After a five-hour overnight meeting, Israel’s security cabinet reached a decision today in how to answer Hamas’ escalating attacks on Israel’s southern border. "I will not refer to the content of the cabinet discussions,” one cabinet member told reporters, “but I can say one thing very explicitly - the rules of the game are about to change."
You and I may find out tomorrow what that means when thousands of Palestinians are expected to riot, once more, on Israel’s border with Gaza.
Because the threat is grave and you are a true friend of Israel, I am asking you to join me and many others in focused prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. Please see my call to action below -- Mat.
Just hours ago, ynetnews.com posted the headline: "IDF amasses large forces on Gaza border"
"The IDF started amassing large forces on the Gaza border on Thursday following a Security Cabinet decision to escalate retaliation for any violent incidents originating in the strip."
The Israeli Security Cabinet made the decision following a rocket attack from Gaza that destroyed a residential home in Beersheba. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put Hamas on notice of Israeli retaliation following the attack:
"Israel views the attacks on the fence with great severity, on the Gaza perimeter, on Beersheba – everywhere. I said this week at the start of the Cabinet meeting that if these attacks do not stop we will stop them. I want to tell you today, Israel will act with great force."
Palestinian riots and clashes along the Gaza border have now entered their seventh month, with thirty weeks of clashes that have killed almost two hundred in Gaza and led to thousands of wounded.
Because the threat is grave and you are a true friend of Israel, I am asking you to do two things:
First, show your love for Israel by joining me and many others in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. Prayer is a powerful way to bless Israel. Click here to declare that you will "Pray for Israel during this time of rising Middle East tensions."
Second, after joining with us, please consider a special gift to Christians in Defense of Israel to help us fight for Israel.
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God has placed in your hand and mine a potent weapon—prayer—to wage spiritual warfare. It’s crucial we use it—especially now as lethal threats to the Jewish state escalate.
You and I are living at a time when battle lines are forming, and the enemies of Israel are showing their hands.
Every day, Israel looks across its borders at vicious neighbors intent on its destruction. And that’s why you and I need to fall on our knees in urgent prayer for God’s chosen people.
Then, please make your most generous gift to help us fight for the Jewish state. And for your gift of any amount, we will send you our new, exclusive pamphlet, “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: What it means and why it’s so needed today.”
This fascinating publication shows you why prayer for Israel is so urgently needed, what the battle for Jerusalem is all about, and how your prayers help unlock God’s prophetic plan for Israel and the Jewish people.
Thank you for your friendship with Israel. May God bless you richly as you bless Israel!
Mat Staver, Chairman
Christians in Defense of Israel
P.S. Israel is under assault and your prayers are urgently needed now. If you haven’t already done so, please click here to say “I’m Praying for Israel,” then send your best gift now to bless and defend Israel through the work of Christians in Defense of Israel. Your prayers and gifts make a real difference. Please be as generous as you can.