This Week in Israel — July 26, 2018

Terrorism from Gaza kills Aviv Levi
Most recently, terrorists in Gaza have been shooting at Israeli soldiers in Israel. This past week, a 21-year-old Israeli soldier, Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi, lost his life in the attacks. Here are some touching words from the woman who had hoped to spend the rest of her life with him:

“My dearest love, my fighter. The heart burns and the tears don’t stop. Who would have thought you’d be gone so quickly? You were never scared, no matter what was in front of you. My Aviv, we had a million plans ahead of us and we were counting the days until we’d be together again. In two weeks you have a birthday, and while I was making plans for a perfect birthday celebration, everything exploded. I refuse to believe this is real. I refuse to believe you are gone.”

Our prayers go out to Aviv Levi and his family and friends. We are praying that God will comfort those who’ve suffered in Israel as a result of terrorism and that Israel will only continue to improve its ability to foresee and prevent such attacks in the future. Please also join us in praying for another soldier who was wounded yesterday by terrorists shooting across the border into Israel.


Syria
Israel’s presence in Syria is fairly complex. On the one hand, Israel has gone to great lengths (in a project known as Operation Good Neighbor), allowing humanitarian aid to reach the Syrians through Israel’s northeastern border. Since 1974, between Israel’s Golan Heights and Syria, there has been a demilitarized zone (known as the UNDOF Operation Area), which is supposed to have no military presence. In the efforts to retake the cities in the area, the Syrian regime has violated this agreement on a number of occasions. A number of stray rockets have also been shot towards or into northern Israel lately. Yesterday, reports indicated that 2 rockets landed in Israel’s Sea of Galilee. Please pray for the situation along this border as Israel continues to seek both to be a blessing to those in need along the border while keeping the Syrian regime at the agreed distance from Israel’s borders.


The Western Wall
A stone fell from the Western Wall just after the end of the fast of Tisha Be’av this past Sunday. A woman who was praying nearby was thankfully unharmed by the incident. The prayer platform in the section from which the stone fell has been closed until the Israel Antiquities Authority completes its survey of the other stones in the wall. The current consensus is that the incident is the result of the aging of the stones and that avoiding future incidents of a similar nature will require new checks of the wall to ensure that it remains intact and safe to visit for prayer.


Terrorism from Gaza kills Aviv Levi
Most recently, terrorists in Gaza have been shooting at Israeli soldiers in Israel. This past week, a 21-year-old Israeli soldier, Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi, lost his life in the attacks. Here are some touching words from the woman who had hoped to spend the rest of her life with him:

“My dearest love, my fighter. The heart burns and the tears don’t stop. Who would have thought you’d be gone so quickly? You were never scared, no matter what was in front of you. My Aviv, we had a million plans ahead of us and we were counting the days until we’d be together again. In two weeks you have a birthday, and while I was making plans for a perfect birthday celebration, everything exploded. I refuse to believe this is real. I refuse to believe you are gone.”

Our prayers go out to Aviv Levi and his family and friends. We are praying that God will comfort those who’ve suffered in Israel as a result of terrorism and that Israel will only continue to improve its ability to foresee and prevent such attacks in the future. Please also join us in praying for another soldier who was wounded yesterday by terrorists shooting across the border into Israel.

Syria
Israel’s presence in Syria is fairly complex. On the one hand, Israel has gone to great lengths (in a project known as Operation Good Neighbor), allowing humanitarian aid to reach the Syrians through Israel’s northeastern border. Since 1974, between Israel’s Golan Heights and Syria, there has been a demilitarized zone (known as the UNDOF Operation Area), which is supposed to have no military presence. In the efforts to retake the cities in the area, the Syrian regime has violated this agreement on a number of occasions. A number of stray rockets have also been shot towards or into northern Israel lately. Yesterday, reports indicated that 2 rockets landed in Israel’s Sea of Galilee. Please pray for the situation along this border as Israel continues to seek both to be a blessing to those in need along the border while keeping the Syrian regime at the agreed distance from Israel’s borders.

The Western Wall
A stone fell from the Western Wall just after the end of the fast of Tisha Be’av this past Sunday. A woman who was praying nearby was thankfully unharmed by the incident. The prayer platform in the section from which the stone fell has been closed until the Israel Antiquities Authority completes its survey of the other stones in the wall. The current consensus is that the incident is the result of the aging of the stones and that avoiding future incidents of a similar nature will require new checks of the wall to ensure that it remains intact and safe to visit for prayer.

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