Three weeks ago, the Palestinian Authority presented a resolution to the UN General Assembly requesting that the Hague launch a legal examination of Israel’s continued presence in territories taken during the Six Day War in 1967. This resolution passed with a shameful 98-17 majority in the General Assembly, but a referral to the ICJ at the Hague requires an second vote in the UN. Israeli PM Yair Lapid and Israeli ambassador to the UN, Gil’ad Erdan are working overtime to convince international governments to vote against this additional anti-Israel resolution, which fails to mention Jewish claims to the Temple Mount, calling it exclusively by its Muslim name, al-Haram al-Sharif. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has also come out against this resolution. While a legal ruling by the ICJ would not be binding on Israel, it would strengthen international legitimization to Palestinian demands, and, Lapid warns, could spark additional violence in the contested territories (Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem). Please pray that the truth would prevail, and the spotlight would be turned on countries committing real human rights violations. Please pray that God would affect a change of heart at the UN and for the international community to have the courage to stand with Israel. Lastly, please pray for God’s continued protection over His people and the Land He gave them!
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