“From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”
Psalm 3:8 (NIV)
Shalom, my friend.
Terrorist group Hezbollah appears to be strengthening its grip on Lebanon – which means greater risk for Israel and her people. Israel is also dealing with continued unrest in Gaza and growing tension with Syria.
So please join me and all of us here at Jewish Voice Ministries International in praying for God’s will to be done in Israel – and for His grace, protection and blessing to be upon His people . . . and those who support them.
TERRORIST GROUP HEZBOLLAH TIGHTENS GRIP ON LEBANON
The Jerusalem Post reported late last week that an Iranian ship carrying fuel reportedly reached Syria’s territorial waters. The fuel will supposedly be offloaded at a Syrian port and then transferred to Lebanon.
Its arrival will be a major gamechanger for the terrorist group Hezbollah. Hezbollah has been at odds with the U.S. and wants to use the fuel delivery to show it can run Lebanon’s economy without U.S. aid.
Iran’s Tasnim News Agency noted that the “imminent arrival of Iranian fuel shipments to Lebanon coincides with the U.S. congressional statement that ‘the United States seeks to resolve the Lebanese fuel crisis and does not need to import Iranian fuel.’”
According to sources, per The Jerusalem Post, Hezbollah will donate part of the shipment to government hospitals and care homes, with a private company announcing a sale mechanism for private institutions and electricity generators.
What this tells us, as reported by The Jerusalem Post, is that Hezbollah, which has already taken over Lebanese foreign policy and defense policy, is now also taking over its energy policy. Soon, Hezbollah – which has its own telephone network; plays a role in Lebanon’s banking, port and airport; and has a role in supermarkets – will now be importing gas and oil, essentially making Lebanon a province within the Hezbollah empire.
In no other place in the world does an illegal, armed militia run a country the way Hezbollah has a stranglehold over Lebanon. And its position at Israel’s northern border means that Israel’s borders just became even more dangerous – and her people at greater risk from the terrorist group.
ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES STRIKE IN GAZA IN RESPONSE TO ARSON BALLOON ATTACKS
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a series of retaliatory airstrikes in southern Gaza earlier this week after incendiary balloons from the Hamas-run enclave sparked three fires near Israeli towns bordering the Strip.
A spokesperson for the IDF told reporters that it hit a Hamas rocket production facility and training camp in Khan Younis. According to The Times of Israel, there were no immediate reports of casualties.
The incendiary balloons launched from the Strip sparked three fires that firefighters managed to put out before they could cause significant damage.
Tensions with Gaza have remained high amid intensified efforts to shore up a ceasefire brokered after May’s war between Israel and Gaza-based terrorists.
The Times of Israel reported that the IDF’s Southern Command was preparing for the possibility that ceasefire talks from late last week could break down, leading to an upsurge in violence and renewed rioting on the border.
ISRAELI AIR FORCE STRUCK AND DESTROYED A SYRIAN MISSILE BATTERY
The Times of Israel reported that the Israeli Air Force struck and destroyed a Syrian missile battery after it launched a missile that exploded near central Israel late last week.
According to The Times of Israel, the Syrian air defense missile flew over Israel before exploding over the Mediterranean Sea. Missile fragments were later found in the Tel Aviv area. Incoming rocket warning sirens were not sounded, in keeping with the military’s policy of not triggering alarms for projectiles headed toward unpopulated areas.
The Syrian military fired the missile in response, as reported by The Times of Israel, to what Syrian state media said were Israeli airstrikes near Damascus. Israeli officials believe the missile was not intentionally fired at Israeli territory.
The IDF did not comment on the alleged strikes in Syria.
Let us pray together
Please pray with me for:
- God’s protection to be upon His people in the continual attacks along the Strip – and along the border with Lebanon as Hezbollah continues to tighten its grip on the region
- Peace in the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and their enemies
- Jewish people to recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah