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"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
"The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all." (Psalm 103:19)
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1. A strike in Syria in broad daylight, and a dangerous reply - JNS
(January 20, 2019 / JNS) Sunday's airstrike on targets in Syria, purportedly carried out by Israel, was unusual for a number of reasons. First, it occurred in broad daylight, as opposed to hundreds of other strikes in which the Israeli Air Force has preferred to use the cover of darkness.
That suggests that the target was likely an Iranian attempt to deploy highly advanced weapons, and that it appeared to have required an urgent response that could not wait for nightfall.
Whatever was hit by Israel in Syria may have belonged to a category known as "time-critical targets," which means that they are visible one moment, and out-of-sight or out-of-strike access the next. That could mean that imminent plans were in place to move the target to a place where it would be harder to strike.
2. Israeli strikes said to destroy Iranian, Hezbollah sites near Damascus - Times of Israel
Massive Israeli airstrikes on Syria overnight Sunday-Monday destroyed weapons stores and military positions belonging to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, a war monitor said Monday.
The Israeli military said early Monday it was carrying out strikes against Iran's Qud's Forces, in a rare statement on its military activities in Syria.
"The Israeli missiles managed to destroy weapons depots and military posts of the Iranians and the Lebanese Hezbollah in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport and the area of Al-Kiswah and Jamraya," the Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights said.
3. Firing at Golan, Iran seeks new balance of deterrence with Israel; it may fail - Times of Israel
The Israeli assault on Syrian territory early Monday morning was one of the broadest in recent years, and certainly the most substantial since an IDF airstrike last September during which Syrian air defenses shot down a Russian spy plane, killing its 15-member crew.
The tension that incident sparked between Moscow and Jerusalem led to limits on Israeli activities in Syrian territory, and any action in Syrian airspace attributed to Israel in its aftermath drew vigorous condemnations from the Kremlin.
Monday's operation, then, wasn't just another airstrike. Israel was sending a message not only to Damascus but also to Moscow that rocket attacks such as Sunday's targeting of the Hermon ski resort (which was thwarted by Iron Dome) won't go unanswered.
4. After rocket fired at Golan, IDF bombs Iran caches, intel sites, bases in Syria - Times of Israel
Israeli fighter jets targeted Iranian weapons storehouses, intelligence facilities and a training camp near Damascus during a massive overnight bombardment, the Israel Defense Forces said Monday, accusing Iran of firing a missile at Israel a day earlier. In addition, the Israeli Air Force bombed a number of Syrian air defense systems that fired on the attacking fighter jets, including a Russian-made Pansir S-1 battery, the military said.
"During the attack, dozens of Syrian surface-to-air missiles were fired, despite the clear warnings expressed [by Israel] to refrain from attacking. As a result, a number of Syrian air defense batteries were also attacked," the IDF said in a statement acknowledging the attack. The public confirmation was in line with a recent departure from Israel's previous silence about such strikes.
5. Ukraine and Israel sign massive free trade agreement - Jerusalem Post
Visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed as "historic" the signing Monday of a free trade agreement with Israel that has been negotiated for the last 15 years.
"Today is a historic day in Jerusalem," Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter account. "For many years hundreds of bureaucrats have attempted to prepare this agreement that will make the lives of our countries better."
The signing of the 1,500-page agreement, which took place before a dinner he and his wife, Maryna, had with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "brings our cooperation to a new level. We eliminate existing trade barriers, give companies from Ukraine and Israel wider access to markets, and further activate business activities."
6. Israel Prayer Update - Bridges for Peace Friday, January 18, 2019
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Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10].
Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
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