Threats Facing Israel
April 21, 2017
By Len and Cheryl Hancock-Watts
Record Increase in Jewish Temple Mount Visits During Passover – There was a notable 35% increase in the number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount during Passover this year. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in the world for the Jewish People. It is the location of the first two Temples, and some believe the future site of the third Temple. 1,373 Jews went up to the Temple Mount during the Passover holiday this year.
Arab Terrorist kills British girl on train in Jerusalem – A British, 21 yr. old exchange student at Hebrew University was stabbed repeatedly inside the light rail train in Jerusalem. Bladon took courses in archaeology, religion, and Bible studies. Two others were injured in the attack. Police identified the terrorist as 57-year-old resident of a Jerusalem Arab neighborhood. “As the tram approached it’s stop at City Hall, the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed the female tourist in the upper body, critically wounding her.” She died at the hospital. The terrorist was taken to Jerusalem’s police headquarters.
School Books Under Palestinian Authority (PA) Incite Terror – Following the exposure of incitement in the United Nations PA curriculum schoolbooks, there was pressure on the UN to clean up the books and the curriculum they’re teaching from all anti-Israel passages. The curriculum incites Arab children and teaches hatred for their neighbors the Jews, instead of peacefully living side-by-side in a two-state solution. The UN may be refused funding from the US concerning the schoolbooks, if they are not changed. UNRWA schools serve more than 312,000 Palestinian children, including 262,000 students in Gaza as well as 50,000 in the Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.
April – ISIS Hits Israel From Sinai – A Grad rocket strike destroyed an agricultural structure in Israel’s Eshkol region. ISIS posted images from the rocket launched at Israel yesterday. ISIS began attacks on Israel in February. They also are attacking Egyptian troops patrolling the Sinai.
Chabad Activist Publicly Threatens Messianic Believers – Alexander Egoz, an activist with the Chabad organization, posted pictures to his Facebook of a traditional pre-Passover bonfire in which he burned all the bread he had in his home. However, the pictures also showed that he had decided to make a public spectacle of burning copies of the New Testament as well as pictures of prominent Messianic Jews. The Messianic community answered with prayer requests for the Egoz and the Messianic community.
Prime Minister Netanyahu fully supports the American attack on Syria. They did this for moral reasons in light of the harsh scenes, and to make it clear that there is a price for using chemical weapons. There is an international commitment from 2013 to remove all chemical weapons from Syria. As we have seen, this commitment has yet to be fully implemented. We call on the international community to complete the work, and this is an opportunity for American-Russian cooperation in this specific area. This work needs to be completed. Israel is caring for wounded Syrians as part of a humanitarian effort, and will continue to do so.
Today the Cabinet approved a decision about the celebrations to mark 50 years since the liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights. We will also celebrate the liberation of Jerusalem. The Six Day War was one of the greatest victories in the history of Israel. It brought us back to parts of our homeland and completely changed our strategic situation. We will mark the 50th anniversary with a series of events.
230 Ukranian immigrants landed in Israel. The immigrants received a warm greeting from Immigration and Absorption Minister. Of the 78 families, most will settle in the north and center of Israel. Four of the immigrants are Holocaust survivors, and over 40 more are children.
The UN Has Treated Israel Unfair Long Enough – Says UK delegation as he warned that there was an “unacceptable pattern of bias” in the UNHRC’s treatment of Israel, and noted that: “Israel is a population of eight million in a world of seven billion. “Yet since its foundation, the human rights council has adopted 135 country-specific resolutions; 68 of which [have been] against Israel. “Justice is blind and impartial. This selective focus on Israel is neither.”