Netanyahu Visits Site of Attack In Tel Aviv
Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the restaurant where the horrific terrorist attacks took place. It was at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv where gunmen opened fire on diners, killing four and wounding 16. He said we must mourn and return to life. The village where the attackers were from has been in lockdown, work permits have been revoked, and entry permits to Israel for 80,000 Palestinians were frozen during the Ramadan season. The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to condemn the attack of terrorism and wanted those responsible for being brought to justice. This is the first official statement of condemnation of terrorism from the Council since the current wave of violence started eight months ago.
Please pray for the families and friends mourning the loss of their loved ones and for the victims recovering in the hospitals.
Israeli Unemployment Down
Israel’s unemployment rates dropped to their lowest in 30 years at 4.9%. Unemployment has been dropping since 2004 when it was 11% during the Second Intifada. More full-time work has become available and part-time jobs have decreased. Israel’s unemployment rates match the United States current percentages.
Praise God that more jobs are available for Israeli workers.
Ben Gurion Airport One of the Safest In The World
Ben Gurion Airport has been deemed one of the safest airports in the world. It has many layers of security, most of which the 16 million passengers who pass through the airport don’t see. It screens every cargo and passenger airline, pilot, crew and passenger before it enters into Israeli airspace. It is a relatively small airport, 20% the size of Heathrow in London and 15% the size of Atlanta’s airport. Regardless, because of the growing concern for airport safety, Israel is hosting 40 countries for a security demonstration in the coming weeks.
Please pray for the airport’s continued safety and security of passengers flying in and out.
Hezbollah Tunnel Digging In The North
Along with Israel’s northern border, Hezbollah is claiming to be preparing for its next conflict with Israel. It has been 16 years since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon during its long conflict. Hezbollah now claims that it is learning from their counterparts in the south, Hamas, and are digging tunnels. These tunnels have a vast electric system, enough food for weeks and even a ventilation system to prevent moisture from damaging equipment. Hezbollah has a large supply of rockets, which they have used in the past on Israeli civilians in the north.
Please pray that Israel can stop the tunnel digging and the preparations for war on Israel’s northern borders where many civilians live.
Ministry in Tel Aviv
Please pray for our ministries and staff in Tel Aviv. We are praying to expand our work and ministry by planting a congregation and starting Bible studies and seminars, both practical and spiritually motivated. We are excited by the response of those who want theIsaiah 53 Explained book, most people ordering online from our Hebrew website. These people need to follow up and prayer, as they consider who the Messiah is. Through our ministries in Tel Aviv, we hope that these contacts can be invited for more discussion. Please pray for our workers, who do not live far from this last terrorist attack in Sarona.