The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.” 2 Sam 22:3


From, by Barry Segal,  March 9th 2013 –

NETANYAHU TO ANNOUNCE A MAJORITY COALITION BY NEXT WEEK: The Likud Beytenu is close to signing a coalition agreement with the Yesh Atid party, sources in both parties confirmed Friday. Yesh Atid chairman, Yair Lapid, has agreed to give up his demand to be appointed to the position of Foreign Minister, which PM Binyamin Netanyahu is saving for Yisrael Beytenu chairman, Avigdor Lieberman, until the end of his trial.

Instead, Lapid will likely become finance minister in the next government. With Lapid taking the Finance Ministry, Bayit Yehudi leader, Naftali Bennett, is likely to be the Labor Trade and Industry Minister with expanded authority to fight the concentration of wealth, or possibly Interior Minister. It has also been agreed between the sides that Lapid and Bennett’s outline for hareidi enlistment will be the one implemented. The proposal will impose a quota on the number of yeshiva students who are exempt from army service. However, instead of 400 exemptions as Lapid had previously demanded, the quota will be extended to 1,500 to 2,000 students. An Israeli coalition is likely to be announced early next week. (Ha’aretz/INN) Pray Yesh Atid chairman, Yair Lapid, and Bayit Yehudi leader, Naftali Bennett, will be positioned in precisely the right government posts – those for which they are most experienced and knowledgeable to manage.

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FRENCH  PRESIDENT HOSTS SHIMON PERES, VOWS WORLD WILL STOP IRAN NUKE: French President Francois Hollande hosted Israel’s President Shimon Peres in Paris on Friday. Hollande stated the international community, and not Israel, must take responsibility for preventing Iran from developing nuclear  weapons. “Iran is not a danger only to Israel, it is a danger to the Gulf  states, to Europe and to the whole world,” Holland said at a  joint press conference with Peres. Peres warned that “the Iranians are playing a dangerous game and liable to lose the last chance the international community is giving  them.” Both leaders agreed sanctions on Iran are biting but need to be  strengthened further. (J.Post/INN)

KERRY  TO IRAN: DON’T PUSH THE LIMITS: US Secretary of State, John Kerry has warned that despite last week’s negotiations in Almaty  between the US, its allies and Iran, which he called “useful,” the  time for Iran to cooperate is running out. “If they keep pushing the  limits and not coming with a serious set of proposals or prepared to actually  resolve this, obviously the risks get higher and confrontation becomes more  possible,” Kerry warned. (Arutz-7)

UN:  NUMBER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES REACHES ONE MILLION: The UN announced this week that the number of Syrian refugees who have fled the  country since the conflict began has jumped since the beginning of the year and  has now reached one million. Half of the refugees are children, most under the  age of 11. Most have fled to or are seeking shelter in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey,  Iraq and Egypt. “Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster,” the  UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement this  week. “This tragedy has to be stopped,” he added. Meanwhile,  insurgent fighters from Syria on Wednesday seized 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers  who were patrolling the Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel. The  Philippines said rebels who are holding the peacekeepers hostage are insisting  Syrian troops leave the area before releasing their captives. A team of peacekeepers  was sent Friday to bring back their colleagues, who are being held in a village  near the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, said a spokeswoman for the UN  Peacekeeping Department. Because of the late hour and darkness “it was  considered unsafe to continue the operation” but efforts will resume  Saturday, she said. (INN/Ynet) Pray for the safety of the captured UN  peacekeepers and for their immediate release. Pray also there will be no  further abductions by rebel forces or any other groups caught up in the Syrian  conflict.

IDF:  WE’RE READY FOR POSSIBLE HIZBULLAH CONFLICT:  Wary of a spillover from the conflict in Syria, Israel is preparing to take on  the Hizbullah terrorist militia that it suspects is getting advanced weapons  from a war-distracted Damascus. Israel believes the Lebanese Shi’ite terrorists  also stand ready to retaliate if it carries out long-threatened strikes on the  nuclear sites of Iran, another Hizbullah patron. Hizbullah fought Israel’s far  more advanced forces to a standstill when they last came to blows, in 2006, and  rained more than 4,000 rockets on northern Israel. A UN-monitored  ceasefire has largely held since. But a senior IDF officer from the Lebanese  front said Thursday that tensions in Syria “have the potential to spill  over and trigger a confrontation” with Hizbullah. “We want to  preserve the quiet, and we want the other side to know if they take a step that  necessitates we exact a price, they will pay dearly,” the officer told  foreign reporters while overseeing a simulated battle with Hizbullah. Israel is  on the verge of being drawn into the two-year Syrian insurgency.  (J.Post) The highly volatile situation on Israel’s northern  borders is in constant need of intercession. “The fervent effectual prayer  of a righteous man avails much!” James 5:16

EXPERT:  US DOING NO FAVORS IN GIVING ISRAEL SPECIAL ALLY STATUS: The US is not doing Israel any favors by granting it special status as a strategic ally, according to New York based strategy expert Mark Langfan. He  predicts a domino effect in which other US allies in the region would collapse  if Israel does. “Without Israel, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia are toast,”  Langfan said, “and they know it. Without Israel, oil would be $1,000 a  barrel. Without Israel, the US would have to fund an extra $200 billion yearly  defense budget to defend southern NATO
countries from a Muslim caliphate’s  northward tsunami.” Following reports of an AIPAC initiative to secure  special “strategic ally” status for Israel, Middle East security  analyst Langfan said, “Without Israel’s order of battle and very  existence, it would be impossible for NATO to defend Greece, let alone Cyprus,  from a Turkish/Muslim Brotherhood tidal wave which would lay waste to  everything in the eastern Mediterranean. Whether NATO likes it or not, Israel  is a now the heart and soul of NATO’s southeastern flank.” A Republican and a Democrat in the US House of epresentatives earlier this week introduced legislation that would make Israel a “major strategic ally,” a one of a kind designation. (INN)

US SENATE APPROVES BRENNAN AS NEW CIA DIRECTOR: The US Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan as the Obama administration’s next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Senate voted 63-34 in favor of Brennan. One of the FBI’s former top experts on Islam announced last month that President Obama’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, converted to Islam years ago in Saudi Arabia. Former FBI Islam expert John Guandolo has long cautioned that the federal government is being infiltrated by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. But Guandolo now warns that by appointing Brennan to CIA director, Obama has not only chosen a man “naïve” to these infiltrations, but also picked a candidate who is himself a Muslim. “Mr. Brennan did convert to Islam when he served in an official capacity on the behalf of the United States in Saudi Arabia,” said Guandolo. “The facts of the matter are confirmed by US government officials who were also in Saudi Arabia at the time that John Brennan was serving there and have direct knowledge. These men witnessed his conversion to Islam.” (Reuters/WND)

FIVE  MILLION DUTCH HAVE A SATANIC VIEW OF ISRAEL: This week a major Dutch news site published an article by Israeli antisemitism  expert Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld in which he wrote there are currently more  people with neo-Nazi views in the Netherlands than the number of Dutch  collaborators with the Nazis during the Second World War. Gerstenfeld  wrote: “At least five million Dutch have a satanic view of Israel. This can be  concluded from a study undertaken by the University of Bienenfeld for the  German Social Democrat Friedrich Ebert Foundation. This study was ignored by  the Netherlands. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL TURNS BACK PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS – BUT MORE ON THE WAY: Israel’s spraying of agricultural fields in the south of the country Wednesday succeeded in turning the tide in a millions-strong locust invasion from across the Egyptian border. Two planes, assisted by ground crews and trucks, on Wednesday sprayed with pesticides the migrating insects that had settled in the area the day before. The teams sprayed a swath of 1,850 acres. “It’s like an insect cemetery down here,” a farmer in the area, told Army Radio. He said his tomato crops were unharmed, because they are protected under nylon covers. Potato crops in the area were badly damaged, though, he said. Southerly winds may blow a new swarm of locusts into the country over the weekend, farmers in Israel’s Negev feared Thursday. The Agriculture Ministry placed area residents on high alert ahead of the possible influx of a huge swarm numbering millions of locusts. Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Weiss, rabbi of Emek Hefer, sent a letter to farmers calling for prayer as locusts begin to plague the region. Israelis must pray no more locusts reach the country, he said. (Times of Israel/INN) Pray for a miracle to avert a further locust invasion over the weekend in Israel.

WOMEN MAKE UP 34% OF THE IDF: Israel is the only country with mandatory military consignment of women, and as a result, 34% of the IDF is made up of servicewomen. 92% of IDF positions are available to women, and 57% of mandatory service IDF officers are females. 59% of the women in Israel are drafted into the IDF. (INN)

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