Saturday, August 2, 2014

CHPP Daily Brief - SPECIAL EDITION: FOCUS ON ISRAEL - Saturday, August 2, 2014

Please note: Until Operation Protective Edge has ended, we will continue to cover news out of Israel, seven days each week.

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The Daily Brief:

"Praying for All in Authority"


Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle . . ."
(Psalm 144:1)

Prayer Bullets for Israel: Part One

Prayer Bullets for Israel: Part One

Thursday, July 31, 2014

To read these prayer bullets, written by our friend "K," go here.

Prayer Bullets for Israel: Part Two

Prayer Bullets for Israel: Part Two

Friday, August 1, 2014

To read these prayer bullets, written by our friend "K," go here.

Update: Operation Protective Edge

AIPAC Daily Update: Operation Protective Edge

Friday, August 1, 2014

On July 8, the IDF embarked on Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas' incessant rocket attacks against Israel's civilians. On July 17, following ten days of Hamas attacks by land, air and sea, and after repeated rejections of offers to deescalate the situation, the IDF initiated a ground operation within the Gaza Strip.

Recent Developments

- Israel and Hamas agreed Friday to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire, proposed by the United Nations and the United States. Due to repeated violations by Hamas, the cease-fire collapsed after less than two hours. Hamas' actions mark the seventh cease-fire the group has violated since the start of Israel's operation to root out Gaza's terrorist infrastructure. Click here to read AIPAC's new memo discussing Hamas' past and present violations of cease-fires with Israel.

- Two IDF soldiers were killed Friday morning in an attack while decommissioning a tunnel. A third soldier, Lt. Hadar Goldin, is believed to have been kidnapped by Hamas.

- Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement in response to the killing and subsequent kidnapping, calling the incidents "an outrageous violation of the ceasefire negotiated over the past several days, and of the assurances given to the United States and the United Nations."

An additional five IDF soldiers were killed Thursday evening by a mortar attack from Gaza, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities in Operation Protective Edge to 63.

- Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel has continued to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian supplies and goods into Gaza. More than 1,387 truckloads of goods have entered Gaza since the start of the operation.

- In the wake of Hamas' indiscriminate attacks on the Jewish state, the Senate approved $225 million in critical additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

Read more here.

In Congress: Border Bill Update

House revives, approves border crisis bill - as Obama vows to 'act alone'

The House late Friday revived and approved a Republican-authored border crisis bill after GOP leaders hurriedly resolved an internal battle that scuttled the vote a day earlier - but with the Senate on recess and the House soon to follow, there's little chance of any bill reaching President Obama's desk until the fall.

The president now is vowing to act unilaterally to address the illegal immigration issue.

The House legislation was approved on a 223-189 vote. The new version of the bill adds additional funding for the National Guard and includes policy changes meant to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children surging across the southern border.

"It's dealing with the issue that the American people care about more than any other, and that is stopping the invasion of illegal foreign nationals into our country," said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. "And we got to yes."

However, a separate Senate bill died on a procedural vote a day earlier, and no more votes in that chamber are scheduled until early September.Even if the Senate were somehow to approve the House bill, Obama vowed Friday he would veto it.

In the absence of any legislation that all sides can agree on, the president threatened to act on his own to address immigration challenges, potentially during the five-week recess.

"I'm going to have to make some tough choices to meet the challenge, with or without Congress," Obama said Friday, speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room.

He later added: "I'm going to have to act alone, because we don't have enough resources." (Fox News) Read more.