Israelis Closely Watching Escalating Protests in Iran



Headlines from Jerusalem, 2 January, 2018

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” 2 Corinthians 5:17


Israelis Closely Watching Escalating Protests in Iran

Israelis were watching events in Iran with great interest Tuesday as reports surfaced of massive street demonstrations against the clerical regime including violent kinetic attacks against police stations and other government buildings in several cities. Scattered reports included a death toll over the last three days reaching at least 20, even as reports of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia forces deploying near Israel’s northern border continued to concern Israeli defense officials.
We are in constant prayer against the evil in Iran. We pray for the freedom of the people of Iran. Over the years I have met many Iranians here in Albuquerque, people of peace! AMEN!

At least 20 dead as Iranians stage biggest protests since 2009 disputed election
NBC News

The protests started out as local rallies against Iran’s economic problems but have since spread in both geography and scope. Read the full story


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Protests Spread Across Iran
Michael Segall, JCPA

The current wave of protests in the Islamic Republic has shown once again that the real threat to the stability of the religious regime in Iran is the Iranian people, who have already proven in the past that they can topple a regime that abandons and ignores their needs.


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Today’s news was written and compiled by Aaron Hecht.

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