Weekly Update: “Cries of fear are heard—terror, not peace”

editor - 28 August 2020

Everyone is still trying to work out the implications of the agreement reached between UAE and Israel, brokered by USA. US Secretary of State Pompeo has spent this past week visiting other states in the region to promote the deal. So far, no other nations have shown willingness to follow UAE’s lead.

As indicated in last week’s update, the normalization with UAE (and potentially other Sunni Arab states in the region) has a price. Is Israeli PM Netanyahu missing the opportunity to create a breakthrough in the failed Oslo negotiations, by agreeing (at least for the time being) not to apply Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank?

This past week 39 year old Jewish Rabbi Shai Ohayon was murdered in Israel by a suspected terrorist. The threats posed by Hamas, Hezbollah and others remain. According to Seth Frantzman at Jerusalem Post “It looks like a regional consensus is afoot with Turkey, Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah all seeking to push tensions with Israel, but on their own time and place of choosing.”

Yet the Jewish people continue to come home.

Andrew Tucker
Editor-in-Chief – Israel & Christians Today

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Scripture for the week: Jeremiah 30:1-11

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”

These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “This is what the Lord says: “‘Cries of fear are heard—terror, not peace.
Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,
 every face turned deathly pale?
How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.

“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them.
Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

10 “‘So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,’ declares the Lord. ‘I will surely save you    of a distant place,your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.
11 I am with you and will save you,’
 declares the Lord. ‘Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’


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