February 20, 2013

2 Officers Injured in Clashes with Palestinians: 2 Israeli Border Guard officers have been injured in clashes with Palestinians in the town of Qusra. The Palestinians claimed that bulldozers arrived to cut their electricity. There were also clashes at a security checkpoint in the West Bank. There have been ongoing clashes in the West Bank due to the detention of Palestinian prisoners. Please pray for God to bring healing to those injured in the clashes. Please also pray for God’s peace to come to the hearts of those who are not at peace, both Arabs and Jews. Lastly, please pray for God’s protection over the area and that such violence would not spread. For more, see Clashes Injure 2

Huge Rise in Anti-Semitic Attacks in France: According to a report by the security unit of the French Jewish community, France saw a 58% rise in Anti-Semitic attacks last year from the previous year. Two such attack gained world attention: the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, killing a Rabbi and three children, and a bombing of a kosher supermarket, which wounded two people. Please pray for God to comfort the victims of such attacks and their families and that they would discover the love of the Messiah. Please also pray for His protection over Jewish communities worldwide, as many are experiencing record levels of hate directed at them. Lastly, please pray that God would foil the enemy’s plans against Jewish communities and change the hearts of their attackers, bringing them to repentance. For more, see Record Anti-Semitism in France

Livni to Join Coalition as Justice Minister and Head of Peace Negotiations: Israeli center left politician, Tzipi Livni was the first person announced to be in the Netanyahu led government. Livni will be the head of the Justice Department and will also lead peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. The rest of the government must be decided in the upcoming weeks. However, Netanyahu has found this a challenge due to several parties unwillingness to compromise on fundamental issues. Please pray that Netanyahu and those making coalition decisions will do what is right for Israel rather than only seeking interests in the process. Please also pray that those with integrity and justice would be given a place in the coalition and that all such decisions would be made in an honest way. Lastly, please pray for Israel’s next government to have wisdom in this crucial period.For more, see Livni to Join Government and Detangling Israel’s Election Results

Please continue to pray for the Body of Messiah in Israel as Israel is facing uncertain times; please pray we will be a great source of blessing to all Israel and that through our witness, many in Israel will come to know their Messiah.  Please pray for strength, courage, gentleness, and boldness in our witness to our neighbors who do not yet know Yeshua.

Thank you for praying and standing with Israel! Shevuah Tov…

The Hope for Israel Prayer Team

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