JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE August 5, 2010
“Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.” Ps 82:8
DEAD, WOUNDED IN MASSIVE SKIRMISH ON LEBANON BORDER: Tuesday, a day after Hamas terrorist fired rockets at Eilat in southern Israel, loud explosions were reported on the northern border as well. Israeli and Lebanese forces engaged in massive exchanges of fire. Security sources in Lebanon said three Lebanese soldiers and a local journalist were killed in the clash. On Israel’s side, IDF Lt.-Col. Dov Harari was killed, and Captain Ezra Lakia was badly hurt in the exchange of fire between Lebanon Army and IDF forces. The shooting erupted after IDF soldiers performing routine operations in a border-area enclave within Israeli territory were attacked. The Lebanese Army claimed the IDF drew fire by crossing the border. (Ynet) Pray according to G-d’s word: “May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow.” Ps 129: 5,6
UNIFIL: IDF DID NOT CROSS THE BORDER: Troops patrolling in the area where an exchange of fire between Israeli and Lebanese troops took place Tuesday, determined the incident occurred entirely within Israeli territory and that IDF forces did not cross the border into Lebanon. The IDF believes a Lebanese company commander is behind the ambush on IDF forces. Investigations are currently underway to determine the identity of the commander and whether he was ordered to do the shooting or acted on his own. (Arutz-7)
UN BACKS UP ISRAEL IN LEBANON BORDER CLASH: The UN on Wednesday confirmed that Israeli soldiers were unjustly attacked by Lebanese Army forces during routine maintenance along the border a day earlier. A member of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) released a statement noting the Israeli army had notified the world body of its intention to conduct maintenance work very close to the Blue Line, which is the internationally-recognized border. Israel regularly cuts down large trees in the area between the Israeli security fence and the Blue Line (which is still sovereign Israeli territory) in order to deny Lebanese terrorist forces cover for attacks on Israeli border towns. However, the Lebanese used the information to set up an ambush. As the Israelis began their work on Israel's side of the UN-demarcated border, Lebanese army snipers opened fire, killing the Israeli unit's commander and critically wounding one of his deputies. Israeli tanks returned fire and were attacked by Lebanese anti-tank missiles. Israeli artillery then pounded the area. Israeli army commanders noted that Arab journalists were already present on the Lebanese side of the border, proving the clash was a planned ambush. Residents across northern Israel entered their bomb shelters. (Israel Today)
NETANYAHU: ISRAEL WILL RESPOND FORCEFULLY TO FURTHER ATTACKS: Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the IDF to respond forcefully to any further aggression from Lebanon, and laid the blame for Tuesday's deadly incident on the government of Lebanon. "Israel views the attack on IDF soldiers with great gravity,” Netanyahu said in a formal statement Tuesday evening. “This is a grave breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701,” he said. “I see the Lebanese government as directly responsible for this violent provocation against Israel. Israel has responded forcefully and will do so in the future as well. Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the incident a “murderous terror attack” and warned the Lebanese government against “continuing to provoke the IDF as they have been doing recently.” (INN) “If they refuse to make peace and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city.” Deut 20:12
HAMAS HONORS TURKEY BY HANIYEH’S NAMING GRANDSON ‘EROGAN’: Turkey’s rapid drift to the Iranian-Hamas axis has reached new heights, with Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh naming his grandson “Erdogan,” after Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The honor bestowed by Haniyeh came a week after the Turkish Foreign Minister met in Damascus with Hamas’ top leader, Syrian-based Khaled Mashaal. Lebanese PM Sa'ad Hariri also took part in the discussions. Turkey had been considered a close friend of Israel the last two decades until last year’s Operation Cast Lead war, which served as a catalyst for Ankara to reject Israel in favor of the Iranian-Syrian-Hamas axis. Erdogan has called the Iranians "our friends, our brothers." The new alliance leaves Israel with a solid front of enemy states north of the border with Lebanon. Erdogan recently heaped praise on Hamas and said it was not a terrorist group. (INN)
FRANCE: KOSHER STORES VANDALIZED: The Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) announced Sunday that Swastikas had been discovered on the frontages and windows of a dozen kosher stores in Paris. Police sources there said Nazi swastikas were traced with a black marker on shops, as well as on the wall of a Jewish school and on a nearby building. UEJF described the incident as a "new demonstration of antisemitic hatred." (Arutz-7)
KINNERET 22 CENTIMETERS BELOW RED LINE: The Water Authority reported this week the surface of the Sea of Galilee went down at the beginning of August to 213.22 meters below sea level, 22 centimeters below the red line. Some groundwater aquifers are above last year's levels, some are below. The Dead Sea's surface dropped 15 cm in July. (INN) Pray now for abundant rains in Israel this coming fall and winter. “Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.” Zech 10:1
YAD VASHEM TO HONOR AUSTRALIAN WHO PROTESTED NAZIS: The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial project is planning to honor William Cooper, an indigenous Australian (Aborigine) who led a protest march against the mistreatment of Jews in Germany following Kristallnacht in 1938. The protest is thought to have been unprecedented, and it caused an international stir. Cooper's protest included a march through Melbourne and an attempt to submit a petition against the “cruel persecution” of Jews to the German consulate. German officials refused to take the document. He was 77 when he organized the 1938 rally targeting Germany's antisemitic policies. (INN)
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