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• Prayer for Israeli Survivors in Bulgaria Bombing
• Statement by P.M. Netanyahu
• Statement by President Obama
• Global Travel Advisory Issued by State Dept.
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The Daily Brief - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne from generation to generation. Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old . . ." (Lamentations 5:19,21)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased." (Psalm 115:1-3)
1. PM to submit his own conscription bill, after Kadima quits coalition - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to respond to the departure of Kadima from the national unity government because of differences over legislation to draft the ultra-Orthodox by submitting his own party's conscription bill on Sunday.
2. 'IDF intercepted over 10 terror setups in Sinai' - Ynet News
The IDF has been able to thwart the mobilization of over 10 terror cells based in the Sinai Peninsula, Director of Military Intelligence Major-General Aviv Kochavi told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.
3. Kadima faction votes to quit coalition - Ynet News
Members of the Kadima faction voted to quit the coalition on Tuesday. Twenty-four MKs voted in favor of the proposal and three voted against it after party chairman Shaul Mofaz announced his intention to leave the government. The dissenting MKs are Avi Dichter, Otniel Schneller and Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich.
4. Gaza Christians protest 'forcible conversions' - Ynet News
Dozens of Christians in predominantly Muslim Gaza have staged a rare protest, claiming two members of their community were forcibly converted to Islam and are being held against their will.
Prayer for Israeli Survivors in Bulgaria Bombing
BUS BOMBING KILLS AT LEAST 4 ISRAELI YOUTH IN BULGARIA:
We just heard the terrible news out of Bulgaria and have stopped all we're doing to pray for those involved. In case you're unaware of the situation, here's what we know so far: "A bus carrying Israeli youth exploded Wednesday in a Bulgarian resort, killing at least four people and wounding more than two dozen, police and hospital officials said,"reports AP. "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it 'an Iranian terror attack' and promised a tough response.
The explosion took place in the Black Sea city of Burgas, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital, Sofia. TV images showed smoke billowing from the scene -- a parking lot at the local airport where the Israeli tourists had apparently just landed. Several buses and cars were on fire near the shell of the exploded vehicle . . ..Israelis often have been targeted in attacks outside their country, and Wednesday's bombing coincided with the 18th anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina that killed 85 people."
UPDATE: The Jerusalem Post is now reporting that 7 Israelis are dead.
Please pray for all those injured in the attack. Please pray for the Lord Jesus to comfort and heal them, and comfort their families and friends, and draw them all to Himself. Please pray for those responsible to be brought to justice. Please pray for wisdom for Israeli and Bulgarian leaders to know how best to respond to this horrific attack. (Prayer offered by Joel Rosenberg)
"Comfort ye, comfort ye, My people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1)
For Israeli and Bulgarian leaders:
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." (Psalm 32:8)
Statement by P.M. Netanyahu
PM Netanyahu's Remarks Following the Terror Attack in Bulgaria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is holding security consultations following the terror attack in Bulgaria.
The Prime Minister said: "All signs point towards Iran. Over the last few months we have seen Iran's attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other countries. Exactly 18 years to the day after the horrendous attack on the Jewish Community Center in Argentina, deadly Iranian terrorism continues to strike at innocent people. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it."
The Prime Minister sends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded.
Statement by President Obama
Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack in Bulgaria
"I strongly condemn today's barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of Israel, Bulgaria, and any other nation whose citizens were harmed in this awful event. These attacks against innocent civilians, including children, are completely outrageous. The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack. As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel's security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people."
Global Travel Advisory Issued by State Dept.
US Department of State issues Worldwide Caution
July 18, 2012
US Department of State issues Worldwide Caution, concerned about continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against US citizens - statement
The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated January 24, 2012, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. Current information suggests that al-Qaida, its affiliated organizations, and other terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings.
Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays.
U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Extremists have targeted and attempted attacks on subway and rail systems, aviation, and maritime services. In the past, these types of attacks have occurred in cities such as Moscow, London, Madrid, Glasgow, and New York City.
[Note: the actual alert is quite long. To read this bulletin in its entirety, go here.]
A precise, painful strike at the Assad regime's inner sanctum
The killing of senior officials at the National Security command center in Damascus might eventually be seen as the turning point in the civil war.
The assassination of Syrian Defense Minister Daoud Abdallah Rajha and Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat in an explosion Wednesday afternoon in Damascus appears to be the most significant achievement of the Syrian opposition in their struggle to bring down Bashar Assad's regime. (Ha'aretz)
Damascus Bombing: A turning point?
The reported attack in Damascus could mark an important symbolic turning point in the struggle to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
The claim that a bomber was able to carry out such an attack against a high security target speaks volumes about the government's ability to protect its own members and raises questions about the broader capacities of Syria's "security state".
The news put out by the Syrian government of a rebel attack against the very heart of the regime cannot be interpreted as anything other than a disaster for President Assad and his supporters.
It sends out a message that if these men cannot be protected by the state security apparatus, then who can? It is in this sense that the attack marks a new phase in the struggle for Syria's future. Read more.
- Tonight, tensions are high throughout the Middle East, as the situation in Syria has been deemed "out of control" by officials in the U.S., and as Israel launches its investigation of the crime committed today in Bulgaria. We encourage all of our readers to stay on top of late- breaking news . . . in addition to mainstream sources, you may want to visit www.raptureready.com for daily updates, as well as www.watch.org.
Thank the LORD that He has given us a means to "stay on top of breaking news," in the Spirit, too, as we pray in the Spirit through our days, for our awesome God knows all! Watch, pray, and stay connected with each other and with us. We WILL come through all of this growing chaos by the Grace of God, as we humbly seek His face in repentance. Amen.
- "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:18)
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