UPDATE: Netanyahu Intervenes to End Holy Sepulchre Dispute




Headlines from Jerusalem, 28 February 2018

“For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” 2 Peter 1:21


Netanyahu Intervenes to End Holy Sepulchre Dispute

The doors of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre re-opened to visitors Wednesday morning following the personal intervention of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the dispute between traditional churches and the Jerusalem municipality over property taxes and land sales. The leaders of several denominations issued a joint statement thanking God for the development and expressing a willingness to enter into negotiations with the Israeli authorities to find a solution to the impasse.


Headlines from Jerusalem, 27 February 2018

“For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead” 1 Peter 4:3-5


Holy Sepulchre Closure Causing Israel Diplomatic Damage

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City remained closed for a third day on Tuesday in protest of a plan by the Jerusalem municipality to impose property taxes on church-owned businesses in the city. Pictures of tourists weeping outside the closed doors, with captions blaming Israel for the situation, were being widely distributed on social media as anti-Israel organizations and governments around the world roundly condemned the Jewish State for what they described as its hostility towards Christians.


Surprising Turn in Legal Case Against Netanyahu

Judge Ronit Poznanski-Katz, who had been overseeing the pretrial hearings in Case 4000, the so-called “Bezeq Affair” was herself hit with a legal issue this week which forced her to recuse herself. Poznanski-Katz and attorney Eran Shaham-Shavit of the Israel Securities Authority are accused of colluding to fix legal proceedings in the case outside the boundaries of courtroom protocol.

Saudi Arabia Wants Same Nuclear Capability as Iran

Reports emerged on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is demanding of the US that it be allowed to buy technology and develop the know how to build a nuclear power industry, in response to the green light given to Iran’s nuclear enterprise in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Analysts noted that fears over the possible proliferation of such know how and technology, which can be used to advance a nuclear weapons project, was one of the principle objections to the JCPOA.

Israel and the US Sign Cooperative Agreement

The US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad (CPAHA) and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs signed a cooperative agreement Monday to assist each other in mobilizing Jewish volunteers to come to Europe and assist efforts to preserve Jewish heritage sites there. “The relationship between the United States and Israel has never been closer, and we are cooperating at every level and in every sphere,” said US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Israeli-Arab Men Arrested for Links to IS

Security forces announced on Monday that they have indicted three Arab-Israeli men from the Galilee village of Um el-Fahm for engaging in a conspiracy to carry out attacks on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) terror militia. “The Shin Bet considers Israelis who support the Islamic State terrorist organization as a serious threat, especially those who maintain contacts with the organization’s activists and operate under the auspices of the organization in the territory of the State of Israel,” the Shin Bet said.


America’s “Chaos Strategy” in the Middle East
Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

If one looks across the Middle East and South Asia, all of the forces that have led to regional instability have grown worse with time and not better. The so-called “Arab Spring” has done nothing to bring stability to the Arab world. Talk of an Arab-Israeli peace process rings hollow even by the low standards of the past, and Iran, Russia, Turkey, and the Hezbollah all present new challenges and risks of war.


The War Memoirs of Patterson

Lt. Colonel John Henry Patterson, an officer in the Imperial British Army and an Evangelical Christian, led the Zion Mule Corps, the first Jewish military unit since the Second Century, as it participated in the Gallipoli Campaign in the early years of the First World War. Later, he would lead Jewish troops in the British campaign to liberate the Levant from the Ottoman Empire. His memoirs of these campaigns give fascinating insights into historical events which continue to shape the modern State of Israel.
Read “With the Zionists in Gallipoli”
Read “With the Judeans in the Palestine Campaign”


Contending for Israel in Prayer

Israel faces threats on all fronts . While all men are entirely responsible for their actions it is true that behind these threats are dark principalities of destruction and deception. Paul wrote that we are to recognize this and thus oppose these principalities through the struggle of prayer.

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

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