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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
" . . . but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57)
[This is our streamlined edition of the Daily Brief. We will return to our regular format tomorrow]
"The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty . . ." (Zeph. 3:17)
The Middle East in Focus
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)
1. UNESCO draft resolution: Western Wall is part of al-Aksa mosque - Jerusalem Post
Israel is working to thwart a draft UNESCO resolution which declares that the Western Wall in Jerusalem - the most holy site in Judaism - belongs to al-Aksa Mosque compound.
The draft text to be voted on Wednesday in Paris states that UNESCO "affirms that the Buraq Plaza is an integral part of al-Aksa Mosque/al-Haram al-Sharif."
Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama Hacohen called the resolution "a total Islamization" of a site that is revered by both Jews and Muslims.
- Father God, we pray for Your Will to be done concerning this resolution. We ask that You cause the members of UNESCO to open their eyes and realize the implications that would come from a resolution like this. In the name of Yeshua, amen.
2. Steinitz: Abbas' anti-Jewish incitement reaches Hitler's level - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' incitement against Israel is on the same level as Adolf Hitler's anti-Jewish propaganda, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
"The level and intensity of the incitement and the level of anti-Semitism is the same level as Hitler," Steinitz said Sunday, speaking with reporters in Washington, where he was addressing the annual conference of the Israeli American Council.
"I see Abu Mazen as principally responsible for the wave of terrorism," Steinitz said, using Abbas' by-name and referring to the recent spate of Palestinian stabbing attacks on Israelis.
Steinitz said Abbas' Palestinian Authority peddles propaganda to children that champions Israel's removal and dehumanizes Jews. He said also that Abbas' accusations that Israel plans to alter the Temple Mount, the Jerusalem site holy to Muslims and Jews, are lies and have spurred the recent deadly violence.
3. Hamas urges ramming attacks as 'stabbings don't kill enough Jews' - Israel Hayom
Hamas over the weekend urged lone terrorists to upgrade their tactics from stabbing to ramming attacks, as knifing attacks are proving to be "ineffective" and often result in the assailants' death.
"We must relinquish the stabbing intifada in favor of ramming [attacks]. They have proven highly effective in killing the occupation's soldiers and many settlers," Hamas said in a statement that aired on the Gaza Strip-based Al-Aqsa television station.
Hamas further expressed its disappointment from the Palestinians' "poor actions" during Friday's "Day of Rage" across Judea and Samaria.
4. Hamas Welcomes Be'er Sheva Attack as 'Heroic Act' - Israel National News
Hamas on Sunday night welcomed the terrorist attack at the Central Bus Station in Be'er Sheva, in which an IDF soldier was murdered and nine other people were injured.
In a statement, Hamas spokesman Husam Badran said the attack is "another heroic action against the occupation, which is on high alert. Our people will not be afraid of anything."
Badran added that the attack was a response to the "cold-blooded executions of the military of the occupation."
5. Erekat Demands Investigation of Israeli 'Executions' - Israel National News
The Palestinian Authority's chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, is calling on the UN to investigate recent cases in which, he alleged, Israel "executed" Palestinian Arabs without trial.
In a statement he published on Saturday, Erekat once again cited the case of Ahmed Mansara, the 13-year-old terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in Pisgat Ze'ev last week and who PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas later claimed was "executed" by Israel despite the fact that he was alive and well, and Israel had provided proof of that.
According to Erekat, "The occupation forces left [Mansara] bleeding in the street and prevented medical personnel from providing him with medical treatment after he was hit and injured by settlers who used sticks...and that was when Mansara was a helpless child and had not posed a direct threat."
6. PM vows to go after Islamic Movement for incitement - Israel Hayom
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Sunday that his government was going to go after the finances of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a group he accuses of being the chief inciter of a recent wave of terrorist violence.
Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting that the government has been operating on all fronts to stop the wave of attacks and will now start tacking its source.
Netanyahu said the government will take measures against the Islamic Movement, "particularly its financial sources."
7. Wall placed between Jewish, Arab Jerusalem neighborhoods - Times of Israel
Jerusalem police began on Sunday to place portable concrete slabs between the predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv in the capital's southeast and the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, in a bid to stem a series of terrorist and Molotov cocktail attacks carried out in the area over the past weeks.
The move followed the placing of concrete blocks in roads leading out of many Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods, in a move criticized by some as de facto splitting the unified city.
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The Daily Brief
1. For Canada, Justin Trudeau Election Offers Change of Tone - Koenig
OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's Canada is likely to present a very different face to the world than the one it wore under Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister he and his Liberals decisively routed on Monday.
Mr. Trudeau has promised some major policy changes, among them legalizing marijuana, dropping out of the American-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State and deficit spending to pump up the economy and rebuild infrastructure.
But the most noticeable difference will probably be in tone. Mr. Trudeau has been promising since he took over his floundering party in 2013 that he would put an end to Mr. Harper's often belligerent style of politics and diplomacy.
- Father, we intercede over these turn of events in Canada's election results. We are concerned whether Canada will be Israel's friend in the future under this new liberal prime minister. Many changes are in store for Canada under this new leadership. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, regardless of the liberal leadership that has emerged.
- The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases. (Proverbs 21:1) New Living
2. 5 US Congressmen Visit Israel, Braving Terrorist Violence - Jewish Press
A bipartisan group of five US congressmen spent the last week touring Israel, despite the daily terrorist attacks. Representatives Alan Lowenthal D-CA, Jim Jordan R-OH, Scott Garrett R-NJ, Raoul Labrador R-ID and Mark Meadows R-NC traveled across the country to learn the facts behind the headlines-and to pledge their support for Israel.
- Praise You, Father, for this brave group of American legislators who have brought back a good report of how the Israeli people are only taking measures to defend themselves in the midst of those who would love to destroy every one of them. We pray that their good report about Israel will result in a strong move against the lies perpetrated by anti-Semitic groups who want to divest, boycott, sanction, and punish Israel. Bless Israel, oh, Lord, with a publishing of the truth through these men and women of Congress.
-"for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception." (Proverbs 8:7)
3. US confirms coalition airstrike killed top al-Qaida commander in Syria - CS Monitor
The U.S. says Sanafi al-Nasr was a leading figure in the Khorasan group - a secretive cell of al-Qaida operatives who U.S. officials say were sent from Pakistan to Syria to plot attacks against the West.
-Father, we lift up to you the successful removal of the leader of this terrorist group, and pray that this will disorganize, dissolve, and dissuade this group from its deadly mission to establish radical Islam in the West. We pray, in the name of Jesus, for a strong move of the Holy Spirit to come upon them now to draw them to salvation in Jesus Christ.
-"He also told them this parable: 'Can the blind lead the blind? Will they both not fall into a pit?'" (Luke 6:39)
4. Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers' DNA - Fusion
When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement.
-Dear Lord, how disturbing to hear of this violation of the right to privacy. We pray that this technology will only be used for the purposes for which the samples were submitted. We pray that You would show our country's leaders how to protect the public from this abuse and other abuses of their privacy when it truly is not in the public interest. We pray this information will never be used to persecute Jewish persons or others targeted like the IRS has done to Christians groups recently.
-"Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy." (Psalms 64:1)
The Good News Corner
In "Desperate Need of Help," Which African Nation Declared National Day of Prayer and Fasting?
(Zambia)-Zambia's President, Edgar Lungu, recently declared a national day of prayer, repentance and fasting for the future of Zambia on the 18th of October.
Zambia is one of the only countries in the world to define itself as a Christian nation within its constitution. Zambia's Christian heritage began through the evangelistic work of 19th century European missionaries, including Dr. David Livingstone, who preached and served throughout Zambia.
In the present day, Zambia's Christian landscape is dominated by three main representative bodies: the Episcopal Conference of Zambia (made up of Catholic churches), the Council of Churches in Zambia (made up of Protestant churches) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (made up of Pentecostal churches).
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