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Ukraine fights for "every meter"

June 17, 2022

A Note From Jonathan Bernis:

Shalom, my friend!

As I write to you now, my heart is turned towards the declaration of the Psalmist:

“From the LORD comes deliverance. May Your blessing be on Your people” (Psalm 3:8 NIV).

There’s so much difficulty and uncertainty in the world today. That’s why I’m clinging to this critical truth from the Scriptures as I continue to pray for God’s deliverance in Ukraine, His will to be done with regards to Iran and for peace in Israel and among the Jewish people.

And I pray it over you as well, in whatever you’re facing today, that you’ll experience the power and presence of the Lord as the Deliverer of His people. 

There’s no greater promise we have from God — which was ultimately realized in the coming of His Son, Yeshua (Jesus), the Messiah.

God is close at hand to bring deliverance and blessing. Let that truth fill you with confidence and hope in the Lord. 

I hope you’ll also join me, and Jewish Voice, as we pray for God’s deliverance, strength, protection, love and blessing to be upon His people, wherever they are around the world. And that He will draw them to Himself through the Good News of Jesus, the Messiah – His greatest gift of all.

Thank you again for your partnership.

To the Jew first and also to the Nations,

Jonathan Bernis
President & CEO
Jewish Voice

Headline News

Zelenskyy: Ukrainian Forces Fighting for “Every Meter” Against Russian Forces in Severodonetsk

The Times of Israel reported heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Severodonetsk and nearby Lysychansk — the final remaining vestiges in the Luganks region still under Ukrainian control.

Russian forces have reportedly targeted these areas for weeks, amassing heavy artillery operations in an effort to monopolize the region.

Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenksyy said this week that Ukraine is fighting for “literally every meter” in what his military commander-in-chief, Valeriy Zaluzhny, called a land “covered in blood.”

But “despite everything, we continue to hold positions,” Zaluzhny said. 

In President Zelenskyy’s nightly video address, he noted that the fighting in Severodonetsk was “very fierce,” going on to say that Russia was deploying undertrained troops and was using its young men as “cannon fodder.”

Russia’s recent attacks on Severodonetsk’s remaining bridges would definitively cut off the industrial city from the rest of the country. Regional Governor, Sergiy Gaiday commented on Russia’s advancement, saying, “Most likely (in the next two days), they [the Russians] will throw all the reserves to capture the city.” 

Updates from the Middle East

Israel welcomes IAEA Board of Governors decision regarding Iran

Iran’s pursuit of military nuclear capabilities has never ceased. That’s why Israel welcomes the recent resolution by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – calling on Iran to urgently fulfill its legal obligations and become compliant with its safeguards.

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza

Last week, the U.S. Department of State released a statement that opposes the open-ended and vaguely defined nature of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s (HRC’s) Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the situation in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, stating it represents a “one-sided, biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace.”

Pray with us this week:

  • Ask God to protect the innocent lives from the fighting in Ukraine and to bring a peaceful end to the invasion by Russia
  • Pray for God to change the hearts of Iranian leaders who continue to ignore the global outcry against their nuclear violations
  • Ask the Lord to surround His people in Israel, who are constantly facing threats and violence from surrounding enemies
  • Pray for peace in the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and their enemies
  • Pray for Jewish people to recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah

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