ISRAEL ENFORCING DRONE REGISTRATIONS Israel is now enforcing a law requiring all those who own a drone to register it with the Civil Aviation Authority. They will also be required to take and pass a flight-restrictions test. Drone owners who fail to register their drone or take the test may be assessed thousands of shekels in fines. Today, drones are sold everywhere, and weigh between 250 grams and 25 kilograms. Israel estimates that there are 15,000–20,000 drones in the country. Drones pose a danger to aircraft and can be used for terrorist plans. During a busy December weekend, London’s Gatwick Airport was closed for 36 hours because drones were spotted flying in their airspace. Read more YNET An airborne drone (Photo: Eshkol Regional Council) Please pray for safety and wise decisions for those who use drones. INCREASE OF ALIYAH TO ISRAEL The Jewish Agency, an organization that helps Jewish people make aliyah (immigration) to Israel, reported a 5 percent increase in 2018 with 29,600 people, compared to 28,220 people in 2017. Russia and the Ukraine had the most immigrants at 17,000 people, a 45 percent increase from the previous year. The number of immigrants coming from the United States and Canada was steady at 3,550. France, the United Kingdom, and Brazil saw a decline in the number of Jewish people coming to Israel compared to previous years. “Every Jew who comes to Israel and establishes a home here completes another piece of the wonderful mosaic of the Jewish people in their historic homeland,” said Isaac Herzog, the Jewish Agency Chairman. Read more YNET Jewish immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (Photo: Nir Cafri) Please pray for those who make Aliyah to find their Messiah, Jesus, in Israel! ISRAEL FINISHES OPERATION NORTHERN SHIELD After Israel found the sixth terror tunnel dug by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon leading into Israel, the IDF declared Operation Northern Shield over. This latest tunnel was eight hundred meters in length (the longest one found), and was equipped with electricity, lighting systems, railway tracks, and steps carved into the rock. It is two meters wide by one meter high, and was fifty-five meters underground. These tunnels have been carefully planned out and took many years to dig and outfit. Hezbollah had aimed to carry out several missions inside Israel to hurt both soldiers and civilians. Read more YNET Map showing tunnel from Lebanon into Israel (Photo: IDF Spokesman’s Office) Please pray for the IDF as they still guard and keep watch along Israel’s northern borders. SCHINDLER’S LIST TO BE SHOWN FOR FREE IN GERMANY On International Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27, a theater in Germany has offered free viewings of Schindler’s List to those who are part of the far-right party called Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland—AfD). The movie is about a German businessman who saves many Jewish lives in Nazi-controlled Poland, which earned him and his wife recognition as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government in 1993. Recently. the AfD made some trivializing comments about the Holocaust. Read more YNET Please pray for those Holocaust survivors around the world to find comfort and peace in the name of Jesus. ISRAELI SPORT TEAM DENIED ENTRY TO MALAYSIA After two months of efforts to obtain visas, Israel’s Paralympic swim team will not be able to enter Malaysia. The competition in July will host six hundred athletes from seventy countries and is key for the formulation of teams for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. There are no diplomatic relations between Israel and Malaysia. In the past, Israel has had a hard time entering countries like Oman, Indonesia, and United Arab Emirates for fair sports competitions. Read more YNET Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Malaysia (Photo: EPA) Please pray for sportsmanship to be fair for these Paralympics athletes. RAIN IN ISRAEL Israel has been blessed with a lot of rain recently, along with high winds and cooler temperatures. The water levels in the Sea of Galilee and other reservoirs are rising. These rains are much needed since the past few winters and rainy seasons have not seen enough rain to replenish the Land. Praise God for sending rain and blessing the Land. Even Israel’s highest mountain, Mount Hermon, saw snowfall and blizzard conditions, allowing for the opening of its slopes to happy skiers.