(Jerusalem, Israel) — As The Joshua Fund held the first of two days of our 2011 Epicenter Conference teaching through the Book of Joel and how to live in light of the fact that “the Day of the Lord is coming,” violence erupted in and around Israel. The reason: Radical Arabs were marking “Al-Nakba” day, or “the catastrophe”, as they see it, of Israel’s prophetic rebirth in May 1948. Just before lunch time I got a report that an Arab Israeli had just driven a truck into a crowd of Jewish Israelis in Tel Aviv, killing one man and wounding 17 others. My colleagues and I immediately prayed for God’s mercy on all those involved and for healing for the injured and for the Israeli security forces to be able to effectively defend the country’s borders and streets. As the day progressed, we learned from a Reuters reports that “violence erupted on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, leaving at least eight dead and dozens wounded.” Thousands of Radical Muslims tried to penetrate Israel’s borders, but eventually were repulsed by IDF forces. Please keep praying for peace, and for the Lord’s grace and favor on the conference as we try to put current events in the context of the Bible.
HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- Israel-Palestinian violence erupts on three borders
- Clashes erupt as Nakba Day protests sweep Palestinian territories: At least 45 youths hurt by IDF fire along Gaza fence; in West Bank, troops attempt to disperse protesters; firebomb hurled at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem
- Deadly clashes on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon
- Eight said killed as IDF fires on infiltrators from Syria and Lebanon: Four people reported killed on Syrian border and four reported killed on Lebanon border as thousands of protesters trying to breach the frontiers; dozens of Palestinian refugees enter Israel from Syria
- Abbas: Those killed in Nakba Day clashes are martyrs: PA president says protesters “precious blood will not be wasted”; Hamas calls Nakba Day events “a turning point in the Israeli-Arab conflict”; Hezbollah condemns the “Israeli aggression on unarmed civilians.”