Bahrain Diplomat Visits Israel
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Al-Zayani spent one day in Israel last week, his first time visiting the country. Attended by Israel’s Foreign Minister, the two countries agreed on establishing embassies as soon as possible with the goal set to open before the end of the year. Bahraini citizens can start applying for visas to visit Israel on December 1. Al-Zayani remarked that it was 43 years ago almost to the day that Egypt’s President Sadat landed in Israel, planting seeds of regional peace that they were reaping today. Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi is set to visit Bahrain in the beginning of December.
Please pray for this developing strategic friendship to grow strong. Praise God for these ties that are being established!
Strikes in Southern Syria
This past week, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) launched a series of attacks in southern Syria against Iranian and Syrian military sites. The attack came in response to the discovery of anti-personnel mines designed to kill Israeli troops patrolling the border between Syria and Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We will not allow Iran to establish itself militarily in Syria against us, and we won’t allow any attempt to attack us from Syria. Whoever attacks us—their blood is on their head.” The IDF released footage of the strikes against warehouses, command posts, military complexes, and surface-to-air missile batteries. The IDF is usually very ambiguous about their military strikes but will make public their retaliatory attacks.
Please pray for calm and peace along Israel’s border with Syria.
Pollard Released From Parole
Jonathan Pollard, a former United States Navy analyst convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel, spent the last five years on parole after serving thirty years of a life term in prison. Friday marked the completion of his parole. Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin welcomed Pollard to move to Israel and establish his new life in the Land, which he will do as soon as his wife’s health improves. Some people say that his sentence was excessive, as he originally pleaded guilty and expected to receive a more lenient sentence. Instead, he was given a life term which created tensions between Israel and the United States. Pollard was granted Israeli citizenship in 1995.
Please pray for Jonathan’s wife, Esther, who is battling cancer.
Thousands of Cranes Fly West Through Israel
Every autumn, more than 100,000 cranes from Russia, Estonia, and Finland land in Israel’s Hula Valley region for a stopover on their way to Ethiopia, though some will stay the whole winter season. Israel is also a major stopover for thousands of other birds on their annual migration south. During every migration season (spring and fall), more than 500 million birds and close to 400 species travel through the Hula Lake region. The Hula Valley’s unique ecology is the perfect stopover for cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes among others. This year, however, the cranes were two weeks late in arriving, which may be attributed to climate change; the warmer temperatures may have delayed the migration. Many Israelis are looking forward to getting out after the recent lockdowns, and Hula Lake is one of the places to which nature-lovers will flock to see the birds.
Praise God for the amazing nature He has created that show the passage of time and seasons.
Our Israeli Staff Give Thanks!
For those in the United States, our Chosen People Ministries—Israel staff wish you a happy Thanksgiving! Even though times are trying, we have much to be grateful for, even little things. In Israel, we are grateful for the rains that are falling, a blessing from the Lord. We are grateful for stories of strangers’ kindness as we try to help each other, even though we can be tough and straightforward sometimes (a typical Israeli!). We are also grateful for the countless opportunities we have had to share the gospel and pray with those who need encouragement. And you—we are grateful for you as you continue to pray for Israel’s salvation and for the ministry we have before us. Thank you! We have much for which to give thanks!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you’” (Psalm 122:6).