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From our Israel Desk – August 2022

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Israel’s success against Islamic Jihad Israel’s 66-hour campaign targeting the military leadership of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) was a major success on multiple levels. The first was military: Israel succeeded in taking out the entire PIJ command structure, rapidly achieved its military objectives, striking over 170 strategic targets with limited collateral damage, and then quickly brokered...

From our Israel Desk

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Biden signs ‘Jerusalem Declaration’ On his visit to the Middle East US President Joe Biden signed a joint strategic declaration with Prime Minister Yair Lapid on 14 July in Jerusalem, in which the US vowed to use “all elements in its national power” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. “The United States stresses that integral to this pledge is the commitment never to allow Iran to...

Israel Desk – June 2022

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Israel moves to fifth election in three years On June 20th Israel’s weakened coalition government decided to dissolve parliament and call new elections.  The vote, expected later this year, could bring about the return of a nationalist religious government led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or another prolonged period of political gridlock.  In a nationally televised news...

Is Russia in the Bible?

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Introduction In the January 2022 edition of Light for the Last Days I wrote that there were three world situations threatening wars which could have far reaching consequences.  Russia and Ukraine, China and Taiwan and Iran and Israel. Now the Russia and Ukraine war has happened. Will the other two follow? The world was in shock after weeks of denying that he had any intention to invade...

¿Encontramos a Rusia en la Biblia?

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Introducción En la edición de enero de 2022 de Luz para los últimos días, escribí que había tres situaciones mundiales que amenazaban con guerras que podrían tener consecuencias de largo alcance. Rusia y Ucrania, China y Taiwán e Irán e Israel. Ahora ha ocurrido la guerra de Rusia y Ucrania. ¿Seguirán los otros dos? El mundo está en estado de shock después de semanas en que ha negado que tenía...

Israel Desk – March 2022

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Ukraine’s Jewish population Jews have lived in Ukraine for such a long time that their arrival here predates even the first recorded use of the country’s name.  Starting in the ninth century, Jews began settling between Uzhgorod and Lugansk — respectively the westernmost and easternmost cities of what is now Ukraine. Historically, though, Jews haven’t had an easy life in Ukraine for most of...

Israel Desk – November 2021

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The Virus and the Vaccine Israel is being touted as the world’s real-life COVID-19 lab, with researchers around the world monitoring its progress and seeing it as “a working experimental lab for us to learn from.”  Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “Without us, the world wouldn’t know the exact efficacy levels of the booster shots, wouldn’t know the dates, how much they affect infections...

Israel Desk – October 2021

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Israeli PM rules out a Palestinian State Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that for now, he has ruled out a meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and the creation of a Palestinian state.  “I oppose a Palestinian state, and I think it would be a grave mistake to import the failed Gaza model of Hamas, which shoots rockets at us and turn the entire West Bank into...

Israel Desk – August 2021

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• Israel after the Gaza conflict.
• Israel’s new government.
• Temple Mount tensions on Tisha B’Av.
• Lebanon’s slow death a concern to Israel.
• Israel returns to Covid restrictions.
• Bible binds America to Israel.

Temple Mount tensions on Tisha B’Av

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The 9th of Av (corresponds this year to July 18th) is the date of Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem that once stood at the site where now two Muslim structures are located, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. These two Muslim shrines were built in the 7th century for the purpose of expressing Islam’s superiority over Christianity...