Friends, please pray for great wisdom and God’s favor upon Israel and their leadership. Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim) is Israel’s celebration of retaking Jerusalem following the Six Day War in 1967. This was one of many wars in which Israel was attacked by Arab neighbors, yet God miraculously prevailed on Israel’s behalf. It is a fascinating war story!
But today, Jerusalem is under attack once again, just as Israeli’s are commemorating their 1967 victory. The attacks are coming primarily from Gaza and militant portion of the West Bank, and though chaos is in full bloom, there have been no reports of major casualties on the Israeli side.
However, right now the IDF is carrying out perhaps the largest military action ever against Gaza. Meanwhile, the Palestinians (with Iranian backing) are firing missiles and creating false reports in the news and on social media. For example, after starting a riot on Temple Mount, the terrorist fled into Al-Aqsa mosque, requiring the IDF to go after them in a “holy site” with cameras rolling. Don’t believe what you see and hear on the news or on social media!
Also, pray for American leadership. It is lacking. In fact, trusted sources have announced the Biden administration has called upon Israel to exercise restraint and avoid escalation. It is unlikely Netanyahu will abide by American handcuffs during such an important time to defend the nation of Israel.
Finally, part of the ambition of the Iranians is to embarrass the Arab countries who have signed peace agreements with Israel. UAE, Bahrain and Moroccan leaders (among others) are being mocked and cast as traitors on social media. Those countries have very quickly learned the advantages of peace with Israel. Pray they remain strong in their resolve, and that God’s blessing will extent to them as they bless Israel.
Regardless of the chaos, friends, remember: He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4), and they who dare touch the apple of His eye will live to regret it! (Zechariah 2:8) The battle belongs to the Lord, but the people of Israel need comfort right now, and leaders need courage. Please pray!