THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL UPDATE
A Note from Jonathan Bernis
Shalom, my friend!
With so much violence and uproar in Israel – and worldwide – against the Jewish people, our prayers for peace continue to be desperately needed.
That’s why I’m asking you to join us as we pray the prayer from the Scriptures below:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’”
— Psalm 122:6-7 (NIV)
Of course, true peace – eternal peace – can only be realized through a saving faith in Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah. That’s why our Gospel-sharing ministry work is so important in Israel and around the world. The Good News of Yeshua is the ONLY hope we have for comfort, peace and hope!
So please continue to stand with us in prayer for God to open more doors to share His truth and His Word with His Chosen People.
Thank you for standing with us through your partnership.
To the Jew first and also to the Nations,
President & CEO
Jewish Voice Ministries International
IDF Soldier Murdered in Terror Shooting Near the West Bank Settlement of Kedumim
The Jerusalem Post reports that an IDF soldier was murdered in a shooting attack near Kedumim in the northern West Bank last week. Reports indicate that the terrorist was also later killed.
Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades declared responsibility for the attack, saying that it was conducted as a response to the recent Israeli operation in Jenin and the tearing up of the Quran in Urif.
According to the reports, Israeli security forces identified a suspicious white van driving in circles around the outskirts of the Yishuv.
The suspicious movements of the vehicle led those security forces to send out a civilian security official and a group of four IDF soldiers to converge on the van.
The civilian security official arrived at the vehicle first and initiated a request for the driver to produce identification. The driver continued to act suspiciously but did not yet open fire.
Very shortly after, the four IDF soldiers arrived and started to approach the terrorist. At a certain point during their approach, the terrorist opened fire, mortally wounding the commander of the four IDF soldiers.
The remaining three IDF soldiers pursued him and managed to bring him down with gunfire. Additional soldiers arrived on the scene shortly after and ensured that he was neutralized.
IDF Brig. Gen. Avi Blut said that the IDF had identified the terrorist but would only release his identity after determining whether he was a lone wolf attacker or was directed to carry out the attack by a terror group.
Updates from the Middle East
IDF Strikes Lebanon After Anti-tank Missile Hits Near Ghajar Border Town
The IDF struck sites in Lebanon after an anti-tank missile was fired last week from Lebanon toward the village of Ghajar, which straddles the border of Israel and Lebanon. This exchange came amid heightened tensions along the northern border in recent weeks. An additional explosion was reported by Lebanese sources near an area north of the Golan Heights, although the nature of that explosion is as of yet unclear. The IDF is still unsure whether Hezbollah fired the missile and is currently investigating.
German Police Arrest Seven Allegedly Planning Islamic State-inspired Terror Attack
German police arrested seven men for allegedly planning a terrorist attack in the country inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group. The men from central Asia had “known each other for some time and share a radical Islamic ideology,” the federal prosecutor’s office (GBA) said in a statement. “The suspects had already contemplated targets in Germany, scouted potential crime scenes and attempted to procure weapons” before they were stopped, prosecutors said. The men, including five citizens of Turkmenistan, one from Tajikistan and another from Kyrgyzstan, were arrested by police at various locations in the western German region of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Pray with Us This Week
- God to continue to protect innocent lives from the fighting in Ukraine and to bring a peaceful end to the invasion by Russia
- God to surround His Chosen People in Israel, who are constantly facing threats and violence from surrounding enemies
- God to give wisdom and insight to Israel’s leaders to make wise decisions and for there to be unity among the Jewish people in Israel
- Peace in the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and their enemies
- The Jewish people to recognize Yeshua as their Messiah