Israel surrounded by political wildfires, enemies try to provoke her

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What a week! Bus bombed in Jerusalem. Syria and Jordon unrest growing violent. World still watching Japan’s nuclear reactors two weeks after earthquake and tsunami.

Week in ReviewLibya and Yemen not mentioned in the round up below. The coalition continues to protect anti-Gadhafi forces. The president of Yemen has said he’ll step down at the end of the year if he can hand off to some one he can trust.

With the flare up in Jordan and Syria, Israel is now surrounded by unrest. Egypt is still in flux. Gaza is firing rockets daily into southern Israel. The West Bank is still tense after the murder of the Israeli family in their sleep. The king of Jordan may be losing ability to pacify his people much longer. Lebanon government recently was taken over by men friendly to militant Hezbollah. Syrian forces have killed stores trying to quench the week-old uprising there.

Remember, there is a blessing for praying for Israel. Read Psalm 122.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20

  • The U.S. ambassador to Mexico resigned Saturday amid furor over a leaked diplomatic cable in which he complained about inefficiency and infighting among Mexican security forces in the campaign against drug cartels.
    Source: USA Today
    RC: I think Mexico embarrassed by truth.
  • The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths. The Arab League’s support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.
    Source: The Associated Press
    RC: Buyer’s remorse from Arab League.
  • Thousands of Syrians rallied Sunday for a third consecutive day in a tense southern city where security forces killed at least five protesters, signaling that unrest in yet another Arab nation.
    Source: The Associated Press
    RC: Violent unrest spreads to Syria. (and continued to intesify through week).
MONDAY, MARCH 21
  • CHUCK NORRIS: On Jan. 31, 2011, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asked public officials to stop exaggerating claims of violence on the U.S. side of the border and “be honest with the people we serve.” However, Sylvia Longmire, a former special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a senior intelligence analyst and border security expert for the California Emergency Management Agency, says Napolitano’s statements don’t have a leg of credibility to stand on. Longmire recently retorted, “There are too many ways in which the data can be broken down and interpreted, and simultaneously not enough ways to define it. While some crime reports contain information about the offenders and victims, many do not, and I say with confidence that most people in either category wouldn’t voluntarily affiliate themselves with a Mexican drug cartel.
    Source: WorldNetDaily
    RC: Pray for our nation. The gov’t closes it’s eyes as danger increases on the US-Mexico border.
  • Sarah Palin visited Israel in what may have been an attempt to up her foreign policy credentials and build a rapport with Israeli leaders increasingly at odds with Obama.
    Source: Christian Science Monitor
    RC: God, give Palin wisdom. I thank you for the favor to dines with Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22
  • A list of specifics on how to pray for this amazing country and those currently in the midst of the trial of their lives.
    Source: LOTH Blogs
  • Popular unrest swelled into a crisis for one Arab autocrat and began to rattle another long seen as immune on Monday as leading figures parted ways with Yemen’s president and street protests spread in Syria.
    Source: Reuters
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
  • State radio said one person died and more than 20 others were wounded in the blast at a crowded bus stop in central Jerusalem. The armed wing of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first in Jerusalem in years.
    Source: NPR
  • Analyst Reva Bhalla explains the regional consequences of the escalating violence in Israel and what this means for Iran and Egypt.
    Source: Stratfor
    RC: Must watch video for those who pray for Israel, are looking for a big picture view of MidEast unrest.
  • The arrest and jailing of 15 kids helped trigger an uprising in an agricultural town that has shaken the authoritarian calm of Syria
    Source: Time
    RC: What sparked Syria’s fire & what protesters want.
  • Syrian forces killed at least six people on Wednesday in an attack on a mosque in the southern city of Deraa, site of unprecedented protests challenging President Bashar al-Assad’s Baathist rule, residents said.
    Source: Reuters
  • Children in a western Mexico state besieged by drug violence have helped produce a book that is full of images of shootouts, kidnappings, robberies and grenade attacks that kids are increasingly being exposed to.
    Source: The Associated Press
    RC: Mexican kids draw drug war. Pray for them.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
  • UN Human Rights Council focuses on Jewish State with multiple resolutions speaking of illegal Israeli activity and rights violations.
    Source: Jerusalem Post
    RC: UN Human Rights Council to vote on six resolutions on Israel, but only one on Iran and none on Libya
  • No casualties as Grad explodes; Yaalon: We will not tolerate any escalation, Hamas will pay the price; eight rockets launched since morning; IDF strikes multiple targets in Gaza.
    Source: Jerusalem Post
    RC: Southern Israel bombarded daily by Gazans.
  • Mary Jean Gardner, 55, was caught in the bomb blast at the central bus station in Jerusalem. She was the only person to die in the attack which left up to 30 others wounded. Miss Gardner, who was a well-regarded Bible translator, came to Israel at the beginning of the year to study Hebrew and took courses at Hebrew University. She had come to Israel to hone her Hebrew skills before embarking on a translation of the Old Testament into Ife, one of the languages spoken in Togo, West Africa.
    Source: The Telegraph
    RC: LORD, we know you’ve welcomed your faithful servant home. We pray ‘Shalom, Jerusalem.’
  • Britain urges Syria to respect peoples right to peacefully demonstrate; 20,000 gather to protest Wednesdays killing of demonstrators.
    Source: Jerusalem Post
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
  • Traditional intelligence tools like wiretaps and secret intercepts didn’t help U.S. officials predict the revolutions that have swept across the Middle East and North Africa. Now, officials are searching for systematic ways to use open sources — and there could be some answers in Google.
    Source: NPR
    RC: Wondering if The Onion spoof on CIA as creator of Facebook inspired NPR to investigate this story.
  • Gunfire heard in Deraa; security forces break up protest in Damascus; demonstrations spread through country; statue of Hafez Assad set ablaze.
    Source: Jerusalem Post
    RC: Killing continues in Syria. Israel wants Libya treatment. But big bro Iran would probably defend
  • Yesterday was without a doubt the most emotionally chaotic day I’ve ever experienced in Israel. I was privileged to make Aliyah to Israel 4 years ago. And while I was here during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza at the end of 2008, I was not here during the intifadas. I have never experienced life during random terror attacks on buses and inside restaurants and cafes. I’ve seen the pictures and the videos. I pass by the memorial plaques, I’ve heard the stories. But I’ve never experienced it first hand. Until yesterday.
    Source: Maoz Israel
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
  • Murder of sleeping family shows the threats Israel faces. Israel is surrounded by enemies raised in culture where sermons legitimize violence in the name of Islam and have shaped generations of Arabs with what writer Eli Hertz calls “a steady diet of poison-filled propaganda.” Hertz writes: “For non-Arabic speakers, it is hard to grasp just how pervasive the propaganda is in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority and throughout the Arab world. It is omnipresent: in state-controlled media outlets, in schools and mosques, at rallies, in speeches and articles.” Professor Bernard Lewis, the great academic authority on Islam, has said that if the West knew what was being said in Arabic, people would be horrified.
    Source: US News and World Report
    RC: All men are depraved, but the virulent hatred of the Jews is taught from pre-school. To get a view of the lies the Palestinian media spread, visit PalWatch.org
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper set May 2 as the date of the next election on Saturday and said people would be “crazy” to vote for opposition parties he accused of trying to illegitimately seize power.
    Source: Reuters
    RC: Pray for Canada. PM supports Israel. If ethic charges true, pray repentance.
  • Japanese PM says nuclear crisis nowhere near being resolved; nuclear official says theres danger of damage to reactor but no crack.
    Source: Jerusalem Post
    RC: Keep praying for the Japanese people.
  • Source: The Associated Press
    About 230,000 people have been displaced in Mexico because of drug violence, and about half of them may have taken refuge in the United States, according to a new study. A striking 111,103 of the 488,785 (23 percent) homes in violence-wracked Ciudad Juarez abandoned.

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