Another Gaza Attack Tunnel Found

IDF soldiers uncover tunnels in Gaza (Photo source: Israel Defense Forces)

By the end of Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 war with Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces found seventeen underground attack tunnels that were built by Hamas, with the purpose of infiltrating Israel to kill and cause destruction to military and civilians as well as to move terrorists and munitions around. Recently, an eighteenth tunnel was found. The Army is not sure if it is a new tunnel or one that had simply not been uncovered until now. The tunnel was discovered as a result of the construction of forty-mile-long concrete barrier being built along the Gaza-Israel border. Hundreds of people are involved in the construction of this barrier, which requires wearing flak vests and the protection of the Israel Defense Forces as it is near the Gaza border. To speed up completion, concrete factories were built next to the border wall construction zone. Please pray for peace along the Gaza/Israel border and for the hearts of stone to soften and turn to Jesus as their source of peace and strength.

Read more at Times of Israel

3,000-Year-Old Davidic City Found

The 3,000-year-old biblical town of Ziklag (צִֽקְלַג) has recently been found in southern Israel. The city is first mentioned in Joshua 15:31 as a border town of the tribe of Judah. Ziklag is also mentioned several times in 1 and 2 Samuel, when Achish, King of Gath, allowed David to find refuge after fleeing from Saul. It was from here that David traveled on to Hebron, where he was anointed king. Although there are several other suggested sites for this ancient city, the archaeological evidence unearthed leans toward this new find. Excavation shows typical building styles of the Philistine civilization, along with an almost-contemporary cache of pottery from the time of King David. Additionally, according to the biblical account, “…the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire” (1 Samuel 30:1). The settlement recently uncovered was destroyed by “an intense fire,” giving credibility to this site. The excavation began in 2015 and continues today. Please pray for more amazing finds like this, which provide additional authentic and historical proof about the Bible for those that doubt its truths.

Read more at Arutz Sheva

Longest-Serving Israeli Prime Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on July 7, 2019. (Photo by ABIR SULTAN / POOL / AFP)

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, served for a total of thirteen years—from May 14, 1948 to January 26, 1954, and again from November 3, 1955 to June 26, 1963. In a little less than a week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pass Ben-Gurion as the longest-serving prime minister, serving from June 18, 1996 to July 6, 1999, and also from March 31, 2009 until the present. Netanyahu is the third-longest-seated current leader among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, after Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan (though he has changed the regime system to extend his own rule) and Germany’s Angela Merkel. Please pray for wisdom and strength for Israel’s prime minister as he leads the nation.

Read more at Times of Israel

Two New Jets Join the Squadron

A new F-35 fighter jet lands at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel from the United States on July 14, 2019. (Source: Israel Defense Forces)

With the recent addition of two more planes to the Israeli Air Force, Israel now has sixteen 5th-generation F-35 stealth fighter jets—the first two arrived in 2016. Israel has contracted with Lockheed Martin from the United States to purchase a total of fifty jets by 2024, delivered in batches of twos or threes. Each plane will cost 100 million dollars. The F-35 has been lauded as a “game-changer” by the military, not only for its offensive and stealth capabilities, but for its ability to connect its systems with other aircraft and form an information-sharing network. With recent tensions with Iran, if needed, these jets could fly to Iran with in-air refueling assistance, which the Israeli Air Force has the ability to do. Please pray for those serving in the Israeli Air Force, as they guard Israel’s skies.

Read more at Times of Israel

Jazz Band Puts a Light Step in the Feet of Holocaust Survivors

Our workers in Israel recently hosted a unique concert in Tel Aviv for fifty Holocaust survivors from Haifa and fifty from Bat Yam. The jazz band, EQUINOX, from Savannah, Georgia came to Israel to play in ministry-minded concerts. They have traveled around the whole world, but it was their first time in Israel. Everyone enjoyed the concert and people could hardly sit still in their chairs. They felt like dancing and clapping. After the concert, we shared a delicious lunch with the Holocaust survivors and heard the testimony of one of our German volunteers. It was a wonderful day with energetic music, healthy food for the seniors, a word from the Lord, and genuine fellowship for all. Please pray for our ministry among Holocaust Survivors, one of several amazing works the Lord has opened up for us in Israel!