PRAY TEAM JESUS: Rockets Fired at Israel from Syria



Headlines from Jerusalem, 9 September 2019

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird” Revelations 18:1-2


The IDF announced Monday morning that it had tracked rockets fired towards Israel from the outskirts of Damascus by a Shi’ite militia backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The rockets all landed inside Syrian territory, but the IDF cautioned that they would continue to monitor the situation for further developments. The attempted attack on Israel came hours after reported airstrikes on a base near the Syrian city of Al-Bukamal used by a IRGC-supported Shi’ite groups which resulted in extensive damage and at least 18 casualties.


Iran Blames Europe for Fraying JCPOA Deal

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, hosted Cornel Feruta, the acting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a one-day visit to Tehran Sunday, taking the opportunity to tell journalists that the failure of European powers to find ways for Iran to circumvents sanctions imposed by the US had left his country with no choice but to increase the severity of its violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Also on Sunday, details were leaked of a recent IAEA inspection at  Turquz Abad, a site Israel had previously said was being used as clandestine part of Iran’s renegade nuclear program.

IDF on Alert Following Violent Weekend in the South

Following unusually violent demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border Friday which saw two rioters killed and dozens wounded, an attempt to attack an IDF vehicle parked in Israeli territory with an improvised explosive device dropped on it from a small, commercially available drone led to IDF air strikes on terror infrastructure in the Strip Saturday evening. Five rockets were also fired at Israeli territory from inside the Strip over the weekend, with the IDF retaliating for them by hitting Hamas positions.

Israel Signs Natural Gas Delivery Deal

In the latest defeat for the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Israeli fuel transit company Europe Asia Pipeline Co. (EAPC) and East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG) signed a deal over the weekend which will enable Israeli Natural Gas shipments to Egypt’s liquification terminal at El-Arish. The agreement paves the way for Israel to increase lucrative energy exports as well as adding a strong economic incentive to bi-lateral relations with Cairo.

Anti-Semitic Violence Increasing in Europe and America

Israeli leaders expressed alarm over the weekend following a series of incidents involving anti-Semitic violence in Europe and the US. In Warsaw, Poland, a group of Israeli students participating in a semester abroad program were violently assaulted by a group of men the victims said identified themselves as being from the Arab country of Qatar, before shouting abuse at the Israeli students and finally attacking them, with two victims requiring hospitalization. On Sunday, a group of BDS activists physically attacked visitors at the Israeli Seret International film festival on Sunday in Berlin. The attacks in Europe also came on a weekend when reports came in of incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti at public venues in several US cities.


Iran Attempts to Resist ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign
Sima Shine, INSS

The Iranian regime is waging a campaign on the diplomatic, economic, and nuclear fronts as it confronts the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy. The Iranian policy, dubbed “maximum resistance” by the regime, centers on the refusal to meet Trump and resume negotiations before the sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington are lifted.


Analysis – How Prepared is Israel for War?

Earlier this week, Israelis braced themselves for a flare-up along the countries northern border. The leader of Iran’s Lebanese-proxy Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, promised retaliation for certain Israeli actions a week prior. In the events, Nasrallah made good on his pledge – yet, the incident ended without casualties – a fact that mitigated prospects for further escalation. However, the threat of war remains very real, raising questions about Israel’s readiness for conflict. A panel of experts weigh in.


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

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