Inside Israel

Opening Ben Gurion Airport to the Public

Ben Gurion Airport (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

There will big changes in the arrival and departure process when Ben Gurion Airport finally opens to the public. Only those people who will be traveling will be allowed to enter the airport, and those on departing flights will need to arrive four hours before their flight. Outside the airport, they will need to present their passport and tickets and have their temperature taken. Anyone with a fever will not be permitted to enter the airport. For those who are travelling to Israel, arriving passengers will be tested, or they will need to show either proof of immunity or a negative COVID-19 test result within a certain period of time. Social distancing will be implemented throughout the airport, and equipment will be sterilized regularly, including the plastic bins at security. One television station is reporting that the projected date to open is June 1, 2020, though this is subject to change.

Please pray for wisdom and the necessary caution when considering opening Israel’s borders.

Read more at Arutz Sheva…


Iran and Israel’s Cyberwars

A cyber war could bring horrible devastation to Israelis and Iranians (Illustrative / Source: Unsplash)

The May 21, 2020 cyberattack on Israel is just the most recent incident in an ongoing cyberwar between Iran and Israel. In April, Iran tried to disrupt Israel’s water systems with a cyberattack. It was reported that Iranian computer hackers used an American server to attack Israel’s Water Authority, who stated that there was no significant damage as a result of the incident. The following day, Israel retaliated by targeting Tehran’s port, greatly disrupting their computers causing backlogs on their waterways with incoming shipments and their roadways leading to the docking facilities. On May 21, 2020, Jerusalem Day, when Israel celebrated Jerusalem’s unification fifty-three years ago, Iran launched another cyberattack on a much larger scale. On many home pages of major Israeli businesses, people found a picture of Tel Aviv burning with the words, “The countdown to Israel’s destruction has begun” and other threatening words and pictures. Links on these pages would send people a computer virus that would take over their computer.

Please pray that these threats would remain just threats.

Read more about the recent cyber attack in Iran…

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Flight from United Arab Emirates Lands in Israel

United Arab Emirates airplane (Source: Pixabay)

For the first time ever, a United Arab Emirates flight from Abu Dhabi landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. It was filled with fourteen tons of humanitarian aid, supplies, and medical equipment—including ten ventilators—to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically among Israeli Arabs. The Gulf State intended all of the cargo to go to the Palestinians. This flight was prearranged between the two government despite the fact that Israel and the UAE have no formal diplomatic ties.

Please pray for the health and well-being of those in the Palestinian territories and Gaza who are trying hard to keep infection rates low.

Read more at YNet…


Netanyahu to Stand Trial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Source: en.kremlin.ru)

For the first time in Israeli history, a sitting prime minister is standing trial. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered Jerusalem District Court and sat in the defendant’s bench. He was asked if he had read all the charges of the three cases that are laid against him, and he replied, “Yes,” which was his only comment in court. He denies all wrongdoing, calling it an “attempted political coup” against him. He is charged with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. He will not need to attend the next hearing. The charges were brought against him more than a year ago. It is expected that this trial will take a long time.

Please pray for wisdom for the judges and lawyers as this case will take a considerable amount of time.

Read more at Times of Israel…


The Celebration of Shavuot

It is a long-held tradition to eat dairy on Shavuot (Source: Adobe Stock)

This week, Israel will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, which many know as Pentecost. The holiday celebrates the first harvest of the wheat and barley fields, and in Jewish tradition, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. For us as believers, this is also the holiday on which we rejoice in the giving of the Holy Spirit, which happened on Pentecost. There are so many rich biblical messages wrapped into one holiday. You can see advertisements all across Israel for dairy products—cheeses, dairy desserts, and cream-based pasta sauces—as these kinds of foods are the traditional dishes eaten with family on Shavuot (under COVID-19 safety restrictions, of course!). People will also stay up all night to study the Scriptures, especially reading the book of Ruth. For us as ministry workers, the Word is sweet to our lips and we rejoice in the harvest that is being brought in. Just this week, a young man accepted Jesus as his Messiah because of the phone calls made after he ordered an Isaiah 53 Explained book.

Please pray that many come to faith, just as the three thousand came to faith in Acts chapter two.  Also remember the workers in Israel sharing His message and for people’s spirits to be awakened to Jesus, the Son of God, who gave His life for us and will one day return!