Headlines from Jerusalem, 22 August 2017

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32


Chief Rabbinate Steps Up Western Wall Campaign

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate issued a position statement to the High Court of Justice on Monday declaring that the court has no jurisdiction concerning prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. The statement threatened to ratchet up already fraught tensions with the Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism which have very small numbers of followers in Israel but which form the overwhelming majority of Jews in North America.
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South Africa Likely to Boycott Africa-Israel Summit

Officials in South Africa have recently made public statements that Pretoria will not send an official delegation to the upcoming Africa-Israel summit scheduled for the end of October in Lomé, Togo. Although, no official confirmation one way or the other has been received by the organizers of the summit, South Africa’s policy under president Jacob Zuma has been very hostile towards Israel and has included moves to actively block efforts to build closer ties with African countries.
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Hezbollah Reportedly Using Tactical Drones in Battle

The Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah has reportedly made great progress in its technical abilities during the last several years of fighting in Syria’s civil war, with reports emerging this week that it has begun to use tactical drones against its opponents in that conflict. The drones were deployed this week during Hezbollah battles against the Islamic State (IS) terror militia near the Lebanese border, with impressive tactical results.

Rail Line Between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Nears Completion

A train line linking central Jerusalem with Tel Aviv which promises to massively decrease congestion on Route 1 completed a major milestone on Sunday when the first successful test run was made, clocking in at 28 minutes, less than half the time it usually takes for the same trip to be made by bus. The route is scheduled to be fully operational by April 2018 and “will completely change the relationship between Jerusalem and the rest of the country,” said Transportation Minister Israel Katz.

Israel Marks World Humanitarian Day

Israel’s Foreign Ministry marked “World Humanitarian Day” over the weekend by posting a video highlighting humanitarian aid projects Israel has sponsored and/or participated in around the world. The latest such project has been the dispatching of several tons of food aid to Sierra Leone following mudslides which devastated large sections of the capital city of Freetown.


Towards a Second Cultural Revolution in Iran
Farzin Nadimi, WINEP

Gathering IRGC frustrations over liberal domestic trends could eventually prompt dramatic intervention, with troubling regional consequences for the United States and its allies. The recent IRGC targeting of universities, with their so-called Westernized humanities agenda, and a “liberalizing culture” instigated from abroad could stir movement toward a second cultural revolution in Iran.
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Israeli Innovation in Africa

Luba Mayekiso, the National Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in South Africa, explains how Israeli innovation can revolutionize Africa.
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ICEJ Video-Eddie James at the Feast

Watch this powerful worship service on the shores of the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi, Israel as Eddie James leads over 100 nations in worship at the 2016 Feast of Tabernacles!
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Feast of Tabernacles 2017: 6-11 Oct

The 2017 Feast will be an historic convocation with great prophetic significance as Israel celebrates 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate this Jubilee feast in the “City of God”!
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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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