I am grateful we can turn to our Lord for our every need because He genuinely cares for His children. I pray that you know you can trust Him today, in the midst of this difficult season.

Despite the lockdown procedures taken earlier this year, Israel is seeing its highest rate of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The Israeli and Palestinian governments are both working to institute and enforce new procedures quickly in order to curb the spread of the virus. Here’s the latest news and numbers.

MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE IN ISRAEL INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS IN A SINGLE DAY

On Tuesday, the number of coronavirus cases in Israel topped 1,000 again. In total, over 31,000 Israelis have been infected with the virus and more than 18,000 have recovered.

As of Tuesday, a total of 342 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic, according to The Jerusalem Post.

NEW RESTRICTIONS ADDED TO COMBAT PANDEMIC

Here are some of the changes that went into effect on Tuesday of this week: Event halls, clubs, bars, gyms, public pools and cultural performances are now closed. Restaurants are limited to seating 20 people inside and 30 outside. Synagogues are not allowed to have more than 19 prayer attendees.

Organized sporting events can continue without fans. Summer camps may only operate for children from preschool age through fourth grade. The Health Ministry has been authorized by the government to make decisions on educational activities for fifth grade and older.

Transportation changes will also happen. Playgrounds are closed but parks and beaches remain open with social distancing encouraged.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES FULL LOCKDOWN AS WEST BANK CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKE

Due to the rise in coronavirus cases, last week the Palestinian government imposed a full five-day lockdown in the West Bank. It began on the morning of July 3.

This action took place after local authorities were unable to manage the spread of the virus in hot spots. All that remains open are grocery stores and pharmacies.

The most recent update from Haaretz Newspaper indicates the Palestinian Health Minister has recommended extending the lockdown for another nine days.

This wooden plaque bears a reverse silhouette of Jerusalem and the words of Genesis 12:3 against an actual chalkboard background. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you,” and these words remain true today. The Jerusalem Plaque measures 15” H x 11.5” W and has a saw tooth hanger for mounting.

Last week I shared a news story with you about the terrorist group Hamas saying that Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank constitutes a declaration of war. Now it appears long-time rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have pledged to unite against Israel “under one flag” if annexation plans move forward in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, it’s still unclear when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will try to move forward with the annexation. It’s possible a decision could be made this week.

FATAH AND HAMAS AGREE TO COOPERATE AGAINST ISRAELI-US "PLOTS" CONCERNING THE PALESTINIANS AND THE WEST BANK

Jibril Rajoub, senior official from the Palestinian ruling Fatah faction said last week that they will work together with Hamas to achieve an independent Palestinian state and foil Israel-American “conspiracies” against the Palestinians.

This took place during a joint teleconference press interview with senior Hamas official Saleh Arouri, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“We will lead our battle together under the flag of Palestine to achieve an independent sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and solving the issue of the refugees on the basis of international resolutions,” Rajoub said.

The joint press conference was the first of its kind in several years between senior Fatah and Hamas officials.

Arouri said that Hamas would resort to “all forms of struggle and resistance against the annexation plan” and that Israel should not “disregard the Palestinian determination” to oppose the annexation at all costs, according to YNet News.

LET US PRAY TOGETHER

Join me in praying for God to sustain His people through these challenging times. Please pray with me for:

  • The government of Israel to work together to best serve the people concerning both the West Bank and coronavirus

  • God’s direction concerning the West Bank and the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

  • The infection and death rates from coronavirus to decline in Israel and around the world, especially as this second wave hits

  • Significant progress in developing a vaccine against coronavirus

  • Jewish people to seek their Messiah Jesus – that they will cast their cares on Him because He will sustain them

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