbclid=IwAR3JTbgHQoi_1p2wsVsV7MRLHKMaTSCftdG73NHGS4VloAXZX0tuwAx9PyI

 

 

 

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Sarah Zoabi: “Jeg er en stolt arabisk, muslimsk og zionistisk israeler”

Zoabi kæmper for Israel og er et levende bevis på, at apartheidanklagerne ikke har hold i virkeligheden.

Af  Rika Sissi Greenberg

september 20, 2019 kl. 9.23

Ifølge Boomerang som kæmper sammen med Zoabi for en retfærdig behandling af Israel, har Zaobi en god sans for humor, skriver Arutz Sheva.

Boomerang bad Zoabi om at kommentere nyheder og beskyldninger på de sociale medier, hvor Israel blandt andet beskyldes for at være en “apartheidstat”. Som modsvar inviterede Zoabi Boomerang med til at følge hende i flere israelske byer, hvor hun var den eneste genkendelige muslimske kvinde, iklædt burka og med arabisk accent. Zoabi ville se om der var israelske jøder, som ikke ville behandle hende på lige fod med alle andre.

Zoabi gik ind i jødiske restauranter og butikker, hun gik rundt i gaderne og talte med forbipasserende, herefter stoppede hun sin bil på siden af ​​motorvejen, løftede sin burka og bad om hjælp.

Uanset hvor hun gik, blev hun behandlet med respekt og venlighed. På et tidspunkt, efter at have lånt en jødisk butiksejers telefon, sagde hun til ham, at han ikke skulle være bekymret, hvis han fik et opkald fra en med arabisk accent – han var familie.

Israelske bilister stoppede også med glæde ved siden af ​​Zoabis bil på siden af ​​motorvejen for at hjælpe.

For nogle år siden henvendte Sarah Zoabi sig til Knesset og erklærede over for alle de arabiske Knesset-medlemmer og de israelske arabere: ”Vi lever i paradis. Sammenlignet med andre lande, med arabiske lande – lever vi i paradis. ”

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Jews for Jesus in Israel boldly speaks up about the Jewish Messiah

FIRM Staff | Sep 5, 2019 |

I walked around the quiet office floor and admired the skyline of Tel Aviv through the big windows. It was a weekday, but the Israeli headquarters of Jews for Jesus was fairly empty that morning.

 

Jews for Jesus works day and night to get the good news of the Messiah to the Israeli people. They are able to accomplish that through weekly outreaches, one-on-one visits, and simple acts of love that point to Jesus. Setting up art galleries, cultural events, and weekly meetings for Israeli soldiers are just some examples of how creative their work has become over the years.

Founded originally in the USA, the organization came to exist around the peak years of the Jesus Movement – in 1973. The West Coast of the United States was being transformed by a wave of young believers, some of them hippies, who came to know Jesus and wanted to share the Gospel in their surroundings.

Many came from Jewish backgrounds and had a great desire to bring the hope of Messiah back to their people. Literally, they were Jews who were for Jesus.

It took a few decades for the ministry to open a branch in Israel. And yet despite its fairly short operating time in the land, it has already been bearing fruit. Some of today’s Jews for Jesus interns and younger staff have found Messiah through the local outreaches of the organization.

The Israeli office has put special emphasis on four areas of their work:

  • General outreach and discipleship
  • Work in the streets – and we mean literally, reaching out to the drug addicts and victims of human trafficking in Tel Aviv
  • Reaching out to the Russian-speaking community, especially the elderly who are in need of support
  • Investing in the next generation, which includes caring for young adults before and after their military service
  • Video
  • https://youtu.be/XZ9xCztdskw

It’s true, and fitting, that making disciples and fulfilling the Great Commission by Jews for Jesus is not an average desk job. Akin to the Jesus Movement almost half a century ago, they are all about living out their faith and actively reaching their neighbor with the good news of the Jewish Messiah. 

This article originally appeared on FIRM and is reposted with permission.

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Immigration to Israel Rises 21% This Year!

Israel’s population is also being boosted by a decrease in emigration, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

By United With Israel Staff 

During the first seven months of 2019, 20,506 new immigrants arrived in Israel, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, reports the Globes business news outlet.

The figure marks a 21% increase over the 15,965 immigrants who came to Israel during the same period of time in 2018, says the report.

The newcomers are said to include the returning children of Israeli citizens living abroad and who already have Israeli citizenship.

Israel’s population is also being boosted by a decrease in emigration, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The annual emigration rate in 2017, the number of Israelis not returning from abroad for more than a year, fell to 14,300, the smallest number since 2010, says the Globes report.

“The increased level of immigration is due largely to a surge in the number of immigrants from Russia, a trend which began in 2018,” writes Arutz 7.

According to the Jewish Agency, there was a 45% increase in immigration from Russia in 2018, even as immigration from other Eastern European countries like Ukraine declined in 2018, said the news website.

“More than 10,500 immigrants from Russia moved to Israel in 2018,” it noted, adding that “immigration from Eastern Europe continued to increase in 2019, and by mid-year, it accounted for 74% of all immigration to Israel.”

Last month, says Arutz 7, Nefesh B’Nefesh, an NGO working to facilitate immigration from North America to Israel, brought its 60,000th immigrant to Israel.

https://unitedwithisrael.org/immigration-to-israel-rises-21-percent-so-far-this-year/

 

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