Israel Defense Minister Makes Historic Trip To Africa
“Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced.
They shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.” Isa. 41:11
ISRAEL DEFENSE MINISTER MAKES HISTORIC VISIT TO AFRICA: Avigdor Liberman last week became the first-ever Israeli defense minister to visit Rwanda, his initial stop on a four-day visit to Africa that took him also to Tanzania and Zambia. “Rwanda and Israel share a desire for a better future for their citizens, cooperation, and partnerships that are being built,” Liberman told Rwandan President Paul Kagame, adding that “relations between the two countries are stronger and deeper than ever.” The trip comes amid widespread criticism of the Israeli government’s planned deportation—which recently was put on hold by a High Court ruling—of tens of thousands of African migrants from the Jewish state to unnamed third countries, widely believed to be Rwanda and Uganda. Jerusalem has long supplied African states with arms, technological know-how and humanitarian assistance. Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu has made strengthening ties with the continent a diplomatic priority and has traveled there three times over the past two years. Liberman said as he left Tanzania that "Israel is pushing Iran out of Africa. Africa has huge potential and Israel as a world leader in advanced technologies has exactly what Africa needs in agriculture, medicine, security, counter-terrorism and border defenses. In every African country that we have alliances and agreements with, we are pushing Iran out and isolating her. If Israel doesn’t seize the opportunity to deepen cooperation, then others, in particular the Iranians will do so in our place,” he warned. (Medialine) Continue to pray for increasingly good relations between Israel and African nations that have previously been estranged.
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‘WITHOUT OUR BORDER FENCE WE’D BE FLOODED WITH INFILTRATORS': Israel’s illegal immigration quandary, centering on the future of 40,000 infiltrators who crossed into Israel over the Egyptian border, would look very different had Israel not built a physical barrier along its frontier with Egypt, PM Netanyahu said last week. Some 60,000 illegal immigrants entered the Jewish state from 2005 to 2013, most of them citizens of Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea. The wave of illegal immigration peaked in 2011, when close to 20,000 infiltrators entered the country. In 2010, the Israeli government began construction of a 152-mile long border fence, spanning the entirety of the Israel-Egypt frontier. Completed in December 2013, the barrier led to a massive reduction in the number of illegal crossings, with zero infiltrations in 2017.
PM Netanyahu said that the fence protected Israel from the rising threat of radical Islamist terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as a massive wave of illegal immigration. "Israel is surrounded by outposts of radical Islam; therefore, we need to safeguard our borders,” said Netanyahu. “Were it not for the fence, we would be faced with a broken trough – severe attacks by Sinai terrorists, and something much worse, a flood of illegal migrants from Africa. We are talking about a Jewish and democratic state but how could we assure a Jewish and democratic state with 50,000 and then 100,000 and 150,000 migrants a year? After a million, 1.5 million, one could close up shop. But we have not closed down.” Some 38,000 infiltrators who crossed over from the Sinai remain in Israel, not including children born after their arrival. While the government has approved a deportation plan which would remove most of the 38,000 illegal immigrants to third-party states in Africa, the Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction against the plan last week. (Arutz-7)
NETANYAHU: OUR POLICY OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS REMAINS CONSISTENT: PM Binyamin Netanyahu said 21 March 2018 that Israel will prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons after its military admitted it carried out a 2007 air raid against a Syrian nuclear reactor. "The Israeli government, the (Israeli military), and the Mossad (intelligence agency) have prevented Syria from developing nuclear capability, and they deserve every credit for this," Netanyahu said. "Israel's policy has been and remains consistent -- to prevent our enemies from acquiring nuclear weapons." The admission along with the release of newly declassified material related to the raid comes as Israel intensifies its warnings over the presence of its main enemy Iran in neighboring Syria. Netanyahu has also repeatedly called for the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran to be changed or eliminated. (Arutz-7)
DANNY DANON: ‘SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR ATTACK SHOWS ISRAEL WILL ALWAYS DEFEND ITSELF': Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said last week that Israel's attack on the Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 showed that it was determined to act against its enemies. "The international community should know that today, as then, Israel will do everything necessary to maintain its security and not stand idly by in the face of threats that endanger its citizens," said Danon. (INN) Please continue to be prayerfully alert to events taking place in countries adverse to the Jewish state on the other side of Israel’s northern borders. This region, most immediately, includes Syria and Lebanon, out of which terrorists groups rabidly hostile to Israel and supported by Iran, operate. Pray for the Lord’s angelic shields to be along Israel’s northern borders.
PA TEEN WHO SLAPPED SOLDIERS TO RECEIVE 8 MONTHS IN PRISON: 17-year-old terrorist, Ahed Tamimi, who was filmed slapping IDF soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh, will be sentenced to eight months of imprisonment as part of a plea bargain. In the plea bargain it was decided that the terrorist would not be charged with calling for attacks, but would admit to incitement, assaulting a soldier and disrupting a soldier in the performance of his duties. The three months in which she has been under arrest will be deducted from the sentence to be imposed on her. In the original indictment, Tamimi was accused of several additional assault attempts against security forces which were deleted following the plea bargain. At the same time, the court was presented with plea bargains that were conducted with Tamimi's mother and her cousin, who were also involved in attacking the soldiers. The cousin will be sentenced to five years in prison and the mother to eight months in prison for assisting in assault, incitement and disturbance to a soldier in the performance of his duties. (Arutz-7)
ISRAELI MINISTERS PRAISE APPOINTMENT OF JOHN BOLTON: Two ministers from Israel’s right-wing Jewish Home party and another from the ruling Likud party congratulated former USA ambassador to the UN John Bolton on 23 March, 2018 for his appointment as USA President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser. Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted that it was a “great appointment” and that Bolton, considered a foreign policy hawk who is opposed to the Iran nuclear deal, was a “stalwart friend of Israel.” Environment Minister Ze’ev Elkin of Likud said Bolton was not unknown to Israel. “He has been, unquestionably, a friend of Israel for many years, including in his position as USA ambassador to the UN. I have no doubt it will be comfortable for us to work with him.” (Times of Israel)
ISRAEL- BOUND PLANE FLIES OVER SAUDI ARABIA FOR FIRST TIME: Saudi Arabia has opened its airspace for the first time to an Israel-bound Air India passenger plane, breaking a ban on flying over the Arab kingdom. "This is a historic evening. The Israeli skies are connecting with the Saudi Arabian skies in one direct flight," said Israeli transport minister Yisrael Katz. "We are celebrating the strengthening relations with India and the first civilian connection with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states." The historic Air India flight on 22 March, 2018 ended a 70-year flyover ban for jetliners en route to or from Israel, in what many have taken to be a sign of thawing ties between Israel (Guardian-UK)
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